Coffee in the foggy mountains… a playlist

I made a playlist that encompasses songs that embrace the slower moments at The Juju Paradise.

The Airbnbers here on the property are looking for an escape. I often take for granted the beautiful sunrise views, the fog swept between the redwood trees, the sour bite of a lemon picked right off the tree.

So embrace oat milk lattes in the mountains. This playlist is for you. Listen now 🙂

A Juju Christmas Tree

It’s looking a lot like Christmas on the farm. Nothing like a little redwood sucker for the perfect Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Also, don’t forget to checkout 25 Christmas Traditions for a free printable of different ways to get in the holiday spirit.

Before Winter

Preparing for Winter has the property buzzing with tasks. It’s a messy time…

…after the wonder of all the brightly colored leaves fades…

…when the redwood cones draping the lawn looks less magical and more of reminder of chores to be done.

The grass is left a little long and the Summer garden tomatoes have browned and fallen over. After the last blazing heatwave of Autumn has passed, there is a time of transition.

Shaving goats, weather proofing, trimming trees, splitting firewood- chores with a side of anticipation for rainy days stuck inside with hot coffee and a good book. We collect redwood pine cones for potpourri.We dehydrate lemons. We plant garlic.

We work. We anticipate Winter. And we wait.

We wait for chilly days fueled by a roaring fire and the excitement of a brand new seed catalog. We wait for power outages lit by candlelight and time to read books all afternoon. We wait for muddy floors from boots that should have been taken off outside. We wait for cozy knitted blankets on the couch. We wait for sleeping early and waking to a cold house. We wait for the warm glow from the oven holding fresh baked bread.

Then we wait for the anticipation for Spring.

Oh Dough!

I love Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I buy all my seeds from them for my garden. So when they came out with sour dough starter… I was intrigued.

OLD WORLD SOURDOUGH STARTER

“This highly effective dehydrated sourdough starter originated in a remote mountain village in Tajikistan. It’s the perfect choice for self-reliant homesteaders and home bakers alike, freeing you from the need for store-bought yeast. We hope you love this starter as much as we do. Each packet holds 1 tablespoon or more of the dehydrated starter. This is plenty to make a rehydrated starter that can be used and lasts for years if kept fed. (Some starters are reported to be over 500 years old.) Along with the starter are instructions on how to use and care for it.”

So naturally when I went to order, it was sold out. However, I checked back a couple days later and it was in stock. $10.95 with free shipping and a couple days later, I started on my sour dough journey.

Sourdough starter rising.

I followed the instructions included in the pack. I was meticulous. To my dismay, when the instructions said it should be ready… it wasn’t. My bread came out hard and a rock and dense as could be.

I did not give up.

I waited another day and like magic, the starter doubled after it’s next feeding. I followed a different recipe this time. Feasting at Home does a very detailed description of her process. I used her measurements, but I used my stand mixer to bring it all together. Look at this beautiful loaf.

My only disappointment is that I didn’t make more because this one went so fast. Tonight I will make another.

Our Vegetable Garden 2019

This season has been tough on my garden. It was relatively cold for most of the Summer. Nevertheless, we got some good yield from our Summer 2019 Garden:

Lavender

Sweet mint

Peppermint

Okra

Tomato’s- 6 heirlooms, 4 hybrids

Yellow squash

Onions

Garlic (already harvested)

Leek

Cucumber

Pickling cucumber

Brussel sprouts (Pierson wasn’t quite sure about what it was).

Kale

Eggplant

Watermelon

Asparagus

Unfortunately, I had to battle the birds ALL SEASON LONG. It was frustrating. My favorite part of the Garden was the garlic. We harvested 75 bulbs and have them all dried.

Everyone’s Cheerleader

Be everyone’s cheerleader.

I was a cheerleader in the traditional high school sense- pom poms, flips, and repetitive chants. I spent many days practicing and many evenings cheering at various high school sports events with cheesy smiles and poster board.

Looking back now I realize that I am still a cheerleader.

When someone tells me their idea, I’m not going to be the reason someone doesn’t follow through. I am not going to list all the reasons why I think their idea is crazy.

When our team is down and the other team has the ball, I am not on the sideline pointing out all the errors or faults in the game. Instead I am screaming “DEFENSE” “GET THAT BALL BACK”. After all, I’m not the Coach and I’m not the person in the bleachers that thinks I could do it better.

And when the basketball player is dribbling down the court in the direction of the basket about to score, I’m on the sidelines cheering for the slam dunk.

See when someone is down and heading in the wrong direction, I do not take it upon myself to be the Coach. I don’t know their game. What I can do is tell them to get on defense and understand that they are trying- grab life and get that ball back. After all, no one wants to lose the game intentionally. No one wants to suck. We all have dreams and aspirations- they may seem silly to others. Don’t dim their dream. If they want to be the next star in the NBA, why sit there and tell them all the reasons that isn’t going to happen. Don’t kill it for others. As long as they are on the court, they are making the effort to win.

Be someone’s cheerleader.

Be that person that tells them to keep running to the end-zone. Be that person that cheers when they get a touch down. Even though it wasn’t you that got the slam dunk, you can still be on their team. And when the player is making judgements that you don’t understand, ask yourself if you are their Coach or if you are their cheerleader.

Do you know their game well? Do you have authority to give tough love? Are you an expert in their life? We all need Coaches, but we also need cheerleaders. So if you are their cheerleader, make sure they have a Coach. Make sure they are on the court. Then support them and tell them the good you see. Don’t be the reason they feel bad about losing the game- help them get off the bench. Scream, “We are proud of you, say we are proud of you.” Chances are they are harder on themselves than you could ever be- don’t contribute to that negativity.

And when you are at the top of that pyramid-all eyes on you- remember it takes the strength of some pretty awesome people to lift you up there. When people below you are doing all the heavy lifting so you can be in the spotlight, be humble. Remember to pass the support on- be infectious with your spirit. Use the support you get and pay it forward. Acknowledge the people lifting you, because without them, your moves wouldn’t be seen.

Sending big smiles and spirit fingers,

Sabrina

*If you dove way too far into this analogy and are finding exceptions, criticisms and jokes— you’re probably that person that goes to high school football games voicing your opinion loudly from the comfort of your last row bleacher seat. We all know how you could play a better game in your day.

Haven’t you heard? Big poms are in.

Here’s what I use:

Lion Brand WoolEase Thick and Quick

1 Large Pom Maker

Hairbrush

Make the Pom Pom according to the directions.

Brush the Pom with a hairbrush and trim to make it a perfect ball.

Big bows step aside… big poms are taking over Winter 2019.

Baby beanie with big Pom. $20 on my Etsy store.

Easiest crochet slippers

My son is 4 years old and is modeling the slippers.

Size H- 5mm crochet hook

Double strand of 100% wool worsted weight yarn. I used Patons classic wool.

Chain 21

Rows 2-10 *Sc1, turn, SC across*

Fold slipper in half

Row 11-19  SC around

*SC1, SC 2 tog* repeat 15x

Thread through remaining stitches.