Sunday, February 4, 2018

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Lavender Lemon Madeleines

Contributed by Chef Ellie Lavender

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re spending it with your sweetie, celebrating with your friends, or planning the perfect 'Me Day' – nothing says "love" like making a lavender-infused gift with your own creative hands.

Madeleines, the Classic French Tea Cakes are baked in special molds that give them a delicate shell shape. The name 'Madeleine' was given to these delightful tea cakes by Louis XV to honor his father-in-law's cook Madeleine Paulmier. 

Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines - vegan - gluten free

Madeleines infused with divine organic culinary lavender flowers and heavenly Meyer Lemons are truly delicious, very easy to make and a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift. Madeleines are best eaten the day they're baked. Though 3-5 days old Madeleines are wonderful too, when dunked into coffee, espresso and even wine. However you enjoy them, gift yourself by making some. 

Lemon and lavender pair well together.cooking lavender, edible lavender, lavender to cook with

Culinary Lavender Tip: always use high grade organic culinary lavender such as Pelindaba Lavender's Organic Culinary LavenderIt's sweet, aromatic and delightful, which will make your baked goods even heavenlier!

Lavender Lemon Madeleines
Yield 12 Madeleines | Vegan

Ingredients: Makes 12 Madeleines

1/2 cup spelt pastry flour
2 Tbsp. almond flour 
1/3 cup sweet butter (dairy or non-dairy)
1 Tsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
2Tbsp. sugar
1 Tsp. organic culinary lavender (finely chopped)
1/3 cup almond milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside.
Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
Using electric mixer or a mixing bowlat high speed beat spelt pastry flour, almond flour, sugar, almond milk, lemon juice and melted butter until the mixture is creamy and smooth. 
Add lemon zest and lavender flowers and beat for additional 2-3 minutes until they are well blended.
Spoon 1 Tbsp. batter into each mold.
Bake for 15-17 minutes,  or until cakes are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertip.
Use the tip of the knife to loosen madeleines from pan if necessary; invert onto rack.  
Let it cool for 5-10 minutes if you want to eat them right away. For packaging as gifts, let them cool for at least an hour.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Contributed by Chef Ellie Lavender of Lavender Design + Cuisine

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Unique Gift Idea - Lavender Wrap Bracelet


We have the privilege of working with many, talented local artisans.  Andrea Kiernan has been handcrafting lavender bead jewelry inspired by our organic lavender fields for many years.  Andrea brings us into her studio to share the process of one of her latest additions to our lavender jewelry line - the Lavender Silk Wrap Bracelet.

Handcrafting Lavender Beads Pelindaba Lavender Farm
"I craft the focal lavender bead for each wrap bracelet from molten glass bud-by-bud into a lifelike sculpted lavender flower.  Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.  Every intricate bead is handcrafted individually using colored glass rods and a torch fueled by oxygen and propane.   I use various hand tools – tweezers, dental tools and graphite paddles to shape the beads.  The bottom of each bead is melted flat and smooth in the torch flame so that it sits flat on the wrist.

"After the lavender bead is sculpted, it is properly annealed by slowly cooling overnight in a digitally controlled kiln to ensure strength and durability.




"The cooled glass beads are paired with silk ribbons created in collaboration between myself and a very talented California-based textile artist.  Each silk ribbon is hand painted with custom color blends creating subtle gradations of hue and tone using non-toxic dyes that are steam set to preserve vibrancy and resist fading.

Handcrafting Lavender Beads Pelindaba Lavender FarmAndrea Kiernan's Lavender Wrap Bracelets Pelindaba Lavender Farm

"The botanical details of the lavender bead are complemented by the textured leaf pattern of the button clasp closure that finishes the bracelet allowing it to be fully adjustable.  Drawing from the idea that both the lavender and the 100% pure silk ribbon share innate natural beauty, the bracelets have a peaceful feel that makes them wearable every day.  These bohemian style yoga wrap bracelets are versatile and I’ve seen customers also wear them as an anklet, or necklace. 

Andrea Kiernan's Lavender Wrap Bracelets Pelindaba Lavender FarmAndrea Kiernan's Lavender Wrap Bracelets Pelindaba Lavender Farm


"Each unique silk ribbon is approximately 40 inches long and will wrap around your wrist several times.  I wash the Lavender Wrap Bracelets by hand with Pelindaba’s Organic Lavender Hydrosol or a mild detergent and then lay the ribbon flat and allow it to air dry.  The ribbons can also be carefully ironed using the silk or nylon setting.

