Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Making of a Southern Farmhouse



The Making of a Southern Farmhouse


When the farmer & I were thinking about getting married we both agreed that a classic Southern farmhouse was the only option for us. Since I had background in design and decorating I told him to get us whatever kind of house he could and I could do the rest. I told him many time that he could buy us a cardboard box and I would have it looking like a farmhouse with some time and paint.

Then I got the call that changed our lives.

Kevin called one day and said, "I just bought us a house." Many women would be upset that they didn't get to see it before he bought it but I knew that however it looked, whatever condition it was in, I could rock it. I've helped contractors & clients in the remodels and renovations of DISASTERS. One of my old clients actually threatened to sue me if I showed her kitchen in any of my portfolios. Anyway, I said, "Okay, when can I come see it?" A couple weeks later the family had moved out and the house was ready for me to see what I was working with.

I walked into a lime green living room.


My stomach did a flip but I took a deep breath and continued my tour through the home. Leaf wallpaper in the kitchen, cabinets falling apart, holes in walls, rotting laundry room floor, holes in ceilings, it was a mess but not nearly as bad as some of the places I've helped redesign. So, I started planning. I spent many days standing in front of the paint section at Lowe's and buying the $3 paint samples (which seriously come in handy when doing crafts or touching up the walls).

Here's a few examples of the transformation the house went through those first few months:

Friday, July 28, 2017

These Boots are Made for Walking....



  I was following the farmer the other day when he was feeding his cows. I went to open the gate for him and under the gate was nothing but a puddle of water. Well, more like a hole.

I had on my boots so I just plowed on through it!

I opened the gate and as I watched the farmer drive the tractor through the gate I felt something on my sock. What...?

My sock felt soggy and wet. But how? The hole wasn't THAT deep!

I looked down at my boot, everything looked normal. So why in the world was my sock wet? I found a spot on the grain bin to sit and I took off my boot and sure enough, right there on the side of my boot was a small worn spot that had turned into a hole.

"Where'd that come from?!"

So after we got home I sat there staring at my boots and thinking about how I will have to buy a new pair. It's kind of sad, to be honest. Me and these boots have been through a lot.

It all began at Belk right after the farmer and I began dating. I had ruined a few pairs of shoes by stepping in poo on the farm so I decided it was time for boots. I found these on sale for 19.99 at Belk.

I saw some boots with lace ribbons on Pinterest and I wanted some like that, but my wallet said, "Naw girl."

What do you do when you can't afford something? Customize it of course! I used my pocket knife to cut some slits around the top. Then I laced a ribbon through the slits all the way around. Gosh. These boots and I have seen so much. From planting season all the way to harvesting season. My boots have seen me walk through fields, through mud, through sand, and of course chicken coops! I'm going to miss them, but of course, until I get a new pair I will just have to keep on wearing them. 😉😍


A Southern Woman's Addiction


As southern women, we have certain things that we can't resist. Things that we just "know" when they're close. The one addiction I have is a Pecan Praline from Savannah.

There's something about the sugary sweet goodness melting away in your mouth that just makes it irresistible. My best friend, Laura and I can go to Savannah and walk down River St. and we know when we get close to pralines.

We can smell them all the way down the street!

So how exactly is a pecan praline made?

Well, I've tried to make them... but... it didn't turn out like I had hoped for.

Here's a recipe I found on the 'All Recipes' website:


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ewww, snake!


Sorry but I seriously couldn't stomach a
picture of a snake. I'd rather look at the beach...
I kept telling myself, "Adrian. You need to get your lazy butt up and get something written up for Lady of the Farm, you need to go outside and do something worthy of a good read". So I grabbed on my boots and headed to the coop. I was almost to the coop when I stopped dead in my tracks. 

My heart skipped a beat... a few actually. 

There in the grass was the nastiest, ickiest snake. I stepped back about 5 million steps and watched him. I don't do snakes. It didn't look poisonous (the poisonous ones look mean). 

Then I notice someone else is watching him too. A few someones. My chickens are following this snake! They are following him, watching him very, very closely. The weren't pecking him or anything like that. Just watching closely, very closely. There were at least 10 chickens almost like escorting this snake out of the coop. The snake wasn't bothering them so I didn't do anything. Okay, I didn't do anything out of fear... 

