Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Care & Keeping of Newborn Chicks

Our Chicken Coop
With the chicks hatching anytime this weekend I have begun to research how we can keep them comfortable and happy their first few weeks here in this world. Here is a little bit of what I have found out, what we have done and what the farmer suggests. Enjoy!

Chicks spend 21 days in the incubator. Ducks spend about 28 days. 


Before they're born- Prepare:

  • Get a brooder box. You can do like us and find a box or container or buy one in the stores. 
  • Get bedding. Now I don't mean getting a pillow or anything crazy like that. Just get some wood shavings and put in there. Wood Shavings can be bought at like pet stores or somewhere like Tractor Supply.
  • Food is a must for a growing baby! So buy chick starter to start them out on. For ducks it's a little different. You have to add Niacin into their diet so they will have strong leg muscles to hold themselves up. 
  • Temperature. You need to have a thermometer and a heat lamp. Between 35 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees Celsius is the perfect temp for their initial growth and development. 
  • Water. Our babies need plenty of water for their health so keep it coming and keep it clean! 

The First Days & Weeks:

  • Watch the chicks behavior. If the babies are eating, sleeping and pooping then they're normal. Watch for anything that seems odd. 
  • You can hold them! The Farmer used to get onto me for wanting to snuggle them but actually, you can hold them and it helps them socialize! BUT don't keep the out of the brooder too long to the point that they're cold and also, don't hold them too tightly or be rough with them. 
  • Let them stretch their legs. If you have a bunch of babies, give them a bigger area to run around like maybe a small pen with enough room for everybody to roam around and play. 

At Three Weeks:

  • Field Trip! Let the babies go outside and with you watchign them closely, let them walk around and introduce themselves to the great outdoors! But be sure to bring them back in after a fun day of playing! 

At Six to Eight Weeks:

  • Your babies are ready to graduate to their new home! The coop! Our babies will be headed too their little coop then once they're fully grown they can move to the "Hen House" as we will call it. 

While doing my research I found a few interesting things in forums and stuff. Here's my findings:

  • If in the brooder they will pile one on top of the other -- actually this can lead to suffocating the ones on the bottom, in the extreme case.  When too hot, yes, they will pant with open mouth -- they also hold their wings a little away from their body, as if airing out their "armpits."
  • Try to minimize any touch to your chicks on the first few days of arrival, as hard as it may be. This is because your chicks are in a completely new environment, and they should first get used to their surroundings before human contact.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Communication is Key

Sometimes loneliness is God's cry for time with you. 

The house was completely still and silent on yesterday morning. The occasional sound of a bird chirping outside was all I could hear.
It was so nice and peaceful. 

The farmer had left for the day and the house was all mine. But it was a little eerie. 

Loneliness began to creep in slowly. 

Why was I getting so lonely? This was nice. It was quiet. It was still. It was peaceful. This was a rare moment that I needed to enjoy, but I couldn't. 
Why? 

So I called the farmer which ended up in a worse mess than I could've ever imagined. He thought I was angry with him, which wasn't the case. He got upset and came back home from his family's home to check on me. Which wasn't what I needed to be honest. 

I know that sounds awful but let me explain first. 

I curled up into the bathtub before the farmer got there and something "spoke" to me. Something told me that I needed to pray about it. I began to pray when I heard the farmer come in and run to the bathroom and beat on the door. "Baby! You alright?" I just laid there. I was worn down completely. 

So I'm beginning to think that the feeling of loneliness is God's way of getting us to speak to Him. Because it has been a little while. I've been slacking on my prayers. So here I am telling you that I have to slow down. All these changes have kept me so busy that I have fallen down on my communication with God. Communication is key to all relationships. 

From now on, when times get rough and I get lonely, I will begin using the time to spend time with God. Telling him how I feel and just talking to him to keep me company. 

I think that's a good idea. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Our first week of marriage

Marriage is the strangest thing. It is giving up everything that you've ever known to share with another human being. The farmer and I were talking the other day about how things are actually kind of peaceful and nice around our house. We don't have nearly the amount of issues as everyone said we would. But we have had some interesting run ins. Like for example, I have 3 new bras on their way here. Why does that matter? Because my favorite bra got caught up in "Abbie Lynn Boykin's" digestive tract. Yes, that's right, in our first week of marriage I am down one bra.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Tour of the Farmhouse

Bella peeking under the bathroom door :) 
So many people are curious as to how the farmhouse looks, we are still working on it but here are some photos of our farmhouse. Our plans for the future include: Installing a chicken coop in the side yard, putting up a wooden swing in the side yard, redoing the cabinets in the kitchen, buying a garden tub for the master bathroom and small remodels throughout the house.  But until then, here is our home! 


