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.