Easy Cranberry-Raisin Bread and Giveaway

Day 192 of 365

Today is National Homemade Bread Day, which is kind of a big deal to me. We make from scratch every single bit of bread our family eats. Sandwich bread, bread for toast, hamburger buns, bread sticks, biscuits, tortillas–all are made from scratch from organic flours and most include flours we mill ourselves from whole grains.

Making all of our bread homemade didn’t happen overnight. It was a process, but we were highly motivated to switch from buying breads at the store for three reasons: First, Ron makes bread like a magician. His wheat loaves are so delicious, and his Challah is like a work of art. There is no bread I can buy at the store that can compare. Plus, I have become a fairly skilled at breads myself. Second, Ron was getting sick from eating store-bought breads or doughs of any kind. When we found out about the amount of glyphosate in wheat products, that became our third reason for making the change.

I love all breads way too much. One of the reasons I fell in love with Ron was I tasted a slice of his homemade bread fresh out of the oven–with honey. Yeah, that was it.

But one of my favorite breakfast or snack breads is cranberry-raisin bread. I am sharing a modified version of a recipe I originally found at The Kitchen Whisperer. They have wonderful recipes, by the way. I am sharing the recipe below, but there’s more to this post.

In honor of National Homemade Bread Day, I am giving away one of these beautiful handmade bread bags made from organic cotton linen napkins from France. These linen napkins are divine–and spendy. So I thought it would be a wonderful thing to treat someone to a beautiful bag made from these napkins. In my quest to move away from plastic, I have found that linen bread bags work well, so I am excited to share this lovely yet practical gift with someone.

There are a three ways to enter:

  1. Follow my blog and leave a comment on this post. Followers help us a lot in terms of recruiting support, and I am always thankful. After you follow the blog, just leave a comment on this post, so I know to check for your name. If you already follow this blog, just leave a comment to let me know you want to enter this giveaway. Blog followers will be entered five times.
  2. Leave a comment on the Facebook post where I share this. That will enter you one time.
  3. Share this post on your social media channels. Just be sure to leave a comment to let me know, as some shares are private, and I cannot see them. Sharing on social media equals five entries as well.

All follows, comments, and shares must be made by Tuesday, November 22, 2022. The winner will be announced on the blog and on our Facebook page Wednesday, November 23.

Good luck in the giveaway. I adore this bread bag and have made an extra just for a Farmer-ish reader. And, if you feel up to it, make some delicious cranberry raisin bread for your new linen bread bag!

Easy Cranberry-Raisin Bread


3 cups all purpose flour or bread flour (I prefer about a 50-50 combination, but one or the other will do)
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup golden raisins
juice from one freshly-squeezed mandarin orange or about 2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 and 1/2 cups warm water (this amount may need to be adjusted, but 1 and 1/2 is usually where I land)


Dutch oven
parchment paper
spoon and spatula


  1. Mix all ingredients minus the water and juice into a very large bowl (large enough to allow for a doubling in size of your dough). After you have mixed the dry ingredients (including the cranberries and raisins), add your orange juice and water. Mix everything together until all flour is combined and you have a “shaggy” dough.
  2. Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and let your dough rise for about 12 hours. (I make the dough after dinner at night and then bake it in the morning for a delicious treat at breakfast).
  3. After 12 hours, uncover your dough and use a spatula to scrape out the dough onto a floured surface. There is no kneading. Using floured hands, just form the dough in a ball and place it on parchment paper. Cover it with your plastic wrap once again and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  4. While your dough is resting, heat your over to 425 degrees and put your Dutch oven right in the oven. When the 30 minutes is up, take out the very hot dutch oven, remove the plastic from your dough, use the parchment paper to carefully pick up your ball of dough, and place the dough wrapped in parchment paper into your Dutch oven.
  5. Cover the with the lid and bake, covered, for about 25 minutes.After 25 minutes, remove the lid and bake for 5 to 8 minutes longer.

When your bread is browned on the top, it should be ready. Enjoy it fresh out of the oven with salted butter or store in a bread bag after it cools and warm it up later. Just be sure to use salted butter on it. The salted butter brings out the flavors so well.

I hope you enjoy! When I first served this bread on a Christmas Eve morning, my son said, “This is the best Christmas Eve ever.”

Please follow my blog: Part II

Day 133 of 365

Tonight, I am sharing information for another giveaway–finally. I have been meaning to do a giveaway since Day 100. This is how I roll, but never late than never, right?

Here are the details of the giveaway…

We are giving away and adorable Farmer-ish Apple Box from our Etsy shop. I adore these Apple Boxes, and I am dreaming up a Halloween Box as I write this. But in the Apple Box, you will find a handmade (by me) apple tote bag made from scraps of beautiful designer fabric, 2 handmade (by me) potholders that I copied from the Magnolia store, a small hardcover copy of Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Wild Apples” (because I love tiny books), an apple pin from The Clever Clove (these are such high quality and so darn cute), and a copy of my best apple pie recipe. It’s all meant to help you treasure apple season.

You do need to live in the U.S. to win because international shipping is just a little bit epic.

Here’s how to win this adorable box:

  1. You can follow or invite a friend to follow our Facebook page.
  2. You can pre-order a copy of Volume II of the print annual between now and Saturday, September 24.
  3. Use your email and sign up to officially follow the blog, if you haven’t already.
  4. Share this post on social media, but you have to let me know by tagging me. If you are like me and struggle to take, you don’t have to tag me. I trust you. Just leave me a message.

And it’s that simple! We will do a drawing Sunday, September 25, the final day of the Common Ground Fair. Please send us good vibes for our first fair as a vendor!

This is an old-fashioned please follow my blog contest.

Day 39 of 365

It has been nearly 40 days of this year-long project, and I have been so moved by the kindness and support. The stats on our Farmer-ish site have nearly tripled, and we have more blog followers than we have ever had before. We also have had an increase in Patreon support, which means the world to me, as it means our journal gets to keep going, and I am forever trying to find creative ways to pay our writers more.

This progress is really hopeful, but the best news is that our numbers are high enough that Farmer-ish may be able to garner support from a couple of sponsors I believe in and would be proud to work with. But, of course, to make this possible, we must keep growing. And growing. And growing.

So I am running a little contest/giveaway. Truly, my favorite thing to do is give people good gifts. I pride myself in this, in fact, and I believe I have found a fantastic gift for my first “please follow my blog” giveaway.

The Prize

This is an adorable and handy Natural Waxed Canvas Shoulder Tote from Meanwhile Back on the Farm. It’s in a dark/hunter green color. Its retail value is $215.00. I love the products from this company, but please note this company is not affiliated with this contest. I just love their stuff!

Here’s how the contest will work and how you can enter…

The contest will run for 1 week and will close Friday night, June 24, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The following morning, I will hold a drawing from the bag and select one winner from a slip of paper. It’s old-fashioned, but I am going to host a Facebook live event to announce the winner. *The winner must reside in the United States and be 18 or over.

Now, here’s how you can get your name on slips on paper!

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post (1 entry)
  2. Follow our blog (5 entries) *If you already follow our blog, let me know in the comments, and I will add the entries. I believe in back dating.
  3. Follow our Facebook page (2 entries)
  4. Leave a comment on the Facebook post for this contest (1 entry)
  5. Invite a friend to follow the Farmer-ish Facebook page (2 entries)
  6. Share our blog on your Facebook wall (5 entries) *Just be sure to tag us, so I know.

I think that’s it. You can earn all of these entries if you like, which increases your chances. I am excited to do a giveaway and hope to do more in the future.

PS I have a great story to tell tomorrow. That egg WAS a miracle egg!!!!!