The Cold Calm Before the Garden

Allow me to pause from decorating, painting and wandering these halls, still stunned that this is our home... I have an announcement to make... It's Winter in Door County BUT The snow is receding. For now, that is. For someone who hates winter, I'm... adjusting. No...

Everyday Chateau, Episode III

Woohoo, baby, we are in full fixer upper mode around here! That is, in between the meals and the homeschooling and the oiling and the recipe testing... This vision for the kitchen is coming together and I have to stop myself from saying, "Slowly, but surely." as we...

Rustic Mushroom Bread Pudding

"The air is full of spices." One of my favourite lines from the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility and it rings true in this house these last four days. It's all chopped herbs, cracked pepper and sizzling butter! The electric oven is covered in snow out in the...

Where Women Create

Or, at the very least, "Where this Woman Creates" WWC is a fine magazine run by the amazing Jo Packam and once I had the honour of being on the cover of Jo's food based "Where Women Cook" (found here). That was back in the blogging hay-day... but... Forgive my old...

The Rejected House, The Before Pics

If you missed it, you'll want to go back and get up to snuff because I'd love to share with you now the before photos of this French Farmhouse Makeover and why I rejected this house for TWO years! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to actually have something to...

Longing for Home

My toes are cold. That's an understatement. Because it's 57 degrees in here with a space heater cranked. It's an insult to injury thing. (I've been struggling with really bad allergies all year and we finally figured out its dust, dirt or something coming up from the...

Bake it Off – A Simple French Chocolate Cake

  I don't know about you, but when the walls start to close in, I seek out some pleasurable distraction and most of the time that involves me in front of my range, creating something delicious and comforting. Today that distraction came in the form of my Simple French...

Visions of Hanging Meats Danced in Her Head

I wanna talk about my larder but first I need to rant.... Few things are as frustrating as being on a plane and feeling it begin it's decent towards the airport only to feel it, moments later, make a sharp turn away from the relief that comes from landing back on...

The Ties that Bind

But before the Pesto recipe, I know you're gagging for a farm hunt update... There are things in the life of a Believer that bind them to the LORD. At least I think there are. What do I know? Not much. But, I do know that I'm an ornery, self-sufficient, fool....

Stopping to Smell the Roses

This has been an incredible summer season and just when I think I'll be able to come up for air - BOOM. Homeschool starts. I had to take a break the other day, a break from the laundry, the menu planning, the essential oils and the incredible amount of food piled in...

How to Build a Cheap Pergola – Southern France Style

En plein air.... Plein air dining. One of the best expressions EVER.   Perhaps you know it best as al fresco.... or picnic... or just plain eating outside. Whatever you call it.   I love to do it.   Eating outside is one of life's true, true pleasures.   Few things...

Elderflower Grapefruit Mimosas and The Last One

What do Elderflower Grapefruit Mimosas have to do with my Junior turning one? Indulge me and I'll share with you the gushiest, family lovefest you've read about in a long time. Syrupy? Yes indeed. Has it really happened? Did I really kiss my sweet baby boy to bed and...

And the Thunder Rolls

It's been a glorious busy season and I've tried to live it in my potager instead of spending extra time on my computer, but here I am, quite a bit behind in my blogging. Only to be stirred to prompt action by a round of marvellous Midwest weather. It's been hot here....

MSG Poisoning – Our Scary Story!

MSG Poisoning. If you're reading this, you're probably freaking out like I was... How long does MSG poisoning last? Don't worry. There is hope. To my loyal readers, allow me to pause from my typical French farm inspired content and share this incredible story with...

Waiting on Coco

Farming... gardening... it always seems like you're thinking about next year. And so, even with the amount of work to be done around here, it can be difficult for me to live in present. I am blessed with so much anticipation in my life. I love it and with...

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