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Apr 082014
 

Learn to cook with lavender and some techniques to make some basics much better!

with Alena Stapel and Sarah Richards 

Thursday,  May 1st -  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn to cook with lavender as well as learn cooking techniques that will improve your cooking ability and confidence.

Cooking Class May 2014 Web

You will learn how to properly cook a steak, make a rub, and a salsa to accompany it. Then you will learn how to make lavender chocolate chip cookies and how to adjust the recipe so you get the kind of cookie you really want. Learn amazing tips that will take your cooking to a new level.

Instructors:  Sarah Richards, owner of Lavender Wind, loves cooking with lavender and creating new dishes. She teaches many classes related to using lavender.

Alena Stapel is a Whidbey Island native with a strong passion for work in the restaurant and catering industry. She received an Associates of Applied science degree in Culinary Arts from Bellingham Technical College and has received numerous awards in competitions through the Washington Restaurant Association. She currently works at Front Street Grill in Coupeville and the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor as the Event Coordinator and lead catering staff respectively.

The cost of the class is  $30 and is limited to 10 people.

You can register by calling 360-544-4132.

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Artists invited to apply

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Apr 072014
 

Lavender Wind Festival Poster 2014Web

Ninth Annual Lavender Wind Festival – 2014

  • Event: Lavender Wind Festival
  • Location of Festival:  2530 Darst Rd. Coupeville
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 284, Coupeville, WA 98239
  • email: info@lavenderwind.com
  • July 26 & July 27, 2014
  • 10:00 am – 5:00pm

Whidbey Island Artists are invited to apply to exhibit at the annual Lavender Wind Festival

Visitors will enjoy a beautiful weekend of Lavender in bloom, art, wine and music!

Application: Festival Artist Application

Artists will need to submit 3 images of your Artwork and an Artist statement to info@lavenderwind.com by May 15th, 2014. Any aspect of lavender in one or more pieces of your art will be a plus when juried.

All submissions will be juried and artists notified by May 31st.

Lavender Wind Festival Poster 2014 for Artists to use.

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Baking, love, and lavender

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Feb 122014
 

Heidi's kitchen and RuthieMom showed love through food. On any day there were three of us in the kitchen; my sister, my mother, and me. We watched Mom cook while we played games at the table or did our homework. She made tasty meals, feeding well us on very little money.

Then, in special moments, she would decide to bake something with us. Aside from Christmas, I don’t recall there being any rhyme or reason for those sessions. She taught us how to make cookies, brownies, cakes, bread, and even donuts.

My sister and I took our baking to the road via a brownie and lemonade stand to get some money to spend. We’d stand out there, in the middle of that lonely country road and do dances trying to get just one car to drive by. This was in around 1962 and even though there was very little traffic on the road quite a few of the passing cars stopped and bought our brownies and lemonade. Each time we handed over our goodies our feet did happy dances when they drove off.

Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fast forward five decades and now I get to bake in a fancy commercial kitchen and my sister is here baking along with me. We still do a happy dance when people come and buy our food. I send goodies to my Mom and my son to send love their way.

Beverley Walton, on our staff, remembers her mother also showing love through food:

If you mention food and love in the same breath, I will always think of my mom.  My sweet “mum” passed away in October of 2013 but I will always remember how often she showed her love through food. She was good at telling you she loved you, but she really loved to cook for the people she loved.  When grandkids came to visit, they would get a bag of her famous Anzac Cookies to take home with them.  And going to work in the greenhouse with the garden club, she would, of course, take her Anzac Cookies.  And thinking back (way back!) to dinner parties they had when I was growing up, what a spread she would provide with many courses for either sit down dinners or buffets for a crowd. 

 Today, for me, cooking is wonderful therapy – it soothes my soul.  And just after she passed away and we had family in town, I found myself wanting to get in the kitchen and cook for all of them – so I guess I am my mother’s daughter.

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We share some of our recipes for cooking with lavender so you can start to experiment, or get more ideas if you are already a lavender cook. The most important thing to remember when cooking with lavender is to be stingy with it. A little lavender goes a long way – usually. If you put too much in, it will taste like soap and you’ll be inclined to avoid lavender. So be judicious with your lavender, because it can add some special flavors to your food.

