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, April 30, 2014
I finally located some granny smith apple trees, and picked one up, along with a new Eastern redbud. The tree that Son replanted last year died, so I want to put the new redbud in it's place.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Yesterday I made 2 loaves of homemade Steel Cut Oat Bread. This was a first time recipe for me. I have never used steel cut oats in a homemade bread before.
This is another "from pile to file" recipe....
Monday, April 28, 2014
I have some exciting news! We got a letter from Son, who is at Parris Island, SC. He asked for us to send photos, especially of his dog. I'll admit, he sounds homesick, but he's never been away from home before (other than short camping trips).
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Last year we purchased two different types of rain barrels - one that looks like a half barrel with a screen on top and a brass spigot at the bottom, and a square one with a hose (you can still attach a garden how to it). I prefer the square one. The barrel in the top photo have an overflow that is too close to the foundation (both purchased at Menards). The screen lifts out and flows off in overflow action as well. It still works, but I wanted to share.
Friday, April 25, 2014
We have one hen that refuses to get off the eggs. The problem? Well, Sparta is in the dog kennel, so the eggs have zero chance of fertilization. Go figure. It's the perfect time to let her sit on some, but we can't. Sparta has a lot of healing to do first.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I finally took the chicken necks from my freezer the other day, and today I will make homemade broth. I will freeze it instead of can it, and most likely use about half of it before the current chickens are butchered.
I have never made broth from scratch (strangely), so this is a new step for me. I've always purchased it (gmo-free, organic) from the grocer. However, prices have gone up to over $4/box.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Want to see what Hubby bought me?
Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
In our intent to maintain good health, and make progress in our self-sufficiency, I decided to inquire more on the fermentation process with cabbage.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The elderberry plants arrived and are planted. They came with a guarantee, so if they do not survive over one year, we get free replacements. As you can see, these are small starters, but can turn into 10 foot shrubs (or taller) with good care.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
If you haven't heard, Heinz is being put under the microscope for claims they say could be false. They claim their vinegar is "all natural" but sources state that Heinz has been using GMO corn to make it. This is probably old news by the time I post this.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
....this is another long post. Grab a cup of steaming coffee or herbal tea and sit for a while. You are graced with my gabbiness, because I woke up at 5:30am. I found that Hubby was not home, and most likely called in during the night (to work). He's been working 12 hour days all week, and was looking forward to having today off.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Remember the cloth napkins I found while cleaning? They are now getting embroidered. I found a fun iron-on transfer from Sublime Stitching and love it! The patterns are a bit pricey, but I ordered mine during a half-price sale.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Misty had a doeling. Once we have daylight, I'll go out and get a photo to share (updated now). This is the end of our kidding season. It rained heavily all day yesterday and it continues to rain this morning. It's been pretty gloomy and dark out. School is delayed 2 hours - fog.
Just a reminder: Be sure to click on "read more" in my posts, to read the full blog post.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The baby goats had outside playtime. They love to run and play. By the time I got out there to film them, they were pretty tired.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I got caught reading the printed word yesterday. I made heads turn. I made people make eyes at me. They squinted in wonderment. They raised eyebrows in disbelief.