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~
Friday, February 28, 2014
I'm trying out a new pattern for a simple dish scrubbie. This one creates an edge (or ridge) on the scrubbie, making it easier to use. I used one 10 yard length, 2 inch wide strip of netting.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I made a trip to the library yesterday, and stocked up on some good literature to read. I decided to delve into some great authors, and hope to improve my writing. Not to mention I may have lots of time if we do get snowed in this weekend.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
I found this vintage pattern pillow case (Fashion Manor Percale Penn-Prest) at a thrift store for $.50. I love the yellow roses on it. I thought about using it in the camper, but decided to give it to one of the girls to use (who loves yellow). It was hard to give it up, but my pillows are king and this fit a standard. I love the beautiful lace on it too.
Friday, February 21, 2014
To take over the goats or not to.
That is the possibility over the next 2 years. Daughter is talking about moving out after she graduates (and go off to college) and won't be able to take the goats with her. If she leaves them, I would have to take over all duties that she took care of. Which is everything - all goat care, milking, and soap making. I was simply the goat milker back-up. And of course, watered them during the school year when needed.
This is only a "possibility" as I have a very large garden to plant, weed, harvest and stock up with. Not to mention chicken duties, splitting wood and so forth. And then there is possible employment outside of the home, and my freelance work inside the home. And "Big Boy" is another element to the decision. I'm not sure if I can handle his smell and attend his care. And lastly, there is the issue of never leaving to travel anywhere, and being tied down to the homestead.
But, then again, we have somewhat of a goat history in the family. Here is my mother with her goat Buttsey and cat named Dusty.
Saying it's just a possibility, makes it easier to simply let sit for a while.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
You might find this funny. After revealing to the world I had a hoarded pile of recipes to try, my Mom sends me a Healthy Cooking magazine. On top, she wrote "Let me know if you find any great recipes. So many sound awesome!" Ha! More recipes. Ugh.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Psssst! Prim doesn't know it yet, but she's starting to get bigger, and having more trouble jumping over the stall.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I would try it. As long as it wasn't -38°F wind chill. We could have all kinds of fun - cook over the fire, sip hot chocolate, build a snowman, and hike. We could ice fish! Ha!
Speaking of snow and winter, we got more of it last night. School is closed today. It's a wet snow, and it rained during the snowfall.
I'm starting to feel better, and spent the entire day yesterday reading writer magazines that have piled up. It was fun to just sit and read, and sip hot tea. I actually did some writing too.
Head's up on the eucalyptus oil - it can reduce the effects of many medications because it detoxifies. Once I stopped steaming, my medications worked much better. Duh moment, and a learning experience. Once I am healed, I will steam for preventative reasons. However, the 3 times I did steam, really did help my sinuses.
Monday, February 17, 2014
We had a long weekend - baby shower, birthday party. Today it's dentist appointments, and wood splitting. Although I opted out of the birthday party (had a fever of 101.1), I should have rested the entire weekend. Some things, such as wood splitting, have to be done regardless.
Hubby took the day off to split wood, as he knew I was not up to it. With some luck, and through talking to others, we located free wood and just have to split it.
Starting 5pm-ish today, we are to get about 3-5 inches of snow, then blowing and breezy. So, getting the wood split before then is kind of important.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
First, the night before. . .
make a batch (best, or make ahead and freeze), of homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Man, I just can't win for losing. My doctor now has me on another prescription. This frustrates me. Although I am enjoying the time resting, I am getting that itch to get things done, and tired of getting tired in a short time when I am up. Hopefully this one will do the magic I need. I did clean out 3 complete binders yesterday. I know, what was I thinking? I am a pattern hoarder no more. Phew.
Here is one magazine page that did not make the "cut" when cleaning. It's cute, but I could see this being a dust collector and difficult to clean if I made them. It came from a 2000 issue of Woman's Day magazine.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
So, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, and sit a spell. This one is longer than the last.
I'll spare you the photos of the pile of plastic page covers I have now restocked into the school supplies. While up from my very long nap yesterday (which felt great by the way), I pulled many of my binders and started cleaning them out.
I would have passed those patterns and craft instructions on to someone, but my kids voted they were "old" and needed to go.
After homecoming last weekend, she opted to go home with a friend and stay the night (so she could shower too). We, at the time had no hot water. The dance ended at midnight.
The next day, Hubby was to pick her up around 4pm. He was not home by then, and called me.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Although I am still coughing a bit, I donned my winter coat and boots, and finally shoveled out the clothesline. As most folks driving by will turn their head, I had a nice time getting fresh air, listening to the birds sing, and enjoying the sunshine. However, I probably should have stayed inside.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
We love lemon here. We can't grow them, but we can buy them organic, and thus we made lemon extract. This will be ready to use about March 28th (I'm waiting at least 8 weeks to try this first batch).
Friday, February 7, 2014
I wish I had a photo of last night's dinner. Remember when I said I was increasing our salmon and greens? Well last night I dug out two recipes from the pile.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I was greeted with a 1 foot drift smack dab in front of one door too. You can see where the dogs went out. Jesse wasn't too happy about that.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Today I am sharing a family recipe that came from my Mom. Only this time, I made it using homemade cream of mushroom soup.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Back to the weather. . . .
Saturday, February 1, 2014
On a whim, I decided to find a recipe for making my own condensed cream of mushroom soup. There are many recipes I do not make anymore, simply because I don't want to feed my family those canned foods.