Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just A Few More Days Until The Book Giveaway!

On Sept. 1st. I will be picking a winner for Blue Moon Farmstead's first ever book giveaway "Artic Son" by Jean Aspen. Tell me why you'd like to read this book in the comment section below. The winner will be randomly picked & contacted by email.





The chronicle of a family's first year alone in Alaskan wilderness, here is a poetic exploration into what we value in life. In 1992 Jean Aspen took her husband, Tom, and their young son to live in Alaska's interior mountains where they built a cabin from logs, hunted for food, and let the vast beauty of the Arctic close around them. Jean had faced Alaska's wilderness alone before in a life-altering experience she shared in ARCTIC DAUGHTER: a Wilderness Journey. Cut off from the rest of the world for more than a year, now her family would discover strength and beauty in their daily lives. They candidly filmed themselves and later produced a companion documentary, ARCTIC SON: Fulfilling the Dream, which shows on PBS stations across the nation. From an encounter with a grizzly bear at arm's length to a challenging six-hundred-mile river passage back to civilization, ARCTIC SON chronicles fourteen remarkable months alone in the Brooks Range. At once a portrait of courage, a lyrical odyssey, and authentic adventure, this is a family's extraordinary journey into America's last frontier. Follow them at www.jeanaspen.com

Friday, August 19, 2016

I Don't Know How It Happened But The Playroom Is Clean!

Hoarder child came home from school today & I told her we'd go somewhere special tomorrow if we could work as a team & clean the nightmare that is the playroom. I am not above bribery. She actually got right to work & 1 hr. later we had a 1/2 trash can full of "crap". Broken toys, pieces of torn paper, you name it, we dumped it. I do not know what got into her today that made her so cooperative, but we can now walk thru there without falling over things. I have spoken of my hoarder family before. I am not so it drives me crazy. My husband freely admits he has a problem, but the 6 yr old usually just gets upset if she thinks she has to get rid of anything. It will probably stay clean a few days & then be a mess again, but I am going to enjoy not stepping on Littlest Pet Shop animals for awhile.

Book Giveaway on Sept. 1st

Don't forget to leave a comment to win the book "Arctic Son" by Jean Aspen. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Infusing Liquor

      After a night of not much sleep since our smoke alarms went off at 4:45 am I thought I'd do some infusing this morning. If you're wondering, the house is fine. Since all of our smoke alarms are wired into each other if one has gone bad it sets all of them off on all three floors.The one upstairs had gone bad & had to wait till the middle of the night to set all the others off.
      I started out with 2 1.75 liter bottles of Vodka & 1 1.75 liter bottle of Bourbon.I got some jars ready & tried to figure out what to make. The vodka was made into 1 Qt.Peppercorn Vodka for Bloody Mary's, 1Qt. Rosemary Vodka (it sounds strange, but is very good) & 1 1/2 Gal. Lime Infused Vodka. The Bourbon was turned into Caramel Apple Bourbon.


                                                         Caramel Apple Bourbon
                                                 3 shredded Granny Smith apples
                      1/2  of a 12.2 oz.bottle Salted Caramel syrup (found in the coffee isle)
                                                           2 Cinnamon Sticks
                                                               1 1/2 Gal Jar
     Shred the apples, put in the jar, add  syrup & cinnamon sticks & then fill jar with Bourbon.
     Let set in a dark place for 5 days, then strain into a clean jar. Store in a dark cabinet & use within  1 yr. Don't throw out the apples. Make an adult ice cream topping.



     I have strained the peppercorn vodka. 1 day of infusing is more than enough to get the flavor. Anymore time will make it way too spicy.


                     Don't forget to leave a comment in the giveaway post for the book giveaway!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

1947 Weekly Groceries $12.50

            This is what a weekly shopping trip for a Family of 4 looks like. The total was $12.50

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Let's Do A Giveaway! Win This Book!

Leave a comment below on why you'd like to win this book. A winner will be picked at random on Thurs. Sept.1,2016 & contacted by email.

Monday, August 8, 2016

My Mixer From 1953

Years ago when my Mother In Law was downsizing I found this beauty in her throw away pile. I didn't care if it worked or not. I figured it could sit in my baking area. Much to my surprise I found out it worked quite well. She told me it was a wedding gift she & my Father In Law got when they married in 1953 & that she had always used it. The bowl is even original. In 63 yrs there is no way to figure what has been made with this. If I need a good upper body workout I can remove the top & use it as a hand mixer. It's almost too heavy to use that way.I'll keep using it till it quits & then it'll still be on display in my kitchen. It was a great find.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A Busy, Rainy Saturday Morning

I was in the garden right at sunrise this morning trying to beat the rain. Came in folded laundry, made biscuits & cornbread, worked on this site,started 2 gal of blueberry/blackberry wine & then made breakfast, all before 8 am. I have no idea where this burst of energy has come from, but I'm using it for all it's worth. This is not usual for me to be so perky so early in the morning. It must be the coffee.

