Friday, October 22, 2010

The amazing Tuscan Peasant Soup with Rosemary and Pancetta

At the urging of my darling husband, I am posting a link to this most amazing creation.

Here's a little hint that I learned about during my recent trip to Italy:
If your beans are tough, throw it all in a blender! It turns into the wonderful thick, creamy would be perfect with a crusty rustic bread.

Trust me, this one is good enough for even your most important company!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Home.Farm’s true beginnings!

So, today was a big day for us here on the HomeFarm. I can’t quite explain what was so special about today…maybe loading the FarmCar up with HomeFarm’s first bales of straw…maybe the finishing of a never-ending table-building project…I just don’t know.

Doesn’t matter, really – all that’s important is that it *felt* like a big day for us!

FarmCar Straw

Here she is, the famous FarmCar, loaded with five bales of straw fresh from the Standard Feed & Seed Store in Atlanta. As you can probably imagine, after unloading her FarmCar is completely head to toe in straw remnants. I haven’t had time to vacuum her out yet – that’s a job for another day.

Garden beginnings - back yard

Two bales are now in the bed seen on the right of this photo. They will stay baled, but I will be piling the tops with composted manure and watering them for two weeks. After two weeks, the straw will have heated up and cooled down (hopefully) and something, probably greens, will be planted on top.

The beautiful thing about this method is that the bales will continue to degrade and compost, and next year I will have some beautiful stuff to spread in this box.

As for the rest of the bales, they will be going toward making some new beds. More on that tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Peanut Butter Doggie Treats

So, I am definitely back on the project-doing bandwagon, only I keep forgetting to take pictures!  I apologize for not keeping updated, and will certainly try harder from now on.

Dexter, our miniature pincher, was about out of his favorite Trader Joe's peanut butter dog treats. Seeing as we are on a very tight budget right now and I absolutely refuse to go shopping, I did a little bit of research. Peanut butter dog treats, it turns out, are incredibly easy to make.  Plus, we happened to have all of the ingredients! 

peanut butter doggie treats

Here’s the recipe I used.  It is a combination of several recipes on the web, just adjusted a bit for what I had on hand:

1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour
1/4 cup organic old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup 1% organic milk
3/4 cup organic all natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine everything in a mixer and stir until smooth. Dough will be stiff and not sticky, but should still be pliable.

Roll dough to approximately 1/4” thickness and cut with an appropriately sized cookie cutter, or into whatever shape you desire.

Bake for 22-25 minutes.

Store in an airtight container or freeze for longer storage.

Dexter absolutely loves these – hopefully your pooch will too!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

And so the Project List begins again!

My move to Atlanta is official, and though I still spend quite a bit of time in southwest Virginia, this is my home now.

Each time I come down, I bring more of our stuff with me. This time I was a car-full of plants and a couple of my old chairs that I adore. 

I love this house, and now it it starting to feel like home. Our living room is now a mix of all kinds of mismatched furniture, and I love the bohemian feel it's getting.

There is still much work to be done, but I feel comfortable here now.

Tomorrow it's back to work on my table for over the washer and dryer. Unfortuantely, I haven't tracked it's progress, but I will try to start now. 

Love to you all!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New home, new projects!

Okay, no more excuses!

I am officially finished with school and am a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic. I have some finalization to do with state paperwork, but there really are no more excuses to be found. Time to get some stuff DONE!

Now that I am pretty much moved into our new home, I've got to add some major projects to the list. Most of these will be furniture building/refinishing since we're pretty short on some major pieces as well as cash. I will be using many ideas and patterns from the Knock-off Wood website and hope that you will follow along with me. There will also be various refinishing projects from my thrift store excursions, and I'm sure lots of cooking, sewing and whatnot.

