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This light and delicious dessert from Chef Kate McAloon is quick, easy and sure to become a favorite! It is served at *Keys Creek Lavender Farm and the recipe will be in their cookbook coming out later this year. The lavender adds a delightful flavor to the cake, but the recipe can be made without it. Just use regular honey and fruit preserves instead of the lavender jelly, but if using lavender you’ll be surprised at how great it is in dessert and other dishes! Chef Kate McAloon has used assorted berries in this recipe, but she also likes to use summer fruits as they come into the markets. You’ll have fun finding the ones you like the best. Please use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Lavender Angel Cake

Ingredients

1 angel food cake (Whole Foods Market has a healthier version)

½ cup *Keys Creek Lavender Jelly (1/2 a jar)

1 ½ cups whipping cream

2 Tablespoons *Keys Creek Lavender Honey

2 Teaspoons *Keys Creek Culinary Lavender (reserve 1 teaspoon of lavender for garnish)

Assorted berries (about ½ cup of each…sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)

Fresh mint and fresh lavender sprigs (if you have some available for garnish)

Preparation

In a bowl or electric mixer whip the cream with the lavender honey and 1 Teaspoon culinary lavender. Set aside in the refrigerator. Slice the angel food cake in half (like an English muffin) and spread the lavender jelly on the bottom layer.

Then replace the top of the cake so it looks like a whole cake again. Cover the entire angel food cake with the whipped cream mixture.

Arrange the assorted berries on the cake. Get creative and have fun. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon Culinary Lavender and some fresh mint. If you are lucky enough to have fresh lavender nearby use a few sprigs to garnish too.

Visit Chef Kate’s website (www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com) and the Kora Organics Blog (under Chef Kate) for more healthy organic recipes and articles.

*Visit www.KCLFARM.com for more information about the cookbook, to sign up for their newsletter, and order culinary lavender and other products.

Champagne Lavender Kiss Royal is an easy and festive drink for Valentine’s Day or anytime you feel like a refreshing drink! The original recipe is made with Champagne, but you can also use sparkling water or apple juice and leave out the liquor for a non-alcoholic version. If using sparkling water, you may need to add a little more pomegranate juice. Kids will love it and feel so special that you shared this with them. This recipe will be shared in Kate McAloon’s upcoming cookbook from *Keys Creek Lavender Farm. Both ways are delicious! Please use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Champagne Lavender Kiss Royal

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Chambord or Cassis liquor per glass (*infused with lavender recipes below)

*1 Teaspoon culinary lavender

2 Tablespoons pomegranate juice per glass (well chilled)

Champagne (well chilled)

Colored sugar or regular sugar (to rim the glasses)

Lemon or lime wedge (for rimming glasses)

A few raspberries or pomegranate (seeds for serving)

Preparation

Rim the edge of a Champagne flute or festive glass with sugar by pouring a small amount of sugar on a plate. Then run the lime or lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip the glasses in the sugar and shake off the excess on to the plate. Put the liquor and fruit juice in each glass and slowly fill with Champagne, sparkling water, or sparkling juice. You may have to stop for a moment and wait till it stops fizzing to finish filling the glass or it may bubble over. Add raspberries or pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.

*To infuse liquor (or fruit juice) with culinary lavender:

Take one cup liquor or fruit juice and add 1 teaspoon of culinary lavender (or less to taste) to the liquid. Set aside for at least an hour. Check to see if you can taste the lavender, if you can then strain well and it is ready to use in your cocktail. It may need a bit more time to bring out the flavors so check in 30 minutes and then strain. This infusion will keep refrigerated for at least a week.

Visit Chef Kate’s website (www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com) and the Kora Organics Blog (under Chef Kate) for more healthy organic recipes and articles.

*Visit www.KCLFARM.com for more information about the cookbook, to sign up for their newsletter, and order culinary lavender and other products.

Yes – this little spray does it all! From lightly scenting your linens and sheets and freshening up the room to soothing sunburns and itchy bug bites, the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray from Keys Creek Lavender Farm is a household dream come true!

Lavender is used typically as a natural sleep aid, due to its’ calming properties, but it has a multitude of uses that make this essential oil a must-have in any home. Keys Creek Lavender Farm has developed a lovely spray made from Certified USDA Organic lavender essential oil and pure lavender hydrosol. It can be kept in the home, office, or car – anywhere you may need to experience the soothing attributes of lavender.

Mom’s” favorite use? Two or three sprays on the pillow before bedtime – creating a peaceful state of bliss as slumber beckons!

To learn more about the wonderful uses of lavender, or to order the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray, please visit www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

For a hint of the season, Soapwalla Chef Rachel Winard has shared her recipe for a spicy linen spray that features lavender, bergamot and cedar essential oils. Spritz lightly on linens or just into the air for a quick pick-me-up!

Spicy Linen Spray

Ingredients

2 oz shot vodka

10 drops each lavender & bergamot essential oils

4 drops cedar essential oil

2 cups distilled water (not tap or purified)

Instructions

Measure out shot of vodka for the linen spray.