Fried Okra


Okra, that quintessentially Southern vegetable, is a perfect appetizer fried up in a buttermilk and cornmeal batter.
From "The Up South Cookbook
116

Okra
Total Hands-On Time: 40 min
Preparation Time: 25 min 
Cook Time: 15 min 

Yield: 6 servings 
Brush any dirt off the okra before chopping it.

Photo courtesy Countryman Press

Nicole A. Taylor presents Southern recipes for all in The Up South Cookbook (Countryman Press, 2015). Combining all the home-cooked goodness of traditional Southern food with the international flavors of her Brooklyn neighbors, Taylor’s recipes honor tradition while reinterpreting the classics. The following recipe for fried okra is from “Greens and More.”
“Keep living and you’ll end up eating a lot of things,” says my mother. Hello, okra, my new friend. You were never in my rotation but now we hang out. I like your tenderness and how you fry up.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups chopped okra (about 1 pound)
• 3/4 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 1-1/2 cups sunflower oil

Instructions:


1. Gently rub any dirt off okra. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces, discard hard stem.
2. Pour buttermilk in a shallow bowl, add the okra and soak for 15 minutes.
3. Combine the salt, pepper, cornmeal, flour, onion powder, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Whisk together well.
4. Toss buttermilk-soaked okra in cornmeal mixture. Using a spider strainer or slotted spoon, shake off excess cornmeal.
5. Place oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat. Insert an instant-read thermometer in oil. When the temperature reaches 350 degrees F, the okra is ready for the skillet.
6. Carefully drop okra in the oil (work in batches). Cook about a minute and flip over, until golden brown. Remember to let the oil reach the 350 degree F mark before dropping more okra, and don’t crowd the pan.
7. Transfer to baking sheet with cooling rack on top. Sprinkle with more salt, if desired.
Let’s talk okra. If you’ve never witnessed them growing from seed to pod, it’s something beautiful. Gorgeous flowers grow right beside the vegetable and can be used to thicken soup or simply fried. The inside anatomy of okra is often used as stencils or stamps: artful food.

Friday, August 5, 2016

10,000 Page Views

We hit a milestone today! 10,000 page views.Thank you for looking at my site & please come back. You never know what will be on here......Speaking of which. I bought a ton of zip ties of assorted sizes today. You can never have too many & in an emergency they would be great to have.I also bought 10 outdoor solar lights. We use them in the house when the power goes out. I leave them out during the day & bring them in at night. They last forever.
  Where our viewers are located.
United States

Ukraine

Russia

Canada

United Kingdom

Brazil

Spain

Sri Lanka

Australia

Dominican Republic

Thought Of The Day


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Flip Flop Footwear (Try Saying That Fast 5 Times)

One thing we do around here since my Daughter & I live in flip flops in the summer is to keep an old watering can full & a towel on the porch so we can rinse our feet, shoes & all after yard work or being in the garden. It really keeps down the amount of mess tracked into the house.

It's Almost School Time Again

  I do not know where this summer has gone to. July just started & now it's about over. There has been so much to do & I never seem to get caught up.Canning has taken up part of the month & I am grateful for that. I guess those 20 tomato plants were a good idea after all. The cucumbers haven't done so well this year. Cabbage was a good crop, as well as peas. Peppers, not so much. Onions & potatoes were fantastic. Every year is a new gardening experience.
  All of Chicken Chicks school supplies are in her new backpack & ready to go.Winter supplies if not bought are on the list. Propane is in the tank. Wine is aging.
  I have never been a big fan of hot weather. Fall is the time of year that I really enjoy.The only thing is that as I get older fall seems to come around faster every year. Pretty soon we'll be indoors for winter unless we have another one like last year. There was never enough snow to sled on. All kids need a few snow days to unwind.
  So, I'll keep adding to the list. I need to get all of the blankets down & washed. Maybe next week... I now have more tomatoes to can.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Buttermilk Biscuits

