If you asked me what I thought farmhouse style really was (and I realize you're NOT asking... I'm just telling you) I'd probably say that it's more a "feeling" rather than a physical style. (Okay that's not really true but go with me because I think you'll kind of agree with my opinion when I'm done.)
I think it's open armed invitations for drop-in visitors. I think it's a jug of my Mama's famous (at least to me) Cinnamon iced tea waiting to be poured into mason jar glasses and sipped while kids play outside. I think it's gauzy white curtains swaying in the breeze. I think it's comfortable linens, squishy pillows, and baked goods beckoning. I think it's a garden busting and tucking parcels of fresh produce from the overflow into your friends and families arms as they leave. I think it's laundry swaying lazily on the line outside. I think it's the feel free to "wear your shoes in the house, or take them off"- whatever makes the guest feel most at home, policy. I think it's impromptu BBQ's where everyone brings something to contribute. I think it's twinkle lights on the patio as the dark covers. I think it's fresh-cut flowers from the yard sitting by the sink. I think it's kids and various doggy friends running in and out of the house, followed by the echoes of laughter.
But most of all...when you get right down to it, though we love all of those things, it's the warmth of our family to yours, via welcoming you into our home no matter what it looks like.
clean linen scent clinging to my face as I work. I love laundry in the Summer. Go figure. Anyway, I was taking it off the line, and I rounded the corner, and my eyes fell on the colors of summer- green grass, flower and garden toppling out of grayed out raised beds, sparkling white picnic table, etc. I walked inside and just breathed deeply.
home here for a few years... most of you have been reading long enough to know why at this point... but since this house seems to be where we're supposed to be, we're doing our best to make it home.
And I'm doing MY best to make our home into an old farmhouse. Ha!
I'm still working on the chickens part.
And as for the cake I mentioned in my title... well, I made-up a very random new cake recipe the other day for my starving hoodlums just home from camp.
our garden and started creating. It turned out to be a very delicious snack for two hoodlums that devoured almost half of it in one setting. (As with all gluten free baked items, it's best fresh.)
Gluten free Farmhouse Cake:
1/2 c rhubarb chopped
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c water
1 TBSP finely chopped fresh rosemary
*Place in saucepan and heat until rhubarb is softened a bit.
Add 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries and puree. Set aside.
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup puree (above)
1 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
*Blend together. Add the following dry ingredients and mix just until blended:
2 1/2 cups rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
*Pour all into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. (If desired, add 1/4 cup puree to 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar and whisk in milk, 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency for glaze is reached.)
Happy Weekend friends,