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. :)