  This is a recipe that has been around for a very long time & I try to make these at least once a week.
                            In a large bowl: 2 C. Self Rising Flour
                            Cut in with a fork: 1/4 C. Lard or Shortening or 5 Tbs. Butter
                            Add: 2/3 to 3/4 C. Buttermilk or sweet milk
                            Mix lightly
                            Turn out on a lightly floured board. Fold over on self  3 or 4 times.
                            Pat into a circle that is 1/4" thick
                            Cut with biscuit cutter & bake on a greased baking sheet 10 to 12 min @ 450

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just A Usual Tues. Morning

  I got up this morning ready to make spaghetti sauce & can it. Of course life had other plans. We have a Family member who has dementia. They were having an issue & it was something they felt had to be dealt with immediately. If you know someone with dementia you know about the confusion, demanding & hatefulness that can happen. Anyway, the panic call came in & I was in the middle of putting jars in a water bath. I could not leave the house & drive into town to attend to the problem. Sauce was cooking on the stove, filled jars were in the canner. I could not leave. This made them upset because I could not drop what I was doing. Thank goodness my Husband could go. He realized as soon as he got there that there was major confusion going on & that this was not going to be a good day. There are days like this one & they seem to be coming more & more. It's very sad & upsetting at times to see someone slip. Now a few hours later I called to see how they were doing & everything seems fine, like nothing happened. It is very draining to say the least. The canning is done for today. 18 pts. of chunky sauce. Good & spicy. It will be great on a homemade pizza this winter. Is it too early for a glass of wine?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Our Uninvited Guest




  We have found that there is a family of foxes living on our place. The one in the picture walked right up 15 ft. from my front porch & stood there. I grabbed my camera & glasses & went out after it & it stood in our front woods looking at me. This spot it's in is about 5 ft from the chicken coop. We are trying to find a way to get them out of here without harming them, but we can't get the new flock until they are gone.

How To Make Kimchi


Makes 1 quart

What You Need

Ingredients
1 medium head (2 pounds) napa cabbage
1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt (see Recipe Notes)
Water (see Recipe Notes)
1 tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
1 teaspoon grated ginger 
1 teaspoon sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons seafood flavor or water (optional, see Recipe Notes)
1 to 5 tablespoons Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
8 ounces Korean radish or daikon, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Equipment
Cutting board and knife
Large bowl
Gloves (optional but highly recommended)
Plate and something to weigh the kimchi down, like a jar or can of beans
Colander
Small bowl
Clean 1-quart jar with canning lid or plastic lid
Bowl or plate to place under jar during fermentation

Instructions

  1. Slice the cabbage: Cut the cabbage lengthwise into quarters and remove the cores. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips.
  2. Salt the cabbage: Place the cabbage and salt in a large bowl. Using your hands (gloves optional), massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit, then add water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Rinse and drain the cabbage: Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times and drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting, and set it aside to use in step 5.
  4. Make the paste: Meanwhile, combine the garlic, ginger, sugar, and seafood flavor (or 3 tablespoons water) in a small bowl and mix to form a smooth paste. Mix in the gochugaru, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (I like about 3 1/2 tablespoons).
  5. Combine the vegetables and paste: Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and return it to the bowl along with the radish, scallions, and seasoning paste.
  6. Mix thoroughly: Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated. The gloves are optional here but highly recommended to protect your hands from stings, stains, and smells!
  7. Pack the kimchi into the jar: Pack the kimchi into the jar, pressing down on it until the brine rises to cover the vegetables. Leave at least 1 inch of headspace. Seal the jar with the lid.
  8. Let it ferment: Let the jar stand at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid; place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow.
  9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready: Check the kimchi once a day, pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gases produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point, too! When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it's best after another week or two.

Recipe Notes



  • Salt: Use salt that is free of iodine and anti-caking agents, which can inhibit fermentation.
  • Water: Chlorinated water can inhibit fermentation, so use spring, distilled, or filtered water if you can.
  • Seafood flavor and vegetarian alternatives: Seafood gives kimchi an umami flavor. Different regions and families may use fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, oysters, and other seafood. Use about 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, or a combination of the two. For vegetarian kimchi, I like using 3/4 teaspoon kelp powder mixed with 3 tablespoons water, or simply 3 tablespoons of water.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Laundry!!!!!!!


 My Daughter is sick & cranky, there are two huge baskets of laundry to fold, 50 ears of corn to shuck & I haven't even thought about dinner. I need a vacation! Actually what I really need is someone to do the laundry while I work on the corn.
 
 It ended up being 88 ears of good sweet corn. Plenty for the freezer & more than enough for dinner. The laundry is still here......I was hoping it'd go away.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Remedies For All That Poison Ivy Type Stuff

My Son would get the worst poison ivy I've ever seen. It was beyond terrible. And of course he was happiest in the woods. Go figure.







