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antique Santa figure in glass jar as centerpiece

How to make a DIY Christmas jar with an antique Santa figure

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Christmas | October 27, 2020

Make your own Christmas jar with a few supplies and your favorite antique Santa figure!

Hey Guys! I’m so excited to be joining in on my first ever Pinterest Challenge. Today we’re making our own Christmas jar or hurricane! If you’re coming over from Everyday Edits, Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Wasn’t her Lantern gorgeous!?

 

Inspiration photo from Northern Feeling 

This month’s inspiration photo comes from Katrin at Northern Feeling. She created the most adorable little village in a jar with twinkle lights, faux snow, mini trees, and of course little house. it’s absolutely adorable and my kids have already put it on their list of crafts to do this year.

The great thing about the Pinterest Challenge is that we can look at wonderful inspiration like Katrin’s jar and put our own twist on it!

Make your own jar to add your own twist

For this month’s Pinterest Challenge I’m going to make my own Christmas jar to use as my dining room tables centerpiece with my antique Santa figure on display. I’ve gathered some other supplies to fill up my jar and to complete this project. Projects like these are so fun because you can add your own twist as opposed to buying one new.  To fill your jar you can add pinecones, twinkle lights real or faux stems, etc. I decided to keep it as natural and rustic as possible. So I grabbed my largest glass jar, some pinecones from outside, and I cut up a faux cedar branch that I had laying around in my attic.

First, gather all your supplies.

This is where you can have fun! Add really anything that makes your heart feel happy and reminds you of Christmas. I always like to pick a theme first. Are you looking for a snowy Christmas scene or maybe a rustic walk in the woods? Whichever direction you are looking for, try and stick to your theme that way your jar doesn’t seem overwhelmed with items. You’ll at least need a jar to add your items into and whatever your main feature will be. For instance, an antique Santa like mine or maybe a snow-covered house or barn. And then all your other supplies to fill in your scene.

Next, assemble your jar

Onto the fun part… assembling your jars! I added the pinecones to the bottom layer of my jar. If you don’t have pinecones you could maybe add faux snow or even twinkle lights. Then you add your next layer. This is where I added my antique Santa figure. And Lastly, once my Santa figure was securely placed in the pinecones I added my faux stems. I cut small pieces of my faux cedar branch and placed them all around my jar so it looks like my antique Santa figure is talking a walk in the woods.

Lastly, show it off!

As I said earlier in this post, I wanted to show my Christmas jar off by using it as the centerpiece to my dining room table. Now, It would look pretty bare if I didn’t add to the tablescape. So I used a pretty striped table runner, some eucalyptus garland, candle holders, pinecones and pinecone garland, and copper accents. I placed the jar itself on a cake stand so my Christmas jar would be the tallest element and layered in some Christmas trees to add color and texture to my display. The pops of copper are my favorite though. I just love how copper shines when the light hits it. It just reminds me of Christmas time! The most important thing to remember is that when you are styling your Christmas jar to add features around it to draw attention to the focal point (which is your jar) not take away from it. If you have too many focal points your jar will get lost and your guests won’t know where to look. So I always add one main focal point and in this case, it’s my Christmas jar, and then I add several smaller layers to bring attention to the main attraction.

And done! Thanks so much for reading along! Now it’s time to hop over and check out Terrie’s DIY Christmas hurricane! And be sure to click on the other links too – there’s so much inspiration I’m sure you’ll want to pin a few!

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MUCH LOVE,

Kori~ From The Farmhouse Life

 

rust colored bedding with white and buffalo check Christmas pillows on bed

My favorite farmhouse Christmas decorations on Amazon and my favorite ways to decorate with them!

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Uncategorized | October 16, 2020

Grab those hot Christmas decorations before they sell out!

I know it might feel early for a Christmas post, but I feel like whenever I wait for the season to buy my Christmas decor everything is sold out! Especially if it’s the newer and trendier decor. Some of my Amazon favorites I go back for each year like beaded garland and Christmas ribbon sells out so quickly! And If I by chance find it closer to Christmas it’s like 3 times the original price!