Pelindaba Lavender Farm Lavender Wrap Bracelet

"I package each Lavender Wrap Bracelet in a sachet bag filled with fragrant, organic dried lavender buds.  When not in use, simply return the silk wrap bracelet to the bag of dried lavender to infuse the silk ribbon with the sweet fragrance of Lavender Essential Oil.  When next worn, the wearer of these silk wraps will experience a subtle aromatherapy treatment.

"The miniature, sculpted flower heads are, for me, a way of preserving the fleeting excitement of the fields in full bloom so that they can be enjoyed as adornments year-round.

Organic Lavender Inspired Lavender Jewelry

"Amid all the busyness of life, take a deep breath.  Inhale the fragrance of lavender wherever you go by wearing a Lavender Silk Wrap Bracelet - the next best thing to taking a ferry ride to visit to San Juan Island's lavender fields." - Andrea Kiernan, Lavender Beads

Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shop Small On Small Business Saturday

 

Shop Small and Local on Small Business Saturday

Shopping Small and Local Benefits Communities  

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday... Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Small Business Saturday is on November 25th, 2017

 

When you shop small and local, more of the money you spend stays in your community to benefit your community. Just like this....
Shop Small in your local community

This Small Business Saturday on November 25th we look forward to seeing our local communities come out and support their communities by shopping small and local!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

From plant to product – proudly grown and handmade in the USA

 

Pelindaba is many things -
open-space preservation, sustainable, organic...

 

Pelindaba is also 100% grown and handmade in the USA. 

 

organic lavender products handcrafted in the USA

As a fully vertically integrated model of sustainable agriculture, each step of the process of producing our lavender products occurs on our San Juan Island, WA farm.  From the beginning stages of preparing the earth for the plants, to the final step tying the ribbon that fastens our signature tags to each finished product, each step of the process is done by hand in the USA.

organic lavender products handcrafted in the USA

organic lavender grown in the USA organic lavender grown in the USA

Each organic lavender plant is planted and nurtured by hand.  As the plants mature and begin to flower, they are hand harvested and either steam distilled on-site to extract their essential oils or hung to dry for use in our diverse product line.  Each step of this process is conducted by talented hands dedicated to their craft.

organic lavender grown in the USA

Using the organic lavender essential oil and dried flowers, our products are mixed, stirred, blended, baked, created and specially packaged in small batches all by hand with careful attention to detail by our team of creative artisans.  When the last detail is just right, our products are packaged by hand for delivery to one of our product galleries or to your front door.

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Pelindaba Lavender

– from plant to product 

– proudly grown and handcrafted in the USA

 

Pelindaba Lavender - lavender products handmade in the USA

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lavender Drying and Bud Processing

 

Lavender Drying and Bud Processing


Dried lavender flowers from Pelindaba Lavender
During the summer months we harvest our lavender at the farm.  (Learn how to harvest your lavender at home.)  As we harvest, the bundles that are to be dried are hung upside down in our drying barn for 3 to 8 weeks depending on the temperature and humidity.  Drying lavender inside, in the dark, out of the direct sunlight helps retain its color.  The bundles are held together by rubber bands which helps to keep the bundles intact while the stalks shrink during drying.  The bundles are hung on wires using paper clips, making sure to allow enough spacing for good air circulation.   

The barn windows are kept open and we run large fans during the drying process to help provide adequate air circulation and prevent mold and mildew formation.

In our production fields we cultivate two intermedia (or “French”) varieties predominantly –‘Grosso’ for dried flower bundles and especially essential oil and ‘Provence’ primarily for its buds.  (Click here for additional lavender variety suggestions.)

What exactly do we mean by buds and how do we remove them from the stalks?  One lavender stalk holds approximately 100 rice-grain-sized flower buds – each one of them opens into a tiny flower about a 1/4 inch across.  One of the many interesting things about lavender is that only about 15% of those flower blooms are in bloom at any one time.  They only bloom for about two weeks or so and then the petals will wilt and the next set of flowers bloom.  It does this completely at random, not from the bottom up or the top down.  In other words, lavender is a serial bloomer – that’s why our fields of lavender are so purple for so long during the summer months.

Stripping dried lavender buds at Pelindaba Lavender FarmStripping dried lavender buds at Pelindaba Lavender Farm


Organic Lavender Buds from Pelindaba Lavender FarmOne of the characteristics of the Provence variety is that when it is fully dry, the buds come off very easily.  This is the reason that we don’t use Provence for wreaths or other dried flower arrangements.  Early in the farm’s history, when we were processing 2,500 plants, we removed the buds by hand using a series of screens and sieves – a very labor-intensive process.  After we grew to over 6,000 plants we acquired a rotating brush tool developed in Australia.  Now with well over 25,000 plants, we simply feed the dried bundles into the spinning brushes and the buds are automatically stripped and collected below.

