Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What's New on the Farm

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds you plants. "
Robert Louis Stevenson

It was overcast this morning which means it was only 95 degrees
 and I took advantage of the little "cool "spell to go out and do a little garden cleaning
 and harvesting, after letting everything go to seed.

harvested hollyhock, leek, and sunflower seeds,
picked some apples and end of the season lemons.

I have let our artichokes flower. Aren't they just beautiful?
I like to do this at the end of the season to enjoy their gorgeous blooms.
This is when you can really see that they are a member of the thistle family.

My cucumbers are really coming along. I think I am going to make pickles this weekend!

 picked these...looks like we'll be having ratatouille tonight.

So far, our pumpkins are doing great...crossing our fingers that we will be able to have a
little pumpkin patch in October to share with our community.

 First of the season key limes.  All they need is a Sol.

The Kadota figs are just about ready.

The first blush of red on our pomegranates gives me hope
that this heat will not be here forever... fall is going to come.

Our Easter rescue chicks are growing bigger and are now out of confinement and free ranging. 
We have transitioned them to be with the big girls and all is going well. 
We still don't know if they are all hens or if we might have a rooster.

Does anyone know the breed of the black pullet in this picture?  Since these are rescued Easter chicks,
I do not know their breeds. I didn't purchase them.  But I think one is a barred rock and
the red pullet is a Red Sex link /Cinnamon Queen but I don't know about the black one. 
So if you have any ideas let me know. Thanks!

We planted 12 different kinds of basil this year, which mixed together makes an amazing pesto.

Harvested a bunch

and made pesto ice cubes that I freeze and use in salad dressings, marinades, or over pasta.
I like to make ice cubes with the last of the season lemons, too. Perfect for making those fall jams.

That is all that is going on here.  I am actually in the middle of painting the kitchen
cabinets white and going a little crazy with mouldings.  All this has happened because we needed
a new stove...funny how those things work.

Hope you're keeping cool!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Finally...Time to Reveal the Hallway!

It is HOT here...I mean like 116 degrees. 
But the good thing about our extreme summer heat is I am forced inside and I can work on
all those home project/ideas that I have been meaning to get to all year long.

Here is the first of many interior projects I am working on.

(This isn't the best photo but here on the Boho Farm we don't have a great camera...a girl can dream)


With a little paint, $30 of stock wood moulding from Home Depot, caulk
 and a hand miter saw.  I did this all on my own and it was really easy. 
I am now making wainscoting in the kitchen...
will post more on this later in the summer.
We are in the middle of a kitchen face lift.

Found these sconces for $12 a pair and that is the original finish.
I spent more on the lamp shades!

Here is a detail of the mouldings--another awful photo but you get the idea.

Here is the inspiration for this project...I took these three years ago when we were in Paris. 
See other people take pictures of the Mona Lisa or the Eiffel Tower, not me,
I travel the world and take pictures of bathrooms, mouldings, garden plantings,
lighting and plumbing fixtures, tile work, etc...interesting design elements. 
I know it's weird, but my 14 year old daughter has caught it too,
she just posted a sink onto her facebook and it made me smile. 
I always know I wanted to do this somewhere in our home
and I finally found the right spot.

The room is a mess, we brought our kids with us, need I say more?

I loved all the layers of mouldings, the crown with the picture moulding above and below. 
I am going to use that idea too.

This was our room at the Hotel West End in Paris. 
It is our hotel that we have stayed in for almost 20 years of visiting Paris,
we love it's quaint size,location and it can fit a pack and play....which is huge in Europe.

Just enjoying the summer!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Santa Rosa Plum and Strawberry Jam

Our Santa Rosa plums are finally ripe...
Boo and I picked the trees clean this week and of course, we made jam.  Here is one of my newest jam recipes.  
The tartness of the plums and the sweetness of the strawberries makes a taste similar to
strawberry rhubarb but with a smoother and finer texture,
plus and added bonus of very little sugar. 
It is just delicious!

Santa Rosa Plum and Strawberry Jam

3 pounds plums
1 pound strawberries
2 cups cane sugar
(see picture below for my sugar of choice)
1 freshly squeezed lemon

Combine the plums, strawberries, sugar, in a glass bowl and  cover. 
Let macerate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, if not 24 hours.

Put plums in pot on stove and add lemon juice.  Bring the mixture slowly to a boil
over medium high heat.  Stirring frequently, after 5 minutes remove any foam
and continue to cook till jam thickens to a nice consistency.

