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!

Photo Credit: MD Junction

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!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

MY FAVORITE BOOK IS ON AMAZON!

I am just so excited y'all! I found my favorite book on amazon! This post will be a short and sweet one mainly because I just wanted to give y'all a link to it so if y'all want to buy it, you can now! :) 
Did I mention it's cheaper than what I paid for it? You Lucky Ducklings you! 



This book gives you every single informative thing you need to know about farm life. Including but not limited to: 
  • The Layers of Soil 
  • Mineral Nutrients
  • Crop Rotation 
  • Predicting Weather by Clouds
  • Barn Styles
  • Animal Housing 
  • Timber Construction 
  • Barn Birds 
  • Tractors
  • How to Plow a Field
  • Inside a Combine 
  • Average Frost Dates
  • How to can Tomatoes
  • Apple, Squash, Pepper, etc. Varieties
  • Good and Bad Bugs 
  • Building a Bean Teepee
  • How to grow Tomatoes
  • Planting an Orchard
  • Animal Terms 
  • Parts of a Rooster
  • Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Goose, Pig, Goat, Rabbit, Cow etc. Breeds
  • How to milk a cow
  • Hoof Trimming 
  • Parts of a goat 
  • Anatomy of a beehive 
  • Wine Making 
  • Edible Flowers
  • Breadmaking
  • Dairy Terms
  • How to make Cheese
  • Prime cuts of Beef
  • Dry Curing
  • Freezing Meat 
  • Pressure Canning
  • Root Cellaring 
  • Making Maple Syrup 
  • Spinning Yarn 
  • Natural Dyes
  • How to make a flower press
  • How to make a cornhusk doll
  • Making Rag Rugs
  • Making Candles
  • Quilt Patterns 
... and MORE! 

Like I said everything you would ever need to know is in this book, it's illustrated beautifully and I think the illustrations are what actually drew me to it in the first place. The print in the book is handwritten and a few things are modeled after her handwriting. I just love this book! You can get it through Amazon by clicking the link above and buying it through the link. :) 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

6 Cleaning Lessons from a Housekeeper

As many of you know my day job isn't being a stay at home farm wife.. That's right y'all, all these idealistic images you think of when you think of my days aren't true. I don't run around the farm playing with chickens all day.. (only half the day..)

I don't spend my days baking cookies and cakes..

I wish I did though. But until the farmer and I have kids I will have my town job. As many of you know, at my architecture job I was going through a rough patch. With two grandparents dying within three weeks of each other & the everyday stress of change orders, contracts, specification books and bid packets, I was a stressed mess! I realized that I needed to take a break one morning when I had a panic attack and my heart started palpitating. That's a very condensed and less complicated version of how I ended up working at a hotel as a housekeeper.

Being a housekeeper in general you will learn plenty of cleaning tricks and hacks. Many of them I use at home, of course my house is nowhere nearly as organized as that hotel but I try!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Dumpling Recipe

Photo Creds: Eat At Home 

The entire time I was engaged I joked with people about my inability to cook good. Well, what people failed to realize was that I can cook, I just hate to clean up after I cook. I am one of the messiest cooks EVER. I had fun cleaning up the kitchen after this recipe. I had flour EVERYWHERE but I have to admit, making dumplings was pretty fun.

My farmer had been craving chicken and dumplings and well, this girl right here had never made chicken and dumplings in her life. MY ENTIRE LIFE. 

My grandmothers all cook chicken & dumplings like champs but me? How could I make a good pot of chicken and dumplings when I am a straight rookie to this field? So I did what most millennials do and I googled. and I researched. and I googled. and I flipped through cookbooks. and I googled some more. 

Then, on a food website I found this recipe for chicken and dumplings. My farmer and I both agreed that something was missing and we both think it was something to do with the chicken part, not the dumplings. Because those dumplings were THE BEST I have ever had in my life. They were fluffy and just wow. I've included the recipe for the dumplings but not the chicken broth part. I want to try a few minor changes before I give you the full thing but if you already know what you like with your dumplings then here is a great recipe for them! 

You will need: 
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening (I use Crisco) 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Photo Creds: Delishably 
  • 1/2 Cup milk
In a large bowl, you're going to mix up the flour, salt, baking powder, and shortening with a fork. 

Add the egg and 1/2 cup milk, mix it to form a dough. It is very sticky at this point. 

Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. I had to add some extra flour at this point because it was sticking to my rolling pin so much that it rolled all the way back up. 

Cut the dough into four inch strips with a sharp knife. Don't try to cut this sticky stuff with a dern butter knife! 

Next you want to drop them into a simmering chicken broth (the stuff that I have to tweak).

Cover and simmer until the dumplings are done. You can tell they're done by sticking a toothpick in them. If it comes out clean then they're done. 

