Our drying room is FULL of lavender and wow does it smell divine!

August 2022

Harvest Time!

Well that went by quickly!  The field is harvested, the drying room is full, we're distilling for essential oil and hydrosol...and now we start clean-up!  The lavender plants will get a "hair-cut," getting them ready for the long dormant season.  We will get a small second bloom in late summer/early autumn, but it will be nothing like this bloom.  And I like to leave that second bloom for the bees as they fill their hives in preparation for the winter.

We are also getting ready for a fun family trip to Austria and Finland in mid August!.  Lauren is attending graduate school in Vienna (Medieval studies! How cool is that!!?) so we will be going with her to help her settle in and then pop over to Helsinki to see our son Josh and his beautiful fiancee Hennariika.  I just love that our kids are out there exploring this big beautiful world!!  That being said, our shop and online store will be closed from August 8-26, so be sure to order early if you know you're going to need something during that time.

I also wanted to extend a big thank you to all who visited us in our shop or ordered from us online last month!  You kept us very busy and I am so grateful.  Thank you for helping me to live my dream!

Have a great month!

What We Do With All That Lavender


Pam (you might be thinking) that's a whole lot of lavender hanging in your barn!  What in the world are you going to do with it all?

Oh so many things!!  The lavender in the barn will be dried and the nicer bouquets packed up and used throughout the year for dried lavender bouquets for the home or events. 

The not-so-nice bunches will be striped after they have dried and the buds will be used for sachets, neck wraps, eye pillows, and sleep pillows​. 

Some of the lavender hanging in the barn will be distilled for oil.  We had more lavender than we could distill in a day when we were harvesting, so that lavender will get distilled at a later time. 

The drying room looks pretty full right now, but in a month or so it will be empty, except for the totes filled with fragrant dried bouquets.

It's blackberry season around here and I have more blackberries than I know what to do with!  So I found a few delicious looking recipes that I thought you might enjoy too!

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream



PC: halfbakedharvest.com



  • 6 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

1-2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender 


  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream


1. To make the jam. Add the blackberries, honey, lemon juice, and lavender to a medium-size pot set over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling use a potato masher or fork to break down and mash the berries. Continue to cook for 5-8 minutes or until the jam has reduced and thickened by 1/3. Remove from the heat and let cool. This should thicken more as it cools. 

2. Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine the ice cream and jam until swirled/mixed. Don't over mix, you want swirls. Spread the ice cream in an even layer, then cover and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 350° F.  In a bowl, cream together the butter, honey, and vanilla until combined, 3-5 minutes. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until combined. Mix in the white chocolate. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until the dough comes together and forms a ball.

4. Divide the dough in half. Roll out one disk of dough between 2 floured pieces of wax paper to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut 24 squares (roughly 2×2 inch). Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining disk of dough.

5. Combine the lavender and sugar, then lightly sprinkle the lavender sugar over the cookies. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

6. Remove the slab of ice cream from the freezer, cut into 12 squares. Sandwich the ice cream between the cookies. Freeze. Enjoy!

Recipe from halfbakedharvest.com

Blackberry Lavender Lemonade


PC: awellcraftedparty.com


  • 1 cup of lavender simple syrup (see below)
  • 1 cup of blackberry simple syrup (see below)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 12 lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • Blackberries and lemon slices for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and chill. To make this even more festive, substitute 1/2 of the water for sparkling water!

Lavender simple syrup



1.Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.  

2.Turn down the heat and let the mixture simmer for another 10 minutes. 

3.Set aside and let the mixture cool for about ½ hour.  

4.Strain the lavender buds from the mix and pour into a bottle.  

Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks

Blackberry simple syrup


  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


1. Put all ingredients in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over medium heat. Stir frequently so that sugar doesn’t burn.

2. Cook until the blackberries are cooked down and the sugar is dissolved. About 5-10 minutes.

3. Strain, reserving the liquid.​

The Optimist


“Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind…” (The Optimist’s Creed)

A few weeks ago my Dad had to make the difficult decision to admit my stepmom Sylvia to a memory care facility.  He and Sylvia’s daughter had cared for her for as long as they possibly could, but realized that they were no longer able to give her the care she needed.  As I talked with him on the phone, checking in to see how he was doing, he said something interesting, but not surprising.  He said, “This has been one of the hardest times of my life, but each day I can decide to be happy, regardless of the circumstances.” 

This really struck me because my dad has been through a few really difficult situations, and for him to group this current experience in with those other experiences told me everything I needed to know. My dad is what you might call a practiced optimist…in fact, he was a member of The Optimist’s Club for many years.  My earliest memory of this inner strength came when I was a teenager.  When I was young, my dad owned a tire and auto repair shop in the little desert town where we lived.  It was a family business. My mom was the bookkeeper and I got to help her after school and during the summers.  The business was a lot of work for my dad, but his efforts were starting to pay off as the business grew and he added new products and services.  

One warm summer day, when they were both working at the store and we kids were at home, my mom called us.  Not unusual since she checked in with us pretty regularly.  But this time was different.  The first thing she said was:  “Your dad and I are OK.  But I want you to know that there has been an accident here at the store.  I’ll tell you about it when I get home.”  I went outside and looked in their direction and could see a plume of black smoke rising into the air.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I waited for my mom to get home to fill us in.  It turned out that one of my dad’s employees was playing around, welding a paper cup on top of an empty oil drum, and it exploded, killing him and severely burning another employee.  As you can imagine, my dad was devastated, first and foremost because of the death and injury  of his employees, but also because in the aftermath, my dad lost his business and our family was bankrupted.  I remember my dad being understandably depressed after this event, but with my mom’s help, a reconnection to his faith, and the Optimist’s Creed firmly in his mind, my dad made a choice: he chose to believe that things would get better.   So he got an entry-level job at a local factory, and slowly worked his way up until he was in management.  

I think back on that now and I’m really floored by this.  To have everything you’ve worked for in your career stripped away, to carry the burden of the death of an employee (though he wasn’t found at fault), to be financially ruined, to have to start at the bottom again.  I don’t think many people would have the strength of character that my dad (and my mom) had to navigate this with such grace and optimism, becoming even more involved in their community rather than isolating themselves. I think I’ve taken this for granted, assuming anyone would do the same.  

Don’t we all do this though, take our parents’ stories for granted, for good or bad?  We assume that what they’ve experienced is what other people experience and how they respond to those experiences is how other people would respond.  And it’s only as we get older and see other people’s stories that we realize how unique our own parents’ stories are. We start seeing our parents as people instead of just as our parents. 

The accident at the tire store and its aftermath was a really difficult time for my dad, and now he’s going through another really difficult time.  And yet he faces each day with that same grace and with optimism, looking for the lesson or the blessing, cherishing his time on this earth. He isn’t bitter. He doesn’t quit. He doesn’t hide away.  In fact, he works really hard to continue to be a blessing to his community, making rocking chairs for children with disabilities, organizing an essay contest, and volunteering in his church. 

As he said recently, “you’re going to be disturbed in this life, but you have to find a way to retain your peace of mind.”  I can only hope I have the strength of character to meet the challenges that lay ahead with the same grace and the same optimism. 

My dad is a really good person. I’m lucky to be his daughter. 

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