Did I mention I hate snakes? 

It was a black racer this time, so non-poisonous but it sure gave me a startle. Last time I saw a snake it was a water mocassin and I was a lot closer to him. I was fishing and walking by the river when I felt something move under my boot. I jumped so high that I had to look like I was levitating. I did a dance over to my friend Laura who btw is about 100 lbs and 4 feet tall, I jumped into her arms screaming, crying and ended up having a full blown panic attack. Laura took one look at the snake and said it was a mocassin then we headed to get her gun, by the time we got back he had gone down into the river again. Ughhhh. The image of him just grosses me out and makes me shudder.  


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rosie & Sunni the Ducks

Sunni as a baby 

A lot of the people who have just recently started following my blog (believe me, there are quite a few people who have just jumped on the Lady of the Farm wagon) haven't gotten to see my animals grow up.

Sunni for example has my favorite story so far.

I have to begin with her mom's story though.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Herbal Tea & PCOS


Photo Credit: Doctors Health Press
The girls at work swear by this stuff.

I don't know if it'll work or not, but I have to try. I feel awful.

I've started on some new medicine for my ovarian cysts.
 (Gotta get my body ready for little farmhands in the YEARS to come, right? 😂)

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Walk with Perty the Cat

So as y'all know, me and the cat, "Perty" enjoy taking walks around the farm. Perty is becoming my little farm buddy, she likes to follow me all over the farm. She tags along perfectly. 
Here are some photos from today's adventures: 

It just stopped raining so Perty and I decided to go outside and walk around the fields and the yard. While outside it began to rain again so I ran to the corn patch. I don't really know what I expected to accomplish since corn stalks are not the best shelter but it was better than nothing and I didn't feel like giving up on our little adventure yet. 


I looked around in the corn, 'Where is Perty?' 

That's when I saw her running back to the house to get out of the rain, "Perty!" 
She swung around as soon as she heard her name. She couldn't see me in the corn but she meowed a few times and it was almost like we were playing "Marco Polo: Cat Edition".  She finally found me and we waited out the rain in the corn. 


While we were stuck in the corn patch I decided to snap a photo of some corn I saw. Ha! You'd be amazed at how intriguing it is to someone like me to actually see food growing and developing right in the backyard. 


The rain finally stopped and Perty and I decided to resume our little walk by walking through the peanut field. Blossoms are beginning to form on the plants and with the honey bees being right across the road from our home, the plants are flourishing all over our yard... except for my poor rose bush. 😒


The rows may be a little crooked but I'm to blame for that one. When hubbs was planting I was on the tractor just a talking and then he looked back and went, "Ugh! Adrian! Shhh. Look what you made me do.." But don't they look pretty either way? 😂😍


Perty and I then walked to the chicken coop where I noticed our figs are starting to change to the brown color. (Is that how you would word that?) Because curiosity got the best of me I picked some off the tree and split them open. A couple was ready to eat and SO sweet! Some others were not so sweet and kind of bitter. I threw those to the chickens and then looked up how to tell when figs are ready to pick. 

I'm not much of a fig person but I can't help but try it. I mean, I've watched this tree since it was completely bare in the winter till now and it almost feels like I just have to try some figs, just because it's our tree. 


We also found some honeysuckle on our walk. I love honeysuckle. I love the smell of it and I love the taste of it. Honeysuckle is the sweetest tasting thing you'll ever have in your life. 
 I had always heard things about how it was sweet and you could actually taste it but I had never been shown how to. Heck, I thought you actually ate it. Haha! Thank God I didn't try that...

But then I asked my husband one day if he had ever tried it and do you actually eat the flower... after laughing a few minutes he finally showed me how you try honeysuckle. So I'll have to show y'all one day how honeysuckle nectar is eaten. 


Finally, when the walk was over I went back to my living room and Perty went back to her spot on our front steps. Back to the reality of being a wife and having wife duties to tend to. 

New adventures await us this weekend. 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

God's Blessings


I have a million different ideas for a new post on my mind but not a single one can form itself enough to place itself on this screen. Ugh! Anyway, tomorrow the farmer heads on over to Waycross to work at the farmer's market. I kind of miss working at the market, I used to work with them all the time. I love it when people come up and I begin talking to them on a different level besides, "Hey, how are you? Want some fruit?" Haha! 😂😂😂

So the other day I got to talking to this woman and almost the whole time we talked I just nodded and said yes and looked for a way out of the conversation then she said something that kind of stuck with me. Then it just so happened to show up in my bible study. "God's blessings are connected to our obedience."

