Thursday, July 20, 2017

Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches


Even the name of this recipe sounds completely southern.... so no surprise I found it in a Southern Living Magazine. With the Internet and the great world of Pinterest; magazines have possibly gone by the way side for some. Not for me - there is nothing better than curling up with coffee (or wine) and flipping through a good ol magazine.  I have been flipping through Southern Living Magazine for probably 25 years. It was a staple in my house growing up and it still is now.
 
 I serve Brie year round.... the winter months are a little more indulgent usually wrapped in a puff pastry, but this recipe might be a new favorite. Sweet, yet spicy, and very fresh. It pairs well
with a chilled glass of Pino Grigio and a good girlfriend. Everything you need to solve all of life's problems. 



Combine hot pepper jelly, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Add fresh peaches...

 

Cut the top rind off of your Brie - add to a baking sheet and bake.


Then add the peach mixture and return to the oven.

 



Top with fresh cracked pepper - add crackers and a sliced baguette (or in my case whatever you have in your pantry.)

 

 


Pour a couple of glasses of chilled wine and look out the window at the beans growing, soon they will be starting to turn. It's picture perfect out here....





I couldn't stop taking pictures. ;) It was almost too pretty to eat..... almost!



Peach season is among us at the orchards - head out to get your basket of peaches and whip this up for a girlfriend, or sister....It's colorful, it's delicious - it's perfect!



Check out the full recipe here!

The Source for my tabletop pieces.
Glasses - Home Goods
Navy Checkered Runner - Jenny Steffens Hobick Online Store
White Creamware Platter - Jenny Steffens Hobick Online Store
Red and White Gingham Napkin - William Sonoma
White Dishes - Pottery Barn
Ramekins- Target









Monday, July 3, 2017

Watermelon Froze'


Watermelon and Rose go hand in hand - both cool and refreshing but not too sweet. Add them to the freezer then blend and you have the newest cocktail obsession - Froze'. I stumbled upon this recipe and with a few changes I knew it was the perfect signature summertime drink.





I love casual summertime evenings. A couple of good slices of cheese, some watermelon froze', and some of your best girlfriends - it sure is good for the soul.

 




 


Ready for the freezer. 
 
 
After freezing for several hours the hardest part is resisting the urge to just scratch this and eat it with a spoon.
 


 






Add the frozen Rose' to the blender, with a cup of watermelon and a handful of ice.


A bottle of the Rose makes four little drinks - so if you have a crowd or a few more girlfriends over you might want to double this.


Add small slices of watermelon to the side for garnish.

Right about here is where my farmer said "Let me know when you are done taking pictures because I am going to eat that cheese." I drank the froze' - he ate the cheese. That's why we work!

 



We have had unseasonable and beautiful weather for the past week or so. So serve in a cute basket and head out to the front porch to the swing bed (which normally is furnished with a twin mattress as the cushion, but it's currently getting upholstered)






Watermelon Froze
 

Ingredients:
  1. One bottle of your favorite rose wine
  2. 1 cup of watermelon, cubed
  3. handful of ice cubes
Instructions:
  1. Pour your wine into a large container, one that will allow you to easily pour it out once it partially freezes. Do not keep it in the wine bottle because it is too hard to remove it from the bottle once it starts to harden.
  2. Freeze for 6 hours or more until it's mostly frozen. It won't 100% freeze due to the alcohol content
  3. Add all items, wine, watermelon and ice cubes, to a blender and crush.
  4. Place in freezer to harden more if you like, or serve immediately
 
Notes
  1. Easily make this in advance and just add it to a blender before serving.


Monday, June 26, 2017

The Original Farmhouse Sink


When we started building our house almost three years ago I knew that I wanted to incorporate older pieces into our new home. Even though the walls, windows and floors were going to be brand new I wanted it to feel as if it's been on the farm for 100 years...



I added little touches like a transom glass in my kitchen doorway, wallpaper in the hallways bath and big, thick, old style trim throughout the home. Adding all of these certainly helps make the heart of my home feel much older than just three years. My Farmhouse is an old soul - sort of like me. ;)

My farmer has this wonderful office at the front of the house with custom cabinets and a nice desk, large canvas' of the farm fill the walls. I knew he needed a space that was his, and let's be honest, a place where he could throw his mail and I could close the door to keep from losing my ever loving mind. My "office" naturally is in the laundry room (don't feel too bad for me yet, it's a pretty great laundry room) A little built in desk where I can sew, craft, pay some bills, drop some mail, etc. It's a great little room, and I always get so many compliments on it.

                                   




When "designing" the laundry room I wanted a very mature look. I didn't want blank white shelves with brightly colored accessories. I wanted warm, easy and cozy.









Absolutely the focal point of this room is the old farmhouse sink. They are all the new rage. I knew I wanted one for our Laundry room, I just didn't know it was sitting in a shed on the farm. When my father in law showed me this sink in his shed I fell in love.

It was beautiful, it had a great story, it was in good shape.... it was perfect. (this photo was taken after we had it re sandblasted)


I keep the d├ęcor of my home fairly simple. In the fall I add some pumpkins around, the summertime gets flags, and the spring is usually fresh spring flowers. For Christmastime it's usually fresh greenery.

I grew up looking through my moms Southern Living magazines, and dreaming of decorating my own house even when I was just a little girl.  So in a way decorating has always came very easy to me. I was not one of those kids who wanted posters of boy bands or movies on their walls, I loved my wallpaper with little purple violets all over it. But decorating isn't that way for everyone. Or sometimes maybe you just need little help or inspiration.  I'm guilty of it too, but a lot of times we add too many things in our home that are "trendy" and not a true reflection of ourselves. That's where Havenly, an online interior design service would be beneficial. When you are ready to make a change in your decorating, or really dive in and find your style - this is the place that you really need to start.


Back to my sink - here is a look at my sink during the summertime.


I love the "legs" to the cabinets, it makes it look like an old piece of furniture.



The antiqued brass fixtures were a tad over budget, but were also perfect for this sink. 







My farmhouse laundry room.


The sink in the springtime. It get the perfect amount of light in here to help my indoor hyacinth bulbs.


When designing our home I searched magazines and the internet for ideas almost daily - It took a whole year for us to build and I spent every spare second I had on this home. Making it what we want, making it a true reflection of us and our future generations. if you are in the process of building or remodeling, I do reccomend you check out Havenly - I will certainly reference it when I get questions about my home decor.

There are so many wonderful things and pieces for our home that we have gotten over the years. But this sink, Grandma Lichte's sink.... will always be our favorite. It's where she washed her hair, and where grandpa warmed up the livestock medicine. It's where I water my indoor flowers and where my farmer puts his clothes that need stain treated. Someday we will wash babies and grand babies in this sink. I'll tirelessly look out he window while I'm scrubbing grass stains out of little boys clothes, or carrots off of baby bibs. The sink is beautiful and it's trendy, it fits nicely and it's useful. That stuff doesn't matter. How I use my sink matters. The things that happen around this sink matter. They matter to us and they will matter to them.
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