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, May 30, 2014
So far it's pretty with pinks, but I'll be adding more color. This is just the beginning I think. That little shade flower bed to the left needs weeded out and flowers planted as well.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Hubby and I spent one day, over the weekend, shopping for specific needs. I can't remember how many stores we went to, but we ended up at the hardware store too. We bought a 4 x 4 x 8 post for $7.49 and cut it in half ourselves. We simply put them in the ground with post mounts, and attached flower pot hangers and added solar lights on top.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
I'm learning a lot this summer. Did you know that my homestead is growing oodles of noodles?
"Honey? Did you know that dandelion stems can be cooked as "noodles" in a recipe?" I asked with excitement.
"Honey, I love you," replied Hubby grinning from ear to ear, and shaking his head side to side.
I know what he was really thinking - that woman is crazy!
I had no idea you could eat the stems.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Let me start off explaining that there are many variations of what creamed corn is. I can simply prepare it with corn off the cob, prepared by cutting 1/2 the kernels, and then the remaining, to get more "milk" off the cob (then freezing it each summer).
Monday, May 19, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
You get two blog posts today. I bought some of these for the kids to take to their "spring fling" at school today. They wanted chips in their "picnic" lunches and I was not going to buy the nasty stuff.
Kettle brand chips are non-gmo chips. Most of their flavors anyway. Be sure to check the label, because I noticed some do to not have the non-gmo label, and are in the organic section at our one store. The kids like the Maple-Bacon ones.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
My youngest daughter emailed me this photo. I thought it was so funny I just had to share. This morning I certainly feel like that dog in the photo - still in my jammies, holding coffee, but with an ice pack instead of a towel.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As I look outside my window ~
Monday, May 12, 2014
We are blessed with an abundance of dandelions this spring. As I was looking out at the grass that needs mowed, I got a text from my older brother.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
I can't tell if they are breaking their legs or having heart attacks, but from my research, it's common. Next year, I will have to order more, and expect to lose a few. Just sharing that tip for those considering raising chickens for meat.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
A trip to the "island" is so overdue for Hubby and I. In fact, I think we are planning one soon.
Last night he worked until 11:30pm, and didn't get home until 12:30am. The only time I got to see him, was when Alias (pitbull mix) got super scared of the surprise thunderstorm we got, and practically smothered us during the night.
Neither of us got much sleep. I plan on buying that poor guy a thunder jacket. I'm guessing his previous owner left him outside during storms.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
When I my oldest daughter asked me for the recipe to make my steel cut oat patties, I had to think about when I last made them. I also had to remember where my recipe was.
Then, certain that I had posted it on my blog, I spent the day searching for it.
Nope. I did not blog about it.
So, today you are graced with yet another steel cut out recipe. To make these, you will need to prepare the oats one day prior to frying them into patties.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sunday was a race against the weather. Sporadic rain was expected, so we worked fast. The garden looks small in the photo, but in the way, way back you can see Hubby is tilling up more space for more garden. It's big. We will be putting up another fence for the pinto beans and cucumbers this year. Hubby's co-worker tried a fence for his cucumbers, and said it saves a ton of garden space to plant more of other garden goodies.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Years ago, we discovered a recipe that was a family favorite. However, it contains three cans of condensed cream of chicken soup and one of celery soup. Needless to day, I have not made it in many, many years.
Yesterday I made the recipe, and used homemade soups, organic chicken, and organic tortilla chips (which were made with non-gmo oils, believe it or not). It took a few days to make my soups ahead of time, but it was worth it.
Here is the recipe.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
I finally got my sugar snap peas planted. The strawberries are weeded too.
Like a man said to me yesterday at the store, "It's like a roll of the dice," referring to planting in our state. You just never know what the weather will bring.
Friday, May 2, 2014
It's the month I get to start planting flowers and the vegetable garden. Although I can start planting peas (which are already late), I cannot plant my flowers until after Mother's Day. Even so, I may wait just a bit later. Last year we got a second frost, and lost much from garden(s).
Thursday, May 1, 2014
....it's 10:00am, and I know I'm forgetting to do something - watered the goats and chickens, cleaned the coop, planted the apple tree, watered the newly planted stuff, put laundry on the line.....there has to be something....