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Holiday Baking with Lavender

We’ve  started our holiday baking with a few of our favourites from mouth watering shortbread to chocolate fudge. At Serenity Lavender we’re always experimenting and adding lavender to different recipes to see how our favourite herb accents a recipe.  Like anything in life,  we’ve had some huge successes and then some less than stellar results.  Over the next several weeks on Sundays we’ll be sharing some of our recipes that have been great hits and sure fire crowd pleasers.  Today we thought we’d start with a classic – Lavender Shortbread! Buttery crisps  with a hint of floral and citrus notes that turns this old family recipe into something spectacular!!

 

Servings: 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 lb unsalted butter, softened

1 cup icing sugar

2 teaspoons Serenity Lavender culinary lavender (ground)

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup rice flour

½ teaspoon salt

 

Preparation
Preheat oven to 325°F.

Cover bottoms of two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lavender with an electric mixer. Mix until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add all purpose flour, rice flour and salt and beat until incorporated. Divide dough in half. Flatten into squares and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm. On a floured board, roll each square to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Cut with cookie cutters and place onto baking sheets, spacing cookies about 1 inch apart.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until pale golden around the edges. Cool then transfer to a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Store in an air tight container.

Photo from ilovemilkandcookies.blogspot.ca

 

 

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Call for Artists – Lavender Fest 2017

It’s that time of year.  We’re busily preparing for what we hope to be the biggest and best Lavender Festival in the Province.

If you haven’t heard we broke ground for our new hospitality facility on the Monday following last year’s festival and although the construction has been delayed we will be ready to roll out the red carpet in our new facility just in time for this year’s festival.  This has been both exciting, frustrating and well a time to revisit the event design for Lavender Fest 2017. (Hence the delay in getting this post up)

There are some changes this year. Due to the construction we have lost some customer parking but can accommodate this with our property across the street.   Another change is that our Serenity Lavender store will also be tented.  It will be impossible to accommodate the foot traffic we expect in our new retail space. This should all encourage visitors to walk thru Artisan’s Alley. We will also be offering a special 3 course meal and other lavender treats in our new restaurant for the festivities and a number of classes leading up to the festival.
The Festival will be held on June 24th and 25th
10 am- 5pm
at 130 County Road 50 East, Colchester, Ontario
We are looking for new artists and artisans – original works only to join us in this event and so if you know of anyone please have them contact us or send them a copy of the application form.
Applications can be  submitted to suzanne@serenitylavender.com.
As with any other art show, we ask that you provide your own tent.   Once again we will be advertising with Blackburn Radio,distributing lawn signs throughout the city and county, listing the event on various websites and promoting it with Travel Ontario. This year with the exchange rate we will be heavily promoting the event in Michigan and Ohio on NPR radio capturing the American daytrippers. .
We hope to make this the best lavender festival  and can only do so by having quality vendors, like you, and would love to see you again this year..
If you have any questions or suggestions please contact me directly at 519 980-4504.  We look forward to receiving your application and seeing you at EPIC Lavender Fest!
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Call for Artists – Lavender Fest 2015

We still have room!  We’re  looking for Artists and Artisans for our 4th Annual Lavender Fest to be held on June 27th and 8th, 2015!  This expanded  2 day event combines our children’s festival and lavender fest and features food trucks, the Stilt Guys, Chef Julie from Thyme to Go, live music and of course the star of the show Lavender!  This is a rain or shine event but one that our  vendors love and come back to year after year.

If you’re interested please complete the attached application and email with some pictures of your work to suzanne@serenitylavender.com.

 

Lavender Festival Vendor application 2015

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Expansion nearing completion

North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Serenity Lavender Farm

We are getting excited as the new building is entering its final completion stages. The new retail display racks and furniture is  ordered and scheduled to arrive next week.   For those who haven’t heard we have built a brand new  hospitality centre the will be home to  Serenity Lavender Farm, North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Bistro 42.  Yup we have a brand spanking new space that is full of natural light to show off our fantastic lavender themed giftware, handmade artisan soaps and body products and our expanded line of lavender culinary goodies that we will be creating in our own kitchen. More on that in our next blog post. We’ll have access to a  private room with spectacular views of the vineyard and a  roaring fireplace for our craft classes.  So stay tuned for more details. But today we just wanted to update you on our progress and share a few photos of what is to come at Serenity Lavender Farm.

 

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Photo Contest!

Get your cameras ready for a chance to win a fabulous getaway package for 2 featuring a one night stay at the Mettawas End Bed and Breakfast, a Chef’s choice three course dining experience at the soon to open Bistro 42 and a romantic gift basket full of goodies from Serenity Lavender Farm. The theme of the contest is scentsational lavender and all photos must be taken at Serenity Lavender Farm.

 

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Lavender Festival 2017

Music, Art, Food, Wine, and of course, Lavender, all at the 2017 Lavender Festival!

Serenity Lavender Farm will hold its 5th annual Lavender Festival on the grounds of the farm and North 42 Degrees Estate Winery.

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 

10am- 5pm

Admission is free.

 This weekend celebration offers a wide selection of activities and tours. Plus, the beautiful lavender fields make for inspiring photographs.

Experience Serenity Lavender Farm in bloom!

Serenity Lavender Farm will host artisans, cooking demonstrations, Tai Chi, wine tours, the Stilt Guys, and lavender tours. Featured artisans include:

ª  Robert Bishop Art              ª Simon Steeps Tea

ª  Ring Weaver                      ª CHC Beeswax Candles

ª  Ravyn Ouellette                 ª Garage Art Glass

ª  Transform Treasures         ª Silver Such

ª  Bent Art                             ª David’s Woodworking

Food by Bistro 42 Executive Chef Steve Meehan and live music rounds out this not-to-be-missed weekend! Face painting and activities for children round out this family-friendly weekend.

Come help us celebrate Lavender Bloom 2017! A Scentsational Experience!

 

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