Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop {Day 11}

Today is our day of the Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop!  We have been following along and just LOVE everyone’s adorable designs!  If you haven’t joined in yet check out Buttermilk Basin’s Blog for all the info.

This is our first summer here in the Pacific Northwest and we are absolutely loving it!  The days are long and not too hot but even if it does get hot there are plenty of giant evergreens to provide shade.

Here is our favorite summer potluck recipe…

Curried Chicken Salad recipe card

And Kathy has put together a perfect little summer sewing project for the hop.  Just look at this adorable little piece of watermelon (another potluck favorite)  it looks good enough to take a bite out of!
Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 1Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 2Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 3Melon Wedge Sewing Kit 4

You can click on the links below to print out the instructions and templates…



We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are.  And a BIG “thank you!” to Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for making this hop possible!

Cute Daisy Chain Pocket by Mattie

Mattie sent us a photo of her recently finished Daisy Chain Pocket.  Don’t you think the colors are just perfect?!  We love to see all the different ways The Cottage at Cardiff Farms’ projects can turn out with just a few color changes.  Thank you, Mattie, for sending us your picture.
Daisy Chain Pocket by Mattie


We LOVE meeting new people and making new friends!  Check out our new Flickr Group “The Cottage at Cardiff Farms Circle of Friends”  Inspired by Kathy’s “Circle of Friends” quilt pattern.  Anyone can join and upload pictures of their “Cottage at Cardiff Farms” projects to share.  When you add a picture it will show up in the little gallery to the right.  If you are not sure how to add your picture, just email it to us and we will put it on for you.


Hope to see lots of projects!!

New Barn Quilt – Block 2

Hi Everyone!  We hope you are having a great week!  Here is block #2 of Kathy’s new barn block-of-the-month.  We will be posting a new block each week, so check back often.  You can see little glimpses of the other ones on the sides for now.  We really hope you will love this quilt as much as we do!  The colors and textures are amazing, it reminds me of a beautiful folk art painting.

Barn BOM Block 2

It is still waiting to be quilted…

I recently started longarm quilting and love it!  I think it is so much fun!  Kathy is trusting me with quilting this new BOM even though I have only been quilting for a few months.  I still can’t believe it, I feel a bit nervous but I will be starting on it sometime next week.  I will be sure to post progress pics as I go along.

Make sure to catch up with us on Facebook too.  We are definitely social media novices but we are learning!


Our Circle of Friends Keeps Getting Bigger!

A few months ago, Cindy from Northern Illinois sent us this great photo of her finished Circle of Friends quilt top (and her dog Molly.)

Thanks, Cindy!  It’s really beautiful! (Molly too!)  Sorry it took so long to post it on the blog!

We were so excited to see Cindy’s finished project that we decided to start a monthly drawing to get in touch with more friends.  Send us a picture of your Cottage at Cardiff Farms project for an entry into our “Circle of Friends Drawing.”  A winner will be selected at the end of each month for that month’s entries.  Prizes will include free patterns, mini wool kits, and embellishments!

Please email entries to mailbox@thecottageatcardifffarms.com  please include a mailing address incase you are a winner.

***Please note:  All submitted pictures, first names, and states will be subject to being published online***

We can’t wait to see all of your pictures!

November Pin Pals

Hello Pin Pals!

This will be the last Pin Pals gathering for the year so I designed the pin rest with a little bit of holiday inspiration.

I am putting mine on my dining side board with little reminders pinned to it.  I think it’s a cheerful way to keep me on track.  As I complete my tasks, I remove the note.  The more of the pin rest I see the closer I am to being ready for the holidays.

Hope you enjoy your pin rest and have happy thoughts of  “The Cottage at Cardiff Farms” and our warm wishes for you and yours during this holiday season.

We will look forward to our first gathering in 2012.

Best Wishes,


Holly Berry Pin Rest

P.S.  Remember to bring your sewing machine for this one!

Progress In The Kitchen Garden + Recipe!

Well, it’s taken a little time but the zucchini plant that survived the heat wave has taken off!  We have been picking squash weekly and are enjoying cooking with them.  So I thought we would share another recipe…  The first time I saw this recipe it was in the food section of the San Diego Union Tribune in the late 70’s.  Wow!  Has it been that long? I tweaked the recipe a few times over the years and this is what we have adopted as one of our family favorites.

Zucchini Pie

4 cups thinly sliced, unpeeled zucchini

1 cup coarsely chopped onion

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped parsley or 2 tablespoons parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sweet basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 eggs, well beaten

8 ounces (2 cups) shredded muenster cheese

1 recipe pie dough made with butter (recipe follows) or 1 8-ounce package refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

2 teaspoons dijon or prepared mustard

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a 10-inch skillet, cook the zucchini and onion in the butter and olive oil until tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the parsley and seasonings the last minute of cooking.  Remove from heat and let cool while preparing the crust.

For crust use cresent rolls or the following recipe:

1 cup & 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

6 tablespoons salted butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

Blend with folk until well incorporated and the mixture forms small pea size crumbs.

Add 3 tablespoons ice water.  Mix gently by hand until dough is a ball.  Form into disk and roll out to circle 1/8″ thick.  Place in pie plate and trim edge.

To use crescent rolls- separate into 8 triangles and place edge to edge in pie plate covering all surfaces.  Squeeze together at seams to prevent leakage. Trim edge.

Spread your prepared crust with the mustard.

In a large bowl, blend the eggs and the cheese.  Stir in the vegetable mixture.  Pour the filling into the pie crust and spread evenly.

Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let the pie stand 10 minutes before serving.  Serve while still hot.

This pie makes a wonderful side dish for pork, fish, or poultry but can also be served with a salad for a  flavorful vegetarian meal.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do here at Cardiff Farms!

Hello World!

Welcome to Cottage Postcards!  We finally started our blog at The Cottage at Cardiff Farms!  We are planing on posting all the latest happenings on the farm as well as sewing tips, favorite recipes, and pictures from the gardens.  Please check back often for updates.  See you soon!