The Home Arts


“Cooking may be as much as a means of self expression as any of the arts.”   Fannie Farmer

What can I say?  I am hooked on the home arts.  Ever since I was a young girl I have been cooking, decorating & gardening.

My mother used to entertain a lot, and I think, it all began there.   She was an obsessive decorator and room changer!  So naturally I had a gene for this.  Playing house is not only my passion, it is my profession!

I guess room decorating started very young, I remember going to the hardware store with my mother selecting the paint. I was always moving rooms around with siblings and being a little more inspired than my friends about the process.  When I was 12 years old, I made 30 egg rolls for a bridal shower my mother gave. The response was so positive,  I think I learned then that the way to people’s hearts was through food!  About the same time I created a rock garden on a steep hill (about 14 rocks) before my father came home from work.  This was later a highlight of the hill and he expanded it into a great focal point over the years.

So you see , this is really who I have always been! I hope you will come along with me as I learn the ins and outs of the art of posting. Today my practice is with the font, layout and technical aspect of it all! Here goes!

Welcome to Crabtree Cottage Cafe! (Chalkboard Art by Jules)


Jeff taking charge!  Here he is making the Potato Latkes.  Mix grated potatoes, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper,(v) egg replacer, or 2 eggs. Fry in well oiled black skillet.



Fry until lightly golden and then place on paper towels.




Place on cookie sheet. Bake @ 400 degrees until golden brown & piping hot!

We served it with applesauce and beet-ginger chutney. We sometimes use quacamole or tapenade.


Next the Bruschetta! Chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil,splash of olive oil, splash of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.



Drizzle the bread with olive oil and bake until golden brown in a 400 degree oven.

Bring a 1/2 C balsamic vinegar to a boil, then reduce to simmer until it becomes a syrup. (15-20 minutes) Add a teaspoon of maple syrup and drizzle over bruschetta.


ready to serve!

Next we made ice candles to add to a festive atmosphere. Place water, greens & red berries in a plastic bucket with a glass in the middle. We filled our glass with stones to weigh it down then freeze solid. Remove from freezer and run hot water over it to remove the ice mold.

almost ready!

Now we are ready for our guests ~ A festive winter Welcome!

A cozy night at Crabtree Cottage!





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This article was written by Janis