Posts Tagged ‘Spring’
It always feels good when all your planning and scheming comes out just right! And that exactly how I feel about the lovely Strawberry Shortcake Bar we had at our Spring Music Yard Party.
Complete with homemade biscuits and berries, it was simple, but just the right amount of sweet for a cool spring evening. The biscuits are really easy to make and I even pulled James into some of the rolling which was a
bit messy lot of fun! Plus, they even freeze great so if you happen to make extra (like I did!) you can save em for that random weeknight Strawberry Shortcake craving, or even better heat em up in the toaster for a delicious breakfast egg sandwich (take that McDonalds!)!
Quick & Easy Biscuits
Makes: 10+ biscuits
3 cups of all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup of shortening
1 cup of whole milk
STEP 1: In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening until it starts to appear crumbly. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the milk. Using a fork, stir until the mixture begins to form a rough ball, while still remaining wet.
STEP 2: Place dough on a floured surface. Kneed it 4 to 6 strokes or until it begins to make a ball. Gently roll the dough until 3/4 in thick. Plan on cutting as many biscuits as you can the first round because the second rolling will create a thicker batch. Using a biscuit cutter, shape each biscuit.
STEP 3: On an ungreased cookie sheet place biscuits 1 in apart. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book
Sweet Strawberry Mixture
Makes: 4 Cups
2 pints of strawberries
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of firmly packed light brown sugar
STEP 1: Wash the strawberries, remove the stems, and slice into bite size pieces.
STEP 2: Combine strawberries and sugars into a medium bowl.
STEP 3: Cover and keep refrigerated for 1 to 4 hours before serving.
You might be intimidated at the idea of making biscuits from scratch, but I promise once you do it you’ll be wishing you had started a long time ago!
Any other homemade biscuit tips and tricks out there?! Even if it’s what NOT to do!?
From The Farm
Around Here: Lady Bugs/Homemade Swords/Messy Bedrooms/A Baby Belly/Making Biscuits/Potato Stamps/Fancy Doorstops
Spring is here and not only can you smell it in the fresh Iris’ growing outside my kitchen window, but you can feel it in the breeze, and hear it in the bugs when nighttime is near and the stars are out. It’s seriously our favorite season, but with that comes more yard work, and the reminder of all those outside projects that we didn’t complete last year!
It’s funny how your first pregancy you find yourself counting up; like I am 6 months pregnant, or 28 weeks along. With baby #2 due in July we find ourselves counting down! 9 weeks till baby! I can hardly believe it!? From working on a branding project for a new natural birth and baby event in OKC to putting the final touches on our Nursery + Toddler Room Combo, I’m really proud of the progress we have made to prepare mentally and physically for baby #2 thus far. Nesting is definitely in full swing as I’m making a list of meals to prep, re-organizing our cloth diaper stash, sorting thru teeny tiny clothes, and cleaning out drawers I haven’t touched in YEARS!
I don’t know what takes over a woman when she’s about to have a baby, but suddenly the urge to organize and prep is at the top of her list and nothing (I mean NOTHING!!) will get in her way! Now, if only I was this motivated to keep things this tidy year around! :/
This may sound a little creepy, but we know spring is on it’s way when our bathroom starts to fill up with lady bugs. It must be something about the moisture, probably the super hot showers I prefer to take, but there’s always a good batch of em that randomly show up around this time. I used to get really disgusted with it (bugs… in our HOUSE!!), but now they’ve become my little friends, and a part of what I love about this old farmhouse.
Plus… if they get to be too much I just help them find their way outside.
Cale–being the ultimate dad–recently took some scrap wood from some shelves we were making and made James his first sword. It’s still a little heavy for the little guy, but that doesn’t stop him from running around with it and chasing squirrels with Josie (our dog).
Papa would be so proud (he hates squirrels)!
For us, another sign of spring is when the weather is just cool enough that the windows stay open all day and all night. Since our old doors don’t really latch anymore, the breeze through house makes the doors slam over and over again. It gets annoying hearing the doors open and close and can easily wake up James so I’ve found a great cost-effective doorstop solution; Cale’s old work boots.