Coincidence? Maybe. Do I think so? Nah. I like to think that God sends me small little messages like this that may look like a coincidence to an unbeliever but with a little faith, it is almost like a letter being sent by the Lord himself.

Let that sink in. 😚

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday on the Farm








Sunday on the Farm 

I've fallen behind showing y'all my photos from around the farm so now I have to catch up. 

These are some photos from one of my "Sundays around the Farm". I lost my camera about a week ago and I looked all over our house, all over the yard, and even in the coop thinking it may have fallen out of my pocket when I was working with the chickens. 

Then today I was sitting on the couch and I got this feeling to push back the couch. So I put my feet on the coffee table and push back the couch and there it sits. My pretty little Canon Powershot sitting right there. 

So here are a few photos that I never got the chance to post.

I took a walk around the farm one Sunday afternoon, the farm is so beautiful at sunset. Ponds, pathways, and sunsets are the perfect combination. 
 

On my walk, I got to see this lovely one. She was so curious about me. 



Earlier that day it had begun to rain, and after the rain passed the sun peeked through the clouds and shone down on the field in front of our little homestead. It looked almost like a little sliver of Heaven was coming down to the field. 


After the sun came back out, there was almost like a misty fog lingering in the air. It was beautiful to look out on. 


Of course, my farmer brings home whatever veggies he can find me! 


and I turn them into something new! Like my famous dill pickles! 


and tomatoes, well let's not even get started on how good my tomato pie is! Every time my husband brings me something, I do whatever I can to use every bit of it! 


So that's how Sundays on the Farm go! 😉 ENJOY! 


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Homemade Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly


Homemade Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly

Southern Goodness on a Biscuit

The smell of freshly made biscuits fills the kitchen this morning. I opened the fridge and looked for the jelly. Some people use grape jelly but here on the Walker Farm, we use blackberry jalapeno jelly. 

Yes, you read that correctly. Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly. 

It's the perfect mixture to wake you up in the morning and get you going. It's just the right amount of sweet and spicy to really get you woken up. 
The best part about it? It's so easy to make! 

Want to learn how to make it? Just follow the directions below! 😁

Monday, June 12, 2017

Smells of the Farm

Today the farm has had a familiar smell to it. Ever since I was little I've associated smells with places. Like my pediatrician's office when I was little smelled like skunk. My dentist office smelled like minty gum. My school smelled like peach candy. My yard smelled like honeysuckle. My family's mountain house in North Carolina was no exception to this "smell memory" I had.
The farm in North Carolina is beautiful. It has a little cottage on top of a hill, a big red barn, a creek in the back yard, and plenty of places to explore. It has a peculiar smell to it. Possibly the smell of wild flowers and cow poop mixing but it's the smell that I have always associated with the farm in North Carolina. 

Today when I was feeding and watering the chickens I smelled "that smell". That smelly smell. The kind of smell that you smell in North Carolina. I took it in. Deep Breath. 

Maybe I was breathing in cow poop and God knows what but it took me back to North Carolina. It took me back to right after the rain falls and the mist is still lingering in the hills. It's so beautiful up there after the rainfall. 

Y'all tell me I ain't the only one that associates these smells with some place or time in your life! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

From a Local: What is there to do in South Georgia?



Photo Cred: Ga Grown Trail 41 
The farmer is at the Wiregrass Farmer's Market this morning and since I decided to stay behind today I have gotten so much work done around the house. I managed to mop around the kitchen and the entryway to our home which was covered in so much dirt from being tracked in that my dustpan had a pile of sand! We live on a farm, not the beach! 

Okay, so here goes my newest post. 

What is there to do in this area? 

As most of you know, I work in a hotel (my "town job"), I'm the assistant head housekeeper. I check rooms, put them in as clean and I even clean rooms a few days. It's really not as bad as people think. I can tell someone I clean in a hotel and they go, "Ooooh." and I usually get that look. You know, "that look". But honestly, it's quite an interesting job. Anyway, when I strike up a conversation with a guest that will be in Tifton a little while they usually end up asking me, "So what is there to do around here?" To which my reply is a blank stare and usually a long silence before I say, "There are a lot of restaurants around here.." 