That’s why Every October I try and get those hot items that I know will sell out and I stock up. For instance, I love red ticking Christmas ribbon to hang my Christmas wreaths on. For some reason, I can never find it in-store. I see it pop up on Amazon and they only seem to have it in stock until about the middle of October.

This is why I’ve rounded up some of my favorite farmhouse Christmas decorations on Amazon to help you get ahead of the game. I’ll also show you my favorite ways to use those decorations to decorate at Christmas time!

1. LED Flameless candles

white stocking on fireplace with flameless candles

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2. Burlap striped Christmas tree garland

red stripped Christmas tree garland

3. Buffalo check Christmas pillows

 

rust colored bedding with white and buffalo check Christmas pillows on bed

4. Rustic Bead Garland

 

Christmas tree garland with wooden beads

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5. Red burlap Farmhouse Christmas tree skirt

burlap Christmas tree shirt with red strip

6. Galvanized greenery buckets

galvanized buckets for greenery

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7. Pre-lit Christmas eucalyptus garland

pre-lit eucalyptus Christmas garland on mantel

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8. Red ticking Christmas Ribbon

Christmas tree and wreaths in dining room hung with ticking ribbon

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9. White knit Christmas stocking

white knit Christmas stocking

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10. Buffalo Check Christmas ribbon

buffalo check Christmas ribbon

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It’s never too early for Christmas

I always say It’s ever too early for Christmas! Especially if you’re looking to get a jump on your Christmas decor shopping by stocking up before the season actually hits. This will ensure you don’t miss out on those good sales or miss out altogether. Sometimes these popular items sell out and then never restock!  Plus, if decorating for Christmas early makes you happy – I say go or it!

Want to shop for the items in the pictures? You can click the images themselves up above or click the images in the corral below!

Thanks so much for reading along pals,

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

brick fireplace with horse picture on mantel and fall garland

Fall farmhouse decorating tour

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Uncategorized | October 5, 2020

Farmhouse Fall decor tour to get in the spirit!

This is my absolute favorite time of year! Anyone else?! From about September first to January first, I get those holiday warm and fuzzy feelings. Since the wee hours of September, I’ve been making Fall centerpieces and wreaths to get in the spirit. I may have even put on a few lbs too because the chillier weather makes me want to bake! I mean who cant resists a slice of pumpkin pie?! And with all those fresh pumpkins on my porch just asking to be baked!

Well, here we are into our first week of October and I’m ready to show you guys my farmhouse Fall tour! Just in time too because later this week I’ll start to add some Halloween decor to the mix! I’m not really a huge Halloween decor fan, but it’s fun to add a few things for the kids. Plus, it’s a great way to get the kids in on the mix by doing a few Haloween crafts!

a woman holding a a pumpkin on the front porch with pumpkin, mums, and corn stalks all around her

Alright, let’s get this Fall tour started?!

Let’s pretend that there is inspirational music playing in the background. Like… Vivaldi’s Autumn. Ok, let’s all be honest. I’m sure this time of year we’re all sneaking Hallmark Christmas movies – and not listening “Fall” inspired music. But just for now, let’s pretend to set the mood. You know, I can probably set the music on this page to play as you’re scrolling… naw – that’s too fancy for me.

Now pretend like you have a cup of coffee in your hand. You know, a warm mug with a piping hot latte inside. It even has one of those pretty leaves formed from your steamed milk. oh and ps. I learned this week that 90% of those coffee cups you see on the internet with perfectly formed steamed milk are fake! There’s a sight that you can copy and paste that perfect steamed leaf right into your own cup! I was kinda mad at first…and also super intrigued and may have saved the site to try out later. So now you know If you ever see an image of me with a perfect latte – it’s fake!

Now imagine there is a fall candle burning beside you and that you are covered in cozy blankets and pillows (all fall-themed by the way) while you are watching this tour. Did I go one too far? No?! OK, now that I’ve rambled – Check out my Fall tour! A few of the images are DIY’s that I’ll link at the bottom so you can try them out yourself!