Summer is a favorite time of year for outdoor play and adventure. Unfortunately, camping trips and bicycle rides can often lead to nasty cases of poison ivy, oak and sumac. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the itchy, blistering rash caused by these plants results from an oil called urushiol. The sticky oil is found in the leaves, stems and roots, and easily sticks to skin and clothes.
A poison oak, ivy, or sumac rash is not contagious. It is however, extremely uncomfortable for the afflicted person. Symptoms include redness, itching, swelling, and blisters, according to Mayo Clinic. Rashes caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac typically heal on their own within a few weeks. But why would you patiently suffer through the pain? You can make the rash less irritating and quicken the recovery process by following these home remedies.



Like Home Remedies for more
WEB MD
1. Turmeric and lemon juice. Natural News swears by the home remedy of mixing equal parts turmeric and lemon or lime juice. Apply the thick paste to the rash and let it soak in for fifteen minutes. You will likely be amazed by the fast and effective results.
2. Cucumber. You may laugh at the image of a beauty queen relaxing with cucumbers on her eyelids. But cucumbers do in fact have cooling properties. Reader's Digest recommends placing cucumber slices directly on the rash, or applying mashed cucumber as a sort of paste to the affected area.
3. Baking soda. Reader's Digest recommends mixing three teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water, and applying the homemade paste to the itchy, blistering area. The solution will dry and flake off. You can also dip gauze pads in a larger quantity of the solution and apply them to the rash for ten minute four times daily.
4. Oatmeal. Oatmeal can help draw out the poisonous serum in blistering rashes. It can also help dry sores and soothe inflammation. To benefit from oatmeal, The Wall Street Journal recommends pouring oats in a bath and taking a soak, or using oats as a compress applied directly to the rash.
5. Buttermilk. The proteins in buttermilk can help drain fluid from poison ivy blisters. They can also soothe itchiness. DIY Health Remedy recommends mixing equal parts salt, buttermilk, and vinegar, and applying the homemade solution to the itchy, blistering rash. You may feel instant relief. If you find heat helps soothe the itchiness, you can also mix buttermilk with warm water and use this to wash the rash.
6. Watermelon rind. Next time you eat a watermelon, keep the rind. You can use it as a cold compress to help relieve the itching caused by poison ivy, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.
7. Apple cider. Reader's Digest explains apple cider vinegar can actually kill the poison that causes the rash. To use this life hack, soak a brown paper bag in apple cider vinegar, and then place the bag on the rash. This could effectively draw out the toxins.
8. Dishwashing Liquid. At the first sign of a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash, rub dishwashing liquid onto the affected area. Do not wash off the liquid and continue washing the rash with dishwashing liquid once a day until the rash disappears. According to Natural News, this method is also helpful for treating mosquito bites.
Don't let poison ivy, oak, or sumac ruin your summer holiday! Use these home remedies and you may find instant relief.

Freezer Slaw

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 medium heads cabbage, shredded (about 16 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 126 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein

Directions

  1. Place cabbage in a very large bowl; toss with salt. Let stand 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, vinegar, celery seed and mustard seed. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  3. Drain excess liquid from cabbage, if necessary. Add red peppers and carrots to cabbage. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cool completely. Transfer to freezer containers. Freeze, covered, up to 3 months.
  4. To serve, thaw coleslaw overnight in refrigerator. Stir before serving. Yield: 18 servings (3/4 cup each).

July 1, 2016


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Forget Scarlett, I Always Wanted To Be Melanie

Last Remaining Cast Member From "Gone With The Wind," turns 100.

Olivia de Haviland will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday, June 30th at the Spitfire Grill
June 30, 2016

