Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Are You a Modifier?

I have a bad habit of modifying recipes.
I have good intentions of following word for word,
ingredient for ingredient but,
I  am a rebel and always question authority.

I will read a recipe and think about what other
things would be wonderfully paired with the main body.

Yeah.

And, I'm a cookbook note jotter-downer so I can remember
what the heck I did then I write a note afterward
in relation to the taste and suggestions for next time.

Gonna be for some good reading for someone, someday.

My latest rebellious act was taking a basic
 white cake recipe and tweaking it by 
adding some yummy extract 
and a little of this and a little of that.



Off the charts delicious.

And, of course, I did the same for the frosting.

Almond and cherry = true love.



I shall hold tight, this wonderful combination.

I think it just might make me famous. 
{Just kidding. Okay, I'm not.} 



to be continued...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bloom

Sometimes our path leads to a dead end
 {lots of times for me, recently} 
because what you are looking for 
is right in front of you  and you don't even know it.
 Maybe,  you are just meant to ...


Yesterday was a monumental day 
for The French Pressed Home thanks to
my hubby's love of research. 
Something I looked into a couple of years ago, 
prior to moving here, has recently changed
dramatically, and for the good.

It's something very small scale {and manageable} 
that will either give us the
ability to grow or decide it's not right for us.
Regardless, with minimal investment,
it's a win, win, situation.


Persevere and keep looking into things because
things can change a lot in a short period of time.
You just never know.

to be continued...

p.s. It has nothing to do with a B&B or flowers, K?

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Quick Cover

I just want to share a quick way to change up your
bedding without buying a new comforter or quilt.
I love my white Matellase bedding because it's pretty
classic, simple and serene. 
It's easy to wash and since our cat 
sleeps on our bed, I do it often.
It's a coverlet which allows me to layer
my bedding {underneath it} or pare it down, depending on the time of year.



I do like pops of color though, so I usually put a folded quilt underneath
my pillow shams so there's a contrast but it's not over-done.

Well, I happen to check out the remnant basket at JoAnn's a couple of weeks ago 
and found a good size of Waverly's Ballad Bouquet in Robin Egg Blue in there,
so I bought it. I figured there would be enough to make a throw pillow and at
that price {discount for remnants}, I was happy!



I did have enough to make a pillow, 
the lazy way of course, because 
A.) This chick doesn't sew zippers {yet- gonna learn}, and
B.) I knew I could whip it out quick since I am a do-it-now, gal.

I sewed it on the outside so I could leave a little flap
around it making the pillow appear larger than it truly is.
My stash of pillow forms are 22x22.

Well, I decided I really like that print and color so I decided
to purchase some extra fabric to make a little throw
to replace the quilts I was using before.
Gotta love 60% off!
I bought 2 yards {should have bought 3}
and just did a quick stitch all the way around.
I figured this would be a great way to change things up without
spending a fortune on new bedding or quilts or whatever!
I wish I did get that extra yard because it would look even better
hanging off the side a bit but, I still love it.


I'm considering painting our drywalled walls a similar
soft blue {I can't believe I'm saying that}.
Hmm....  we'll see. 
You know me and my mind changing. 


I'm looking forward to replacing my faux flower bouquets with fresh picked 
flowers from the garden, this spring.
And pictures of your children in your bedroom are supposedly a no-no {whoever made that rule up must not have kids}, but I love my Petunia in this picture. She had money and was so excited.
Yes, there's a picture of the boys on daddy's side. :)


Then there's this guy, who I caught peeping on my picture taking session.

Sorry little guy, there are nuts in the house but not the kind you eat. 

And, lastly... I want to show you my moo.
I don't buy stuff like this often but I have always loved this cow head so
I figured, what the heck!


I love it.




And that's that!

We'll be working on the coop some more this weekend.
I finished caulking yesterday before our rain today so hopefully it'll dry enough 
{and warm up} to paint this weekend.
Those girls need to get out and do some scratching!


See ya soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Putting It Out There

It's amazing how a little boost of self esteem
can give you wings. 
I am so happy to announce that our
Premium Pure Vanilla is now sold in a retail shop in our town!



We have an all purpose Vanilla {regular}
and a Brandy Infused Vanilla that
is amazing! Every bottle has its own beans 
and the flavor intensifies as it ages.


I just made fresh whipped cream with 
the Brandy Vanilla, this morning, and it is the
most delicious thing I have ever tasted.
Especially with the flecks of bean in it.

If you are local or within driving distance,
and take home a bit of
The French Pressed Home.

{I do want to sell it direct but I have to research the legalities of shipping liquids.}

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I know...

What a wonderful weekend this girl had.
I put on my make believe and pretended
I was the inn-keeper of my
dream Bed & Breakfast.
We had company come {family}.
I spent the week deep cleaning, planning delicious menus,
shopping and preparing the accommodations.

It was the best week and weekend ever.

I am a cleaner by nature and DNA.
My mother was a lifetime housekeeper
and I went along on weekends to earn 
extra money and scrubbed toilets and ironed
sheets and pillow cases. 
I didn't care much for it at the time but
honestly, it instilled my love of cleaning. 
It's methodical, it's a stress reliever
 and I love the results
of my hands' efforts.
I payed special attention to our guests
allergies {pets-which we have} and know
it was a concern before they came.
I am happy to say, no sneezing, no wheezing,
no nothing! {I have my tricks and remedies}
He was exceptionally happy 
{so was I}.

The conversations we had were fantastic.
We laughed {a lot}, talked about farming and gardening,
talked about dreams and the future and my ego was boosted.
A lot.
Not the head in the clouds-damn I'm good, kind,
 but the get back to keeping the dream alive, kind.

I know what I'm made of.
I know my talents.
I know what I want to do for our family.
I know that it will work and
I know God has his plan.
I think this weekend was His message to me
to not give up, which I kinda had.

He sparked that love and passion in me again.


When it's time, it will happen.
I'll just keep believing in that.