a spring farm trip


It's only seemed fitting that I shared a travel post with you while I'm driving cross country from one coast to the other. I've keep meaning to post these photographs from our spring trip to M's parents' farm in Grayson County, Virginia; that we took several weeks, ago so here they are! I didn't get to milk any goats this time but I did get to play with that cute little lamb Oliver, that M's mom is raising.  He follows her like a little puppy everywhere and I think Oliver is absolutely adorable but Snoopy did get a little jealous because he made it clear with his puppy whining every time I carried the lamb

farm fresh eggs

I've been posting photographs of our big road trip on Instagram so do check it out, if you get a moment! 
fields flowers and farm barns
goat portrait
oliver the lamb
wild mustard

Here are some of my favorite links that are making me miss not having a kitchen and I can't wait to try these recipes out!
  • Have you seen this delicious tomato rhubarb ketchup by Savory Simple, I need to make a few batches of this as soon as I get my kitchen back!
  • Lavender season is almost here in some places and these lavender cookies by My Blue and White Kitchen, smell and sound amazing.
  • This gorgeous chamomile honey and lemon baked Alaska by Twigg Studios looks beautiful!
  • I want to try this Edible Perspective's pizza crust, it has so many delicious types of flours in it and it's also gluten-free.
  • I've never made a Strawberry Eton Mess but this one by Hummingbird High looks really pretty! I need to change that asap.

yellow birds

heading back

Time flies by too fast, especially when you are having a wonderful time. We are on our way back from our last day at the farm and I am already feeling a bit sad to go back home. Nothing can compare to waking up in the morning to fresh homemade feta cheese from the goats at the farm in your omelets accompanied by a cup of hot coffee. I will miss all of this and more.

We played, ate and laughed all week during this trip and created special memories that bring us all closer together. That is what the holidays are all about. I've walked around the farm exploring the streams and stumbling on deer hoof marks in the wet soil and a hornet's nest. I finally got to go up to Mt. Rogers and even stumbled across some wild ponies. I had secretly hoped to run across a bear but thankfully according to some, that did not happen.

The only part about coming back from a good vacation is getting back into the regular grind at the home front. Perhaps some comfort food like a berry or apple pie might be in the making this week.

the farm next door..., well almost.

It's India's independence day and Julia Child's birthday but this time I write less about food, though I do reminisce over roasted chickens, blueberry cobblers and tomatoes on a vine. The recent excursion to the farm at Grayson County in Virginia was a great fun and relaxing trip. Located about five and a half hours from D.C. up in the mountains, Grayson County is home to blue grass and Mount Rogers, Virginia's highest mountain peak at some 5,729 feet above sea level.

Shelly and her husband Alvin who own and run the farm were very kind to welcome and open up their home and show me some of their day to day activities on their farm. Good food and good times were all rolled into one on this trip.

The views down there were spectacular and the people are warm and friendly. Shelly also sells and makes her own handcrafted organic soaps in various scented and unscented varieties that she prepares from the milk of her goats on the farm. Her soaps sell pretty fast at the local farmer's markets but thankfully for all of us who are unable to make it down there, she does accept orders via email at Country Milk "N" GiftsSince I have milked two goats under Shelly's guidance, I would now like to think of myself as a professional goat-milker, though it appears that I need a lot more practice.

It goes without saying that all the organic vegetables grown on the farm were delicious and walking through the lettuce beds and the bean vines was fun for more than one reason, however to me the thought of having your own "alive pantry" outside your house. I need more luck with my home gardening since I only have two bell peppers and a few herbs to boast for all summer.