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.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, December 30, 2011

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing ~ Utilizing Home Canned Ingredients

The next time you mix up a big salad, consider this homemade dressing recipe:

Thousand Island Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
4 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish (I used my canned sweet pickle relish)
2 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. ketchup (again I used my own canned ketchup) 
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients with a wire whisk in a small bowl.  Refrigerate the dressing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

This recipe was adapted from the book I borrowed from the library.  I was searching out healthy recipes for home cures and honey.  Funny how we sometimes come across something so interesting.  Anyway, I found this book called Tupelo Honey Cafe,  Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen, by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus.

There are many good recipes in this book.  If you are looking for new recipes, you'll like this one.  I found recipes for Blackberry Skillet Jam, Cherry Apple ChowChow, Tupelo Honey Pickled Beet Salad, Orange Cilantro Butter, and a lot more.

While sharing about this book and it's good recipes, I can also share another book I borrowed:  Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living, Surviving with nothing but your bare hands and what you fund in the woods, by John McPherson and Geri McPherson.  One section in that book caught my attention - making baskets.  I missed out on a basket weaving class and really want to learn this.  I don't have willow here, so this will be a challenge on finding it from someone.  

Morning Ramble: 

The weather here is either really cold or warm.  The days rotate back and forth and if we are lucky, we see a few snowflakes. 

When I stood on the porch, while taking the dogs out early this morning. There was silence for a second.  Then I heard the roosters and the goats.  Then I heard birds singing.  Birds?  Yep, it's warm enough that the birds are out and about.  

I know that February is the worst month here for snowfall, so I know what to expect.  However, this rotation of  warm and cold is not good for our health.  We are all battling our sinuses again, and I have yet to buy my homeopathic remedies.   I did see that a new store opened up recently, and I plan on visiting that too.  Maybe I can find a better cure for my ear.

Project update:  I am still finishing up the truffle mold ornaments.  I just need to drill the holes and add hangers.  I am finishing up a few golf tee angel ornaments too.  I used up scrap cotton yarn and finished 5 cup coasters, and will add a 6th today.  I finished another knitted dishcloth, and both the coasters and the dishcloth will be added to my "store."  I am halfway done crocheting a prayer shawl, and continue to work on my knitted blocks (that's a blanket for myself).  I have added more ideas to my Christmas gift list for next year, and plan to use up the baby yarns I have to make baby booties (that's a year long project). I knitted one dishcloth for myself also. My list is long, but I keep working away on it. I need to get off of here and exercise so I can get back to completing unfinished projects (and do my regular cleaning chores).  Summer will be here before I know it, and I don't want to get behind like this year (getting sick on top it). 

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing ~ Utilizing Home Canned Ingredients © December 2011 by Kristina at


Kim said...

I always enjoy listening to you adventures and daily plans. They are so much like my own!

Unknown said...

We're having the same wierd weather- really cold, now 3 days in the 50's! Bizarre, and hope it doesn't hurt my plants. They'll think it's spring :(