Friday, September 30, 2016

Foodie Fridays: Blistered Butter Beans with Tomatoes and Walnuts


On this last day of September, I have one more breakfast recipe to feature.  Blistered Butter Beans with Tomatoes, Walnuts & Thyme is a creation from In Jennie's Kitchen, an inspired food blog with fabulous recipes as well as musings about life in general.  I modified the recipe only slightly so that I could take advantage of the last of the summer basil in my garden.  This dish is so delicious -- the beans turn creamy and buttery when blistered, the tomatoes are soft and juicy, the walnuts bring a satisfying crunch and richness, and the herbs add a nice complexity of flavor.   I now have a unique option to add to my breakfast recipe repertoire, I look forward to having this dish on a regular basis!

Blistered Butter Beans with Tomatoes and Walnuts

1 T. olive oil
1 can (15 oz.) large butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
salt to taste
thyme sprigs and/or slivered basil leaves to taste
1/2 C. walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the beans and cook, stirring every few minutes, until they begin to turn golden and blistered, about 10 minutes (add more oil as needed).  Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, and salt.  Cook until the tomatoes soften, about 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the herb(s).  Divide the bean mixture between two plates and serve topped with the walnuts.  Serves 2.
               

Thursday, September 29, 2016

This 'n That Thursdays: National Fall Foliage Week

From Love These Pics.

This week is National Fall Foliage Week, created by The Yankee Chef Jim Bailey as a way to get families outside to enjoy nature together.  Even though it is a little too early in my area for peak foliage, our weather finally feels like it is cooling down, the days are definitely shorter, and football season is in full swing, so I know autumn has really arrived.  A few leaves are just starting to turn colors, and I look forward to the full display in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, here are some images to help everyone get in the mood:

Aspen, Colorado (from Virtuoso).

Acadia National Park, Maine (from boston.com).

Asheville, North Carolina (from Kevin & Amanda).

Chama River, New Mexico (from Pinterest).

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri (from Anne Strebinger).

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington (from Panoramio).

The Dells, Wisconsin (from OnWisconsin).

Ouachita Mountains, Oklahoma (from SummitPost).

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My favorite season is gorgeous all across this great nation of ours.  I'm sure that no matter where you live you can find beautiful autumn displays of fall color, so when peak leaf season occurs in your area be sure to get out and enjoy it.  Happy leaf peeping, everyone!
             

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wish List Wednesdays: Appleseed's Paisley Jacket


For some reason I am obsessed with this Paisley Jacket ($99.99) from Appleseed's, possibly because this woman's coloring is similar to my own and I think she looks fabulous in her outfit.  I normally do not like polyester clothing, especially those that need to be dry-cleaned, but the color, pattern, and style of this jacket really appeal to me (it also comes in a paisley pattern of cool colors, but I prefer the warm tones).  I even like the zip front despite the fact that I am notorious for wearing out zippers pretty quickly.  While I don't think I am willing to pay full price, if this jacket ever goes on sale I would be really tempted to add it to my wardrobe!
             

Monday, September 26, 2016

On the Homefront: Funky Farmhouse Table


My husband and I live in a funky farmhouse, and my blog's name is GAFunkyFarmhouse, so I think it is high time I did a funky farmhouse table!  I am not a big fan of stereotypical country dΓ©cor (no farmhouse sinks, rag rugs, scarred old pine tables, or rusty farm implements on the walls for me!) and I tend to decorate in a more rustic contemporary style, which is why I call our rural home funky.  I do love farm animals, though, and this table setting reflects both attitudes.


Woven natural table runner (from Target a few years ago); dark brown wooden bead placemat (also from Target a few years ago); spotted dinner plate (made in Portugal; from HomeGoods recently); Farm Animals Ceramic Dessert Plate (from Birch Lane); Mind on Design rust scrolls on natural napkin (from HomeGoods last year); Tripoli Sand Flatware by Cambridge Silversmiths (from HomeGoods several years ago); Gallop Tumbler Glass (from Back in the Saddle); 222 Fifth Spice Road mug (from HomeGoods recently); dark brown wooden coaster.

The other three plate designs:


A closer look at the paisley mug (and galloping horses water glass):

I found this mug sold in sets of two at HomeGoods (the design is also
available as a dinnerware set, but I did not care for the dishes).




The Birch Lane Horse Ceramic Platter will be used to serve the
pan-fried pork chops.

I prefer simple centerpieces like this big white candle amid
autumn-hued glass beads, set in a dark brown pottery piece made
by a local artist.

