Valentines Day

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Mike Nelson
Farm Fun Round 3

Alright, Christmas is almost here. I hope these serene farm photos can help calm any stress you are having with last minute Christmas preparations. If you are here to find recipe ideas for the holiday, use the search bar in the right hand sidebar. If you are here looking for lavender gift ideas, visit our website www.thelavenderapple.com. If you are just here to look at pretty pictures of the farm, well enjoy. And happy holidays! 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

The Lavender Apple
Farm Fun Round 2

Just more pretty photo spam for your blog feed today. Its too late to order online and get deliveries before Christmas. But our shop is open and you are welcome to order and we will do our best to get orders out as quickly as possible. I'm pretty sure a lavender bath would be the perfect cure after a tiring holiday. Just hollar if you need us. www.thelavenderapple.com 

The Lavender Apple
Farm Fun Round 1

The holidays are here and some changes will be taking place at the Lavender Apple come January 1st. I wanted to make sure I shared some wonderful photos of the farm here this week before I signed off for Christmas. So this week, the posts will be dedicated just to the beauty that is the Lavender Apple farm. We are so grateful for the God who created and for the family who cultivate it. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas week. 

The Lavender Apple
Farm Friday

Just a simple photo on the blog today for "Farm Friday". This is our old Ford Truck. Its been a heavy duty work truck for us for many years. She is still going strong and is such a fun little vehicle to drive around in. Of course, now that our roads are covered in snow, it's not going much of anywhere. Hope you all have a fantastic and safe Christmas weekend. 

Most Popular Recipes 2016
As a blogger one of my favorite things to do is to look back through old photos in the archives. So much life happens and having a blog is a great way to preserve it. Todays post is a round up of our most popular recipe posts of 2016. There are some delicious recipes here, so if you didn't get to try them when the originally debuted on our blog, give them a whirl now. Use the search bar on the right hand side of the blog and enter any recipe name or ingredient and it will lead you to the proper page in our archives. Hope this inspires you to get to work in your kitchen today! 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

mussels and linguini in a white wine sauce

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Harambe Copy Cat Corn Salad

Epcot Morocco Copy Cat Lentil Salad

Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Shrimp Boil

Homemade Granola

Poached Salmon with New Potatoes

Butternut Squash Mushroom Salad with Goat Cheese
Bon Apetite! And we hope that you end 2016 with your best dishes yet. 
The Lavender Apple
How to Store Apples
Obviously living on a farm with an apple orchard, we have learned how to store apples for longer term use after our harvest. Here a few tips to help you when you want to keep your produce, specifically apples lasting longer. 

To maximize apple shelf life, wrap each apple in newspaper before place it in a basket. If one apple goes bad, the paper will protect the other apples from coming into contact with it. Store your apples in a cool basement, garage, shed, fruit cellar, or refrigerator. Make sure its not so cold that they freeze, freezing apples will ruin their texture. Do not store apples in a root cellar or near potatoes, the gases let off by the potatoes will spoil the apples. 


Just a little quick tip to start your weekend. Hope you all get to relax and enjoy yourselves!


Farm Friday
Well the snow is here and the lavender is long gone, but its nice to remember what our farm looked like just a few short weeks ago. Love the pop of purple next to all the rustic colors of fall on our farm. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. 


Beet & Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
Sometimes you eat something, and you know you are doing your body a favor, but your tastebuds hate you for it. Well this salad is a better version of that. Its a packed with powerful good for you ingredients, but your mouth will actually enjoy eating it! 


Ingredients: 
2 cups arugula 
1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup pickled beets, chopped
1/4 cup smoked almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons red onion, diced 
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Directions: 
Mix together all ingredients, eat, and be happy. 


The Perfect Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles are such a great cookie this time of year. I think its something about the cinnamon that just screams the coziness of the season. I love the tanginess the cream of tartar gives these cookies as well. They are chewy, soft, and a little bit spicy. So good. 


Ingredients: 
1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

For rolling: 
1 tbs cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients in mixer. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, then mix together your cinnamon and sugar, and roll the balls in that until their entire outside is coated. Then bake for 8 minutes. 


These cookies are the perfect texture, a delightful soft and chewy cookie perfect for fall. 

Christkindlmarkt Salt Lake City Starts Today!

Hello everyone. Just wanted to remind you that Christkindlmarkt starts in Salt Lake today! 

It's a traditional German Christmas market in Salt Lake City and the best part is it's free!

DATES

December 1, 2 and 3, 2016

HOURS

Thursday, December 1st: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday, December 2nd: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 3rd: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

LOCATION

This Is The Place Heritage Park

(2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue SLC, UT 84108)

ADMISSION

Free

 

The magic of Christmas abounds at the market. Activities for children include the Nicholas tent, daily children's parades, live nativity animals, the Gnome Fest and more. Our favorite part is of course the vendors. Enjoy 50 unique vendors who sell everything from hand crafted items, toys, ornaments, jewelry and more. You will find traditional German gifts such as smokers, along with tantalizing food. The daily parades celebrate the kind deeds of children. Whimsical and fun, the parades are the highlight of the market each day.

To find out more check out http://www.christkindlmarkt-slc.com/

Come visit the Lavender Apple booth and get all of your loved ones crossed off your Christmas list this year. We look forward to seeing you!

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
Another day, another slow cooker recipe. Can you tell I've been running into a problem lately of 5pm running around and not having the energy or motivation to cook dinner? Enter my slow cooker. Just find 5 minutes any time during your day, and voila! Your dinner is served at 5pm not matter how exhausted you are when bewitching hour hits. This soup was a real winner. I actually looked forward to my left overs. Its rich, filling, and full of deep flavors. 


Ingredients: 
1 chicken breast
1 can corn
2 cans black beans
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup fresh tomato salsa (recipe found just 1 post back) 
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 can chicken broth
1 cup chedder cheese
tortilla chips as garnish

Directions: 
Dump all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Shred chicken. Add cheddar cheese, garnish with tortilla chips. 

This soup is delicious and satisfying, and oh so easy. 
Enjoy!