Dreams

The thing about dreams is

Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They color your life with hope and possibilities.

Live your own Great Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams are transformative, offering comfort, and encouragement.

Little Wonders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be a wanderer…

a wonderer… a curious seeker of truth,

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a courageous spirit

who is endlessly inspired.

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Simply Wander-Full

Two little Fairies left the forest with their wands hoping to meet and wondered

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As they wandered …

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How simply wander-fully wonderful wandering with wands can be!

 

Live Your Life

Live your life, create your own Great Story.

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Run with the wind…

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Chase after fairy lights…

The possibilities, they are endless…

 

 

September Points of View

A Statue of the Fairy Guardian Angel honors the day’s first light as glimmers of fairy dust twinkle all around.

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This will be a fine day.

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The sun will shine for awhile

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and later, a welcome rain will fall.

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Tiny wonders around us, everywhere and always.

Live What You Dream

Dream dreamer,

Dream big and dream wide,

Dream often and consciously,

Soon you will be living your own Great Story out loud.

Live your own Great Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The possibilities are endless…

 

 

 

Picking Blueberries on Blue Fairy Hill and Blue Berry Yogurt Bars

Folks have been asking for this recipe again as there are still plenty fresh blueberries to be had here in Maine.

Remember you can use frozen berries with the same excellent results.

Mid July through August are the months for harvesting blueberries here on Blue Fairy Hill in Maine. The fields are bountiful with berries and glimmers of fairy dust attest to the hard working Fairy Folk who help to sweeten the berries here on our farm.

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Our fields or blueberry barrens as they are called, are covered with blueberries much to everyone’s delight.

 

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Nature’s bounty of sweet satisfaction.

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Low bush blueberries are rather small and very sweet tasting.

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Blueberries may be picked by hand.

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Or they may be picked by using large metal rakes like these children are using, which allows you to collect berries faster than hand picking.

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However you decide to harvest them the important thing is that you enjoy the process and take in the beauty of nature all around you.

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Blueberries generally grow on high rocky land which offers you spectacular views while you pick.

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I prefer picking berries by hand or using a small wooden blueberry rake which Sampson the Troll made for me over 40 years ago.

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After these children gathered containers full of blueberries they took them home for their Mothers who will use them for baking.

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Below is a recipe the Fairies shared with me that everyone keeps asking for. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do.

 

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BLUE FAIRY HILL YOGURT BARS

Preheat your oven to 350

Line a 9 x 13″ baking pan with aluminum foil.

Lightly spray foiled pan evenly with oil and set aside.

Next make a crumble for your bottom crust and topping as follows.

BOTTOM CRUST and CRUMBLE TOPPING

1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar packed

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

pinch of salt

1. In large bowl whisk melted butter with sugars to combine.

2. Add flour, pinch of salt stir to combine. Mixture will be dry and crumbly. Set aside 3/4 cup of this mixture to use later as topping.

3. Transfer remaining mixture into oiled pan. With your fingers hand pack, pressing the mixture to create a thin, even, flat crust. Set aside.

YOGURT FILLING

1 large egg at room temperature

1/2 cup Greek  Yogurt at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 Tablespoon all purpose flour

 

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1. In medium bowl add egg and Greek Yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Whisk together well.

2. Add the Tablespoon of flour and whisk again.

3. Pour this yogurt filling evenly over the crust spreading with rubber spatula.

Set aside.

BLUEBERRY LAYER

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 handful finely chopped walnuts (optional)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds (optional)

 

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1. In separate bowl toss in blueberries, sprinkle with the sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and gently mix to combine.

2. Evenly spread blueberry mixture on top of yogurt filling. (Then if you choose toss on some chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds. (Fairies love seeds and nuts and so do I)

 

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3. Next take your reserved 3/4 cup of the crumble/crust mix and evenly sprinkle on top. Gently squeeze the crumbs through your fingers as you spread over filling. I sprinkle some fresh blueberries on the crust.

4. Place pan on middle rack in preheated 350 oven and bake for about 40 minute for fresh berries and 50 minutes for frozen blueberries. Baking is complete when crust has turned a nice golden brown and berries have bubbled.

5. Remove pan from oven and place on wire rack and let cool completely. Then set pan in fridge to cool firmly before cutting into bars.

 

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6. After cooling in the fridge for about 30 minutes I lift the foiled dessert in it’s entirety from the pan and carefully remove the foil from the large “blueberry bar” and set dessert on cutting board and cut into small bars.

 

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8. Now you can cut the bars into small pieces without them crumbling and falling apart.

