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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!
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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!
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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!

Jun
08
2009

Magpie Monday

Dictionary.com says a magpie is an incessantly talkative person; noisy chatterer; chatterbox. A person who collects or hoards things, esp. indiscriminately.

Chatterbox?  Husband would tell you YES!  Indiscriminate Collector of Things? Well I wouldn’t say indiscriminately. Not really.  I can’t help it if I fall in love with things like aprons and Pyrex and sewing notions and kitchen witches and bottle caps and wine corks and cookbooks and anything with the Eiffel Tower or cupcakes on it. I have even looked long and hard at cupcake tattoos! I remain markless unless you count stretchmarks and having both knees scraped when I missed a step up the other day going to get my hair cut.  Yeah, I fell. Down. In town.  In public.  Hey, I got up by myself so :p!  But back to collecting.   I mean indiscriminately would lead one to believe I would just collect anything and everything and that every nook and cranny in my home is full.  Ooops.  The last part of that sentence is pretty spot on.  I really do have too much stuff for the size house we live in.  Which is not to say we need a bigger house.  I just need to clean out some things.  And just maybe I will. Another day.

The catering went very well this weekend.  I think customers were very pleased.  You can follow the link and see for yourself.  Bookmark Rachel’s site – she will be putting up the recipes today I think.

You know, if you visit here very often, that we are a bit food obsessed.  Just a bit.  Gesikah made something I have always wanted to try but just wasn’t brave enough.  Let’s just say “sprinkles”.  Her post is not up just yet, but I have glimpsed the fruit of her labors and OH MY.  I am very impressed.  And a bit miffed that I didn’t get a taste.  I can’t believe one of my three favorite daughters would not drive 30 miles to share something so lovely with her mom.  You might like to bookmark her site as well, I hear the post will be up today and I am assuming it will be in a tutorial form, recipe and all.  I don’t know that for a fact, but I hope so.  I think maybe it is something Husband would like to tackle.

I told you a couple of days that I had an impromtu hen party Friday evening.  And my dear friends Tami and Karen (Karen you really need a blog!) had been antiquing and brought me some goodies…well here they are!

goodiesThe apron is pristine!  And the chicken hot pads CUTE!!! And the watering can had a rose on it, for Rose Cottage … awww … and a CUPCAKE cookie press!  The other press is a gift box…both adorable!  If y’all read this, THANKS again!

Rachel and I are taking a day to clean the kitchen today.  Really straighten our cabinets and such.  We have all our catering supplies (dishes, containers) to wash and put away. I figure it will take all day.  There is quite a layer of flour and confectioners sugar on the floor! We were so pooped when we got home from the recital,  we just put everything down and crashed.  I even went so far as to serve sloppy joes for supper! They sounded so good, but I have to admit…not as tasty as I remember.

So, catch you all later!  Be sure and check out Rachel and Gesikah later today, as usual there will be good stuff there!  I really need to get a button from these two to place in my blog roll!

Have a great Monday! Oooo I almost forgot…here is your overall picture of the day:

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Poor little Ben.  He kept a black eye or busted lip.  He was a climber!

Apr
28
2009

Big Fun in Big D

As you all know we left Friday for BIG D. Yep, Dallas, Texas. And yeah, everything is bigger in Texas! I cannot tell you how many times one of us uttered that phrase over the weekend! I think I was most amazed with the size of some of the homes we saw as we drove out to Frisco to the IKEA store on Friday evening. More about that later. The whole point of me going was to attend EllynAnne Geisel’s booksigning at the Dallas Women’s Museum.

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As you all know her new book The Kitchen Linen’s Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of our Daily Lives, is amazing!

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All I can tell you is to get yourself a copy! The book signing at the DWM was lovely! Such a great turnout. I didn’t get a headcount but if it were my booksigning I would have been thrilled! EllynAnne had a vintage case FULL of beautiful linens and things to share with us. And the stories behind each one were just as beautiful. It just made me realize even more how much we need to cherish these kinds of things. Not because they are things, but because of the work of the heart that went into them. The time spent hand stitching…if those linens could tell us the tales! Most of the ladies brought linens for “show and tell” and to say a good time was had by all is an understatement!

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Here’s a pic of EllyAnne and me at the book signing. If you have a chance, please go out and meet EllyAnne and see all she has to offer at her book signings…they are not just book signings…they are history lessons! She had some of the finest linens I have ever seen and touched. And the hearing stories that go with each are worth my time alone. But EllynAnne’s presentation, her Southern hospitality and North Carolina accent, her accessability – that all made the trip even more special! You will be hearing more about it later I am sure!

After the book signing, the family and I went on a walking tour of downtown Dallas. We were staying at the Hotel Indigo on Main Street and it was a perfect location for tooling around the Historic District on foot. We saw The Grassy Knoll,

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heard some very interesting presentations about the Kennedy Assassination, toured the Dallas World Aquarium

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Then on Sunday we headed out early and made it to IKEA when it opened at 10. WOW…lots of good stuff at good prices! Believe it or not I bought fabric! I will share all that with you in another post…hopefully a link to a post (hint hint Gesikah!) We were told my someone (no names) that we had until 12 noon (went a little over) so hopefully we will go back again soon and see what other goodies we can find.

Have a great Tuesday!



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