Pour into opaque glass or plastic spray bottles, along with other ingredients. Mix thoroughly, let sit overnight to allow the flavors to meld, then start spraying!

(Please avoid children, animals, and eyes.)

For more information on Soapwalla Kitchen, visit the website.

This delicious recipe comes from Keys Creek Lavender Farm, where Chef Kate McAloon and Alicia Wolff, the organic farm’s owner, are working on a Lavender Inspired Cookbook. These flavorful shrimp work well as an entree or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer. The flavors go great with a refreshing Agavi Lavender Margarita for the grownups and Pineapple-Limeade for the kids. For more exciting recipes, check out Chef Kate’s website: www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com.

Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple Lavender Marinade

by Chef Kate

Ingredients

2 lbs. Wild Caught Shrimp (cleaned with tails on)

1/4 cup Organic Pineapple Juice

1/2 cup Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil

1/4 cup Organic Fresh Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon *Lavender Honey

4 Tablespoons Organic Cilantro (Finely Chopped) (reserve 2 Tablespoons for garnish)

4 Tablespoons Organic Green Onion (Finely Chopped) (reserve 2 Tablespoons for garnish)

3 Cloves Organic Garlic (minced)

1/4 teaspoons Organic Red Pepper Flakes (more or less to taste)

1 1/2 teaspoons *Organic Culinary Lavender

1/2 teaspoons *Lavender Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

Preparation

Mix all marinade ingredients together well. Add Shrimp and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Heat grill according to directions.

Remove Shrimp from Marinade (reserve Marinade) and grill Shrimp for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until done. While grilling Shrimp bring the Marinade to a boil and reduce by half.

Remove Shrimp from grill and keep warm on a covered platter.

Pour Marinade over Shrimp and sprinkle with the reserved Cilantro and Green Onion. Serve immediately.

This recipe serves 4 as an entree or 6 to 8 as an appetizer. If serving as an appetizer use toothpicks or mini skewers.

Organic Lavender products available at www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

*Recipe courtesy of Chef Kate of www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com. Image taken by Lauren Lemons, Photographer.*

Earth Friendly Products 100% Organic Lavender Hand Soap is simply delightful! Let the soothing, relaxing scent of lavender fill the senses as you wash your hands. Aromatherapy at its’ finest – no need to light a candle or use essential oils! For busy moms, this scent is wonderfully calming in the midst of a challenging day.

Earth Friendly Products is committed to offering a full line that is free of bleach, petrochemicals, phosphates, carcinogens and other harmful ingredients.

Dedicated to creating affordable and organic products for the entire household, visit their for a full list of planet-friendly products, from dish soap and laundry detergent to bathroom cleaners and all-purpose cleaners online at www.ecos.com.

*Company sent a sample, images and information for this review.*

A truly decadent cream for little bottoms! BABYBEARSHOP’s Cheeky Baby Butter soothes and heals diaper rash with calming chamomile, red mandarin and lavender combined with organic shea butter. Just a little will go a long way, and moms may find themselves dipping into the jar to moisturize dry, cracked hands after washing! Not just for baby’s behind, this rich, all-natural cream will soothe everything from cradle cap to minor skin irritations & eczema. To order Cheeky Baby Butter and other delightful organic skincare items from their line, such as Mama Belly Oil, visit BABYBEARSHOP.

*BABYBEARSHOP sent a sample for this review.*

Today’s tip was written by Nancy Zazzaro, creator of the popular “Monster Spray” and “Storm Squasher” seen on Tiny Green Mom. Nancy uses organic lavender in her special formulation for making Monster Spray and Storm Squasher. Please visit her website for more information: http://www.etsy.com/shop/zazzaro.

The Many Benefits of Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula) has been used for centuries. It has been used for everything from food to heal people! It can treat acne, athlete’s foot, and stomach discomfort. Lavender is superlative as a disinfectant, for migraine or headache relief, to heal burns, and treat insect bites.

Lavender is exceptional as a fabric freshener and as a repellent for insects. It is often used to treat sore muscles, alleviate respiratory problems, as a relief for sunburns, and of course, to soothe nerves! Because Lavender has antiseptic properties, it makes a great household disinfectant, as well.

One of the most popular uses for Lavender essential oil is to induce sleep. The benefits of Lavender have been documented for well over 2000 years! Once you discover Lavender and its multitude of amazing uses, you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

BABYBEARSHOP is giving Tiny Green Mom’s readers a special offer just in time for Earth Day! Buy one of their delightful Lavender Vanilla candles and get the 2nd one free! Use the code below to purchase yours online at www.babybearshop.com.

Buy One Get One Free Lavender Vanilla Candle Code: tinygreencandle

Have a little one frightened of the dark? Monster Vapor offers “bravery in a bottle” – one spray and the monsters will surely stay away! Made of Organic Lavender, Organic Aloe, and witch hazel, this all-natural handy spray is a wonderful tool for parents to use with their child who experiences nightmares, has fear of being alone in the dark, or trouble sleeping. As lavender is known for its calming and soothing effect, Monster Vapor also makes a wonderful room spray to ease tension and stress. $8.50 a bottle, Monster Vapor can be found online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/zazzaro.