- Sarah Richards

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Jan 272014
 

LWback

Backwards Day is on January 31. Time to celebrate the potential in doing things in reverse (with lavender, of course).

When I was in Aix-en-Provence studying during my junior year in college I took many classes in French history,language, art history, and more. I wanted to be out roaming the streets and countryside (back then lavender wasn’t a twinkle in my eye). I was focused on finding young people to go with me to “Les Boites” and dance all night. Also, all those Patisseries were calling my name. So, as you can imagine, the lectures in the classes would seem rather dull. Being a good art student, though, I came up with a great solution. I’d practice being like Leonardo da Vinci and write in mirror writing. I took many notes in that way which ended up costing me. Studying, using those notes, was challenging and my grades suffered a bit.

Why would you want to do anything backwards like do mirror writing? Someone was wondering what purpose Leonardo da Vinci had in doing his mirror writing. He thinks it might be for the very process of forcing himself to slow down. In addition to slowing down, it gives those of us with over-active minds something to do while we are supposed to be listening to someone talking.

Then, almost as if it was a family tradition, my son adopted a part of mirror writing in the logo of his work. It is particularly cool if you knew that he is a physicist and was working in theoretical particle physics where they analyze the results of atoms speeding through a huge ring and crashing into each other. That would tend to send some of them backwards.

But, all those esoteric backwards events miss the basic need every kid has in doing things the wrong way around. And that is:

Eating Dessert FIRST!!

Lavender foods are some of the best way to do that. We have lavender chocolates, lavender cookies, lavender candied pecans, lavender jams… the list goes on and on. We also have lavender baking extract and culinary lavender so you can create your own dessert first goodies. Click here for a great recipe of Lavender Brownies so you can get started celebrating doing things backwards with lavender.

Finally, a quote from my favorite Art History teacher when she was taking us around to amazing cathedrals and other places in France.

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by Sarah Richards

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Lavender Brownies

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Jan 252014
 

Lavender Brownies

Bake Temp: Preheat to 350°
Bake Time: 35-45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4  (1 oz ea.) squares unsweetened
  • ¾ cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender extract*
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground culinary lavender*
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

 

Preparation:

Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler (if you like the old way to do it) or microwave chocolate and butter in large microwave bowl at high 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Stir sugar into chocolate. Mix in eggs and vanilla, and lavender extract until well blended. Stir in flour, ground lavender, and nuts. Spread in greased 13 x 9-inch pan.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool in pan; cut into squares. Makes 24 brownies.

* We have Lavender Extract: http://lavenderwind.com/webstore/food-extracts
* We have Culinary Lavender: http://lavenderwind.com/webstore/food-herbs

Note: When using glass baking dish, bake at 325°F. For cake-like brownies, stir in 1/2 cup milk with eggs; use 1 1/2 cups flour.

Substitution if needed: 3 level tablespoons unsweetened cocoa and 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or shortening for every 1-ounce unsweetened baking chocolate.

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Jan 202014
 
Huggable Stuffed Black Labrodor - Filled with Lavender

Huggable Stuffed Black Labrodor – Filled with Lavender

Did you know that hugging has health benefits? Having warm human contact improves both psychological and physical development in babies. Hugging makes people just feel happier and loved. It can help build a robust immune system, decrease heart disease and stress responses.

So we have some great ways to get hugs into your life.

Soaps, Lotions, and much more!

Soaps, Lotions, and much more!

Get Clean and Soft

People want to get close to you when you smell good. We can help with that. You can get fresh goats’ milk lavender soap, lavender shampoo, Lavender Body Gel, Lavender & Rosemary Bath Oil, and Immune Booster Massage Oil.

Bears, Dogs, and Bunnies! Hugs all around!

Bears, Dogs, and Bunnies! Hugs all around!

Lavender Stuffed Animals

Huggable animals are perfect for hugging when you are alone and needing some comfort, or sharing hugs when you show your beautiful little critters to others. We have several cute ones!

Give lavender presents

When you give someone who loves lavender a beautiful basket full of lavender goodies, you are most likely to get a huge hug back! We make it easy for you to send a scented hug. We can ship, or you can come into the store and pick one up. You can create your own Hug in a Basket, too!

