Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cheers To New Beginnings

GIPSY in the PARLOUR's very first blog header from January 2010: The book from Gramma Dolly that inspired it all

I've been blogging for 4 years at & decided at the beginning of 2014 to merge GIPSY in the PARLOUR with her mother, our home, Lindell Farm.

GIPSY in the PARLOUR started off as an experimental art project in 2010 & evolved over the years into a wonderland of curated art, ephemera, vintage music, farming, mixology & the occasional Connecticut interest piece. While I love her, the friends I made through her & all that she stands for, it is time to move on & create something new, that's more "us" including The Mister, instead of only "me".

Starting fresh with a newly imagined online presence allows us to focus time a little more effectively on building this small farm into a working business. I'll likely not be publishing much curated art or music at our new online space, but you'll still find me publishing all things farm, nature & definitely mixology!! Hard working folks like us must always make time for leisure with the essential cocktail. In fact, I've pulled over copies of my favorite cocktail recipes from, so you can find them on too - look under Lindell Farm > Cocktail Recipes !

As for Lindell Farm's Shop - I'm in the midst of creating new one of a kind wreaths with our gorgeous 2013 home-grown organic harvest. I'm also entertaining the idea of selling our wreaths locally & abandoning GIPSY in the PARLOUR's online selling approach. It seems to make more sense when I think of shipping to various parts of the country in terms of packaging & transportation - the shipping sortof out weighs all of the "green organic goodness" of what we intended by farming in the first place.

If you’re interested in featuring Lindell Farm’s wreaths in your shop & you’re located somewhere in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut, we’d love to hear from you!

I hope you'll follow Lindell Farm's journey - the best way to keep up with us is via Facebook [ RSS feed & other options coming soon ].

Cheers to new beginnings - see you soon at !!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Shackleton's 1915 Antarctic Expedition

Lost party on Elephant Island saved at last
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, Polar Explorer
15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922

~ Photographs Courtesy Library Of Congress

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lingonberry Clementine Moonshine Martini

Today's cocktail inspiration came upon me whilst - of all things - cleaning the refrigerator! I had Cranberries & Clementines left over from Christmas & I found them still remarkably fresh. & I've been wanting to use my special imported Wild Lingonberry Jam for something other than slathered on well-buttered, toasted English Muffins - although very delicious. Then I remembered that big bottle of Onyx Moonshine I bought before the holidays... Alas, the birth of the Lingonberry Clementine Moonshine Martini!!

I find myself using Moonshine in place of Vodka for nearly all cocktails these days... Moonshine really does mix nicely. This recipe is based upon what was in my refrigerator - use whatever you have in yours! You could use any berry jam & really any fresh citrus & even top with a little clear unflavored seltzer for a lighter cocktail.

▪ 3 ounces Onyx Moonshine -  Connecticut’s own!
▪ 1 ½ ounces Lingonberry Jam & a little extra for garnish
▪ 1 ¾ ounces freshly squeezed Clementine juice
▪ Cranberries for garnish
▪ Granulated white sugar also for garnish
▪ Rim your martini glass by generously dipping first in jam & then in sugar
▪ Gently shake off any excess sugar & place the glass into the freezer until ready to serve

Mix & Serve:
▪ Squeeze your fresh citrus to extract the juice & set aside in a small glass
▪ If the jam you're using has whole berries like mine, put it into a small glass & then press the berries against the sides with a spoon to crush the fruit & render as smooth as possible
▪ Combine the citrus & jam in a small glass & stir to dissolve the jam
▪ Add all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker
▪ Shake & strain into your pre-garnished, chilled martini glass
▪ Drop in a few Cranberries - an odd number is always best - serve!

Cheers to using what you have - enjoy!!
~ Playing on the Parlour Victrola: [ Oh My Darling ] Clementine as performed by Bobby Darin, 1960