Monday, February 28, 2011

A little rain a lot of organization...

After looking at the pictures of my pantry that I took for the wallpaper post last week, I was mortified.  How is it that you can look at something day in and day out and not see it.  But when I saw it photographed I saw it in all its unorganized glory and was shocked it had gotten that bad.  With the rain and my recovery from my daughter's 80's Birthday party, I tackled the project...

Started with Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint

Taped off with blue painters tape a bunch of glass containers and ball jars
that are just sitting around until I start jamming and canning again in May.
(bought a couple of these glass container at Target for $5.00 each)

Painted with chalkboard paint and let them dry for a couple hours.


(Now I have a whole shelf on the bottom that I can use to store more...yippee)

Now everthing has a container and a space...and I was able to make a list of all the pantry items I am out off or low on and I can buy those in bulk at the health food store and put them in my remaining mason jars.  It is more econonical and they will stay fresher in the canning jars.

 I have my chicken meds--Vet RX and colloidal silver, sugar cubes, turbinado sugar and bakers chocolate
all up high to keep my three year old out of them.

I was able to fit a 5lb bag of bulk sel gris in one of the giant ball jars. 
I don't know why I didn't think of this before, it is so much easier to find everything.

Now my pantry is all tidy and organized but my house is a mess! 

Happy Monday!

I am joining up today with Faded Country!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Today at Boho Farm

Need to finish planting the onion starts

Found a good spot here next to the leeks and garlic. The spot previously held Chantilly carrots. 
but on the way to get the trowel to plant the onion sets, I spy Charlotte nesting in my potting bench.

And lo and behold three eggs...
I was wondering why there were so few eggs this morning in the laying box!

So then I go back to my coop to check everything out... then I spy the old apricot tree blooming and start
thinking of ...

jams, tarts, pies and crumbles

Need to call the feed store and order straw, shavings and feed.

But on my way in I see my espalier apple hedge all leafed out and in bloom.

Start thinking of this here.

 Read the story of Namaan bathing in the dirty, filthy river three times to Boo.
Isn't it funny how they get fixated on one story and want to hear it over and over--I think it appeals to his boyness of wanting to bath in a dirty, stinky river too. 

Now we have to work on getting my sweet Catherine's Birthday party ready for tonight.  We are having a bunch of girls over for a 80's party--that's right 80's--it's a night full of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Madonna's Lucky Star.  Yippee!  I might have to break my own "no over the counter drug" rule and take an Advil.

Just a regular day at our little Bohemian farm.

Wishing you a restful weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Still Loving Wallpaper!

Some people think wallpaper is dated... but I go nuts over it, to me it is a classic!  I put it in niches , hallways and powder rooms.  I especially like it in the back of bookcases and cabinets.  This is a bookcase that I use in my pantry, it is from a convent in Wisconsin and it came with that cute striped wallpaper in it!  See even the sisters like having a little wallpaper.

Farrow and Ball Bumblebee wallpaper

Plaid Thibaut in the back of the cupboard in the drawing room

Vintage Schumacher deer wallpaper I got on Ebay--
which is a great source for finding single rolls

Classic French Clarence House in the hall bath--I've had this for 13 years and still love it!

My office bath--Thibaut again

In the back of my kitchen cabinets

Thibaut in my teeny tiny master bath

And I'll share, just for fun, our door on the petite master bath.  It came out of an old farmhouse in Prescott and  had the original hardware but it was too wide, too short and was hung the other way. But my husband, who is very handy, made it all better, then rehung it and here it is...

Unfortunately, this project put him over the edge and years later he is still talking about that crazy door I dragged home and how he had to "fix" it.  So now I have to be "selective" in what I bring home, if I want him to do his magic on it!

My newest favorite wallpaper by Nina Campbell...
I am going to put it in my office for a little pop and inspiration!  I really have a thing for green these days. 
I just painted my office in Dunn Edwards "Spanish Olive", bright but soothing.

And here is my client's powder room...I won her over to the wallpaper side too!