Scent yourself with goodies in this basket!

Scent yourself with goodies in this basket!

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Jan 132014
 

Lavender DragonJanuary 16.

When you think of a dragon, what comes to your mind? A fire-breathing flying amphibian-like creature? Something that inspires fear? Or do you think of wisdom, benevolence and a gentle nature? In our western culture, it would surprise me if you think of a dragon as other than scary. 

Dragons have wings which allow them to fly above the worldly drama, or to get places quickly. In flight, they are able to see the big picture. In other aspects they are able to see into the future, to see things that are coming when we are blinded by fears, lack of vision, or anger. In the Orient, dragons are seen as benevolent.

Dragon Flies

Dragon Flies

In most western cultures, the dragon is seen as a larger-than-life foe, and that foe is primarily fear. The hero of a mythic story is the slayer of the foe, of the frightening creature that inspires quaking fear. In spite of that, in some stories & traditions, dragons can be symbols of wisdom and possess great magical powers. In many stories they are the jealous guardians of treasure.

I have been thinking about times when I breathe fire, when I belch out painful flames within the context of creating something new. In so many images, dragons are fire-breathing, terrifying creatures. Aren’t we all when we breathe the fire of anger? That expression of fury is terrifying, and yet, at times, it can be transformative. Anger can show us a number of things if we are ready to listen. It can show us what is treading on our turf (or invading our boundaries). It can show us areas in which we might be defensive when we need either to strengthen our fortress or stop the automatic lowering of heavy gates and instead allow the entry of something new, an antidote to the old wounds. Often, anger comes out as a habitual reaction or an expression of frustration and we might breathe fire at our loved ones. That fierce breath tends to burn relationships into little black crisps. If we try we have options when the dragon inside rises. We can calm the fire by learning how to calm ourselves, how to bring peace to our minds and spirits.

Dragon Soaps

Dragon Soaps at Lavender Wind

The best way is to train your mind by meditating, or finding ways to adopt alternative reactions. This can represent years and even decades of hard work. Meanwhile, on your journey to peace, having lovely scents around you can help. Lavender is known to have relaxing, calming properties. Remember your affection for lavender next time you need to respond with calmness in the face of a dragon.

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Jan 062014
 
Happy National Bubble Bath Day

Happy National Bubble Bath Day

What goes better with lavender on a cold wintry day? Bathing! And while you are considering bathing, think about Bubble Baths. What better way to unwind and relax than by putting your phone on mute, lighting a candle, playing your favorite relaxing music, getting a great book (or not), dimming the lights, filling the tub with warm water and Lavender Bubble Bath, and putting the world on hold as you settle into your private luxurious world.

Relax with Bubble Bath Music

Relax with Bubble Bath Music

January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day. Never mind that there is no official declaration, just be satisfied that hundreds of people think it’s a great idea to celebrate January 8th by taking a Bubble Bath. People have been enjoying warm baths for thousands of years. In Ancient Rome, bathing at a public facility was part of the daily routine for most citizens. Up until the mid 20th century, the average American bathed once a week for personal hygiene. The truly decadent people bathed in milk. These days, a shower is usually how we get clean. So, it’s important to remember that having a good soak in a bubble bath can help open up your pores, cleanse your skin, and relax your muscles. Be sure to leave your troubles and worries at the threshold of the bathroom, so they don’t annoy you while you are soaking.

We have Lavender Bubble Bath or you can use our Lavender Essential Oil to scent the bubble bath you already have. While you are soaking in luxurious bubbles, let your mind wander through all the ways you can relax into being the real, unique, and wonderful self that you are.

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Dec 272013
 

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Did you know?

Lavender helps with Stress, Fatigue, and Post-Party Effects.
by Sarah Richards

Well, nothing cures a hangover, but…. we are discovering that lavender helps hangovers and other stress – just like old wives tales have told us for centuries.

Stress Word

Stress: you know it when you feel it, or do you? Sometimes, what we think are normal conditions might be stress.

Are you:

  • Having trouble remembering?
  • Finding your concentration isn’t working?
  • Making some bad decisions?
  • Hearing your own self talk putting you down all the time?
  • Worrying too much?
  • Snapping at people around you?
  • Having trouble sitting still?
  • Feeling overwhelmed?
  • Feeling like you’re alone, no one around to be with you and help you out?
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities?

