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    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

    See Recipe Below! 
    I am really enjoying the gift my husband bought me this last weekend!
    This can be made with any coffee maker - 
    Pumpkin Pie Spice:
    Stir together 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 3 tbsp ground cinnamon. Store in a lidded jar, using as needed.
    Latte Recipe
    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/2 cup (4oz / 115g) brewed coffee (rich setting for me!)
    • 1/2 cups (4oz / 115g) milk
    1. In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients.
    2. Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer.
    3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour into your mug.
    4. Decorate with freshly whipped cream or "froth" and a sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Enjoy!

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    Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    INGREDIENTS

    • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (more as needed )
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
    • 3/4 cup chocolate chips 

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter until the butter is barely melted.It should be soft but not melted.
    2.  Beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated – 10-15 seconds 
    3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle. Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
    4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls  and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy just barely golden.Take them out even if they look like they’re not done yet 

    Banana Cream Cheese Bread

    Banana Cream Cheese Bread

    Apparently I like to make bread! (see lemon-lavender bread)  It was a cold morning here in GA and I needed to be creative! With some cream cheese and extra bananas that were going to waste, I got busy:

     Start with veg. oil (or butter) and sugars - mix well

    banana-cream-cheese Add in your mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla and dry ingredients (minus flour)

    banana-cream-cheese Mix in the flour

    banana-cream-cheese Set the bread mixture aside and mix the cream cheese filing 

    banana-cream-cheese in a well oiled pan (I used a bundt pan) Add 1/2 the bread mixture

    banana-cream-cheese Spoon on the cream cheese mixture and gently spread 

    banana-cream-cheese Cover with remaining mixture and bake

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    Ingredients

    • 3 large bananas, very ripe
    • 1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
    • 1/2 cup white sugar*
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar*
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 cups unbleached flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

    *total sugar can be reduced by 50%, or 1/2 cup, without affecting the outcome

    Cream Cheese Filling
    1 large egg
    8 ounces softened brick-style cream cheese (lite is okay)
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour the loaf pan.
    2. Mash the bananas with a hand or stand mixer. You should have 2 cups of liquified banana. Set banana aside.
    3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil and vanilla. Add eggs and beat well.
    4. Add bananas and mix well.
    5. Incorporate dry ingredients with a spatula, gently folding only until no more flour streaks remain.
    6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-70 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. When only a few moist crumbs cling to the toothpick, remove from oven immediately.
    7. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack and allow to cool.
    8. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap for storage. Banana bread freezes well!

    You can find the basket seen in my IG post Here  and the Vintage inspired Table Runner HERE

    Lemon-Lavender Bread

    Lemon-Lavender Bread

    A sweet treat for Spring or Summer! Inspired by our upcoming new Spring line of soy candles. Our first release will be the "Lemon-Lavender" Candle. A crisp yet soothing fragrance that embodies the essence of Spring - Enjoy

    lemon lavender bread lemon lavender candle

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg beaten lightly
    • 1 cup milk or half & half
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • juice and peel of 2 lemons finely grate the lemon peel-about 2 tablespoons of juice and 1 tablespoon peel
    • 2 teaspoons dried lavender or 2 tablespoons fresh lavender, finely chopped

    For Glaze

    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon butter

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350degrees. Grease a loaf pan, set aside.
    2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    3. In another bowl combine the egg, milk, oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, and lavender.
    4. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until the batter is moistened. (The batter will be lumpy)
    5. Spoon batter into the greased loaf pan.
    6. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes clean and top of loaf is cracked.
    7. Cool for 10 minutes before topping with glaze.

    For glaze

    1. Melt butter with sugar and lemon juice in small saucepan until well combined.
    2. Poke holes in the top of the lemon loaves and slowly pour the glaze over the top.

     

     

    Vintage Farm Finds

    Vintage Farm Finds

    I love all things vintage - and farm related! After years of estate sales and treasure hunting I have decided to open my own (online) store. One day I have the dream to turn an old schoolhouse into a store...but that is another story...
    My store features hard to find vintage pieces and reproduction pieces that embody the golden days of the 1920's on. Vintage and Farmhouse decor to meet your homes style. I hope you stop by often to see our new additions!
    How it all began...
    Growing up I loved visiting my grandparents farmhouse. It was a small house that overlooked a pasture with sloping wooded hills and a  charming pond. I always dreamed of living in a farmhouse with my own animals, barn and orchard. A place for the kids to roam and my future grandchildren to create their own dreams. At an early age I began collecting items found around the farm, through farm and estate sales - attics and even a few trash bins! 
     The Homestead Farm (Our house) circa 1880
     My Grandparents Farm
    Fast forward about 20 years.....
    After multiple moves and multiple states we settled into my husbands family home. Originally purchased in 1851 (hence the "est.1851" name), we are the 6th generation to own and care for the house and farm.
     The Homestead est.1851

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