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night night darling boy

June 24, 2013

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night night sweet boy

for my latest ideabook over on houzz, i’ve highlighted a few things for baby roost’s nursery that i’ve been eying lately. as soon as we get home from our trip, i’ll be working on putting his sweet room together! i can hardly wait. :) head on over to my ideabook to read more and grab the sources!

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dinner served on the farm

August 22, 2012

Posted by in simple living

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be still my heart. after seeing this recent article on chris fischer and the beetlebung farm, i quickly found myself doing some extra research and reading up on the farm. after a long stint of working as a chef, chris decided to go back home and work on his family farm serving up farm to table (or should i say table to farm?) meals for private gatherings in their elegantly rustic greenhouse. with menus that consist of only what is season and grown on the farm, the meals are what i consider truly a dream come true.

diners gather around tables built from barn boards or driftwood, and find themselves sitting on bales of hay. possibly what i love most it the simplicity of the meals- they simply pick what is fresh and prepare it. they have also been kind enough to share several recipes, which you can find below.

recipes:

Grilled oysters with chervil butter
Island fish crudo
Frozen yogurt with honey, cilantro, and toasted pumpkin seeds
Chris Fischer’s Perfect Eggs
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Herb-Stuffed Bluefish
Herbed Fingerlings
Beet and Kale Salad with Goat Cheese
Carrot Salad with Parsley and Spring Onions
Pan-Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Peas
New Potatoes with Garlic Scapes

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all photos: gabriela herman

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fresh chamomile tea

i was delighted to find a bundle of fresh chamomile in our csa box this week. when i saw it i said, oo, pretty flowers! (typical newbie) when my sweet farmer gal said oh no, that’s chamomile! of course, i immediately squealed and asked for instructions on what to do with the beautiful blooms.

in season: fresh chamomille tea

so here it is, straight from the farmer’s mouth:

keep your chamomile fresh in a vase for 2-3 days, but then bundle it and hang to dry.

for tea:

pluck off 2-3 teaspoons of flowers right at the base of the bloom.

steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes and drink before bed.

in season: fresh chamomille tea

i’ve been a long time drinker of bedtime tea, but this fresh chamomile puts me to sleep like nothing i’ve ever tried. it’s soothing, tasty and warming.

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herb drying

there’s nothing quite as satisfying, more delicious, (or cheaper!) than drying your own herbs.

herb drying
i am blessed to have fresh rosemary, oregano, and lavender growing in my yard (with some mint and basil patiently waiting to be planted) and yesterday i grabbed a few clippings from each of them.

herb drying

one of my favorite kitchen gadgets has been my ceramic herb drier. mine looks like a ‘ribbon’ that has been placed in somewhat of a figure eight shape, and though i can’t find this exact one, i found several that would do the trick. just rinse your herbs and place them in the ‘vase’ until they are dry enough to harvest.

herb drying

1. vertical pod wall vase; $29

2. blue and brown hasta wall vase; $34

3. textured teal beaded wall vase; $24

4. cage wall sculpture; $42

what is your favorite way to dry herbs?

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    today i wanted to do a follow up to our first labels post last week and talk about a few of the more specific labels that we tend to run across nearly every time we go to the store. what do they all really mean? hopefully, this will help clear up some of the confusion between what’s misleading and what’s good information.

    free range. the “free range” food label can be found on meat, dairy and eggs, but this progressive way of farming is not always as it seems. what consumers may not know and won’t see on their “free range” foods is that the USDA regulations only apply to poultry. therefore, “free range” beef, pork and other non-poultry animals were fed grass and allowed to live outdoors, but their products are not regulated by the USDA. another misconception consumers have about “free range” is that these products are also organic. unless it’s labeled free range AND organic, free range animals may be fed non-organic feed that could contain animal byproducts and hormones.

    fresh. the “fresh” food label can be very misleading to consumers, by making them think their chicken was killed the day before, or their “freshly squeezed” orange juice was prepared that day. the label “fresh” simply means that it was not frozen or is uncooked, but many of these products are allowed to be chilled, kept on ice or in modified atmospheres to keep them from spoiling.

    cow

    white calf

    all natural. the “all natural” stamp is one of the most abused and misleading food labels used by food manufacturers today. many of these so-called “all natural” products use citric acid, high-fructose corn syrup and other unnatural additives, but still get to bear that positive label. always check the ingredients list to know exactly what’s in your food.

    whole grains. chances are you’ve seen the label, “made with whole grains,” pop up on bread, crackers or rice products now more than ever. the reality is that many of these whole grain products are actually made with refined wheat flour and maybe a small percentage of whole grains. in order to check the validity of the whole grains label, check out the listed ingredients. unless “whole grains” is one of the first ingredients on the list or if you see “enriched wheat flour,” it’s likely that your product contains a small percentage of whole grains.

    farm fresh eggs

    cage free: the label “cage free” does not mean there are any standards or auditing mechanisms behind it. As the term implies, hens laying eggs labeled as “cage free” are uncaged inside barns or warehouses, but generally do not have access to the outdoors. They have the ability to engage in some of their natural behaviors such as walking and nesting. there is no information regarding what the birds can be fed. forced molting through starvation is permitted, and there is no third-party auditing.

    free range: while the USDA has defined the meaning of “free range” for some poultry products, there are no standards in “free range” egg production. typically, free range egg-laying hens are uncaged inside barns or warehouses and have outdoor access. They can engage in many natural behaviors such as nesting and foraging. however, there is no information on stocking density, the frequency or duration of outdoor access, or the quality of the land accessible to the birds. there is no information regarding what the birds can be fed. forced molting through starvation is permitted, and there is no third-party auditing.