Dining room

boho farmhouse dining room with large wooden table and wooden exposed beams. Pumpkin floral centerpiece on a cake stand on the table and a red boho farmhouse rug on the floor.

white faux pumpkin with faux fall flowers in the center on a cake stand

large dining room table with pumpkins in centerpiece, large exposed beams, and open shelving with kitchen are on shelf

black buffet with wooden open shelves with white kitchen ware on them.

farmhouse fireplace with gold mirror and black candlesticks on mantel

Entryway

 

entryway with red rug and wooden entryway table

entryway with white chairs and plant stand

Sitting room

sitting room with two large gray chairs and red boho rug

blue fireplace surround with a wooden clock on mantel

sitting room with large grey chairs in a circle and basket wall on the wall

Family room

family room with brick fireplace and garland on the mantel

brick fireplace with horse picture on mantel and fall garland

white vase on coffee table with acorn stems

Family room sofa with fall candle and black coffee table

Master bedroom

rust colored bedding with buffalo plaid pillows and exposed beams on the ceiling

farmhouse bedroom with exposed wooden beams and rust colored bedding. wooden secretary desk and wooden chair. buffalo plaid pillows and white knit blanket on bed.

That’s all folks!

Thanks so much for popping in to see my Fall farmhouse decorating tour! If you want to check out some fun fall DIYs I’ll link them below!

DIY Fall front porch sign

DIY faux pumpkin floral centerpiece 

DIY Fall welcome mat

If you’re looking to shop my home I have most of things linked and categorized by room. Happy shopping!

Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love,

Kori~ from the Farmhouse Life

 

farmhouse dining room with red rug, large table, black chairs, and black light fixture

Easy and inexpensive 5-minute light fixture makeover

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Decor and Styling | September 30, 2020

Updating a light fixture for next to nothing!

Since buying our 300-year-old farmhouse 5 years ago we have been slowly renovating each room. We do all of our renovations ourselves in our spare time and when we have some extra money. Check out our journey to the farm here!

Sometimes days, months, or even years after we’ve finished a room in our home it doesn’t quite feel right. Like maybe I choose the wrong wall color or maybe I need to add a pop of color somewhere in the space. Sometimes it’s an easy fix and other times it’s not so cost-effective.

Well, Lately I’ve been second-guessing my light fixture choices in a few rooms and have been wanting to trade them in but they’re perfectly good condition! They’re newish and in perfect condition. AND I don’t hate them… I just wish they were solid black and didn’t have white candlesticks.

The simplest and most inexpensive solution is to give them a makeover with a little spray paint. The best part is that this DIY only takes about 5-minutes and only costs about $5! What can’t we solve with a little paint and DIY power?

farmhouse dining room with beam ceiling, black chairs, and a large black light fixture

Step 1: Choose the light fixture to makeover and remove the pieces you want to spray paint.

I have one light fixture in my dining room that whenever I see it I think… “I wish the candlesticks weren’t white!”… then it hit me one day! How easy would it be if I popped them off and spray painted them? So easy! So I made sure the lights were off and the bulbs were cooled off and unscrewed each bulb. I put my bulb pile somewhere safely and took my plastic candlesticks to the barn and put them on some scrap material so I could prep and spray paint.

large light fixture with white candlestick

Step 2: Get to spray painting!

First, I grabbed the spray paint I’ll be using. I’ll be sure to link it at the bottom of the post. I love spray paint because it’s cheap. A can usually runs under $5 and works with just about any material! I’m using black flat paint and primer because I want good coverage and I want it to look like my metal light fixture and metal usually doesn’t have a high gloss. I gave it a thin coat – waited for them to dry, and then rolled them over and spray painted the other side once they were all good and dry. Then I gave them all a second coat. Make sure everything is nice and dry before moving on.

black spray paint on white plastic cylendars

Step 3: Reassemble!

