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Ladies who farm can be just as girly, beautiful, and pampered as their urban-dwelling sisters. In fact, most farm girls who don’t have access to a spa can probably come up with whatever it takes to make themselves feel great about themselves and their bodies. Here are three ideas that farm girls will completely understand.

Stock Tank Pool

Some of you city slickers may not know what is meant by a stock tank pool, so here’s the explanation. These 8 feet in diameter tanks that are about 2 feet tall are used to feed stock. You know, cattle, horses and the like. But, they also make excellent pools. All you have to do is add a pool pump and a filter. The pump also keeps the water moving, which deters mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water. Once that’s done, you can use a swimming pool net to keep debris out of the tank. In the winter, you can change the plumbing to copper and add a propane heater and viola- you have a hot tub.

You can choose to have your “pool” above ground or sunken. If you dig a hole and place your pool at ground level, you can landscape around the edges. Imagine how beautiful your relaxing pool will be with plantings, built-in benches, and slate tiles around its rim. You have to agree; this is an outdoor retreat like no other.

Do-It-Yourself Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are a current trend for a reason. Popping one into your bath after building, planting, and mowing all day is an extravagance that no one can resist. Farm girls are more likely to make their bath bombs and use herbs from their gardens to decorate them. In fact, farm girls probably have most of these ingredients in their homes already. Here is an easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 1/2 tablespoons almond oil
3/4 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons essential oils

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix. In a small bowl, combine all liquid ingredients.

Slowly mix wet and dry ingredients. If you mix too quickly, some of the ingredients will react and make your bombs bumpy.

Separate the mixture into several bowls and add food coloring as desired. Use ice cube trays, silicone cupcake molds, or a stainless steel circular mold.

Allow the bomb to harden for at least 24 hours after taking them out of the molds. Precise instructions are available online.

Herbal Tea Recipes

What could be more relaxing and luxurious than a cup of tea on your front porch? And did you know you can make your brews right at home? Well, you can, and the benefits of tea are myriad. Tea can:

  • relieve stress
  • calm the nervous system
  • contribute antioxidant properties to the body
  • cleanse the body

The tea base consists of fresh or dried ingredients, such as ginger or peppermint A sweetener, like honey, stevia leaf, or licorice root, may be added. After this step, you can get as creative as you like. Some additions that have health benefits include:

  • citrus peels
  • eucalyptus
  • dandelion root
  • echinacea root

Put your ingredients into a cup and pour hot water over them. Cover your vessel for roughly 10 minutes. Strain, put on your favorite terry cloth robe, sit on your front porch swing, and enjoy! There are many tea recipes online, many of which produce beverages that have particular advantages.

Farmgirl luxuriating is simple, rewarding, and fun. Don’t you think it’s time to take care of yourselves for a change?

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Nanny’s Biscuits With Chocolate Gravy

It is so, so cold outside! As we delve into the belly of winter, every homesteader is trying to warm up.

What better way to warm up than cook a hearty breakfast?

As a child I used to spend winters at my grandma’s farm. She lived in the middle of nowhere in the Oklahoma woods, so we often spent time together in the kitchen. That’s where I learned about a beloved secret of Southern cooking: chocolate gravy.

I know what you’re thinking. “Gravy” and “chocolate” sound like they shouldn’t go together. But they do!

My Nanny would make a batch of biscuits (made with butter from her cows, no less) and top them with a generous heap of chocolate gravy. It was the perfect way to wake up and face a chilly day.

In the spirit of winter and coziness, here’s my Nanny’s recipe for chocolate gravy and biscuits.

P.S. Pigs will happily eat your leftovers!

Chocolate gravy ingredients

⅓ cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons flour
¾ cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate gravy directions
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour the dry mixture into a sauce pan and whisk.
  • Slowly pour in your 2 cups of milk, whisking constantly. Whisk until all lumps are gone.
  • Cook for 7 minutes, whisking slowly. The gravy will thicken and start to boil.
  • Once it’s thickened to your likeness, take the pan off heat.
  • Stir in the butter and vanilla.
Biscuits ingredients

1 ¾ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, frozen
⅔ cup milk

Biscuits directions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a food processor, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Pulse until combined.
  • Add chunks of butter into the mixture, pulsing as you go.
  • Pour the butter-flour mixture into a large bowl.
  • Stir in ⅔ cup of milk and work into a rough dough with your hands.
  • Roll the dough into ½ inch thickness.
  • Use a biscuit cutter or dinner glass to cut biscuits into desired size. Transfer to baking sheet with parchment.
  • Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes, until they’re well risen and golden brown.

To serve this delicious breakfast, simply top the biscuits with chocolate gravy. Enjoy with a cup of coffee to warm up before a busy day of homesteading.


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