A Wedding & A Honeymoon

So, it's official. The farmer and I got married Saturday! SO now I can officially tell you that I have moved to the farmhouse and will be living on the farm. That means, I will be writing more and telling all about my adventures around the farm.

But since I have only spent one night there in the house I can only really tell you about our honeymoon. It has been so wild! But we ended up where we want to be. We had reservations at a small local hotel. Okay, motel. It doesn't deserve to be called a hotel. Anyway, for those of you who don't know, I am an assistant head housekeeper at a Days Inn. When the head housekeeper isn't there I check the rooms and make sure they're ready for guests.

So anyway, we check in and take our bags to the room. At first glance it seemed clean, a little dated but clean. So I went into room inspector mode.. and found something I hadn't prepared myself for.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5 Benefits of Line Drying


When I was little we had an old clothes line hanging out back behind a shed in the yard. I don't remember much about it except finding it when I was about thirteen while looking for my skateboard. There were vines wrapped all the way up it, wild flowers grew at the bottom and honestly at first I thought it was a thing to hold the flowers up while they grew. Ha! Anyway, line drying clothes is an art of homemaking that seems to be dying down quickly. I've seen one of two up near the farmer's other farms that are further in the country but other than that, its quite rare to see a clothesline out back.

With the "move in date" getting closer and the farmhouse slowly coming together, I'm beginning to think of how we will do things around the house. Yesterday I spent the day packing, cleaning and doing laundry and honestly the laundry part was killing me. I had so many sheet sets to wash before folding them all up. If I had a clothesline I could've just hung them up and it would've been alot quicker.

The area the farmhouse is in isn't the most secure. People walking the streets make me nervous and people flying down the street going at least 80 mph make me even more nervous. So when it comes to things outdoors I don't want to have alot of nice things until I really get to knowing the area and the people in the area. So, what I'm thinking is using a clothesline for my sheet sets and the actual dryer for our clothes. It'll save on alot of time and electricity. Here are 5 benefits to line drying:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Rising with the Sun

The Guest Bedroom at the Farmhouse
If you go to the right places when you go down South, you can find some of the most nostalgic moments. Like this one.

I was in the farmhouse waiting on the farmer to get home. I decided to go into our future guest bedroom. I sat on a the rug in the middle of the room and looked out the window for the farmer's truck. That's when I saw this view.

There's something about lace curtains with a sunset or sunrise in the background that makes me feel like I've stepped back in time. It's one of those feelings that makes you just want to put a bed in the room and go to bed and wake up with the sun.

Once the farmer and I finally get some moving done I have big plans for that room. I'm going to move my full size bed into that room and use it as a guest bedroom and also my own little office/study so I can focus on "Lady of the Farm". I've been neglecting you so bad lately but I've been busy at work. By time I get off my inspiration and motivation is close to gone. I don't want to write because I feel that I have to, I want to write because I feel inspired to.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

What now?

With the farmhouse slowly coming together I have been super duper busy getting as many hours at work as I possibly can. Working this much will really get you to thinking, not about quitting but more like, ‘What do I want to do with this life of mine?’ Three years ago, if you had asked me what I wanted to do with my life I would’ve given you my six page plan of where my life was headed and what I wanted to do with it. I would’ve told you about my dreams of being an architect, having my own firm, being known for my wonderful interior design ideas and on top of all that I’d be a real estate tycoon. I’d be able to design, build and sell your homes. But once that dream faded, I was left asking myself, “What now?” I must say, I wasn’t too sure until these past couple weeks.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reasons to love Fall on the farm

Photo Credit: Tassels- Tumbler


Fall in love with Fall on a Farm! Sounds like an awesome tongue twister right?

We all know why so many of us love Fall, but why should you love Fall when you live on a farm?
Here are a few reasons to love Fall when you're on the Farm:










Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Ag Expo

With Hurricane Matthew coming through, we've been swamped at work for about a week now. Coming up next week is the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Everyone in the ag world will be there! Even, The Pink Tractor... My favorite women in agriculture blog. And guess who managed to get the 18th off of work? That's right! This girl! I have already told my farmer that he is occupado that day because he will be taking me this year! 

I am so excited about this that I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve... On the first day of the expo... my true love gave to me... A pink tractor shirt and a ticket to get inside.