I know, I know. Good job promoting tourism Adrian... 😒 Yeah, I know. 
My excuse is that I live at that hotel and when I leave the hotel I come to a farm in the middle of nowhere. 

So I've asked around and here are a few of the interesting things to do in and around Tifton, Ga. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Romanticizing Life

One night the farmer and I were riding backroads up to one of his farms. We came up to the railroad tracks. The train was coming through.

"Wanna know something?"

He looked over at me. "What?"

"I love trains. They're so romantic."

Kevin looked at me like I had done fell off the wagon and bumped my head a few times.

"Why do you say that?", he asked.

"I don't really know. I picture a train in the 1920s with hobos living in one of the cars and hopping on and off, taking life one step at a time. I have always romanticized things in life like that. That's just my thing."

When I was younger I romanticized a hippie-like lifestyle. I wanted to buy a Volkswagen van, wear elephant pants all the time, do yoga, sell art out of my hippie van and travel all up and down the east coast. Then after traveling awhile, I wanted to live in a gypsy caravan in a field somewhere with friends all around me all the time.
Then when I began dating my farmer and things began to "get real", I began to romanticize farm life. (I adapt to my surroundings quite easily.) Which to a certain extent I still do.
I don't really mention the struggles that I face. The struggle of keeping a clean home while working a town job and balancing farm life, or maybe the small struggle of getting the smell of chemicals out of everything the farmer touches. (Which is my current struggle.) But anyway, I've always romanticized everything, I think that's what makes life more interesting. 😁  What do y'all think?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

THE COOP: " Where the Green Grass Grows"


Today I was feeding the chickens and I noticed them doing something odd. Which isn't actually out of the ordinary for them but anyway, it struck me as kinda odd. 

The chickens were stretching their tiny little necks through the holes in the fence as far as they could reach. Some looked like they were seriously struggling. I stood there watching them, then I realized that the reason these chickens were trying so hard to reach through the gate was that they wanted the long green grass. 

But there's one thing they must not realize... There is grass just as good, if not better, on the other side of the tree INSIDE their own pen. They're trying so hard to get what? One strand of grass? When they have an entire pen full. The front part of their pen is mainly dirt now, but it was once green lush grass. 

It got me to thinking... 

Do we ever think the grass is greener on the other side when in reality we don't see the green grass on our own side? 







Friday, May 26, 2017

Heat Stroke in Chickens

It's getting hot here in South Georgia. The heat is sticky, making everything including your clothes feel as if they're stuck to your body. 
So it's no surprise that these feathered babies are getting a little hot too. 

Okay, so before I tell you what happened, let me begin with why I was there... 

**We changed the locks on our house**

7:00 AM yesterday- The farmer tells me, "Adrian, I left the new key on your key chain." I mumble "okay" and then roll over.
4:00 PM- I come home from work and realize that the key is no where to be found on my key chain.

*RING, RING*

"Hey Sweetie!" "Kevin, didn't you tell me that you put the new key on my key chain?" "No, it's on your key THING." "Oh." "You're locked out, huh?" "Yup." "Well, I won't be home till about 7:00." "It's okay. I'll just sit out here and smolder to ash while I sit in the sun, it's fine."

>>10 minutes later<<

I'm sitting in the chicken coop and I notice that one chicken is huddled in the corner of the coop so I go get him and something isn't right. Something is seriously wrong. His feathers are fluffed out, he is acting lethargic and he can't stand or walk. I stood him up and he stumbled around like a drunkard then plopped back down.

I immediately began to think, "What could be causing this?" He was acting like he may be trying to cool himself off with his feathers spread like they were. "What if this chicken was having a heat stroke?"  I ran and grabbed my phone and looked up the symptoms of heat stroke in chickens.

THE SYMPTOMS: 

Panting

Wings held from body

Not Eating or Drinking

Diarrhea

Droopy acting - Lethargic

It will seem disinterested

Seizures

Death

WHAT TO DO: 

  1. Cool down the bird. Place them in cool (NOT FREEZING) water. Rub it into their feathers, under the wings, and on the head. 
  2. Try to get them to drink water. You can put electrolytes in the water if you have them. Pedialyte is good for this! 
  3. Keep them away from the other birds until they're acting normal again. Keep them in a shady, breezy area. 
So what happened to my chicken? 