From here we use the dried lavender buds in a wide variety of personal care, therapeutic, household care, culinary and pet care products.  Additionally, in line with our vision to operate in accordance with the highest environmental standards, the leftover lavender stalks are used to create our Lavender Fire Starters, Lavender Sticks and Lavender Algae Inhibitors.

Lavender products made from Pelindaba Lavender Farm's organic lavender

One of the beauties of growing lavender (of which there are certainly many) is that there is no plant waste!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lavender Self-Care Spa Treatment in 5 Simple Steps

Taking inspiration from the popular hashtag #SelfcareSunday we like to carve out some weekend time to relax and rejuvenate, using our handcrafted lavender products for simple at-home spa treatments.

Go ahead and pamper yourself with this simple 5-step stress relieving self-care routine:


Step 1 - PREPARATIONS - First, prepare the bathroom by dimming the lights and lighting the three wicks of your Lavender Spa Therapy Candle.  Warm your Lavender Eye Pillow in the microwave and wrap it in a towel to retain the heat for later use. While the candle is slowly melting into a blend of moisturizing oil, run a hot bath.
Lavender Spa Products made by Pelindaba Lavender using organic lavender oil
 
Step 2 – BATHING - For additions to the bath water, we handcraft several luxurious options, each with its own benefits.  (If you don’t have a bathtub, we would recommend creating an aromatherapy experience by using our Lavender Body Wash).

Lavender Bubble Bath Excellent for stress relief, drizzle into the hot bath and vigorously agitate the water to create maximum bubbles.  Luxuriate.

Lavender Silky Milk Bath – An herbal bouquet bringing all the beneficial properties of lavender essential oil to the luxury of the bath.  It is said that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, soaked daily in lavender milk baths to keep her skin beautiful and radiant.

Lavender Bath Salts - Soothing, relaxing and detoxifying, a lavender-fragranced soaking bath to treat sore muscles and joints.

Lavender products for the bath made by Pelindaba Lavender with organic lavender oil

Step 3 - EXFOLIATE, SOAK & REJUVENATE – Apply Lavender Sugar Scrub to wet skin focusing on feet and rough areas.  Gently apply about a teaspoon to the face, lips and d├ęcolletage to remove dead skin, dirt and blockages.  Stimulate circulation by buffing skin using small circular motions until you feel the sugar melt.  The sugar’s natural glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, permeates the skin encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin
 

After 5-7 minutes rinse the remaining sugar from the skin and relax with your warm Lavender Eye Pillow.  The weight of the dried rice and organic lavender buds provides just the right amount of light pressure on the optic nerves to promote relaxation. Lay back, let your thoughts go and breathe deeply.

Lavender body products made by Pelindaba Lavender using organic lavender oil
 
Step 4 - FACIAL TREATMENT – After a final rinse, towel dry.  That steamy, pore-opening soak and exfoliating sugar scrub left your facial skin purified, soft and ready for an at-home lavender facial.

To re-balance the pH, tighten pores and prep the skin for moisturizers, apply our exclusive Organic Lavender Facial Toner and Cleanser all-natural antiseptic formulation by atomizing or use of a cotton ball to spread over skin.  The Hydrosol’s cooling effect feels great after a hot bath!
The single ingredient in Pelindaba's Facial Toner & Cleanser is our "Premium" organic lavender hydrosol, produced from our own organic lavender flowers during the initial fifteen minutes of steam distillation of essential oil - when the oil content of the hydrosol is at its highest.

Spot Treatment – Dab Organic Lavender Essential Oil onto individual breakouts at full strength, undiluted.  The natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties of lavender essential oil creates one of the most effective natural treatments for reducing redness, dark spots and scars caused by acne.

Eye Area – Not only is our Lavender Treatment Stick easy to apply for cuts and abrasions but it is an excellent all-natural soothing under eye balm for delicate skin around the eyes.  One of the key ingredients Vitamin E has long been recognized for treating dark circles, puffiness and signs of aging around the eyes.  A known emollient, the aloe vera in our recipe helps renew and hydrate.  *Because it contains pure essential oil, do use caution when applying close around the eyes.