After everything dry I put my candlesticks back on my light fixture. Next, I screwed my light bulbs back in and voila! Done!

woman putting black cylinder back on light fixture

farmhouse dining room with red rug, large table, black chairs, and black light fixture

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Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love,

Kori ~ at The Farmhouse Life

 

 

 

cozy bed with white blankets and throws pillows and blankets

5 ways to make your guest room more welcoming

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Uncategorized | July 28, 2020

Make your guests feel at home

Does anyone else love a good Bed and breakfast? I love the antique furniture, the beautiful linens, and the ambiance of a cozy fireplace that most B&Bs have. It’s all so inviting that it makes you want to come and stay and never leave! I want the guests in my home to feel the same way.

cozy bed with white blankets and throws pillows and blankets

I’ve picked up a few things from my stays at a bed and breakfast that I’ve incorporated in my own guest room. One thing I do to make my space feel more welcoming is appeal to all the senses.  I try and use them as a guide when preparing my guest room for company.

dark brown furniture with white bedding and gray curtains

Sight

Sight is the most obvious of the senses that we want to use to invite our guests in and make them feel welcome. I believe that a beautifully styled room has the ability to bring about a feeling. In this case, I want my guests to feel cozy and relaxed. So for furniture, I went more on the warmer side with wood tones but added contrast with fluffy white bedding. I also have a Scandinavian printed wallpaper that gives a nod to history and adds to the antique vibe.

bench with yellow blankets and bench and tray

Smell

You want the smells in your guest room to pull people in and be relaxing. I like to diffuse lavender, which has a calming effect. Candles are a great option too. I like to leave a small tray with matches and a candle so if my guests feel like lighting a candle they can while they’re here. Sometimes I line dry the sheets and bedding so even their bedding smells as fresh as the outdoors. My only caution is that some guests are sensitive to smells so I don’t go overboard with perfume type sprays. A clean room will go along way, and opening windows always helps too!

fire place and rocking chair in bedroom corner

Touch

Touch is an important part of making your guest room more welcoming! Make sure the bedding is freshly laundered and soft to the touch. Adding cozy throw blankets and pillows is another way to add in more texture to your space.  Hanging bathrobes in the corner and fresh towels folded nearby is another way to use touch to engage your guests’ sense of touch.

night stand with clock and bedside lamp

Taste

I know adding taste to your guest room sounds funny, but it’s a nice touch to have yummy snacks on hand for your guests. You can have a basket in the corner with some packaged goodies or tuck in a nightstand just in case they get hungry at night. This gesture doesn’t go unseen. I never had anyone complain about a fresh plate of chocolate chips cookies to snack on when they arrive! Water bottles are another great item to tuck in your snack basket too.

cream throw blanket on bed with wallpaper on wall

Hearing

Playing music is another great way to welcome your guests. Having an Alexa with prime music is great to have tucked in the corner. You can ask Alexa to play relaxing music and she’s all over it!

bed with white bedding an gray throw pillows

Practical needs

It’s also important to make sure that your room meets your guest’s needs from a practical perspective. For instance, nightstands are important so your guests have a place to put their books/phones/glasses on at night. I like to put the wifi passcode on a notecard in the nightstand drawer too. A small organizer with a nail clipper, band-aids, q tips, and a small bottle of ibuprofen is nice. A cellphone charger is also a great idea. A dim bedside lamp is very practical too. We have an armoire with a small tv hidden inside so our guests can watch tv in the evening if they prefer. Have a place to put their luggage on (like a bench) so their luggage isn’t on the floor.

At the end of the day, we want our guests to want to feel right at home. Using these 5 tricks is a sure way to make our guests feel more welcomed and a sure way to make sure they come back again!

Want to shop my guestroom? Click on the images in the slide below!

As always pals, thanks for reading along!

Much love,

Kori ~ from the Farmhouse Life

small jar of pesto and white red stripped towel

Simple and delicious vegan pesto!

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Recipe | July 28, 2020

Pesto makes everything taste better!

