Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I also took whatever I had on hand and created a delicious pumpkin cake - minus frosting.
I hope we don't have to bring our porch furniture in too soon this fall, because we are really enjoying the beauty we see out here. Our barn cats even come to the porch when we have our "porch time" alone or together. They seem to enjoy the company.
The chickens however, are getting pretty naughty. They have discovered the mulch in my front flower beds and have kicked it everywhere. They are about the healthiest chickens I know, because they are not restricted to where they roam. Rooster is getting pretty smart too. As soon as I chase him out of the flower beds, along with his "women" he will run around into a circle, and run right back to the flower beds. I had to laugh yesterday when they tried to get into the barn cat food, and one cat was eating. Rooster got chased away and hissed at.
Today, it's raining and cooler out. I won't be splitting firewood, or hanging my laundry out, but will be focusing on a clutter spot to clean up and writing. In weather situations like these, I do wash laundry, but hang them on my indoor clothesline and drying racks.
We enjoyed our homemade noodles for dinner last night. I have to say, the tasted pretty good. I purchased clearance priced beef stew meat, and cooked it in the slow cooker, creating tasty beef and broth. The kids, and my husband, all had seconds, and then blamed me for their tummy aches! Ha ha ha ha! I do believe we will be making homemade noodles on a regular basis.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The chickens have once again blessed us with an abundance of eggs, so another angel food cake and a batch of homemade noodles are in order for this week's chores. I believe I will go back out and treat my chickens to some garden greens. Tonight we will enjoy those eggs, scrambled with fried potatoes and onion (and other herbs and spices from my herb gardens.
Today I filled my rosemary jar half way, and have cut even more to dry before the first frost arrives.
I'm baking Butternut Squash Muffins with our home grown squash. Here's my version of several I have read on the Internet.
Butternut Squash Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup white granulated or organic sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (see note*)
Whisk the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Peel and remove seeds from butternut squash. Chop into 2 cups of butternut squash, place in saucepan with enough water to cover squash. Boil until tender (20-25 minutes). Remove from heat, drain excess water, and puree in a blender or food processor. You could also hand mash them with your potato masher.
In another medium mixing bowl, whisk:
2 eggs, farm fresh or organic
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt
2 Tbsp. organic or homemade applesauce
Add the squash to the egg/milk mixture.
Gently fold the wet mixture with the dry, until moist.
Spray muffin tins with organic olive oil non-stick spray. Fill muffin tins with batter, approximately 1/2 full. Bake at 400°F. for 18-20 minutes or until done (check by inserting a wooden toothpick in the center of a muffin to see if the batter is baked completely). My muffins only took about 18 minutes to bake.
Note: Pumpkin pie spice is very expensive and you don't get very much. Make your own spice mix to save money. You can also use 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice along with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1 tsp. ground nutmeg. I'm still tweaking this recipe. Espeically the flavor. It seems to need a bit of zip to it or maybe some walnuts added.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
At first the poor kitty's leg was swollen and we saw no signs of any marks, but after keeping him in the garage for 2 days, we located it. Afraid to give him any aspirin, because too much can poison him, we are treating the cut, and keeping him nearby us. We take him outside for sunshine and fresh air, and he stays right by the door.
We are praying he recovers, and that we never forget to bring the cat food inside at night.
I was surprised that I could function, with my hands, enough to chop the vegetables, but I did. The soup did not really fill my kids up, so for us it would be a side dish. The best part of the recipes is that it does not require a store bought chicken or beef broth. The vegetables and herbs create a wonderful flavor, and all without the sodium. We give this recipe "2 thumbs up."
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Citrus Angel Cake is similar. This is my start at avoiding cake mixes in a box and making them from scratch in a self-sufficient, healthier way. One more benefit of raising chickens for eggs.
With the weather being a bit nicer, other than today's rainfall, we are able to let the chickens free range from early morning to night. However, they sometimes will lay eggs outside in the grass so we keep their roost open too.
We are pretty sure we will raise meat chickens and turkeys next season.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Bear Wallow Books
Information about Sorghum Syrup
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The pioneer that I am, found a way to wash up anyway. I washed my hair in the kitchen sink with cold water, and then heated water for us to wash up with. It's nice to be able to use our toilets, but sure wish we could have an old-fashioned outhouse as a back up too. The kids would not have any problem using one either. After taking them camping, where only port-a-potty toilets (no showers) were provided, they are now more eager to have any type of toilet to use. It sure makes you count your blessings too.
The kids heated up water to hand wash the dishes yesterday as well. However, I need more hot water to scrub and disinfect our shower floors and tub. I'm going to need a lot more than one pot of water.
We will investing in a campfire tripod soon. That way, we can heat water or cook outside if we get into predicaments with this old farm house again.
My 18 year-old son, who still has not been able to get hired for his first job ever, started freelance writing recently. He's more up-to-date on current events, video games, movies and topics such as that, and he is earning money already. He's had journalism classes, and photo journalism type courses, at his career center school. He's not new at writing or journalism and it has been a positive influence on him while applying for job positions. I don't recommend this for kids who have zero experience at writing. However, if one is interested I suggest joining a free writing group or taking any classes on writing before doing this. There's more to it than just typing out a story or article.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
There were more hiking trails that we wanted, or should I say, I wanted to hike. The scenery was beautiful. Even though we were a bit too close to private homes, you never knew it on the hikes. Just gorgeous weather too.
I attempted to help the younger two learn to whistle with a piece of grass, but not one of us could do it. I think my brother can do it, so we'll see if he can teach us. The girls however, can whistle quite good in an acorn shell now. They have even used a pop bottle top to whistle. They learned a lot on this trip.
I'm not sure if we will camp again before winter, because the nights are getting much cooler here. A guess if we dressed a bit warmer at night we might be able to.
I also invested in these metal plates and cups, and even utensils. They fit nicely into our prepared camping tote. Now we are camping a bit more "green" by eliminating all of our paper/styrofoam plates, cups and plastic eating utensils. I taught the girls how to wash the dishes by heating water over the fire.
The only problem was coming home. We came home to find out the septic was backing up. At around 10:00pm last night, a group of men digging up the yard finally found the septic tank lid. We are making a map, marking that little booger with something, so we can find it again. That was a long day! Today they will come and empty it for us. It's been 2 days and 1 night without toilets, and I can hear all of the kids (and my husband) say to me "you always wanted to live like a pioneer!" Ha ha ha ha! In 10 years we will be laughing and joking about this.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Those 2 words are just how I am and how I live. Seeing that sign made wonder if I could make a sign myself. Maybe with old barn wood and embroidery? Now that I have finished my first embroidery sampler, I may add this to my winter crafting list.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I'm also using the last of our garden carrots to may a "skinny" scalloped potato recipe from the Clean Eating Magazine. I'd be using garden potatoes for this, but we have depleted our supply for this year. We are definitely adding more to the garden next year.
I'm back with an update on the muffin recipe. I could just go to allrecipes and rate it also, but wanted to share with my followers. These are perfect for breakfast, and a great way to start the day writing!
The chickens are happy too! They are nibbling on peelings from baking these.