Lemon Curd by Robert Rothchild Farm

Our LEMON CURD is a wonderful staple. Here a just a few uses….

Cake Drizzle
Top warm gingerbread or toasted pound cake with scoops of
dulce de leche (carmel) ice cream and Lemon Curd.

Cloud Cake
Bake your favorite white cake batter in a 9×13 pan.
Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.
Pierce top of cake every 1 1/2 inches, using the handle of a wooden spoon.
Spread a jar of Lemon Curd over the cake.
Cool completely; cover and chill 4 hours.
Frost top of cake with sweetened whipped cream.

Magic Filling
Fill layer cakes, cupcakes, or miniature tart shells with
Lemon Curd.

Lemon Eton Mess
Layer Lemon Curd, coarsely crushed meringue cookies. fresh berries and sweetened whipped cream in vintage parfait glasses.

Better Than Buttter
Spread Lemon Curd on hot biscuits, fresh blueberry muffins or
a basketful of croissants. You can also mix with Greek yogurt to top a
coffee cake.

OOH – Sound Good?


Beans in a crock-pot are the height of winter comfort food.
The French love a tender bean called FLAGEOLET. They
may be difficult to find but About the Home features them.

Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme

6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 t. kosher salt
2 t. finely chopped rosemary
2 tsp. finely chopped thyme
2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 in. diagonally
2 T. olive oil
1/4 c. chopped parsley, divided

  1. Put all ingredients, except parsley, in a 4 to 6 qt. slow cooker. Add 5 c. boiling water and stir.
    Cover and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed and beans are very tender, 3 hours on
    high or 4 1/2 hours on low.
  2. Stir in 3 T. parsley. Transfer to serving dish and drizzle with more oil and parsley.
    Serves 4 at 365 calories.
    From Sunset Magazine

Confessions of a “Nothing on the Windows” Man

Several years ago, we replaced all the original windows in our 1923 Cape Cod. I spent many hours and hundreds of dollars trimming out the windows. NOTHING was going to cover the great look of fine wood and carpentry. We really like the clean and fresh feel of natural wood and glass.
For the past few years, I’ve been installing window treatments with my wife, Janee, for About the Home in Grand Ledge. Time after time, we would see the warmth that tailored window coverings brought to a home. The current style of fabric and hardware add character and definition to the windows and the room as well – Janeevery different from the excessive fabrics of our grandmothers.
Last summer, Janee and I designed panels on rings and rods that really complimented our windows. They softened the edges of the rooms without hiding my valuable wood trim.
The result was a wonderful casual, homey feel. What a difference well done window treatments make in a home.

Dave Penfield
Window Covering Installer

Window Coverings – Do them myself or ask for help?

There is just something that happens to a room when window treatments are added.  They become the eye makeup to a window.  The room becomes friendly and people are pulled into the area like a hug.  Fabric softens the hard edges of a room.
For all of the effect, the cost can be intimidating.  And therefore, to make the window treatment more affordable, we look for ways to do some of the steps ourselves.  If you know what you are doing some of the steps are doable.  If you do not, then it is best to know where to find help.

There are FOUR PARTS to handling most window coverings:

  1. Fabric and design of the window treatment
  2. Hardware to hang the fabric
  3. Workmanship of the window treatment
  4. Installation onto the wall

Fabric – gorgeous fabrics in endless colors and patterns are available.  Some are best for panels.  Others are best for valences and padded cornices.  If you can find the fabric, just perfect for your room, we can help have them made and hung.  But if fabric contents and color combinations are confusing, we have many great sources in as many price ranges to take the mystery out of the choice;  the right fabric and a flattering design that will make your windows ” pop “.

Hardware – While valences and cornices do not require visable hardware, panels depend on rings, brackets and poles.  We have seen all variations and quite a few mistakes in choices.  One of the most common errors is the telescoping rod found in do-it-yourself departments.  At the end of the day, the panel may be longer on one side than the other.  We much prefer the rod that is cut to fit the window and know you will too.

Workmanship – Panels sold in packages are convenient with no waiting.  However, the length is usually too short and a single panel is too narrow.  If your windows ask for more width or length than standard, a custom panel is more cost effective……. and looks much more finished.

Installation – My husband, Dave, says that he is not paid for the bracket he installs, but for knowing where to put that bracket.  Some people know when to us a toggle and when a screw will do.  Others may not realize that there is a time to make the treatments  level to the ceiling and when to make them level to the window.  Installing treatments that are secure and level is truly a skill.

We are experienced and very helpful in all areas of window treatment — from design to installation.  Whatever part of the process you want to do on your own is fine.  But — we are available for all stages in creating the perfect fit for your decor.

Visit our Gourmet Pantry

Visit often – we have lots of fun “food” ideas for gift giving or holiday entertaining.
Our Gourmet Pantry is stuffed with Wind and Willow Dips & Cheese ball mixes in many flavors. You will also find wonderful Wind and Willow soup mixes.
We have sauces by Robert Rothchild – hot pepper raspberry chipotle sauce, Cherry Republic salsa’s and jams, Cherith Valley relishes and salsa’s, Prairie Thyme Raspberry Jalapeno Ambrosia. For those of you with a sweet tooth, we also have a variety of Michigan made candies & chocolate sauces. Try Aspen mulling spices for outstanding spiced drinks.
Our newest addition is Bavaria summer sausage , made by hand in Madison, WI by a master sausage maker. These sausages have been “flying” out the door. We are stocking several flavors – Bison, Elk, & Beef Pfieffer. They make an excellent gift or stocking stuffer for those guys in your life that you would like to treat to something special and unique.

June 2012 – Graduations & Weddings

June always proves to be a busy month. We attend graduation parties and weddings. Are you at a loss for the perfect gift?
Visit About the Home, we have many new selections and offer complimentary gift wrapping. Let us take the worry out of your planning. You can count on finding that “one of a kind” piece.

Holiday Open House – November 12 & 13, 2011

Hello Everyone –

We celebrated our annual Holiday Open House, our theme “Get your “Jingle” on, created a very contagious – “Merry” – atmosphere.
The store was simply beautiful with festive lights and holiday trim.

Each day was abuzz as we welcomed a record number of guests.
Everyone was excited about all of our unique and beautiful gift giving and home decor items. We showcased our custom “Wherever, Happiness Charm”-created exclusively for About the Home, along with many other special treasures.

Our Gourmet Pantry tasting table was a great hit, as always. It included mulled cider, Wind and Willow dips, cheese ball and soup mix samples along with Prairie Thyme Raspberry Jalapeno Ambrosia over a block of cream cheese-dipped with crackers – all are absolutely yummy! Our pantry is choc full of many delicious choices.

Don’t miss out, we will have these same items available with an ever changing inventory as we get closer and closer to Christmas.