There is nothing like the first warm sun on your face on a Sunday afternoon after weeks of a cold, dark winter. As soon as the kitchen is filled with all that natural light, I start organizing it and getting it ready for spring. Ah, what a refreshing time that is. I gathered fresh food from our local farm stand, hung some herbs for drying, and of course put some cut flowers in a vase. Join me for a tour of our farmhouse kitchen in the spring!
I wanted to add a few simple spring touches to our farmhouse kitchen to bring in fresh life and new ideas. Spring is the time of new seeds being planted, new chicks hatching, and so many other exciting things. So for us, that meant it was time to add some spring life into our farmhouse kitchen!
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In this post I want to take you into our farmhouse kitchen this spring. Spring is a wonderful time to be at the homestead! Watch the video below or scroll down to read about all the things we do to create spring life in our farmhouse.
Watch: Come visit the Farmhouse Kitchen during Spring
10 Simple Ways to Create Spring in your Farmhouse
Bringing new and fresh spring decor into your home really is not complicated. Below are a few simple ways to add spring touches to your homestead (without going to the home decor store!):
1 – Fresh Flowers in your Spring Farmhouse Kitchen
Even if you aren’t growing them yourself, just get whatever flowers your local grocery store has. Because fresh flowers on the counter bring you joy whenever you walk in the room!
2 – White Vases
(Or anything white for that matter) I find that the brighter the colors, the brighter the mood! Use white vases or pitchers to hold the flowers to brighten up the space in your home. Here you’ll see how we refinished an old farmhouse side table with white milk paint. It was an easy DIY that adds a lot of brightness to our homestead.
3 – Plant some seeds!
If it’s still pretty frosty outside, you can start your seeds indoors. Even if your flowers or veggies don’t turn out perfectly, the act of picking up dirt with your hands and planting baby seeds is what spring is all about. In our spring farmhouse kitchen, we planted some chamomile. I’ve never planted this flower before, but I sure love them so I’m excited to see how it turns out.
Also, my friend Steph who writes the Hopewell Heights Blog posted some detailed instructions on how to start seeds indoors with soil blocking if you’re interested!
4 – Dry some herbs
If you don’t have a garden yet but want some fresh smelling herbs, buy a poultry packet at the store. This usually contains sage, thyme, and rosemary. Separate the herb bundle and hang up them upside down to dry. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get a free printable how-to guide on drying herbs if you want!
5 – Open up curtains, windows, and doors
This is important for several reasons:
First, let that sunshine in! Most people lack vitamin D in the winter months so if you have any sunshine outside at all, let it in. You’ll start feeling the benefits immediately!
Second, open the windows to circulate fresh air. Part of the reason people get sick in the winter is due to staying inside too much. So let that fresh air in even if the temperature is cold. You can always warm back up by the fire later!
Lastly, opening windows and doors gives the sense of a bigger room when you can see the view outside. Try opening all the curtains in your kitchen or living room and notice the difference!
6. Swap out kitchen hand towels in your spring farmhouse kitchen
I don’t know about you, but I keep a lot of extra kitchen towels in drawers for a few reasons:
First, because sometimes we actually go through that many! We often have my parents over for dinner and to spend the night on the weekends. So after hosting them for dinner and breakfast the next day, we go through a lot of towels!
Second, one of my money-saving decorating strategies to keep seasonal towels in the drawer. I bring out greens and blues in the spring time. Whites in the summer. Reds and oranges in the fall. It’s just so fun to change the colors each season!
7. Buy some new food
Whenever the weather starts to changes, new food starts to pop up. Try to find a local farm stand with fresh food and pick up whatever they have in season. For us, that was onions, potatoes, garlic, and carrots.
If you don’t have a fresh farm stand near by, you can still be selective with what you buy at the grocery store. If you are buying zucchini at the grocery store in the spring for example, you know that it’s probably not grown locally (at least not for us in the Pacific Northwest). Here is a list of common foods that are grown in the winter time:
Winter pumpkins, spaghetti squash
Still have fall and winter foods in your kitchen? You can use them up by grabbing my FREE ebook, 10 Wholesome Fall Recipes HERE.