De Haviland as Melanie in Gone With The Wind. Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British-American actress whose career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in forty-nine feature films, and was one of the leading movie stars during the golden age of Classical Hollywood
Olivia de Haviland will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday, June 30th at 4 pm at the Spitfire Grill at the Santa Monica Airport. The event is being organized by Spring de Haviland, who is "related to Olivia, but no one is entirely sure how."
The guest of honor will not be present herself at the event, because she is on the way to a private family celebration in Paris, France, where she has resided since 1956. Partygoers plan to dress as characters from her films, and tape a message to be presented to her. The event is taking place at the Santa Monica Airport, because that's where the Actress earned her pilot's license.
Santa Monica State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, and State Sen. Ben Allen, have issued proclamations celebrating the Centenarian's 100th birthday and accomplishments. Mayor Tony Vasquez has declared Friday, July 1 2016 Olivia de Haviland day in Santa Monica.
After romantic relationships with Howard Hughes, James Stewart, and John Huston, de Havilland married author Marcus Goodrich, with whom she had a son, Benjamin.
Following her divorce from Goodrich in 1953, she moved to Paris and married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match, with whom she had a daughter, Gisèle. In 1962 she published Every Frenchman Has One, an account of her life in France. De Havilland and Joan Fontaine are the only siblings to have won Academy Awards in a lead acting category. A lifelong rivalry between the two resulted in an estrangement that lasted over three decades.
Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British-American actress whose career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in forty-nine feature films, and was one of the leading movie stars during the golden age of Classical Hollywood. She is best known for her early screen performances in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and her later award-winning performances in To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949). Born in Tokyo to English parents, de Havilland and her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine, moved to California in 1919. They were raised by their mother Lillian, a former stage actress who taught them dramatic art, music, and elocution. De Havilland made her acting debut in amateur theatre in Alice in Wonderland and later appeared in a local production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which led to her playing Hermia in Max Reinhardt's stage production of the same play and a movie contract with Warner Bros.
De Havilland made her screen debut in Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1935. She began her career playing demure ingénues opposite popular leading men, including Errol Flynn, with whom she made eight films. They became one of Hollywood's most popular romantic on-screen pairings. She achieved her initial popularity in romantic comedy films, such as The Great Garrick (1937), and in Westerns, such as Dodge City (1939). Her natural beauty and refined acting style made her particularly effective in historical period dramas, for exampleAnthony Adverse (1936), and romantic dramas, such as Hold Back the Dawn (1941). In her later career, she was most successful in drama films, such as Light in the Piazza (1962), and unglamorous roles in psychological dramas including Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).
As well as her film career, de Havilland continued her work in the theatre, appearing three times on Broadway, in Romeo and Juliet (1951), Candida (1952), and A Gift of Time (1962). She also worked in television, appearing in the successful miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and television feature films, such as Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award. During her film career, de Havilland won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup.
For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her lifetime contribution to the arts, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush, and was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
In a letter to a colleague dated November 18, 1938, film producer David O. Selznick wrote, "I would give anything if we had Olivia de Havilland under contract to us so that we could cast her as Melanie."
The film he was preparing to shoot was Gone with the Wind, and Jack L. Warner was unwilling to loan her out for the project. De Havilland had read the novel and, unlike most actresses who wanted the Scarlett O'Hara role, she wanted to play Melanie Hamilton‍-‌a character of quiet dignity and inner strength she understood and could bring to life on the screen.[101] De Havilland turned to Warner's wife Anne for help. Warner later recalled, "Olivia, who had a brain like a computer concealed behind those fawn-like eyes, simply went to my wife and they joined forces to change my mind."
Warner relented, and de Havilland was signed to the project a few weeks before the start of principal photography on January 26, 1939.
Set in the American South during the nineteenth century, the film is about the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner in love with the husband of her sister-in-law, Melanie, whose kindness stands in sharp contrast to those around her. According to film historian Tony Thomas, de Havilland's skillful and subtle performance effectively presents this character of selfless love and quiet strength in a way that keeps her vital and interesting throughout the film.
Gone with the Wind had its world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939, and was well received. Frank S. Nugent of The Times wrote that de Havilland's Melanie "is a gracious, dignified, tender gem of characterization", and John C. Flinn, Sr., in Variety called her "a standout". The film won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and de Havilland received her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In retirement, de Havilland remained active in the film community. In 1998 she traveled to New York to help promote a special showing of Gone with the Wind.
In 2003 she appeared as a presenter at the 75th Academy Awards.
In 2004 Turner Classic Movies produced a retrospective piece called Melanie Remembers in which she was interviewed for the sixty-fifth anniversary of the original release of Gone with the Wind. In June 2006 she made appearances at tributes commemorating her 90th birthday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Olivia de Haviland in a trailer from Call It A Day.
On November 17, 2008, at the age of 92, de Havilland received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people of the United States. The medal was presented to her by President George W. Bush, who commended her "for her persuasive and compelling skill as an actress in roles from Shakespeare's Hermia to Margaret Mitchell's Melanie. Her independence, integrity, and grace won creative freedom for herself and her fellow film actors."
The following year, de Havilland narrated the documentary I Remember Better When I Paint (2009), a film about the importance of art in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
On September 9, 2010, de Havilland was appointed a Chevalier (knight) of the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France, awarded by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told the actress, "You honor France for having chosen us."In February the following year she appeared at the César Awards in France, where she was greeted with a standing ovation.