September 30, 2015

Endless Summer















The last day of September! This endless summer! Reflecting on how good it has been, and only in sharing it with others has made it this good. Making space for deeper connections with family and friends old and new has been the precursor in a definite shift. I've always valued this at my center but it's really easy to lose sight. This season has been a great reminder that friends and family love us through that, too! It is necessary to be compassionate with ourselves as well. Remember this....xo

Drinking up every last bit of Summer: A couple of hikes/picnics and day trips last weekend with a girlfriend ~ Rock of Gibralter & the Wisconsin River for Super Moon watching//Sunday breakfast//Making sage & cedar bundles for friends//Americauna eggs :)//Around the farm. 

Thankful! The beauty in the every day is my constant reminder that I have more than I could ever need. The words grateful and thankful are so overused that their meaning has been lost......however, life is truly found in giving and sharing......and recognizing that the beautiful and painful parts are essential for us to grow.  

I will post camping pictures soon from a couple weeks ago! We are heading back out to the River this week so maybe I'll combine them. One thing I learned from the last camping trip is how to make what I call "Fall Coffee" ~ French pressed Italian roast with heavy whipping cream and maple sugar! So so good!

Alright, hope all of you have a beautiful weekend!

"Surround yourself with people who truly support your lifestyle, dreams and visions. They don't have to verbally express it when their actions are aligned with what you're trying to achieve, because on a soul level it is a shared goal and a subconscious agreement."


XO



September 23, 2015

Full House









Buttermilk Pizza Crust
1c. buttermilk
1 T. sugar
1/2c. olive oil
1 pkg active dry yeast
3c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda

Combine buttermilk, sugar and oil in a large sauce pan. Heat until warm. Add yeast and stir until mixed loosely. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add flour, salt and baking soda. Knead until smooth and let rest for ten minutes. Add toppings....and bake @ 400 for 20-25 minutes.

Fig/Prosciutto/Soppressata/Mozzarella
Cottage Bacon/Carmen peppers/Romas/Parmesean

Pizza, friends, and all the good drinks. Abbi works at an apple orchard as well so she reduced apple cider and mixed with bourbon. We're planning to add champagne to the grape juice one of these nights we get together to make jam and rhubarb syrup.

Such good company on a Fall-like night. Happy Autumnal Equinox.

And lots of feasting and gatherings ahead! *We planned a "last day of Summer" overnight camping trip on the river I'll share when I get a chance.*

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."


XO







September 20, 2015

Farm Life











It has been a seven month whirlwind since I last wrote in this space! It feels like a good time to write and share as the seasons are changing. I will update when I can, but if there is anything I learned at the height of Summer it is this: I have found more happiness and contentment in living and pursuing this way of life that suits me, and not planning and not scheduling and not forcing.
I would love to use this place for sharing snippets & pictures of daily farm life, and as a place to share/curate all that inspires. There will be a recipe or two as well. 
For now, a few pictures from around the farm and a visit to a vineyard this weekend. Tomato season is almost finished (Yay! They are getting pretty gross to harvest!) and we have started picking potatoes (blue, red, purple and white), sweet potatoes, & butternut, acorn, and delicata squash. Fall is in the air - the mornings are cool and the steady breeze make the days very enjoyable. Woodsmoke from neighboring farms in the air, too.

Tomorrow evening I'm hosting everyone from the farm for dinner ~ grape juice and pizza! Forever happy for these friends and the times we've shared this Summer. Prosciutto and fig pizza post next, maybe :)

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."

XO