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~
Friday, June 29, 2012
Excerpts from a Journal Junkie
The garden is producing kohlrabi, lettuce, sugar snap peas, beets, organic red stem Swiss chard, collards, mustard greens, and radishes. The green beans, peppers, tomatoes and broccoli are just now coming in too.
The joke's on us. The flat of cauliflower that we bought just down the road at the produce stand, was marked incorrectly. It was not cauliflower. It was kohlrabi. Big bummer.
The company hubby works for, dropped us off our insurance plan, and put us with their basic plan. All because hubby forgot to fill out an online survey. We are sunk. We lost our co-pay, and don't have prescription coverage and have a huge deductible per person. He's sending in an appeal, but it takes 45 days. Basically, we'd have to spend out thousands before our insurance would pay anything. We are paying a large amount to not have anything covered that was covered before. The ridiculous part, is that these surveys ask you questions like "would you recommend this to someone?" We are very concerned, not only for our own sake, but for the falsehoods of this company. Hubby put out e-mails and found out there are other employees that were dropped and not notified.
We are still seeking a buyer for our buckling. We named him "weather man bleu." If the weather is going to be very hot, we don't see him out. If we see him out, it should be a decent day. He's having a very difficult time with the heat.
Queen Anne's Lace is in bloom, so I canned 5 -1/2 pints for the Farmer's Market. I'll need more for stocking up.
Here is the recipe: Queen Anne's Lace Jelly Recipe
Note: The key to this jelly setting is to stir constantly.
Temperatures have gotten up to 105° F here and today it will be around 97°F. We are really hurting for rain. Watering all of the gardens (vegetable, herb, and flower) is very tedious.
It was time to mix up another 5 gallon bucket of homemade laundry detergent. This time I was grateful to have goat's milk soap to make it with.
We made another batch of homemade ricotta goat's milk cheese. I plan to make cookies and a spinach frittata with the leftovers. We already made vegetable lasagna.
from the crafting journal . . .
I finally finished my knitted shawl. My 10 year-old is modeling it. I did make mistakes and was about to rip it out and start over, but she wanted it. I'm starting another one, and will add fringe to it. I need the practice anyway. I love this style. It reminds of the one Caroline wears on the Little House on the Prairie television shows.
from the gratitude journal . . .
Today I am thankful for:
~the water hose that hubby hooked up a few years ago
~a bypass on our water softener to make watering better
~the water hose to cool off the dogs and goats
~the water hose to make watering the chickens easier
~God's protection and promises
from the family journal . . .
My son is now signed up for classes at a local college this fall. He's working towards a degree in Art.
My 18 year-old daughter was accepted to another college, but if she cannot figure out a way to pay for it without loans, she is looking into the Marines. She intends to work towards a degree with Equine.
Mom took the younger two girls for the weekend. We gifted her with a dozen farm fresh eggs, a jar of wild black raspberry/honey syrup and a jar of strawberry-honey jam.