December 2021

Happy December Friends! 

This year, for the first time, I bought a permit and then my husband Mark, son Noah, and I drove up to the Mt Hood National Forest and chopped down our own Christmas tree.  Sure, the tree is a little less full and the shape isn't as perfect as our trees in years past, but I love it so much!  Because that tree represents a wonderful memory of us hiking through the forest, seeing our first snow of the year (just a little, but that's ok!) and having wonderful conversations on the ride up and back. I don't think I will ever go to a tree farm again. 

I'm looking forward to many more new family memories this holiday season, since our whole family will be together for the first time in three years. I'm sure many of you are looking to making some wonderful memories during this time as well. Whatever you do and however you celebrate, I hope that your time with friends and family is joyous and that you are surrounded by love, laughter, and good food!

Happy Holidays friends!

More Lavender Recipes for the Holidays


Chocolate Lavender Fudge with Salted Caramel Top

Ingredients for the Fudge :

• 32 ounces (2 ½ cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

• 30- ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk

• 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

• 2 tablespoon Culinary Lavender , finely ground (in a spice grinder, clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle)

Ingredients for Salted Caramel Topping:

• 1 teaspoons Sea Salt granules , Grey Salt or flaked finishing salt

• 2 teaspoon Culinary Lavender

• 2 cup Granulated Sugar

• 8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

• 0.5 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions for Chocolate Lavender Fudge:

1. Line a 9 by 9 inch square baking pan with foil. Set aside.

2. Place all ingredients into the top of a double boiler or heatproof metal bowl over a pot of boiling water. Stirring often, allow the chocolate chips and butter to melt and all combine into a smooth, creamy mixture.

3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth top. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator a few hours until set or overnight.

Instructions for Salted Caramel Top:

1. Remove the lavender fudge from the refrigerator to sit at room temperature while the caramel is prepared. In a small bowl mix together the finishing salt and lavender for the top of the caramel; set aside.

2. Place sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Allow sugar to warm until it begins to melt (approximately 5-8 minutes). Begin to stir the sugar to hasten melting and ensure no burning; stir until fully liquefied (approximately 10-12 minutes from starting to heat the sugar).

3. Reduce heat to medium and add the butter. It will splatter to be careful to avoid getting burned. Stir to fully melt and incorporate the butter.

4. Slowly drizzle the cream into the caramel mixture, again it will splatter. Stir to fully mix together. Remove from heat and allow to cool only for 3 to 4 minutes (if it cools longer it will begin to set and not spread on top of the fudge).

5. Spread the caramel on the top of the fudge quickly smoothing it evenly over the top. Quickly sprinkle the salt and lavender mixture on the top of the fudge before it sets. Return to the refrigerator to set for a few hours.

6. Remove the fudge from the refrigerator to cut it. Lift the fudge in the foil out of the 9 x 9 pan. The caramel top will be firm but can be cut and will soften when at room temperature. Cut the fudge into ¾ inch by ¾ inch pieces. I found this is most easily done but cutting a strip of ¾ inch wide fudge and then cutting it into pieces. Wrap in candy foil or serve straight away!

Recipe and photo: Boulderlocavore.com


PC: thekitchenismyplayground.com

Lavender Hot Buttered Rum


  • ¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Culinary lavender buds​, finely ground in a spice grinder
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Boiling water
  • Rum


In the bowl of a food processor, combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, lavender, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.  Process until the mixture turns into a light brown paste.

To serve, pour boiling water into coffee mugs, adding a heaping tablespoon of the paste, and stir to dissolve.  Add rum to taste

Lavender and Sleep


A 2013 paper called Lavender and the Nervous System (found on the National Institute of Health website) provides "a survey on current experimental and clinical state of knowledge about the effect of lavender on the nervous system" The authors note that "there is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders. Several animal and human investigations suggest anxiolytic, mood stabilizer, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive and neuroprotective properties for lavender."  

In addition, Dr. Michael Lemmer's article in the March 2019 edition of the Oregon Lavender Association's  newsletter concluded that based on studies,  "The essential oils in lavender contain a large component fraction of linalool that has been shown to reduce anxiety in an experimental mouse model. Inhaling it may help reduce your level of anxiety." 

In other words, science supports what we all already knew -- that lavender can have a calming effect on us, reducing our anxiety, relaxing us, and helping us sleep.  And couldn't we all use a little bit of that right now? Self-care is such an important part of keeping ourselves healthy, both mentally and physically.  You can find several suggestions for how to incorporate lavender into your daily routine on our website -- but below are instructions for making a sleep sachet for yourself or as a sweet gift for a loved one! (They are also available for purchase on our website!)

Sleep Sachet


  • pretty natural cotton or linen fabric
  • matching thread
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite  lavender bud  (per sachet)


Cut fabric into 5 inch squares (2 squares for each sachet)

Place 2 fabric squares, print side together, and stitch three of the sides together

Turn right side out, fold unstitched ends under, and iron flat

Fill sachet with 4 tablespoons of lavender bud

To use, place under your pillow.  The movement of your head while you are sleeping will release the oil in the buds for a lovely scent and a restful sleep.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Just a few quick ideas for Secret Santa gifts or stocking stuffers! Just click on the photos for info. You can also visit our online shop for more ideas!

An Indelible Mark of Kindness


I ran across my mom’s obituary the other day. Her birthday is coming up and I’ve found myself really missing her lately, so I’ve been looking at old photos and memorabilia.  As I reread what I had written, I was reminded of what a truly remarkable woman she was: her many accomplishments, her generous spirit, her love of life, and her love for her friends and family.  But I was also struck by the fact that I had left out one of her most defining characteristics.  Thankfully, however, the Daily Independent newspaper’s editor, who was also a great friend of my mom’s, added her own comment at the end and filled in what I had missed.  She said:  “While we join her many loved ones in mourning her loss, we are grateful for the indelible mark of kindness she left on virtually everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. —Ed.”

An “indelible mark of kindness.”  What a perfect summation of how my mom lived her life and the impact she had on those around her.  Kindness was her superpower.  She responded to almost every situation with kindness, love, and humor.  She was the first person to volunteer to bring meals or lend an ear to an ailing friend. She elevated, encouraged, and celebrated those in her life.  And she could diffuse the most tense situation just by being kind.  Here’s a small example of that: One time when we were camping on Lake Isabella, a rowdy group of campers was keeping us awake into the wee hours.  Finally, my mom had enough and decided to go over and put a stop to it.  But she didn’t go over in anger as I might have.  Rather she walked over with a smile on her face and kindness in her pocket, introduced herself to the group, joined in their fun for a minute or two and then with her characteristic good humor asked that they tone it down a bit since we were all trying to sleep.  And that was all it took.  Her kindness was disarming. And it was transformative -- and indelible. She always saw the good in people and worked under the assumption that people really wanted to do what was right. 


I hope you've enjoyed our December newsletter! And please feel free to forward our newsletter to any lavender-loving friends who you think might enjoy it!