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~
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
These were delicious. We will keep this recipe for future holiday baking (and more). We will however, make them half the size next time. And of course we used organic lemon juice too.
During summer, I plan to bake these using our homemade ricotta cheese (made from our goat's milk), and organic (or homemade butter).
Tidbits . . .
It's a whopping 2°F wind chill today. We got a bit of snow last night too. Thank goodness my son re-stocked the wood pile.
I went and got myself a head cold, and am sorry I didn't get my elderberry elixir made yet. I best get on that. Nobody likes it when Mom is sick around here. I tend to get grouchy.
I was actually up early this morning, searching pattern sites for a baby blanket for my brother and his wife. Unfortunately, the best patterns (in my opinion) are in pattern books at the library. They however, are closed. They actually closed from Dec.23rd, and will not reopen until Jan. 6th. I guess it was to help with cut backs that they are still dealing with. Unfortunately for them, my kids (and myself) would have visited often this Christmas school break, and gave them business.
It's hard to believe it's the last day of 2013. I picked up my new 2014 planner and hope to chill-out later and work on it. More on that later.
Tonight I plan to stay safe, and hang out at home with the kids. I wonder if they will grab my pots and pans (like I did at their age), and run around the house (outside) and bang on them with wooden spoons, screaming "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" Of course back then, I lived in the city and it was much more fun to make noise at that time of night, ha ha! Who knows, if I feel better, I may just join them for ol' time's sake.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Alias, who was said to be "aggressive" is far from that. He's a teddy bear. He's a loving, funny, and hug-able pup. He's a wonderful watch dog too. He may be about 13 years old, but he sure doesn't act like it. He loves my blankets. In fact, the higher the pile it is, the more comfy he thinks it is. He had his first Christmas with us and really liked those pig's ears he got. I think he's enjoying his new home quite a bit.
Jesse and Tiger curled up together, and Winston was not far away. Aren't they cute?
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Click on "read more" for more reflections in no particular order, and definitely not all of them. . .
Friday, December 27, 2013
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I knew I was in trouble, when I heard the coffee cup hit my nightstand at 6:00am, and the curtains where carelessly tossed open (despite it was pitch dark outside, ha ha!).
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
We open them before bedtime, and wake up to open gifts in brand new jammies. It's fun, and one thing our family enjoys every Christmas.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The problem is that the drain in this field is not being kept free of debris. . . .
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The kids took advantage of the snowfall, and did some indoor creative artwork. And, as you can see, I shoveled out my clothesline. It was actually nice in the sun that particular day. We've had 2 days of school delays, but no closings. Last night my son's car went off the road on his way to work (3rd shift), but thanks to extended family, we got him safely back on the road (without injuries).
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I took advantage of the snowfall, and stayed in and cleaned my bedroom. I was just getting a table ready for Hubby and I to have a candlelight dinner in there, but work called him away.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Here are the "scrap" dishcloths I crocheted , using leftover yarn from various completions. I have no business working on a new mission (I am starting to dislike the word "project" ha ha!) They turned out pretty nice. I'll admit, I did try to color coordinate them, but scraps are scraps. I found the pattern in a book I borrowed from the library. It was actually a pattern requiring a different sequence of colors, but I simply used scraps. Once I have the name of the book, I will update it here later. Here's more to read......
It's bad enough that my inbox is filled with over 20 advertisements selling something - Free Shipping! One day only! Cyber......blah, blah, blah....
Don't let the hype of buying, buying, and buying get you sucked into having to have it all, or give it all. Sheesh. The newspaper must weigh 10 more pounds now that December is here, and the ads are overflowing.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The girls and I had planned to have a pedi/mani day, along with a hand heat wax treatment, right after we completed Monday's housework. They were home from school, and we were going to reward ourselves.
We ran out of time. With my trip to town for pellets, then making dinner, and then time with Hubby, we just plain lost track of time. Oh, by the way . . . .
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
School was canceled yesterday, and the roads thawed out. In fact, we put bedding out on the line. And if you are wondering, it dried.