Pesto is one of my all-time favorite foods! It seriously makes EVERYTHING taste better! Now, I know what you’re thinking… how can you make pesto without animal products? Well, It can be done, and done well! My kids love it! They said – Mom, this sauce is delicious.. but maybe not put it over couscous next time lol. Couscous isn’t their favorite… My husband and I fully enjoyed it though.

small jar of pesto and white red stripped towel

The possibilities are endless

A good pesto sauce can be used in hundreds of meals. I made a grain salad last night with sauteed veggies with a creamy pesto on top…. and it was delish! some of my favorite ways to eat pesto are on pasta salad, zoodles, as a pizza sauce, a yummy dip for bread, baked into bread, as a salad dressing, on a veggie sandwich, etc. The possibilities are endless.

pasta with a pesto sauce

It’s so good for you!

Plus, there are some amazing health benefits to eating pesto! Basil is good for digestion, it’s anti-inflammatory, it fights free-radical activity, it supports liver function and helps detoxify the body, fights depression, and supports a healthy gut! Those are some big claims! So not only does pesto make everything taste better – it’s so good for you!

basil plant

Cheesy flavor without the cheese

Now you might be wondering how to make pesto without parmesan cheese, because usually, it is an essential ingredient… well, the answer is nutritional yeast, my friend! I love nutritional yeast! It has the most wonderful savory cheesy flavor and added to your pesto recipe works to replace the parmesan cheese.

Another odd substitute… Pinenuts can be hard to find at the moment, so instead, I used walnuts! Did you know you can substitute walnuts in place of pinenuts? And it’s sooo delicious! Plus walnuts are very heart-healthy!

pesto in bowl and tool

Measure and Dump

  1. I’m a measure and dump kind of girl – or even eyeball it.. which I definitely do from time to time if I’m really confident in a recipe. This recipe, for instance, is a dump everything in and turn on the food processor kind of recipe. After everything is measured and blended, you can check on the consistency of the pesto. Add a little more water if it’s too thick or more walnuts if it’s too watery.
  2. Be sure to use a rubber spatula while blending. Stop periodically and scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor to push the pesto back down to the blade to get an even consistency.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week to be sure your pesto lasts and stays fresh!

4 photos of the pesto process

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vegan pesto recipe card

Do you want to shop for some of my favorite kitchen gadgets? Click on an image below in the slide!

Want to see some other yummy pesto recipes?! Visit my friends on their blogs and check out their creations!

Pine and Daisy House

Boxwood and Spruce 

Celebrated nest

Anna bruce blog

As always pals, thank you for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ From the Farmhouse Life

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Easy homemade Hummus!

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Recipe | July 14, 2020

One of my favorite foods to make is homemade hummus. It’s super easy and literally takes less than 5 minutes in total. You barely need any ingredients on hand besides chickpeas and tahini and you can spice to your heart’s content.

That’s the benefit of making it yourself – you can choose how spicy, salty, etc you like it! We try to keep salt and oil content pretty low around here so I prefer to make homemade hummus. That way I can control how much salt and oil are in it. Plus, I can make a big batch on a weekly basis to have on hand all week.

My kids love it as a dip for their veggies, topping for their quesadillas, and a chip dip. I love it because it adds extra fiber and protein to their meals and snacks. Plus there are dozens of other nutritional benefits to eating legumes daily. Check them out here at one of my favorite sites for nutritional information –  Nutiritionfacts.org. One of my good friends Sandi has a yummy hummus recipe that is super yummy too! Definitely worth checking out.

The ingredients

All you’ll need on hand are a couple of jars of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, water, a splash of lemon or lime, and your favorite spices (mine are garlic, onion, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt, pepper, and cayenne). That’s literally it! Oh, and of course you’ll need a high powered blender or food processor too.

garbanzo beans, seasonings, and a red measuring cup.

Step 1

To start – add water and tahini to the blender or food processor to make a paste. Blend for a few minutes. Next, add in both cans of chickpeas, spices, oil, and lemon or lime juice. Blend high for a few minutes.

