Monday, September 18, 2017

Introducing: The Lady of the Farm

Many of you have been with me since the beginning. You've seen me grow from a strawberry blond, curly-haired little girl to a rock-loving rebellious teen all the way to the woman I am now. You've been here when I began Lady of the Farm, you've watched it grow from three or four views a month to almost 2,000 views a month. (To most bloggers, that's nothing! But to me, that is amazing!)

Most of you know me on a personal level, you know me because of my family, you know me because I buy stuff from you, you know me because I'm in the same homesteading and farm wife groups as you. But some of you are just now joining us or don't know me on a personal level. So, here's my introduction of myself and how I got to where I am now.

I guess you can say it all began in college.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Our Wedding

You can't see my face good in this photo but I don't think you really need to see my face to see that this is perfect. ❤

 I thought I may go through some of our wedding photos & it seems that the more I go through the photos, the more I find that I don't remember from the first eighty million times I went through them.

Like my dress & boots in black & white. ❤

Funny story about the boots... 
My grandmother told me before the wedding that I was NOT to wear those cowgirl boots with that dress. 
"If you're going to wear a nice dress like that you won't ruin it with boots." 

But I can be a little bit rebellious at times and so I snuck them into my best friend's truck the morning of the wedding and wore out the shoes I was supposed to wear. When I was walking out to the gazebo I had to hold my dress up in the front and grandma saw the boots! She didn't say nothing till later and she whispered, "Didn't I tell you not to wear those boots?" Then I hugged her and told her I had to go dance! She just laughed and shook her head. 

Or this gem of my farmer & I. ❤ Aren't his dimples the cutest? I love it when he smiles. 

Or maybe this one with my dress "fluffed" out.

Many people asked if it was my grandmother's... No. It was not. If you know me personally or just by Lady of the Farm then you know vintage stuff is just my "thing". When I went to buy a dress I told the lady there that I wanted a lacey vintage look but not too vintage. When she brought out this dress, I tried it on and I seriously wouldn't take it off for the longest time.  

I wanted our wedding to be "us" so I added a little bit of sentiment to my bouquet and tied all the grandparent's engagement rings/wedding bands to it. (No I didn't toss this bouquet. I tossed a ball of roses.) 

Then there's this photo of my bridesmaids when Kevin saw me for the first time. 

...and speaking of when Kevin first saw me. ❤❤❤

When I said I wanted our wedding to be "us", I meant that. Some people have sand ceremonies, some have rope tying ceremonies, but since I'm marrying a farmer I thought, "Why not have a tree planting ceremony?" It was a success and unique to the max! It was a lemon tree (Ironic, no?) We planted it in our front yard once the dangers of frost had passed. (Yes, it is still alive and kickin'!) 

Soon we will be able to say we made it a year being married! 
I am so excited to dig into that top part of the wedding cake that they force you to save. Y'all have no idea how long I've been craving that cake! 

But back to the subject! 
My marriage has been so blessed in so many ways. I wouldn't trade it for the world. ❤

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Making Homemade Tortilla Chips

Making Homemade Tortilla Chips 

I went to the store today to stock up on some random canned goods and some water. No, I wasn't one of the over buyers either. With this hurricane coming through we felt like we should probably grab at least a case of water. Well, I was planning on having Mexican food for supper. Can you say steak tacos?! So I picked up a cup of my favorite salsa in the fruits & veggies section and went to get the rest of the stuff. Cilantro, the steak, tortillas, etc. 

But when I got home I realized I had forgotten something important. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sweet Tea: A Love Story

The House Wine of the South

Sweet Tea: A Love Story

Sweet tea, the house wine of the South. Few can make it as good as my husband. Here in the South, sweet tea is a statement drink. I can down a gallon of sweet tea in about two days. It's given to children in sippy cups from the time they’re little.
Sweet tea is like a personal drink. You can add mint leaves, lemon and some people even add orange juice. Me? I have my own personal preferences.
When my best friend and I go out we always know what the other will order. Laura orders sweet tea. I order sweet tea with lemon. She always turns her nose up at my lemon, says it messes up the flavor. I like it though!

When I decided to take the reins and start making tea, I called Laura. Laura is my best friend who is completely and utterly Southern to the core. I said, “Laura. You know how to make sweet tea. Teach me.” Yeah, it was that blunt...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Duck Eggs VS. Chicken Eggs

Duck Eggs VS. Chicken Eggs 

Here on the farm we have lots of chickens that lay many, many eggs! But we also have two ducks that lay at least one a day. We collect the eggs daily and we use the chicken eggs all the time, sometimes we have so much that we give them away to family. We haven't given the ducks eggs away yet because so many people prefer chicken eggs since they're just more familiar with them.  One question we always get is, "What's the difference?" 🥚