For all over moisture, gently massage Lavender Hand and Body Lotion over your entire face, neck and chest.  Our Lavender Hand & Body Lotion blends our certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Hydrosol with a selection of organic plant oils and extracts to create our soothing paraben-free lotion.

Lavender Products for the Body handcrafted by Pelindaba Lavender
 
Step 5 - ALL OVER BODY CARE - Moving on to the rest of the body, extinguish the Lavender Spa Therapy Candle and let it cool for a couple minutes.  Focusing on tight, sore muscles and joints carefully pour the warm skin-conditioning oils onto the skin for a silky massage.  Let the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties of the steam distilled Organic Lavender Essential Oil take effect.

Treat areas that require a higher degree of moisturization and protection like elbows and knees with our ever-popular Lavender Body Butter.  The principle ingredient, certified organic shea butter, is an effective skin softener and is a favorite for healing cuticles, calluses and cracked heals.

Finally for the perfect after-bathing finishing touch, our fine talc-free Lavender Body Powder made exclusively with natural ingredients, and enhanced it with the natural antibacterial and disinfectant properties of our organic lavender essential oil.  These beneficial properties along with the deodorizing qualities of baking soda, provide a degree of body dusting as therapeutic as it is comforting. 

Lavender Body Products made by Pelindaba Lavender with organic lavender essential oil

We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for a relaxing lavender spa treatment.  Have additional self-care tips utilizing lavender to share?  Please leave them in the comments below.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Keeping the bugs at bay naturally

Keeping the bugs at bay naturally


With summer here we are all spending more and more time outdoors.  Indispensable for outdoor activities, summer evenings, picnics, camping, hiking or while in the garden, our Lavender Insect Repellant is a safe and gentle formula that takes advantage of lavender's long recognized insect repellant qualities.  

Lavender Insect Repellant handcrafted with organic lavender by Pelindaba Lavender
Our natural Lavender Insect Repellant contains zero harmful chemicals, petroleum products, DEET or artificial fragrances.  Instead one experiences the pleasant aroma and natural insect repelling attributes of our farm-distilled, certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil and Organic Lavender Hydrosol during outdoor activities - camping, hiking, gardening, picnics, sporting events, etc.  While it helps to ward off mosquitoes, black flies, gnats and fleas it may also provide protection against ticks and mosquito borne illnesses like the Zika Virus.

Lavender Insect Repellant handcrafted with organic lavender by Pelindaba LavenderLavender Insect Repellant handcrafted with organic lavender by Pelindaba Lavender
The number one question we get from customers about our Lavender Insect Repellant is: “Does it really work?  It's one of the most reviewed products on our website.  Keep reading to find out about our customers’ experiences after using it.

Laurie from Santa Rosa California says: I love this product!  This is a great alternative for those people who want to avoid spraying chemical compounds all over themselves.  I've purchased it for my sister-in-law who is a cancer survivor and cannot tolerate non-natural products.  She swears by it, too!”  And Jan from Seattle also attests to its all-natural ingredients in her review: What a relief to know I am not using chemicals on my skin.  The idea of DEET being an ingredient in over the counter insect repellents bothered me.  It is nice to know there is a more natural alternative to keeping mosquitoes from chewing on me.  I am a magnet to these critters and appreciate this repellent very much.  Besides, I smell of lavender, not chemicals!”

Lavender Insect Repellant handcrafted with organic lavender by Pelindaba Lavender
In many reviews, customers appreciate that our all-natural formula is gentle enough to be used on young children and the elderly.  Jessica from Casper, WY shared this experience from a recent hiking trip: I used this on my 18 month old last summer and she didn't have a single bug bite while we were hiking, however I didn't think to spray it on myself and I was eaten alive...so it definitely works!”  Amanda from Friday Harbor, WA adds : “This is the best bug repellant out there!  I appreciate that there are no chemicals in it.  I can spray it on my skin and hair with no worry.  My friends with kinds also love it. It smells so much better than DEET or any of the other OFF equivalents.” 
Lavender Insect Repellant handcrafted with organic lavender by Pelindaba Lavender
Pelindaba’s Lavender Insect Repellant has received many 5-star reviews from customers living in areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes.  For example, Brenda from Palmetto Florida wrote: “Throw your industrial insect repellant away right now and start using this product.  I was skeptical as I live on a canal in Florida and have constant problems with biting insects, but this stuff actually works better and is far more pleasant than the chemicals that you buy at the grocery store.  I liked it so much that I bought some for all of my neighbors!”

Do you have a review of Pelindaba’s Lavender Insect Repellant to share?  Leave it in the comments below.