Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello and Vive La France!

It was a busy spring season on the farm this year and even though our 
trees are still filled with peaches, plums and figs, our little farm is closed till late October.

Our "off season" is a time of relaxing, feasting, spending time with our family and reading lots of books.
You'll hear more from me in the summer...I actually have time to think!

Having been greatly influenced by France, 
we love joining in on the celebration of Bastille Day


We like to have cocktails with a simple snack then later in the evening, go to a 
local French restaurants for a multi-course dinner full of classic dishes...
think frog legs, foie gras, onion soup, escargot, coq au vin, tarte tatin, profiteroles.
Good thing it's only once a year. ;)

For our La Fete Nationale happy hour we make kir royales, 
which is just champagne with the addition of a simple syrup.
 I typically use our Boho rose or lavender syrup 
but this year because we have tons of cherries, 
I made a simple black cherry syrup...c'est magnifique!



I love a simple cheese plate with just fresh picked fruit, some yummy local bread,
cured meat, local raw honey and of course, some Boho jam.




Because Bastille Day falls on a Monday this year (July 14),
most of our local French restaurants are closed,
 but Christopher Gross's--Christopher's Crush is open.
They are actually having Bastille Week with a prix fixe menu till Saturday!
Ooh la la...

Vive La France!

Thank you to our good friend and fellow Francophile,
for taking these beautiful images!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sweet Salvage and Our Spring Events

We are thrilled to be back at Sweet Salvage this weekend
teaming up with our friends from Urban Table!

We'll be demonstrating how to make Moroccan preserved lemons, 
(the key to our kale and quinoa salad) plus lots of samples and recipes.
 We will have a time at the end of each workshop for Q&A . 
So bring all your gardening and food related questions!

There will be plenty of seasonal jams, jellies, curds, marmalades, saurkraut, 
syrups for your favorite cocktails,
eggs, produce and more on Saturday.
Come join us for the fun!


BOHO Farm + Home 2014 Spring Event Calendar

March 29-- Brunch At The Coop-- 9:30-11:30 Sign-up 



April 5 -- BOHO Pop up Farmers Market at JAM

and Waffle Luv
 Old Town Scottsdale-- 11am-1pm

May 4 -- Dinner at the Coop-- 6pm  SOLD OUT 

May 10--Edible Arcadia Tour

May 17--Peach Jam Class--10am-noon Sign-up


 Between blog posts you can keep up
with me on Instagram or FB . 



Saturday, March 8, 2014

When life gives you lemons...

Everyone has these seasons...the ones where it seems like everything is falling apart .  
For us it has been mechanical device break down: The dishwasher, the washing machine,
our bathroom sink, both cars in the shop and it
 makes me want to scream..."everything is breaking down!"

And that is the truth, everything IS breaking down! 
It's the second law of thermal dynamics...increased entropy.
Then add in a little planned obsolescent and its a recipe for
a contestant struggle for permanence of my stuff.

I have to keep remembering it is only stuff...queue the George Carlin
stuff video.

But, bodies, relationships, and nature are breaking down too...and that
reality is harder to accept. :) 


So desiring to adjust my perspective to cultivate the reality that all thing
will be renewed and restored,
the old adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"
is my mission because the kiddos are home for
spring break and I want to have fun with them and not be burdened
by the breaking of stuff.

So this morning we started off with pancakes.
Pancakes make everything better!




  















Have a wonderful weekend! 
Hope all your "stuff" is lasting longer than ours! :)
xoxo








Thursday, December 5, 2013

BOHO Dinner at the Coop~Fall 2013

There has been much hustle and bustle on the farm this fall!
And unfortunately, this had me busy working and not writing,
so now that it is settling down, I'll try to catch you up in a few posts.
 
The fall BOHO Dinner at the Coop is the kick off of our season, here in the desert.
There is much to clean up and tend to after the long, hot, endless summer...
and some years are easier than others.  This summer was an especially hot one, so there
was lots of carnage and cleaning that had to be done.
But get it done we did!
 