Blueberry Yogurt Bars may be stored in your refrigerator for up to 10 days, though they don’t last that long in our house.

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You can serve Blue Berry Yogurt Bars plain and simple or with some fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint.

 

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They also taste good with a dab of whipped cream, or ice cream. Oh, if you happen to know some Fairy Folk like I happen to you can even add a dash of Fairy Dust! Yum, magically delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Simply Salads

As September approaches with her cool shortening days, fairy folk work diligently alongside the grand children and I as we harvest and prepare our foods for winter storage.

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Early each morning the fairies add an extra sprinkling of fairy dust to help ripen and mature our fruit and vegetable crops.

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In the farmhouse kitchen a small child prepares fresh picked basil and fairy sweetened sun ripened tomatoes for puree.

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This time of year there is an abundance of greens;  one salad a day; sometimes two, has becomes part of our regular diet.

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A simple salad has many possibilities and here at the farm while in season, we eat a different variation every night.

Here are some ideas for a few fairy simple salad recipes you might like to try.

Consider combining lush kale, various lettuces and red cabbage. How you arrange these greens will add visual complexity and beauty; top it off with a splash of organic virgin olive oil or your favorite dressing.

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Another simple salad: Try sweet halved cherry tomatoes (red and gold), a bit of chopped green onion, on a bed of baby lettuce; a smidgen of broccoli florets, a bit of grated or chopped Parmesan cheese. Add tiny bits of whirled prosciutto. Yum.

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For those of you who prefer a more hearty dinner salad, try combining these ingredients for a multi bean and corn based combo.

For the Dressing:

2 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 of sea salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

Whisk all together in a glass 1 cup measuring cup or small bowl and set aside.

Now here’s the ingredients for the salad. I basically use more or less depending upon how many folks I am serving.

You can play around with the volume of stated quantities of ingredients as you may want to make an individual salad or family size.

Here’s the ingredients:

6 -8 sweet cherry tomatoes sliced thinly

1 can 16 oz organic garbanzo beans drained and rinsed

4 cups rinsed organic black beans

4-6 green onions chopped fine

broccoli tops chopped small (use as much as you like)

handful green beans cut 1 inch

4-6 ears fresh corn on cob , uncooked kernels shaved off the cob

organic black olives sliced

a bit of red bell pepper chopped fine

1/3 cup cilantro chop fine (optional)

chopped and diced fine jalapenos to taste (optional)

pine nuts (optional)

a couple nasturtium flowers for garnish, you may eat the petals only.

Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl with very clean hands or two wooden spoons to combine.

Drizzle your dressing over salad and gently toss to evenly coat.

Now you can toss in your jalapenos if you desire and sprinkle with pine nuts and calendula petals

If you are lucky and have a few heads of calendula flowers in your garden, pinch off just the petals,  sprinkle them upon your salad just before serving.

The Fairies encourage beauty and strive for it in all of their creations.

They suggest you take your time creating all these salads, experiment with color and texture, fragrances and tastes.

Fairies serve all their meals with gratitude for those who are present and the bounty of each days harvest.

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Oh, and dessert fairy style can be so enjoyable!

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Especially when it’s this simple.

Try mixing a simple salad of fresh blueberries along with the last of this seasons lingering raspberries. Add some sliced purple grapes and decoratively top with a sprig of fresh mint harvested from the herb garden or market. Of course., a dollop of whipped cream would finish things off nicely.

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Of course there is always berries la natural.

Enjoy the process and as the fairies like to say… “Bless and be grateful for each and every day.”

 

 

 

Tiny Wonders Everywhere

 

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Magic happens in every garden, all you have to do is look.

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Ask a Bird

 

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Quote by Cooper Edens…

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Harvesting organic blueberries, one with the land.

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Unity, Hope, Freedom, Harmony, Liberty, and Friendship,

All around you;  all surround you…

Dream and it can be.

 

Snipping Calendula Heads and Other Assorted Things

This Morning Glory greeted me in the greenhouse at the start of my day.

Isn’t she spectacular?

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Across the aisle from Glory sat this lovely Fushia and her sweet heart, the most handsome Wax Begonia.

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When I ventured out into the gardens I spied this little girl diligently at work snipping seed heads off the Calendulas to save and plant for the following year.

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I said hello; then meandered about gathering my daily harvest.

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By days end I transformed my lush assortment of veggies into a tasty pot of vegetarian chili.

A very Fairy Fine Chili, the perfect way to end a very fine day.

 

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