Add your chicken and 1 cup of milk and then cook 10 more minutes. 

THEN YOU'RE DONE!! 

I will be posting the full recipe once I get it tweaked a little more. My farmer suggested using a creamy soup instead of the homemade chicken broth that I had originally made. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Southern Woman Ramblins'

What is it about this place that makes coffee in the mornings so much better?

It's almost like I have no where to go today and nothing to do so the coffee seems to taste better. hmm. Maybe it's just because I just have the time to enjoy it.

This morning I woke up early and began my day with coffee and blogging. I walked through the house tip toeing because my farmer was still asleep. I tip toed to my coffee maker and poured my cup of coffee then I came straight to my "office", which in all reality is just our guest room. Now, here I am, sipping on coffee and looking out the window.

Outside it just looks cold, I can only imagine how it actually feels. My phone says 31 degrees. Where did this cold come from?! A week ago we were having to turn on the air conditioner.. If it's this cold in South Ga, how in the world are people up north able to wake up and go places?!

The Farmer and I have been talking business, I told our chick buyers last night that the farmer and I are truly the most business orientated couple I've ever seen. That's really all we talk about. Well, at least we support each others crazy business endeavors.
I went with a full business plan to him one day. I laid it all out in a neat order and he looked over it. He began asking questions, some I addressed like I was a businesswoman and some I just stared at him like, "What was the question again?"

Normally I wait till the end to title the post, just so I can see where it actually goes. This one, I feel like it was possibly a big post of "ramblins". That's it. That's going to be the title.


Sincerly, 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sleepy Country Nights


Sleepy Country Nights

Nights like tonight are so peaceful. It's freezing outside but the moon is situated just right in the sky, the stars are shining brightly and the hens are roosting on top of the coop. It's so perfect. Tonight we went to gather eggs and I heard something as I was going past the coop. I looked up. 
There stood about 12 hens leaning over the side trying to get a peek at me. I laughed as my farmer snagged the eggs from nests around that area. It's nights like this that make me more than positive that this is where I want to raise my little farmhands, I mean children. Ha! 

Last night I was standing outside and I could hear something that I had never heard, crickets. I know what you're thinking, "Serious? You're kidding." Nope! In the city, believe it or not, you can't hear crickets or the sound of the swampy areas. You know what sounds I'm talking about. Those sounds that are like a mixture of frogs, crickets and the occasional bird. 
I always used that description in stories I wrote just for fun. I'd write about swamps and nights like this. It's kind of nice actually living it. I love living out here in the middle of scenic no where. It's so peaceful. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


So today starts 2017.

I went to church this morning, and now here I am in my office talking to what feels like myself sometimes, if you didn't know, I mean I am writing on my blog.. Ha! I guess that means my year will be quiet and peaceful, right? That's a funny thought.

Meanwhile, things here at Walker Farms have been anything but quiet. On Dec. 29, we had a chick hatch that I quickly named Nugget. The Farmer was joking around and called it chicken nugget, I liked it so much that it stuck. So after Nugget was hatched out we quickly got more! By "more", I do mean eleven! Yes, as of today we have eleven in "The Box" and about two or three in the incubator. We have many more coming!

Soon we will be selling them, I don't know how ready I am for that yet though. I know we are keeping the two silkie chicks (Nugget and the other one whose name I have not come up with). But the rest will be sold.

The Farmer just drove up! I watched him drive through the field. Speaking of which, today I needed some quiet time. You know how in the bible it says that Jesus went away from the crowd to pray? Well, the Lady of the Farm needs her quiet time too. So, I went walking. I walked all the way down the center of the field. The Farmer thought it was quite odd, his family probably thought I was having temporary insanity. But I just needed my own little quiet time to be with God. What we talked about, will stay between Him and I but for now, let's just say we had some serious meeting time. I guess you can say that's my New Year's Resolution, as it is every year, to grow closer to God. Why is it that every year I have the same resolution? Well, how close it too close to God? Exactly.

Today, in church, the pastor (the one who married the farmer and I) spoke of leaving things in 2016 and not looking back. Just continuing on forward. Well, what I got from it was that I needed to leave all my anger and pain in 2016. WHAT?! ANGER AND PAIN?? ADRIAN, WHAT!?

Yes, even I, the coolest and calmest woman in the world still get angry and have some deep pain. Wow, this post took a turn for the dark. Anyway, I guess what I got is that I needed to leave all that in 2016 and this year, 2017, start fresh. The Farmer and I had a long discussion about that yesterday and basically I rebelled against him and said it was easier said than done, which it is! But with God, my farmer and the pastor all telling me, I am going to have to try my best to start on a clean slate this year.

Anyway, it's time for me to make rotel dip for us. The Farmer has been craving Rotel for about two or three weeks, so on that note. IT. IS. TIME. :)