May Yay! May Day!
"May brings us armfuls of delight, Bird-song, warm sun and gardens bright"~tasha tudor Happy May Day you all! I had a few things on Early Work Mercantile this month but they sold right away ~ thank you to the best customer in the world!Everything is so green and flowers are just bursting open with color here.I love spring. and so do they. Fortunately, I don't plant to many flowers that they like to eat. This little sweetie decided to visit us and nap in the garden for a while, until Iris (our big bad kitty) scared her away. It's going to be a busy week ahead, and I have many things that need to be finished for the 1824 Walker Farmhouse Spring Gathering next Saturday. The weather is supposed to be delightful! Just like that lovely quote up there from Tasha Tudor....bird-song, warm sun and gardens bright. I will have to be strong and WORK! Either that or garden by day and work by night, hmmm.... Happy May Day and May month to you!xxoo Jenn
Hi, This is Lydia, Jenn's daughter. Today I am working with my mom for "Take Your Child to Work Day". We were going to make birds, but then I decided I wanted to make a tomato pincushion instead.First my mom showed me how to make the pattern. Then we traced the pattern on to the wool and cut it out.This is me sewing the short ends together.The rest was all hand sewn, which wasn't too bad. "I came in like a wreaking ball!"Then we got a little crazy and started singing .I kept stabbing my tomato haha! It was hard at first until it I got it squashed down more, but I got it done. It somewhat looks like a tomato.Tah-dah! I did it I was forced to write this blog (not really), but thanks for hanging in there... ha-ha-ha! ~Lydia
...and now it is April
Almost the end of April. Can you believe it? Hello! Spring is here, the daffodils are blooming. I have been trying to multi-task and only work in my garden for a few hours in the morning. Mornings are my favorite. Especially warm, sunny mornings. Cleaning up one little area at a time. So much to do!It's hard to stop.But this is coming up in less than 3 weeks. And I have a lot to do!Everything is in stages, but here's a little peek at something I've been working on. Have a great day, and stop back later this week for a blog update from Lydia. It's "take your kid to work" day. I think we will be making little birds! You can see her other blog posts here, here, and here. (She is growing up WAY too fast!)Warm springtime wishes my friends. ~ Jenn xo
Hallelujah! Goodbye February.
It has been a cold month here in Pennsylvania. Basically we have all been hibernating, just waiting it out. I have noticed very tiny signs of spring but that pesky (but pretty) snow needs to stop falling so that my snowdrops can bloom.Tomorrow, I am planning on "springing" up the place and pulling out the Easter decorations. Look out Home Goods, I'm coming for pillows...and goodness knows what else. I love that store. The beginning of March means a new update on the Early Work Mercantile site. I've shown a few pictures here but if you would like more info click below: http://earlywork-rabbithillprimitives.blogspot.com/ Thank you always for visiting me! Have a very happy day.Jenn xxoo
Valentine Update on Early Work Mercantile
February means new offerings on the Early Work Mercantile site. Heart Pincushion is soldIf anything catches your eye, stop on by for more information. Everything ships within 24 hours of payment.Sorry bunny is sold.earlyworkmercantile.comHappy hugs ~ Jenn :)
Cinnamon Rolls ~ not good for the diet but good for the soul!