Step 2

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the chickpea clumps down off of the side of the blender and push down into the hummus mixture.

Step 3

Lastly, check the consistency of your hummus. If it’s too thick add in a tablespoon of water at a time blending in between until you have your preferred texture. I like mine stiff and not too watery.

four pictures of a blender in the process of making hummus

Two cans of chickpeas will make about a plastic sandwich container full. I generally make a batch with 4 cans of chickpeas that way I have enough to last the week.

Click on the image below to download the recipe card!

hummus recipe card

 

Alright, pals! Thanks so much for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ From the farmhouse life

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

New couch covers from Comfort works – an honest review

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House and Home | May 20, 2020

When Comfort Works emailed me about a potential collab I jumped all over it! I love my slipcover Ikea Ektorp sectional sofa. It’s the perfect size for my large family. Everything is washable which is amazing, but let’s be honest; after so many years of washing those covers, the age was starting to show. There were stains that never came out, the fabric was starting to tear in places that were noticeable. As seasons change, so do styles – and I was ready for something lighter and brighter! (Especially now that I was out of the toddler stage with my kiddos).

gray ikea sectionalComfort Works is a company that makes slipcovers/couch covers…

for our favorite sofas like Ikea, Pottery Barn, and Muji. They also make custom covers. They have so many beautiful fabric choices. Honestly, that was the hardest part for me. They have heavy-duty fabric in so many colors, pure linens, everyday tweed, claw-proof Velvet in the most vibrant color choices, mixed blends, linen blends, velvet blends, bycast & synthetic leathers, pure cottons, and English stripes. At the end of the day, I went with pure linens. After getting the swatch in the mail I fell in love with the natural linen. It was incredibly soft and I loved the natural texture of the soft beige/tan. It was light and creamy.. without being too light. It was the exact color I wanted to incorporate into our family room to help tie in the color of my exposed beams. Plus, it feels very Scandinavian-farmhouse house which is totally a vibe that I dig!

fabric swatches inn tan linen, and faux brown leather

The process was like a dream…

from start to finish with Comfort Works. The fabric samples came in such a timely manner (they even threw in some extra ones too). The ordering process was so easy and the customer service was spot on – answering any and all of my questions. My slipcovers even came earlier than when they said they would!

When my covers came in the mail, I immediately pulled everything out of the box. Each cover was labeled to make putting them on super easy. Each cover fits like a dream! They have a little bit of wiggle room which I’m glad for. The linen is so super soft and luxurious! After seeing it for the first time I knew I made the right choice. Like most linen material, it came wrinkled. I wasn’t worried though because after a few days of setting it all up most of the wrinkles had already fallen out.

slip cover fabric on sofa

What a transformation!

It is absolutely incredible what updating your slipcover will do for your space! Honestly, If you’re like me and Love your sofa but want a whole new look – I’d give Comfort Works a go! You’ll get a completely new sofa look, but with the old sofa comfort. And I would totally recommend Comfort Works. They are an awesome company to work with and their products are of the highest quality! I seriously feel like I have a high-end sofa! I’m so happy With Comfort Works – and I’ll definitely be working with them again in the future! I have other Ikea chairs that could use new covers🤔. The only hard part is figuring out what fabric to choose 🤦🏻‍♀️ 

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

white couch, green pillow, and green ottoman

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

As always pals~ thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ From The Farmhouselife

woman holding rhubarb stems

Dairy-free and delicious strawberry rhubarb crisp!

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Recipe | May 19, 2020

This is the best dairy free strawberry rhubarb crisp that the whole family will love and ask for more!

One thing we inherited when we purchased our home was a very healthy rhubarb bush. Rhubarb is a perennial and faithfully comes back every year. When it starts popping up out of the ground my kids start talking about all the yummy ways we can eat it and bake with the rhubarb. With the weather warming up we’ve started to see strawberries for sale in the market too. My husband actually picked some up last week, and although they aren’t quite ripe enough to snack on, we’ve decided to add it into our favorite rhubarb crisp recipe!