I placed him in the cool water and he seemed to be doing better. He was drinking a little bit of water and seemed to actually be getting a little cold, he started shivering so I took him out and sat him on a towel that I just happened to have in the trunk of my car. I couldn't take him inside because I was locked out so I sat there on the towel with him. Then I was holding him and his head tilted back. I thought it was strange so I just kept an eye on him. He did it again and ended up having a seizure. I placed him on the ground and he took his last breath with the last of the seizure. 

It was heartbreaking. I began reading where others had similar experiences with heat strokes and the only way to really prevent any of this from happening to your flock is by prevention. Make sure your feathered friends have plenty of: 
Water
and
Shade 

I got all my facts from Raising Happy Chickens, the advice she gives is great. I wish it could've worked out differently for my baby but I think I got to her too late. 😢

From the Garden: Tomato Soup

PHOTO CREDITS: FIT SLOW COOKER QUEEN 
I can't help but laugh at my current situation. Women on my Facebook are always posting, "Load of laundry in the washer, dishes washed, the house is clean!" and here I am, sitting on my couch thinking, "Got a load of laundry on, dishes washed, and the house is chaotic." 
So here's the funny part... 

How many of y'all are surrounded by chaos at the moment but still seem to have everything under control? That is a trait I have yet to learn. Maybe that's an acquired trait that I haven't upgraded to yet. 

So the topic of the day is... 



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Basic Buttermilk Pie Dough

Photo Credits: Minimalist Baker
In my journey to complete The Scratch Recipe Project, I learned that one recipe that will save your butt many times is having a good dough recipe.
Whether it be a chicken pot pie or a peach pie, you need a recipe that will give you the crust you want. I know, I sound like the crazy kitchen lady, right?
So I just happened to find this awesome recipe for pie crust in a magazine to be completely honest. I use it for the decorations on pies, the bottom crust, the lattice covers and whatever else I need it for. Check it out here! 😉


Scratch Recipe Project: Peach Pie


Okay, so y'all remember awhile back I started this "Scratch Recipe Project"

Here's my success of the week! 

Yesterday I went to our local Publix and saw a magazine called Southern pies and cobblers. Now, I'm not much of a pie person but heck, it had step by step how to's for pie crusts and all things "from scratch". Why don't I just TRY? I bought it and with intentions of coming home and baking a blueberry pie. BUT when I got home my farmer told me that all the blueberries from the produce stand had been sold, "ALL OF THEM!?" So I asked for the next best thing... peaches. 


Monday, May 15, 2017

Bottle of Summer: The Best Poolside Drink

Photo Cred: [[Divas Can Cook]]

 Bottle of Summer

The best Non-alcoholic drink that you'll want poolside this year! 


It's been a hot and muggy day. I went outside this morning and the still heat in the air was enough to make you sick. I went out and watered/fed the chickens and Sunni, the duck and I fought gnats the entire time. Blowing hair and gnats away from my eyes was enough to drive me insane.

I filled up Sunni's pool with some fresh water so she could have somewhere to relax once it got hotter later on in the day then I brought her a bowl of mashed up strawberries. (I have realized that Sunni looks forward to a strawberry every morning. It began with one from our garden and now every morning she perks up when she sees me hoping I have strawberries.) 

Then I came back inside and began cleaning up the house. I got to thinking, "It is just so hot and gross outside. I sure would like some kind of Summer drink. But what could that be? So I turned on my 1940s jazz and washed dishes while trying to figure out what kind of drink I wanted. Y'all ever feel like that? You know you want something but can't quite place your finger on what it is? About an hour later, after the dishes were finished, it hit me. 

