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Traditional Home Magazine Photo Shoot

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Rebecca | 0 comments

We have just finished one of the most fun projects on which we've ever worked on.  A few weeks ago, Stephen Carlson, our good friend and Rebecca Ray Designs Marketing and PR expert who owns DVG Group, called me one evening and said, "How would you feel about the Farm being featured in the September Fashion Issue!?"  After I let out a giant squeal of joy like a small girl, I regained my composure and tried to sound matter-of-fact (but I'm certain Stephen wasn't buying it!!).  There was a small catch, Stephen mentioned, "They are on a very tight time line and they'll be arriving in 12 days. Is that OK with you?"  "Sure!" I gulped- the same kind of "Sure" you use when you hear that unexpected house guests are 10 minutes away and you are cleaning your closets! 

I got off the phone so excited... and then I looked around.  As you know, we were absolutely ravaged by a record breaking winter, and Spring was at least 6 weeks late. The 100 year old roses had been killed back to the ground from the below 30 degree temperatures. Builder Bob was just finishing the new barn building and there were still piles of dirt all over and a rather unattractive dumpster sitting in front of the barn.  Game face I thought.  We can do anything in 12 days, right?  No worries that Derek, my heavy lifter and my right hand was traveling for work and wouldn't be home until about an hour before the Senior Architecture Editor of Traditional Home touches down in Cleveland.  In fact, maybe they could share a ride home from the airport... but I digress.

 

 

So, "any-who" as Lizzie would say, we got to work, and fast! My family, who is pretty reliable in a pinch, came to my aid. My aunt spent countless days gardening with me and transplanting perennials.  My mom came to help me plant my baskets and planters while my dad rode old Fergie (the 1954 Massey Ferguson) with the big gang mover dodging the rain and lightening. Andrea went above and beyond helping me with the animals. I rode my little John Deere tractor (which Derek reminds me weekly, is not a brush hog - whatever) and I answered my texts and calls as I was on the tractor out in left field.  

 

Within 10 days a magical transformation had occurred. The gardens were back up and everything started to bloom on cue.  

      

The hedges were trimmed and the patio furniture sparkled.  

 

Even the horses seemed to know to stay clean - there was no extra time to give them baths!  

 

On the appointed day, the Traditional Home crew arrived!  We suggested that they stay in the Village of Chagrin at The Inn at Gamekeepers, a historic hotel.  We took them to several of our favorite places to eat, including Lemon Falls, a delightful luncheon spot in Chagrin where they make the best egg salad, home-made soups and bakery.  

 

It was fascinating seeing how they make all of their shots so beautiful by arranging flowers and furniture. We all had a blast!  

    

The Traditional Home team was absolutely delightful and we can't wait to see the Farm in the pages of their gorgeous magazine.  Look for the September Fashion Issue, coming out in mid-August.

 

In the meanwhile, I'll be recovering!!!!

 

Rebecca

 

 

 

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Blizzard Chocolate Bread Pudding with Warm Kahlua Cream

Posted on January 25, 2014 by Rebecca | 0 comments

 

 

OK - If life hands you snow, make snowballs!!  We are buried under another blizzard and blasting arctic temperatures.  So, as a coping mechanism to get through this winter, I have developed a small coping mechanism: Making the most fabulous Chocolate Bread Pudding that is super easy and makes you feel nice and warm and snuggly!!  Here is the recipe, which I have been tweaking and perfecting.  You won't be sorry!!!  Stay warm and snuggly!!

 

Blizzard Chocolate Bread Pudding with Warm Kahlua Cream

 

  1. In the microwave, melt 4 ounces of quality semi-sweet chocolate- Bakers brand is find)
  2. Stir into the chocolate 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  3. In another bowl, put 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and a dash of salt. Stir well.
  4. Stir the chocolate mixture into the sugar.
  5. Tear up into small pieces one loaf of older bread - I prefer a loaf of Challah bread - but a loaf of French or Farm Bread would be fine - should be approximately 6 cups.
  6. Pour the bread into the mixture, toss and coat and let it sit a few minutes to soak up the liquid. 
  7. Pour the entire mixture into a Pam coated 9 1/2 x 11 glass dish.  
  8. Cook at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes.
  9. While cooling, mix equal parts Kahlua Liqueur and Heavy Whipping cream and heat it up in the microwave.
  10. Let it pudding cool for 15 minutes and then dish into small bowls.
  11. Pour the Kahlua and cream over the pudding.
  12. Top with Whipped Cream and watch the snow fall!!

 

 

 

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New Year's Eve: Looking out on the Horizon of Possibilities

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Rebecca | 0 comments

Looking out on the horizon of the pasture this morning, I am giving thanks for the wonderful year with which Derek, Lizzie and I have been blessed. I am also appreciative for the marvelous year that we have had at Rebecca Ray. We give thanks to our many friends, family and supporters who make our efforts here such a joy. I hope that you are lucky enough to spend a few moments today reflecting on the year, crunching in the snow (or sand!), looking out on the horizon, and dreaming of the possibilities that 2014 holds. A joyous Happy New Year to all!

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Winter Harvest - Calling All Squash Recipes!!!

Posted on December 06, 2013 by Rebecca | 0 comments
This winter, Derek and I joined a Farm Cooperative called Farm to Fork that provides it's members with a weekly harvest from their crops.  It is a great way to get fresh vegetables, eggs and meat and we love knowing that we are supporting our local farmers.  We've gotten to try root vegetables that I might not have tried without receiving them from the cooperative and having really fresh greens every night is a treat.  However, we seem to have had an over-run on Squash - every kind imaginable.  They are beautiful, colorful and decorative, but I'm running out of innovative ways to use them!!  Anyone have some great recipes out there that you'd like to share with us and our readers?
To share your recipes e-mail them to info@rebeccaraydesigns.com and we'll select our favorite reader recipe for a Rebecca Ray prize.  E-mail recipes by midnight, Wednesday, December 11th.  Happy cooking!!

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