Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies 


When the Farmer & I married each other, I had this sort of come clean meeting with him. It went a little like this,

"Hey, by the way, I can't cook much of anything but I can bake like a champ." 

Can you see my husband's face now as we are moving into our new home and he finds out that I can't cook too well? The first few months of our marriage I heard a lot of "Practice makes perfect." and "Just watch some cooking shows, you'll get the hang of it some time." 

Being a farm wife, you have to know how to cook. It's like it's a requirement. So I dove headfirst into cookbooks and told myself that all I really had to do was just follow directions. That's when I realized that many recipes are about as honest as I was when I told the Farmer I could cook. So I practiced & experimented. Then did it some more. At some point, I began cooking edible food haha!

When it comes to baking though, that is my field. I have always claimed baking as my strong suit. When one of my friends came to me asking for really good cookies though I clammed up. "I don't know any good cookie recipes. I do cakes and cupcakes but I've never actually made homemade cookies." It was at that moment that I decided to find the perfect cookie recipe. So as I did with my cooking, I practiced and experimented. Then I found this recipe. 

(Also, the website I usually use to make the printable recipes is down. Until I can find another website to let me do printable recipes Y'all will just have to hang in there with me! Thank You!) 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A Farmhouse DIY: Citrus Scented All-Purpose Cleaner

A Farmhouse DIY: Citrus Scented All-Purpose Cleaner 

Chaos.

The house is in pure chaos. I stood in the kitchen looking over the chaos that I call my kitchen. I needed to get the motivation to clean. The mess in my kitchen should be enough motivation to clean, right? 

I took a deep breath and began to sweep the floor. I thought a moment and decided to try out my citrus cleaner. Citrus Cleaner? Oh yes. You read that right. 

I found it on some website when I was trying to find ways to save money. I was constantly at the dollar general buying cleaning supplies and it was starting to add up. $4 here and $7 there. It adds up. 

So there I was researching ways to make cleaners and I found this citrus cleaner. 

MAKING IT: All you need is lemon or orange peels and distilled white vinegar. You just take the citrus peels and place them in a mason jar. Pack them in and pour the vinegar over the peels. Place them in a dark space like a pantry for two weeks then it'll be ready to use. 

USING IT: When you get ready to use it, mix it in with some water then it's ready to use. You can mix it in with a spray bottle of water or do like I did and mix it in with a sink full of water to dilute it. It has a light citrus scent when mixed in with the water. I used a cleaning rag, dipped it into the water then "foot mopped" my kitchen. It worked great and my kitchen smells amazing! 


Monday, April 23, 2018

Honeysuckle Jelly

I have to give mad props to my husband. Today I got it in my head that I was going to make Honeysuckle Jelly. Something that few have actually heard of and even fewer have actually made. I come from a very sheltered, organized, perfect "city life" as they call it here on the farm and I had never tasted honeysuckle until I married the farmer. It tastes, unlike anything I've ever had before so it's hard to describe. You just take the bottom of the flower off, pull out the stamen (I think it what it's called) and bam! There's the nectar!

So, today I got in my head that I was going to make this jelly that no one has ever heard of. I told the farmer and although he thought I was a little crazy, he decided to help me out. He couldn't farm today because of all the rain so he really didn't have much of a choice. So we set out on our new ranger. I grabbed my basket and we rode all over the farm getting the best looking blooms from the honeysuckle vines. The air smells strongly of honeysuckle thanks to the rain this morning and the rain coming in tonight. The Farmer was so into helping me today with my experiment that he actually got off the ranger a few times and helped me pick them. Ain't he sweet?

Enough of my babbling! 😁 Here's the recipe for Honeysuckle Jelly:




Monday, April 16, 2018

"Molly Moo Cow"


What a week! I've been a little M.I.A. this week. It's been chaotic. I've taken on a new responsibility around the farm, bottle feeding Holly, which I'll get into more in a minute. I've been coming home, feeding the chickens, feeding Holly, cooking dinner, and falling asleep on the couch, put that on repeat for a few days and you have my week. I am so glad to have a peaceful moment to write on my blog. NOTE: It is 7:00 A.M. on my day off and the farm is still asleep. All you can hear is the occasional meow of Allie Cat, the crowing of Goliath the Roo and a bird chirping outside our window.

I think this is the most peace I have had in my entire week. This quiet moment before the house awakes.

So, let's talk about something I have been dreading. Maybe this is another reason I've been missing because I didn't want to write this post. But you know me if I introduce y'all to one of my animal babies and something happens, I have to give you closure just like I need closure.

Let's talk about Molly.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Molly & Holly

With so much going on around the farm I am completely sucking at posting on a regular schedule. Life is almost like in a fast-forward button. I feel like I don't have enough time in the day to get everything done. Today I spent my day keeping an eye on Molly & Holly.
"My sweet Holly laying in the grass."

For those of you who don't know, Molly is the mama cow that the farmer bought me at the sale and Holly is the calf that she had after a few weeks of being here. Molly is not able to give Holly enough milk since it's her first calf ever and oh is Holly hungry! She's constantly going to Molly trying to suck but poor Molly just can't help her out. We've given her a bottle today and yesterday and she drinks it all quickly then goes to Molly wanting more. She's a growing girl with an appetite! That's for sure! 

The other day, we were searching for Holly and couldn't find her anywhere. Molly had walked off with the others and the farmer kept walking through the pastures looking. I saw a small brown blob in the grass and I said, "What in the world?" I kept creeping closer and closer. It wasn't moving. My heart began to race. I whispered to myself, "Please, please, please be alive." I got closer and she still wasn't getting up. She was curled up in a ball and had her eyes shut. I couldn't tell if she was breathing. "Kevin! Over here! Hurry!" I inched closer until I saw her ear twitch. I sighed a deep breath of relief as the farmer ran over. Her eyes started to open slowly and she sat staring at me (which is when I got the adorable photo attached).

I'm still a little worried about both of them because they're not out of the woods until they're both gaining weight and both are eating well. So keep them in your prayers for the time being. Please & Thank You. 😇