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~

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Garden Time

I've been spending more time in the garden and with outdoor chores.  The garlic is weeded, the asparagus is weeded, and the sticks are getting picked up.

I loaded up a cart of firewood and stocked the hearth. Barns are getting a good spring cleaning, debris picked up that blew in over winter, and so forth.  The temperatures are typical too.  High's in the 60's in the middle of the week and down to lows of 27 over the weekend.  

I got all the fruit trees pruned (apple, pear, plum, peach and elderberry).  I am tickled pink to see the plum tree made it.  Yay!  I just have to buy and replant the red raspberry and blackberry.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Breakfast Fun ~ Random Tidbits

I've been playing around with new breakfast recipes.  This one I printed from the internet, and is a diabetic friendly dish.  I like their recipes (Diabetic Living recipes online), because they are very healthy recipes.  This one won over.  Everyone liked it.  Some grocery stores sell non-gmo/organic hash browns in the organic freezer section, or you could make them from organic potatoes too.  If you google it, it's called "Sweet Pepper Hash Brown Baked Eggs."  It was sort of fun to make this too.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Herbal Coffee ~ Mini Pineapple Crochet Applique ~ Tidbits

I placed an order for the Teccino herbal coffee sampler reently.  I wanted to give it a taste test before introducing it to my Mom.  She really can't drink regular coffee, and decaf can (from what I read) contain traces of caffeine.  

This coffee was rated organic, and made with various nuts, fruits, and herbs.  These are completely caffeine free.  I'll let you all know how they taste.  They are all non-gmo as well.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Update on Chicks ~ We have blooms! ~ The Surprise (new additions)

My little ladies are not that little any longer.  They are growing quickly.

I'm starting to teach them the call to come for a treat.  I need to get some meal worms next. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Surprise Mail and Other Homestead Happenings

There is a lot going on this weekend.  One surprise I can't tell you about until tomorrow.

The mail surprise was a blessing. My cousin messaged me that he had his Mom's knitting needles and crochet hooks and wanted to know if I'd like to have them.

I said yes of course.  My Aunt is the Aunt I hand wrote letters to so often, along with "happy boxes."

Friday, March 25, 2016

Zippy Carrots ~ Tidbits

I've been flipping trough the new recipes and picking out ones I have ingredients on hand for.  The next to try was a side dish - Zippy Carrots.

I you freeze carrots and green bell peppers, grow garlic, can ketchup, make your own butter, you'll like this "from storage" side dish. 

I'll admit, plain carrots are boring anyway. I used all organic ingredients.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gettin' Cold Again ~ Random Tidbits

I had the most amazing day on Tuesday.  I was able to spend several minutes on the front porch.   The weather was awesome.  I cleaned almost everything on Monday, so I felt much less guilty partaking in the porch on Tuesday.


I took out several books and decided on one that I purchased on a recent getaway by James Patterson.

I am also reading (or skimming) through library books.  Currently, I am skimming through one titled "Tonics"  but actually has meal recipes in it.  I can't say yet that I would buy it, but I'm finding a few I may want to try (ha!  Here I go again!).  I ordered this book from the library because I thought it would have tea recipes.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ground Chickory Root -~ Herbal Coffee ~ Tidbits

There are some days I have the hankering for a coffee in the middle of the day.  I don't buy decaffeinated coffee.  Although, I noticed our grocer just started carrying an organic decaffeinated coffee.

I've known for a long time that chickweed root can be ground for a coffee flavored, healthy drink, but haven't grown it here (yet).  We've see a few around, but not enough to dig up.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Signs of Spring ~ Herb Bread


The daffodils and hyacinths are up and about to bloom.  No signs of tulips, except at my little garden alongside a log.  I hope to start bringing in fresh flowers soon. Once again the weather people were wrong.  The high 70's that were forecasted for early this week?  Not happening.  If we are lucky, we'll get up to maybe 60°F today, then drop to the 40's and 50's for a few weeks (or so they say).


Monday, March 21, 2016

Camping Prep ~ Crochet Projects

Remember all those English Walnuts we bartered for?  I was still cracking them this month.  Apparently, the kids have lost their mojo with helping me.

The shells are always saved from these walnuts.  My older brother and his wife gift me their cardboard egg cartons.  


Four dozen campfire starters are in the making today, and I have more shells.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

From Pile to File ~ Random Tidbits

I really liked this new recipe we tried recently - Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta.


You boil 8 oz. of rotini pasta and drain.  They suggested the tri-color veggie noodles, but I can only find organic regular noodles.

While the noodles are boiling, drain and squeeze a frozen and thawed box of  chopped spinach (or use equivalent of homegrown).  Place in a 12 inch skillet, add 1 minced clove and heat 5 minutes.  Add 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup water and 1 1/2 Tbsp (I didn't measure) of Parmesan cheese.  Add salt and pepper.  When heated, add drained rotini and serve.  

I doubled it for our family, and had to buy the spinach, but I can typically find organic ricotta at our one grocer.  It was very good.  I had practically no leftovers.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Homemade Pomegranate Syrup

I'm sharing yet another new recipe.  I had already written this recipe down on a recipe card, so once again, I have no idea where I obtained it.  I'm sure I've had it in my recipe pile for over 6 years or so.

I'm sharing because there are days when I am hankering for pancakes for waffles and have no syrup on hand.


