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Memorial Day Favorites from 1840 Farm


Memorial Day is the official kickoff to Summer and we feel like celebrating!  We’ll be enjoying a few of our favorite warm weather recipes with family and friends this weekend.  The temperatures are predicted to hit 90 degrees tomorrow, so we’ll be ready for a cold refreshing Franklin Cooler made with our homemade Raspberry and Rhubarb Syrup by midday!

Monday morning will start off with a Strawberry Puff Pancake using the bounty of fresh eggs our hens are providing.  For dinner, we’ll be grilling burgers and local sausages and topping them with Spicy Ginger & Garlic Quick Pickles and Classic Sauerkraut.  A Grilled Romaine Salad will be perfect as a side or as a main course for our friends that live a vegetarian lifestyle.  Add in a square of Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake and everyone will leave our farmhouse table full and happy. PatrioticHolidayGraphic

Each year, we choose to commemorate Memorial Day by making a donation from our 1840 Farm Community to a veteran’s charity for every handmade basket sold in our Etsy Shop. It’s our small way of showing our deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who serve in our military and the families that support them.

This year, I want to give you the opportunity to help select the charity that will receive that donation. If you have a favorite charity that focuses on those who serve our nation, please visit our Facebook page and join in our discussion. Together, we’ll choose the charity that receives our donation. Then we’ll repeat the nomination process for Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day.

For all of you who have served in the military or are on active duty, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your service to our country.  To the families and friends who support those who serve, thank you for the sacrifices you make to support the bravest Americans among us.  As the flag flaps on our farmer’s porch, I am forever reminded that we owe a debt of gratitude to all who serve that can never be repaid.

I hope that you have a holiday weekend spent with friends and family filled to the brim with laughter, delicious food and drink, and memories in the making.




You can access any of the recipes by clicking on the photos below.


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Happy Memorial Day from 1840 Farm!

FREE Trivet CollageMemorial Day is the official kickoff to Summer and we feel like celebrating!

As a special way of saying thank you to our customers, we’re adding a FREE handmade 4” fabric trivet to every order we receive in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy from now until next Wednesday (6/1/16). We’ll choose a beautiful handmade trivet just for you when packing up your order to begin its journey to you.  Our trivets have been so popular that they are usually sold out and out of stock, so this is the first opportunity we’ve had to share them with you in many months.

We’re also thanking our nation’s veterans by making a donation to a veteran’s charity for every basket sold.  We hope that you will visit our Facebook page to share your favorite veteran’s charity with us.  Simply click on the graphic and join in our discussion on our Facebook page.


 We have our fingers crossed that we’ll sell a lot of our handmade baskets this holiday weekend so that we can make our largest donation yet!

We’re hoping that you’ll enjoy our gift and that you’ll love discovering a surprise when your order arrives. Our shop has a lovely selection of baskets, heirloom seed collections, fabrics, and gift certificates to choose from. I hope that you’ll find just what you’re hoping for!


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1840 Farmhouse Kitchen Breakfast and Brunch Favorites


OvenPoachedEggWMJust in time for Mother’s Day, I have gathered together a collection of our favorite recipes to make for breakfast and brunch.  These recipes have been made time and time again in our Farmhouse Kitchen here at 1840 Farm. Now you can make them for your friends and family.  They’re sure to love them as much as mine do!


Click on any of the photos to view the recipe for each dish.



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The 1840 Farm Handmade Jumbo Market Tote Basket

JumboMarketToteBasketCollageOur newly designed Jumbo Market Tote Basket was designed to meet the requests from our customers for a larger version of our existing Market Tote Basket with handles long enough to be carried by hand, over the wrist, elbow, or shoulder.  This is by far the biggest basket I have ever attempted to make.  It took several weeks to produce the basket you were all asking for, but I think that the finished basket was worth the wait.  I hope that you agree!

Like all of the baskets in our collection, these totes feature fabrics in a range of colors and prints accented by the zigzag stitching used to create the basket.  Our fabric baskets are flexible and can easily be turned inside out to display our signature fiddlehead spiral on the inside or outside and give the tote a completely different look.

