Sunday, October 30, 2011

Red Rubber Boots

I had a few moments to linger this morning before needing getting to attending to morning farm chores (milk the goats, feed the boys and give extra goats milk [lactose free] to the cackling hens.

You know how it is, I'm sure. One link to another link and then another.   While sipping French press my man made this morning I lingered while linking (maybe too long) and these red rubber boots jumped out at me [so did the price, I suppose].



 Ilse Jacobson of Splendid Willow Avenue has incredibly adorable jewelry, home decor and childen's items, but it was these boots that grabbed my attention and love of red. I'd wear these, would you?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Just Went to Paris . . .



. . . well . . . sorta. . . through the Paris Lens of my darling friend Pamela Jane.....and you can too when you pay her photo shop a little visit. . . now, all we need is a little cafe' table and my French favorite - Cafe' au lait and a few delectable macrons.

Monday, October 24, 2011

When Life Inspires Our Home . . .



One woman I totally adore is Melissa Michaels - the blogger at The Inspired Room. She's fun, creative, loving, tender, beautiful, a giver, kind, warm, inspiring. . . and she's one of those bloggers you become endeared to even though you never meet in person.

I've never met her face to face (we have chatted on the phone) but I know by her sweet spirit and by the things she writes and what she cares about that she's all this and more.

Well, I'm telling you all this because I'm so proud to get the opportunity to share with you an opportunity you won't want to miss out on - it's Melissa's new (and first of many) E-Book - NOT a DIY Diva: How To Create an Authentically-Inspired Life in a Pinterest World.

I just received my copy and think you'll love it too! Check it out here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Chic & Delicious French Treats . . .

. . . is the subtitle to my newest cookbook find entitled Macarons.



It's the little tiny book on the left. 


Just to the left of my other new find - Snog - Healthy Treat Cookbook.





It's a lovely book that I found at a garage sale this past Friday. A bargain, indeed.


I've known about marcarons just about my whole life. My mom used to make them.  I used to eat them.


And the French thought up the idea for these little almond meringue cakes.  Their popularity and interest has increased since "Ladure' brought its macarons to NYC" recently.




I'm looking forward to making these chic, delicious little French treats and gently placing them in this


. . . and displaying (aka selling) them at the market at our farm store.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Boot Trends - Caught My Eye


Even a farmer in the middle of Scottsdale loves fashion!  Before heading out to milk the girls I tend to do a quick email check and this cute "bootie poppin" 6 Cute Ways to wear to style the falls boot trend caught my eye from Refinery 29 caught my eye.




Boots are always
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkins Rock

Pumpkins rock and rule at our farm this season. We have two varieties of carving and painting pumpkins




and six varieties of cooking/baking pumpkins....


all of which are simply beautiful.  


Since the big squash arrived, I've been learning all about Hubbards, Kurshaw, the French Cinderella, the delicate White, the New England Pie and our own farm grown Sugar Pie.


I have concluded that pumpkins/squash are beautiful and invaluable to our health and must be eaten a ton at this time of year.  In light of that, I've been researching and finding some pretty amazing ways to prepare pumpkin.

Simple Recipes has this one - Spicy Pumpkin Soup that I can only imagine is fabulous.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 (15 oz) cans 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
  • 5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)**
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
*To make pumpkin purée, cut a sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don't use for future use.
**If cooking gluten-free, use gluten-free broth.

METHOD

1 Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more.
2 Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
3 Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.
4 With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt.
Serve in individual bowls. Sprinkle the top of each with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Bon Appétit



Saturday, October 8, 2011

Another Project

There have been times in my life where I had the creative ability to put a room together with all things that I loved. But since Candace and her family moved from the house, I felt as if my 'style' had changed and I wasn't quite sure what or who I'd become. So, I brought all sorts of special things in and set them around these rooms and then just stared at them. No creative juices came.  Here's that post.

Today, I'm - rather we (some pretty creative designing type young daughters of my heart women) are beginning to bring the room together and when it's complete I'll be sure to show you the pictures.





On another note - here's a new project I just acquired. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Touch of Heaven at The Farm

{Posted this originally at The Simple Farm blog}....

Wednesdays are always a high light of my week. Early in the morning, around 7 a.m. the cars start rolling in and the rock star women begin to gather finding gloves, shovels, seeds, buckets, stapler guns, wheel barrows, scissors, fertilizer and just about anything else that is needed to make the morning successful in the eyes of a farmer.





And yet, success is a group of women unknown to each other who show up because they dare to and because the care to - to lend a hand and help a little urban (some say suburban) farm (seeking to be self sustaining) in the middle of Scottsdale - grow and connect to its community through good, organic food.



Days like today cause me to stand back and look up and give thanks to some One higher than myself - mainly because I'm in awe of the Providential drawing of these women to this farm and to what they mean to me.  It's in this rare and sacred place that I am learning to love and care deeply for - women who I have invited into my life and they me into theirs and they into each others.  It's more than an inner delight to see them laughing and knowing and chatting and caring and crying and opening up their own souls to each other.

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