This is a big event y'all. People travel from all over the United States to the little old town of Moultrie, Ga. just to walk around and look at all the Ag related stuff. I haven't been since I was about two so I am extremely excited. I told my boss, "How can I call myself a farm wife when I've never been to the expo?!" 

The Agriculture is calling, and I must go. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saving Bacon Grease


Photo Credit: Buzzfeed
One practice that has been slowly dying over the years is saving bacon fat. Our grandmothers used bacon fat religiously. I had never heard of saving the fat until I was watching my mom cook and she poured the grease into a little can. I was puzzled and I asked her why she did that, I can't really remember what exactly she said but it was probably along the lines of something to do with health, recycling or the environment. Who knows!

For some reason, today I woke up with a burning question in my mind,

"Why do you save bacon fat/drippings? How do you do it? What do you do with it? What do you store it in and how long can you store it?"

So I began my journey to find my answers.

Why keep the bacon fat? 

Believe it or not cooking with bacon fat is actually healthier than most of the things we cook with. It is considered a "healthy fat". Another thing that makes any Southerner smile is that you can add it to your foods to make them have more flavor! It's like free seasoning, butter, and oil all in one! Who doesn't like a good deal??

How do you do it?

When you go to cook your bacon, place a wire rack in a baking sheet, place the bacon on top of the wire rack. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Bake it until the fat is gone and the bacon is browned and crisp.
The bacon fat will drip down into the baking sheet.
Remove the wire rack and eat your delicious goodness.
Place a fine sieve over an airtight glass and pour in all the grease that's left on the baking sheet. Throw out the leftover brown bits that the sieve catches.

What do you store it in and how long can you store it? 

An airtight glass container like a mason jar is what many people recommend. We have an old pottery vase type thing that we used to store ours in. You can store the fat for up to a month. Back in the day, it was used so much that they just kept it in a bowl or can on the stove and it was used so much that it didn't have time to get old or go bad.

What do you do with it?

Many people use it for many different things. Some use it as the butter for pancakes, some throw a little spoonful in peas and butter beans to give it a meaty flavor, some use it for southern dishes like shrimp creole, and even scrambled eggs, some people also use it for popping popcorn just get some kernels and replace your butter and oil with bacon fat.

While researching about this, I came across a recipe that I must try!
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Photo Credit: Maria Mind Body Health
"Baconnaise"

A little bacon flavored mayo, anyone?

You'll need: 

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tsp lemon juice 
  • 1 cup liquid bacon fat (not too hot) 
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard 

  1. Place the yolks in a small food processor with 1 tsp lemon juice and mix it all until it's well combined. 
  2. Turn the food processor on low and slowly drizzle the liquid bacon fat into the yolk mixture, drop by drop in the beginnign. If you put too much oil at once, it will seperate. 
  3. As you add more bacon fat, the emulsion will form and the mayonnaise will start to thicken and you can pour the fat in faster.
  4. Once you add all the bacon fat, mustard and add the rest of the lemon juice and taste your creation. Add sale to taste if needed.
  5. Store it in the fridge.
Enjoy :)
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Recipe

Photo Credit: Kirklands

Pumpkin Spice Everything! 

One of the most popular "basic white girl" components is pumpkin spice. We all love a little pumpkin spice right? Here is an awesome recipe for something you probably haven't tried yet! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa! 

What? Yes. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate! If you'd like to share some of your favorite pumpkin spice recipes, contact me by looking for the contact tab. You and your recipe could be featured in your own post! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate: 
1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice1 teaspoon honey1/2 teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa3/4 cup warm milk

Mix it all together and to top it all off, put some whipped cream on top! 
Put it in your favorite mug and sit around the campfire with some great company! Enjoy! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Harvest and Critters




It is THAT time of year again! Harvest is upon us and the peanut pickers are coming out. While my farmer is picking peanuts, I've been super busy getting our house ready.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

In My Cup: Green Tea & Honey

The Farmer & I have been so busy working on the house.
In a two week period we have gotten the rotted flooring replaced, the walls washed, kitchen disinfected, trim put back up, flooring in living room leveled and put back in, a/c fixed and turned on, electricity turned on, paint colors picked out and as of right this moment we are waiting on the painter to arrive to begin painting the living room & kitchen.

I haven't had much time to just sit down and write. Which is so depressing to me..
Anyway so I needed some writing prompts to kind of spark some creativity today. I went and got some writing prompts.

Today's writing prompt was "In My Cup..."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Farm Fresh Eggs, Are They Ready to Eat?