Here's a list of my priority projects:

  • Table and hutch over the washer/dryer
  • Kitchen island
  • Entryway bench and shoe rack
  • Bookshelves
  • Platform bed
  • Sofa console
  • Falconry mew and perches
  • Kitchen ceiling fan
  • Porch ceiling fan
  • Oil painting magnet board (repurposing)
  • Floating shelves (refinishing)
  • Rocking chair (refinishing)
  • Side tables (refinishing)
  • Corner table (refinishing)
  • Triple pleat curtains, living and dining rooms
  • Roman blinds, living room and kitchen
So, lots to do, lots to do!  This is going to be a very exciting and busy time - I hope you'll join me!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'm almost back!

One retest to take tonight, and then school is O-VAH!  There are a couple more tests to take this month before I am truly done and can call myself a paramedic, but the major stresses are over and I can get back to adding some creativity to my life.

So get ready, because here we go!

Love to you all,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Putting it on hold for a while...

Okay, so there are a few things happening right now that are interfering with my posting.

1) School is coming to a close - we have six weeks until our finals and then national testing.  I'm simply having to buckle down and focus. 

2) I can't find my camera, and my camera phone is just not cutting it.  So, incidental posts aren't happening either.

3) We just went through a huge closing ordeal on our new house which has completely thrown everything else off.

Essentially, things are good - real good, in fact - just very busy.  So I apologize for not posting, and once I'm all tested out, I promise to start posting projects again soon! 

Love to you all,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scrap pincushions, and scrap bags, too!

I’m such a dork. 

So today I just couldn’t stop; I made one more pincushion and a few more scrap zipper bags.  The bags are perfect for makeup, pencils, and general purse organization – I love carrying them and they always make me smile. 

The offer has been expanded – if you want a pincushion or a bag, just let me know and it’s yours!  

By the way, if anyone wants a tutorial on the zipper bags, just say the word.  They are completely reversible and so incredibly easy.  Just a really great almost-instant-gratification project!

pincushions and bags

Love to you all,


Scrap Pincushions – scrap obsession

I can’t explain it except to say that I’m desperate to use up all our little scraps of beautiful fabric that we’ve been hanging on to for years.  And I do mean years – maybe 20 or more in some cases.  I’ve also been struggling with focusing - I can’t seem to focus too long on any one project. 

So I found the perfect little super easy project: pincushions!  The actual tutorial for the ones I made is <here>.  They’re so fast and easy – when I’m done for the day and it’s time to relax, I turn on some junky show in the television and whip up a little cushion.  So far three have been made, and guess what – they’re free to whoever wants one! 

Just send me your name and address and I’ll throw one in the mail for you! 


All my love,


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sewn Shopping Bag – Finished!

I had the luxury today of a cancelled class  and instead of studying as I should have, I sewed. 

And it felt so good! 

In fact, I’m thrilled – I finally had time to finish the sewn shopping bag that I’d started a few weeks ago.

Here’s a picture; the blue plaid is the one that I bought from Target on clearance.  The obnoxious one is my copy:

Finished shopping bags

Regarding the fabric choices... 

…Mom and I dared each other to use up our stash of scraps.  We’ve got an outrageous sum of oddball fabrics, so we’re just putting things together in somewhat random order – it’s really quite fun – goodness knows I like things gaudy! 

Love to you all,


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A lovely little book acquisition…

Not much crafting going on these days whatwith everything else happening, but I did manage to make a sweet little purchase today:

Margarita's Soul cover Inside cover of Margarita's Soul

It’s a book, published in 1909, with the most wonderful little illustrations throughout.  There’s nothing about this book that I don’t love, and I’m hoping to incorporate it into my life somehow. 

An example, Margarita's Soul

Of course, first I have to read it.  But then it might constitute a costume inspiration as well as some music studies.  We’ll see.  And, of course, I have to find a use for the illustrations.

Love to you all,


Friday, January 15, 2010

I haven’t gone missing…

…I’ve just been overwhelmed!

It’s been an amazing past few weeks, mostly good, a little sad, and way too much to keep track of. 

No crafting has been going on, so I haven’t left anything off of this blog…but it will pick up again soon, I promise!

And keep your fingers crossed with me – we’re in contract on a wonderful little 1939 bungalow.  Of course, what does that mean? 

Lots more projects!!!

Anyway, just wanted to poke my head out and say hello and I’ll be back soon!

Love to you all,