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~

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Simple Living

When we moved to this homestead, I had no idea that I would be changing in many ways.  I went from city girl, to farmstead girl.  

I've come to find new ways to simplify our lives, live healthier, and in a much more self-sufficient manner.

The other day it felt great to pull out a homemade tortilla and top it with dry cooked pinto beans (simply with onion and garlic, precooked in crock pot), and top the tortilla.  We top it with farm fresh eggs, scrambled, and top that with anything else we like - salsa, cheese, or vegetables.  What ever we like and what I have on hand.

My goal was, and is, to continue to find more ways to simplify our life, and keep it wholesome and real.  Heating with wood may be a lot of work, but it does keep us in healthy form, which keeps us out of the doctor's office (or so I thought).

Simple may not mean simple work, but it does make me feel a whole lot better at the end of the day.  For us, it works.

I'll admit, there are days I dread getting up for a large amount of hard work, but that's part of life - learning to be patient, motivated to work, and so forth.  My kids are not always willing to help, but they do tell me often, that the food I prepare, is worth it.   I'm not so sure they enjoy heating with wood though. 

...and speaking of tortillas, I made some with einkorn wheat  flour.

Stay tuned.  I'll be posting about it tomorrow.


Rain said...

Yum! That looks good. I'm so into breakfast these days, I can't wait to have my own laying hens so that I can stop buying grocery store "eggs". I make my refried beans by cooking the onion (I'll have to try garlic next time), adding the mashed beans, some salt and a sprinkling of shredded Cheddar. We use those for Huevos Rancheros, which I want to make again soon.

I'm like you Kristina, I went from city career gal to homemaking simple living queen lol...not yet farm/homesteading queen though but that is in my future :) I look forward to the chores, but I know how you feel about that dreaded feeling some days. Today it's ruddy cold out and the thought of leaving my cozy warm home was challenging me!

Kristina said...

Rain, today is an all-out work day for me. Mostly indoors, but we have to pick up hay, and chicken feed too. Just not enough time in my day to back the truck out the "back 40" and cut up downed trees today.

Rain said...

I'd love to read about how you harvest/manage your firewood!

Mama Pea said...

Lovely post that kind of sums it up as to how most of us homesteaders, natural livers (!) feel. Yep, some mornings I feel the same way you do with the tasks I know need to be done . . . but I will readily admit I'd feel A LOT worse if I knew I had to "earn my keep" by going to work outside the home sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer all day!!!

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, I don't know how I worked all those years sitting behind a computer, but my kids were always on my mind too.

Kristina said...

Rain, we have to keep our chainsaw blades sharp. I don't have a fancy location to store our wood, but I'll write up a post for you.