Photo Credit: csjnewsworld
A couple days ago, the farmer told me to walk with him to see Abbie, his boykin spaniel. So we are walking through the back yard to where her pen is and something catches my eye. "Oh hey! Look!"

The Farmer looks over and goes, "Oh yeah, chicken eggs." Then he walked on. Me, on the other hand, I stood over the little nest for a few more minutes. There were some tan eggs, some creme colored eggs and even a couple blue-green eggs. They were so pretty! I couldn't help but to daydream about finding a nest at our future house, gathering the eggs and bringing them in for a meal or something. Or maybe even putting them in the incubator and hatching out sweet little baby chicks and selling them for other people to enjoy eggs.
Which brought me to my next thoughts, "Is there anything special you should know before you just throw those fresh eggs in a skillet?"

Tea Towels: The Entire Story

Photo Credit: Kitchen Linens Picture
How many of you really know what a tea towel is? What about how they’re used? Let’s go back in time, all the way back to the 18th century in Victorian England. Tea towels are used by the ladies of the house who loved to polish and clean their tea sets and fine china. They didn’t trust the servants because they felt their china and delicate dishware would be broken or dropped. They didn’t trust it in the hands of their supposedly clumsy servants. So, tea towels became popular then once the ladies of the house got done and had nothing more to do, they would embroider their towels so they would have something to pass down to through the generations. Want to know more about these lovely creations? Continue reading to find out more about these tea towels and to get a list of ways you can use them other than polishing your tea sets!

Our House

Our house is finally on the lot that we will be living on! The movers are working on getting it all put together today. I'm so anxious to get in there and begin decorating and remodeling. We already have our painter who is going to paint our entire house. My friends and I are going to do most of the cleaning up around the house and my farmer is going to be working on the big remodels.
I can hardly wait! Just thinking about it gets me so excited! 

It's such a nice house, it needs work done but right now, it's the size and the layout that matters. You can't change size and layout but you can change the wallpaper and fix the floors. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Another Life Event Added to Our Story

August 25th, 2014 is when our story began. We had many ups and downs our first year together but no matter what happened or where life took us we stood by each other. We’ve had many memorable life events since then and tomorrow we get to add one to the list.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Perks of Marrying a Farmer

Perks of Marrying a Farmer 

Some people go, "Why on earth would you want to marry a farmer? You'll be broke your whole life!" 
You probably have some amazing guy on the line who is a farmer right now and he probably has asked you to marry him or you're talking marriage or something like that. Don't give up on him though because there are some major perks to marrying a farmer!
Ready for these awesome perks?





Becoming Amish: How to bring Amish Values into your life

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
What are the fundamentals of a good family farm? I asked myself that last night as I watched a documentary on the Amish. The farmer thinks i'm crazy and have fell on my head but whatever they have, they've got it right. The amish know how to take care of family, business and how to run a successful farm. They live modest lives and enjoy time with their family instead of having their noses in their phones all the time. 
I joke with the farmer all the time that I wish we were amish. (That's usually where he goes, "Adrian, have you been watching amish shows again?") 
Maybe..
So I decided to do some research, as usual. 
Here is how we can change our lives to better reflect amish values: 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

In the Kitchen with The Lady

Last night was quite the night. I had a full meltdown and ended up in the bathtub crying my eyes out while drinking kool aid. Quite the picture right? 

You're probably wondering what exactly I did..

No laughing. Promise! 

Just kidding you'll probably laugh then send me a cookbook through the mail. 





Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pray for Rain!


I sat on the tractor today while watching the farmer irrigate the corn. I enjoyed watching but I know there is a large problem here. We need rain, desperately! 

While I sat there watching the water spray out over the corn I noticed a rainbow shining over the tractor where the water had just sprayed out. I snapped a quick picture of it then looked towards where the end of the rainbow was. Halfway expecting to see a "pot of gold". But what I saw wasn't a pot of gold, but something close to it through the eyes of a farmer.




Sunday, July 10, 2016

Faith the Duck


I've been avoiding this for a few weeks, but if you like my page on Facebook then you already know. 

My sweet little Faith went to the big pond in Heaven.

 Part of me was sad but I was mainly happy. Not because she's gone, by no means. But because she's able to swim and run and play now. She's able to keep up with others and she can hop into water without any help at all. She can swim all day if she wants. That was the one thing she loved to do. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Oh, you know, just another happy customer for Walker Farms!