JumboMarketToteBasketShoulderThe Jumbo Market Tote Basket is perfect for carrying fresh produce home from your farmer’s market or transporting your favorite book, towel, snack, and water bottle to the beach or pool.  We packed it with an oversized beach towel, sunglasses, wallet, keys, a great book, water bottle, thermos for iced coffee, a bottle of seltzer, a few allergy safe snacks, and a pack of gum.  As you can see, there was still plenty of room to spare.

 Our Jumbo Market Tote Basket measures 10 inches high. The top opening of the tote measures approximately 17 inches by 10 inches. The base is an oval measuring roughly 7 x 12 inches.  The base is reinforced with zigzag decorative stitching in a pinwheel pattern.

The finished handles each measure approximately 26 inches long and are made with five widths of the handwrapped coil used to create the basket.   The handles measure just over an inch wide and are double stitched for added strength and durability.  When the handles are extended, the height of the basket and its handles is 20 inches tall. The fiddlehead swirl that finishes the basket measures 2.5 inches in diameter.

Our Jumbo Market Tote Baskets are priced at $124.00 for in stock baskets and $134.00 for custom orders plus applicable shipping fees.  Our custom order design service allows you to select both the fabric and thread used to create a truly one of a kind basket.  We have over 175 unique fabrics in stock in our studio and also source specific fabrics and patterns by request.

You can view all of our in stock baskets by visiting The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  If you don’t see what you’re dreaming of, simply send us a message and we can work together to turn your basket dreams into a beautiful reality!



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Farmhouse Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Cookbook Review

Farmhouse Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookies at 1840 FarmI have long believed that any day can be made better with a homemade cookie.  If the cookie happens to a perfectly made chocolate chip cookie still warm from the oven, all the better.  While I make many different types of cookies in our farmhouse kitchen, this chocolate chip cookie recipe is hands down our favorite.Cookie Love

This recipe was inspired by a cookbook I was sent to review for our readers.  I was ready to love this book immediately based on the delicious cookies shown on the cover.  Any book titled “Cookie Love” has my attention from the first page.

Cookie Love by Mindy Segal and Kate Leahy is filled with 60 intriguing cookie recipes from drop cookies to shortbread, sandwich, rugelach, and bars.  These aren’t the same recipes you’ve seen over and over again.  When I turned to page 23 and discovered a recipe for Smoky Bacon Candy Bar Cookies, I stopped in my tracks.

When I accept a cookbook to review, I like to select a recipe to test before sharing the cookbook with you.  To me, it seems like the best way for me to review a cookbook.   If the recipe doesn’t have clear instructions or produces something that doesn’t pass my family’s taste test, I don’t feel like I can encourage you to add it to your cookbook collection.

So, as I read through Cookie Love, I gave thought to which recipe I should choose for my review.  Smoky Bacon Candy Bar Cookies were definitely on the list, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand.  A recipe for homemade Milanos definitely caught my eye.  Due to food allergies, my family can’t safely purchase the store bought version, so making a homemade take on these classics was very appealing.  There were so many beautiful photos of scrumptious looking cookies that it was a very difficult task to choose the first recipe to attempt.

WonderMixCookiesWMIn the end, I went with the Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I was drawn to the story behind this recipe and the fact that my family would be sure to enjoy taste testing a batch of chocolate chip cookies.   I was right.  They loved these cookies and happily tasted one after another before giving them a collective thumbs up.

Since then, I have adjusted the recipe slightly, adding more of our homemade vanilla extract to deepen the vanilla flavor and reducing the salt called for in the original recipe.  I also like to reduce the baking temperature and slightly increase the baking time.  Doing so encourages the butter in the dough to melt a bit, spreading out to create a cookie that is thin and crisp around the edge and soft and chewy in the middle. 

These cookies are so popular with my family, that I keep our freezer stocked with balls of cookie dough that can be baked at a moment’s notice.   I allow the frozen dough to warm up as the oven preheats and then pop them in the oven.  With a few extra minutes added to the baking time, the cookies are perfectly baked and we can enjoy warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies in less than 20 minutes.

Cookie Love also includes helpful tips for choosing ingredients, mixing, shaping, and baking cookies.  I can’t wait to try a few more recipes here in the farmhouse kitchen.  Now I just have to decide which recipe to try next!

You’ll find Cookie Love listed in our Amazon Affiliate shop along with a full collection of my favorite cookbooks. You can also learn more about the book and its author by visiting the publisher’s site.  If you’re on the hunt for a new great cookbook, you can read more of my cookbook reviews and recipes inspired by my favorite cookbooks.

