Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Life has sent a very unexpected and challenging event which has left us quite speechless.  On this All Hallows' Eve, I decided to focus on my favorite things about this time of the year.

  I took a beautiful walk with my good friend today; we walked down our usual path first, then went across the newly-harvested fields to the forest, where we walked in the dappled sunshine with the colorful leaves underfoot and the pigeons flying out from the brush at every turn in the path.  Entering the forest, there is always a hushed, beautiful peace that is at the same time buzzing with activity--nature is always a wonder and a comfort to me.


Some lovely fall artwork by my dear friend and 
personal designer...

Some favorite past costumes and jack-o-lanterns...

mouse & cat

John Lennon

Aladdin's monkey

Some Halloween mystery...OOOOOOO......


"It's not the length of life, but the depth of life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In loving memory of a truly beautiful man
known for his great hugs and heartfelt smiles.  He touched many, many lives in his very full 73 years of living.
There are no words to express how much we will miss his 
presence here on the farm.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Last Rose of...Fall?

I love this time of year!  Truthfully, I love most times of the year, but there really is something special about the crisp air and misty mornings, and of course, the colorful leaves!  We have had some marvelous weather which I've been enjoying every chance I get!

A good friend of mine went on a little trip and just returned home yesterday, so I was suddenly inspired to 
make a nice little cake for her.  

Our chickens have been laying lots of eggs, so I decided on an angel food cake.  Of course I had to collect the eggs first!  

I do love making angel food cakes, but usually save them for special occasions.  I found the few roses left in the garden a great inspiration, so I let my creativity run wild (creativity needs exercise too!), and this is what I came up with: an angel food cake with a center layer of rosewater whipped cream, and topped with raspberry rosewater glaze, fresh raspberries and rose petals.  Below I will share with you the way to give your angel food cake a rosy glow! 

  - - -  Raspberry Rosewater Angel Food Cake  - - - 

*  For the cake use your favorite angel food cake recipe.


*  2 tablespoons milk
*  rosewater 
*  powdered sugar  
*  2 raspberries

  Whipped Cream

*  1 cup heavy whipping cream
*  1/2 powdered sugar
*  rose water

*  in addition you will need raspberries and rose petals 

I must confess I wasn't especially exact with measurements when I was making this (I was with the cake of course, but the other parts were more "make it up as you go").

For the glaze, start with 2 tablespoons milk and whisk in the powdered sugar until it is the desired consistency (mine wasn't especially thick), then add the rosewater to taste.  To color it a pleasant pink, mash the 2 raspberries through a sieve into the glaze discarding the seeds.   

For the whipped cream, beat the cream and sugar until it is the desired consistency (I made mine thicker than usual because it would be in the center of the cake), add rosewater to taste.  

To assemble your cake, carefully cut it in half, set the base of your cake on the plate and spread evenly with the whipped cream. Now place the top of your cake evenly on the whipped cream surface.  Drizzle the glaze across the top and decorate with raspberries and rose petals (if you intend to eat the rose petals be sure to cut off the white base of each petal). You now have a finished cake!! 

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I really must thank our lovely flock of feathered friends for the eggs!  They were quite excited for their blog debut; they excite rather easily though, so it's no surprise!  

Penelope & Velma

Eugenia, Stella, Penelope, Aibileen & Velma

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pas de Chien

I've told you of my enthusiasm for tutus, so it should come as no surprise that I have an appreciation for ballet as well.  Though I love many types of dance, there is something alluring about the combination of classical music, tutus and the graceful movements of ballet.  What a wonderful way to tell a story!  It's so moving--literally!

As a puppy, I had a dream of becoming a ballerina and performing wonderful solos in tutus, perhaps being the next Anna Pavlova--with more hair.  I never really had the body type to begin with, lacking willowy, graceful legs you know; so it quickly became clear that I was meant for other things, but I have retained a love for ballet and still dance around in my tutu when inspired.

Edgar Degas painted some of the most beautiful iconic ballerinas; they have a wonderful timelessness to them.  I have chosen some of my favorites to share with you.


I love the brilliant colors in this painting!  It's as if the colors are doing a dance all of their own!


This painting is actually a Renoir, but it was begging to be included!  I love her almost wistful expression and the way her pale pink shoes and pink cheeks warm the painting.

Of course, there is a lot of work that goes into mastering the art of ballet, and I think this piece captures that perfectly.  Can you see the little dog that has snuck into this painting?  


I love the way the flowers on her costume spill down her skirt. She has a wonderful air that is both girlishly free and artistic-ally focused!  I like that you can see the other dancers and Dance Master waiting in the wings.


I don't know what it is about this painting exactly,  
but I love it!!!


This pastel is interesting; it has such a different feeling than the others! The color palette is so intriguing, it draws you in.

The source of this photo is unknown to me, but it's nice to know I'm not the only dog who has dreamed of being a ballerina!

"There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them."
- Vicki Baum