Saturday, July 25, 2009

Glimpses of My Day......

Dearest Readers,


Just a day of puttering around here at home....I took out my camera and captured a few glimpses of my day.






A quiet day listening to the sprinkling rain.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


Friday, July 24, 2009

ABC....Antique Baby Crib

Dearest Readers,


This lovely Antique Baby Crib was given to me recently by my dear Aunt.  It had belonged to her Husband's Grandmother and had been a faithful servant as she raised not only her own 12 children but my Uncle as well.


Of course it does not meet our modern day standards for safety, but it is precious as a sweet reminder of days gone by....


I can just imagine rosy-cheeked faces peeking up as they awoke from a gentle slumber.


It is surprisingly sturdy and has all the necessary parts...the right side slides down after releasing two hooks.  The little wooden wheels are still in perfect working order and the springs in the base still have a little life to them. 


What a delight to find a sweet little corner to display this cherished part of our family history.  Thank you for thinking of me dear Auntie!



I will enjoy the crib for many years to come and will be sure to pass it along to future generations.


Yours kindredly,


Shan


P.S. Thank you for your thoughtful comments about the posts I want to feature about Feminine Dressing.  I will certainly post once a week on the topic and encourage you to leave a link in the comment section to any blogs that offer advice about this subject.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Gentle Days....

Dearest Readers,


The days have passed gently here at Honey Hill Farm....  Laundry blowing in the breeze, the garden blooming and budding, farm chores, lovely meals in the stillness of the evening, laughter and love tying heartstrings.


Dearest and I have been puttering around the homestead completing tasks that we listed early in the spring.  Today we talked about firewood and how much we will need for the winter....laugh if you will, but we learned long ago the necessity of planning ahead.


I have inspected jars and lids along with the seals needed for the upcoming canning season and wait with anticipation knowing lovely sparkling jars will be lined up in my pantry very soon.


Reading, handwork and sewing round out my days that are full to overflowing. It is easy to lose oneself sitting out on the porch in the cool breeze just stitching away!


After much thought and prayer our boys are going to move into an apartment close to campus in early August.  The road that takes them from our house to college is just too dangerous to drive each day, especially come winter. We have been so busy gathering up the bits and bobs they will need to furnish their cozy new place.


So that is all the news from my little corner of the world. I hope all of you, no matter where you are can find the blessings of each day...such a gift.


Yours kindredly,


Shan


P.S. I have been wondering if anyone would be interested in a weekly post on dressing femininely?  I would post a picture of myself (gasp) in a modest, feminine outfit....is that too boring? I have always liked to read blogs where they have ideas for lovely, feminine dress and thought maybe you would like that too...please let me know.


 


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Out in the Garden.....Summer Kitchen

Dearest Readers,


One of the true delights of Summer is spending time out in the Garden!  I so enjoy growing a variety of vegetables and flowers, each one a delight as it grows and changes with each passing day.



Dearest and I have endeavored over the years to make our gardening as efficient and effortless as possible.  We have raised beds in one half of our vegetable garden and ground level beds in the other half.  Each side has a watering system that we installed ourselves with supplies from the local hardware store.  We have trellises around each hill of the cucumbers, beans and peas....we borrow just a little bit of the sky!  You can get a good look at last year's garden by visiting these posts.


This year we put in a cold frame and a summer kitchen....here, come and take a look won't you?



The cold frame is not in use right now as it is too hot, but it will be used once again come fall when we use it to grow more lettuce, spinach and carrots....imagine having all those lovely vegetables right from our own backyard this fall....yum!



Dearest built the cold frame by using old glass we have here on the farm (we have about 50 sheets of this glass and plan to build a greenhouse sometime in the future).  We painted the inside white and then added an inexpensive thermometer.  You need to keep the inside at around 80 degrees and can accomplish this by opening or closing the glass at varying levels.  I just think it is wonderful.


After reading an article in Mother Earth News about having a summer kitchen right out in your garden, I surveyed our farm and was delighted to discover that I had an old workbench that we could re-purpose to fit the bill.


Dearest cut a hole over to the right side and we put a recycled kettle inside...no more dirt in my kitchen sink...I can wash off the veggies before they even come inside!  The kettle easily removes so that I can use the hole to brush soil back into the can that sits underneath when I am potting up all of my pretty flowers  There is plenty of room to the left for cutting stems, lopping off tops and shaking the dirt off of just picked veggies!


I hope that you have a delightful day out in your own garden, Dear Reader.  Look around, you might have the makings for your own summer kitchen and cold frame right in your own backyard. 


Well, I must go out and bring in my sheets from the clothesline.  Just another gentle, simple day here at Honey Hill Farm.....what could be better.



Yours so kindredly,


Shan


Friday, July 10, 2009

Lemon Cookies.....

Dearest Readers,


I made a batch of easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy cookies yesterday and was quite pleased with the way they turned out...and so were my "boys"! These little gems are wonderful to serve on a hot day with a cold glass of milk or iced tea. The secret ingredient is a boxed cake mix (who would have guessed) and they bake up very light and crisp. 


Lemon Cookies


1 box lemon cake mix


2 eggs


1/3 cup of oil


confectioner's sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix lemon cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl.  Spoon out quarter sized pieces of dough and roll into balls.  Dip balls into confectioner's sugar and place on a cookie sheet.


Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until tops begin to crack and bottoms begin to just turn golden.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.


I hope you enjoy these cookies!


Yours kindredly,


Shan