I wanted... *drum roll please!* 
Bottled Summer. 
"What in tarnation is bottled summer??"
Well...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are one of the best Summertime treats. I can seriously eat a fried green tomato anytime of the day! It's one of those special "porch foods" that Southerners crave during those hot Summer evenings. 🍅
What's a porch food? You ever saw a southerner sitting on the front porch in the evening without having something to snack on? My point exactly. We will always have some sort of goodie beside us whether it be sweet tea, boiled peanuts or fried green "maters". 🍅
When I lived in my mom's house as a teen we had fried green tomatoes all the time during the Summers for dinner. They have this juicy, crunchy taste that is completely indescribable. But now that I am older and have my own house, it's up to me to make these delicious snacks. I never got my stepdad's recipe for the batter which I must say, I don't know how he makes it but it is the best! But here's my first attempt at fried green tomatoes. 🍅🍅🍅

Also, if you are around Tifton or just passing through be sure to stop by the Walker Farms Produce Stand and see if they have any green tomatoes. They are at the corner of Tift Ave. & 5th St. in the corner of the churches chicken parking lot. 🍉🍅🍎🍐🍓

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Writing My Heart Out

Writing My Heart Out


It’s planting season and I had today off, so how did I spend it? Up on that tractor in the buddy seat of course! My husband and I rode up and down the rows all morning and we (I) talked the entire time.

I brought my laptop along to read my old stories and books that I began but never finished. I read through all of my old stories, all of my blog post ideas, all of the books that I began but never finished and by the end of all the stories I had for him he just looked over at me and said, “You have to finish all of these.” Honestly, seeing how he laughed at some of my stories and how hooked he was with all of them makes me want to finish all these stories.

There are so many times that I want to give you excerpts from my stories or tell stories that are already in my books but then what would you read when I published my books in a million gazillion years?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Sad Day on the Walker Farm

Top Row L-R: Claxton, Chip
Bottom Ro L-R: Nugget, The Gray One, Henny Penny 
 Last night was a tough night for me. Five of my favorite babies were taken during the night the night before. My sweet, gentle babies..

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Care & Keeping of Cast Iron Skillets

The Care & Keeping of Cast Iron Skillets

When I married the farmer he requested that we get a 12" cast iron skillet. I requested that I wanted mainly Pioneer Woman stuff just so everything would kind of match. When I found a skillet from the Pioneer Woman, I just HAD to have it! But once I got it, I was very intimidated on how to properly clean, season and cook with it. 

This is the EXACT video that helped me so much when it came to working with my cast iron. 

Baking Bread: Basic Sandwich Bread

Baking Bread

Photo Credit: Lilluna

Basic Sandwich Bread

In the Walker Farmhouse, we (the farmer) can go through an entire loaf of bread in a single week! We go through so much bread. To me, all the bread we buy at the store tastes the same, even though he disagrees. Sometimes you just feel like you need a change up. So why not make your own bread? What? Make my own bread? Yeah! It's pretty easy, to be honest! Here's a recipe for a basic sandwich bread, enjoy! 

Ingredients:
  • 2¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 2¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 5½ - 6½ cups flour
  • butter, for topping (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar. When the yeast is bubbly/foamy, add the sugar, salt, oil, and 4 cups flour and mix until smooth.
  2. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time to form a soft, smooth dough. The dough should stick just slightly to your finger when touched, but not be overly sticky. Knead 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball. 
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until doubled. 
  4. When the dough has risen, punch it down gently and divide in half. Roll each half of the dough into a long rectangle about 8 inches wide. Roll the dough up, starting at the short edge, to form a cylinder that is approximately 8 inches wide. Repeat with remaining dough. 
  5. Place the dough, seam-side down, into lightly greased bread pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until the dough is ½ - 1 inch higher than the top of the pan. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake 30-35 minutes or the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Remove to a cooling rack and cool before slicing.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Scratch Recipe Project

Photo Credit: Farmhouse Touches 

My Journey with Cooking from Scratch

When the farmer and I got married I could cook about 4 dishes. They consisted mainly of spaghetti, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese from a box and cereal. I was the WORST when it came to cooking. I still am from time to time. 
But one day he walked into the house and the entire kitchen was covered in white flour. Picture me in the center of the kitchen sitting on the floor watching my chicken timer with my apron on and my face, the apron, the cabinets, the floor and everything has a thin layer of flour on it. 

Can you see my husband's face now?

Mint Infused Honey

From the Garden: Mint-Infused Honey

Honey is a staple ingredient in our home. Sometimes though it gets kind of old eating honey the same way al the time. So what better way than to add a shot of flavor to your honey? This stuff is great for things like tea, (green tea especially!), for eating and for adding a minty-sweet flavor to desserts. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thanking God

Ever had a flat tire? Or maybe a leaky roof? Or maybe even lost your job? I bet the last thing you thought of was thanking God, am I right?