Doesn't it just look like a little beachy jewel box with the robin egg blue ceiling and beadboard?

Do any of you heart wallpaper too?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Linda's Lemon Bars

These are the lemon bars we served at our Brunch at the Coop.  It is my friend Linda's recipe and she made them for our Boho Farm brunch.  She is a great cook and it is a really great recipe.
The bottom crust stays flaky for days and they are super yummy!

Linda’s Lemon Bars

Crust: 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, 3 C unbleached flour, 3/4 C confectioners sugar

Filling: 10 eggs, 3 1/4 C sugar, 1 1/2 TBLS grated lemon zest and 2 cups lemon juice (about 12 lemons),

8 TBLS unbleached flour, 2 1/2 TBLS baking powder

Topping: 1/2 C sifted confectioners sugar

1. preheat oven to 350

2. To make crust the slice cold butter into small pieces. In a large bowl combine flour and confectioners sugar.

3. Cut in the butter pieces with 2 knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse oatmeal.

4. Press this mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 11 x17 x 1 inch pan.

5. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
 The center will be only partially baked.

6. While the crust is baking, mix the filling.

7. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar.
Add the grated lemon rind and juice and beat for about 5 minutes.
The batter should be smooth, light and golden yellow.

8. Combine the flour and baking powder and whisk this mixture into the beaten egg mixture.

9. To avoid spilling, it's easier to pour the filling into the crust when it's still in the oven.
Use a ladle or large measuring cup and pour the batter into the crust. Fill right to the top.

10. Bake for about 25 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares. Store in the refrigerator.
Just before serving dust with confectioners sugar.

Makes about 24 bars depending on how big you cut them.

If you need any lemons or eggs, just let me know, both are available at the Boho Farm!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Time Of The Singing Of the Birds Has Come!

Spring is finally here!

Went out to water my little orchard today and to my surprise the cherry and pear trees have leafed out and my apples and peaches are flowering.  The smell of spring is in the air and my spirit is lifted!  I always love spring and the promise of new life spring out of seemingly dead things.

Lots of work to do in the garden this weekend...finish planting my onion sets, build a new raised bed and construct a fence to keep the chickens out of the cabbages--they have eaten them all to the ground one too many times!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Radishes and Fresh Herbed Butter

 Boo and I picked these French Breakfast radishes from the garden today.
I thought they would go perfect with the herbed butter we made for the Brunch at the Coop

Here is the recipe:

Herbed Butter

1/4 pound unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons minced scallions
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon French sea salt
Pinch of fresh ground pepper

Whip heavy cream with hand mixer until it becomes butter.  Then add all the follow ingredients in the bowl and continue to mix on low speed until combined. Do not mix too much, just enough so that all the herbs are throughout the butter.  This herbed butter is delicious!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Be Mine

Happy Valentines Day! 
Wishing you a wonderful day with the ones you love!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Brunch At The Coop

We could not have picked a better day to have the Brunch At The Coop, the weather was just perfectl! 

Sous chef Dave picking fresh organic greens for the salad that was topped with our homemade goat cheese.

Getting the drinks out and chilled

The tables are set...

The chef and my husband David, slices the quiche that he made from our own chicken eggs. 
(We'll have a post on Quiche Lorriane and it will include his recipe.)

Linda and Suzy serving up the homemade lemon bars made with ingredients from our Boho Farm.

My sweet friend Jill Green from Sweet Life Garden and I doing a fruit tree planting demonstration

The girls were on their best behavior and except for the hawk circling the backyard, they had a good time too!

Answering gardening, chicken, fruit tree and compost questions and listening to stories

We all had such a great time eating the "fruit" of our urban farmyard and hopefully our joy, knowledge and passion for eating out of your own garden is contagious and those who came to our little urban Boho Farm on Saturday will join us in eating from their yards too!  And don't worry, if you didn't get to join us this year, you can go next year because it was so much fun we want to do it again!

Our next event is our Farmers Market/Flea Market from 8am to 1pm on Saturday, April 2.  Put it on your calendars and join us! it is going to be fun!

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