Farmhouse Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 36
I like to use bittersweet chocolate chips in this recipe, but you can substitute your favorite chocolate chips or chunks. I often replace ½ - 1 cup of the All-purpose flour with an equal amount of our home milled whole wheat flour. The freshly milled flour adds a lovely bit of texture and earthly flavor to the finished cookies.
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  1. 1 cup (8 ounces) butter, softened and cubed
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 ½ cups All-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  9. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  10. 8 ounces (2 generous cups) chocolate chips
  1. Place the cubed butter in the bowl of your mixer fitted with a paddle or dough beaters. Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds, until the butter begins to smooth out a bit. Add the sugar and brown sugar before beating on medium speed until the mixture is completely smooth, approximately 2-4 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat on low for a 10-20 seconds, just until combined. The batter may break up a bit, but don’t worry. It will come together when the dry ingredients are worked into the mix. Scrape down the bowl and beaters if necessary to gather the batter together before continuing.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Stir to mix the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients in one addition to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients have completely integrated into the dough. This should only take 30-60 seconds depending on the strength of your mixer. Take great care not to overmix the dough. Mixing develops the gluten in the flour and overmixing will encourage the dough to become tough.
  5. Transfer the dough to a covered container for storage in the refrigerator. Allow the dough to chill for a few hours or overnight. I often make a batch of dough and keep it in the refrigerator, baking a single evening’s cookies each night. Portioned balls of dough can also be frozen on a small tray and then transferred to a freezer bag for long term storage. Frozen dough can be baked by simply adding a few minutes to the baking time.
  6. When you are ready to bake some or all of the cookies, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and position the oven racks to the top and bottom third of your oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment or a Silpat style liner.
  7. Create balls of dough using heaping 1 ½ Tablespoons (approximately 1 ounce or so). Place six balls on each baking sheet, spacing evenly to prevent the cookies from touching as they bake. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the cookies have flattened and browned. Rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time will help to ensure that the cookies are evenly baked.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven, allowing them to cool for a few minutes. As with any cookie, these are even more delicious when eaten while still warm with a cup of coffee or cold glass of milk.
  1. Baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. Dough can be refrigerated for one week and frozen for several months.
Adapted from Cookie Love by Mindy Segal with Kate Leahy

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Easter Favorites from 1840 Farm

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Easter weekend is upon us and spring is beginning to show itself here on the farm.  We’ve seen glimpses of the season already this year, with a few glorious days marked by sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.  We’re grateful for the gift of beautiful weather from Mother Nature, but know full well that this is New England and there’s still plenty of time to wait for warmer weather to permanently arrive.
As Easter approaches, my mind drifts to spring planting, seed starting, and thinking about finally building that duck house we’ve been discussing for a few years.  While it’s impossible to know what this spring and summer have in store for our farm, I can guarantee that we’ll be enjoying our favorite seasonal recipes while we take in the very best of each season.

I hope that you’ll enjoy those seasonal recipes right along with us.  The recipes in this issue are perfect for adding to your Easter weekend plans or for welcoming spring to your family table.  You can begin by learning how we color beautiful jewel toned Easter eggs every year and move on to the recipe for French Toast Bread Pudding to serve for Easter breakfast or brunch.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach is a show stopping recipe, perfect for Easter dinner or a Saturday night. Spring Pasta with Green Peas and Prosciutto is so simple to make and gorgeous on the plate.  Both recipes will amaze your family and friends.  They’re beautiful and delicious.  As you’re enjoying the last bite, you’ll be making plans to make them the next time.

On the sweeter side, you can’t go wrong with my Great Grandma’s Daffodil Cake.  This cake combines the best of airy angel food cake and rich pound cake.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate your flock producing more eggs as the days grow longer each week.  For a quick and lovely bite, my Lemon Drop Cookies with Lemon Buttercream are tough to beat.  They’re delicious with a cup of tea or served after dinner when the bright taste of lemon will be a welcome treat.
Whatever you cook, bake, and enjoy this weekend, I hope that you have a lovely weekend through and through.  Happy Easter from all of us here at 1840 Farm!


Here’s a peek at a few of the recipes that we love to include in our Easter celebration. 

