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~

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Freezer Meals ~ Clean Sweep ~ More Garden Bounty

While cleaning around the house, I found this 1963 cookbook.  This sounded like a great way to have sandwiches on hand.  I may have to try this recipe yet.  Although I'd make my own dressing for this.  I love the fact I can use own, canned sweet pickle relish.

Clean Sweep Updates:

 For the last 3 1/2 or so years, we have been fighting these shelves in our bedroom closet.  The last home owner added on this closet, along with the bedroom.  However, This long shelving was the only "rod" for hanging clothes on hangers.  I was so tired of trying to get hangers off and on through these holes (often breaking plastic hangers). 

I did not want to spend a lot of money, so I found these extension rods for $6.99 and bought two.  Hubby bent the ends upward and they work perfect to hold our clothes now.  It's so nice to be able to slide clothes back and forth, and not fight to get them off or on.  Yay!  One more thing organized on my list.

Due to the location of our corn/wood pellet burner, and the error of not adding extended piping last season, our siding was covered in soot.  I'm spending afternoons washing this down by hand.  We had plans to power wash it, but were not able to borrow one.

It's getting there, but will take a few more days to finish.  Then it's off to the hardware store for more pieces for the piping.  Piping for these burners are very expensive, but a good investment.

I found some gourmet mushroom mixes on clearance.  I brought them home and popped them in my dehydrator for winter/spring.  These will go nicely into casseroles and soups.  

Evenings are still spent finishing up orders and other unfinished projects.  This is the next scarf to be finished, and then it's onto the next order.

I won't be cleaning much today.  I went out and picked over 30 pounds of tomatoes this morning.  I'm already making more seasoned tomato sauce, and have to go back out to pick more tomatoes, pick all the peppers, and check the pumpkins and watermelon.


Kim said...

Your days are just like mine, busy busy busy!

Candy C. said...

I LOVE the colors of the scarf!
I wonder is the recipe calls for "commercial salad dressing" (meaning Miracle Whip) because mayo doesn't freeze well? That would be handy to have on hand for quick sandwiches. :)

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Ooo! I cringed at the thought of burning corn.
I may be ignorant of how these work...but is this the same corn that we eat? The same corn that is sky rocketing through the roof?
Will you be able to get wood pellets easily or more keep warm?

We heat with wood... and have lost some trees...these will burned this year for warmth.

I liked the closet rod fix! That was genius! I've been doing some crocheting here too. Filling my store. are a busy woman! Pat

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Pat, the very first year here we did burn corn, but it's not the same corn we eat. Farmer's had a good year, but the corn was not dry enough, so we mixed it with wood pellets. It was very cheap. After that corn went up and we've used wood pellets every year, however, those are up in price now too. It's safer than our wood burner, but still more efficient than using electric heat here.