Woman holding rhubarb stems.

Just like all of my recipes around here, they’re dairy-free.

My youngest has a dairy allergy, I have a sensitivity to dairy, and my husband is intolerant. So needless to say we avoid dairy in our home. I actually “try” and make all of our food animal product free. After reading the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greggor we try and add as many plants as possible into our diet. And rhubarb is certainly a plant – so we should enjoy it and all it’s health benefits!

A large rhubarb plant in the garden.

Did you know that rhubarb is also a great source of vitamin K!

Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and bone health. Along with vitamin K, it also contains two grams of fiber, calcium, and vitamin C! But beware – rhubarb leaves contain high amounts of oxalic acid, which can cause health problems when eaten in higher amounts. Symptoms can include mild gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as more serious problems, such as kidney stones and kidney failure. Yeek!

The picked rhubarb on the counter beside a bowl of bananas.

Ok – so the take away… eat cooked rhubarb stems in yummy desserts like strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe!

Here’s a 30-second video clip of the process

Ingredients

For the fruit:

    • 3 cups rhubarb – cut into 3/4″ pieces
    • 2 cups strawberries – hulled and cut into 3/4″ pieces
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • pinch of salt

For the topping:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter – or dairy-free butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an  8″x8″  baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt.  Add the chopped fruit and Let sit for at least 5-10 minutes while preparing the topping.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, melted butter, and salt.
  4. Add the fruit mixture to the pan. Next, add the topping over top of the fruit mixture.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The topping should be firm and the fruit should bubble over when done. The filling may also appear runny it’s warm but will thicken as it cools.
  6. Make sure it cools for 30 minutes before serving.

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rhubarb crisp recipe

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As always pals,

Thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori~ from The Farmhouse Life

bar cart, butcher papae roll and wreath

Bar cart essentials and styling

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House and Home | May 1, 2020

With the holidays around the corner now is the time to stock up on bar cart essentials and styling!

Stocking up on bar cart essentials is always a good idea. Especially with everything going on right now! We can’t go out and get a drink – But that shouldn’t stop us from making a cocktail at home and enjoying ourselves. Since my husband and I cant have a date night at the moment we’re treating Friday evenings like “date night” by making a couple of drinks and spending a little one-on-one quality time together.

Now, I know what you’re thinking –

Isn’t being at home quarantined with your significant other enough one-on-one time? Well – For us we don’t really have a lot of time to spend with one another on a regular basis. He spends most of his time upstairs doing all of his work appointments while I’m downstairs taking care of the children, the house, etc. And in the evenings I try to get all my work done for the day while he switches into parent mode. Needless to say, life can get busy – even when you’re stuck at home. So let’s have a drink and enjoy ourselves!

Two arms toasting two margaritas with black straws.

Want to stock up on essentials but you’re not sure where to start?

Knowing what items to stock up on really depends on what your favorite drinks are. For instance, we love a good Moscow mule and I wouldn’t say no to a mimosa on a Saturday morning either. Bloody Marys are fun and probably my go-to drink is always a good old glass of cabernet. Really, whatever your fancy – you can probably bet items like rum, tequila, vodka, and wine are a good idea to have on hand. Then grab those mixes… Margarita, ginger beer, orange juice, coke, cranberry juice, limes, Mint, etc.  These are perfect bar cart essentials!

I like to hide some of the smaller nips in a cute cookie jar to style on my bar cart and I also have a marble cutting board too. This way everything is accessible when you are ready to make that cocktail and slice those limes. Also, make sure your bar cart has all the tools it needs to make your favorite drinks too and of course the appropriate glasses.

Bar cart essentials such as ice bucket, wine glasses, bar cart tools.

A gold bar cart in the living room with a bottle of champagne in the ice bucket.

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I hope you enjoy date night as much as I do!   Cheers!

As always pals – Thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

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