Our little acreage has never been home to a sheep, pig, or cow, but in
addition to horses and chickens we have had several dogs and a donkey
who have since passed away.  In their honor, I have included Daisy the
donkey, Dot the Dalmatian, and Dash the Siberian husky at the head of
the table with the wheat bundle dΓ©cor.


Early autumn is a good time to feature the last of of the year's harvest, so I decided to go with two southern classics, tomato pie and yellow squash casserole.  For the meat lovers, I have linked to a simple recipe for pork chops, but because I am allergic to red meat I cannot taste test the results for you!  A low-carb plum dessert rounds out the meal with yet more late season produce.

Funky Farmhouse Menu:

Iced Tea or Water
Pan-Fried Pork Chops (optional)
Tomato Pie*
Plum Coconut Crumble**
Hot Coffee or Tea


*Tomato Pie

5-7 medium tomatoes (enough to yield about 3 C. diced tomatoes)
1/2 T. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
8-10 basil leaves thinly sliced
2 C. (8 oz.) grated cheese
1/2 C. mayonnaise
3-4 drops hot sauce (or more to taste)
1 9-inch pie shell, baked and cooled

Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds and pulp.  Place cut side down on paper towels.  Press down on each half to flatten and squeeze out more liquid.  Let sit on the paper towels for about an hour if possible.

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and sautΓ© over medium heat until softened.  Set aside to cool.

Dice the tomatoes and place in a colander over a bowl.  Use a wooden spoon to press the tomatoes against the side of the colander and drain off more liquid.  The longer the tomatoes site in the colander the more liquid that will drain away, which will help to prevent a soggy pie.

Sprinkle the sautΓ©ed onion over the bottom of the baked and cooled pie shell.  Spread the chopped tomatoes over the onions.  Scatter the sliced basil over the tomatoes.

In a large bowl, mix together the cheese, mayonnaise, and hot sauce.  The mixture should resemble a gooey snowball.  Using your fingers, pick up small chunks of the cheese mixture and gently spread over the tomatoes, until the top of the pie is evenly and completely covered.

Bake at 350 degrees until browned and bubbly, from 25-45 minutes (my pie was done in about 40 minutes).  Remove from the oven and cool for about 15 minutes.  Serves 6.

Notes: I used a mixture of mozzarella, cheddar, and Monterey jack cheeses, but you can use whatever shredded cheese you prefer.  Use a pre-made pie crust (I used a frozen one), or make your own (next time I may try making a Butter Flaky Pie Crust).


**Plum Coconut Crumble

1 1/2 lbs. prune plums. halved and stoned
3/4 C. coconut flour
4 large Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 C. (1 stick) cold butter
1/2 C. finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Place the plums in a 7x10-inch baking dish (or one of equivalent capacity).  Put the coconut flour and dates into a food processor and process for 20-30 seconds until the dates are broken down into small crumbs.  Add the remaining ingredients and pulse a few times until the butter resembles small pebbles (do not over-process).  Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the top of the plums, covering as completely as possible.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until the juices are bubbling and the plums are tender.  Remove from the oven and cool for about 30 minutes before serving.  Top with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or coconut cream.  Serves 4-6.

Note: This recipe is not sweet, so if you find plums to be too tart try either tossing them with the sweetener of your choice to taste (sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.) before layering them in the baking dish, or drizzling some maple syrup over each serving of the finished crumble when serving.

Tucker the Dalmatian has tied on his napkin in anticipation of a
farmhouse feast!

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Enjoy the last of this year's harvest season, and the cooler weather which is on its way (I'm sure the farm animals will)!
             

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend Wonders: Chocolate, Honey, and Apple 4x4 Wardrobe Accessories


Last week I put together the fall 4x4 wardrobe shown above based on food-inspired colors.  It's time to add some accessories to this luscious autumn-appropriate set!  Since this is a cool weather collection, let's start with some outerwear:

Clockwise from top left: L.L. Bean Women's Hooded Kingfield Fleece Coat in Chocolate Heather; Coldwater Creek Promenade Solid Hoodie in Amber; Coldwater Creek Quilted Barn Jacket in Dover Red; Coldwater Creek Vest for All Seasons in Honey. 

Of course we need some shoes that will take us through the season as well (including a pair similar in color to the dover red apparel):

Clockwise from top left: L.L. Bean Women's Kork-Ease Yoni Lace-Up Boots in Morosita; L.L. Bean Women's Signature Handsewn Leather Loafer in Apple Cinnamon; L.L. Bean Women's Bar Harbor Rain Shoes in Root Beer; L.L. Bean Women's Bow Driving Mocs in Rich Pecan.