Walker Farms got a wonderful compliment the other day! I was stalking through The Farmer's Facebook page for the Waycross Location. When I noticed a new comment on one of the posts. Of course I told the farmer after I read it. It said, 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Southern Small Town Gems: Burton Brooks, Barney, Ga.

Photo Credit: Burton Brooks Facebook
If you've ever listened to a country song, then you know what living in Georgia is. Backroads, blue jean shorts, little tank tops and shotguns. Let's not forget the dog on the toolbox! 
But what the songs don't tell you about is the little small town gems that locals rave about. Down here in South Georgia we have one of the best hidden gems! 
It's famous for it's peaches, ice cream and my favorite, their lemonade! 



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recipe from the Farm Kitchen: Coca-Cola Cake

Photo Credit:  Coca-Cola Company 
In the South, where Coca-Cola A.K.A. Coke is a delicacy there's a type of cake that is just as special as the Coke itself. What is that? Oh yes, the caramel cake is special but the coca-cola cake is one of those "Dirty Little Secret" foods. The best flavor below the mason dixon, it's one that we should all try! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Survival Guide to Planting Season: Farm Wife Edition


Planting Season: Survival Guide for Farm Wives 

Being married to a farmer isn't always glammed up like most women think. Why do I say that? 

PLANTING SEASON.

The time of year when farm wives and girlfriends become almost like a widow. We spend a lot of time alone and a lot of women tend to get to such a depressed state. Some get so depressed and lonely that they end up pushing the farmer away. Don't be that type of wife/ girlfriend. I've made it through a few planting and harvesting seasons now and I have finally gotten the hang of it. Want to know how I survive the planting season? 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Prayers Needed


They say God gives you the strength when you most need it. I found myself in a situation this past weekend where I needed the strength and He didn't let me down. Long story short, I came face to face with a man who had pure and honest to goodness evil inside of him. I had watched him and heard him long enough to know something was up. But when I saw him and his eyes locked with mine, I knew.

Call me crazy or whatever you want but I could feel the evil almost radiating off of him. I've only felt like that once before in my life. My mom says it's some spirit gift, like the gift of discernment or something.

I mean, I know some pretty awful people that I say have something in them but this man was unlike any of them. He had evil in his eyes. I could feel my heart fluttering and beating out of my chest at the same time as he walked towards me. Then he asked me where the elevator was and it was amazing what happened next...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Eat Local, Feel Better: 5 Reasons to Eat Local

Photo Credit: Luciles Kitchen- Etsy
With the produce stands opening this past week more and more people are "eating local". In small towns like the one I live in they will beat you to death with the whole "Eat Local", "Buy Local" stuff.

In my town we have a small farmer's market with big selection and

But does eating local produce actually have it's major benefits?









Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lady of the Farm: Seaglass Soap

 

So on my days off last week I was kind of clueless as to what I should do, I mean what's a girl to do with three days off? Make soap of course! I began making "Lady of the Farm Seaglass Inspired Soap", the soap is made to look like seaglass, what is seaglass? "Naturally produced sea glass ("genuine sea glass") originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance."
So how much will it be and how can you buy it? 

Ducks & Clucks

They all seem to be getting along pretty good 
 After spending the day in the chicken/duck coop I noticed that these guys are all getting along better than they were. The ducks seem to be more chill and the chicks seem to be considering the ducks to be like them. They're running on the backs of the ducks and occasionally a duck will nip at a chick but it's usually after one of the chicks has been pecking at the ducks. 

Faith the Duck
Faith is still getting around the same, still crawling on her back joints. It worries me. I'm going to be searching on ways to make her a duck mobile. Maybe even do some duck water therapy. Speaking of which, the Farmer got them a kiddie pool (Faith of course can't get into it unless placed in it by one of us). The other two however, haven't gotten in it. They've just been drinking from it. Hmm. Ducks that don't like water? Haha! I told the Farmer to just give them some time and they'll eventually get the hang of it. 
The ducks and chicks all snuggled up. 



Also, I began an album called Ducks & Clucks on my Lady of the Farm Facebook. So be sure to check it out for more photos from the coop! 

Also, Like Lady of the Farm to keep updated on the things from around the farm.

Oh my Chickadees!


Is it bad? Is it bad that I just don't feel like writing right now? Is it bad that I just don't feel inspired? 


Maybe I'm in need of some farm therapy. You know, the kind of therapy where you go lay in a duck pen and lay down and let the ducks run all over you? 


