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Spring Wreath Workshop

Why have a beautiful hand made wreath just for Christmas, when we can welcome in Spring with an Easter Wreath too.  Come learn how to make an adorable wreath for your door to celebrate spring!  We’ll use decorative mesh and ribbon, and lots of Easter extras.

All materials provided. The class is $45.00 plus hst for a couple of fun, relaxing and creative hours… just… for… YOU!!

The class size is limited to 10 participants. Register at  www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-wreath-workshop-tickets-43181274354

 

 

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Pisanki Workshop

Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

The pisanki derive from an ancient tradition when eggs, the symbol of life, were endowed with magical properties and were thought to ensure both a plentiful harvest and good health. Spend an afternoon by our firepalce learning this Eastern European tradition while creating beautiful pisanki for your Easter celebration.

$20 +hst includes all materials. Click here to register.

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8 Ways Lavender Can Beat Winter Woes

Winter is here! And alongside winter fun come the challenges of the season, including dry skin, chapped lips, and keeping your house feeling spring fresh. Here are a few tips and tricks for meeting winter’s challenges head on so you can enjoy beauty of the season.

  1. Improve Sleep: A good night’s sleep is important, and Lavender helps to naturally relax the body and mind to encourage a restful sleep:
    1. Linen Spray – lightly mist sheets and pillows with Serenity Lavender Farm Linen Spray. You can spray your sheets when you turn the bed down at night, or in the morning while making the bed.
    2. Sachet – Tuck a sachet under the pillow when you make your bed. Flip your pillow over as you go to bed for a gentle scent of lavender.
    3. Essential Oil – lightly dab Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil behind your ears or on the bottoms of your feet.
    4. Diffuser – Serenity Lavender Farm Lavender Diffuser will gently release its scent through natural reed diffuser sticks
  2. Treat your Feet: Feet can take a beating in the winter and should receive some extra TLC.
    1. Foot Bath – add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to a warm foot bath to relax and relieve stress.
    2. Foot Cream – mix a several drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to Coconut Oil. Spread on dry, cracked feet then put on a pair of socks before going to bed.
  3. Nosebleeds: The dry air can irritate the skin in our nasal passages and nosebleeds can result. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Serenity Lavender Oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Place the wrapped ice against the base of the nose above the top lip and hold it there until the bleeding stops or as long as comfortable. Do not freeze your lip or gum.
  4. Relief for Eczema: Cold weather can exacerbate eczema and dermatitis. Add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to coconut oil and use topically.
  5. Spring Clean: Bring the fresh feel of spring into your home! Combine water with white vinegar and a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to wash floors, mirrors, glass, and any hard surface. This DIY cleaner is environmentally friendly and child/pet safe. [Note: do not mix vinegar with chlorine products.]
  6. Cold Sore Relief: place a drop of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil on a cold sore for pain relief and to speed healing. Lavender is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Try it on dry, cracked lips for fast relief.
  7. Freshen Bathrooms: place a drop or two of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil on the cardboard core of toilet paper when restocking the bathroom. Alternately, you can also spritz the inside of the roll with Serenity Lavender Farm Linen Spray. Each time paper is taken from the roll it will release the fresh scent of lavender.
  8. Cold/Sinus Relief: Lavender can bring quick relief from colds and sinus infections.
    1. Add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to boiling water and inhale the steam to open nasal passages, relieve coughing and throat irritation, and naturally aid in treating sinus infections.
    2. Rub a drop of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil near nasal passages, on the back of the neck, at the temple, and on the forehead—avoiding the eyes—for relief from sinus pressure and inflammation.
    3. Put a pinch of Serenity Lavender Farm Culinary Lavender in your tea, or brew a cup of one of Serenity Lavender Farm’s specialty teas to aid in sleeping and bring relief to irritated throats.

A little lavender goes a long way
to brighten your winter, naturally!

