Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

I wavered between painting this mirror or leaving it as is

it was found tucked away in the corner of an antique shop

loving the details and needing a mirror for the bath cinched the sale

I like the natural look of wood...
it has a warmth to it

someday, I may make up my mind which way to go with it

May your day or night be blessed in God's grace.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Taking Time...

Sometimes, a time out is needed...
and going down the road to a quiet little beach...
is a favorite way to do that

after a swim...
the dogs dig their own holes...
while I sit and contemplate

on our way back...
there no helping but to pick a few wild flowers growing along the roadside

which gets placed into a pretty amber colored bottle...
just so they can be looked at and admired

May your day or night be blessed by God's grace.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Farm Fresh, Hand-Squeezed Orange Juice...

Is there anyone who doesn't like fresh squeezed orange juice?
What could go better with breakfast?
Although, I do admit, coffee is high on my list, too.
My husband picked a pack of "swivel" oranges from one of our citrus trees
 and lovingly squeezed out a whole lot of fragrant juice.
These particular oranges are tart...
but, a little raw honey took care of that.

Our trees are loaded again this year.
We will make good use of them, to be sure.
Some will go in food boxes we sell to our clients.
Of course, they are organic.
We love that.

This juice went down very well with my breakfast.

Hoping you have a great day, or night.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Making of a Cottage, Part 3...

It'a indeed a slow process.
But, we're slowly getting there... I think... Hopefully...
Without all the scaffolding around the cottage, it's easier seen.
The two brown "walls" on either side of the front door are waiting...
for their louvered windows.

The veranda is 30 feet long by 10 feet deep.
That should be large enough to do some living on.

The lights and fans are up.
This is a kitchen light.

A rainy view from our bedroom window.

Another rainy view from the veranda.

The veranda door to the master bedroom.

Doors, finally, on my broom and cleaning closet.

I love glass blocks in shower walls.
They add a touch of sparkle.

A final view from the back side of the house...
 or, the kitchen view.

Please have a good day...or, a good night. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blessed be the Lord...

The Lord liveth;
and blessed be my Rock;
and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
Psalms 18:46

May you find grace in the eyes of the Lord today.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cocoa Delight Harvest...

Our farm is part of a long ago cocoa plantation.
We have kept the cocoa trees and they still are doing well in spite of being covered for years under overgrown vines.
The vines are now gone and we are harvesting cocoa.

Cocoa is very much up my alley.
I am a choco-holic.

The bean pods are very beautiful to look at...many of them in two colors.
I do like the green and red one best.
The trees give so much cool shade, while fallen leaves carpet the ground.

Just a few of the many cocoa pods we have harvested.

They are already looking rather delicious.

These beans are still in their pulp and ready to be "sweated".
The beans will be laid and covered on a screen to allow the pulp juices to melt away and expose the beans.
By the way, the pulp is edible and has a sweet taste that is refreshing.

After the beans have sweated for some days, they are ready to be laid out in the sun to dry.

This is the result of natural sun drying.
The skin is then dry enough to easily come off the bean.
That is all there is to it.
The beans are then ready to use.

I roast them lightly...grind them fine...and make cocoa tea with spices, raw sugar and coconut milk.
That's my sweet hubby doing the honors of hand grinding.
We like doing things by hand.

We make our own coconut milk and grind our own spices.
It ensures freshness and tastes better that way.
It's all part of the enjoyment of doing things the old way.

It can't get any better than that.  

Here's wishing you a great day-or night.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cottage in the Making - Part 2...

My first post starts with our little cottage in progress.
This is island life - meaning - the time for it's completion is...
when it gets completed.
That said, we hope to be in the cottage sometime in...
November...of this year.
In the are a few photos of the progress...
giving a small idea of what it will be looking like.

I have been dreaming of a potager garden.
It will be grown in the back of the cottage...shown below.
Lots of herbs...yes,definitely...I love herbs.
Herbs, I find, are the backbone to a good potager garden.

I wish you a wonderful day...or night...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Simple Living, & Improvising...

You know that saying, necessity is the mother of invention?
How true.
When our farm cottage was first being built, there was no water to the land.
So, the builder laid a pipe all the way to the first available water pipe down the road...
brought it up against the tree and put a spicket on.
And, we got water. Didn't matter how it came, it was water.
Now, I realize not everyone can just take a pipe and hook it up to the water supply down the road,
but, this is just an idea of improvising with what's available.
And, really, we did have the water company's blessing.

When we needed a broom to clean up debris left over from the construction...
we found there was no broom.
One of the men cut and gathered up bush and wired them together.
It worked. Why didn't I think of that?
Greetings! from our little farm...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes...

It's not often we have pancakes at this home.
Our breakfasts tend to be large and made from using what comes out of the farm and garden. We like to eat most of our calories and proteins in the morning to carry us through a busy day.
Our lunches are whatever fresh fruit we have on hand.
 I don't always have a planned menu for the evening.
So, when the day whisks by more quickly than expected, then it's time to whip up an easy and quick supper that will satisfy an evening appetite.

With all the pumpkins we have on the farm, it's not hard to find ways to use them in meals throughout the week.
Tonight, it will be pumpkin pancakes sweetened with raw honey.

1 cup gluten-free flour mix (I use Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix)
1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut milk (or water)
1 TBsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 TBsp of milled flax seed (optional)

Mix ingredients all together just until there are no lumps
Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto lightly oiled, pre-heated griddle (med. heat)
Cook on first side about 40 seconds, flip and cook another minute or so (should be golden brown)
Serves 2 to 4 people

For Honey Syrup recipe:
1 cup honey
1 TBsp butter (optional)
1 tsp lemon juice or zest
pinch of nutmeg

Pour honey into gravy boat or heat-proof glass measuring cup and set into a pot of hot water
Let honey warm up
Stir in butter, lemon juice and nutmeg

May your day or night be blessed in God's grace.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sweet as Honey...

What could be sweeter than...

And, not just honey, but honey from your own beehive.
All my teas are sweetened with raw, organic honey that comes straight from the bees.
 Bee Bee Bee   
It makes a great syrup for pancakes.
Just warm up in a gravy bowl set in hot water...add a tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon of lemon juice or zest, and stir to blend in or...
a teaspoon of minced fresh ginger works nice, too.

Have a "honey" of a day.