Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lavender Festival Fun with the Toddlers

We were fortunate to be able to make it this year to the Blanco Texas Lavender Festival. 

Blanco in Spanish means white, but since Blanco has become the Lavender Capital of Texas they are now Lavender in color.  Although the Lavender Lemonade was pale yellow, and an absolutely delicious to taste.!  And the Lavender lemon cookies are the best ever.!
We skipped the court yard market to go straight out to the farms to see the demonstrations.  Unfortunately, we arrived late. 

We did get to attend the how to raise Lavender class at Hill Country Lavender Farm. .  The lady there was really good at answering questions.  I bought 2 plants to go in the garden at home.  They had Lavandula angustifolias or English lavenders, Munstead Lavender.  It was the best for the drier climate. 




The second farm we went two was Heron's Nest Herb Farm.  Our purpose for going there was to learn how to distill the oils from herbs.  I ended up buying a purple hat, and we did see the distilling process, just too late for the instructions.  They had beautiful herb gardens, and the toddlers had more fun here because they could get down and walk.  Got some great shots of the herb gardens but will have to share later.

It ended with a trip to DQ for the toddlers and a good ice cream blizzard to cool everyone down.  The girls were worn to a frazzle.  I thank them for going with me and humoring me.


I will leave you with the Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe.
 









Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookies

…a taste of golden, lemony Summer!

    * ½ cup butter
    * 1 cup white sugar
    * 2 Tbsp. dried Lavender flowers
    * 2 Lemons, zest & juice
    * 1 egg
    * 2 tsp. baking powder
    * 2 cups + white flour

Set oven @ 350° F.
Blend butter, sugar & Lavender.
Add in lemon zest & juice then the egg
Blend in the 2 cups flour & the baking powder next.
Dough should be soft
Add more flour by the TBSP if needed.
Chill 20 minutes.
Roll out and cut into ½ inch thick rounds, makes approx 30-36.
Bake 10-15 minutes max, “bottoms” pale gold.
Sprinkle with Lavender sugar  Click here for how to make Lavender Sugar or purchase at Health food Store.

2 comments:

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Ooh, I love lemon-lavender bread from my local bakery, so I think I have to try these cookies! Thanks for posting!

chitra said...

First time hearing about the Lavender lemon cookie. Hope it is yummy too. We dont get lavender flowers here.
I can see that you have had a nice time. see you.