These steal toed babies are heavy like bricks and our fancy doorstop solution has given them a new found purpose in life (besides just taking up room in our closet)!
You could say it’s upcycling at it’s best.
One of my favorite recent memories with James is when he helped me make 40 biscuits for our little Spring Music Yard Party. He’s getting to the point where he wants to be involved in everything I am doing and although this gets annoying at times, I’m trying to make the most of it by letting him help and learn new things. With that said, he got board after our 2nd of 4 batches we had to hand make and decided to rollout his cars instead.
We’ve been working on updating other spaces in our house including our Master Bedroom! It’s tiny, but it’s my little piece of heaven so I’ve been trying to come up with simple ways to make it new again without spending a lot of money! :/ It’s exciting knowing that we are going to build in a few years, but it’s been hard NOT spending extra money on updating things around here. I’m trying to focus on reusing things we have or coming up with ways to make old things new again.
It’s only taken us close to five years to hang pictures in our room, but we finally got the wall art up above our bed just like we wanted. Most of these pieces are things that Cale has made, handmade wedding gifts we received, or items’ we’ve purchased together that represent our story. I love having them above our bed because they constantly remind us of our start, where all our dreams of family and taking over the world came from.
To most people they are just cute pictures and sweet words, but to us each piece reminds us of our vision, our purpose, our hope, and our love and excitement for the future.
James still prefers playing with cars, trucks and tractors over anything else, but every once in a while I’ll get him to play with something else. It’s been so much fun watching him start to use his imagination and pretend play. Most of the time he is just reenacting things I say to him or how I interact with him, but it’s amazing to see what he actually remembers from our daily interactions (WAYYY to much!)!
And lastly, I spent a few days obsessing over potato stamps. I was trying to give the blah curtains in our bedroom a fresh look, but then pregnant brain switched on and I completely changed my mind! The circle and triangle pattern does make a cute runner though don’t ya think?!
Oh and my feet are slowly being eclipsed by my baby belly. Nothing new there. Just thankful to be pregnant with a healthy baby and eagerly awaiting his arrival.
Any baby prep advice from you other parents out there? What did you do before your wee one arrived that really helped you later down the road?
From The Farm
We love hosting get-togethers at our place so when our friend David Lord asked if he could play a house show we were beyond thrilled! Sometimes a whole year can go by and you realize all you’ve done is host parties for everyone else (Birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.). David’s invite was the perfect opportunity for us to host a “just because” gathering of our closest friends and family for an intimate night of build your own strawberry shortcakes and barefoot acoustic tunes.
Taste the tunes by pushing play and listening to the same music we heard live!
It was a perfect spring evening with the kitchen table chairs sprawled on the lawn and the kids dancing to the melodic melodies from David Lord’s recent Francis Moss Album. Our porch became the stage and life’s worries were laid aside as we got lost underneath spring’s blanket of stars.
THE MENU (and helpful links):
- Sparkling Limeade with Mint from A Little Bite of Life
- Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake Bar with Homemade Biscuits (look for the recipe post and more yummy photos next week!)
- Herbed Feta Spread from Lazy Girl Dinners
- El Yunque Album by Francis Moss
It seems Cale and I are always hosting parties for our friends and family. We love it, but we’ve realized we don’t initiate having get togethers unless we have an excuse to get people together. This year we wanted to be a little bit more intentional about our gatherings and sharing our home. We wanted to have a “just because” party.
Low key and simple.
Our friend David Lord, the guy behind The Wonder Revolution, contacted us with the perfect opportunity. He was looking to fill a spot for his solo guitar project, Francis Moss, and was wondering if we would be open to hosting a house show. I told him several times that we have a very small house, but he insisted that our place sounded perfect!
“Francis Moss is guitarist David Lord (Solagget, The Wonder Revolution). Bridging the distance between jazz, rock, and experimental music, Lord creates meditative soundscapes with Francis Moss with attention to concise compositions and clean melodic lines. Although still recognizable as Lord, the music of Francis Moss resides in its own unique space.” – Francis Moss Website
We are happily planning away for our little Spring Music Yard Party in late April. I’ve been thinking about the kind of atmosphere that I want to create. Intimate, but casual enough that the kids can run around and play, acoustic and simple, spring sunsets with our friends, and maybe a sweet treat or two!?
