Monday, November 29, 2010

Our Farm Market . . .


. . . will be open Tuesday morning from 9:30 - 11 am and then again at 4:30 - 6 pm.  If you live in the Scottsdale - Phoenix Valley - stop by and say hello.  Check out The Simple Farm here and The Simple Farm on Face Book.  We're located at 9080 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Cozy French Supper

I love it when face~book friends think about me. Vicki, a fb friend, sent me a note that the new Bon Appetite Magazine had A Cozy French Supper recipe.

Photo courtesy of Bon Appetite

Of course I found it immediately and was delighted to find that it's another one of Dorie Greenspan's recipes which I believe is from her newest cookbook - Around My French Table

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dinner is done . . .


. . . at our home.

Beautiful Friends. . . .

. . . like Cynthia Bogart are priceless.

This past Tuesday we opened up our suburban farm known as The Simple Farm to the public.  We've worked for weeks/months to prepare for the day we'd have our own market here at our farm where everything about this farm has been French inspired.

. . . so, on this day Cynthia brought her sweet grandson and mother to the farm and in her arms was a big bundle of French-y things - a beautiful Provence table linen, a stack of books and clay herb markers that we'll use in our French themed herb garden that's been recently planted near the market.





The day was incredibly busy and I didn't get the opportunity to thank her for her thoughtfulness and kindness to bless me with such lovely gifts. . .

. . .so, beautiful Cynthia . . .thank you very much.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks For . . .

. . . so many things . . . one being . . .


. . . my dad and his hands.  Here dad is involved in helping make oyster stuffing for Thursday's meal of Thanks.  I thank God that I still have my dad (and mom) in my life.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Herbs . . .

. . . fragrantly grace a new spot on our farm (The Simple Farm) where sanctuary has once again been created.

I call this sanctuary place The French Garden because I designed this area to replicate a typical French potager where four quadrants surround the centerpiece of a small round glass topped table (I'm still looking for the fun iron chairs) under a pergola.  This area is (will be) decorative using a mixture of herbs, flowers and vegetables in a quadrant pattern.

Herbs planted are: French tarragon, French chervil, garlic chives, common chives, five or six kinds of thyme, cilantro, Italian parsley, curly leaf parsley, dill, basil, rosemary, marjoram . . .and a few other gourmet herbs grace this spot that now smiles.  Sugar snap peas line three of the entrance points and mammoth sunflowers mingled with sugar snap peas surround the peripheral of the French Garden. I've interspersed drops of nasturtium as well.

I can hardly wait for it to be in full bloom - all of its glory to display to the heavens and every one that visits our farm. Maybe you'll come?

Have a wonderful Saturday. xoxo lylah

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our Farm Market . . .


. . . experienced its last day at a local farmers' market . . .


. . . because we're opening up our market at the farm. . . soon!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Apple Party


One dd took this photo of an apple party at our farm. It was so beautiful that I had to share it.  Have a wonderful weekend!

We had a surprise visit by a few little princesses . . .


. . . the other day and they followed one another tip toeing . . .


through the secret garden at The Simple Farm after they ate . . .


. . .their cupcakes of course.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Simple French Inspired Vintage Beauty




. . . if we blink, we might miss the moment of unexpected beauty . . . so, make sure you don't blink to much today.  xoxo lylah

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

French Inspired Barn Sale

I'd love your input. I think it'd be a ton of fun for your input on what I'm calling a "French Inspired Barn Sale" ~ meaning twice a year, we'll open our barn right here in suburbia Scottsdale and include an offering of French inspired and vintage home and garden delights just for you.

So, here's where you come in. Should you come to a French inspired barn sale - what would be a few things that you'd totally want to see and or just have to have for your home or garden?

Thanks! xoxo Lylah

Monday, November 1, 2010

It Was A Good Day . . .


. . . and I'm giving thanks. When I think about the good things that surround me, it causes the other unnecessary stuff to fade.