Author: Alexis Negranti

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Favorite finds + happenings from the week! 1. This coat. I grabbed it at H&M a couple weeks ago and I haven’t taken it off since! It’s stylish, can be dressed up and down, and best of all it is SO COZY! And it’s under 

The Barnhouse is Going Dark: Exterior Paint Colors

The Barnhouse is Going Dark: Exterior Paint Colors

Beautiful, dark exterior paint inspiration + colors! I love a good dark exterior. You may have noticed dark exteriors are popping up more ofeten these days on Pinterest or Instagram, but bold exteriors have been around for a long time; I’m confident it’s not a 

New Years Black-Eyed Pea Soup

New Years Black-Eyed Pea Soup

A healthy, delicious, and traditionally ‘lucky’ way to start the New Year!

In the South, eating black-eyed peas on the first day of the year are thought to bring you wealth and prosperity for the coming year. This soup is quick to throw together and tastes great – so why not give this tradition a try!

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Speaking of the New Year, have you been reflecting on the past year, creating your list of hopes for the new year? What big goals for 2020 are you tackling? It’s not only a new year, but a new decade (no pressure!) and I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I plan to achieve in my future. Every New Years Eve, Wade and I write out our goals for the year. We each have around five personal goals and five goals we plan to accomplish together. It’s both fun and productive to check back to the list throughout the year and see where we are at. It really helps keeps things in perspective and on track! A huge 2020 goal for me is to not be so ‘busy’. Our culture has somehow come to glorify busy and I find it unhealthy in so many ways. I’m hoping to slow down, even if just a little bit, prioritize, spend time enjoying my family, friends, and this beautiful life we’ve been given! Maybe I’ll share our full list for the year in another post…

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Now onto this lucky, delicious soup! I’m still trying to figure out why they are called peas when they are actually beans, so I may call them beans or peas throughout the post, bear with me! This recipe is truly so easy. The hardest part is remembering to soak your black-eyed peas the day before you want to serve this soup!

If you have not soaked beans it’s super simple. Take your dry beans, rinse them in a colander, place them in a large bowl, cover with water, and set on counter overnight. The end!

Once your black-eyed peas are ready, gather remaining ingredients. In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the copped bacon and sauté until just browned, 5-7 minutes. Next add the diced garlic and shallot and stir until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne if using. With a wooden spoon, mix until bacon bits are coated.

Next add the chicken stock, water, thyme and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat, bringing the soup to a simmer. Simmer on low for 1.5 hours or until peas are soft.

Enjoy with crusty bread or skillet cornbread, a green salad, and enjoy good luck all year!

Black Eyed Pea Soup New Years


  • 16oz (1lb) black eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (about 4 cloves) – diced
  • 1 shallot – diced
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon – chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional – I leave this out with my kiddos but it adds a nice layer to the soup if your family can handle some heat!)


1. Soak “peas” (beans) overnight: rinse beans and place in a large bowl. Pour water over beans until water is about two inches above the beans.  Set beans on the counter overnight. Rinse, and they are ready!

2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the copped bacon and sauté until just browned, 5-7 minutes. Add the diced garlic and shallot, stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

3. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne if using, until bacon bits are coated.

4. Add chicken stock, water, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, bringing the soup to a simmer. Simmer for 1.5 hours or until peas are soft.

5. Enjoy with crusty bread and enjoy good luck all year!

Back at it.

It’s been a solid five and a half years since my last blog post (insert Emoji big-eyes face here)! It’s not that I’ve been dilly-dallying, we’ve had a full five years… let me catch you up. In that time I’ve had two children, grown Negranti 

Baby Negranti!!

A couple weeks ago we did a photo shoot for Matchbook Magazine (more on that in the next post…), and since the photos don’t hide the bump, it’s time to announce that Wade and I are expecting our first baby this November! We are thrilled, 

Happy March

Sometimes you stop, take a moment, and realize how beautiful life is. I pulled into our drive this morning, saw the blue sky, blooming trees, green grass, heard birds chirping, our creek running, and it hit me; I am one stinkin’ lucky lady. I love our beautiful, crazy, farm life.


Happy March,


A Productive Work Day / Run of the ‘Bulls’

Let me tell you about my super productive work day. First off, at the end of 2013 I decided to move my office back home. As much as I thought I would love having a space to separate work life from home life, I really 

Merry Christmas 2013

It’s Christmas? 2013? I know I’m not alone when asking ‘where the heck did this year go?’!! It seems like we just moved into our new creamery, landed Whole Foods, bought our first home, and completed the ice cream truck. Looking back 2013 has been 

The Honest to Goat Truth

I have something to come clean about. Remember those sweet goats I blogged about a while back (HERE)? Yes…well that was cute and all…but two days later those goats crawled under our fencing and took off. And we never saw them again. I gave them food, I gave them water, I gave them shelter. They even had Wade to follow around. And those buggers still ran off.

So about a week or so after those goats ‘moved on’, Wade brought home to MORE goats. (Because, you know, we had such great success with the first two). These goats were not nearly as tame as the first two but were extremely entertaining. They would goat-crawl under the fence during the day, eat weeds, cruise around the property, and at night they would goat-crawl themselves back under the fence into the pasture.

They never loved me enough to let me get close enough to snap a picture of them. However, they did love our horses. When I would ride in the arena, they would be in the arena. When I moved the horses to another pasture, they would go into the pasture. When I would ride around the farm, they would follow.


These goats really grew on Wade and I. Following us on horses, darting in and out of the pasture, never getting too close but just close enough…plus, they were great weed abatement tools!

And then last weekend the goats were gone. And they didn’t run away. You know how we know they didn’t run away? Because we ‘found’ one of them. I will spare details. We believe it was either a large fox (see photo below) or coyote. I am going to go ahead and believe that there is NO WAY it could have been a mountain lion. No way. I’m just going to keep telling myself that….let me believe it, OK?


{The fat happy fox in our drive way. Please don’t ask me what it said.}

So now we have no goats. And I don’t suspect we will be getting any more. I had to come clean with you all; farm life is not always cute goats and peaceful co-existing. And I couldn’t keep pretending that we were actually good goat keepers when in fact, both sets were gone.

We’re clearly not meant to be goat people, and that’s the honest to goat truth.


Sticking with cows and sheep,


Negranti’s Ice Cream Truck

I cannot even tell you how excited I am to have our ice cream truck complete!! OK, I can. I am SO SO STINKIN’ EXCITED AND I’M NOT GONNA HIDE IT!!!! A few weeks back I put together a little ‘inaugural’ photo shoot for the