Farm to Table ~ Basil Pesto Recipe

I'm a huge fan of growing your own food, or buying local produce. Food that's fresh and unprocessed because I believe ideally, this is the type of food that our bodies were designed to consume and use for energy. My vegetable garden is very lush this year due to all the rain we've had, but most of the veggies aren't quite ripe yet. My basil however, is in prime shape so I made a little basil pesto with it. I LOVE basil pesto and this recipe (a … [Read more...]

An Afternoon at Primrose Farm

Here in the suburbs of Chicago, the farm to table movement is gaining in popularity. This also means that more people are interested in learning about farm life and we have a few working farms in the area that are open to the public. Primrose Farm is just a 10-minute drive from our house and we had the pleasure of taking the grands there last weekend. An iconic farmhouse awaits your arrival as the tire swing hangs in patience waiting for some … [Read more...]

Apple Picking in Illinois

A slight chill in the air and the turning of leaves into riotous colors means it's time to take the family out for some apple picking in Illinois! Several farms in the area are dotted with red and golden apples weighing heavily on trees lined in neat little orchard rows. One such orchard is just 5 miles from my house and a recent family gathering ended in a trip to Kuiper's Family Farm. You can see by all the cars that this place is hopping! … [Read more...]

Country Roads of Kane County Illinois

Some people think Illinois is flat and boring but I find special beauty in the country roads, prairies, corn fields, and big blue sky. Lucky for me, I live where the suburban roads of Chicago meet the country roads of Kane County so I get the best of both the town and country ... thus the name of this blog. And if you read my blog on a somewhat regular basis, you know that I've signed up to run the Naperville Marathon with my daughter this coming … [Read more...]

Embracing the Farmhouse Kitchen

When I think of farmhouse kitchens, I think of my grandmother and also Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show. Remember the episode when Aunt Bee and Clara entered the pickle contest and Aunt Bee's pickles tasted like kerosene? Just like Aunt Bee's kitchen, my grandmother's was simple yet comfortable. It's where all the important conversations of the day took place. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home, which is the same characteristic I try … [Read more...]

Livin’ the Country Life

My blog is dedicated to both Town and Country living, but it dawned on me I haven't posted anything country as of late ... other than country decorating. So this post is dedicated to country scenes not too far from my house. I love my old home in the center of town, but I'd love to live on a farmette, too. Like this "little" farmette. I could easily live here with that big, front sun porch.It even has a wrap around balcony on the second … [Read more...]

Midwestern Prairie Life

Last weekend I took a little detour on the way home from seeing my daughter. Rather than turn right toward home, I turned left to venture down a dirt road that leads to Garfield Farm and Tavern. It had just snowed and I knew the historic farm on 281 acres would present me with some good photo ops. I took so many pictures I decided to split the post up. So welcome to part two of my little visit to Garfield Farm on the Illinois prairie. (You can … [Read more...]

Down on the Farm: Garfield Farm

Town and Country Living is a blog about living life where the western 'burbs of Chicago give way to the farm fields of Illinois. I love both the city and the country and want to write about all of it ... urban and rural scenery, decorating with special finds from nearby boutiques, cooking veggies grown in the garden, special places to visit, and more. This past Saturday we took a little trip to Garfield Farm, which is just three miles from my … [Read more...]

Burlap and Lace Wedding

Introducing my new blog with a tribute to my daughter Bridget, who was married to Zac on October 8th, 2011. She wanted a burlap and lace wedding on a country farm and after months of searching, she found just the right venue that blended rustic charm with lots of rural beauty. I just love the cowboy boots with the short bridesmaid dresses. The bride is wearing cowboy boots, too!   We used quite a bit of burlap for her DIY wedding. Here, … [Read more...]

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