Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Crusty Peasant Bread -

I started making our own bread last year and I don't think I could ever go back to buying the spongy fluff they sell these days. Bread seems like a daunting thing to start baking but it really is very simple! It's deliciously crunchy on the outside and moist and fluffy on the inside. A big plus is that you can control what goes in your loaf! No surprise ingredients here!


Besides, when a recipe is this easy to whip up you run out of reasons why you shouldn't bake your own. Try this recipe and you will be pleasantly surprised!

Crusty Peasant Bread Recipe

You can also add herbs, nuts, fruit, cheese, anything you want to this recipe. Just toss your extras in with the flour and mix it up!

 My favorite combination so far is chopped Rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes. Rosemary is my favorite herb and it really blows your mind when you take your first bite! 



Friday, May 31, 2013

Hello everyone!

Quick update of Marilla's Manor. I think it is called for since I haven't posted for more than a year!


We still have our trusty four hens! They lay an egg a day and for two people that is a lot of eggs! My neighbors and co-workers sure don't mind it when I start handing out the eggs though. ;)

Our rabbits were sold to another homesteader, just because with our outdoor cats prowling the yard at night we were seeing too many casualties. And how do you discipline a cat? We'll you don't. They would never understand! We are setting up the rabbit pen for our next animal venture which will probably be more chickens....or ducks......or a turkey....hmm...

We have three gardens going,  We have 3 varieties of lettuce growing in our kitchen garden. Our second garden consists of

Bell peppers
Sweet Peppers
Black Eyed Peas

 with more additions to come. They are all coming along beautifully even with the oddly cold weather we have had in Georgia.

Our third garden is consists of

Silver Queen Corn
Pole Beans
Sweet Potatoes

 I am really looking forward to harvest time this year!

My etsy shop is also up and running. It is stocked with some pretty antique finds that I have scouted out. Please take a look  -

Marilla's Manor Etsy Shop

Happy Friday Ya'll!

-  Marilla

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinned Wednesdays

Have you found it? Has it sucked countless hours of your productivity out of your week? 
It's amazing but totally addicting and bad for your day planner. But it's OH so fun to pin pretty things! 
And you get so many good ideas from it! 
Check it out if you dare.

Pinned Wednesdays are going to be a staple at Marilla's Manor. 
Here are my most recent favorites:
Oh Spring I can't wait till you get here!

In the meantime, I'll make these cute boot socks!

And eat some Cajun Chicken Jambalaya

And dream about pretty things to add to my wardrobe

Perfect decoration for my mantle. But I want my own flowers.

I am flabbergasted at the sheer awesomeness of this project. No pun intended.

I've got plenty of bottles lying around for this.

ahem...speaking of which I better stop pinning and get to work!

Happy Wednesday!
All images from www.pinterest.com


Friday, January 13, 2012

Picking The Wedding Dress

It is amazing how fast events can sneak up on you. Not too far in the future I'll be getting married to the most wonderful man in the world, and I am just now starting to plan out the day! I really had no idea where to start...
So I started with the dress:
Dress: Rosa Clara / Shoes: J Crew / Earrings: Laonato

I really liked this one but it is way out of my price range! I need to go to try some on soon. What do you think of this style?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Back from Hiatus!

I took a little break from blogging, (Ok, maybe it was a big break..) to focus on organizing my life, home, and thoughts. Now that I've got most of that done, I need to start getting things ready for this year's big events! I've got a garden to design, a house to redecorate and most importantly, a wedding to plan!

A couple exciting things happened while I was away! For instance we got our first eggs from our crazy hens!
 Aren't they beautiful?! We have been getting about two a day from our hens, Thelma and Louise. I really do love our chickens. We had some amazing holidays. I had so much fun decorating for Christmas! Not so much fun taking them down though.

I hope everybody had Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

These past couple weeks have been a blur. Work has really kept me from blogging! Some of ya'll know I am a gymnastics coach and you would be amazed at the sheer amount of bad dreams I get in thanks of it. It's been almost every night in which I wake myself up by snapping my fingers and saying "Get in line please!"
 Last night I dreamed I was teaching 3 classes at once and you can imagine the tossing and turning that resulted from that!

Oh well....Our Thanksgiving break is coming up in which I will have the whole week off. I'm already making plans as to what I'm going to cook. Not just for thanksgiving dinner but canned goods for Christmas presents as well.

So far I am planning on making:

Spiced Muscadine Sauce 
(still have a TON of muscadines in the freezer!)

Spiced Muscadine Bread 
(made from the sauce)

Cranberry Marmalade

Apple Sauce 

Apple Butter

It won't be stopping there either. I'll make sure to post pictures. I'm going to fix myself a cup of tea and go to bed...and hopefully....not dream of coaching.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Newly Educated and Disgusted:

I am appalled, Disgusted, overwhelmed, and saddened. My eyes have been truly opened to the evil that is America's food Industry. I may have read a couple things, seen a couple pictures but nothing that had so deeply affected me as the documentary "Food INC" has now done.

If you have seen this movie, you know what I am talking about. If you haven't, I strongly urge that you do so as soon as possible. Before you pick up that frozen pizza at your grocery store. Before you put anything else in your cart, watch that movie!

Patrick and I have long talked about and inched our way towards having our own food sources. We have made efforts in that regard. We have chickens, and rabbits, we are composting and starting to garden. But now, I need to double my efforts for sustainability. It's not a game for me anymore. This is a war between Americans and Industry and I have officially joined the fight.

Here is an afterthought for you. If the food industry is putting THAT into Americans' food, what in the world did I just feed the cat.......

Watch the trailer, watch the movie. Tell me what you think.