Friday, July 22, 2011

Let there be light!...and why I cannot write a cookbook

Kitchen counter light

A couple years ago I bought 2 small industrial, aluminum lamps for $1 each....
no switches, just plug 'em in for light, and unplug when you're done.
Typically to be used in a garage or work space in the basement.

In one area of the kitchen I have had very little light.
I had the cutest tiny chandelier, but it was pretty much for decorative purposes only, throwing off only enough light to make pretty shadows as a kitchen night light.

Enter Pintarest inspiration....

I saw a photo somewhere of a blue industrial lamp used in a kitchen...

We bought a heavy duty toggle switch and a can of tiffany blue spray paint and....


And there was light!

A lot of light!

75 watts of light!

Plenty of light to chop vegetables by.

To create new recipes by.

To see what I am doing!!!

Homemade blueberry maple syrup

Blueberries are in season right now, and one of the many uses for these gems is in/on pancakes.

I found a recipe for blueberry syrup that was easy-peasy and made some this week with organic berries from the farmers market.

Chive blossom vinegar...done!

A few weeks ago I told you how to make your own chive blossom vinegar.
After a few weeks of marinating the blossoms with white wine vinegar, I strained and bottled it.
What a beautiful color, and delicious, too!

Blueberries in yogurt

Homemade yogurt with a big handful of organic blueberries....
a not-too-sweet evening snack!

Flatbread with honey,thyme and sea salt

Found this recipe at Smitten Kitchen, and once again, a real winner from this blog..
Crispy flatbread baked with salty cheese, then drizzled with raw honey, topped with sea salt and fresh garden thyme.
Perfect on the patio with a glass of vino...

Now...on to why I cannot write a cookbook of my very own...
(as many, many have urged me to write one....I am honored...)


I would be hauled off to court for plagiarism!

Oh, I know...I tweak recipes to fit my own personal preferences all the time, so most recipes would not be exactly alike...
but definitely enough alike to haul my fanny into court!

So...I will continue to try new things...
things you may not have heard about...
post the recipes or link to where I have found them...

And leave well enough alone!

In Christ alone,
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Cheryl said...

Doesn't having more light make such a huge difference in the kitchen.

I am going to try the Blueberry Syrup it sounds delicious. Picking up my blueberries today.

Lady Farmer said...

I love your little blue light! I am hoping that when/if our kitchen ever gets a remodle, to have some industrial lights over the breakfast bar area! I love the country/farmy look of them!
All of those recipes sounds delish!
I am also going to try the syrups ~ so pretty and luscious! Thanks for sharing the recipes ~ even if they are not your personal creation!

camp and cottage living said...

I love the blue light! And are those bark cloth curtains I see?
I really love that fabric.
Blueberries will be ready here in a few weeks-can't wait!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

GREAT idea with the lamps!! I bought scads of blueberries and have frozen a lot of them -- it is wonderful to have them to make the ordinary very special :)


Ann at eightacresofeden said...

I can't believe you only paid $1 for those lights - they are ultra trendy, have seen them in quite a few design mags and on renovation shows.
I don't think I could write a cook book either but my daughter could - she is always inventing new desserts.

cindy said...

Love the aqua color.

I so wish I had the inspiration and the want to to do all the things you do. Jack would be so happy with me.

maybe one day—until then I’ll keep reading and dreaming.


Allison of A Farmgirl's View said...

I love the blue light! (and as always your recipes) I just recently discovered pintarest! great place for ideas!
have a fabulous day!

Maria said...

Hi Cindy! I'm smiling here because I wish I could have a lamp over my work space in the kitchen. I LOVE what you did to that lamp!
What a fabulous color! Did you use that Krylon {spelling} spray paint?
Bloggers rave about that brand, and I've always been tempted to try it out on our old folding chairs that could use a makeover!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. Your "farm fresh photography" is great, Cindy!

♥ Maria

Renata said...

Hi Cyn
Your new light looks so pretty - & I can imagine how much nicer it is to prepare while able to see what you're doing :)
I always appreciate your links - can't wait til it's bluberry season over here!
Have a wonderful day

Lana from Farm Life Lessons said...


Just found your blog and I love everything! I am looking forward to more reading!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

How delicious and yummy all your food looks. I have a rather dark house and have to be creative as well.

Chiot's Run said...

The lights look fabulous and so does that all delicious syrup!

Farmchick said...

Love the lamp....looks great!! I love Pinterest too!!! Stop over and say hi....and join in on my farm photo linky party too!

Leight ear plugs said...

Like those blue light so much.
I really like that fabric.All of those recipes sounds delicious!
I am also going to try the syrups ~ so pretty and luscious.

Lori said...

Just found your blog....2 things that I love about it....#1 you are a Memere (I had a Memere and I loved her dearly)....#2 you love Jesus just like me!!

cityfarmer said...

I LOVE your light ...

you should just the stonegable thing

menus for the week and then do s "click here' and give the credit to the author of the recipe ... the way YOU put them all together would be the original part!


cityfarmer said...

wow .. a lot of typo's ... can't be from wine ... because it's 6 a.m.

Donna said...

Aaawww, I love that light! How cute!!!

Yolanda said...

I love the lamp re-do!!