Friday, November 23, 2012

Lavender Hill - City Weekly - Green The World.

If you picked up a copy of City Weekly this week, you may have seen the clip about Lavender Hill & Green The World in the girl's gift section. Here what it said~
                     "Lavender Hill Products: Lavender does more than just smell nice- it's known to sooth troubled nerves and calm the mind.  And if she's concerned about her carbon footprint, she'll feel even less anxious when she find out that the lavender for Lavender Hill's soaps, lotion, mists and oils is grown locally in Eden, Utah. 
Green The World, 143 25th St., Ogden, 801-781-3931."
So, when I restocked today I had Beth take a picture of me holing the article in front of our display....which now sparkles with a few glittery Christmas ornaments.  I also added a few ready to go gift bags. 
Thanks to City Weekly for featuring us.  Thanks to Green The World for working with us and letting us be part of her store.  Thank you all for supporting LOCAL!  Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lavender Crafting Class

November 10th at 3:00 pm inside the Salt Lake City Library, The English Garden is hosting my little crafting class. I will be teaching how to make a Lavender Christmas Ball.  Monday I restocked our product display and hung up a sample of what the ornament will look like.  

 (Except the one in the class will be a round ball)

Look for the sign.  $5.00 to make one.  Free to watch.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fashion Utah - Lavender Hill Highlight

Whitney Schulte is a writer and a fashion stylist.  She writes for and just posted her latest
"Local Beauty Highlight" and it is about us ~ Lavender Hill. 

"Officially launched in January, 2012, Fashion Utah’s goal is to give Utahns a central location for information on the local fashion and beauty industry, including events, boutiques, designers and stylists.

The concept was developed and started when Jet Moody, a former stylist and Hollywood event producer, moved back to Utah and realized there was no single site/place for information on fashion events and boutiques in Utah. As a result, Fashion Utah is continually updating its listings in hopes to provide readers the opportunity to see where people are shopping and what trends are hitting Utah."

Reading over her posts I realized I've been missing out on a lot. New store openings, the Fashion Stroll in Park City, tutorials on the newest cosmetics and brushes and all of the many fall boutiques.  

Check out her Lavender Hill Highlight by clicking on the link below. 

And then check back with Whit at Fashion Utah because you might be her next Beauty Highlight or benefit from her fashionista tips. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Getting into the Holidays!

The holidays are just around the corner. 
Want to decorate your tree with a little lavender? 
Come to our crafting class or wait for the tutorial to be posted. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dead or Alive?

Little Lily and I are ALIVE and well. 
Our lavender garden, not so alive. 

 All of our lavender friends around the US say to not worry about the condition of your lavender AFTER Mother's day...well Father's Day is this weekend and our plants still look like this....
In fact 80% of our garden looks like this with a few in between that look like this...
... a little green, but not much.
The oak trees have greened up...but not the lavender. 
 And with this being my current stature,  I don't foresee me re-planting anytime this month.
 So, What to do?   
Well, we are officially on "Maternity Leave" for 2012. 
And then when I am back on my feet we will start re-planting Lavender Hill. 
*Our products will still be avaliable at our current gift shops
*We will not be attending the SLC or Ogden Farmer's Markets.
*Check the calendar link for the days we will have our gift shop open and the Holiday/Fall boutiques we will be in. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Squatter's Bumper Crop - Lavender & Honey Ale

So we have been helping out on a project.  Because it was not my secret to tell, I haven't told; which has been really hard.  
Tonight is the Premiere of  Squatter's Lavender & Honey Ale
(Made with Lavender Hill Lavender!)

They made it to celebrate the 20th Anniversary for the Downtown Farmers Market.
  Join us as the Downtown Farmers Market celebrates its 20th season with our annual opening party.
 They’re donating back $1 per bottle to the Market, too, which is pretty awesome.
It will be for sale at the front of the Squatters venue

If you want to taste some come on down TONIGHT to the kick off party.
Squatters Pub Brewery
147 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, Utah 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Little Rainforest Frog on Our Lavender Chocolate

Notice anything different about our chocolate?