Here is a list of images and links that are inspiring me for the event (corresponding with the images above):
- Our old oak tree surrounded with quilts and blankets. (top left image from the lovely Samantha Lamb).
- Minions running around barefoot chasing fireflies.
- Adult summertime beverages garnished with Pickled Green Beans from the garden.
- Picnic style gatherings similar to our Grilled Cheese Grill Party.
- Little garden gnomes and tiny mushroom stools. The dreamy things that make The Wonderful Revolution and David’s heart for music truly magical.
- Sipping out of mason jars just waiting to be re-canned with our garden’s first bounty!
- Homemade pie, cobbler, or maybe strawberry shortcake?! (bottom right image & Cherry Pie Recipe from Gimme Some Oven)
- Wouldn’t it be fun to serve fresh fruit sodas like this Strawberry, Rhubarb, Ginger & Peppercorn Soda Recipe from the Vintage Whites Market Blog?! (image not shown)
- Loving this family-friendly S’more’s Party by the lovely ladies at Merry Thought. (image not shown)
I’m looking forward to creating a fun space for David’s music. Do you have any other inspirational links that would help with the overall party vibe?!
Can’t wait to share the final details with you all!
From The Farm
Around here things feel like they are finally moving forward! It seems projects we have been waiting to start are finally underway and we couldn’t be more excited!
After several cold days, and then a few late, late, late frosts (May 4th, seriously?!!) I “think” it’s safe to say that spring is officially here!
We planted 40 tomato plants! I had to put Cale’s eyeballs back in their sockets when I told him how many plants I wanted to plant this year. Since I won’t be eight months pregnant (like last summer) I plan on canning my little heart out and stocking up good for the winter. Look for our “Canning with… Series” starting back up in June!
Remember our refrigerator that had to be held shut by a bungee cord? We’ll it’s moved to “The Shop” and been replaced by this beauty! We had some friends actually give us this one for FREE! What an amazing and totally unexpected blessing (Thanks Williamson Family)!
At 8 months old Little James is scooting/army crawling around and loving being outside. We’ve given up on trying to get him to stop eating the grass. After all, a little dirt is good for ya right?!
For Oklahoma the Irises are always a sign that spring is here! We planted these a few years ago from extra bulbs Cale’s Grandpa was splitting. They have gotten so tall that I can see them above the windows in our kitchen! Makes my heart happy and I love filling our home with fresh cut flowers from around the yard.
I think I have finally perfected one of our favorite breakfast dishes, a crustless quiche (based off of this recipe)! Gotta get in all the oven goodies I can before the summer heat sets in.
After five years of marriage we are repainting/updating our bedroom! I was super excited about this until the gray/purple color I picked out was actually lavender! Our house is so small that all the wall colors need to gel together otherwise things can get really out of hand. The new gray/purple choice, alongside the other rooms, is starting to make our home feel like a rainbow! Looks like I”ll be choosing a a new color direction (and starting over)!
Anyone wanna come over for a painting party?!
We had our first play date in the water on the front lawn! What started as a fun way for the kids to cool off ended with our little niece running around butt naked and James completely soaked and muddy. I’m not gonna lie, I definitely felt like ” The Cool Mom”!
And finally, the chicken coop is completed! This used to be the old hen house where they would raise baby chicks. Cale cut a door in the back end and created a little run for our chickens. After loosing one chick to a big snake we’ve already had to face the good and the bad side of having real animals on The Farm. Cale reminded me that I need to get used to it since I’ve already made plans for owning bees, pigs, etc. Becoming a mom has definitely made me a softy so I’m gonna have to put on my big girl
panties boots if I want to be a legit country girl!
What spring projects have you accomplished thus far? Are you feeling caught up yet or still falling behind?
From The Farm
We are excited to announce that our guest bedroom has been hosting some very special farm guests. Every morning I wake up hearing them chirping away and think there are birds in my house!? Oh, wait! Cale has been talking about having chickens FOREVER and once we officially decided to make the jump I swear it’s all he has talked about (and thought about) for the last three weeks.
