Compound Butter with Ramps from the Forest

                                        (For more compound butters like this "Compound Butter with Ramps from the Forest" be sure you have a copy of my cookbook, From...

German Dark Chocolate Cake from Scratch | May Days

It's May. Here in Door County, that means it's balmy and beautiful one day and drizzly and horrible the next. And so we carry on. All our efforts are going into the garden. We've made such a mess cutting down trees and tilling new beds that I am CRAVING the beauty...

My Gardening Insecurities & a Spring Garden Tour 2019

‘Scuse me whilst I dig the dirt out from under my fingernails… … I just looked down and realized how horrid they actually look. It’s definitely NOT manicure season. ‘Tis the season of compost, and calluses, Of worms and worn wooden handles, The season of a happy heart...

Spring Farmhouse Home Tour 2019

We just had what I thought was our last snowfall about seven days ago and so I've been frantic in the potager repairing the deer fence, planting spring seeds, amending the soil like a mad woman, but I took a little break to welcome my Momma for the week. And you know...

Make Your Dreams a Reality

Recently, I was tagged on YouTube and asked to share my dreams for a What are Your Dreams playlist... WOW. Ask a dreamer what her dreams are? Have you got all day? I actually rather talk about YOU and how to make YOUR dreams a reality. However, I accepted the tag and...

My Tips for Beautiful Skin After Forty

Hello Lovelies! Mirror time is limited as a mother of six. My self-care needs to be quick, effective and ON POINT. I don’t have time for bad looking skin and neither do you. In response to questions about how I care for my skin, I thought I’d share with you seven ways...

Fan Girls and Faux Finishes: Laura Ingalls Wedding Cake Recipe

“That afternoon the finished black cashmere was carefully pressed, and then Ma made a big, white cake. Laura helped her by beating the egg whites on a platter with a fork, until Ma said they were stiff enough. “My arm is stiffer,” Laura ruefully laughed, rubbing her...

Fresh Perspective

Joy in the Mundane. Happy New Year. Better late than never, I suppose. The Christmas décor is cleaned, organized and tubbed away for next year. And I'm thrilled to say there is no company on the horizon for at least two weeks. I do love to entertain but by the fifth...

French Farmhouse Christmas Tour

Welcome to my French Farmhouse Christmas Tour I never meant to go this long in between blog posts. What's the opposite of a Grinch? The opposite of Ebinezer Scrooge? Because, c'est moi! Last year we were surrounded by moving boxes and utter chaos. We had just moved in...

Why I Said “No” to Reality T.V.

Friday's are always a fun day here in the farmhouse. We publish a new video to YouTube every Friday and I have to say, I really, really enjoy this new "vlogging" adventure I am on. It wasn't always like that. About a year and a half ago I got a call from a reality...

The Lost Art of Hospitality

Have you ever found joy and contentment in serving someone else? Isn’t it amazing how doing something for someone takes a magnificent focus off of ourselves and puts a shining light on the value of someone else? The time for acts of service and hospitality are upon...

Lost and Found, Joie de Vivre

I do hate the expression "come to Jesus moment"... perhaps it's the association with the great Harpo. You know how much I love her. But I suppose I've had a few recently. Arresting moments, that is. While it's been the most amazing ten months of my life (aside from...

What is a French Country Kitchen?

Just what IS a French Country Kitchen? How do you make a French Farmhouse Kitchen? How do you get the look of a real, lived in French farmhouse? The look is more easily achieved than you think. In my recent YouTube two-part video I joked about becoming un-addicted to...

Easy Fish Terrine, Changing up the Dinner Routine

It got cosy up here, real fast. Do we have Indian Summers in Door County?I've yet to figure that out. This last week we've had muggy days and some serious cool days spliced in too and it's made me want to dive into some old recipes and spend more time in my second...

Soup for the Win

The bright, white light of a flawless midwestern day begins to fade and the filtered, dappled light from the treeline begins to cast it's spelled over the potager. The evening is here. I often wondered how I would adjust to living three hundred and fifty miles further...

Unschooling? I’m UnMomming.

UNSCHOOLING? Forget unschooling... All ya'll school moms are like, "YIPPEE" while we homeschool moms are like, Jesus take the Wheel! It's almost time to start back up! Homeschooling is by far the most difficult, incredible thing I've ever put my hand and heart to. I...

Love the Skin You’re In

Is there really time in life for self-care? Can you take care of your skin without toxins? Is toxic free skin care and makeup even possible? Self-care for moms? That's a good laugh. Is there such a thing? Does it REALLY matter what we girls spread all over our face...

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