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Sep
14
2009

NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s Got THE SCOOP! oh, and a giveaway, too.

Contest Closed But PLEASE read the interview and feel free to comment.  Congrats to Nicole, the winner of the drawing!
As many of you may know the past few days have brought about many changes for my friends The Farm Chicks. As of  11 September 2009, there is now The Farm Chick, as Teri has retired from the business.  What relief we all felt finding out Serena would be carrying on and bringing us more of what we grew to love about The Farm Chicks!  I can’t tell you all what it meant to me to have Serena take the time and effort to answer my questions and share what’s going on with all of you.  She was very generous with her responses and you will love what you read.

Not only do I have The Scoop for you, I also have a signed copy of  the beautiful book, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen!
farmchickbook
Are you excited yet? Yeah, I thought so.  This book is absolutely beautiful.  From cover to lovely cover.  Oh, and that’s not all…an apron of course.  I am making an apron especially for this!  Actually I am making two…one for me!  When I started designing it, I thought ~ I can’t give this away!! I want it!  So, of course, I am making two…one for me and one for the winner of this drawing.  You lucky chick, you!

Before I get on to the interview let me tell you quickly how to enter to win.  Leave me a comment telling me you want to be that lucky chick! That’s it.  I won’t make you tell a story or share an anecdote, BUT if you would like to leave well wishes for Serena as she steps into the limelight solo, that would be sweet of you.  Won’t get your name in twice, but sure would be nice.  Awww, I made a rhyme. You will have from today until Sunday morning when I will draw the winner!

Now with out further ado, help me welcome Serena Thompson of The Farm Chicks to the house! WOOT WOOT WOOT!
Serena

NQJC:  Serena, welcome!  I can’t express to you how honored I am that you took the time to do this interview. The news of the day is the fact that there is now a Farm Chick. I am trilled to be able to talk with you about the changes coming up.  Thank you so much for your time and help in bringing “all the news that is news” to my readers and your fans!  I understand you are continuing on with this business we have all fell in love with and for that we are all so glad.


NQJC: What has being a Farm Chick meant to you and how has it changed your life?
ST: I’ve been able to celebrate my simple life as a homemaker, and I think, help bring some validity to it.  It’s a life I’ve chosen and I love it.  Being a part of The Farm Chicks business has allowed me to become an entrepreneur, which has been really rewarding.

NQJC: What does the immediate future hold for The Farm Chicks now that it is The Farm Chick?
ST:The Farm Chicks will stay The Farm Chicks.  I won’t change the name to be singular.  It’s a brand we’ve built and it really stands for more than just one or two people.  It represents a lifestyle – that of a happy life.  You won’t see many changes at the moment.  The next Farm Chicks Show will continue on as planned, in June 2010.  I have many avenues I am continuing to explore, but need to be selective and take my time.  It’s important to me that I stay with the vision that I have for The Farm Chicks and not make hasty decisions.

NQJC: Will this change the focus of The Farm Chicks business and the kinds of products you offer?
ST: The focus of The Farm Chicks will stay on course, while continuing to explore the opportunities that come my way.  Yes, I will continue on with the show.  I love it, and it is the roots of this business.  I will be adding more paper products in the near future and am considering what else I’d like to offer.

NQJC: Do you see yourself taking on another partner or do you think you will be happy as a “solo act”?  Will you continue to “put yourself out there” even though you will be in the spotlight alone?
ST: I won’t be taking on another partner.  I will carry on with the support of my family and friends.  I consider my role in this business to be a public role and know that comes with being an author, blogger, and contributing editor of a magazine.  I’m comfortable with it and am thankful for the opportunity to share what I love.

NQJC: How will this affect your Christmas book that we are all anxiously waiting for?  Will you continue to write books and if so, do you have somethings in mind?
ST: That will be up to the publisher to decide.  They have been incredibly supportive through this transition.  I would love to continue to write books, as long as I feel like I have worthwhile subjects to write about.  I want to create things I can continue to be proud of.

NQJC: We still be able to find you in Country Living?
ST: Yes.

NQJC: Do you ever say “What have I gotten myself into”?
ST: Sure.  There have been several opportunities that have presented themselves in the past, that would have been a really big deal.  In the end, they just weren’t the right fit for us and we had to move on.  I’m glad we walked away, as we wouldn’t have been happy.

NQJC: Now there are a few specific questions about your lovely book The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen.

NQJC: Did you ever imagine you would have such a great following, national magazine column and now a BEAUTIFUL cookbook?
ST: No, I had no idea any of this would come to be.  We thought we might have a huge antique show someday, but couldn’t have predicted the other aspects of the business.  It continues to humble me.

