Saturday, December 1, 2012

Order Our Farmstead Confections Online Now

Want to order cute little bags of pure farmstead deliciousness . . .aka . . . salted goat milk caramels to satisfy your caramel cravings?  You can.  Of course they make perfect holiday gifts.

We've been busy in the farm's caramel kitchen - cooking and wrapping and bagging just as fast as we can.  Go {here} to order at from our farm store.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Little Simple Farm Store

Every woman goes on a periodic whim of cleaning out, shifting things around and deciding that what she's collected doesn't necessarily "fit" who she is anymore.  I am in one of those whim moods and made myself what I'm calling a "little simple farm store."  I moved somethings around on the prep/storage side of our market, stapled some of my Parisian linen up to make a wall and have slowly been looking around my house and voila...have created a little farm store.

Periodically, as the whim flows I look around my home . . . and I'll add more pretty things.

Yesterday, one of my very old vintage chandeliers I've been schlepping around were re-homed. A few luncheon plates too.  Vintage linens were scooped up in a big basket for a Hope Chest (something I think every mom/grandma might think about re-instituting).

Today, Michael's taking out my 38 year old Noritake Prelude china set. I loved it. I no longer love it. It's just doesn't fit my farmer life.  A few days ago I put this (quite adorable) Poinsettia Holiday set up dishes/mugs/soup urn/butter dish and put a $50 price tag on it.

There is no real rhyme or reason to what I will gather up and set in my farm store other than the fact that I am on a whim and I am having fun.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Farm Soup We Love

Now that there is some hope of cooler weather, I thought I'd share one of the soups that's a weekly mainstay at our home. You've got to try it and let me know!

I posted this a few years ago and got to thinking all our new farm followers might need to try this. 

It's Tortilla Soup from the Fix-It and Forget It Cookbook (Good Publishers) and it's done in your crockpot!

My husband LOVES this soup. Both our daughters make it frequently and everyone they serve it to LOVES it.

4 chicken breast halves (cook, debone and shred chicken)
1 garlic clove - minced
2 Tbsp. butter,
2 14 1/2 oz cans of chicken broth,
2 14 oz cans chopped stewed tomatoes,
1 cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot),
1/2 cup chopped cilantro,
1 Tbsp or more of ground cumin.

Melt the butter and add the minced garlic to it. Combine all the other ingredients in a slow cooker THEN add the sautéed garlic. Cover and cook on low for 8 - 10 hours.

Then shred or cube 8 oz of Monterey jack cheese - put this in your soup bowls. Ladle your soup over the cheese THEN sprinkle tortilla chips on the top and add a dollop of sour cream.

IT'S that easy and very yummy. I always double the recipe. It's great the first day and even better the second. And it freezes well— Enjoy! Let me know how you like it!