23 April 2013

Lilliput

 
One of the things that I've been thinking about when it comes to our tiny barn...is what to name it....yeah...I'm weird like that. I've always loved old movies....and when I was small, one of my favorites was Gulliver's Travels from 1939. I remember watching the movie and loving that the island he washed up on was called Lilliput. I thought the name would be appropriate for our little barn...because it's just that...little.
 
 
I've also been going through my decor books and after looking through Christina Strutt's book, Romantic Home Sewing, I do believe I've found my inspiration....Christina's own little tree house...it even has a tree growing through it...how cool is that! I love that it's simple, white and rustic with pops of color....it's just what I'm going for. I'm thinking it'll be my little piece of english country right here in the midwest.
 
Oh...and did you happen to notice how beautiful the colors are in the photo of Gulliver's Travels....pale blues, whites and shades of red....coincidence?

18 April 2013

Some Inspiration


A couple of weeks ago we had a little white barn built on our property...and by little I'm talking 10ft by 14ft. I love it...it's a perfect little place to go and take a nap....read....or play board games...or at least it will be.


As of right now, it's still raw wood on the inside....but it won't be for long....or at least I hope not...as I type this it's snowing outside...ugh!
 
Last weekend we went and bought a paint sprayer and we're ready to go...as soon as Mother Nature decides it's spring, we can get started. But...in the meantime, I've been contemplating what I'd like the inside to look like. I'm think mostly white with touches of soft color. I'm loving the fabrics in the two photos above...the first photo is of  Cabbages & Roses fabric and the bottom photo is of Peony & Sage fabric.
 
The inside will be painted all white...in a semi-gloss finish. As the barn only has 2 small windows, I thought using a semi-gloss on the walls and ceiling would help bounce light around....and the floors will be a very pale grey.
 
I'll keep you posted as to what I decide.
 
Photos courtesy Dreamy Whites


07 April 2013

Rustic Bread



I just had to share this recipe....like....right now....so you could run to your pantry....collect the few ingredients you need....and make this....tonight.
 
I've been wanting to try my hand at making homemade bread....but the process always seemed intimidating to me....make a sponge....knead....etc. Then I found this recipe on Pinterest. I happened to have the ingredients on hand so thought....why not. All I can say is that right after taking this photo....the whole loaf was devoured....enough said.
 
No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread
recipe from Chef in Training
 
Ingredients
 
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 cups luke-warm water
 
Directions
 
Combine the three dry ingredients in a large bowl then pour in the luke-warm water. Stir until completely combined. Dough will look messy and not smooth and that is completely okay.
 
Once combined, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter overnight. I let mine sit for about 16 hours. Let it rise anywhere from 12-18 hours. Dough will be puffed up appear bubbly and be sticky. It won't be in a ball shape and that is normal.
 
When dough is done rising and ready to bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
 
Heavily flour clean counter top or surface. Turn dough onto floured surface and shape it into a round ball. Cover lightly with plastic wrap (you can just lay the plastic wrap that you used to cover your large bowl over the top) and let rest.
 
While the dough is resting, place your dutch oven into the oven for 30 minutes to pre-heat.
 
After dutch oven has pre-heated, place ball of dough in the center of the dutch oven and cover with lid.
 
Bake at 450 degrees F for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Bread will be golden in color.

*update*
I've been asked what a dutch oven is....it's basically a heavy cooking pot with a tight fitting lid. I used an enameled coated cast iron pot....like a Le Creuset....but any heavy lidded pot should work. Should your pot not be enamel coated, you can place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom so that the bread doesn't stick.
 
Enjoy!