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1840 Farmhouse & Home – Handmade 100% Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls at 1840 FarmI have been using wool dryer balls for years here at 1840 Farm.  With allergies and sensitive skin playing a role in our family life, I try to limit the amount of perfumes, dyes, and additives in our home from our cleaning products to the laundry room.  I find that using these 100% wool dryer balls allows me to naturally achieve the results of traditional fabric softener and dryer sheets without any chemicals.  Our skin is happier and so am I.

I love these beautiful and effective wool dryer balls so much that I wanted to share them with you through our 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop.  They’re available in a range of colors both as a set of three dryer balls with a matching handmade coiled basket and without.  Now you can join me in using these natural dryer balls in your laundry room and say goodbye to buying dryer sheets and fabric softener forever!

 Wool Dryer Ball Natural Set Wool Dryer Ball Seaglass Set Wool Dryer Ball Heather Grey Set

Each of these dryer balls is handmade right here at 1840 Farm.  We work with 100% pure wool fiber, creating a ball by hand from the inside out.  Once we have created a wool ball, we triple felt the fiber until it is firm.  We use no chemicals to do this, choosing to use organic peppermint castile soap instead.  The soap helps to improve the fiber’s ability to felt and join tightly together.  It also lends a natural, fresh, light scent to the wool.

Wool dryer balls are safe for use with any type of laundry.  They completely replace traditional dryer sheets and fabric softener.  They can be scented with natural essential oils if you like or used as is at any temperature setting in your dryer.  Simply add the wool dryer balls to your dryer with your damp laundry and dry as usual.

Wool Dryer Ball Natural Collage Wool Dryer Ball Seaglass Collage Wool Dryer Ball Heather Grey Collage

These handmade dryer balls can be used for years, serving you well for thousands of laundry loads.  Because they are made of 100% wool, they will not degrade with use.  Instead, the natural fibers will continue to felt and the balls will become more dense and compact over time.  They’ll keep right on working to help separate your damp laundry for many years to come.

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Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Favorites

ValentineBasket Card RecipeHere at 1840 Farm, we’re counting down the days until Valentine’s Day.  We’ve been making dozens of our heart shaped baskets and sending them on their way to customers from coast to coast.  We’ve also been dreaming of getting into the farmhouse kitchen to make up a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day treats.   Now I just have to decide which recipe to make first!

We have highlighted our favorite Valentine’s Day recipes in the photo gallery below.  These are the recipes we love to share with friends and family to celebrate the holiday that is all about taking time to tell those people near and dear to you just how important they are.  From dark chocolate butter cookies and brownies to delicious buttercream frosting flavored with a bit of a great stout beer, you’re sure to find something to put a smile on your Valentine’s face.

You can access any of the posts by clicking on the photos below. Happy Valentine’s Day!



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1840 Farmhouse Table 365

Pastrami Sandwich at 1840 FarmIf you follow us on Facebook and  Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been sharing photos with #1840farmhousetable365 each day. I decided that I will share at least one photo of something that we’re enjoying at our farmhouse table each day in 2016. Some days, there may be more than one post, but I promise to share at least one each and every day.
I’m hoping that sharing these posts will give you a bird’s eye view of what we’re eating at our farmhouse table. It’s far too easy to only share the most spectacular meals, giving the impression that we never eat takeout pizza, never decide to happily have a simple egg sandwich for dinner. Believe me, we do.  In the interest of being more transparent, I’ll be sharing the simple and sublime along with everything in between.
I believe that food is important and that being connected to your food is even more important. I also believe that sharing food with someone near and dear to you can elevate the simplest food to the most memorable meal.  The food that we eat matters, but the manner in which we eat is even more critical. Taking time to sit down, eat together, and share the news of our day is my favorite time of day.  I hope that you’ll enjoy sharing a bit of that with me by following along all year.

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Farmhouse Style Cast Iron Skillet Meatloaf

Farmhouse Style Cast Iron Skillet Meatloaf

In my book, there’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter’s night than meatloaf and mashed potatoes. If that meatloaf can be prepared in a cast iron skillet, all the better. Comfort food from a cast iron skillet is just the sort of farmhouse style comfort food my family clamors for on a wintry New England day.