- Look Close -
There is a little critter on the lower right...a little frog. 
Our Lavender Chocolate has always been made from Certified cocoa beans, but our packaging now has the little Rainforest Alliance Logo to show it.

"Rainforest Alliance certification helps people and our planet, promoting a system that provides economic development while protecting the environment for future generations.

Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms support a healthy environment, promote the well-being of farm families and benefit from more efficient farming methods. Certification ensures the protection of ecosystems, including wildlife habitat, forests, water and soil. Farmers also learn better farm management practices that often help them improve their productivity and grow their incomes. By shopping for products bearing the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, consumers are supporting a more sustainable future for people and the planet."

To read more about what this logo means and how it protects the rain forest click HERE.

H2U Health Fair - Ogden Regional Hospital

 We were invited to share the health benefits of lavender during
Ogden Regional's Bi-annual Health Fair.
Those that entered from the back and followed the signs...
 ...were able to get their blood pressure and bone density tested.  There were Dentists, Chiropractors and other Health Care Providers that were able to answer questions.
 At our booth we had a phamplet that talked about the benefits of lavender.
You can read more about it here.
 To top off Lavender's ability to sooth muscle pain and help with headaches, it makes a great cooking herb and a wonderful lemonade.
This was the first batch of lemonade this spring and last event for me til my baby is born. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Morning Surprise

All of the winter snow had melted off, temperatures were in the 60's and then this.
Good Morning Snow!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Willard Bay 2012 - Lavender Hill

Those that have been potting up baskets during Basket Daze at Willard Bay Gardens have already seen that the purple cabinet has been "LaVeNdErIZeD". 
You may notice a few new products, like our Lavender & Vanilla Cream Lip Moisturizer.
 Also the lavender syrup for making yummy spring drinks.
And we be selling a few of our lavender wreaths there this year.
Della's seed wall is up.
I love all of the colors.
 They have wonderful custom potting soil and....
Perennials Galore!  Right now is a great time to plant.
For address and information click here:  Willard Bay Gardens

Spring is poking through.

The warm weather has been melting the snow at rapid rates.  The ditch that we put in on the upper level has helped immensely with the spring run off/ rivers.
 Last spring we had so much run off we also had to put in more french drains.So far things are looking "trench/river" free. 
We are mostly done with the "tractor work" at the top of the garden so we are going to fill in the road way with lavender.  Each bucket that you see on the gravel will be a lavender plant this spring.  We will call this planting Phase 4 and it will merge Phases 1 & 2. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Strawberries Dipped in Lavender Hill Chocolate

You will need:
20-30 strawberries washed and dried
1 Tbs shortening
8 oz of chocolate.  I used the following:
1 cup chocolate chips (which is aprox 5.75 oz)
2 lavender Hill Chocolate bars, Milk or Dark (they are 1.25 oz each)
double boiler
tooth picks
waxed paper
cooking spray

