Lavender and Bay Wreath at Little Lavender Farm

December 2022

As you may have seen on our social media accounts, Covid finally got us, so we are quarantining and taking it easy.  Mark and I are both doing well, having pretty mild and quickly resolving symptoms, so I'm thankful for that -- and for the vaccines that are helping our bodies fight this virus. 

The bad part is that I've had to close the shop for this week, during one of the busiest times of the year.  But ya know, I'm OK with that. Sometimes things are just out of my control. So I'm watching really bad Romantic Comedy Christmas movies (you know the ones I'm talking about), taking really long naps, looking for fun lavender recipes and crafts, and savoring this beautiful place where I live -- not a bad way to quarantine! I know not everyone is so fortunate, especially those with small children, so I am counting my blessings.

Our online store is stocked and still open (I'm filling orders in a separate room, wearing a mask and gloves until I test negative :) and our Newberg shop will be open regular hours, Th-Sat 12-5, starting next week (Dec. 8), assuming I've tested negative at that point. 

I hope you have a wonderful, joyful month surrounded by loved ones! Happy Holidays and stay well!

Lavender Ornaments


Lavender filled ornament: These lavender ornaments are easy to make and add an unexpected touch to your Christmas tree!  Just find a clear tree ornament and fill it with lavender bud.  I've filled these ornaments with Royal Velvet bud because it keeps its purple color and then I can use the bud for culinary projects after Christmas!


Sachet ornament: Another ornament that's fun to make is a sachet ornament.  Using pinking shears, cut out two heart patterns of your favorite fabric, sew them together (hand sewing works great), leaving a small opening, fill with lavender, sew shut, and add a loop to the top.  These are great because they look beautiful on your tree, and then after Christmas you can hang them on door around your home as a beautiful and great smelling decoration. 

Both of these ornaments are fun crafts for kiddos looking to help with Christmas decorating. And they make sweet gifts for friends and neighbors! Happy crafting!

Lavender Lemon Shortbread Mini Cookies


I brought these as samples to the shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and they were a hit!  So I thought I'd share the recipe with you as well!


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter soft
  • 1 tsp ground culinary lavender 
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • Culinary lavender bud, whole


  1. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter in mixer
  2. Add the lemon zest and lavender.
  3. Add the flour and blend dough until it holds together.
  4. Cool in the fridge for ½  hour.
  5. Preheat the over at 400F and prepare a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  6. Roll small bite-sized balls of dough and slightly compress with the back of a spoon
  7. Bake for 8 minutes or until it is slightly golden.
  8. In a small bowl, combine icing sugar and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Dip the tops of the cooled lavender lemon cookies and sprinkle with a few lavender buds

Makes 35-40 small bite-sized cookies.

Lavender French 75


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Combine one ounce of gin with a half ounce of lavender simple syrup and a half ounce of fresh lemon juice in a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a lemon twist or a sprig of fresh lavender.

Tip: chill your gin and lavender syrup ahead of time, if possible, for the best-tasting Lavender French 75.

(recipe from /www.moodymixologist.com)

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The Chicken Who Thought She Was a Dog


One of the little joys of living on this farm (besides growing lavender of course!) is going out to the chicken coop in the morning to retrieve our breakfast.  The happy clucking of our chickens as they scratch around their fenced enclosure, or the proud announcement that they have just laid an egg help to make our farm the wonderful place it is.  Not only that, (and this might surprise you) but those chickens have quite distinct personalities.  For example, the youngest chickens I have right now remind me of a bunch of rebellious teenage girls -- they all stick together, they’re always pushing boundaries (they lay their eggs all over the barn!), and they love to annoy their goat siblings.  One of them even keeps laying her eggs in the goats' hay feeder, which the goats are not happy about at all! 

Over my years as a “chicken mama,” one chicken in particular, a little Rhode Island Red named Lucy, was particularly memorable -- because this chicken thought she was a dog.  Early on, I knew she was different.  Though she had a nice large garden area to wander around in, that wasn’t enough for her, and she would fly up on top of the garden fence, hop over, and wander around the rest of the property.  

Now one of the reasons I had put that chicken fence up was because we had a dog named Jake who didn’t understand that the chickens were not his dinner.  I can’t fault him of course -- his natural instincts were just kicking in.  But he had already killed a few of our chickens and although he had been scolded, I knew that he would kill more if given the opportunity.  So up went the fence.  

Lucy didn’t understand that of course.  She was a very friendly chicken and just wanted to be with everyone else, especially me. In fact whenever I came outside, she would run up to me and squat down so that I could pet her.  Whenever I saw her out, I would  pick her up, tell her in no uncertain terms that the fence was for her own protection and put her back in her enclosure -- also talking to Jake to try to communicate that this chicken was off limits.  

This went on for a while. Every time I saw Lucy outside of the fence, I'd pick her up and put her back in the garden enclosure.  And Jake would look up at me, distressed, confused, and fighting so hard with his natural instincts, trying to leave that chicken alone.  And then one day when I went outside, Lucy came out from under the deck (which was Jake’s special place), and at that point I knew we were in trouble, because Jake definitely did not appreciate this intrusion into his special spot, especially by a chicken that he wasn’t supposed to eat.  

So I picked her up and put her back and knew her days were numbered.   As you might guess, one day it was just too much for Jake, and we lost that funny little hen.  But I never faulted Jakey.  And I never forgot that hen. 

This is something I’ve had to get used to -- losing animals.  I don’t like that part. So I cherish every little life that has been entrusted to me, love their unique personalities, and am grateful for their gifts and the joy they bring to us all in the time that we get to be with them.

I hope you've enjoyed our December newsletter! Feel free to forward it along to any lavender-loving friends who you think might enjoy it!  And follow us on Instagram for more pretty lavender pictures!


(Unless otherwise noted, all photos are taken by me!)