It is that season again – and our Little Farm is bursting with blueberries. There is nothing as tasty as picking and eating them right from the bush. We are completely organic and it is amazing to taste the flavor of sun ripened fruit.
The recipes is easy – fresh berries, sugar to taste, lemon juice to taste – boil gently and enjoy!
Posted in Blog, Desserts, Gluten Free, Jams, Little farm products, Recipes to Make with Children
Tagged blueberries, blueberry jam, fruit, Grandma, healthy, Little farm, organic
Spring means baby goats – kids – all over the little farm. They are adorable and last week our middle grandson Jonah had the joy of seeing the actual birth of three little baby goats. He named them – Cream Cheese, Coffee and Chocolate – and he is waiting for Julia to give birth with our farm manager Max. What a thrill – they stand up within about 30 seconds and start sucking in about a minute. Such a miracle!
What fun was had by all! They arrived 11am Saturday and left 3pm Sunday. They were up at 4am Sunday morning – they swam, fed the animals, held the one day old baby goats, played in the bamboo ‘forest’, got all scratched up, bounced in the bouncy, ate and giggled and had the best time. So did we. Did I mention that I spent the next day in bed??? Half of it anyway…. and we were happy to host all their parents and siblings for lunch on the Sunday as they wanted to see the farm too! And they left with individual gift bags I had prepared including the siblings – each sleepover boy had a flashlight of his very own in case of night concerns. They LOVED all of it. How blessed we are to be part of our grandchildren’s lives. We do NOT take any of this for granted – precious memories always.
Some pictures of the happy weekend.
A friend sent me these. They are not staged. Real and funny. Enjoy!
I came across our grandson taking a nap. That in itself was not memorable – although it is true that he rarely stops to do so – but his ‘bed’ was truly amazing. Sunny our rottweiler was so ill for months and is now back to normal – and he adores the children. He was very happy and so was Jack.
Posted in Blog, Family
Tagged blessings, Dog, family, grandchildren, Grandma, grandsons, happiness, joy, rottweiler, Sunny
Our three year old grandsons are getting cuter every day. And they love to go to the farmers market ( as well as to come to the Little Farm) . Last week they enjoyed face painting. This last weekend they planted some mint near the kitchen for me. Now they are waiting for a MINT TREE!
We use mint and orange slices in filtered water – and drink that instead of diet sodas indeed any sodas. It is refreshing and is no calories! We also add sliced cucumbers and some days just lemon. Try it you will LOVE it. Sodas and diet sodas are so bad for you – if you can unhook yourself from them and substitute this fruit no calorie home made drink, you will save money, calories and add healthy liquid to your diet! What could be better than that! And it tastes good too!
Posted in Blog, Gluten Free, Little farm products, Other wonderful treats, Recipes, Recipes to Make with Children, Snacks, Tips
Tagged cucumbers, Drinks, fruit, Healthy Eating and drinking, lemons, limes, oranges
This is an easy side dish to whip up and it goes well with just about everything – especially with fish.
- 3 large portabello mushrooms sliced thick
- 1 large onion
- 4 tbsp of Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Slice the onions thin.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan
- Saute the onions until translucent
- Add the mushrooms and saute on low heat until they reduce in size
- Add the vinegar and continue to saute until the liquid reduces
- Keep warm until ready to serve
- Optional – serve with freshly grated Parmesan
Posted in Blog, Cheese, Gluten Free, Recipes, Recipes to Make with Children, Vegetables
Tagged cooking with kids, onions, parmesan, Portabello mushrooms, saute, side dish, vegetables
We grow red and green cabbage ( as well as cauliflower, brussels sprouts and broccoli – all part of the same family). This salad is truly delicious. Try it!
- 1 head of white cabbage chopped
- 1 head of red cabbage chopped
- 1 sweet white onion chopped
- 1/4 red onion chopped
- 1/2 cup of chopped kale
- 1 cup of golden raisins
- 4 Tbsp of olive oil
- 4 Tbsp of raspberry vinegar ( any fruity vinegar will do)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ! cup of crumbled feta cheese ( optional)
- Combine all the vegetables
- Add the raisins
- Add the dressing
- Let the salad sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to assimilate the tastes
- If using the feta – add it before serving
Posted in Blog, Cheese, Gluten Free, Little farm products, Recipes, Recipes to Make with Children, Salad, Vegetables, Vegetarian Mains
Tagged Cabbage, cooking with kids, family, feta cheese, Golden Raisins, Kale, olive oil, raspberry vinegar, Red Cabbage, red onion, sweet white onion
Tuesdays are my days with the youngest of my grandsons – we go to the market, walk and play and have lunch together. It is such fun – as you can see! What joy!
And then we took our oldest grandson to the Disney Hall to a concert – he LOVED It and his dad and grandfather and I did too! Here we are!
I believe strongly that children who are exposed to classical music early develop a love for the brilliance and creativity of those composers for the rest of their lives – certainly our grandson Jack has done that.