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~
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
This time I will make a few cream of chicken soups as well.
Yesterday, I spent the morning in the kitchen making breakfast. I started by cooking a shallot, red pepper, and chopped kale. Later I added one small minced garlic.
Monday, December 29, 2014
It's hard for me to sit around and do nothing, which was what we told Mom to do (she had another ER visit) for the next few days.
I was reading through a library book, on handmade gifts and decided to not let the year end without a "bang."
I went to the kitchen and made Whiskey Butterscotch Sauce.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Although I was tempted to crochet, and had another unfinished project in my hands (I found several as I was cleaning a few days ago), I put it away.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
The girls went shopping with their Christmas gift cards, so I cleaned and dusted and re-organized. I even found a few items to give to the thrift. And before they went shopping, they cleaned up the dishes for me.
Friday, December 26, 2014
We did not get a nasty storm as predicted. In fact, we did not get as much rain as I thought we would, and we got zero snow. Today might be the last warmer weather day for a while, but no snow.
In fact, the sun is already shining here today.
I'm worn out with running here and there for gatherings. We all sat around the front room last night and watched a movie, sipped hot cranberry punch, and nibbled on leftover food and cookies.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Youngest asked for me (for her 13th birthday dinner) to make a few new recipes - Pumpkin and Sage Baked Macaroni, and Italian Oven Roasted Cauliflower.
Both were super easy to make,
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
She insisted on a few of our favorites. One is a recipe called "Angel Cookies" but we use it for our "cut out" recipe every year (butter frosting).
Monday, December 22, 2014
Tonight we are re-securing the snow fence, in anticipation of bad wind, rain and maybe snow. We may even have a white Christmas this year.
Although they are talking about "storms" they are also saying it is not the worst storm to come through. So we are praying for good travel weather for friends and family.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
We haven't baked one Christmas cookie recipe this year, and I'll be honest. I'm not missing it. The sugar that is. The girls tell me they will make a few recipes to take with us to gatherings, but we'll see. I do need to get buckeyes made, as it is the only thing my Dad asks for, for Christmas.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Sigh. Another pattern that requires a color I do not have.
And then there was the triple sigh for finding another project when crafting journal if full already.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I, once again, had a busy day in the kitchen. I did not make it back into the closet as planned.
Now that Alias has a new tag to wear (his rabies shot tag), it sounds like jingle bells when he walks around the house. He's now gotten the nickname of "Jingles."
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Several things made it to the donation pile, one garbage bag was filled, and a few pieces of clothing were passed down.
I still need to go in and vacuum (yes there is carpet in there), and work on the rest, but it feels so good to get it done. The sun was out all day too. I even put on some music.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Today the weather is to be in the 50's, so have a plan. Normally, I'll do the all-out house cleaning, barn chores, haul wood thing. Then I put aside time in the evening for handmade Christmas gifts to be worked on.
Today I'm taking advantage of the weather.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Here's this year's next (I say next, because I'm always making more than one) newest Christmas ornament:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday seemed like my "Monday" cleaning day. I had a long list of to-do's, and we were out of chicken and goat feed to top it off. As well as vinegar, a much needed agent for cleaning. That meant two trips in two directions, or asking Hubby to help with the feed pick up.
Before I could put pork chops in the crock pot,
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I've been wanting to try this recipe all year, and finally got around to making it. I don't have the preservative for the updated recipe, and I used lemon essential oil (organic of course).
Monday, December 8, 2014
Evidently, when he drove to the big city
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
You would think the jalapeno's in the chili would have opened my sinuses but they did not. I ended up brewing up hot ginger tea and that seemed to do the trick.
Sadie enjoyed her homemade dog food. She devoured it. I give thanks to the blog "With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart" for posting the references and information regarding making homemade dog food.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Over summer I did not have enough jalapenos to pickle any, so I sliced and froze them in baggies. For the chili, I simply took out some, and finely chopped them while frozen. They chopped so nicely too.
I am thrilled with the tomato paste I canned too. I was saying my thanks for every item we where blessed with over summer, and stocked up, as I made the dinner.
Everything that went
Thursday, December 4, 2014
We were also told that she could not come home until Thursday (today).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
After the vet called me (the first vet), and I was given the not-so-good prognosis, I was back in the car to go pick her up.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
This morning was completely different. It's not my normal chore/work day here. I woke up to one dog not herself. I could tell by one look.
Instead of coming right back inside (when I took her out), Sadie simply laid down half way to the door. Immediately I knew something was really wrong. Yesterday she was fine when I walked her. In fact, while walking her, I looked down and saw her carrying her leash in her mouth (walking herself).
Monday, December 1, 2014
Hubby and I got more wood split, hauled and stacked. Our warm weather day was about to turn back to cold, so we worked hard. We cut more than we typically do in one day, so I was happy.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
In my recent organizing days, I located a recipe that uses leftover mashed potatoes. Not very often do we have them leftover, but this recipe is a good way to use them to create another healthy dish.
Start by peeling and cutting a large rutabaga into 1/2 inch pieces. Add them to a pan of water and a bit of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover until rutabagas are tender (30-40 minutes). Drain. Mash them.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Believe it or not, I am still deep cleaning here and there (three boxes went to the thrift store), and finally got Hubby to replace the old (very old) light fixture in the kitchen. We've had replacement for it for a long time, but have not had the time to get it up.
