Hello to all my sweet readers! Grab a cup of sweet tea, or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day, lol, and a homemade biscuit from me. Sit back and relax and come for a stroll . We'll find pretty things, some inspiration, and a small tour of Long Island, NY ( my home town ), and even Bake a little with that extra pinch of farm sweet mixed in...
I found some really great art work this week, I am planning a little nook in my kitchen filled with Vintage art to cover one wall of the kitchen. I saw this one and ordered it right away, it just so simple and so me :)
~ A Cozy vintage farmstyle kitchen ~
Now this next picture is not something I own right now, but rest assured , it is on my wish list and would make my kitchen complete. Smeg refrigerators are just so Vintage and pretty to me, I hope you find them as adorable as I do. They come in so many Vintage colors! But I think this one would work for me :)
This next Art print I have , was by a favorite artist of mine, GP Mepas, one of my favorite artists for kitchen wall art. The images have that sweet country feel I always gravitate towards, and you can find them at Art.com. If you type in : "kitchen art", you might be like me, inspired for hours of fun art surfing!
The next addition to my kitchen wall is sure to be this one below. I have something for strawberries :) and cherries, and Hmmmm, actually anything that can be picked from a Farm, just warms my heart! This is by David Carter Brown and again, the images he creates just speak something special to me. It reminds me of having my little vegetable stand out front of our home as a child. Although, lol, I didn't have strawberries, just my Mom's tomato's :)
As I was planning my new wall of art ( pictures to come soon ) and few additions to my kitchen, I thought , where should I go for inspiration? Years ago, when the kids were little, I'd keep a scrapbook of all my favorite things. Back then they didn't have blogs, so I would take pictures from magazines and keep them all in a book, to one day be brought out and pondered and hopefully be brought to life when I was ready to purchase something on my wish list. I combined my favorite photos with pictures of my kids and anything I loved all in a few binders, almost 10 binders worth! I took them out today and I spent a few more hours looking through the pictures. The ones of my kids really tugged at me, how sweet and innocent they were :) The picture below shows a few of the scrapbooks I made. I used magazine images to make the covers for the books, anything that spoke to me ...I do believe, although they are years old, that the images probably came from my favorite magazine, Country Living :)
I bought simple 3" white binders and filled them with my images and images of things I loved...I love the sweet image of the girl with the clothes line, something that always pulls at my heartstrings :) She reminded me of my Daughter, so it became the cover of Melanie's Scrapbook :)
Here are a few from inside the book of my Daughter Melanie, at age 5. She's now 13 :) excuse the embellishments , I photographed them while still in the scrapbook. :)
My little angels out picking....
Here's my middle Son Kyle with Melly :) what a good big brother! :) and they are helping with one of my favorite things to do: Strawberry picking on Long Island!
Amongst the suburban sprawl, we really do have some of the most beautiful farmland , I adore driving out on the eastern part of our Island and spending the day picking fresh vegetables and fruits. They make for delicious pies and wonderful harvest dinners too! If you've never been , you must come and see for yourself, the farm stands are scrumptious and filled with great finds!!
I adore Schmitt Farm, it's so close by and offers the most delicious produce too!
And Long Island grows beautiful Country flowers too!
And Yummy peaches! The Peach Pie at Briermere farm is dreamy!
And then there's Harbes Family Farm. For delicious fresh picked sweet Vegetables and the sweetest Corn you could ever eat!
I look so forward to the season coming up , that just to get in the mood, lol , I pick up the Farmers Almanac and see what they have to say :) It makes me excited for a harvest of any kind!
Mrs. Dunwoody's Housekeeping book might not be filled with vegetables, but it's the perfect read for getting into a new Season all clean and ready. It's filled with incredible ideas to get your kitchen Spring ready too!
~ After all that touring, it's time to Bake and use our produce! ~
First, a little giggle ......lol, love this :)
Lets try something with wonderful fresh Strawberries , if yours aren't in Season yet, frozen works too!
~ Strawberry Butter ~
Cut Strawberries into quarters, add a bit of confectioners Sugar to taste ( sweet , lol ) and let sit for an hour...
Take out some butter and let soften. The recipe for strawberry butter should be equal amounts of butter and strawberries. ......ie: .....1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup strawberries.
You can soften hard butter by using a microwave too, even though this says 24 seconds, it usually only takes about 15 -20 seconds for a stick of butter.
Add the Butter to Strawberries and beat well, till thoroughly mixed!
After mixing , refrigerate for an hour and it's all ready for spreading on your favorite biscuits or fresh bread or anything you can dream up :) It's wonderful on French Toast too!
If you click on this recipe below , it will enlarge and you can copy this fabulous Biscuit recipe! That's how I enjoy my Strawberry Butter Biscuits here at home!
Would you like one ? I'd love to share!
~ Enjoy sweeties! ~
I hope you all enjoyed a little peek of Long Island and a few things I hold dear. Your friendship is also amongst those! I am so grateful for having such wonderful blogging friends! I also want to say Hello to any new readers I met through my give-away, you all are so wonderful and it's heartwarming to know such kind and Inspiring women!
Wishing you a blessed and beautiful week ahead!
Much love and Thanks!
~ Cynthia ~