Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Where has the time gone.....

Dearest Readers,


Is it possible that January of 2008 is almost over?  I cannot and will not believe it!  There is still so much left to do here at Honey Hill Farm to start our new year right.  How can it be this close to February?  Well, dear friends I guess today is going to be a very busy day as I simply refuse to let another month pass that feels unorganized and unkempt. 


Here is the list of my January resolutions:


Start a Homekeeping Notebook - done


Organize recipes in a binder - almost done


Put together a Housekeeping Basket for cleaning - almost done


Make homemade laundry soap - done


Inventory all books in upstairs library - not even close to being done


Finish all remaining WIPS - LOL!


Well, there you have it, the plain and unvarnished truth.  Boy is February going to be filled to the brim.  I will share some photos of the finished projects. (I will not however, be sharing photos of the unfinished projects as they are just too horrible!)


Speaking of sharing, dear readers forgive me, I did not include a link for the Sense and Sensibilities website, so sorry.  Please go here.


Have a blessed day,


Shan


P.S. Happy Birthday to our Dear Darling girl!


Monday, January 28, 2008

A little of this and a little of that....

Dearest Readers,


It was a little of this and a little of that kind of day here at Honey Hill Farm.  A few loads of laundry (washed with homemade laundry soap-I hope some of you have tried this) started the day followed by a thorough scrubbing of the kitchen sink.  With the sink now sparkling, it was time to catch up on some correspondence and a few overdue phone calls.  I was able to send a package in the mail to one of my dear Sisters-in-Love; just a little something to thank her for all her support this last year...smile!


I have been working on a recipe binder and was able to complete a few more pages. (I will gladly share this if I ever finish!) I have so many recipes that it has become difficult to organize them in any rational fashion. I create a monthly menu and shop weekly, so a more efficient system is a must.


Also, after a wonderful telephone conversation with my dear friend L, I went right to my computer and printed out my blog pages, I think that I will put them in a notebook.  This will be a charming reminder of days gone by to pass along to my children.


A quick visit to the Sense and Sensibilities website renewed my vow to finish all my sewing projects so that I can start on a couple dresses I want for the summer.  Oh, all my poor neglected WIPS (works in progress)! 


Well, the sun is now behind our little mountain and it is starting to get dark here in the parlour.  Time to turn on a few lamps and start supper.  Tonight will be Turkey Burgers and a few leftovers from this weekend - easy peasy lemon squeezy! 


Blessings from Honey Hill Farm,


Shan

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Homemade Laundry Soap...for Miss J



Dearest Readers,


 In order to live a more gentle life, I decided that I would try to use more organic cleaning products here at Honey Hill Farm and laundry soap seemed like a good place to start. My dear Sister-in-Love has asked me to post this laundry soap "recipe".   I cannot, I am afraid, take the credit for this amazing soap, that honor belongs to Miss Crystal at Family Homestead.  You will also want to visit her blog and say hello! 


I hope you have a lovely Saturday!


Yours warmly,


Shan 


 

Friday, January 25, 2008

Market Day....


Dearest Friends,
I love going to the local market and selecting delightful foods for my dear family.  As you may have guessed, I love all things from the past and that includes groceries! I can almost smell the scent of the local mercantile where the aroma of fresh ground coffee mingles with sausage and fresh cheese.  Her basket in hand, our darling Homekeeper of the Past, gracefully selects the best food for her family.... Here is a list of some of the groceries available in 1900 as well as the price that a homemaker would pay as she went about her day at the market.......

Breakfast Bacon $0.13/lb                Spring Chicken $0.07/lb

Eggs  $0.14/doz                                Green Turtle Meat $2.75

Gelatin $0.15                                      Sugar 100lbs/$5.80

Sardines in Oil  $0.05                         Early June Peas  $0.10

Swiss Cheese  $0.25/lb                      Seed Potatoes  $0.35/bu.