 Every so often I accidentally drop one of our Lavender Chocolate bars or a wrapper gets torn.  Usually I take these damaged ones and save them for myself.  With every pregnancy there are certain things that I can and can't eat, with this one it is chocolate. So, instead of eating it straight and getting an upset stomach....I decided to be creative.
~ Strawberries dipped in Lavender Hill Milk Chocolate ~
I washed and hand dried about 20 strawberries, leaving the green tops on.
 I was going to get some "gourmet" chocolate chips, but then I thought that I would first try to use things I had around the house and make this recipe as easy as possible. 
 I don't have a double this is my make shift one.  I put about 2" of water in my pan and turned my stove to medium heat (5).  I placed a glass microwave safe bowl on the pan and made sure the water did not touch the bottom of the bowl.  I let the water and the bowl heat up at the same time.  Once I saw that the water was just about to boil I turned down the stove heat a little (4).  I added 1T of shortening and let it completely melt. 
 I wanted the strawberries to have just a "hint"of lavender.  So I found a recipe that covered 50 strawberries and cut it in half which meant that I would need 8 oz of chocolate. To stay within the 8 oz of required chocolate you can eat 2 squares from one of our bars or use 2 full bars for more lavender flavor.
I used 1 & 2/3 bars of our Lavender Milk Chocolate and 1 cup of milk chocolate chips.
 I added the chips and our Lavender Chocolate to the melted shortening and let it sit for a minute before stirring.  Once I saw the chips relaxing I stirred it a couple of times and then let it sit on the heat for another minute and then stirred again.  At this point there were only a few larger chunks that needed to be melted so I turned the stove heat down to "low".  With the heat on "low" I left the pan, water, glass bowl and chocolate in place and let the heat from the bowl melt the rest. I guess you don't want to over heat the chocolate and when dipping and you actually want it to be cool to the touch or close to room temperature.
 The consistency was very smooth, but not runny. I left my stove heat on "low" for the remainder of the dipping process.
 I took the DRY strawberries and put a tooth pick in the top.  This gave me a little handle to hold onto so I could turn the strawberry while dipping it.  If the strawberry is not completely dry the chocolate will not sick to the berry. One recipe said to leave the toothpick in and instead of placing the dipped strawberry on waxed paper, you would insert the toothpick into a Styrofoam block to allow the strawberry to cool.  I didn't have Styrofoam and I didn't mind the chocolate pooling below the strawberry, so I used waxed paper. I was a little worried that the chocolate wouldn't come off the paper, so I sprayed a tiny tiny bit of cooking spray on the paper and brushed it all around just to be sure. 

Also, place your waxed paper on a cookie sheet or tray BEFORE placing the dipped berries on the paper.  Believe me, it is REALLY hard to do with a full sheet of cooling strawberries. And it makes it easier to move the strawberries to the fridge.  
 I didn't make enough chocolate to submerge the entire strawberry, so I used my spoon and pushed the chocolate up and around to get this look. 
 Place your tray of dipped strawberries in the fridge for 15 min til the chocolate has hardened. Remove toothpicks before serving.

Ta' Da! Beautiful!
I served a lavender dipped strawberry with a slice of my chocolate cream cheese cake and a scoop of Bryer's peach ice cream.  

When I make these again I think that I will try no shortening.  I set a couple of strawberries on top of the fridge and forgot about them.  When I came back to them they were still fine, but the chocolate was very soft, probably from the heat of the fridge. When I bit into the strawberry the shell broke and fell off easier. 
Trying to think ahead to a sunny summer day like this one...
I don't want the heat of the day to make a mess of eating chocolate covered strawberries in the garden.
So, either I use chips with a higher cocoa content and keep the
shortening or fore go the shortening all together.
These would be wonderful to serve at a wedding...just a thought.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Love Her With Lavender

Our gift shop is open this weekend so all you Sweeties that have Ladies that LOVE LAVENDER can find the perfect gift.
Friday 10th: 11-4pm
Saturday 11th: 11-4pm
Monday 13th: 12-6pm
Tuesday 14th: 11-4pm

~ Hearts are hung all around the shop ~
Some are covered in lavender,
(tutorial coming soon)
 Some are filled with lavender,
 Some are decorated with lavender ribbon
And some are just hanging around.
~ A few special treats that she may LOVE ~
 Lavender Fizz (they are the cute little balls on the right).  One fizz per bath.  The Soda softens the water, the Almond Oil softens your skin and the Lavender Essential Oil scents your bathroom turning it into a spa. 
 Lavender Bath Salt: To sooth your aching muscles
Lavender Massage Oil: To make any night romantic.
~ Because it is almost SPRING...cute little girl spring things ~

And because I have been crafting these past few days....
There just just might be some new hand painted 
Lavender Decor' about the shop.