We had our fall BOHO Dinner at the Coop in late October.
Our twice a year farm to table dinners are a highlight of what we are about
here...inspiring others that they CAN grow their own food.
We try to all ingredients from our urban farm and local artisans.
(I still don't make my own bread--why should we when we have so many
fabulous bakers as friends, :) )


 
We served lots of faves that night.
Our homemade cheeses and jams, our kale and quinoa salad that everyone loves,
Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk, made with our own poulet rouge birds and finished the evening with Alice Water's simple but delicious,
Apple Galette served with our own vanilla cardamom ice cream.


It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to doing it again in the spring.
Would love for you to join us!
 
Thank you to dianaelizabethblog.com for taking these wonderful images. 
She is one of our many talented farm friend artisans!

 
Click here to see our spring Dinner at the Coop.
 
 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Gardening for the Birds

My son and I have been on a new adventure...Bird watching!
It is so fun how each child is so different in what they enjoy.

 
Our little man is bird lover and a chicken whisperer.
daily he is out there collecting eggs and holding the chickens.
I really can't believe that the girls don't even run from him
but they just sit and let him pick them up...
I think the feelings are mutual! 
 
This summer he made his own birdhouse, which much to my chagrin
ended up attached to a window on the FRONT of the house.?!
 
(This is part of the fallout from leaving the boys home alone
for a week...they build all kinds of interesting things.
They both think it is great and I am letting it stay
even though everything in me wants to take it down. :))
 
We've been walking around our yard with new eyes looking for
fresh ways we can invite more birds and bees to come and live with us.

 
  Using this wonderful book to help us to create
a bird lovers paradise.

I highly recommend it!
 
 It also has a detailed guide to birds from every region in North America-
which is a great!
 
So now we've placed out food, water, plants
and shelters inviting the birds to come.
 
Now we are just waiting for the weather to cool down
to below 100 degrees,
so we can be outside to watch them...
The reality of life in the desert.
But until then, we'll have to be content with indoor bird watching!
*sigh*
 
 
If you'd like to follow along with what goes
 on here at the farm between blog posts,
 Instagram or FB is the best place to find me.
Instagram is my favorite! :)
 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sweet Salvage: Sweet Friends

This month marks Sweet Salvage's 2nd Anniversary!
 
If you still haven't made it downtown for this monthly 4-day occasional sale,
go! It is not to be missed event! 
The talent of this Sweet group is over the top and we have absolutely nothing else like it in the valley.
 
In celebration of this momentous event, they selected a few of their favorite
artists who have been their monthly guest artists this past two years and
made sweet vignettes in tribute to them and their styles.
 
And I just happen to be to be a part of that list,
 
(You can click on the names and see sweet Kim's artistic interpretation of
each artist's style...so fun and CREATIVE!)
 
Here are some pictures of Kim's amazing vignette 
in honor of our BOHO Farm.
 
lots of jams, jellies, honey and pickles, plus they have a bunch of
copies of the Souvenir Magazine, summer 2013 issue.
  
 
 

Loved these herb spoon garden markers



"je suis au jardin"
"I am in the garden"...and I usually am!

 

This sign is the best! She couldn't be more spot on!!


Down to my love of black, white and GREEN...with pops of raspberry.

  

 
I love it all so much and it is even better in person!
I can't thank them enough for their love and encouragement of
me as an artist and our little farm.
 
One of the many things I love about Sweet Salvage and their
sweet team is all the beauty, love and creativity they add to our world.
They make our town/community a richer, better place and
I am blessed to have them as friends!
 
Hope you have a chance to go downtown and have a little "Sweet"
in your weekend...you will be in for a treat!
 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Souvenir Summer 2013

Have you heard about Souvenir?
It is a beautiful and inspiring lifestyle magazine.
 
It encompasses the simple and beautiful things of life:
Cooking, gardening, picnics, a day at the beach, a child's birthday party... 
All the things we love here at the Boho Farm!
 
So when the fabulously talented Heather Bullard asked me to join her team as
a contributor for Souvenir, how could I refuse? I want to live in this magazine! :)
 
 In the summer 2013 issue, I share some of my favorite
jam making tips, along with three simple small batch jam recipes that
can be made in anyone's kitchen without special equipment.
 
This issue is FULL of beauty, summer bliss and hours of inspiration.
You are in for a treat!
 
The digital version is $4.95 and the print $25.95
and both are with no ads--just content--how great is that?
 

 
I know you'll love Souvenir as much as I do!
 
 
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