"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good." ~ Terri Guillemets

Thursday, February 28, 2013

What Happened?


What happened to February?
We are at the end of it. Actually, I'm glad.
February needs to be a short month. It has been so dreary and cold this year.


With tomorrow being the first of March, I can now look forward to spring.
And with tomorrow being the first Friday of the month, I want to remind you about the
Old Time Party & Giveaway!


Hope to see all ya farm gals and guys at the party first thing in the morning!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday


It's a Wednesday.
Cold. Dark. And wet.
I'm spending the day in the warmth of my kitchen.


I put my apron on this morning and got busy.
Nothing beats the Wednesday blahs than...


freshly baked bread.


And biscuits, too.
Ahhh...smells heavenly. 
It's a Wednesday that just got better.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Baking Center


It started with my sourdough adventures.
I needed flour. Lots of flour and different types.
And I needed a space to store all this flour.


This old washstand previously held all my cookbooks.
I felt I could put it to better use as my baking center.
Just enough storage available in those drawers and shelves


I already had some large jars to display the flour.
I just made some quick labels to go on them.

The labels are large office labels that I painted black and cut into a shape.
I used a white paint pen for the lettering. Easy peasy!

I still have my old screen above the washstand.
I added a grater and small sifter to the top.
The dish towel hanging on the side was from a giveaway I won.
(Thanks Jean from Ruby & Arthur.)


I needed storage for some linens and towels so a galvanized bucket does the trick.
I always have galvanized buckets. They add to the farmhouse style with ease.


I love the look of this 1958 almanac.
The farm gal is so cute.

I just found these two matching bowls while out pickin' the other weekend.
I knew they would fit perfectly here.
Added some primitive measuring cups and a vintage cloth napkin.


I've had this little yellow pitcher in storage forever. 
I added some old spoons and it's a perfect fit with my cookbooks.


Even though blue is my favorite color for decorating, I'm surprised at the pops of red showing up all over the house. Who knew? I like it. This old scoop with the chippy red handle is for display only. 
I have other scoops for my flour in the top drawer of the wash stand.


And there ya have it.
A baking center.
Just for me.


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Featured Whites – Country Whites Weekend #3


What a fun party with lots of whites!

You embraced your country whites and shared them with us!
You inspired us. You took us home. You filled us with country charm.

I, along with The Country Farm Home, truly wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us. We are so honored and feel privileged to call you our country gal friends!


So are you ready?
It's time to announce our features! The top three with the most views...



The white slipcovers are the perfect backdrop for her pretty farmhouse style.


Love the look of her whites with the vibrant colors throughout her log cabin.
Please country check it out! She'd be pleased if ya paid her a visit.



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Love her pickin’ cool finds that make her laundry room.

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 You will enjoy her sense of humor that comes with her posts.
Please country check it out! She'd be tickled for ya to come on over.



 

You need to see the work that was done here.


It’s amazing how paint and a few special pieces can transform a space.
Please country check it out! She'd be happy to see ya drop by.


And now for
my Country Whites pick of the month...




Angie and I have similar styles. When I saw her pantry, it made me smile.


Her sweet pantry resembles what I envision mine to be someday.
Go country check her out so she can make ya smile.

Next,  go on over to visit my Country Whites Weekend partner at The Country Farm Home to see her pick of the month.


If you were featured, please feel free to grab our button to place on your blog.


Country Whites Weekend is always held the third Friday of every month.
The next party will be held March 15 so mark your calendar.
We're looking forward to seeing y'all then!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How I Do Sourdough


I now love my sourdough.
It did not start out that way.
Our relationship was a little shaky in the beginning.
I even compared it to taking care of a new pet in this past post.


I decided to take one step at a time.
Work with the starter until I liked the consistency.
Then came the some great tasting pancakes. 
Next I conquered the best biscuits.
And now I can say I really know sourdough after successfully baking bread.

Today I'll talk about the starter and later share my experiences making pancakes, biscuits, and bread.


My Starter Supplies:
Parisian Sourdough Starter - I received this as a gift. You can make a sourdough starter without this  packaged starter which is in a powdered form. This just provided better odds for my starter to be successful. 
King Arthur Flour (unbleached bread) - You need a good flour and King Arthur is a good brand that I chose to begin my sourdough adventure.
Filtered Water - do not use tap water because of chlorine. I filter my water at home and then store it in jars at room temperature for easy access.
Jar - You will need at least a quart sized jar with a wide mouth. I switched to a larger jar after the starter began growing. You need a towel or cloth napkin to cover the jar. The starter needs air so do not screw a lid on top.