It's May and I feel like the farm life is whizzing by me, while I just sit all foggy headed watching it go by. The produce stand is now open, the planting season has begun and the Farmer is finishing up his planting. I on the other hand have been working at the hotel ALL THE TIME, which, I don't mind because that means more pay but I miss being around the farm everyday. Especially when everything is getting exciting. 

We have babies EVERYWHERE around the farm. Baby chicks and ducks are taking over! The Farmer has a few hens that will lay eggs but refuse to sit on them. So he's been taking the eggs and placing them in the incubator as soon as he can get to them. I wasn't sure how it would work out but he had eleven eggs and eight hatched! I was surprised! They're so precious and tiny. 
It's kind of interesting to me, the eggs are so tiny, so detailed and so unique. Some are bigger than others, some are blue, some are white, and some even have spots. 


But after some weeks in an incubator they become little tiny souls. Chirping little souls. It's kind of amazing how God created these little creatures inside of that shell. It's even neater when you candle them throughout the time they're forming. The Farmer was doing one of them closer to the hatch date and I saw it's beak and then it moved. To see its teeny tiny body moving in that egg is almost like watching a child move in it's mother's belly on an ultrasound. It is seriously one of those moments in life where you can't help but to be in awe at what God has done.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A duck named "Faith"



I stood staring at one of my new ducks, she was crippled, couldn't walk at all, and was dragging herself around the pen, she was eating good, drinking good, and acting normal but it was just how she was getting around that was really worrying me. I turned to the Farmer and said, "This ones name is Faith." He nodded, "Why is that?" I picked her up and held her, lightly stroking her little back, "Because it's going to take a lot of Faith in God to get her better again."


Friday, April 22, 2016

Around the Farm Photo Collection



The rooster crowed as I woke up. My eyes were heavy as I sat in my car waiting on the Farmer to get home from getting his truck fixed. I looked out over the fields at the fog beginning to lift. I had been here since about 8:30 but it had seemed like hours. I rubbed my eyes and pulled my feet up in my seat. I heard a loud bang come from my door. I looked over the side of the door and who do I see? My good friend, the rooster. 
There are high levels of sarcasm as I type that. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Letter to the Farm Girlfriend

Dear Farm Girlfriend;

Let me just start by saying, if mud makes you cringe, cow patties make you nauseous and stinky boots make you want to throw them out then you, my darling, are in the wrong situation.

You probably stumbled onto this post by searching for ways to be a better "farm girlfriend", or maybe you went on Pinterest and typed in "Farmer's Girl", who knows, maybe you even went onto Google and said, "How do I be a good farm girl when I'm from the city?" Am I right? Well, if you did, then welcome to my world. I was there once. I was trying to figure out how in the world was I supposed to be a good farm wife. How was I supposed to go out with a man who is practically gone 95% of the Summer? How will we spend quality time together? What if we get married? Will I have to be a single mama during the Planting and Harvesting seasons? There were a million questions running through my head and very few answers. 

So I did the thing most girls would do and I turned to Google, Pinterest, Facebook and my own blog...

Monday, April 4, 2016

My Trip to the Mountains

As promised, here is my post about my trip. Our first day up there it rained awhile. The fog was so thick that we could only see a few feet in front of us. When we finally made it to the house this was our view.
                               

Monday, March 28, 2016

Making money from your homestead

So many of us would love to have some extra income coming into our homes. After doing some serious searching I have come up with a list of things you can do from your home (or farm) for a little extra money. If you do any of these or decide to do one, let me know how it works out!

WARNING: Mountain photos are coming in your near future.

The laundry is washing, the house is halfway clean, and my clothes are still not packed for the weekend.  I am leaving Georgia for a few days to head North to my family's mountain house.  My sister and I have already been talking about hiking through the woods. I am so excited! Be prepared to be bombarded with photos of mountains, waterfalls, and vintage items next week. Also, next week is my real estate final. I am so nervous about it that my face has broken out for the first time in so long! But anyway, back to talking about my trip!

The county that we will be in is nicknamed "Land of the Waterfalls", there are waterfalls everywhere, there's a certain waterfall that I like to go to during the Summers. You can walk down stairs to the waterfall, get in the water and swim straight up under the falls! It's so beautiful! It's called The Looking Glass Falls. There's a town down the road from the house. It has this adorable little vintage soda shop style diner. I have been craving a root beer float from there and now that the trip is getting closer, my cravings are hitting the ceiling!

