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~
Sunday, October 31, 2010
1. The smell of sheets after they have dried on the line outside.
2. Hearing the rain fall.
3. Listening to my rooster crow in the morning.
4. The smell of coffee brewing.
5. Listening to a marching band.
6. The feel of cold sheets and pillows.
7. Sitting in my rocker on the front porch.
8. Cooking a meal over a campfire, including making coffee.
9. Sipping hot cranberry punch on a cold day.
10. The feel of sunshine on my skin
11. Writing with a new pen.
12. The smell of fallen dry leaves.
13. Looking at my flowers outside.
14. The taste of the omelets that my husband makes for me.
15. The smell of an evergreen sprig.
Thanks to both of your blogs, you have inspired me and have encouraged my kids to do the same!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Watch The Colbert Report to see the news:
October 6, 2010 Colbert Report
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The hat looked similar to this hat
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I have managed to take 1 very large load of recycling to the recycling center, and the kids put the leaves into the compost. Once I have the odd jobs finished, I can get back to writing more articles. Thankfully, the weather was windy today, and the laundry dried quickly outside. I have several writing magazines that have not been read yet, and are sitting in a pile. I've since stopped those subscriptions and have been borrowing from the library. It helps tremendously on cutting down on clutter. I'm also more prone to read them before they are due back, unlike if I get them in the mail.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I started to sew a curtain from old jeans. The squares I am cutting are 10 x 10 inches. I am making 5 squares wide by 8 rows long. This curtain will help keep winter air from coming into the house via the garage. It's heavy so it should help keep the air in the garage when anyone opens the door connected to the house. It's hard to explain how it's built and how I'll be using it, but the dimensions will pretty much fit a doorway or the size of a half-shower. I'll post the link to the directions on the S.C.R.A.P. blog for another way to recycle jeans. The photo above shows one strip sewed together and a few cut squares. This is the first time I have used a quilting pattern or used my rotary cutter.
That was the greeting I received this morning when I entered the kitchen.
I'm pretty certain I know which cat caught it too. Jasper. He was walking around the table sniffing, and the next thing I know, he's on top of the table looking around the counter tops. Last night I heard a huge commotion in the kitchen. This morning things were strewn about on the counter tops as well. I'm glad they caught it, and glad they chose not to eat it.
I think they all need a special treat today.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
During our hike, you could hear and see the acorns dropping from the tall trees. We picked up a few of those to decorate for Christmas ornaments too. Maybe we'll make a few painted singing angels with them.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
"Mom! How to you work this thing?" she said while handing me the sandwich bag.
We switched from ziploc type bags to fold over bags to save money. We can get 3 times the amount of sandwich bags for the same price of zip style. She had never used this type of bag and it's the style my mother always used to pack my lunch as a child. It never dawned on me that times have changed that much, and so fast, for even little things like sandwich bags.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Many times, my articles that have been rated to a lower status of all submitted articles on one particular title, produce a higher earning for me. And as for earnings from on-line articles, they are so much more difficult to earn and require a lot more articles to be written.
I think today, I will be ordering a few, up-to-date resources, from our library. It's time to get serious with this freelance business.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I started to clean out our garden for the season, and pulled about a dozen and a half good sized beets. I'll roast those with onions and fresh rosemary from the garden too. We still have some turnips and squash also.
Friday, October 8, 2010
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup shortening, organic (no hydrogenated fats)
Mix the above three ingredients. Then add:
2 eggs, farm fresh, beat well. Then add:
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple (in natural juices), drained and juice reserved
1 1/2 - 2 tsp. vanilla extract
In another bowl, whisk or sift:
4 cups of flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Mix dry mix to wet mix, and stir until completely blended.
Drop onto lightly greased cookie sheets by teaspoon (it will spread out). Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
Mix amounts of powdered sugar to reserved pineapple juice to a consistency you prefer. Frost cooled cookies. Enjoy! Makes a little over 90 cookies if you use pampered chef's smallest cookie scoop (teaspoon).
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Our family loves to watch Little House episodes, and it often reminds me to get creative. We recently watched the episode where they are in an abandoned house in a snow storm, and are about to shoot their horse for food. Thankfully, an Indian comes to their rescue.
This week we are out of canola oil, about out of flour, sugar, brown sugar and milk. I decided to put some of the remaining flour into homemade biscuits, and make homemade gravy with the marked down sausage I had in the freezer. Thanks to the chickens we'll enjoy eggs too. Because I am aiming to get away from processed foods, I chose to make an cake from scratch, using canned fruit. I can't wait to can pears, apples, and other fruits next year. I will find so many ways to cook with them.
Thankfully, the good Lord urged me to buy a few extra pounds of butter when it was on sale for $1.50/lb. Those had gone in the freezer, and have helped with baking biscuits and making lunch packings.
Starting November 1st to November 30th, people from all over, participate in this wonderful oppurtunity. I would have to abandon all thoughts of writing up a plot, characters, and story in advance. The idea is to start fresh from day one. Can I do it? I guess I won't know until I try it.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The rest of it will go in the fridge, for iced coffees. The weather is good today and it sounds about as good as homemade iced tea (made with green tea of course).
Our coffee grounds are always composted or sprinkled in flower beds after we make coffee - nothing wasted.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
After I put the baking dish of delicious and fresh vegetables in my oven, I started to make stove top tuna and noodle - a family favorite. It took me 15 minutes to realize I forgot to add the potatoes and carrots to the roasting pan, quickly pulled it out.
"Oh no! I love potatoes," said my thirteen-year-old daughter
I was frantically moving around the kitchen (potato and carrot peelings flying in mid air), between one pot on the stove top, and preparing the potatoes and carrots, when my sixteen-year-old said, "gosh Mom we need to catch you on film. We'd make a lot of money on funniest videos with you!"
Now doesn't that make a mother proud? Ha ha!
Because of the recession, it seems like everyone is writing on-line and earning a good income from it is a bit more difficult. I do cut my time down with crockpot dinners, but even that takes time to prepare. My goal is to publish daily to help pay for my daughter's 8th grade class trip. Why in the world a school would take an out-of-state trip during a recession is beyond me.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I got a good chuckle. There sat Jasper, our oreo colored tiger cat, staring down into the dog's water bowl. He's the same cat who took his toy mouse to the water bowl and dropped it in. He was staring at his orange chenille stem that he'd been playing with for several days. The next time I looked in the bowl, it was gone. There are footprints of water everywhere in the kitchen - ha ha ha!