YAY! Today was seed planting day! You wouldn't know that it was spring time from the looks of the weather! I swear at one point it was snowing this morning!!
I have been waiting for the new greenhouse to get our seeds started so I feel like I am way behind in planting, but today I made up for it. The whole family was out in full force in the new greenhouse mixing up dirt and picking out what seeds they wanted to plant. Today we planted many varieties of herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
As I stood in the greenhouse and happily planted away listening to everyone talking about which seeds they have planted already I suddenly realized the amount of work that lay ahead when all these tiny little seeds become seedlings and have to be either transplanted into bigger pots or planted in the garden. As crazy as it may sound...I CAN'T WAIT!!! The work will be never ending I am sure but I take pride in knowing that I am making a difference not only for my family but for others as well!
Now.......Mother Nature......bring on spring already!!!!!!!
If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be living on a farm with a lot of birds I would have thought that to be crazy!!!! Well our farm will be adding more baby birds!!! This time we will be adding turkey poults! Were not exactly sure how many we will be able to pick up but we just got word today that we have successfully registered for the 2013 Youth Market Turkey Show. Amber and Travis will be receiving their poults in June and will raise them until October which then at that time they will be showing them at the North Carolina State Fair. We are very excited to be able to participate since only a limited amount of birds are able to be shown. As we proceed with this new adventure I will be sure to share our experience and our pictures!
If anyone has prior experience raising turkey's or showing them we would love to hear from you!
Bread dough prior to baking
Have you ever wanted to bake your own bread but didn't know where to begin or thought that it was going to be too difficult?
I came upon this recipe that is great for anyone that has never made their own bread. I also like this recipe because it makes to 2 loaves of bread. My daughter loves it so much that she won't eat regular store bought bread anymore. I would love to hear from anyone that tries it or if you have your own recipe to share please do so! Enjoy and happy bread making!
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour on cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Note: I mix my flour one cup at a time in my mixer using the dough attachment. Once I mix all my flour I then take it out of the mixer and knead it by hand.
3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place dough into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rice for 30 minutes or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
We have always had a dream to own our own farm and take pride in working hard to produce our own food. That dream is now coming true before our eyes and we look forward to sharing our experience!