Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ranch Renovation Diary # 5

Last summer, a 70s ranchburger came into my life. I remember looking up at the old split-level, the low-slung roof barely visible on the hilltop, an architectural orphan with poor bones and no clear style. It wasn't love at first sight. Rumor has it, the home had been built without blueprints, and over the years, it had been remodeled many times. The result was a far cry from the gorgeous Mid-Century Modern that stood next-door. Nor did it resemble a French Country cottage, as the sales brochure had promised. 
But I saw great potential. I still do.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to the Foodie Friday and Everything Else party. I look forward to spending time with you all. We love the same things, hearth and home, and it's a peaceable feeling to share our recipes and ideas.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beehive Cake

In an unpredictable world, I like a touch of constancy. Maybe it's a need to control the uncontrollable, to find a peaceful place where the coffee is fresh and bread dough always rises.
Now and then, we all need a reprieve from dire weather reports and upsetting news on CNN. To find this quiet spot, all I need is a cake mix and a non-stick pan--together they are an unbeatable combination. Because if you prepare the mix,  pour it into a greased mold, and bake it at 325 degrees, you know how it will turn out (most of the time). I like the kind of predictability where, at the end of the day, you get cake.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scottish Sausage Rolls

Winter is a little too feisty. The weather in Tennessee isn't life-threatening, but it's very Wuthering Heightsy. Before I go outside, I dress carefully, as if I'm heading into battle. Instead of armor and chain mail, I wear a red puffer jacket. My son, Bandwidth, says I look like a giant tomato, but at least I'm warm.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ranch Renovation Diary # 4

Construction has slowed on the ranch while I wait for new kitchen doors and cabinets.
But the activity will soon pick up, because another project is in the works:
A foyer makeover. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

An American Farmhouse

 To reach the farm, you must travel up a long, curved driveway. The house sits on a hill, peering down on the world like a grand old dame. The residence looks as if it might be on the historical register--but it's a custom built home.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chilly Scenes of Winter

This morning, when I looked out the window, I did a double-take--snow had fallen in the night, maybe two inches. The farm looked white and clean and beguiling. I remembered my New Year's resolution, to see the beauty in winter, but I couldn't budge. I was all cozy by the fire, surrounded by sleeping Yorkies. 

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