Five Fab for Friday: Berries & Blooms

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1. It may early to be dreaming of tomato pie, but strawberries are making their way to your local farmers’ markets. These are from Skinny Lane Farm. Sorry to say, but these were the last pint available at Elgin Local Goods today…but I bet Mike and Bekki bring some more by for the weekend.

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2. Also available at Elgin Local Goods is this amazing pâté de Campagne from Belle Vie Farm & Kitchen. You can read about this Elgin farm in the current ssue of Edible Austin.

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3. The return of Happy Valley. Season 2 is now available on Netflix. The other night at Stitch & Hoot we were talking about being distracted while watching movies by the furniture, knitwear and decor. I love this show, but would you look at this kitchen?! I’m sure to most this looks a fright, but I love it… the bold colors, the (in progress) hand painted cabinets, the yellow glass knobs, and the mismatched coffee cups.

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4. I know…more granny squares. But bunting!

5. This photo essay of spring blooms in Big Bend in the March Issue of Texas Monthly.

 

 

Five Fab for Friday—Fist City, Granny Squares and More

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1. This morning, while eating a Jethro Bodine size bowl of cereal, I had the pleasure of hearing this interview on NPR. This poster available here.

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2. Granny squares just might be the reason I learned to crochet. What’s not to love?

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3. My friend Martha knows how much I love Wes Anderson movies, and sent me a link to this Tumblr. I can’t decide what I love most about this blog… the lovely palette combinations or that it even exists!

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4. One of my recipes was included in this book by my very talented friend Jessica Dupuy.
Yup, Detroit born girl gets a recipe in a Texas cookbook. Still trying to replicate the peach pecan crisp my grandmother used to make.

5. This weekend, which promises to be quiet, sunny and warm.

Fab Five for Friday

  1. Tomato Cage Tree, cheeky, handsome & useful… and in the spring it will be used to support some Purple Cherokees . I was inspired by this blog post a couple years ago, and thought it would make a great way to display the Christmas cards we receive.
  2. Greenberg Smoked Turkey from Tyler, Texas. A favorite for our holiday open house, and one of my favorite mail order gifts to give. Order one here.
  3. Barn quilts. I’m always on the lookout for these when I’m driving through Tennessee and Kentucky. I think one would be smashing on our red house… but need to work on convincing Steve.
  4. Raisin Challah French Toast made with eggnog instead of milk… the perfect way to start a slower than usual weekday morning. I relish these bits of serenity and little pleasures during this time of year.
  5. How adorable are these Teacup Fairy Gardens, made by Fairy Girl Photo? You can scoop up one of these sweet little treasures at Elgin Local Goods, but leave one for me, okay? My birthday is a couple weeks after Christmas, and think I may need to treat myself to one for my kitchen window.

There are still pieces of Potluck Tableware available locally at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store and Elgin Local Goods. One of my customers ordered 9 “This is My Jam” spreaders to tie on jars of homemade jam for teacher gifts. Another gifted a bride and groom that are about to move to Michigan with a “Home Slice” pie server, so they’ll always have a slice of Texas with them. The same customer bought a “This is My Jam” spreader as a gift for her canning buddy. I LOVE hearing why folks chose to give these gifts… a lot of thought and creativity in their giving.

I hope this weekend before Christmas is calm, happy and full of good cheer. Remember to shop local when you can!!

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