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~

Thursday, August 8, 2013

From the Homesteading Journal . . .

(all the old roofing loaded up by my son and Hubby's brother-in-law)

. . . it took two days, but the leftover roofing was removed, and half of the new roofing was put on. Hubby miscalculated on his measurements and we need to do an exchange for longer roofing. 

. . .we were blessed with enough cucumbers for me to can 7 more pints of bread and butter pickles. I purchased another bushel of corn and stocked that up in the freezer.  I also purchased 5 lbs. of beets, and added 1 pound from our own garden, and canned one batch of spiced beets.  And I purchased local peaches and canned 15 - 1/2 pints of peach jam. And that's not all.  I purchased 36 hot banana peppers and canned 4 quarts of Hot Pepper Mustard Sauce. I also canned 5 - 1/2 pints of Ruby-Red Grapefruit Jelly (another new recipe I wanted to try).

Pepper Mustard Sauce
36 banana peppers, ground (hot or mild)
6 c. sugar
1 qt. mustard
1 qt. white vinegar
Bring to a boil.

Mix together:  
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. salt

Add flour mixture to pepper mixture using a wire whisk while still boiling.  Boil for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Place in hot quart jars and process 5 minutes. Makes 4 quarts or 8 pints.

Note:  updated 8/18/16 - I weighed my banana peppers this time around, and 36 weighed just about 2 1/2 pounds.  

. . . the last red hen died this week.  She was the last one of the group we started with, and for some reason, they were egg bound often.  So far, we're having good health from the other barred rocks and araucanas.

. . .have been working on more stitched cards for the last Farmer's Market in September.  Our sales are down by 50% this year from last.

. . . planted Nasturtiums around the squash this year, and have only seen about two squash bugs (even though the rain prevented us from bounty, the plants are still there half alive).  I will plant these flowers again next year, just to make sure it's not a fluke, and that they really do keep the bugs away. 

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Unknown said...

Busy, busy! I thought of you when I just saw (and did a post) about free amazon kindle chicken books (free kindle app for pcs). I searched for "free homesteading" under kindle and found this-
Letters of a Woman Homesteader

You might like it, from early in the 1900's....

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

I think I have that book, and have just not read it yet. I better go look in my books and see.

Winnie said...

All of your canning looks so beautiful all lined up! It feels so good to see delicious family favorites put up for the winter and know they will be there when you need them most!

EMMA said...

Gosh you have been busy. All those jars look so lovely.

EMMA said...

Me again! just popped over to Amazon to pick up Letters of a Woman Homesteader, sounds like a great book.

Unknown said...

Oh well, there's more free stuff! I don't have a tablet, but there's a free reading app for you PC if you find some other stuff you like- like the free chicken books!

Candy C. said...

Love all those jars of canned goods, they are beautiful! It looks like the new roofing is coming right along. I will be curious too see if the nasturtiums work again next year.