(I'll explain further down.)

Yeah, I think we've all been there. I'll crawl into this "Box of Shame" with y'all.

Can you imagine a world where everybody took but nobody "thanked"? It'd be pretty depressing. Imagine this, you let a friend borrow something. They bring it back and need to borrow something else. This cycle goes on for years but not once do they ever say, "Hey, thanks for ______________."

Feeling unappreciated yet? 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Photo Credit: Godiva Girl
This past weekend has me feeling like I was run over by a very large truck. It was the weekend of the Rhythm & Ribs Festival, although I didn't go.. I worked this past weekend and when I say I worked, I worked. I'm actually beginning to dream of that hotel to be honest! Anyway, so I thought on it awhile and I'm going to give y'all my favorite BBQ sauce recipe since it was the weekend of the rib festival.

This recipe is amazing and you can use it for dipping stuff, rub it on your ribs or chicken, or even marinate your meats in it.

I cooked some ribs in it in the crock pot and it was incredible.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Be Salty for the Lord!

A peek into my journaling bible. 
As I said in my last post, " Trusting God with all your Heart" I got out my bible journal to help walk me through the verse I was breaking down. As I was flipping through it I found one of my old journal entries about "Being Salty". Some of you are probably curious as to why I'm sounding like a beach bum. Well read Matthew 5:13. It says, 
"You are the salt of the Earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."
What is salt without saltiness?

Nothing.

Let that sink in for a minute. Salt is nothing without saltiness. What are Christians without Godliness? I'll let you answer that one for yourself.

Trusting in God with all your Heart

Today I needed some alone time with God. I had some apologizing to do for putting Him on the back burner a little bit this past week. But anyway, after I fed and watered the chickens & ducks I sat down and pulled out my bible, my bible journal, and a sheet of notebook paper. Then I began to write. I read a passage from Proverbs. Proverbs 3:5-6 to be exact. Someone, somewhere needs to hear it. Or maybe even I need to hear it to prepare myself for this week. Who knows. But why else would it be given to me to read today?

It reads like this:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your own eyes."

The question, "How do you trust?" came to mind. Trusting for me comes natural. I trust everyone until they give me a reason not to trust them or if I get a feeling from God telling me to be careful.

It tells me to trust in God with ALL my heart. What  kind of a feeling is that? ALL your heart trusting in one person? Remember the "Trust Fall" we did as kids? When you fall back and that person should be there to catch you? That's how it is with God. He expects us to fall back on Him. When things are going good or bad, fall back on God. He won't step out of the way like some of our friends did. He will catch us no matter what.
You know how you trust those stairs not to break and let you fall through them? That's how we should trust God. Like a sturdy staircase that won't break. God will catch you. Keep that in mind this week. As you go through the week think of how God has your back and when you begin to fall He will be there to catch you. His plan for you and your life will go exactly according to plan as long as you trust Him to get you through it all.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sun Tea: To Drink or Not to Drink?

Photo Credits: Cozy Ideas 

 Sun Tea: To Drink or Not to Drink? 

Here in South Georgia, the days are getting hotter and the nights are getting cooler. It's February and feels like Summer. So that means that we are all trying to find ways to stay hydrated, cool and happy. I have increased my water intake massively in the past week just because i'm sweating so much between work and just being hot. 

One thing that is quite popular that I am just learning about in the past month is "Sun Tea", some of you may have heard about it before. You basically make the tea outside on a sunny porch or table. But is it healthy? I mean you're not actually boiling the water or anything so is it okay to drink? 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Things You Should Know While You're Engaged

Things You Should Know While You're Engaged

With my wedding being over and so many others getting engaged, I feel like I should pass on some of my new found wisdom. I may sound like a granny but this is all stuff I can honestly say I wish I had known. 






Sunday, February 12, 2017

5 Ways to Save Money Wherever You Are!

5 Ways to Save Money Wherever You Are! 

Want to save money? Want some insider advice? 

