Woodland Entertaining Mood Board

In theory, we could do this in the woods at our new home.

When we first moved here, I planned to create outdoor living areas throughout the property to use for different gatherings. That was, until I was hit with the “reality vs. expectation” of spending time outdoors.

The expectation was a beautiful, earthy, moody, woodland gathering vignette to be shared with friends enjoying wine and trendy naked cakes. The reality? Tick bites, swarming mosquitoes, and the desire to throw anything used or worn outdoors into a raging fire, to avoid bringing those pests indoors.

Maybe someday in the future, once we have figured out how to deal with those pests, we can do what I had envisioned. Perhaps that includes the purchase of thousands of quail, an army of bats, or a fire throwing drone (I’m kidding… maybe).

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Until then, it remains a dream (more of a nightmare currently). Dreams can be shared though, so enjoy the mood board and if you have any realistic tick and mosquito elimination tricks, please let me know!

Bridge Mixed Media Pop Art In Blue Tones

I started playing with mixed media art again (finally), bringing together some of my bridge photography and abstract paintings. Here is the first pair in blue, grey, and black tones.

 San Francisco Bridge Mixed Media Pop Art In Blue
San Francisco Bridge Mixed Media Pop Art In Blue
Structural Bridge Mixed Media Pop Art In Blue
Structural Bridge Mixed Media Pop Art In Blue

Missouri Organic Wineries

I originally intended this post to be a short list of organic Missouri vineyards and wineries. Silly me. Organic wines in Missouri seem to exist only in the magical world of rainbows and unicorns. Probably because of the high humidity and plentiful bugs we enjoy here.

I did find a handful of wineries that practice sustainable viticulture, though not organic. Those wineries are listed below:

Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery They use IPM, sheep, chickens and bats to minimize the need for synthetic controls.
Platte City, MO

Lambs and Vines Winery They spray fungicides only when needed. They use sheep instead of herbacides.
Diggins Township, MO

Mount Pleasant Estates They use IPM and focus on building quality soil to limit the need for pesticide use.
Augusta, MO

Riverwood Winery They do not use fungicides, but have sprayed herbicides between rows in the past. Per their website they are transitioning away from using herbicides.
Rushville, MO

While I was saddened to discover there are no organic wines available in my new home state, I did learn one important piece of information. When planting grapevines in our garden, I should stick with native varieties well adapted to our growing conditions. Norton it is!

Worthy mention: I came across a few articles from 2012 referencing an organic wine produced from grapes grown at Gascony Vineyards, but that wine doesn’t appear to be available currently.

Summer Nights

Sunset over Lake of the Ozarks
Sunset over Lake of the Ozarks

As the long days of summer begin to wind down, I just wanted to share the beauty of our little corner of the world. Every season here holds it’s own sense of wonder and grace, but our summer sunsets are one of my favorite things in the world.

Cheesecake Saves The World

Now it’s time for something less serious. Cheesecake. That is all.

Speaking of which… we have developed a keto copycat recipe for Chicago’s Eli’s Cheesecake which we will be sharing soon. Stay tuned for that!

Cheesecake Saves The World
Cheesecake Saves The World
Super “C” T-Shirt now available on Zazzle

Organic Farms and Orchards In Missouri

Awhile back I did a post about organic farms and orchards near Chicago, my old home town. Now that we are located in Missouri, it is time for a new list.

Organic Farms In Missouri

There weren’t many fully certified organic farms here in Missouri, so I have compiled this list to include farms that follow organic practices, but don’t carry the USDA certification.

Certified Organic:

Blue Heron Orchard Apples and Cider
Canton, MO
McKaskle Family Farm Corn and Rice (Online Only)
Braggadocio, MO
Earth Dance Farms Fruit and Vegetables, Farm School
Produce available at Ferguson Farmers Market
Ferguson, MO
Nature’s Organic Haven Elderberries (Online Only)
Hermann, MO

Not Certified Organic:

Purple Gate Farm Berries, Apples, Peaches, and Honey
Highlandville, MO
Brandywine Blueberry Farm Blueberries
Rolla, MO
Shady Meadows Farm Honeybees, Honey, and Blackberries
Jasper, MO
Restoration Farm Microgreens
Stover, MO
Flower Hill Farm Flowers
Beaufort, MO

CSA

Happy Hollow Farm
Jamestown, MO

Dairy and Eggs

Pasture Nectar Farm Grass Fed Raw Milk and Pasture Raised Eggs (Not Certified Organic)
Mount Vernon, MO
Martin Dairy 573-378-7120 Grass Fed Raw Milk and Pasture Raised Eggs (Not Certified Organic)
Barnett, MO
Be Whole Again Farm Grass Fed A2 Raw Milk and Pasture Raised Eggs (Not Certified Organic)
Excelsior Springs, MO
The Old Homestead Farm Pasture Raised Eggs (Not Certified Organic)
Washington, MO
Family Friendly Farm Grass Fed Raw Milk and Pasture Raised Eggs (Not Certified Organic)
Cape Girardeau, MO

Seeds and Plants (Not Certified Organic)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Mansfield, MO

Farms in IL near St. Louis

McConauchie Manor Farm Raw Milk, Berries, and Honey (Not Certified Organic)
Carlyle, IL

Farms in KS near Kansas City

Chestnut Charlie’s Certified Organic Chestnuts
Lawrence, Kansas

I don’t eat meat, so I haven’t compiled the list to include meat products. For grass-fed meat, Eat Wild has done a phenomenal job compiling a map of Missouri farms.
You can visit their website here: Eat Wild’s Missouri Grass Fed Farm List And Map

A word of caution, I created this list as a shortlist for my own use later, so use this list at your own discretion and do your research. Make sure you contact the farm ahead of time to ensure they are open to visitors, still in business, and still farming organically, before you visit. Things seem to change quickly in the farming world, so better safe than sorry!

If you do notice a change in a farm’s status since this list was compiled (or if you know of a great one that I haven’t included), please let me know and I will update the list.

Happy Harvesting!

Late Summer Entertaining

As we enter August, we begin to turn our thoughts to the change of the seasons and the harvest time. Here is a mood board to inspire the design for your end of summer gatherings.

Liskabora T-Shirts

T-Shirts

I have been working on a new product line of t-shirts over the past week on both Zazzle and Teespring. More will be coming as I have been adding about one shirt per day. You can reach the Zazzle links through the shop dropdown on our menu by category. The Teespring links are available on our facebook page only until I have more experience with their site.

If there are any shirt designs you wish to see let me know and I can add one for you!

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