Friday, August 22, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Food in Jars...

I've finally dealt with the last of the honey figs.

I've eaten at least 7 a day..

...made three batches of strawberry fig jam...

..and today, put the last of them in brandy.

Of course, as I put the last lid on, I noticed that the tree outside this window is now loaded with brown turkey figs.  
Did I mention we have two of those!?!!!

Figs in Brandy Recipe

I made five 500ml jars
sterilize your jars and lids ahead in a boiling bath of water.
10 minutes for jars
five minutes for seals

cut off the top of each honey fig
Sliced them in half
placed them in the sterilized jars without squishing them
in a large pot combine 2 cups brandy (not the most expensive, but not the cheapest) 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar.  Heat and stir till sugar dissolves and mixture is very hot.
carefully pour hot mixture over the figs till you are 1/4 inch from the top of your jar.
use a knife to remove any air bubbles you see in the jar.
wipe rims so they are clean
add your lid and finger tighten.

Process in a hot water boiling bath for 10 minutes.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Honey Figs...

The honey fig tree is spectacular this year.

But I'm really excited for the strawberry fig jam!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Five by Five...

My life seems entirely wrapped up in squares these days.
So to instagram recap the week:
figs are ready
chickens enjoy a stroll
shooting very pretty bedding on the farm
chicken photo bombed pretty photo of bedding on the farm
sunsets and sunshine
the bees got a new level and lid for their hive

It's all five by five...which is good.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sunshine Share...

It's raining cats and dogs I thought I'd share some sunshine.
I'm actually glad to see some rain.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cheater Pie...

It's all about playdates these days.
And of course blueberries.

I had that annoying clump of pastry dough left after you make a full pie and trim the edges off.
I rolled it out and used a drinking glass to cut out some round tops.

If you don't have one of these handy sets, just use 125 ml canning jars on a cookie sheet.
I had 2 cups of blueberries, added 2 tablespoons of flour and just under 1/2 cup of sugar.
Mash half the berries and stir well. Divide between cups - I only got five cups.
Place the tops on and with a knife, cut a small slit.

I brush the tops of my pastry with cream and sprinkle on some sugar.
My daughter had a friend over, so I thought I'd personalize the pies.

Pick a bouquet of sweet peas while they cook... more blueberries...

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.

Maybe I get a little competitive with the whole snack thing.

But they loved it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Shooting has been fantastic this week.
From the ultra pretty for Prairie Country to the super sweet honey for Canadian Living.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Out of Whack...

Do you ever feel like life is off balance.
Like something is shifting far beyond our control...
Clearly my chicken is feeling this too.

But today, I think it's levelling out.
Look at this sweet tiny face just learning to fly.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blue Berries...

I don't remember seeing 'blue' berries in June on our farm!
Green yes, blue no.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Art Studio...

Canadian Living is running my art studio in their July issue.

My friend Janis Nicolay took all these photos.

So pretty.

And my other dear friend Kim Christie took this photo.
It's online at House & Home right now with a short but very sweet interview.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Super fun day shooting in the country for Canadian Living today..

This goat was hilarious!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Happy Things...

There just seems to be so much going on everywhere I look.
Super cute story in Canadian Living that I produced this issue.

The garden seems to be ahead this year.

Everything is bursting.

Even Oliver.

I think my girls must be very happy - it's rare that all 3 lay on the same day!