Pour jam into sterilized jars and then place them in a covered boiling water bath for 15 minutes. 
Remove cover and let cool.

Shelf life is 1 year


I just LOVE to use this sugar I get from the Latin Market just down the street. 
It is not processed, so it is beige in color but the flavor and sweetness of it is divine.
I hardly ever buy white "refined" sugar anymore. 
And an added bonus is it's inexpensive.  It costs $2 for 4lbs.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Master Bedroom Inspiration...

The lazy days of summer are here and we are loving it! 
The summer crops are planted, my flower beds are resting, and my daughter is home.

This is when we work on all those summer projects...

One of them being working on our master bedroom.  Why is it one of the last rooms to get done?! I should know better, I am an Interior Designer, but like the shoemaker's children not having shoes...
my master is in shambles.

Here are some of my Pinterest inspirations
(Another goal for the summer is to figure out Pinterest...I need some help and a tutorial)
I LOVE this galvanized headboard!  Just perfect for the farm...I don't think my husband
will go for it...he can take the farm outside but inside is another story. 
Those baby chicks in the hall bathtub for over two weeks nearly put him over the edge.




I like this headboard from Ballard Designs. I would want to lose the bird and upholster and pipe it in an interesting fabric, maybe a botanical and leave the white wood edge exposed.

Any ideas?

Happy Monday!

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Fresh Summer Look

It all started when the Phoenix New Times contacted me about doing a story on my perfect food day (article here) and they asked for a photo.  I thought to myself, "Well, I could use the one from our family Christmas pictures...only part of my husbands head would be in it...". See, I don't have any pictures of myself...I have tons of pictures of my kids and us all together as a family but not me alone. Then during our big Flea/Farmers Market I saw my friend Diana and explained to her my predicament and she immediately told me she would take care of it.  See, Diana is none other than Diana Jung of Diana Elizabeth Photography, an amazing photographer!  Here is her working her magic...she takes everyday stuff and takes it to a completely new place.

Henrikka our Dominique

I asked her to take some of these images and make a fresh spring/summer blog
header for me...this is where my new header comes from...
she did a beautiful job!

My new picture...I was feeling a little like we were doing a "Glamour Shot" à la 1980's...
I remember getting me first job out of college and I was surprised by all the husbands in our
office having these hideous things on their desk.
Diana knew that I can't just smile and look pretty...I am not the model type... and this is where her art took over...she tells me to get a chicken, dig in some dirt, work with your plants.

She tells me " people look beautiful when they are doing what they love."
that is when the magic happened.  She was able to capture me doing what I love,
which is working the land and tending my flock.
Thank you Di for capture my inner BOHO spirit!  You truly have a gift.
Thank you for sharing it with me!

To read Diana's blog post on the shoot click here.

Thank you also to my dear friend Mariana, a national Makeup Artist with Bobbi Brown, for making me
look so put together and cleaned up.  You do beautiful work!

If you see me at the Fresh and Easy with dirty knees, muddy crocs and my hair in a pony, say "hi" because it is me...that is just my usual look. :)

Hair and makeup by Mariana Marie.
Photography by Diana Elizabeth.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pick your own fruit at BOHO Farm

We had a very busy May around the farm and now it is June,
 I am finally able to sharing some of the many events!

We had an open farm morning for people to come and tour the gardens, coop, potager,
meet the girls, and pick their own fruit. Our farm stand was stocked with our homemade jams,
cheeses, organic heirloom plant starts, fresh herbs and just picked organic produce.

Kids young and old came and picked fruit...It reminded me of going to Michigan
 in the summer when I was a child and how I loved to pick and eat the fresh fruit. 
I have such fond memories of those days and I saw that same joy
and memories on these children's faces.
Maybe they'll want to be city farmers too some day!

The Farm Stand was packed with all our BOHO goodies.

Honey from my dear friend Jill at Sweet Life Garden

My daughter Catherine was showing all the kiddos
our new baby chicks.

It was just a wonderful morning of meeting neighbors and sharing our harvest.

I heard so many wonderful stories of people making pies and jam from our peaches that they picked that day.
To me this is the sweetest thing; you know I think the world would be a better place if more
people picked their own fruit, baked pies and made jam.

If you missed it this year, you'll have to join us for next year's harvest and
we will make memories together!

Thank you to my dear friend Karina of Capturing Delight Photography for these photos.
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