If you have a New Year's resolution to diet and exercise more, then maybe you want to skip this post. That's my disclaimer. I don't want to set you up for a fail. Come back next December and make these for Christmas morning. (That's when I usually do!) No guilt on Christmas, only rewards. A few weeks back Dino asked me to make these again while he was home on vacation. I posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook and promised to post the recipe later that day. Then I got the flu.Here is the long-ago promised recipe. It is based off of a Pioneer Woman's recipe. The icing is all mine. I don't like sweet icing. This one is just gooey goodness. Cinnamon RollsDough2 Cups Whole Milk1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil1/2 Cup Sugar1 pkg of Active Dry Yeast (2 big tsp)4 Cups plus 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour1/2 tsp Baking Powder1/2 tsp Baking Soda1/2 TBSP SaltFilling1 Cup Melted butter, plus 2 TBSP more for pan1/8 Cup Ground Cinnamon1 Cup Sugar1. Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat; don't boil. When hot and sugar has dissolved, set aside and cool to lukewarm.2. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit for 1 minute.3. Add 4 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, cover with kitchen towel, and set aside in warm place for and hour. (I usually heat my oven on low while mixing this, then turn off and put the bowl inside oven for the hour.)4. Remove towel from bowl and add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. 5. Remove dough from the bowl. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30" x 10".6. For filling, pour 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough and spread evenly. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the butter. If you feel like it needs more of any of these three ingredients, go for it!7. Beginning at the end farthest from you...the 30" end, roll the rectangle towards you, like a jelly roll. You have to use both hands and work slow, trying to keep the roll tight. Some of the filling might ooz out, don't worry about it.8. When you finish rolling, flip it over so that the seam is on the bottom.9. Place a cutting board under your roll and make 2" slices. You will get about 20 or so rolls.10. Pour a couple of tablespoons of melted butter into a lasagna size pan and coat.11. Place the sliced rolls in the pan, being careful not to overcrowd.12. Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.13. While they are rising, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the towel and bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.While rolls are baking, make your favorite icing.This is my icing, if you want to try:Icing1 Stick Butter, softened1/2 Cup Cream Cheese, softened1/2 tsp Vanilla1 TBSP Sour Cream1 Cup Powdered SugarCream first four ingredients together with a mixer until well blended. Add 1 cup powdered sugar or more to your liking. When the rolls come out of the oven, let cool just slightly. You want them to be warm but not hot. Generously spread icing over the top and around the edges. The longer they sit, the better they taste. We love them cold out of the fridge which is weird! You can also make these and freeze them. Cover well and freeze. When ready to use, just put them frozen in a 250 degree F oven for 15 minutes. My friend freezes them with the icing and says they are good. I freeze them without and make icing that day and are also very good. Whatever works best for you. You'll love them!
Wow, I really blew it with blog posting. And I completely missed updating on Early Work Mercantile this month. I didn't even realize I missed it until the 6th of January! After the fall/Christmas rush to get things made, then the hurry to get Christmas shopping done, and the house ready for Christmas Eve, plus those other little things in between, I guess I needed a pit stop. All of last season is tucked away for another year, and cheerleading is done (taxi service is off duty for the season). I am now in a rest and renewal phase. Enjoying quiet time with my family. Feeling blessed and grateful. Catching up on things that got left in the dust last year (like my dead potted mums still in the garden). Starting to make good home cooked meals again. Need to bake for fun, knit something, read my stack of books...at least one of them, do a little decorating, and maybe some dreaming. Clears my mind for new ideas. Gets me excited and motivated for what's to come.I am loving this break. Happy New Year blessings to you and yours!
Oh my goodness, I am so sorry I am very late in announcing the winner of the Santa! I had an early morning doctors appointment, grocery shopping, and then last minute Christmas shopping. I was starving and bought all kinds of extra treats at the grocery store! Don't you hate when you do that?I had Miss Lydia pull out a name at 5:30 a.m. haha! She was thrilled!! and the winner is......Mindy from "Raymond Homestead" Congratulations Mindy!!!! I will be in contact with you shortly.Thank you everyone for all of your lovely comments on my Blog.I will have another giveaway soon. Also, tomorrow I will be posting a Christmas tour of our little home if you feel like stopping by.Warm hugs ~ Jenn xxoo
Greetings Friends! I hope you are all almost ready for Christmas. Not me, I'm still scrambling but having a lot of fun too!Do you do what I do? ....One for you one for me, ha-ha! The sales are so good this year! I have a little giveaway for you this weekend. A little table topper Santa. He is dressed in browns and about 6" tall. If you'd like a chance to win him just become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post. The contest starts now and ends tomorrow, December 21, 2014 10:00 p.m. (eastern time) I'll have my daughter pull a name, and then I will let you know who the winner is Monday morning. I would like to ship him out on Monday so that it may make it in time for Christmas....I know I'm cutting it a little close but I'm hoping!!! Please make sure you have an email address I can contact you at if you don't have a Blog. I am so grateful for all of you who have shown an interest in my work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!Jenn xo
Christmas Update coming on Rabbit Hill Primitives Website
Hello Friends! I am having a little holiday update tomorrow, November 19th at 3pm est. Please stop by if you can. www.rabbithillprimitives.com.Sorry about the weird time but I hardly ever have any free evenings anymore. I hope you can make!Stay warm, and have a happy, happy day!xoxo