A cast iron skillet is perfectly suited for making meatloaf. It holds the heat well, ensuring that the meatloaf bakes evenly. The same skillet can be used to sauté the vegetables and herbs that will be incorporated into the meatloaf before being used to bake the meatloaf in the oven. Reducing the number of dishes I need to use and clean while prepping dinner is always a welcome development in my kitchen.

Once you’ve made this cast iron skillet meatloaf, you’ll be left wondering why you ever baked meatloaf in a loaf pan. My loaf pan may be feeling a bit lonely, because I’ve never made meatloaf in that pan since discovering that I could bake it so perfectly in my cast iron skillet!

Farmhouse Style Cast Iron Skillet Meatloaf
Serves 6
I like to incorporate Italian sausage into the ground beef or buffalo that I use in this recipe. The combination results in a wonderfully seasoned, delicious meatloaf. If you like more spice, you could certainly use spicy Italian sausage with equally delicious results. I often double this recipe and use my large 12 inch cast iron skillet to bake a larger meatloaf. Then I am able to look forward to serving leftovers the next night. Like most savory dishes, this meatloaf is even more delicious the second night!
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  1. 1 Tablespoon lard
  2. 1 Large onion, finely diced
  3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  5. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  6. 8 ounces Italian sausage, removed from the casing
  7. 16 ounces ground grass fed beef or buffalo
  8. 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  9. 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  10. 2 large eggs
  11. 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  12. ¼ cup ketchup
  13. 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  14. 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Warm an 8-9 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the lard, swirling the pan to coat the bottom surface of the skillet. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic, thyme, and rosemary, stirring for one minute to prevent the garlic from burning. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef or buffalo with the Italian sausage that has been removed from its casing. Add the tomato paste, sautéed onion mixture, oats, and eggs. Mix to fully combine the ingredients.
  4. Transfer about half of the mixture to the cast iron skillet, pressing to evenly cover the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top before covering with the remaining ground meat mixture. Press the meat mixture to the edges of the skillet. The mixture should reach the edges of the skillet and be an even thickness to ensure that it will bake evenly.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Spread this mixture over the top of the ground meat. Transfer the skillet to the warm oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. When the meatloaf is finished, it will begin to pull away from the edges of the pan and register at 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  6. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes before slicing into wedges and serving. We love to enjoy this meatloaf with Colcannon Style Mashed Potatoes. The combination of meatloaf, potatoes, and cabbage is a favorite at our farmhouse table.




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1840 Farmhouse DIY: Glittery Pumpkins

1840 Farmhoue DIYA few weeks ago, I promised to share a few simple projects to help decorate your Thanksgiving table. First up are these glittery pumpkins.  Our Thanksgiving holiday just wouldn’t seem complete without them.

We have been using these glittery pumpkins to decorate the farmhouse for years. They are on display from late September until we put away the fall decor to decorate for Christmas. These pumpkins are ideally suited for decorating your home for fall and bringing a little sparkle to your Thanksgiving table. We have a pair in the farmhouse kitchen, a few in the dining room, and I love to keep a couple in my studio.  They catch the sunlight shining in through the window behind my sewing machine and brighten up my space.

This is a simple project that the kids will love helping with. My daughter helped me make these many years ago. The steps are simple to follow, don’t require any potentially dangerous tools, and the active time needed to complete them is short. Add in the fun of painting with glue and liberally applying sparkly glitter, and it’s easy to see why kids will love helping to create these fabulous pumpkins.

While it was many years ago when my young daughter helped me to make our glittery little pumpkins, I think of that moment in time every time I see them. It’s really no wonder that I look forward to decorating the farmhouse with them every year.  I hope that you will making and decorating your home with these glittery little pumpkins as much as we do here at 1840 Farm!

Glittery Decorative Pumpkins

Craft pumpkins are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.  I find that they are deeply discounted as soon as Halloween has passed. When selecting glue, choose one that dries clear in order to allow the color of the pumpkin to be visible. While any color of glitter can be used, I prefer to use clear glitter in order to allow the color of the pumpkin to shine through.

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Materials and Tools Needed

Craft pumpkins
Clear drying glue
Brush for applying glue

I like to cover my work surface with freezer paper before beginning a project that involves paint or glue.  The nonstick surface makes cleanup a breeze.  I also like to apply the glitter over a large plastic container.  The large container will catch any excess glitter.  This way, no glitter goes to waste as I can reuse that glitter to apply to the next pumpkin or return it to the container of glitter for my next project.

