27 July 2016

Easy Baguette Recipe (with buttery Spreadables) #BornOnTheFarm

By Ed

Is Robin the only woman who fantasizes about riding her bike with a baguette in the basket?  Ladies, is this a universal female fantasy?

By the time you read this, it will already be done, so I'm not ruining any surprises. In fact, the way we run this here blog, I'll actually have done the surprise, written it up, have Robin proofread the post and then it goes live, so all the spontaneity needs to be up front.

What on earth am I talking about? Well, I'm going to surprise my wife with a picnic in the park. I've got her bicycle basket loaded up.  We will hop on our bikes and pretend we are in France. Her wicker bike basket is ready, loaded with red wine, good cheese, strawberries, chocolate and a fresh, homemade baguette (recipe follows).

I've tucked a tub of Gay Lea Spreadables Butter in the basket.  It's such a great choice when you want to be spontaneous.  Butter seems to be the one item that doesn't go from fridge to table very quickly.  When it's cold (and food safe) butter is really tough to spread on bread.  Spreadables is always ready to go, whether it's to the dinner table with rolls or to the local park in a bike basket with a fresh baguette. It also has heart-healthy canola oil, no preservatives and is a source of Omega 3 (perfect for that Parisian diet you're trying to copy in your local green space).

Et Voila!  Here's the easy baguette recipe I promised...

16 July 2016

How to Make a Backyard Fountain (in an afternoon!)

By Ed

We've been looking to add a water feature to our yard for well over a year now. We've kicked a few ideas around in that time. I liked ponds, for example. Robin pointed out that we have a dog who would spend all his time in said pond and we would never have a dry pet again. I felt this was a good point.

We settled on a standalone fountain type water feature. We decided to build it ourselves because:

a) we like building things ourselves and
b) most store-bought water features look exactly like store-bought water features and cost a lot more than the individual parts that go into them.  It's a poorly kept secret that we're a bit frugal.

We started planning.

Concept 1 - A Water Wall.  Sounds amazing right?  It was going to be made with some glass shower doors we found at a Re-Store.  That plan was rejected after basically a year of thinking on it because I still couldn't come up with a practical way to support the glass and have water run down it and have it not look hideous.

Concept 2 is what this post is about: A Simple Fountain Made with Pots. There was a spot in near our deck silently begging for a water feature.  It would be much more doable.

27 June 2016

Mexican Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Recipe #BornOnTheFarm

by Robin

Chocolate + Coconut Cream + A bit of Spice + Pie = Oh my!  Yes, please!

This delicious dessert was even more wonderful because our darling daughter made it for her Dad and Grandpa for Father's Day last weekend.   As she served it to them she had that same proud smile on her face as she did in the days when she served them pies her dimpled toddler hands had made with mud.  This time, thy didn't need to pretend to like them - the her baking creations now are delicious.  

This Mexican Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie is amazing and surprisingly simple to make.

This recipe is a wonderful treat.  
It has a kick of cayenne pepper with the dark chocolate that brings the heat. The cool coconut whipped cream balances it out perfectly and the whole experience feels like a plateful of tropical vacation.

It couldn't have been easier to add the sweet coconut cream flavour.  Gay Lea makes a convenient Real Coconut Whipped Cream in a fun spray can.  And it's made of REAL coconut cream - not just a cheap coconut flavoured chemical.  We had no idea about this product before they invited us to try it!  Now we're dreaming of other delicious ways to use it - especially with summer here - Pina Coladas anyone?!

Here's the recipe....