Photo Credit: Girl Who Thinks
Whether you live on a farm, in the city or anywhere in between, I think we can all agree that its nice to save a little bit of money. Right? 
  1. Make a garden. (Even if it's a bunch of small pots.) This is the best way to save on fruits, vegetables and herbs. Plant your own! 
  2. Buy eggs from a local farmer or get yourself some chickens! Eggs in a grocery store around here go for about what $3? That's $3 that you can save! ((In one of the chicken groups i'm in on facebook, someone said that eggs in their town costed close to $7 a dozen! THAT IS CRAZY! 
  3. Buy "Pantry Staples". Flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, etc. It last longer and you can cook more with one bag. Think of it like this, how much is one can of biscuits? $1.98? That's not bad. But you only get 8. Why not buy flour and a couple other things like buttermilk and butter and make 50 biscuits? Okay, I know you won't make that many biscuits but point is, if you buy a bag of flour it will add up to the same as biscuits, cake mixes etc. 
  4. Line dry your clothes or sheets. Okay, so I'm not one to be talking much. I don't really abide by this one. But I do line dry our "farm towels & rags". The towels and rags that I use for the animals, I keep it separate from my bath towels and washcloths. I wash them in a wash tub and line dry them so that I don't get our washer and dryer smelling like ducks or chickens. It saves on water and electricity. 
  5. Sew up your own clothes. Instead of buying a new shirt. Patch that old ripped one up. It's not hard to learn a few basic stitches that will help you patch up clothing. If you're really creative you can even create your own clothing. Kid's clothing is pricey. Why buy the same cute kid's clothes when you could make them? 

3 Unforgettable Valentine's Day Dates!

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3 Unforgettable Valentine's Day Dates! 

Don't have much time to plan? Need some quick date ideas? You've come to the right place! 

With my farmer's busy schedule and my busy schedule, Valentine's Day is just a day for us to do something fun together. But we always make time to do something as far as dates go. Here's a few date ideas that won't take alot of planning (mainly because I planned them out for you) and they won't take a whole lot of money!
  1. A Picnic in "Italy": Okay, so OBVIOUSLY I can't just pack my bags and run to Italy, right? This date involves a picnic blanket, a basket, cheeses, and a bottle of wine. Be sure to go to the store the night before and pick up grapes, maybe some sausage or other meat, a loaf of that french bread, baguette I think its called, and don't forget your wine and cheese (for pairing ideas on wine and cheese click here to go to an illustrated wine & cheese pairing guide.) Find a place either on your land or a private pond, maybe even a park. Lay out your blanket, play some soft italian music in the background and let your lovie come over. (I'd keep them in the car until you get all set up.) 
  2. Night under the Stars: Pretty self explanatory. Take a truck to a field (we have quite a few of those around here.) and place blankets, pillows, or even an air mattress in the back. After going to dinner in town, take it back to the country and lay under the stars. It's also pretty interesting if you study up on astronomy. I mean how romantic is it when you can point out the constellations and tell the stories behind them? My husband thought it was the coolest thing that I could point out Orion the Hunter and tell him the story behind him. He loves when I point out the big and Little dippers. 
  3. Romantic movie and fondue: Pull out that old movie, The Notebook or find something ROmantic on Netflix. Then pull out a pot and make some chocolate fondue. Have some strawberries, pineapples, marshmallows and other dippables on hand! You won't regret it! 
So take your pick! Here's three date ideas, want more? Check out my post 5 Farmer & Lady Date Ideas. Perfect for the farm couple! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

DIY Chocolate Milk Mix

Photo Creds: Yummy Tummy 
DIY Chocolate Milk Mix


Are you a chocolate milk lover? Milk goes fast at our house, chocolate milk goes even faster so with my scratch cooking obsession, I decided to try making my own Nesquik chocolate milk.


It is chocolatier (If that is even a word?!) than regular chocolate milk and it takes less of the powder than most powder mixes.


What you need is:
  • ⅓ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • ⅔ Cup Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 16 oz. container like a pint sized jar.


Mix all the ingredients together and store in the jar.


When you’re ready for your chocolate milk, add one tablespoon to your milk, mix it well and if there’s any chocolate that doesn’t dissolve and floats to the top just scoop it out and then drink up!


It’s also good in warm milk and also coffee (that is, if you’re like me and you like chocolatey coffee.)

Enjoy!