How to Make Pizza Dough

One of the benefits of living in a small town is that everyone knows who you are. (Wait–did I just say that’s a benefit?) Okay, the benefit is that, in a small pond, it’s relatively easy to develop your identity, aka build your brand, and to become the go-to person in your field. My husband […]

My Old Farmhouse Tour

What words pop in your head when I say, “I live in an old farmhouse”? If your list includes charming, cozy and peaceful, you’re right! Our old farmhouse IS charming, from the hand-pegged attic beams to the quirky angles (the front room floor slants because it was originally the front porch!) to the fairytale sandstone […]

Meet Blue Bull

Welcome to our very first issue of “Meet the Animals of Topisaw”. After all, what’s a farm without animals? The Topisaw animals are the heart and soul (and sometimes the nuisance but always the personality) of the place! With so many Topisaw animals on our farm, it was hard to pick which to feature first. […]

Topisaw Snow Day

Topisaw Snow Day

Well, it’s another Topisaw snow day!  This never happens. When I was a child, we were told to expect one good snow every few years–maybe even one in our entire first 6 years! When it DID snow, if it didn’t melt right away (the norm), it was a huge deal. We had no school, of […]

How To Teach A Bread Class

We make a lot of different items at our café, from homemade soups to carrot cake to pizza. My favorite thing to make, though, is bread! Because I have such a passion for it, I’d like to show you how to teach a bread class. I baked my first loaf of bread around 1983 when […]

No Fear Bread

No Fear Bread

No fear bread was a few years in the making… I was 16, on a round-the-world-in-10-days trip to Europe, when I first tasted bread. Not the squashy, crumbly, only good to be slathered with mayo for a tomato sandwich “bread”, but real bread that fought back when you took a bite, that stood up to […]

Top 5 Rock Collecting Supplies

Top 5 Rock Collecting Supplies

Heading out for a morning of collecting rocks is a treat…IF you’re prepared! There’s nothing worse than getting an hour away from home and realizing you forgot something. We’ve tried out loads of rock collecting supplies and have picked what we think are the best. So, here’s our Top 5 Favorite Rock Collecting Supplies list: […]