NQJC:  I notice the title: Country Living The Farm Chicks  in the Kitchen.  Did the folks at Country Living approach you about this idea? And did you have creative control over the outcome?
ST: Country Living produces a certain number of books each year.  They approached us about doing a book with them.  We were able to tell them the subjects we were interested in writing about and they chose the cookbook from that list.  We were involved all along the way.

NQJC: Did you know what you wanted the book to look like before starting?
ST: We both had visions in our minds, and the designer was able to sort of take our feel and design from there.  We were really happy with the end result.
NQJC: Is it what you thought it would be?
ST: Not exactly, but that’s a good thing.  Neither of us had any experience in the publishing world and we needed to listen to their vision, which came from our original outline.  It evolved into the book you see today.

NQJC: An did you look to other cookbooks/lifestyle books for inspiration?
ST: Not really, although we both really loved the ooey gooey sticky chewy cookbook and hoped it would feel “happy” like that cookbook does.

NQJC: What do we have to look forward to with your upcoming Christmas book?
ST: Lots of decorating ideas, Christmas projects, and recipes.

NQJC: Now that I have picked your brain about business changes and books, and got The Scoop, let’s move on to some fun questions! Are you ready?

NQJC: I read on your blog about your “gypsy” childhood and was so touched because I too, had a fairly unusual family growing up. Tell us a little about your childhood and how you think it influence your creative spirit. Take as much space as you want here! I am intrigued and I know I am not the only one!
ST: As you know, the early years of my life were spent in our family gypsy wagon, traveling about the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  I was born in a rickety little cabin in the woods of Siskiyou County, California, where my parents had parked the gypsy wagon at the time.  The one room cabin had a dirt floor, and my dad delivered me.  My sister, Heather, who was five at the time, claimed me as her baby doll and really was like a mother to me.

We had very little money, as my parent’s income came from selling postcards of the gypsy wagon, at each little town we’d travel through.  Hippies were definitely a novelty at the time and we’d always attract a crowd, television crew, or newspaper reporter.  Since money was scarce, we lived very simply.  Food was purchased in bulk, clothes were handmade, and extras like furniture and toys came from landfills.  My parents are both extremely creative people, so they always made things aesthetically pleasing.  When bulk food was purchased, it would be put in a pretty jar.  Dish soap would go in old cobalt blue medicine bottles with beautiful glass stoppers, and old advertising was treated like art – which at the time was unheard of.  I couldn’t help but be influenced by their creative and adventurous spirits.  I don’t hesitate jumping into the car with the family with no notice, and just seeing where we end up.  Sometimes, spontaneous adventures are better than those that have been planned out.  And creatively, I learned early on, there are no rules.  Just fill your home with happy things that have meaning for you.  But I think the biggest thing that came from my childhood is that I lived much of my life in silence, especially after my brother and sister left home.  Deep in the woods, with no electricity, television, or other modern conveniences.  So, I had a lot of time to bake, read, daydream, and think about my life.  I always told myself that I would make something of myself someday and have a family of my own to love, and that was my dream.  And now that I’ve accomplished my dreams, I’m content and I want others to be as well.  And that’s why I spend a lot of time on the blog, trying to bring attention to other businesses and celebrate others and their creativity.

NQJC: Was there any one particular person that inspired you to follow your dreams?
ST: Many of my childhood teachers had an impact on me, but one in particular, Miss Goughnour, who was my Home Economics and Future Homemakers of America teacher.  She taught me to sew on an electric sewing machine (I only had a treadle machine), and encouraged my love for baking.  She always told me I had special talents and encouraged me along the way.  I was overjoyed when I heard from her a few years ago when she saw me in an issue of Country Living magazine.

NQJC: When did you begin cooking?
ST: I’ve been cooking as long as I can remember.  I made many family meals and almost every dessert.
NQJC: And who was most influential in your love of cooking?
ST: I was always told I had the spirit of my late grandmother, Cecelia in me.  I never had a chance to meet her, but was told what a fancy cook she was and that she did things like tint the cottage cheese before stuffing it into a pear.  So, whenever I’d cook, I’d imagine my grandmother was looking down on me from heaven and I didn’t want to disappoint her.  And I had my grandma Marjorie’s banded bowl set.  So, I had a special family connection every time I was in the kitchen.

NQJC: What is your very favorite meal, including dessert?
ST: This will probably be REALLY disappointing…. Creamed Tuna.  (which is a curried cream sauce with tuna, served over rice).  I grew up eating it, and whenever we had it, it was a really big deal.  I think it’s probably one of those things that unless you grew up eating it, you’d not really like it if you tried it now.  My favorite dessert is Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream.

