January 16, 2016

Winter Farm Dinner

Farm dinner at my place last night ~ felt so good to have everyone around the table again and hear what everyone is up to this Spring. On the menu: homemade pasta with tomato sauce our bosses wife made this Summer, rosemary focaccia, tater tots (care of one of the guys! we ate them so fast! :), and cherry pie made by Sophie! She's our pie girl. Nothing makes me happier than cooking and enjoying these folks' company. It's such a small thing - when someone walks into your house and makes themselves at home - but it makes me so content. The guys grabbing coffee mugs out of the cupboard to pour their beer in, everyone using your kitchen like it's their own....it's friends and good food around a table....not sure there's more than that.

"Don't let anyone, even your parents, break you. Find good people who care about you and surround yourself with just them. If you can't find them at first, find good music and fall into it and let it hold you until they come." ~ Davey Havok


January 06, 2016

Preserved Citrus

I woke up this morning with the idea of cooking a roasted chicken with herbs and garlic and adding citrus. Preserving oranges or any citrus is a super easy process & pretty! 

You can also make orange curd with the preserved citrus. Great pancake topping!

Large jars work better especially if you want to leave the orange in tact. I had small jars, as you can see, so I quartered the oranges. 

The jist of the recipe ~ 
Quarter oranges and heavily salt the flesh with kosher salt. You cannot over-salt, so don't be afraid to be heavy handed. Pack the fruit in the jar, layering with more salt as you go. Pour enough lemon juice in the jar to submerge the fruit. I added cloves to one jar. You can also add herbs de Provence or anything you like! You're done! Set on the counter and shake a few times a week. It takes about 4 weeks for preserved citrus to soften and mellow.


"This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are." ~Rumi


January 03, 2016

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! I hope everyone is feeling inspired and anew! Whatever that is for you! I wish 2016 to be a year of trusting the Universe for everyone! This read is a good start ;)
Over the course of the weekend, I made New Years gifts for friends....herb bundles~fire-starters, caramel sauce, & wrapped jars of summertime's whiskey soaked cherries and peaches/my style muse these days..."If my Grandpa would have worn it, I'll wear it"/coconut coffee facial scrub/with a splash of cream {Yay! Looking forward to trading goods this Spring with my favorite potter who made my mug! The kind of pottery I've always had on the tip of my tongue and in the back of my mind.....he creates it! Feels so good to support his work!}

Ending with some good links and the coconut coffee facial scrub recipe!
Be well!

Reading ~ Georgia O'Keeffe: In the West, Doris Bry/Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari
Listening ~ Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Francois Hardy
A few things that landed in my favorites bar lately ~
I'm a straight-up fool for house tours {recent faves!}
I saved my coffee grounds for a couple of mornings which equaled approximately 1 cup. Add a big dollop of coconut oil, a couple twists of honey, and several drops of tea tree oil. You can use any essential oil you prefer. Eucalyptus is refreshing, too! Be careful around the eye area as tea tree oil can easily aggravate. Use as a facial cleanser and/or body scrub. Enjoy! 

"The stars crumble, salt above eucalyptus fields.", Rita Dove, Notes from a Tunisian Journal