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.