NQJC: What kitchen gadget can you not do with out?

ST:This sounds silly, but I can’t really think of a kitchen gadget I can’t do without.  Since I taught myself to cook without any special gadgets, I wouldn’t be lost without them.  I recently got a Kitchen Aid and a Cuisinart, and when I purchased the Cuisinart at William Sonoma, the cashier asked, “Aren’t you a Farm Chick?”  I told her I was and she said she was shocked that I didn’t have a Cuisinart already.  I told her I was just a simple person.  : )  I do love it, but I’d definitely be okay without it.

NQJC: What blogs to you read regularly?
ST: I try to visit the blogs that are listed on our blogroll and those of new visitors when they leave a comment.  I want to stay connected to the readers.

NQJC: What three “things” can you not live without?

ST: My family, friends, and faith.

NQJC: Please in as many words as you like, tell us about your 2010 show?

ST: I think the show just gets better every year and gains more and more energy.  And the vendors just keep stepping it up a notch each time.  The shopping is AMAZING.  I plan on adding more ways for everyone to connect as well, from the vendors, to the shoppers, to me.  I’ve got lots of ideas that I’m fine-tuning at the moment.

NQJC: Serena, thank you again!  It has been a pleasure working with you on this!  Best of luck!

Now y’all get over to The Farm Chicks shoppe! Serena’s having a SALE!

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jeanne

a sign copy…something to have..and pass on to my grandkids..farmchicks will go down in history.

What a great interview. Thank you both for taking the time to do that.
Good luck Serena on your solo venture. I’m sure the Farm Chicks will continue to be a wonderful positive place full of inspiration!
I’d love to win the book and the apron!!

Nancy

I want to win the cookbook! So glad I found the Farm Chicks blog and now I’ve found yours, too.

I love vintage…..and aprons!

Kay Pewitt

I would love to be the lucky chick to win both the beautiful apron and the signed cookbook.

Kay Pewitt

That was a great interview! I feel that Serena has a renewed energy to take the Farm Chicks business forward in leaps and bounds! I would LOVE to win this giveaway, as it would be the perfect present for my Mum for Christmas (which, is not in the too distant future!!) Wendy xxx

Joann Bushen

Farm Chicks ~ LOVE IT. My God bless your mission in helping more to become inspired in the art/lifestyle of being a homemaker.
I would really love to win this book and your lovely apron.
{HUGS} Joann

Erica Ferguson

Love Farm Chicks!!! So glad Serena is willing to go it on her own!! Good luck on your journey.

Wendy

I love the Farm Chicks! Thanks for the opportunity to win their book!

Hilde

I started buying Country Living because of the Farm Chicks. I’m an urban chick who wants a little more farm in her life. I’d love the cookbook! Good luck to Serena!

Andi Gearheart

I would love to win!

Wow! I know of The Farm Chicks but don’t know much about The Farm Chicks. Thanks for the great interview!

Tina B

Thanks for introducing me to the Farm Chicks.
I now have another favorite blog to read on a regular basis.
I am anxiously looking forward to the adventure that is the Farm Chicks.
Please let me be the lucky chick.

Thank you so much for this….I loved reading your post.

Please enter me in the drawing….I have been wanting this book for so long and an apron made by you would be icing on the cake !!

Thanks for doing this. You are always so good to your followers here.

Pat

Wonderful interview and am thrilled to know Farm Chicks will continue… i love how she stated it’s a way of life… that’s how i see the whole farm chicks style. Just disvovered your blog and it’s delightful! Your blog title is wonderful!!!
LuLu

I have been following the FC’s for quite some time now. They live in my favorite part of the country, a place we intend to relocate to soon..Spokane WA. I would LOVE to win the book :-)

Katie Glathar

God Bless you, Teri! I would love this special copy!

I love The Farm Chick…s!! I would love to have their book.

Kelly Wernhardt

I just discovered the Farm Chicks and would just love a copy of their cookbook.

I want to be that lucky chick!!!! Really I do! I collect cookbooks and this one would be a jewel!

I’m so happy that the Farm Chicks will carry on, and wish both Serena and Teri the best in whatever direction this change takes them.

I will post this on the Bliss Guild Blog (www.blissguild.blogspot.com)

I WANT TO BE THAT LUCKY CHICK!
Thanks so much for getting the interview and asking the questions we all wanted to know. I am tickled that Serena is STRONG and will continue on with her dream.