Remove any labels from the craft pumpkins as the clear drying glue and clear glitter will allow them to show through.  Apply an even layer of glue to the bottom of a pumpkin.  Sprinkle glitter over the glue, shaking the pumpkin lightly to remove any excess glitter.  Set the pumpkin upside down to dry fully.  Repeat with other pumpkins until they have all had glitter applied to their bottom surface.  When dry, the glue will be clear.

After the bottoms of the pumpkins are completely dry and no longer tacky, apply glue to the remaining surface of each pumpkin.  Sprinkle glitter liberally over the glue, shaking lightly to remove excess glitter.  Repeat with the other pumpkins and set aside until the pumpkins are completely dry.  Touch up any bare spots if needed, adding more glue and glitter to fully cover the surface of the pumpkins.

We have used our glittery pumpkins for many years and find that they have retained their fabulous glittery appearance.  When fall gives way to Christmas, we wrap each pumpkin in a sheet of tissue paper and pack them away until the next year.

This post is included in our 1840 Farmhouse Thanksgiving Gallery.
You’ll find our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and crafts all gathered in one place so that you can easily include them in your family’s celebration.  I’ll be adding new recipes and DIY projects right up until the big day, so check back to see even more delicious and fabulous Thanksgiving posts.




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Our newsletter isn’t the only way to follow what’s happening here at 1840 Farm.
You’re always welcome at 1840 Farm
and at The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.
You can also find 1840 Farm throughout the social media universe on
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and Bloglovin‘.

We even created a new 1840 Farm Community Newsletter Pinterest board to catalog
our newsletter content so that you could easily pin your favorites to your own boards.

Come add your voice to our conversation!
We’ll hope to see you there!


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An 1840 Farmhouse Thanksgiving Celebration

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For me, Thanksgiving is a holiday marked by time spent with family gathered around the table and the delicious tastes of our favorite holiday dishes. I have fond childhood memories of Thanksgiving meals prepared by my paternal grandmother and a team of aunts and uncles. The food was delicious and comforting and the conversation was lively. There was laughter and joy at that table and the meal always ended with my grandmother’s homemade pies.

It’s really no wonder that Thanksgiving traditions have remained so strong over the years. A day that combines family, friends, and comforting homemade food is a holiday to cherish. In many ways, our annual celebration is much like the original harvest celebration that took place 400 years ago, a celebration of all that we are grateful for in our daily lives and the marking of the end of another year’s homegrown harvest of fresh food from our gardens.

The Thanksgiving meal has evolved significantly over the years, but its importance has not diminished.  The first feast would have probably featured wild fowl instead of our modern-day turkey. History tells us that there would not have been cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, or pumpkin pie at that first celebration.  When they sat down to enjoy their meal, the settler’s sugar stores had been depleted, the potato had not yet made its way to North America, and using butter and flour to make a pie crust was a luxury far beyond their wildest imagination.ThanksgivingSquashDecor

Instead, their celebration would have revolved around food that was seasonal,  rustic, simple, and local.  Most likely, it would have featured venison and seafood that had been hunted and caught by the men of the group along with corn, beans, and squash from the land that they had tended during the growing season.  The celebration took place over a series of days instead of at a single meal.

By the mid-1800s, sage dressing and mashed potatoes had begun to take their place on a traditional Thanksgiving table.  In 1863, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday.  Since then, we have been marking the day and celebrating with our favorite dishes.

Three generations of my family will gather around our farmhouse table for our Thanksgiving meal in a house that was built at a time before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday.  I will inevitably turn my thoughts towards all that I am thankful for.  The list is too long to mention, but family, friends, and our life here on the farm are all at the top of my list.

I am also thankful for you, Dear Reader.  You have inspired me to continue telling my family’s story and have returned the favor by sharing yours.  I have enjoyed learning about your farms and families as much as I have enjoyed sharing news from mine.  So, on this holiday that celebrates family, friends, and food enjoyed together, I wish you a day overflowing with all three.  I hope that you have a holiday filled to the brim with laughter, memories in the making, and those nearest and dearest to you.



Here’s a peek at a few of the recipes and crafts that will be found on our Thanksgiving table.  I’ll be adding new recipes and DIY projects right up until the big day, so check back to see even more delicious and fabulous Thanksgiving posts.

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