 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Lavender & Lemon White Chocolate Truffles

A match made in heaven- zesty lemon and luscious lavender! We can’t get enough of these creamy fragrant white chocolate bites and with Valentine’s day a few weeks away what better occasion to make these rich white chocolate treats for the one you love.
Ingredients:
8 oz. white chocolate (use chocolate chips for quicker melting)
2 tbsp butter
6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp Serenity Lavender Farm culinary lavender buds

 

 

Finely chopped pistachios for garnish, cake sparkles or powdered sugar
Instructions:
In the top portion of a double boiler, combine the whipping cream, butter, lavender, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Over low heat bring the mixture to a simmer while stirring continually.
Remove the mixture from the stove and extract the lavender and lemon zest by passing the liquid through a fine sieve.
Add water to the bottom pot of the double boiler and heat.  Add the chocolate into the warm mixture of whip cream .  Stir until it is smooth and melted.   Do not melt the chocolate over direct heat.
Once you have a smooth mixture with the chocolate, pour the ganache (cream & chocolate mixture) into a bowl and leave a room temperature for up to 5 hours.  At this point, the ganache should be hard enough to hold whatever form you wish. Use a teaspoon or a small melon baller to place  small heaps of the truffle mix onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer for 15 minutes

 

Remove  the ganache from the freezer, and quickly roll each heap between your hands to create small smooth balls, and place back onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Roll each ball in chopped pistachio nuts, cake sparkles or powdered sugar  and finish with a bud of lavender atop each truffle.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Adapted from Adventures in Cooking
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Save the date!! Lavender Festival 2018

Sometimes it’s best to brainstorm when you are far away from all the hustle and bustle of the daily routine of home an work.  Last year Serenity’s Lavender Festival exceeded all of our expectations.  The turnout was amazing, the weather was picture perfect but we did not yet have our new hospitality centre and so with a new building smack dab in the centre of our parking and vendor area, with  a full service restaurant open 7 days a week,  a brainstorming session was in order.  Over the next few months we’ll be rolling out the Festival activities.  A sprinkle of new with old making this an even better festival for all ages!

Lavender is, of course still  the star of the show and choosing a date can be a challenge not too early and not too late to miss the peak of bloom.  And then there are all the other wonderful festivals in Windsor Essex to keep in mind.  We’ve chosen June 30th and July 1st and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that mother nature is as kind to us as she was last year!  So pencil that date into your calendars and we hope to see you for another Scentscational Experience!!! 

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We’re Hiring!!! Prep cooks, Line cooks, Dishwashers, Waitstaff

WE ARE HIRING!!!    Our sister company had a wonderful soft launch thanks to you our customers and now we are gearing up for ourregular hours and expanding our offerings.  So start your New Year by joining our talented culinary team.  We are hiring in all positions full time and part time including:  line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, cleaners, front of house supervisors and waitstaff.  Apply by sending a resume to chef@north42degrees.com.

 

Renumeration commensurate with experience. 

Come join our team!!!

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A perfect pairing for a cup of Lavender tea – Lavender Lemon tea cookies

Here’s a nice easy recipe for Lavender Lemon tea cookies that we’ve adapted from Dietitians of Canada, COOK!  A tea time favourite- oooh so pretty too! They are a perfect pairing with a cup of Serenity Lavender’s Lavender Earl Grey tea on a cold winter’s day or just a nice treat to chase away the winter blues.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup Serenity Lavender’s lavender sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine

1 large egg beaten

1/2 cup 2% milk

2 tsp lemon extract

 

Frosting:

1 cup icing sugar

2 1/2 – 3 tbsp 2% milk

2 tsp non-hydrogenated margarine

1 tsp lemon extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)

In a large bowl, combine flour, lavender sugar and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and lemon extract. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until a stiff dough forms (do not over mix).

Drop 1 tablespoonful (15 mL) about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Frosting:

In small bowl, combine icing sugar, milk, margarine and lemon extract to form a smooth, thin frosting.

Drizzle frosting over cooled cookies and top with Serenity Lavender’s Culinary lavender buds.

Makes about 30 cookies

 

Excerpted from Dietitians of Canada, COOK! by Mary Sue Waisman, photos by Colin Erricson © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. 

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A perfect day for a cup of tea!

A perfect day for a cup of tea…. we’re tasting some new teas and can’t wait to share our new releases with you! Of course they are all blended with our own lavender grown locally at Serenity Lavender Farm. The flavours of our culinary lavender varieties are matched to enhance the flavours of the tea.  We grow a number of varietals that are unique to Ontario and Canada.   So,  coconut ice with it’s spearmint flavours and aromas are a perfect match to our Spearmint tea, which incidently is a great tea to help with digestion. All of teas are fair trade and where possible organically grown.  We are always looking for recommendations. 

So,what’s your favourite tea?

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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.

 

 

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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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