The house looks isolated when surrounded by snow.
And it seems we now have a pond in the back yard which looks beautiful to me, but no doubt will recede quickly once the ground thaws. These photos make me home sick for the natural beauty of the farm.
Last fall as I was preparing to close the house for winter, I sorted through my farm clothes- what a messy collection. I'd been relegating my home "seconds" as farm clothes because I'm always painting something, digging in dirt, or involved in something sloppy. But as I took stock of what I'd been wearing- 12 paint stained T-shirts, grimy blue jeans which wouldn't wash clean and two pair of nicer pants with ground in knee-dirt- I had to wonder... can't farm clothes be pretty and functional? I mean, girls like to be pretty, right? We're not slopping hogs here!
The more I contemplated farm-girl attire, I asked myself many questions about function, comfort and style and got quite excited to make a few items this winter. Aprons are THE cover-up for farm messes, so I started there. I never wear an apron in the kitchen, but I remembered that in kindergarten we always had "smocks" to wear when we were painting or gluing projects.
This apron is made of "ticking", the stuff mattresses were covered with back in the day. It's a durable fabric, a no-messing-around fabric, washes well and perfect for cover-up while painting. The large front pocket holds my cell phone, a piece of sandpaper, tape measure or any one of many tools I may need for the job at hand.
Aprons without ties are sometimes referred to as Japanese aprons. The ease of on-and-off without having to make a cute bow cannot be over stated.
Linen is becoming popular again due to its drape-ability which only gets better and more lustrous after many washings. Side applied pockets have an elastic top to hold in keys, cell phone or pennies found in the couch while cleaning.
Multi-purpose aprons are especially useful. This is meant to be a reversible, knee length cooking apron- great for a cover-up when making jams and jellies AND a harvest apron when you need to run to the garden to pick a fresh zucchini or pepper.
Gardeners know that vegetables ripen throughout the day so if you go for a pepper, you may come back with a handful of beans, 2 cucumbers and squashes- too much to hold. The apron has gathering strings which pull up to make a big pocket- totally convenient for spontaneous harvesting.
Tired of getting to the end of a picking row only to find you've left your harvest basket at the other end of the row? No more worries. This half apron has a big pocket and is made of denim so it's easily washable to clean out the inevitable dirt which accumulates when pulling beets and radishes. The front tie can be adjusted to cradle the load.
These aprons will be "field tested" as soon as the snow melts!
Are you having a challenge organizing your recipes? I love trying new recipes and in the past have 1) made albums- organized by food group, year acquired and recipes to try later 2) ripped recipes from magazines and printed from the internet and thrown them in the cupboard waiting for a winter night to cut them out and put into afore mentioned albums 3) tried to find a recipe and can't find it, even though I am so well organized (LOL).
A few weeks ago I decided enough was enough when I couldn't find the recipe I wanted to make for dinner. "Clothes pins" came to mind and with my hot glue gun, I glued a bunch of small ones onto the inside cabinet door above my prep counter. I selected my favorite go-to recipes, my tried-and-true recipes and those I want to try soon and pinned them to the cupboard door. Mission accomplished- total organization in less than 5 minutes!
After cleaning your cabinet door with a good de-greaser, just put a thin line of glue on one side of the clothes pin and press it to the cabinet door. The hot glue sets up fast and is quite strong . The glue will chip off easily with a putty knife if you decide you don't like it after a time or if you are going to de-clutter when putting your house up for sale. For now, I'm totally happy with this arrangement.
As luck would have it, I came across our favorite baked pork chop recipe. This is soooo good and easy to make with ingredients you're likely to already have in the pantry. If you'd like to make it GO HERE
I hope you're enjoying the first touch of spring,
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