Please pick me!!!!!! The Farm chicks in the Kitchen have inspired me to live simply in such a materialstic world!

I want to be that lucky chick…….cluck, cluck!!

Great interview! I was sad to hear the Farm Chicks had decreased in number, but I was really hoping there’d be an opening…

Most of all, I’m so glad the Farm Chicks will live on!

And I can’t wait to see the aprons!

Thanks!

Karleen Taylor

Have been blog hopping today and ended up at yours. Am excited to look through your past blogs…this one is great. Thanks for entering my in you giveaway!

Meg

Great interview! I am officialy entering the contest! I have been skimming local book stores to no avail… Would love to win it!

Diana

I love the Farm Chicks. I want to the be the chick who wins.
Thanks!

Lori Turner

Many blessings Serena on all your future endeavors….go Farm Chicks!! :)

Linda Ford

I’m so thankful Serena will be carrying on The Farm Chicks! And I’d love her book!

Jennifer Johnson

Would absolutely love to be the lucky chick! The cookbook looks so fun!

I’d love to win this. I just discovered the Farm Chicks blog (and yours too, actually). Beautiful blog – thanks for posting! :)

Serena, you will be fine! I’m glad to know you’re not taking on a new partner. I would love to win the giveaway, Not Quite June! ;)

Bonnie Nyquist

This is a wonderful interview, you asked the questions I would have asked her, I am newer to the Farm Chicks, and love it the more i know. The cookbook would be a family treasure!
You have so many followers.

Bonnie Nyquist
bonniesline@aol.com

What a great interview! Great questions…great responses. Glad to hear that the FARM CHICKS will continue. Made it to Spokane for the FARM CHICKS 2009 event. My FIRST trip and haven’t quit talking about it to all my family and friends. I can’t wait for next year! I already have my accommodations reserved! Would LOVE to win the signed cookbook and apron for my daughter. She’s a great mom, does fantastic homemade meals, her own canning, quilting/sewing, etc. A real farm chick in my eyes. So, I hope you pick me. The cookbook will be well used in her home and she just LOVES aprons!

LindaH

Just happened upon your blog…and am so glad that I did. I would love to be that special chick to win the book. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Brenda M

I want to be one LUCKY CHICK! There is a FARM CHICK inside me waiting to escape…LOL I am a fairly new fan of the Farm Chicks and I wish Serena all the best!

Last winter I made an apron from the book “A is For Apron”. I collect old aprons for window treatments, to wrap around pedistal sinks, etc. I would be honored to wear the apron that you sewed when I prepare breakfast and serve my B&B guests, if I should be the winning entry. I enjoyed learning more about Serena in your interview. It would be fun to have a signed copy of Teri’s and her book.

Jodilynn Busby

Love love love your blog, thank you for sharing! Would love to win your giveaway, great interview!

S. Parish

I wish Serena all the luck in the world going solo. I would also love to win the book and apron because I need to learn some new stuff instead of same old, same old.

cathy

I would love to win your give away. I have enjoyed the farm chicks site and will continue to support Serena thanks for the great interview

Kathy

I love your site. I just found it thru the Farm Chicks site and I would love to win the book and apron! Thanks for the interview.

Dawn

I would love to be the chick that receives The Farm Chicks cookbook and your apron! Good luck to Serena!

Amelia

I’d love to be the lucky chick!

Good luck Serena!

Colleen

Congrats on a fun and fabulous book! Good luck Serena!

Robin

I would love to win this cook book. I am a huge Farm Chicks fan, plan the June Farm Chicks event on the calendar every year. I would say if I win that I am one lucky duck! (Ducks and Chicks do well together on the farm)

Thank you!

WOW, what an honor to have one of these books. I have been wanting one but funds have been low so maybe by luck I will win.

Sherry Jordan

I wish you much luck in your solo venture and am so glad that you have decided to continue on because I love Farm Chicks!

Well where have I been? I can’t believe I’ve never heard of the Farm Chicks. I hopped over from a link on the Bliss Guild Blog, where I am a member, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Serena. What a fascinating life it sounds like she’s had, yet she has seemingly managed to stay very grounded. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog and also more about the Farm Chicks.

Blessings,
Christi

A dear friend just guided me to your website. I’m thrilled! And I’d also be thrilled to be the lucky winner. A new Farm Chicks fan.

Woo hoo! I’d love to win! I love Farm Chicks!!!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of this book! I just happened upon the Farm Chicks-serendipity- site a couple of weeks ago and can’t help but check in on the site quite often! Good luck Serena-you will do great! Thanks so much for the inspiration!