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Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

I had the opportunity to spend time with a friend last week, which enabled me to make this Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce. I tend to avoid jams while home alone with my 7-month-old son as they are extremely hot, sticky and messy. Another set of hands in the house, though, gave us the chance to catch up with each other while making this treat. An added bonus was this was her first time making jam and/or canning.

The reason I titled this post as "Sauce" rather than "Jam" is that our jam didn't quite set. We followed the recipe from Food in Jars, but I'm sure it was user error on my part. I'm not the biggest rhubarb fan, but the flavor on this is a nice combination of sweet strawberry contrasting with the tartness of rhubarb. We sampled the leftover sauce that didn't fit nicely into jars drizzled while still warm over lemon curd ice cream. My friend described it best, "There's so much going on inside your mouth, and none of it is bad."

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce
2 cup chopped rhubarb
4 cups chopped strawberries
3 cups sugar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 packet liquid pectin

Prepare jars and lids for canning prior to making the sauce. To make the sauce, stir the rhubarb, strawberries and sugar together in a large non-reactive pan off the heat. Once the sugar has begun to dissolve, place pot on burner and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, add the lemon juice and zest to the pot, and let it bubble gently for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. As the jam cooks, use the back of a wooden spoon to mash any large pieces of fruit. Add the pectin, stir to combine, and let cook for a few more minutes. Cook until sauce reaches desired consistency, testing using the plate method.

Remove jam from heat, and ladle into prepared jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Tighten lids, and boil 10 minutes in a hot water bath. Remove from water bath, and cool completely. Store any unsealed jars in the refrigerator. Makes about 2 pints.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spring Flowers – a mosaic of the orchard


Some of the flowers that are blooming at the orchard right now…

Face Painting Fun

This is one of those posts that I’m overlapping between blogs.  I had to share the amazing work our face painter this past weekend did!002

Capri was so, so, so happy with her face – you rarely see her smile and show her teeth!

At this weekends Apple Blossom Days we had a wonderful face painter – Angela from Be Bold and Amazing005 The girls had such a wonderful time getting there face painted, getting tattooed, and of course, watching her every move.

On Saturday night, the girls INSISTED that they get a bath so they could have there faces washed off for a NEW one the next day…

facepainting day 2So – here’s the girls on day 2 of the Face Painting Bonanza (maybe I need to rename Apple Blossom Days and more people will show up?) facepainting 2

Savannah ended up having her face painted both days too!  I just love how a little paint brings out whole new kids!

facepainted gavin Here’s my friend’s son Gavin giving me his Spiderman ‘pose’.  Love it!

027And here’s our local chicken whisperer – Sarah – all painted up like a dragon!

Hopefully we’ll see Angela at the orchard again this fall!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

2012 Wisconsin Splash! Magazine

010When you stop by the orchard this weekend – be sure to grab a copy of the newly out – Wisconsin Splash! magazine.  It’s a great resource for happenings in the area – places to visit, special events, etc.  Jared and I already started a list for our family!009  When you’re browsing through the magazine – you may recognize a few faces in the article on Barn Quilts…011 And…you may recognize those mouth watering caramel apples – and if you don’t the part of the article on us will remind you!  This is a super fun article that tells you about the local food favorites – a must read!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Another Weekend of Fun at the Orchard

and this weekend actually looks like we’re going to have some decent weather!

We’ll be having all the FUN we had planned for last weekend plus a bit more fun!  We have an AMAZING Face Painter coming to the orchard to decorate your kids face’s (or yours if you wish),  LOTS of beautiful flowers for sale, a great make n take table so your kiddo’s can make gifts for Mother’s Day or just to decorate your yard. 

The Multi-Family Garage sale is still going on.  Along with all of the low priced clothing we have – there are lots of other fun goodies too! 

001Including this fantastic swing set – my mother-in-law had it at the other orchard and since we have plenty of equipment at ours now – it’s up for other kids to take home, put in their yard and have hours of fun on!  003Don’t walk too quickly by this great trailer – it has a cover on it that fits perfectly to make it water proof, the sides come off for easy access, the back has a ramp if you need to drive things onto it, and it is super light so it can safely be pulled behind a vehicle other than a truck.  002When you’re over at the orchard be sure to stop by my fairy garden – it’s still not quite done yet but it’s getting closer!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Face Painting!

I’m really excited to be telling you all that we’re going to have a fabulous face painter at the orchard for this weekends Apple Blossom Events.  facepainting

Ang from Be Bold and Amazing will be here on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 to paint faces and/or tattoos.  Her prices range from $5 & up for face painting ($8 on average) and tattoos go from $3 and up. 

All of the products she uses are made-for-skin products. 

facepainted dragon  I knew as soon as I saw her work that she would have at least 2 happy customers :) 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Next Weekend is Mother’s Day!

Yes – it’s going to be a stormy rainy day.  Luckily – we have a fabulous Make N Take Craft Area set up INSIDE the shed.  522912_10150775576451523_118113841522_9865303_1524690620_nYour kiddo’s can work on a beautiful wind chime or painted gourd birdhouse while mom and dad browse through the two shed rooms full of garage sale goodies.  541978_10150775597926523_118113841522_9865308_966179980_nHere Cedi is working on one for me!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out!305561_10150775473596523_118113841522_9865100_1322685521_n  Or – if you’re mom is not into birdhouses or wind chimes grab some of our beautiful plants that are for sale.  we have a beautiful selection of flowers and even some herbs.  528684_10150775629661523_118113841522_9865313_1861575874_n  Someone that stopped in yesterday picked up a bunch for her Lodi 1st graders to plant.  She has them bring in an old shoe and plant them in those – what a fabulous idea!  If you want to bring something, like an old shoe, to plant yours in at the orchard, we’ll help you do it!574900_10150775471516523_118113841522_9865097_1170173477_n  There are LOTS of these beautiful Geraniums for sale – in lots of color variety!

Don’t forget – our gift shop is also open.  You can pick a special piece of handmade jewelry up for mom, a selection of canned goods, honey, maple syrup or some other cute little item we have in our shop! 

This is a perfect opportunity to support your local farmer/business AND make mom smile!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Streusel Strawberry-Rhubarb Cupcakes

These cupcakes are the perfect spring treat. They're light and refreshing, sweet with just a hint of tartness from the rhubarb. This is my slightly adapted version of the original I found from the Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes.

Streusel Strawberry-Rhubarb Cupcakes
1/2 cup flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
9 oz. strawberries
1/4 cup milk
2 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 egg whites
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
8 drops red food coloring
1 cup finely chopped rhubarb
3/4 cup whipping cream
2 Tbsp. mashed strawberries

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 24 cupcake tins.

In a small bowl, combine streusel ingredients together with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Blend together the strawberries and the milk. This should make 1 1/4 cups of strawberry puree. (Add additional strawberries if needed to make 1 1/4 cups of puree.)

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In large mixing bowl, beat shortening 30 seconds. Add sugar, about 1/3 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat 2 additional minutes on medium speed. Beat in egg whites, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract and food coloring.

Beat in flour and milk, alternating with portions of each, starting and ending with flour. Stir in rhubarb.

Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners, filling to about 2/3 full.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool in pans 5 minutes, and then cool completely on wire racks.

To prepare frosting, chill mixing bowl. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Stir in mashed strawberries.

Frost cupcakes either using a large piping tip or spreading whipped cream on top of each cupcake. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Makes 24 cupcakes.

PS - Rhubarb will be for sale at Apple Blossom Days!
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