You make this by using pomegranate juice and honey:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

First Herbs ~ New Additions to the Homestead ~ Tidbits

I am happy to say my herb garden is springing to life again.  I chopped my first chives of this year.  Boy was it a good feeling.  My kids thought I was nuts when they saw me smelling them while walking in the house.


They went into the butter I made for the steaks yesterday, and I chopped more for eggs.  It really is a good feeling. 

I also added a tab divider in my recipe box.  I reads "butters."

Guess what I brought home? 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Open Window Weather

These few pieces of furniture made there way out to the porch over a week ago (tee hee).  Although there was a teensy chill, I opened windows (again). 

I tried another "new" recipe from the pile last night - overnight french toast casserole.  I didn't really follow it completely, and used a topping recipe from another recipe.  It was good, and easy to make.  Just very sweet, so a vegetable hash side would have been nice.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rainy Day Advantage ~ Tidbits

I had two jobs on the list for rainy days.  One - a good overall cleaning of the master bathroom.  Two -  my bedroom closet.  The closet won.

I never did finish the closet last fall, so I chose to dig into that job first.   That is what I was doing when I got a text message from Hubby to pack my bags and that we were leaving for the weekend (last weekend).  

I had tossed all my clothes out of the closet and onto the floor.  Hubby thought I had lost my mind.  I went through each piece, purging anything I had not worn and re-organizing.  It's Hubby's turn to purge next.

Monday, March 14, 2016

He did it again . . .

I'll be honest.  Losing an hour of time is no fun.  I'm downing coffee like it's water this morning.  Maybe I should just go to bed for an hour and start over?  

Oh wait.  I can't. I have another kid sick this morning.  She was fine last night, and them boom, she's sick today.  She can't even swallow.

Back to who "did it again."

Friday, March 11, 2016

March "Dishcloth of the Month"

I have a feeling that these "dishcloths of the month" will be put into a box for when the first kid gets their first house.  A set of them would make a nice house warming gift.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Puppy Mayhem ~ Random Tidbits

Zuri had just had play time with the other pups and was finally going down for a nap.  I had to wait to get photos. All of the photos I tried to take earlier, were all blurry.  Even this photo is sort of blurry.  They were zipping around the house playing.  The don't sit still unless they are soundly sleeping.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Early Spring? Coffee Cup Cup Coaster

The weather has turned a gorgeous warm spring week.  I know rain is on the way though.

I stole a few minutes of morning porch time after washing three days of dirty dishes.  Yeah, you heard me right.  With the kids working, one in school, and one sick, it was not on the urgent list.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sick Kiddo

Our youngest daughter is back from her D.C. class trip.  However, she came home sick.  Sunday morning her temperature rose to 102.7.  


I quickly heated a cup of herbal tea with herb infused honey (which has been a lifesaver for her throat and keeping her hydrated).

In a short time she was sleeping and her fever reduced.  While she slept, I whipped up some homemade ginger-ale syrup, and sent the Hubster to town for club soda.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

I found this recipe in my "try it" stash pile.  I must have printed it way back in 2010.  You'll probably laugh, but I even found a crochet pattern in my "recipe stash."
 


Youngest was still in elementary school, and I had been recycling school papers for printer paper.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Homemade Granola






Sharing another recipe we've been making here for a few years now.  We love this version and have gifted it many times.  I use organic/non gmo ingredients.

Random Tidbits ~ Puppy Mayhem

I opened the fridge, only to find some grated zucchini I had thawed.  Not letting it go to waste, I made us some zucchini muffins.

These come in handy for a healthy after school, or take to work, snack.  Do you think I can count is as a vegetable? Ha ha!

My stove was already heated up, so I turned down the heat and picked out another recipe in the pile.  Don't worry, I won't share every new recipe.

Friday, March 4, 2016

A "Pile to File" Recipe ~ Cranberry Nut Clusters


I had a stash of chocolate left from last Christmas.  I had cashews that I had not yet made Curried Cashews with, and I had some organic dried cranberries for salads.

....and I had 10 minutes before my washing machine was done.

I made Cranberry Nut Clusters.  Easy, quick and delicious.  Another new, and amazingly quick, recipe.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! ~ From Pile to File Recipe

I finished going through the remaining older recipes, and all have been purged, copied or double copied.  Extras went to the girls, and heirloom recipes passed down.  It was hard to decide on so many of them too.  Many of my grandmother's recipes for dessert required instant pudding and jello mixes.  A few called for pop like 7-Up or Teem.

The only recipes left, are ones that I have not yet tried.  I'll be honest, I purged that pile already, and have reduced it.  There are still some that may yet go from "stash to trash."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Random Tidbits

Our 14 year-old daughter is on the way to D.C. with her 8th grade class today.  They return Saturday.  She's the last one in the family to go.   Although big snow flakes are falling , the weather is pretty nice for them today, so they should have a fun time.   Praying for a safe trip.

It has been, and will continue to be a busy week of running kids here and there.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Barf Cookies ~ An already in the file recipe

Recipes seem to lurk all around my kitchen.  Even though I am on the road to completely being organized (a bunch of larky), I realized I had a recipe box in one cupboard that I haven't opened for years.

Actually, we only opened it to access cookie/candy recipes at Christmas.

I decided to empty that cupboard, purge, wipe it out and start tossing recipes from the box.  One recipe book went to one of the girl's hope chest for when she moves out.  One recipe book will go to the library as a donation.

I found fun recipes in the process.  Like one from Jr. High School Home Economics class, ha ha!

And one of my mother's family favorite, hand-me-down, recipes - Barf Cookies.