Anyway, I just thought I should warn you about some random photos coming in your near future! :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wanderlust & A Camping Trip

Photo Credits: Love Tiny Devotions
In a couple of weeks I'll be leaving for a short "adventure". But don't worry, I will fill y'all in on EVERYTHING when I get back. But just thinking about this trip making my wandering soul so excited. While I'm gone I will be hiking, spending most of my time outdoors, at the creek, and just enjoying the outdoors.
When I was little, we traveled ALL the time. I've been to Niagara Falls(NY), Buffalo(NY), Savannah(GA), Lake Toxaway(NC), Brevard(NC), Highlands(NC), St. Simons Island(GA), Jekyll Island(GA), Fernandina(FL), St. Augustine(FL), Atlanta(GA), Stone Mountain(GA), Washington(PA), Washington DC(VA), Lancaster(PA), Dayton(OH), Helen(GA), Macon(GA)Eufaula(AL)...

The list could go on and on. 


Monday, March 7, 2016

Back at Mama's











After being stuck inside for a few weeks coughing up a lung, sneezing and wiping my nose, (I had a cold for about two weeks and I still have the wheezing and coughing) I decided yesterday that I needed to get out of the house. I went to mama's with Bella and we spent the day taking walks, riding bikes, and seeing "Uncle Gunther", my fur brother..

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Fishing Trip & Good Company


The Farmer showing off his catch! 
Friday afternoon after our engagement photos, The Farmer suggested that we go fishing. Here's a few photos from our fishing trip. We caught a few fish, some white perch and a couple bass. It seems like forever since I've been fishing and now I am wanting to go do it again.

Monday, February 22, 2016

How to be A Perfect Farm Wife by Lorna Sixsmith

 This December I will officially become a Farm Wife. In my journey so far I have found that many people's views of becoming a farm wife is so different than what it is. I just happened to be searching through Amazon and looking at different books when I saw this one, "How to be a Perfect Farm Wife" by Lorna Sixsmith. 
What you should expect as a farm wife, how to drive a tractor and reverse a trailer, recipes, how to feed many people on a ten minutes notice, managing money, how to help out in the community, and business ideas are only a few of the great topics covered in this book!
 I am so buying this book when I get some money saved back, that is after paying for bills, wedding etc. I will have this book by time I get married! Here's a link so that you can easily get it and let me know how you like it! 

Garden Time- Improving your soil!

The weather is getting less chilly here in South Georgia and I, the biggest garden planting rebel there ever was, have already began planting. Saturday morning, Bella and I went out to the garden and began weeding it, we turned the soil over in the bed and we planted some basil seeds. Now that I've begun on my planting I can't help but to worry that it'll end up like last year. Literally the laughing stock of plants. My tomato plants were worthy of a good cry!

Anyway, I decided this year is going to be different, I'm going to began composting. Well, sort of. I don't really like the idea of having a big pile of random nastiness in my yard somewhere. I don't like the things that comes with compost like bugs and maggots etc. So, I've found a method to make the soil better WITHOUT the big pile of compost.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time to catch up.

I have begun writing my book, "WHAT!?!" Yes, I am writing a book. Whenever it gets done, in a million years, I will be selling it on Amazon and eventually actual books once I sell enough. I won't go into too many details but it's called, "Southern Pearls" and it is literally just about living in small town, Georgia. I'm not quit sure where exactly it is going but for now, I am just letting things flow.
I've been working on it for about two months now and I'm beginning to realize that my heart is in writing. I am not much of a 9-5 girl, but I absolutely just adore writing. I guess it was sort of that way back in high school too. I loved when the teachers gave us the early morning warm ups where we had to write a page on whatever the topic was. When the teachers started giving us the essays that had to be long and drawn out, those were my favorite. I guess that's where my love for writing began. After high school, I got my job writing for an interior design website and that was seriously the BEST job I think I had ever had. I enjoyed it so much.
Anyway, I just wanted to talk awhile since I had a moment. The Farmer is at the cow sale today, Bella, the pampered little farm dog is sleeping beside my chair and the smell of steak and baked potatoes are filling the house.
Oh! Speaking of the little pampered farm dog, Bella will be getting a sister soon. NO I am NOT pregnant. Haha! The Farmer has recently had his heart stolen by Boykin Spaniels. We've spent many nights of him showing me videos and photos of the breed to talk me into it. Yep, I got sucked in. So, Bella will be a sister by the end of the year. Probably way before but still.
The wedding planning is going great too! We have finally picked a venue, a time, a date and this Saturday I get to go to a cake tasting appointment, Is the Farmer going? No, he has an auction to go to. I have to get used to this farm wife stuff. But so far, it's not too hard. When planting and harvesting season comes up, THAT is when it will get hard. That is also when I start going and sitting in the buddy seat of the old New Holland along with some sandwiches and drinks. Well, time to get back to work. Ciao!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A look inside my famous cookbook