Well, tomorrow will be market day here at Honey Hill Farm, where I am sorry to say I won't be paying $0.14/doz for eggs!  Of course, I am not shopping for Green Turtle Meat either!
Yours in kindred spirit,
Shan 

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad

Dearest Friends,


I had a wonderful visit with my dear cousin yesterday.  We laughed and talked the hours away sitting by the fire here at Honey Hill Farm.  As promised, I will share a very simple recipe that you might want to try.


4 cups chopped Turkey


1 cup Miracle Whip Light


1/4 cup cranberries


1/4 chopped walnuts


Mix together and you have a wonderful salad !  I served mine on whole wheat bread. You could also serve this on a bed of lettuce (great for the summer). 


Makes about 4 large sandwiches



Have a cozy and blessed evening,


Shan

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Looking forward to a visit...

Dearest Friends,


I am looking forward to tomorrow as I will have a visit from my dear cousin here at Honey Hill Farm.  We are only two years apart in age and have been best friends, for our whole lives.  We share so many fun and wonderful memories of all our years of growing up together. 


I have made a special repast of Turkey Cranberry Salad sandwiches for our lunch. ( I will share that recipe with you tomorrow.)  I also made a big batch of Oatmeal Scotchies and I used whole wheat flour.  The cookies are a little "flat" but taste delicious.  If anyone out there has some secrets for whole wheat flour baking, please let me know. 


I wanted to say a special thank you to everyone who has left such dear and kind comments over the last few days.  As a new blogger I have appreciated the encouragement from all of the more seasoned writers out there.


Blessings to all of you from Honey Hill Farm,


Shan

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Quiet Day

It will be a quiet day here at Honey Hill Farm.  A time to sit in the front parlour by the large window, soft music playing, a fire in the woodstove....Silently crocheting, thinking of our week ahead.  Dearest will to work in the fruit cellar while I bake something wonderful to fill the cookie jar and begin a long forgotten sewing project. 



 Just another gentle, lovely day....


Blessings from Honey Hill Farm,


Shan


 


 


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Keeping out the cold

Dear Gentle Reader,


It has been so cold here lately!  Our dear house is over 100 years old and it can be taxing to keep out the cold winter air.  One of the best ways to keep a cold draft out of the house is with a curtain drawn across a door.  Here is a picture of my front door here at Honey Hill Farm.  As you can see I just hung a curtain on each side of the door and can easily draw them closed to chase away the chill of a cold day. Since our old house has all handmade doors and windows it can be very difficult to locate curtains that are the right size.  I just used heavy ready-made velvet curtain ($20 each). Of course, they were too short for my tall door so I just added lots of trim from the fabric shop! (Dearest had to laugh as my trim cost more than the curtains!) Make sure to hang your curtains a little bit higher than you actually want them as the trim and heavy velvet make them stretch.



Have a warm and blessed day dearest friend,


Shan


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Stocking the Pantry


Dearest Readers,


What is it about open shelves in a pantry that speaks to us of days gone by?  I receive such joy when I come home from the market and fill all of my jars and baskets.  I find that my well-stocked pantry invites me into my kitchen to create so much more than those brightly colored boxes!  If you have a space in your kitchen I highly encourage you to empty your boxed goods into a sparkling jar, then stand back and feel yourself slip graciously into another era....


Yours in kindred spirit,


Shan                                                             


Friday, January 18, 2008

Brrrr........

Dearest Readers,

It was a very cold night here at Honey Hill Farm.  Our thermometer read 1 above zero.  Both the front and back parlour fires blazed brightly as we snuggled in our cozy home.  Heavy velvet drapes were drawn to chase away the chilly wind.  A kerosene lamp, glowing in the front parlour, reminded us of a time so long ago...I counted my blessings as I cuddled with Dearest in our quilt covered bed.  So thankful for this life, this quiet, gentle life.

God bless you gentle readers, until we meet again,

Shan


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dearest Friends...

A warm welcome to Honey Hill Farm....a little place nestled in the foothills of Colorado.  I am so delighted that you have stopped by for a visit.  I hope to share with you all the delights of this gentle life....so please pour yourself a cup of tea and step into my cozy parlour.


Kindredly yours,


Shan