Berry and Red Wine Sorbet

A wonderful combination of berries and red wine, this easy and elegant sorbet has aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler and strawberry preserves. ¬†So refreshing, it’s the perfect light ending to any holiday meal. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover wine. ūüėČ   Berry and Red Wine Sorbet: *Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Makes: 12 Servings Makes: ¬†6 Cups Prep: 20 minutes Stand: About 1 Hour Freeze: Overnight Ingredients: 1 pound fresh strawberries, chopped 1 pound fresh blackberries 2 cups sugar 1 1/4 cups dry red wine 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt Whipped cream Black pepper (optional) Ground cinnamon (optional) Method: –In a large saucepan combine the first eight ingredients (through the salt). ¬†Cook and stir over medium-high heat until fruit softens and sugar is dissolved. –Remove from heat; let mixture cool to room temperature. ¬†Remove ginger slices; discard. –Working in batches, transfer wine mixture to a blender. ¬†Cover and blend until smooth. ¬†Strain wine mixture to remove seeds. Transfer blended (seed free) mixture to a 13 x 9-inch dish or pan. ¬†Cover and freeze overnight. –When ready to serve, scoop sorbet into wine glasses. ¬†Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with black pepper or cinnamon, if desired. Nutrition Facts: (Red Wine Sorbet) Per serving: 208 kcal, 3 g fat, 8 mg chol., 102 mg sodium, 41 g carb., 3 g fiber, 38 g […]

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The Weekly Bleat: Harmony and Joy

Green Hill Farm Scottish Blackface Sheep Summer 2020   “…with an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” ~William Wordsworth   “Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.” ~William James […]

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Never My Love

Farmgirl Green Hill Farm 2019 Photo Credit: Alison Creasy Photography     “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” ~Steve Maraboli   “Miracles can be found in the most unlikely of places. I found the light not by swimming to the surface, but by letting myself drown in the seas of my deepest fears. […]

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A Morning Walk

“Walking Dash” Green Hill Farm June 2020   ‚ÄúTo find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring ‚ÄĒ these are some of the rewards […]

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Green Hill Farm: A Retrospective #3 — Faith

  *This post originally appeared in September 2014. ¬†It is the last post in a trilogy titled, Green Hill Farm: A Retrospective. ¬†I posted the second part of this journey yesterday as I am celebrating the completion of the restoration of my home and sixteen years of living on Green Hill Farm this month. ¬†A kind thank you to everyone who took the time to read or re-read Retrospective #2.   In looking back on the experience of saving my family‚Äôs homeplace, I‚Äôve realized that not only was it a gesture of love, but more importantly, it was an act of faith. Faith, or wearing my rose-colored glasses as I like to say, sustained us through difficult times and propelled us forward. I don‚Äôt know where we would have been without it. At the beginning of this journey, shortly after my parents offered us the homeplace, my mom and I took a walk through the house. I remember walking through the dark, dimly lit downstairs hallway, the musty smell of rooms left undisturbed for too long, and cobwebs carefully covering yesterday‚Äôs treasures. I remember slowly climbing the stairs, counting each one as I went up. It made me think of Granddaddy. He once shared a story of the time his Grandmother Rieley visited when he was just a boy; She asked, ‚ÄúJohn, how many steps are there?‚ÄĚ He quickly replied, ‚ÄúSixteen!‚ÄĚ He told me that he knew the answer because […]

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Green Hill Farm: A Retrospective #2 — Perseverance

  *This post originally appeared in September 2014. ¬†I was celebrating ten years of living on Green Hill Farm (purchased in 1912 by my great-grandparents) and the restoration of my family’s homeplace. I¬†thought remembering this¬†milestone seemed like a good way to start the blog, Fourth Generation¬†Farmgirl. ¬†Every May, I like to re-publish this post for new readers. ¬†It’s an introduction to this blog, but even more, it’s a nice reminder for me of the importance of continuity. May 2020 marks the 16-year anniversary of living in my ancestral home (circa 1790).¬†For those of you who may have already read this post, I apologize for its repetition; however, if you choose to read it again, you have my thanks. : )   There’s a sign that hangs in our vestibule or small covered porch that reads “PERSEVERANCE,” and it’s been our mantra since moving to Green Hill Farm. My husband and I were in our early 30s when we decided to take on this project. Sometimes when we look back at pictures we say, “WHAT in the world were we thinking? Were we INSANE?!!” Whatever the answer, it was the path taken. This path has lead us on a journey that has been difficult and challenging at times but rewarding and enriching, too. Anyway, we all know that anything worthwhile isn’t easy. Which brings me to the next piece of our story. The first day we visited the house after construction […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Paris Highlights

    Eiffel Tower Sunset Paris, France October 2017   Farmguy and I visited Paris, France a few years ago, and we absolutely loved it. ¬†It’s a fabulous city for walking, especially since there seems to be a gem around every corner. From its beautiful architecture, fantastic museums, lovely gardens, amazing history, and of course, food and wine, it was difficult to choose a favorite experience; However, if I were pressed, I think it would be visiting the historic art store, Sennelier—which we happily discovered while looking for something else. Located on the Left Bank of the River Seine, directly across from the Louvre museum, this crowded little shop has provided supplies to artists for more than 100 years. Gustave Sennelier opened his art supply store in 1887, just a few blocks from the most famous art school in Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts. ¬†In the beginning, Sennelier sold paints made by various manufacturers. Later, he decided to produce his own paints, traveling all over Europe to buy the best raw materials. It was such a thrill to walk through this old art shop choosing paints and brushes from the very same place where C√©zanne, Picasso, Gauguin, and van Gogh bought oil paints and pastels so many years ago. Here’s the thing: ¬†Paris is full of treasures. All you have to do is be willing to explore!           Have a wonderful day!  

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Friday Farm Favorites: Clover

Green Hill Farm Spring 2020   My beloved Clover is the oldest and sweetest sheep on Green¬†Hill Farm. He loves picking through and enjoying the very last bites of grain. I sometimes catch him¬†flipping over the troughs to make sure he doesn’t miss a single piece. So,¬†yesterday, when I saw him bathed in the evening sunlight, it was a little […]

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