EASY AS PIE
Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest!
The best things in life are the simplest!
Back in the days when folks woke up with the sun and lived off the land, a homemaker’s greatest challenge was to find simple ways to transform what grew seasonally into tasty fare. On Heather Cameron’s 40-acre organic farm, food is still prepared that way.
“My trend in cooking—and decorating—has always been to go backwards, not forwards,” Heather says. “I love making food from scratch without the use of modern appliances. It’s incredibly satisfying to use my hands and good oldfashioned elbow grease.”
Heather’s do-it-yourself nature extends from cookie and pie baking to crafts and woodworking. She even built her own “shabby shack” with her husband. “We use it for entertaining and small parties. It’s also the perfect place to escape to,” she explains.
Whether baking a farm-fresh pie or designing a backyard getaway, Heather believes in keeping things simple: wholesome ingredients, basic color schemes and always plenty of flowers!
OPPOSITE: Clematis vines line the doorway of Heather’s “shabby shack.” The walls and ceiling are painted Polar Bear white from Behr, and the floor is Benjamin Moore’s Waterfall blue. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: New to pie baking? Watch Heather’s video on her blog. To make a double hanging vase, Heather took two vases covered in jute netting and tied them together. Although Heather loved the idea of baking in her husband’s parents’ stove from their old kitchen, it proved unreliable. Now, it serves up charm instead of baked goods. Edible flowers are put to delicious use in lavender sugar cookie sandwiches with buttercream filling. This comfy retreat is the perfect spot for an afternoon snack of pie and lemonade.