Friday, May 22, 2015

~Farmhouse Baking~


I truly enjoy baking for my family especially when I find an easy recipe like Blueberry Crumb Cake by the Pioneer Woman.  You really can't go wrong with one of Ree's recipes...this one in particular!  I found it on Pinterest and have added it at the end of this post if you are interested in trying it for yourself.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.

I recently received some wonderful wood utensils from Polder's Old World Kitchen like this Best All-Purpose Spoon which is perfect for mixing up the batter for this recipe.  It's handmade from Beech wood and signed.  I encourage you to check out their site and see all they have to offer and at the end of this post one of my readers has a chance to win a $350 gift card to their store.  

The open floor plan of my farmhouse kitchen makes it easy for baking and the table that doubles as an island is particularly useful.  I will always cherish sitting opposite my daughter frosting sugar cookies last Valentine's Day and dyeing Easter eggs over the years here as well. 

Easy access to supplies makes baking more enjoyable like these glass canisters for flour and sugar.  I made these easy chalkboard tags for fun.♥   


Another utensil from Polder's is their Classic Spatula also made from Beech wood which was perfect when my daughter made cookies last week. I'm in love with these items and right now they are offering 35% off any of their sets currently in stock until the end of May.   


Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.  Hands down one of my family's favorite! 

Blueberry Crumb Cake Prep: 10 mins Level: Easy Cook: 45 mins Serves: 16

Description Just a good, basic, deliciously simple way to use up those blueberries in your fridge.

Ingredients:
 ½ sticks Butter 1 Tablespoon (additional) Butter ¾ cups Sugar 1 whole Egg ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract 2 cups All-purpose Flour 2-¼ teaspoons Baking Powder ½ teaspoons Salt ¾ cups Whole Milk 2 cups Fresh Blueberries

FOR THE TOPPING: ¾ sticks Butter ½ cups Sugar ½ teaspoons Cinnamon ½ cups Flour ¼ teaspoons Salt

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, and a salt. Stir and set aside. Cream 1/2 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter with cinnamon and sugar. Add egg and mix until combined. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until totally incorporated. Do not overbeat. Stir in blueberries until evenly distributed. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Pour in batter. In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients and cut together using two knives or a pastry cutter. Sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake cake for 40 to 45 minutes

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Monday, May 18, 2015

~Snowball Viburnum~


Just popping in for a quick post this sunny Monday morning to share another of my favorite Spring blooms.....Snowball Viburnum♥  Enjoy!  xoxo K. 

This is another old fashioned flower and you will see many of these in bloom right now next to farmhouses along the country roads.  I especially like how they start out a greenish color and then eventually turn white.  I had to trim my bushes quite a bit since they are loaded this year and all these pretty blooms were practically hanging to the ground.

After taking a few photos of them in my market basket just because I loved how they looked hanging in the entry, I placed some in this brown transfer ware pitcher on the commode across from the hooks so they would be the first thing you see as you enter the house.

Such beautiful and timeless blooms!

I hope you can stop by later this week for Farmhouse Friday and a great giveaway.  Have a lovely week♥ 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

~Bringing Spring Inside~


Spring is just the start of my gardens bursting with blooms and I love bringing them inside.  I added a little bit of blue on the bed and am really liking blue and purple together lately.  Enjoy!   xoxo K.   

Sorry for two posts in a row of lilacs, but these are a different variety which are darker in color and that bloom a little later. I also added some more bridal veil spirea to the mantel and am glad I brought in so much of it because most of the petals have been knocked off the bushes by the heavy rains we've been having these past couple days.  

There is something about the lovely fragrance of these lilacs that just lulls me to sleep at night♥

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

~For the Love of Lilacs~


My dining room has never looked so pretty as it does with these lovely lilacs from my yard in it and the aroma is intoxicating.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.

There is something about this time of year when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and everything around our property starts to turn green and beautiful buds begin to bloom.  I notice as I'm driving the country roads that I live by, that every old farmhouse has a huge lilac bush blooming which just shows that these are an old fashioned flower and one of the first things we planted when we built our home.

I love fresh flowers in my home and especially this time of year because I can go outside and cut them myself knowing all my hard work of nurturing each tree, shrub and plant has paid off.   

These lilac blooms look especially good in this room in all the French green bottles and jars I've collected.  What do you think of the Ikea blanket that I used for a tablecloth?  I've found so many uses for them. 

And on the other end of this room I places some cuttings from a Bridal Veil Spirea in an ironstone tureen.  It's such a lovely addition to this shelf and these shrubs look great out in my yard right now all loaded with tiny white blooms.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Looks like sunny skies for us and I'm hoping to get some junk fixed, cleaned up and priced for The Farm Chicks Show which is coming up the first weekend in June!




Thursday, April 30, 2015

~Apple Blossoms~


It's another beautiful Spring day in the PNW.  My apple trees have all blossomed and I've been enjoying some in my bathroom.  Enjoy! xoxo K.  

I love how these trees provide pretty blooms in Spring and then grace us with delicious apples in the Fall.

Sometimes the smallest thing like an old French green glass canning jar holding simple apple blossoms can brighten my day.♥ 

I've also added some French soaps to the little shelf in this room along with apothecary jars and other bathroom necessities.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Mine is already jammed packed with my kids' activities but I'm hoping there will be a little time to get outside, work in my yard and soak up some sun!