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Lilla's Lavender Water in Blue Bottle

Early August is when I met Cece. I was visiting the St. Johns Farmers Market on a Saturday afternoon. When I spotted the booth with the banner “Lilla Lavender”, I went right over to see what they were selling.

Cece and her husband Ray were busy talking with customers. During a lull in the steady stream of customers occurred, I took the opportunity to introduce myself.

“Our farm is located only a few miles away,” Cece said. “It’s a small organic lavender farm situated on a gentle southwest slope with a view of the coastal mountain range.”

Cece asked me about my interest in lavender. “I wrote a cookbook called “Discover Cooking with Lavender” and I’m here today to sign books at the St. John’s Booksellers,” I explained.

As we continued our conversation about cooking with lavender, Cece asked me how I make Lavender Syrup. “I take a cup of water, a cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of dried lavender buds, blend them in a small sauce pan and…..,” I went on.

Cece reached for a blue bottle, labeled Lavender Water. She handed it to me. “Here I want you to have this,” she said. “I use it to make lavender syrup. I find when I use this lavender water to make syrup, the flavor is consistent. Never too strong or too weak, just right. Try it and let me know what you think.”

I knew lavender water was a byproduct of the distillation process. Lavender plant material including both leaves and flowers are harvested and cooked in a large container. The heat and steam cause the plant’s glands to erupt and release their essential oils. Because the oil is lighter than water, when the steam condenses, the oil rises to the top and separates from the water. The remaining water is known as Lavender Water or hydrosol.

Hydrosol is frequently used to spray on sunburns, to add to your bathwater or to soothe an itch.  This was the first I heard of using it to cook with. I was intrigued.

I added 2 ounces to a cup of water and poured it over ice. The drink was too strong, it tasted bitter. I guess I overdid it with the lavender. The next drink I made I used 1 tablespoon with 1 cup of water, poured it over ice. This time it was just right. When I do make syrup, I will use with these proportions: 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon lavender water and 1 cup of sugar.

Thank you, Cece! Discover cooking with lavender has taken on a new meaning since I met you.

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My Brownie Troop

My Brownie Troop

As a young girl, I joined Brownies. My mother was our troop leader, we met at our home. The troop was together about 5 years. During that time I learned how to make a bunsen burner, weave newspapers together to make a “sit-upon” and I made close friends. I also learned to sell Girl Scout cookies.

Now, it is my pleasure to participate in Girlfriends Weekend. This event, offered by the Girl Scouts, gives women the opportunity to spend a weekend at Camp River Ranch, a favorite camp near Carnation, Washington. Carnation is less than an hour drive from Seattle. 

Women, moms and daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors have been invited to a “pampered camping” weekend where they will enjoy gourmet food, yoga, massage and cooking demonstrations and more. The proceeds from the event will raise money to send girl scouts with financial need to camp next summer. 

A silent auction  will give the “pampered campers”   a chance to financially contribute to this cause plus snag some of the special items up for grabs.  

  • A holiday dinner with the Governor at the Governor’s Mansion (live auction)
  • Tickets to Teatro ZinZanni
  • Victoria Clipper vacation packages, including hotel accommodations
  • Tickets to 5th Ave Theatre
  • Gorgeous handmade quilts and other amazing artwork
  • Certificates to spas and salons, including Seven Salon
  • Chef cooking classes
  • Certificates to some of Washington’s best restaurants
  • Discover Lavender Culinary Basket

Lavender BasketI am thrilled to have been invited to attend as a presenter. I am hosting a cooking demonstration on Saturday, September 11th. There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing my passion for food, eating and, of course, lavender. My demonstration will include new ways to infuse the flavor of lavender into sugar, seasoning blends, and more. 

Yesterday, I delivered my donation for the silent auction. I created a basket of my favorite lavender food items along with an autographed copy of my book – “Discover Cooking with Lavender”. 

 The basket includes special culinary products that I picked up last weekend at Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey Island.Lavender Treats I found a big basket and lined it with lavender tissue paper, then filled it with tempting treats, wrapped it all in cellophane tied it with a ribbon. 

Girl Scouts has taught me many things. Supporting girls and helping them to have many opportunities has been the most rewarding.

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