One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Random Tidbits

Just before the rain arrived, I managed to set the last two rain barrels in place, get laundry off the line and dinner on the table.  I finally got around to washing a few aprons and my pastry cloth.

I took to the kitchen again.  I have decided to purge all my miss-matched glassware and pass them onto my oldest daughter.  That gave me more kitchen space for items I use often during canning season.

I picked my first spearmint this spring, and made a pitcher of organic green tea (with spearmint).  I love it that way.  My one Grandma made it with spearmint and I have always loved it.

I noticed a rain barrel was not full, so up on the roof went a helper of mine, and gutters were cleared of debris.  One more spring job completed.

I adapted a "sweet and spicy" recipe that uses honey, sesame oil, cayenne, and cumin.  

It came from this book:

The taste is nothing "fantastic" but healthy and better than plain walnuts (for snacking).  I really didn't taste the "sweet" in them.  They are definitely "spicy."

Walnuts are put in boiling water, honey, a few teaspoons of oil and salt.  They are simmered, drained and dried.  Then tossed in the spices and roasted.  They'll last a week, so I divided them up for Hubby to take some to work.  In all honesty, I like the flavor of the "Spiced Nuts" recipe better. I may try that recipe, only using walnuts, almonds and maybe one other healthy nut.

Lately, I've been enjoying a little walnut butter spread onto a beet chip.  

Today's agenda is iffy.  It is a bit chilly, and may be too wet to weed the herb garden.  I see my chives have flowers forming already and the rosemary plant I accidently left out there, is turning green (they typically won't winter over). 



Mama Pea said...

I've never managed to find a green tea that I like at all so I'll have to try putting some fresh mint in it (maybe the iced will be more tolerable?) this summer. Thanks for the idea.

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, I just went to the store for more teabags and could not find the organic brand I buy. They now only sell one, so I'll be trying it next.

Sam I Am...... said...

I washed rugs today but it's supposed to rain so I'll wait until tomorrow to hang. I like the idea of spiced walnuts for a healthy snack. Di I tell you I rigged up a clothesline away from the tick infested cedars? I'm so happy to be hanging outside again but it's stretched so far that it's defying the laws of physics and I have to support it in 2 places and then the supports fall because the wind changes direction...I am no engineer that's for sure! LOL! I hope you don't get severe weather.

Kristina said...

Thanks Sam I Am. We are getting more rain again. I had to use supports on a clothesline at a previous house. The wind always knocked them over.

RB said...

Sounds like someone's been very busy. lol
Prayers everyone has a safe happy weekend.
God bless.

Kristina said...

Thanks RB! I hope you have a nice weekend too.