Monday, November 28, 2011

In a Moment of Crazy Whim. . . .

. . . I felt compelled to change up my header with something incredibly tempting. . . my favorite little pastry shop in St. Jean De Luz.

I know...not fair for the holidays.

Enjoy your Monday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekend oh Weekend

Tomorrow is a day we take off to rest. Yeah, sure, often my mind doesn't rest, because it's thinking about planting one more seed (or a row of seeds) or remembering those drat weeds that need dealt with - or that floor that is still dirty and needs cleaned.

I'm still trying to get into the groove of letting farm things go - expect if there's a donkey in the ditch kind of thing - and of course the routine therapy of taking care of livestock (aka milking the goats twice a day.

Michael, my darling husband and fearless leader, has led us to (somehow) preserve one day to allow our bodies to shift from doing the normal and the routine to unwind and sabbath the soul.

So, Saturday, besides going to a little 1 year old bd party and taking my two youngest grandsons to it - I'm going to be sabbath-ing by reading about macarons  and the 10 Golden Rules here and whatever else seems like fun.

What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The French Quiche is in The Oven

Last week, my French quiche was on our Le Menu for a Simple Farm brunch for 24 women. In my opinion and theirs (humbly stated), it was quite fantastic.  In my thinking if you have one good thing, why not repeat it?!

It's lunch time and there are two new volunteers working incredibly hard on a bit of this and a bit of that (both are massage therapists and neither knew the other until today = very cool), so I decided to put together and improvise on the goat cheese quiche I made last week.

I know it's a tad blurry, but those are big chunks of our goat cheese that Michael makes here at our farm and those little 'brown' chunks are actually kalamata olives and the green is fresh cut Swiss chard from one of my gardens.  Besides the fresh laid eggs from our girls, and the heavy cream - I added just a tinch of red pepper flakes.

We'll know soon how good it is!  Bon Appetite!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Day at The Simple Farm

 It turned out to be quite a beautiful day after all when this darling group of women gathered at our farm this past Tuesday. I was a tad nervous that the weather would ruin their plans to enjoy their little get together outside at the new Garden Arbor that Michael just finished hours before they arrived.

Two days before their scheduled farm visit it was cloudy, nippy, and rainy. We were in a bit of a quandary as to how to accommodate them and see to it that their experience at our farm was pleasant and had a bit of a "wow" and "ooohh" factor.

The morning weather promised 50 degrees and I felt that would be more of a "burrr" factor so Michael and I hustled to create the feel of a Provence Tea Room out of our living/dining room. It worked beautifully as one of the first things Harriet (one of the organizers of this group) said was that she felt as if she was in Provence. 

Our new Garden Arbor spot looked so amazing that I decided to set it all up - just in case the morning warmed up.  Anita and Amy laid out the linens, our burlap draping, Kerr jars with white roses complements of Camelback Flowershop {check out their beautiful blog here}

Garden Arbor Serving Table

All in all the day turned out to be extremely lovely.

PS - The farm rents out space, such as this for different kinds of events. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Paris ~ Oh Paris

It's fun to pretend and recently I pretended that I went to Paris {here} and I sorta did - but only through the lens of my friend Pamela who just left Paris after spending several months there. And, in true Pamela form she snapped a gazillion photos so I and her other friends (and you) might enjoy Paris without having to actually leave your home even though we'd jump at the opportunity to go!

Tell me which ones inspire you. . .
Lamp posts leading to the Eiffel Tower

Red Paris Metro sign

Boats and Carrousel outside the Louvre Palace.

Notre Dame outdoor cafe and bistro

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Be Still My Heart

Today is volunteer day at our farm but after Tuesday's brunch I (and a few friends helped) served for 24 lovely ladies, I decided I'd just take the day off - you know, let the weeds grow a bit longer, not plant any seeds or even bake those macarons (I keep staring at the cookbook). I even connected with our Wednesday volunteers and said, "Day off. Next Wednesday see you."

You know, sometimes a girl's just gotta do what she's gotta to do.

And, this is one of the things I ended up doing today - paying Rust and Roses a little visit. It's an adorable vintage shop off 7th Ave in Phoenix and of course, I kept my I-Phone picture taker hopping! still my heart....

uhh....that'd be my coffee cup from Lux.....