After a successful "all-out" cleaning day (with some blessed help), we ran out for chicken feed and wood pellets. After we arrived home, one of my daughters saw the stray cat run from barn to barn. She went out there, and he came to her. Here's the story. . . .
Monday, December 9, 2013
As for today's weather here. . . . .
Sunday, December 8, 2013
This year may be a "booze infused" Christmas. Ha ha! Hubby brought home a 4 oz. back of "Whiskey Stix" made here locally in our state. They were spicy, they were delicious, but way over priced. I, like most days, said "I can make this myself!"
I found a recipe for Whiskey "Sticks", and made them for Hubby's game day. They are easy to make, healthier than most snacks they take, and delish!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I never thought it would happen. Not before the snow arrived, nor afterwards. Okay, so I named my dryer - Maybelline. Don't you?
She's back to work! Yay! No more fighting weather and birds. I, of course, will use the clothesline all winter when I can, but it is most comforting to know I have a way to dry large items now. Phew!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Remember those 25 library books I had out? Well, one of them was Stop the Clock Cooking, by Cheryl Forberg, R.D. This cookbook has many healthy recipes, which are full of age-defying ingredients. I had to try a few. There is even a grape jelly recipe that uses sorghum in it. So what did I try?
Thursday, December 5, 2013
"You made buckeyes and you didn't save me any?!" cried Hubby.
"Yes," I firmly replied. "Out of sight, out of mind."
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Although Hubby and I made it to the gym yesterday morning, we both had upset stomachs, and I with a headache. I did get my "all-out house cleaning" finished, and even brought in a jug of rain barrel water (to water house plants). However, after getting Leftover Turkey soup in the crocky (which I spiked with some ground super chili pepper for health reasons), I was starting to run out of fuel.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here is the photo I promised, of the apron Mom gifted me with. We use a lot of aprons here. Thanks Mom!
I also wanted to share a cute bookmark that blessed my mailbox recently. I participated in the Farmgirl Sisterhood prayer day back in October, and this bookmark was a thank you. A nice, and unexpected surprise too.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
"Honey? Remember I told you I felt the driver's side was lower than the passenger's?"
When one car gets fixed, another breaks down. Hubby is lucky to get his truck back home. I can't remember the part he had to replace, but he (and my son) got it completely fixed by nightfall. Yay!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Items you need:
I did not specify amounts for this recipe, as you can pretty much make how many you desire. It doesn't take a lot of white chocolate to make each candy.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Have you been wondering how Alias is adapting to his new home here at Rooster's Crow Farm? Have you been wondering if this 13 year old dog, put into a brand new atmosphere, has been a wee bit naughty or just down right loveable?
Well, he's been both.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Update: The yarn I used is Aunt Lydia's cotton #10, Passionata crochet thread.
We had some interesting weather over the weekend. It feels like the tornadoes were weeks ago, but that was only one week ago. We are speaking to more and more people, who lost their homes, or parts of their homes in the recent storms. The weather turned cold, and even some snow on Saturday, but that doesn't stop my chores that need done. Laundry went out on the line, and as you can see, we had a wonderful wind to dry it with.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I'm cutting breakfast costs down, by eliminating organic/natural boxed breakfast cereals. That cuts down on buying organic milk as well.
That leaves breakfast to some type of egg dish, because our faithful chickens are supplying us an abundance right now. So, in search for a veggie side (that was not a bread or meat, or a vegetable mixed into the eggs) that I can add to scrambled eggs, I found several.
It's tough to find time to roast vegetables, so I roasted them for dinner, making extra for leftovers. Then I simply re-heat them as a side for breakfast.
What did we try?
Friday, November 22, 2013
"It's homemade hot chocolate?" I responded with a smile. "Want to try some?"
Growing up, my mother made large batches of homemade hot chocolate, but I was determined to find one that was healthier. Sorry Mom.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
"Stop tweeting Mom!"
According to the kids, I have a twitter account, but I just don't know it. I guess, and this is from my son's version, that I "tweet" out loud.
Ha. He just confirmed that twitter is annoying (even though he may not have realized it).
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
"Whaddaya mean?" I asked.
"A day without electronics?" he smirked.