On another note...for the starter to be successful, the room temperature should not be too cold or too hot...it's recommended to be within the 70 to 85 F degree range. The idea here is to create the right environment for the culture to grow.


My Initial Routine:
Day 1 - Morning: In jar, mix 1/4 cup water, Parisian sourdough starter, & 1/4 cup flour, cover
Evening (about 12 hours later): Add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup flour, mix & cover
Day 2 - Morning: Discard all but 1/2 cup, add 1/2 cup water, add less than 1 cup flour, mix and cover
Evening: Do the same
Day 3 - Morning: (here is where it started to bubble nicely for me) Discard all but 1/2 cup (I started making pancakes with the discard since it was showing life with the bubbles), add 1/2 cup water, add less than 1 cup flour, mix and cover
Evening: Do the same (this is where I forgot to feed it and it continued to do fine)
Day 4 - The sourdough was really growing and bubbling quite nicely. Had a life all its own which is what you want.
This routine of discarding and feeding with flour and water needs to continue for a least a week so your starter is nice and strong. It was about day 5 or 6 that I determined my starter was way too thick. It had become a healthy blob and I wanted it to be a little more manageable so I started feeding it less flour and finally equaled out the water and flour ratio to be equal amounts when I do feedings.

What is nice that it is a lot of effort in the beginning, but now I can let it rest in the refrigerator and not touch it for a week. I am now pulling it out about once a week to feed it and bake/cook with it. When in the fridge, I screw on a lid as it is resting.

I'll share my experience with pancakes, biscuits, and bread for another time.
I must admit that I am now addicted to sourdough.
It has been a good experience to get back to the basics in my kitchen.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Country Whites Weekend #3 – Spring Fever


Welcome to Country Whites Weekend!
We are so thrilled that all you country folk have taken the time to party with us!
We appreciate each and every one of you and your inspiring country whites!


It’s plain and simple and oh, so sweet.
Embrace your country whites and share them here!
Inspire us. Take us home. Fill us with country charm.


I’ll just say it. I have spring fever! Not just a little, but way over the top.
I want to celebrate and enjoy the outdoors. Smell the clean air and listen to the birds sing.
I want to sit in my chair and look at the lake, but…


Winter. It’s just not my season.
I’m ready to get my hands dirty and play in my garden.
Flowers, fruits, and veggies…oh my!
And I’m looking forward to planting my ‘all white’ flower bed.


 Winter can be beautiful, especially when the lake starts to freeze.
But the season is just too long for this country gal.


When I look up, I want to see pretty petals against the blue sky,


not ice on cold, bare branches.


For sure. I’m ready for spring. How about you?


‘Country Whites Weekend’
The third weekend of every month…
Friday morning through Sunday evening.


Held jointly at
Old Time Farmhouse &
Link here or there and you will show up on both blogs.

Features will be held the following Friday,
so be sure to come back and check out both our blogs.
  
♥♥♥Country Rules♥♥♥

♥Write your country whites post first and link back here to Country Whites Weekend with text or link back with the Country Whites Weekend photo within your post.
♥Be sure to link up your post url, not your blog url.
♥Become a follower of both blogs.
♥Take the time to visit at least 3 other party participants.
♥Linking to shops, giveaways, parties and blog hops is a no-no.
♥Linking up something that you have already shared here is another no-no.
♥No more than 3 links per party.
♥All photos must be your own.

Thank y’all for following the rules.
Now let the party begin!


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Happy Valentine's Day



I made sugar cookies for Hubby for Valentine's Day.
This recipe always produces a soft and yummy cookie every time.
The special ingredient is sour cream and you can find the recipe here.


Hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Roo in the Rafters


Roo is up in the rafters and has a reminder for y'all...


Country Whites Weekend
This Friday, February 15
At the crack of dawn


Have a white critter ya want to show off?
Do ya have a winter wonderland out back?
How about some good old white farmhouse decor?
Make or bake anything white in the kitchen, lately?
Hmmm...the possibilities are endless!


Inspire us. Take us home. Fill us with country charm.
The Country Farm Home and I will be hosting and are so excited to see all your Country Whites!

Get ready to party!

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