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At Momma’s House: A Lesson in Hospitality

At Momma's House: Freshen up a guests' room with fresh flowers from the yard! Simple hospitality goes a long ways.

The older I get the more I like visiting my parents house. The longer I’m a parent, the more house chores I have to get done, and the more house projects we have to finish up, the more I appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating a home.

My parents and I live in different states now. We don’t get to share in Sunday dinners together, or the occasional “just stopping by” on a random weeknight, but that is what makes visiting them feel so special. It is special. Every moment. Our visits are weekends filled to the brim with family and friends, homemade garden wine, searching through the Sunday ads, and fitting in a garage sale or two (or three, or four!)! ;) Sometimes we even have a few chores, like back in the day, where we’ll help load up wood for the winter. Whether it’s relaxing or working we don’t mind, it gets us away from our day to day, an escape from our own To-Do List.

The house I grew up in has become a sorta mini vacation home for us filled with homemade meals (that I don’t have to plan!), and lots of time hanging out on the back porch. My mom does a lot of things to make our stay feel special, but the thing I love the most is her tiny vases filled with fresh flowers. These are not store bought flowers, oh no, these are the real deal. Cut straight from her own yard. These are the flowers she tends to like little grandchildren. She handpicks each one and arranges them just so, displaying them throughout the house and next to our bedside table.

I’m always amazed at how much a little touch of flowers can bring life to a room. It’s like a breath a fresh air, and it’s moments like these that make me realize what makes moms so amazing. How they can take something so simple, and make it so beautiful. And how that little gift can make you feel so loved, even at 30! ;)

Thanks mom for making our visits so special, and putting so much thought and detail into every meal, every flower, and every moment. I hope I can learn to love people like that. Without even meaning too. That true hospitality flows out in the things I love, and love to do.

What simple things do you like to do for guests to make them feel special?

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Canning with Cale: Sugar Free Peaches with Honey and Fresh Basil

Canned Sugar Free Peaches with Honey and Fresh Basil

This summer has possibly been the BEST summer ever to can fresh vegetables and fruits. Not only has the weather in the Midwest been cool (perfect for standing over a hot stove), but it’s also created lots, and lots of rain! Just when we think our garden has passed it’s prime we get another round of fresh goodies.

Now that we have a baby eating solids I’ve been looking to create a few canning recipes that he could really enjoy. Making your own baby food is a lot of work so anything I can do to save time down the road, while utilizing our homegrown ingredients, is worth it to me!

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Canning with Samantha Lamb: Pectin Free Strawberry Jam

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Today we are super excited to share a canning recipe from the lovely Samantha Lamb. We first met Sam at a local craft show where we shared neighboring booth space. She’s a true farm girl after our own heart with chickens, cows, and garden all her own. She lives in a little farm house near her family in OK and loves baking pies for the locals!

Hello my Darlin dears, wonderful meadow creatures that live in the orchard & you darling Gnomes that are wonderful at picking Strawberries,

Miss Lamb your canning & fanciful farmer here,

Today, I am honored to be the guest blogger here at Green Couch Design & I am happier than a peach to share with you my favorite canning recipe for Strawberry Jam, that uses no pectin

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Fresh and Local: Eclair Bakery (Arroyo Grande, CA)

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I know, I know you are probably tired of us sharing about our Cali trip but we simply had such a wonderful time that we want to share every detail! So… with that comes one of our favorite random stops that seriously kept us coming back for more!

Introducing the loveliest little local bakery; Eclair Bakery in Arroyo Grande, California!

We we’re greeted by the nicest tattooed baker I’ve ever met (except for my friend Tom who lives in Portland)! I think it might have had something to do with the fact that he has family in Okemah, OK (represent OK!) but regardless we visited this bakery everyday that we were in Arroyo Grande! Each day we were served by the happiest, most sincere people… the kind that you just wish could be your friends!

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Fresh & Local: Horn Seed Company

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Ok. It’s time we let you in our little local garden secret. Cale always looks for seeds in magazines and online but usually after all his research is done we always come back to ordering the bulk of our see from Horn Seed Company.

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This vs. That: Baby Food

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Feeding our children sure made me take a second look at labels and what I was putting into their mouths as well as our own. How about you? This month I’m listing some differences between buying your own fresh food to make/create baby food at home vs. purchasing the packaged food you find at the stores. One principal to remember when eating any food is the order of nutritional value: Fresh food has the highest nutrient content, frozen is next best, and canned/jarred food has the lowest value of nutrients. Yours and your children’s health will reflect the choices you make in the nutrient content of the food you eat/prepare.

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Fresh & Local: 2011 Summer Guide to OKC+ Farmers’ Markets

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Hello friends! IT IS FINALLY HERE!! This is one post that Cale and I look forward to sharing with you every year (well, for two years now…)! We understand first hand that although you may love the idea of simple living it can be difficult to find the extra time, the TLC, the space, and sometimes the money that it takes to grow your own garden. We are passionate about connecting you with resources to help you live a simple lifestyle that still fits within the schedule of real life. So whether you are just looking for a little “filler” to add to your already growing lettuce or plan to buy all your produce locally here is a way you can take advantage of other farmers’ summer bounty!