Back to the soup.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
When the girls got home from school, they could hear gun shots out behind the homestead. I did my usual walk around the property.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday was a day about everyone else. You know those days where everyone has needs, and your the one required by your title as Mom to see to the needs?
I did not even get out of the shower before one of the kids called. She forgot her "gym clothes."
Monday, November 24, 2014
Around 5:00am Sunday morning, I took ibuprofen, and let a dog out. The ibuprofen took the edge off, but laying there, I knew it was a migraine. Then a bit after 8:00am, I asked Hubby to go search for my migraine medication. It had expired. It had been that long since I had one.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
My wood splitting partner, aka Hubby, is still at work at this hour. He left at 10:30pm last night and won't be home until late this afternoon.
Friday, November 21, 2014
I'm not really a fan of baking yeast rising breads when it's colder in my house, so I wanted to try this 1969 cookbook recipe for a sandwich bread.
Homemade Bread, By the Food Editors of Farm Journal © 1969.
The recipe caught my eye, because it uses carrots in the recipe. My first choice in "shortening" in this recipe would be real lard, but I do not have access to any. I used organic, non-hydrogenated shortening. If I keep coming up with reasons for lard, Hubby may reconsider raising our own pigs too.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Although folks tried to get Hubby to go elsewhere over the weekend, I put my foot down, and told him the "boss" says he cannot go. We are behind in splitting wood, and several trees need cut up now, one that fell over on it's own already (more on that one later).
Remember that load of "free" wood that was delivered while we were in South Carolina?
Saturday, November 15, 2014
I didn't think it was possible, but I decluttered while walking my daily miles on the treadmill. There is a nearby bookshelf (we have to move things around when we start burning wood for heat) and I simply pulled books off that I no longer need.
I offered these to Youngest who loves to write like her Mom, and a few went into the "thrift" box I am slowly filling up.
Friday, November 14, 2014
This is a rug (one of two not yet replaced with a homemade rag rug), that Hubby left out to dry overnight. Ha! That's what you call "freeze dried" on the clothesline. It was pretty chilly yesterday, and the snow continued all day, but nothing that was a concern.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I was up, and sipping through my first cup of coffee Tuesday morning, when my phone rang about 7:00am.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Our 18 year-old daughter wanted to make new winter shelters for the barn cats, so we decided on making one to see if they will use them. We've always used totes at the door, packed with blankets, but this time we made these:
Monday, November 10, 2014
In my quest for locating more good millet recipes, I found some in a cookbook I already had.
Although the recipe I tried is in the book, it's also online if you are interested in making it - Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup. I substituted pure maple syrup with our homemade corn cob syrup.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
The kids pretty much eat me out of house and home after school, so Friday morning I baked up some pumpkin pancakes using some of our favorite ingredients, and saved the rest for their after school snack.
Friday, November 7, 2014
It rained all day yesterday, but thanks to my multitasking mania mode, I got the dogs walked, all of the remaining pepper plants pulled from the garden, stove ashes dumped, eggs collected, goat's water checked....all before it started raining. A good warm breakfast was much enjoyed after that.
Nothing new right? I was very satisfied with the morning progress, but rain makes me lazy. I tend to gravitate towards a sofa, blanket and a book (or some sort of handiwork).
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The other day my younger three girls were raving about muffins I made last year. I had been discussing making pumpkin pancakes or waffles, so the topic of pumpkin was wafting through their busy brains.
"They were HUGE!"
"They were so good!"
"They were really moist and big!"
Monday, November 3, 2014
Are you ready? I know, I know. The suspense has to be driving you nuts.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sunday mornings are my favorite here on the homestead.
There is hardly any traffic whatsoever, and the pure sounds of nature are beautifully making music.
The stars could be seen well this morning too.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Today, I start writing a novel in one month. It's National Novel Writing Month. I've been participating in this for a few years now. One day, one of these quick, fired up novels, will make it to print.
Of course this month long writing does not suggest preparing ahead, so am starting with a blank slate this morning.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
. . . crocheted tiny flowers and glued them to paper clips. These are quick to make, add color to your work space, and are fun to gift. I loved they way these turned out - adorable!
These tiny flowers could be added to handmade cards, bobby pins, and so much more. I glued them to large paper clips using a clear drying, strong craft glue.
I am crocheting two flower patterns for making these. I do like the first flower better.
I keep a box of "tuck in" gifts that fit in an envelope or card, and my stash is dwindling. So many of these are going in the box.
The patterns for making flowers are in this book:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
My coffee cup today is actually pink with white polka dots. The early light in the kitchen makes it look different.
We are making progress on the "Winter Prep" list, but
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday morning consisted of more wood splitting and stacking. It feels good to gain on that job. We are trying to get all the wood inside the barn split first, before we tackle the monstrosity pieces again. We are getting another tree soon, and that wood needs a place to dry inside the barn. I'm excited to get a bit ahead on our supply.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Camping? Well, after a full day of splitting wood, we were too tuckered out to mess with the camper, ha ha! We did sleep well, even if it wasn't in the good ol' outdoors.
Truth be told, I think if we put up the camper early, and then did the hard work, it would have worked. However, that wonderful morning chill is back today and I would have not wanted to leave.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Sparta and the ladies enjoyed a long day outdoors yesterday. The sun was shining and it was just perfectly cozy. No dreary skies or fall cold drizzle.