8. Make a Wreath
If you have flowers leftover, make a homemade spring wreath. You just need some cable ties and a grapevine wreath frame to do this. If you want to see the whole process of how I made this wreath from start to finish, you can find that here! You can also find some more spring farmhouse wreath inspiration on Pinterest.
9. Ferment some food
Or just try some new recipes in general. The theme here, if you haven’t caught on already, is freshness and new things. Adding some fermented carrots or sourdough starter to your kitchen counter is exciting because your’e growing probiotics! I typically have sourdough starter, kefir, sauerkraut, fermented chicken feed, and carrots on my counter. Maybe not all at the same time, but I rotate them so we always have something new.
Hands down, my favorite food to ferment is flour. I use my sourdough starter for just about all of our bread products at this point. It’s so easy, you can learn how to make your own starter and your own rustic bread loaf.
10. Create spring ambiance
I am a big fan of creating ambiance in our home. In fact, I’m probably more weird about this than I’m willing to write about on social media. But my husband has called me a witch doctor several times for my use of essential oils, candles, music, and other natural remedies in our home. Basically, my idea is to look around the home and create positivity and love by just doing a few simple things:
First, Turn on new music. Some of my favorite artists for at-home music are:
- Steve Tyrell for late afternoon, calming, romantic yet upbeat
- George Winston for beautiful, sentimental classical music for quiet or productive time
- John Mayer for end-of-the-week fun yet relaxing music
- Johnny Cash for weekend afternoons, or days that are hustling and bustling like house cleaning days or when guests come over
- We Banjo 3 for uplifting Irish banjo music perfect for spring time
- Jack Johnson for happy, low-key guitar and ukulele chill music
Second, light a candle and cook by candlelight. Try turning off the light in the kitchen in the evening and see if you can cook by candlelight. It might sound silly but really this is how our ancestors did it, so you can too! Plus, it gives you a totally different perspective on your kitchen, which is so fun to have especially in the spring time.
Lastly, diffuse essential oils. Not only are there tremendous health benefits of using essential oils, but the smells brighten your mood and the room. For spring, try diffusing orange or citrus oils. Orange scents are fresh and help bring new attitudes and positivity into your home. If you don’t have essential oils or a diffuser, you can make a homemade recipe. Go buy an orange and a lemon at the store, cut them up, and place them in a pot of boiling water. Leave on at a simmer to create natural aromatherapy.
How do you dry herbs?
Drying herbs is so simple. You could use an oven or a dehydrator, but we are using some twine and our own home to dry herbs this spring.
Take a bundle of herbs (I like using sage, rosemary, and thyme). Divide it into small bundles. You don’t want a large bundle, because moisture can accumulate inside and grow mold. Separate the branches a little so lots of air can get through.
Tie the bottom of the bundle with some cooking twine. Make sure you tie tightly so no herbs fall when you hang upside down.
I used small command hooks to hang our herbs. You can find these at your local tool shop. I like them because they are kind to the wall upon removal!
Try to find a dry area to hang your herbs. I chose right above our stove. We have a fan above the range so it should be a nice warm, dry area.
Let your herbs dry for anywhere between a few days and a few weeks. This depends on the temperature and moisture level of your home. Once the herbs are stiff and break off easily, they’re done. I like to store mine in small glass mason jars and sprinkle on my roasted chicken.
How to Dry Herbs | SIMPLE, NATURAL
- Cooking twine
- Small command hooks
- Take a bundle of herbs (I like using sage, rosemary, and thyme). Divide it into small bundles. You don't want a large bundle, because moisture can accumulate inside and grow mold. Separate the branches a little so lots of air can get through.
- Tie the bottom of the bundle with some cooking twine. Make sure you tie tightly so no herbs fall when you hang upside down.
- Try to find a dry area to hang your herbs. I chose right above our stove. We have a fan above the range so it should be a nice warm, dry area.
- I used small command hooks to hang our herbs. You can find these at your local tool shop. I like them because they are kind to the wall upon removal!
- Let your herbs dry for anywhere between a few days and a few weeks. This depends on the temperature and moisture level of your home. Once the herbs are stiff and break off easily, they're done. I like to store mine in small glass mason jars and sprinkle on my roasted chicken.
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