My kids can make me roll my eyes a lot around here. He was referring to my suggestion that I recently presented, that was as a family to toss our electronics in a basket and purposely do things the "old-fashioned" way for a night. Did you hear them whine all the way at your house? I got the idea from a book I am reading right now titled "Crazy Busy" and you will soon be reading a review.
Anyway, the photo above was taken just as the storms started rolling in. It was fast. The power went out very quickly after the high winds (some as high as 85 mph) started pushing through here.
Friday, November 15, 2013
A neighbor sold out his woods to a lumber company. I know we burn wood for heat, but I can't help feel sad as they clear out these trees. At least when we cut wood, it's an already downed tree, or a dead one.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
. . . my brothers surprised us. One gave us a truckload of wood, and the other picked up some writing books at a recent book sale for me. Woot!
. . . our 16 year-old daughter was featured in a school newspaper that is mailed out in our area. She was featured for her artwork (a hand drawn piece). She is also being inducted into the National Honor Society this month.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I've been experimenting this week with sweet potatoes. They were on sale, so I stocked up on some. This recipe comes from Allrecipes, and contains sweet potatoes, carrots, an onion and an apple. It also contains freshly grated ginger and red lentils too.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Although I have tried, and I am trying, I simply get side-winded and do everything but write. Today I spent more time in my e-mail than anything else. And I (gulp) am guilty of handcrafting this necklace for myself. Cute right? It's the keyboard of an old-fashioned typewriter.
Friday, November 8, 2013
My 19 year-old daughter asked me what she could use to flavor her pork chops with, and aside from herbs and spices, I have now suggested apple-pear-ginger chutney.
I still have pears after all this baking and canning, so I made some. It's great to flavor grilled sandwiches and other foods too. It's fabulous on ham.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
"Huh, I haven't heard you say, I'm going out to the garden today, in a long time. I think I could get used to that," said my 11 year-old early this morning.
Speaking of garden, my fitbit is reading 3,000 less steps per day, now that I'm not outside doing any outdoor work. However, we haven't figured out our heating situation yet, so that may change with splitting wood. I'm going to have to do something to continue to get more exercise. This may mean heading back to the gym, with a 5am workout. Hubby needs it anyway. They are warning employees about weight. They are at a point now where they will not hire anyone that is over a specific weight, and will start looking for ways to fire employees, that weigh over a specific weight. More and more employers are taking this route.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup molasses
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. grated ginger root
2 med. pears, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. Pear Liqueur
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F, and grease 2 loaf pan.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine eggs, molasses, applesauce, brown sugar, milk, and grated ginger root in a medium mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour the eggs mixture in, all at once. Fold in pears and cranberries. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for about 10 minutes before removing, and continue cooling on wire racks.
Stir all ingredients, and drizzle onto the bread. Note: if you do not have pear liqueur, simply use milk.
(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, Celebrate the Season 2000)
Overall family test tasting: everyone said that they would not like this bread without the frosting. We also used organic ingredients with our homegrown pears.
Monday, November 4, 2013
I unplugged for the weekend. We've undergone some stress here at the farm, and well, I would just not be a pleasant person to be around. We are undecided about how to heat this place. I will really miss my wood stove. Although it was work, I will still miss it. I also feel stripped of my self-sufficiency, which I do enjoy. It's a freeing feeling to have less bills and debt. Now, Hubby's co-workers have convinced him that we need to install a furnace and not replace the wood stove. I'll update as he figures it out. My vote is for a new (or used) wood stove.
Friday, November 1, 2013
I adapted this recipe from a few other bread recipes. It's family approved. I used my homemade vanilla, locally grown walnuts, and our very own pears and eggs. Yum. Last year I canned organic applesauce as well. I haven't yet this year however. I sprayed my pans with organic canola oil spray. I think the 3 pears I cut up, amounted to about 2 1/2 cups.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
. . . . Peanut went into heat, and is now bred for a March due date. She's so funny when in heat too. I heard her crying and crying and asked my daughter what was wrong with her. Dumb question. My daughter said that Peanut will flirt with Orion and even lay her head on the top of the fence to woo him. So funny. Misty will be next. (don't forget to click on "read more" to read more)