Belief and Perseverance

Farmgirl Green Hill Farm Summer 2019   Yesterday was Women’s Equality Day. You may have missed it, because like most of us, you were probably celebrating National Dog Day. ūüėČ At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate […]

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Unbridled Joy

Bizou & Dash Green Hill Farm Summer 2019 *Many thanks to Alison Creasy Photography for these lovely photographs   ‚ÄúA person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the […]

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Georgia Caprese Salad

This is the second recipe I’ve shared from the fantastic cookbook, Southern My Way—Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox. ¬†However, I have to say, this Georgia Caprese Salad with Lime Vinaigrette is my very favorite. ¬†Not only is it simple and delicious, but it also makes an elegant entree to serve to company. This Southern spin on an Italian classic screams summer. ¬†And, when it’s made with fresh, local peaches, you can’t stop it.   Georgia Caprese Salad with Lime Vinaigrette *Use organic ingredients when possible Prep Time 15 minutes Yields 4 servings Ingredients: Dressing Juice and zest of 1 lime 1 tablespoon champagne or white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup olive oil (Everyday Sommelier’s Bramasole olive oil from Tuscany is perfect) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint Salad 2 (4-ounce) balls fresh, water-packed mozzarella cheese 4 (room temperature) ripe peaches, unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves Method: First ¬†To prepare dressing, combine lime juice, zest, vinegar, water, honey, and salt. ¬†Slowly whisk in olive oil and set aside. Next ¬†Cut cheese into 1-inch pieces and gently toss with peaches and basil leaves. Last ¬†Whisk mint into dressing and toss about 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) with salad. ¬†Season with freshly cracked pepper and serve.   The vintage linens and lovely rose print plates belonged to my grandmother, Lois McManaway Rieley.   Also, this peach caprese […]

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A Small, Quiet Room

  “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. ¬†Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” ~Cheryl Strayed   “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to […]

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