About a week ago we made the trip to our local feed store to purchase our new baby chickens. You know you are in the right place when the parking lot is full of pickups!
We invited our little niece (to ensure our status as her favorite Aunt and Uncle of course!) who happily tagged along. It was a really fun family-friendly outing. I would totally recommend taking the kids even if you don’t plan on purchasing any. It’s like a mini petting zoo for FREE (as long as the employees don’t mind)!
She was a little shy at first but by the time we got them home she had opened RIGHT up (and everyday asks her mom if she can come by and see them!).
Cale had to have a good “talkin to” with Josie (our dog) to make sure she understood that the baby chicks, although cute and cuddly, were not to be used as her chew toys.
And before we knew it we were the proud parents of 10 little baby chicks (starting to feel a little out numbered).
I’m not gonna lie, with the recent release of Jurassic Park 3D all I can think about is how much they look like baby Pterodactyls. They definitely have some kind of mutant powers cause they have already grown 2x their size! We’re gonna have to keep an eye on these little guys and get their coop finished ASAP.
Wish us luck in our newest farm adventure. Time to add another chore to the list!
Anyone out there have chickens too? What’s your best egg-laying chicken advice?!
From The Farm
For us Easter is more than just egg hunts and fancy clothes. It’s about the freedom we’ve received through Jesus. It was more than just dying for our sins, it was about coming back from the dead. Jesus didn’t just restore our old self, He gave us a brand new life.
A new beginning.
A fresh start.
Thank you Lord for giving us victory. For on that day, when you left the tomb you gave us the keys to overcome every dead situation in our own lives. We may not always see the how, or know the when, but in time, you use everything for good.
“Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” - Matthew 6:10
In heaven. You came to make earth like it is in heaven.
Let’s make earth more like heaven. No pain. No suffering.
Just hope, peace, love, patience, kindness, and gentleness.
Happy Easter friends.
From The Farm
Spring is in the air! Can you feel it?
We felt it this past week when we had some friends and their three kids come stay with us. It was a week full of adventure and outdoor fun. A sorta mini spring break in our 1,000 square foot farm house. It was a bit crazy, but I think the best memories are made when you simply enjoy living life together. Especially when you are a kid, vacations don’t have to be fancy! Sometimes just changing up your day-to-day routine can feel like a little getaway.
What are some of your favorite childhood spring break memories?
Happy Spring Break everyone! Now, get outside!
From the Farm
It’s that time of year where the windows are constantly open, including the front door, and the old farm house seems to fade into the background of fresh flowers, green grass, and overgrown trees. Evenings seem to slow down a bit and life’s burdens feel lighter.
We love how Katie Daisy encompasses all the joys of a country spring through her lovely illustrations.
Such a sweet reminder of just how wonderful this season is… even when it takes you four hours to mow the lawn!
From the Farm
Two weekends ago Cale worked at the Architecture firm till late on Friday and all day Sunday.
Two Saturdays ago Meg’s ankles swelled up for the first time (21 weeks and counting!) from cleaning out the milk barn all day and, helping Cale cleanup the yard and flowerbeds from a long winter.
BUT this Saturday, we had our first big bonfire with friends.
This Saturday we got lost under our favorite tree (in front of our house) playing old school yard games.
300 301 Mayflies (RIP).
Took the tops off our cold frames and built a third raised bed (bring on the hot weather plants)!
Went to our first Easter Sunday service with Little Noodle (Meg cried).
And added venison to our fall menu (taken from a friends night cam on our family property)!
It was a beautiful weekend and just what we needed to remind ourselves what all this “work” is for. There are a lot of people who love the idea of owning land, but it’s also a lot of work! Your weekends are full maintaining and updating the property, on top of working a full-time job, running a home based business, staying on top of household chores, and all that other stuff you have to do as an adult. There are small moments we relish the idea of a city plot where mowing takes 30 minutes (with a push mower), but then we have weekends like these and we’re reminded just why we could never live anywhere else.
Here’s to many more summer nights under our favorite tree, slow Sundays with family meals, and wondering how it will all be different next year when we have a little one running around.
Happy (late) Easter Weekend everyone!
From the Farm