joy of nesting

joy of nesting
California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Farmer's Market...a Rustic Autumn Pictorial























Recently I had an inspiring visit to a farmer's market in a small town outside our state capital of Sacramento. Needless to say, I wanted to capture what I saw there and share it with my readers.

It's called Davis Ranch and they are known for their wonderful, fresh picked non-GMO corn. We enjoyed it a number of times this summer on the cob as well as in a variety of salads. With autumn upon us, I'm starting to think about acorn squash, butternut squash and pumpkin pies and breads.

Enjoy the pictorial.
















































































































































































































































































































This fragrant batch of dill found it's way home with me and became the centerpiece of a birthday care package.


















Davis Ranch, 13211 Jackson Road, Soughhouse, Calfornia.

A Few Vintage Collectibles
























I cherish many of the wonderful old things I have hanging around my home. They tell a story about my family and our past. They live happily among the newer things I continue to collect today.

This Winnie the Pooh cookie jar was handmade by my sister in law and fellow Pooh lover, Ann.























This incomplete set of brown transfer ware is among the sweetest I've seen, a gift to me from my Aunt in Santa Cruz who is an antique dealer.























A very old chocolate mold, antique bread bowl and great wine decanter with teak lid were all gifts. The mold from my mother, the decanter as a wedding gift some thirty years ago, and the bread bowl was my great grandmother's.


















A hand made tea set from Deruda, Italy from the 80's. A long ago purchase at one of my favorite home stores. The snake was made by my adult son when he was very young.


















An ironstone soup tureen and French tumblers, more gifts from my antiquing aunt.



































Great Cappuccino cups for two, used when I pull out the espresso machine.
























These are a wonderful set of rare toy soldiers. They hung in my husband's childhood bedroom and are part of a collection, now belonging to my son Christian.



















Old monogrammed sterling flatware has the letter "S". It was my great grandmother's who was actually a Smith, but it works for Segerstrom too.























Below is a sweet flatware set, another gift from my mom. It's silver plate which requires less maintenance so we enjoy it every day of the week.























Love this little sterling Gump's cigarette holder, sans the smokes. It's one of the many silver pieces my late mother in law passed along to me. I cherish them.
























The doggie doorstep below is a reproduction but is the perfect "not too new" look I was after.
























Grandfather's trunk. This great old piece currently houses our family photo albums. It has his name written on the side, above one of the leather handles.


















Living with vintage and antique furnishings keeps me in touch with our family history. They tell our story and act as reminders of days long ago. When put together in your home with current fabrics and new accessories, they create a dynamic interior decor that evolves gracefully over time.

This way, you don't have to replace everything every twelve to twenty years. It is a beautiful and meaningful way to build your nest.


Food and Wine Cover Recipe...Oh the Flavors!























I have made so many great vegetarian salads this summer (more about that at another time) but this one on the cover of Food and Wine is phenomenal. If you didn't get a copy of August 2013 Food and Wine, here is the recipe. The whole August issue was a winner. Lots of colorful, flavorful recipes using produce.

I had a ton of fun shopping for ingredients at the Davis Ranch in Slough House, California outside Sacramento. I made a few very successful substitutions.

"Summer Vegetable Ceviche"

Preparation time: 30 Mins. plus 2 hours to marinate

"Stockholm based bloggers David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl of Green Kitchen Stories created this recipe.

1 Cup fresh baby Lima beans, about 1 1/2 lbs. in the pod  (I swapped cannellini beans)
1 t. finely grated lime zest
1/3 C. fresh lime juice
1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil
1 scallion, thinly sliced (I swapped 3 green onions)
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine (I opted for 1/3 jalapeno)
1 small shallot
Sea salt
1 1/2 C. fresh white corn kernels (about 2 ears)
2 nectarines, cut into small slices
1 Haas avocado, cut into small chunks
1 large orange bell pepper, chopped
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 coarsely chopped cilantro

1. In a small saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the Lima beans until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the beans under cold water.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the lime zest and juice with the olive oil, scallion, jalapeno, and shallot; season the dressing with sea salt. Gently fold in the Lima beans, corn, nectarines, avocado, orange bell pepper, and tomatoes. Refrigerate for two hours. Fold in the cilantro just before serving.

Make ahead- This salad can be refrigerated up to eight hours. I actually found it was still delicious several days later, after finishing much of it myself.

Feel safe in doubling this recipe. As I said, ours did not go to waste.

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