Gold and spice-colored jewelry add some flair, and I could not resist finding chocolate, honey, and apple pieces for this wardrobe (I did look for jewelry made from cacao beans, but unfortunately could not find any available for purchase):

Clockwise from top left: Novica 'Bee Hive' Leather Bangle Bracelet with Bee Designs from Mexico; Coldwater Creek Honey & Spice Necklace; Uncommon Goods Mini Summit Wood WatchVermeer Collectibles Red Apple Pin Brooch from Ruby Lane; Novica 'Sanur Chocolate' Women's Brown Agate Beaded Stretch Bracelet; Coldwater Creek Endless Circles Necklace in Gold.

I opted for a bracelet made of chocolate-colored beads, but a true chocolate fanatic would probably have chosen the chocolate desserts bracelet shown below instead!

Chocolate bracelet by HazelGuestDesign from Etsy.

A few more accessories, including some great scarves and chocolate-colored leather goods, will complete the look for this wardrobe:

Clockwise from top left: Coldwater Creek Woodland Walk Wrap; L.L. Bean Small Exchange Street Tote in Brown; L.L. Bean Signature Women's Leather 3/4" Belt in Chocolate; Coldwater Creek Sunset Kilim Scarf; L.L. Bean Exchange Street Clutch in Brown; L.L. Bean Women's Leather/Cashmere Touchscreen Gloves in Chestnut.

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I loved the Sunset Kilim Scarf from Coldwater Creek so much I had to order it for myself!  The colors and the print are just my style, and I can't wait to wear it when the weather cools down enough, which it finally seems to be doing (meaning we now have highs in the eighties instead of the nineties).  Next week, an autumnal travel wardrobe is on the agenda!
                           

Friday, September 23, 2016

Foodie Fridays: Creamed Corn Cornbread Muffins


Thanks to a broken pipeline in Alabama, gasoline prices have soared in our area.  In fact, all five gas stations surrounding our little rural town were out of gas yesterday, and until the pipeline is operational again gas supplies will be unreliable around here.  Luckily, we have a small grocery store only a few miles away, so we still have access to basic supplies.  And the basics are all that are needed to make these Creamed Corn Cornbread Muffins!

The original recipe includes instructions on how to mix up a batch of cornbread mix that can be stored and used as needed, but I just mixed up the amount of dry ingredients I needed for one batch.  Starting from scratch is just as easy as opening a box of premixed corn muffin mix, and is a lot healthier as well.  If you love cornbread, give these moist, tender muffins a try!

Creamed Corn Cornbread Muffins

1 C. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 C. melted butter
1 can (14.75 oz.) creamed corn (I used unsalted)

Put the first five ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  Beat in the eggs, butter, and creamed corn just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Transfer the mixture into a greased 12-cup muffin pan, filling each cup evenly.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12-13 minutes, or until cooked through (a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean).  Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.  Makes 12 muffins.

Note: To make regular cornbread muffins, omit the creamed corn and add 1 C. milk plus 1/4 C. honey.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This 'n That Thursdays: Autumn Colors Living Rooms

From Heavy.

Happy first day of fall, everyone!  To celebrate, let's take a look at some living rooms done up in autumn hues.  Fall is my favorite season, and I think this seasonally-inspired look creates such a warm and cozy feel.  What do you think?

From The Design Home.

From The Design Home.

From DigsDigs.

From DigsDigs.

From DigsDigs.

From Pottery Barn.

From Pottery Barn.

From House to Home.

From ubcisa.com.

One of my favorite HGTV Dream Home living rooms (in Stowe, VT).
From The Balance.

These warm and inviting living rooms have me ready to welcome cool, crisp days and chilly nights.  Now if only our stubbornly summer-like weather would cooperate!
             

Seasonal Style: Autumn Missoni

From Stylehive.

It's now officially autumn, and that means it's time for another seasonal style post!  I've decided to take a brighter approach to the season this time, with a colorful Missoni look literally tied together with a band of orange.  The Missoni dress above has the iconic zig-zag pattern in colors that would work for fall, accented with a bright orange belt.

From The Fabulous Times.

This Missoni bedroom has a very similar zig-zag pattern in the same color palette, and once again a band of orange appears, this time on the bed!  I wonder which came first, the dress or the room?  This color palette would work across seasons, but I do think it would look fabulous for fall!
             

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wish List Wednesdays: Dog-a-Day Dessert Plates


What dog lover wouldn't want to own these Dog-a-Day Dessert Plates ($14 each) from Anthropologie?  I can't wait to get a set of the Dalmatian design (there are also six other options in different colors and dog breeds).  These imported stoneware plates created by Sally Muir are dishwasher and microwave safe, so they are functional as well as gorgeous.  My table settings will definitely be going to the dogs, but in a good way, with these plates!