And then your body might be talking to you by sending you aches and pains, digestion changes, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat. Lost that loving feeling, getting colds a lot, eating too much or too little? Got these messages?

Now, back to the hangover bit, are you using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax?

These are likely to overwhelm you. In addition, sleep troubles are often a symptom or a cause of anxiety and stress. Getting enough sleep is a key to well being. Studies have shown that lavender helps with getting to sleep and improving the quality of sleep, which goes a long way toward helping people overcome the stress of anxiety. (1)

Eye Soothers, lie back, cover your eyes, press on the acupuncture point for relaxation.

Folklore has named lavender for stress relief and relaxing for centuries. Now, scientific studies are starting to describe how that might be true. They are testing using lavender flowers in infusions, lavender essential oil in aromatherapy, and even taking lavender essential oil internally (supervised by a physician). (1)

Anecdotally, we see the relaxation response everyday when people walk in the door of our shop. They take a deep breath in and say “Ahhhhhh” and then they breathe out exclaiming how much they love that smell.

You might think that studies on adults show that lavender works because the subjects had heard about it, or someone has instructed them in the relaxing aspects of lavender. But, babies don’t read and they don’t get instructions like adults. There was a study in which babies cried less and spent more time in deep sleep after a bath scented with lavender oil. (3)

Even horses respond to lavender. One study found that the horse’s heart rate went down considerably when exposed to a stress after a treatment of humid air and lavender oil. (2)  So, my friends, those of you who have horses and have learned to trust your noble steeds, maybe you could listen to them while they tell you a little about lavender’s usefulness for stress relief.

For those who like to measure stress hormones, levels of cortisol went down with lavender use in rats. (4)

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Bunches of lavender by a sunlit field.

These are just a few of the situations and studies that are showing that lavender can be useful to you when your world feels out of control. In this season of parties, it’s reassuring to note that a lavender compress can help with that nasty morning-after headache. If the lavender doesn’t do the trick here are some more tips on what to do for your hangover.

References

  1. Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression; Review of the literature on the safety and efficacy of lavender, 2/7/2012, by Jeremy Appleton, ND. http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?article=289
  2. Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Acute-Stressed Horses, Clarence E. Ferguson, Harry F. Kleinman, Justin Browning, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science – January 2013 (Vol. 33, Issue 1, Pages 67-69, DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2012.04.014) Found in: Horsetalk.co.nz on Jun 03, 2013 in Training & Husbandry. http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/06/03/lavender-aroma-calms-horses-research/#axzz2oe8Z8biH
  3. Early Hum Dev. 2008 Jun;84(6):399-401. Epub 2007 Nov 28, Lavender bath oil reduces stress and crying and enhances sleep in very young infants. Field T, Field T, Cullen C, Largie S, Diego M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18053656
  4. Psychiatry Res. 2007 Feb 28;150(1):89-96. Epub 2007 Feb 7. Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. by Atsumi T, Tonosaki K. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17291597
  5. 5 Tips to Soothe Holiday Hangovers, By Dr. Maoshing Ni, Dec 06, 2013 http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/5-tips-soothe-holiday-hangovers

 

Lavender Hot Chocolate

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Dec 262013
 

When the weather turns frightful, and the fire is burning delightfully…. It’s time for Lavender Hot Chocolate. Here is the recipe for that hot chocolate and a video to show you how to make it.

Ingredients

Item Amount Unit
Milk 2 Cups
Sugar 1/4 Cup
Powdered Cocoa 1/3 Cup
Lavender (Whole Bud) 3 Tbl
Whipping Cream 1/3  Cup
Lavender Extract 1/4 tsp

Put the milk in a saucepan and start to heat. Add the lavender and let it warm with the milk for about 5 minutes or until the milk reaches about 150º F. Strain the lavender out of the milk and return the milk to the pot. Keep at about that temperature while adding the sugar and the cocoa. Stir occasionally until the cocoa is fully integrated into the milk.

Whip the whipping cream up with the Lavender Extract (please note lavender extract is not the same as lavender essential oil, the extract is for cooking).

Serve the hot chocolate with the whipped cream and enjoy!!

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