NORTH OKC

Edmond Farmer’s Market:
Date: (June 1st – September 24th) Wednesdays/Saturdays
Time: 8am to 1pm
Location: Downtown Edmond on 1st street, west of Broadway
Payment: Cash and some vendors accept checks & credit/debit cards

Vendor List; Produce List

NWIAA’s (National Women in Agriculture Association) Community Farmers’ Market :
Date: (June 17th – August 26th) Fridays
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: Where: YMCA; 1701 N Martin Luther King, Oklahoma City, OK
Payment: Cash

Produce List; Facebook
**If you go to their website please note that the #1 market location is closed.

OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market #2:
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:30 pm to 7 pm
Location: Glenbrook East parking lot located on N.W. 63rd Street between N. Western Avenue and N. Grand Boulevard, west of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s.
Payment: Cash or Check.

Vendor List; Product List; OK Seasonal Produce Availability Calendar

(Yukon) Molly’s Garden
Date: Tuesday/Saturday
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm/8am – 4pm

Location: 10400 NW 150th, Yukon, OK 73099
Payment: Cash

** Purchase home grown fruits and vegetables at a table about 50 feet away from Molly’s Family Garden!

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EAST OKC:

(Choctaw) Eastern Oklahoma County Farmers’ Market:
Date: (June 4th – October) Saturdays
Time: 8am – 12am
Location: Choctaw Creek Park located at 2001 N. Harper Road
Payment: Cash Only

(Midwest City/Del City)Mid Del Farmers’ Market:
Date: (June 4th – October) Tuesdays/Saturdays
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm/9am – 12 pm
Location: 7200 block of SE 29th St.  just north of Starbucks at the Mid America Blvd.
Payment: Cash, debit & SNAP/food stamps and debit. Some vendors accept WIC and Chickasaw benefits.

Vendor List; Order Online & Schedule a Pickup

OSDH Wellness Farmers’ Market
Date: (June – August) Fridays
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 between 10th & Lincoln
Payment: Cash Only

** This is a very small community market that is looking for farmers. If you are interested in selling your produce this is a great place to start! Contact Kathy Payne at kpayne@health.ok.gov for info!

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This vs. That: Eggs

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We are what we eat…and so are chickens

Eggs, which ones to buy? There are myriads of choices: farm fresh all natural, brown, cage-free, cage-free organic, etc. What about your local farmer? That’s what we are going to look at briefly…

Some definitions for this comparison: Cage-free: chickens are not confined to a small cage, but instead allowed to walk around and forage for their food. Most ideal is in grassy pasture full of different plants and bugs for food. Sometimes this simply means they are grain-fed in a pen outside of a “hen house;” Organic: meaning the chickens laying the eggs are fed on grass that has not been grown with the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and/or fed some supplemental grain grown in the same fashion;

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Fresh & Local: Birdie

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On a bright little corner in Norman sits a perfect little shop. With fresh cut Oklahoma grown flowers and beautiful potted plants you feel like you’re walking into the secret garden, but Birdie has so much more than just gorgeous flowers. Around every corner and in every nook this beautifully bright and airy shop has everything you could every want to find. One-of-a-kind prints and cards, sustainably minded kitchen accessories like aprons and tea towels, even a beautiful line of men’s and women’s clothing! Welcome to Birdie, our Fresh and Local feature of the month.

Birdie is at it’s most perfect in the spring. Fresh flowers fill the space and Katie, the owner and a fourth generation florist, is always busy creating awe inspiring arrangements and wonderful bouquets for local weddings and other spring events.

“I LOVED growing up in the back of the flower shop. They had a little wedding consultation area at the old shop, where my girlfriends and I would look through all the bridal books and dream up our weddings!  The greenhouses were a pretty magical place too. Looking out on a sea of red poinsettias at Christmas is super pretty.” -Katie

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Fresh & Local: COOP

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“COOP Ale Works began with a humble home brewer and a simple dream. The idea spread as friends tasted the unique beers, and the popularity of those early batches encouraged a dedicated team of three partners to begin working to make the dream of a local brewery a reality.  Mark Seibold, JD Merryweather and Daniel Mercer spent the next two years traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Central America visiting breweries and sampling local flavors.  The insight gained from entrepreneurs, brewers, biologists, operations personnel and consumers provided an invaluable basis for a serious endeavor into quality commercial brewing.  By integrating this knowledge with the local, regional and national brewing trends, as well as local feedback, the trio planned the birth and growth of the yet unnamed COOP. After nearly 3 years of research, comprising thousands of man hours and dozens of test batches, COOP fashioned its identity as a steadfast professional team that holds closely a passion for bringing quality, local beer to taps and homes in Oklahoma City and beyond.”

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