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~
Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Today, I was motivated by a note my daughter left me. We often "noter" each other and it inspires up to get through the day with a positive attitude. I'll add a photo later for you to see the note she left on my bed this morning.
Yesterday, believe it or not, I was so tired and stressed, I actually stopped everything and perched myself on the couch. Only a few minutes later, I was snuggled up with one dog and sleeping. I am not one to nap, but I woke up revived and ready to start dinner. Amazing how a little break can help you feel.
When you are under stress and you feel you are at your limit, read something fun and take a break. You never know, you may fall asleep and get the rest your body needs anyway.
How to get your kids to help with chores
Looking to Family History for House Cleaning Goals
I am currently working on improving the above article. On that particular site, writers have one offer (and only one) to rewrite each article to improve it.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My daughter, after she participated in a job shadow at our local veterinarian, found out that we can simply replace 1/2 of our dog's food serving with vegetables, such as peas and carrots.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I think the hardest part women at home have, is putting everything aside and putting full, and complete attention, to a child. When they are sick, it's easier, because our instincts are to care for our children, but what about other days?
Creating better relationships with our children is so important, especially now that the media provides easy access to areas on the Internet, television, and cell phones that kids should not be exposed to. Even being in school can be a place where a child learns or sees things they should be prepared to say "no" to.
Kids often reflect on their parents behavior as well. I realized that when my 9 year-old came home from school one day. She said the teacher asked a question in regards to a book they were reading. The boy, a character in the book, was hurt messing around when he should have been working. My daughter's response to the teacher's questions, were "My Mom says work before play." Even when we think they aren't watching or listening to us, they are.
You may also enjoy reading: How to Create Family Traditions
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I have one more child to crochet a blanket for, and then I can start on a bedspread for my own bed. I just need to decide on pattern and color.
Once these are baked (pre-soaked the night before) I cool them. They are frozen for future meals. Some may end up in tonight's dinner. We are having a lot of fun searching out healthier meals using dry beans. We recently used the last of the black beans I had in the freezer.
Yesterday, we made Pumpkin Black Bean Soup, and found it delicious. It's got a spicy~sweet combo going on. We will be keeping that recipe. Although the recipe calls for canned tomatoes, I dumped in a quart sized bag of tomatoes I had frozen from last summer's garden. I skipped the sour cream, and heavy cream. I simply used 1 cup of organic milk. For the chicken broth, I found organic, free range chicken broth on clearance for $1.49 for 4 cups (or you could make your own).
Here are other recipes, either from magazines such as Clean Eating, or from on-line that we revamped with garden goodies (simply swap out store bought with home grown, and use baked dry beans):
Chicken Black Bean and Avocado Wraps (Clean Eating, nutrition)
Black Bean Pasta
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
And don't forget you can add black beans to your egg dishes for breakfast too. Yum!
It was perfect for a cold day, along with the banana bread I baked up. Two loaves used up 6 rotten bananas, and my plan was to bake a third and freeze it. However, my large family has snagged most of the bread to pack in school lunches tomorrow.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Freezing temperatures, down to zero, are perfect days to do some baking. It helps heat up my unheated kitchen, and we have a healthy meal or snack.
While the bread is baking, I can write, and enjoy the delicious aroma that works its way through the house. Oh, and I can stay warm too.
I was reading the newspaper they other day and read about a couple who placed a cabin on their 1 acre of land for a place to get away from it all. I have to admit, I was jealous. I would love to place a hideaway on our property and use it for a personal retreat, or a mini-home vacation with my husband. I think it's time to add a it to the family wish list.
You may also enjoy reading: How to have a weekend getaway in your home
Friday, January 21, 2011
I had a nice surprise today. I came to my computer to find a "noter" from my youngest daughter. A "noter" from me is in her lunch bag already. Her note reminds me to take time to write today.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This is only one of my lines outside. The other line was drying blankets that we keep in boxes for the barn cats. I do put the laundry out early, so it has more time to dry. It's all a matter of a little "hard work" and letting go of convenience and spending money for convenience.
I am truly a pioneer at heart, with a urge to learn surviving without. Do you know how to dry your laundry if your power was eliminated?
When I wrote the above article (click on highlighted link in above paragraph) on drying laundry without a dryer, I wrote it from true experience. We have 2 drying racks and one, 5-line retractable indoor clothes line. The next step is to add lines in the garage, and a washing tub such as this one:
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Here are several ideas on what to do with your unwanted books or books that can no longer be read, but can be put recycled into something new: Ideas for Books
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Is this a long forgotten part of proper etiquette that people have forgotten? In my opinion, I think that by teaching our children to write thank you notes, we are going well beyond helping them learn appreciation, and being thankful. We are also teaching them writing habits, creative writing, and to acknowledge (and appreciate) the gift giver's extended hand. It teaches kids to be caring and loving. I'm amazed that so many people do not write thank you notes.
Even a simple piece of construction paper can be created into the most amazing thank you note. I have one on my S.C.R.A.P. blog that my sister made using an empty M & M wrapper. Here is a photo of her most recent thank you note. It is not only extremely creative, it is frugal and full of personality and love.
"Thanks a Million" is the theme for this thank you note:
Here are creative ideas for what to write in a thank you note.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach
Monday, January 10, 2011
If I want to be a better writer, I need to have better health. We hit the gym at 5am this morning. This means we preset the coffee pot for 4:30am so I can down a cup of coffee and a banana.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Hilarious! I've seen our smaller dog drop toys right on top of my one daughter's school book bag, but this is so funny. Right before the kids go to school, they get wound up and start bringing toys to their owners. Each child has a dog or cat that is theirs and the three older ones each have a dog. When my 8th grader came home the other day, she came inside laughing. She was holding a dog toy that her dog had dropped into her bag while it was hanging on the back of a chair. She found it in her bag while digging through it on the bus ride home. I guess he really wanted to play fetch.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Today, I am using a ham bone from the holidays, and making soup. I'm taking several items from the freezer that I froze over summer (from the garden). It sure smells good!
For dessert I dug through my cupboards and used one can of canned sweet potatoes to make a pound cake. I didn't have the orange juice it called for, but made it anyway. The chickens have supplied us with some eggs this week.
My daily reading chair has moved from the front porch, to the back yard, and now to the living room.
I've been crocheting a few dishcloths in this chair. Here are are few pictures of some of them.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I can't decide whether I should keep the coffee pot collection or do away with it yet. I've had it for several years now.
So far, I've donated 3 bags of movies (DVD, VHS) and books to our library, a box of clothes and a garbage bag of used shoes to Goodwill, along with a bag of unwanted stuffed animals, two pads of partially used teacher stickers from homeschooling got taken to school for a teacher, 2 bags of clothes were donated to the school's "closet" for students in need, and two books given away. I'd say I've started the year on a good note.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
By her asking me, I became motivated to hunt for my journal I keep specifically for goals and resolutions. Remember, I'm a journal junkie. I not only found it, but found another one I used for short stories. Now I have something to read over tomorrow. It could be just the source to motivate my writing.
I have to admit that writing on-line can quickly burn a person out. It's requires a massive quantity of articles for a small income. Did I mention small? I'm ready to move on to bigger pastures.
Putting everything away reminded me to "put away" all the negative memories and keep them put away.