    apples

    apples with peanut butter and granola

    certified organic: the animals must be allowed outdoor access, with ruminants—cows, sheep and goats—given access to pasture, but the amount, duration and quality of outdoor access is undefined. animals must be provided with bedding materials. though the use of hormones and antibiotics is prohibited, surgical mutilations without any pain relief are permitted. these are requirements under the national organic program regulations, and compliance is verified through third-party auditing. currently, there are no federal or state programs to certify aquatic animals, including fish, as organic.

    certified humane: the animals must be kept in conditions that allow for exercise and freedom of movement. as such, crates, cages and tethers are prohibited. outdoor access is not required for poultry or pigs, but is required for other species. stocking densities are specified to prevent the overcrowding of animals. all animals must be provided with bedding materials. hormone and non-therapeutic antibiotic use is prohibited, while surgical mutilations without any pain relief are permitted. compliance is verified through third-party auditing. 

    were you familiar with the meaning behind these labels? i knew many of them, but still learned quite a bit about the specifics while doing research for this post. to me, this is a great testament to eating local if at all possible. talk to your farmers, ask for a visit, and see what the animals are like and what the growing conditions are like for your fruits and veggies. it’s easy to have fun getting to know where your food comes from, and if you have children, what a fun lesson for them to learn!

    resources: eggindustry, meat and dairy labels

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    The Many Uses of Lemon

    April 4, 2011

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    Beautiful Light by Sam and Emma

    The lemon is one of my favorite fruits – it’s perfect for beverages, great in desserts, and even yummy in main dishes. I’ve recently discovered many more uses for the lemon, especially around the house! I gave all of these ideas a try this week – find out which methods worked, and which ones to pass on!

    Garbage disposal freshener

    Slice up a whole lemon, place into disposal, run water and turn on disposal. Drain will now smell fresh and clean.

    The verdict: This really works! While I prefer using a clementine, the lemon greatly improved the smell of our garbage disposal, naturally.

    Cleaning glass

    Apply lemon juice to windows or shower door with a sponge. Use crumpled-up newspapers to dry.

    The verdict: I noticed a remarkable difference in the clarity of my windows after cleaning with lemon juice. I would say it cleaned as well as vinegar window cleaner, but smells nicer. Drying with newspaper is the key.

    Countertop Cleaner

    Cut a lemon in half; sprinkle with course salt. Supposedly removes stains even from laminate countertops with scrubbing. Rinse and dry.

    The verdict: This did not work for me. It removed stains on my countertop only as well as regular water does – nothing special here.

    Microwave Freshener

    Place a few lemon slices in a bowl of water, microwaving on high for one minute.

    The verdict: This works great if you really scrub the inside of the microwave afterward. Using chemical cleaners in the microwave is really not a good idea since we cook our food in it, but the steam from the water loosens grime, while the lemon gives the microwave a fresh scent. Good for getting rid of that burnt popcorn smell. (tip: if even the lemon juice doesn’t get rid of bad smells, try microwaving a bowl of vinegar on high for 2-3 minutes.)

    Clean a stainless steel sink

    Rub with the cut side of half a lemon. Rinse, and buff with a cloth.

    The verdict: I also thought this method was so-so. While it did remove much of the grime in my sink, I don’t think it did a much better job than hot water and sponge. It was good enough though, with a good enough shine; not the method I would do for my big Spring cleaning, but maybe for touch-ups.

    There are many more uses for lemons out there – here are a few more ideas:

    DIY furniture polish: mix juice from one lemon, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 tsp water. Rub a thin coat onto wood furniture, and buff to shine.

    Remove tea kettle mineral deposits: thinly slice a lemon peel, place into kettle. Fill with water, and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Let set for one hour, drain, and rinse.

    Freshen a cutting board: After washing a cutting board with soap and hot water, rub with half a lemon, let set in juice, and rinse.

    Keep your brown sugar soft: wash and scrub wax off lemon peel, and try to remove as much pith from the peel as possible. Add to brown sugar supply – it helps retain moisture.

    Have you tried any of these methods? How did they work for you? Do you have any other clever uses for lemons?

    ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

     

     

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    fresh – a must see!

    August 12, 2010

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    hello lovelies!  have you all seen this movie? i just shared it in the comment section of the next post, but i love it so much that i wanted to share it here!  it’s just a quick snippet of a new movie coming out called fresh and discusses our food system and the health of humans on the planet.  the beauty of it has made me tear up more than once (not kidding) and it’s a must see!

    “I am a caretaker of creation, and what I’m supposed to do is leave it in better shape for the next generation than I found it. period.” -Joel Salatin

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    home decor inspiration

    June 11, 2010

    Posted by in home decor

    happy friday lovelies!  what’s in store for you this weekend?  i’m planning on a little sewing, thrift shopping, and catching up with friends.  the weather is supposed to be beautiful, and i’m excited to spend some time outside!

    looking at different decorating styles never ceases to completely inspire me, so as i have vowed to share more decor with you, i was so excited to find the new home decor online magazine- lonny! these are just a few of my favorite rooms they’ve featured, you can browse through all of the decorating archives here.

    bedroom home decor

    dining home decor

    outdoor living home decor

    bathroom home decor

    living room home decor

    work space home decor

    have a lovely weekend!  xo, bonnie

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