 I talk about my screen doors and sweet tea cookbook all the time, it's my famous Southern cookbook. It's by Martha Hall Foose, who did an AMAZING JOB on this book! BTW you can get my first review by clicking here!
I hide a bunch of things throughout the cookbook like notes, letters, cards, etc. So I decided to let you in on my cookbook goodies. The cover is torn to shreds, why? Two weeks after I got it I came home from my class and my dog had drug it out of my basket of books and torn it to pieces. How did she manage to rip up my new book when there were plenty of old books right there surrounding her? I'll never know how..

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Photo Credit: Aspiring Homemaker
Somehow I managed to wake up super early today, but I don't feel like doing anything much so I am typing from bed today. I decided that while I'm just relaxing in bed might as well read something, so I traveled on over to my favorite blog, Aspiring Homemaker. Her photos are what keeps me so interested. Anyway while I was reading I found a recipe for homemade Alfredo Sauce. It's simple and looks easy. I'm not sure how much it makes but whenever I try it I will let you know. Also, if you try it let me know how it is in the comments!



Friday, January 15, 2016

Bridal Fever: Things to know before saying "I do"

Bridal Fever

With all this wedding stuff surrounding me I drink my Dr. Pepper out of a wine glass. Great way to begin, right? I thought so too.. The bridal fever has hit me and my friends hard. You have no clue how hard it is for me to try to not let this run my life. Don't get me wrong, I am completely and utterly excited, happy and in love. But I don't want every moment of my life to revolve around it. I actually had this deal with myself one day this past week that I wouldn't think about it or talk about the wedding at all one day. I had done SO GOOD! Then The Farmer mentioned it that night and I fell into it. I began rattling off my plans and wishes. So, I just gave in and decided to talk about it whenever people talked about it, may drive them crazy but I'm supposed to be happy. I'm supposed to be talking about this! This is one of my milestones in life! One of my bridesmaids, Jordan, has been sending me several links a day on Pinterest which go back to some very interesting sites. Like this one.. BEWARE: If sex is a dirty thought (No pun intended) you may want to skip to the next post. 

Update

I feel like I'm having to get back into my "Lady of the Farm" routine. I have been so busy, my grandma passed away a couple weeks ago, I had began writing a post about it but I just couldn't even finish it, it doesn't even feel real.
 I was also put on full time at work, everyone keeps saying "That's great! More money!" Yes, but when do I have time to spend it? I had to hire someone to clean the house this past week.. I've been so exhausted after work. I get enough sleep, I'm just so mentally drained from my job. It's so much to take in and do.
Anyway, the busy weeks don't stop there. This Tuesday I start real estate again. I will work full time then go to class at nights. I may have to hire a personal assistant! (TOTALLY JUST KIDDING... I have bills and a wedding to pay for..)
So while I search for inspiration on my next post, be patient with me. Thanks :) XOXO


In Loving Memory of Grandma, You will be missed! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

How to grow your Faith

Last night The Farmer and I were on the way home from dinner when somehow we got on the subject of God. He knew something was bothering me even though I didn't even know how to put it into words. I finally just blurted out, "How do I get closer to God?" I think I may have caught him off guard because he sat there kind of quiet thinking of a good answer to come back at me with. Then he said one simple word, "Pray." I raised a brow, "I do pray, still feel like I'm talking to myself."  We began talking about it some more and he just told me to keep praying until something happens. So today, I got my answer to my question.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Starting the New Year off with a bang!

On December 31st The Farmer and I were outside on the carport. I sat there with him "waiting to see if there would be any fireworks" even though it was raining. I was in a tank top and it was so cold out, he went to his truck and got out a camouflage shirt I had bought him for Christmas. He threw it to me and said, "Here put this on, it's too cold out here for you to be in a tank top. So I pulled on the shirt. (11:50) 

So, we are sitting at the bistro table set and talking about how cold it is and he turns on our song , "Till My Last Day" by Justin Moore. (11:57)

I get up and sit on his Yeti so I can be closer to him to have our "Midnight Kiss", we are watching my phone for the time and blasting our song while counting down. 3..2..1... *CUE MIDNIGHT KISS* 

We kissed very quickly and I sat there going, "That was quick." 
Then he tells me, "Okay, hop up off the cooler and I'll get you a drink." So I stand up and he opens the cooler and gets out something..