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~
Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
We are tea and coffee enthusiasts (if you want to call us that), and love to try new varieties.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
With some fresh cut broccoli, and sugar snap peas, I thought it would be a perfect time to make a chicken stir fry (over organic brown rice). I whipped up a batch of homemade teriyaki sauce for it. And there really is organic soy sauce. Check for it in the organic section of your store, or near the regular soy sauce. Not all stores carry it.
Also, I use one brand (Wholesome Sweeteners) of light corn syrup that does not contain high fructose corn syrup. It is organic and non-gmo verified. I do have to order it online from a healthy living store. Our stores here do not carry it.
Friday, June 27, 2014
On Wednesday I noticed a few ripe wild black raspberries. I picked those, and later checked another location. It took a while to cut down brush to get to them, but I found many more ripe ones. It was hot, humid and I was picking them in jeans and muck boots. I wasn't taking a chance this time on getting poison ivy.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
As you can see, there is a ton of grass and weeds in there. We used plastic the last two years to plant our squash and the vegetables did terrible. This year there is no plastic, so there are tons of weeds.
In that one garden (photo above) is zucchini, yellow straight-neck squash, spaghetti squash, and cucumbers (at the fence). Really, they are in there.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
We had a nice visit from my older brother yesterday. I gifted him 1 dozen fresh eggs to take home and fed him some lunch.
He brought us boxes from my sister-in-law (his wife). One full of cloth napkins and placemats, one of ceramic cats and one of ceramic dogs. Oh, and some bottles of nail polish.
I absolutely loved these antique rose napkins. Snag! Those were mine. The kids and I went through them, saving some for their hope chests too. Anything left will be used in the camper. The kids went nuts with the dogs and cats, running upstairs and chattering on, and setting them in place in their room.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
It was a race against the rain, but I had a pretty successful day. I did have to bring in the laundry, because the rain arrived a noon and my laundry was not dry.
I got the watermelon mounds weeded, and a tiny bit of the strawberries. The peas are finally on the fence, but not ready to pick just yet. Maybe tomorrow.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday was a normal inside chore day. I am having a bit of difficulty coming up with an interesting post that doesn't have to do with sweating through 3 pairs of underwear, or chasing chickens. Or scrubbing a toilet or two.
I did make a batch of homemade ricotta that will be used for a few dinners this coming weekend, but the highlight to share is our trip to the gym.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I said I was not going to use my stove yesterday, but I did. Hubby brought home some ginger root and club soda yesterday, so early in the morning I made a double batch. This is so refreshing on a muggy day too. This is one of the recipes I most likely will have ready for when my older two are home. They have been writing home about recipes they want me to make.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I picked over a cup of strawberries, and decided to make muffins with them. I had a few last bags of blueberries in the freezer to use up too. They are so good. I was so happy to find a jar of applesauce in my pantry too.
It's the extent of my work yesterday, other than washing a load of laundry. Storm clouds moved in, but no rain, and just more humidity. Hot, muggy and uncomfortable. The kind of weather where you have to peel off your clothes at the end of the day. My tummy was back to normal about bed time.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Spent Sunday weeding rose bushes. Good thing I waited to do it last. I was going to pull an entire rose bush, that I had thought died over winter. After weeding and cutting it back, I found one tiny new sprout of growth. Oh happy day! It's my most fragrant rose bush I have so far.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
It rained, and two kiddos left for the day (and night), and when that happens.....
I tend to be lazy. I did get some dishes done, but I opted for porch time. The rain cooled the weather so nicely, I could not resist.
Friday, June 13, 2014
I have one kiddo who loves frozen yogurt. However the stuff you buy in the store is processed with unhealthy ingredients (high fructose corn syrup etc). I decided to buy some yogurt, and toss in some honey and my homemade vanilla.
The kids churned it in our ice cream maker. As a kid, my siblings and I, always churned ice cream (on special occasions) with a hand crank ice cream maker. I love my ice cream maker too. We made goat's milk ice cream in it last year.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Once again Eating Well magazine provided a recipe that begged me to try. My rhubarb is not ready to harvest this year, and I finally found some to buy.
I made pork tenderloin (organic), but decided to make it in a pulled pork version vs. baked (as the recipe instructed). The sauce can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for future meals.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
There is always time for the porch. Last year I planted thyme all around in the flower garden surrounding the porch. We'll see if it deters more mosquitoes this year. I have some by the back porch too.
Weeded most of the day, did some laundry and blah-de-blah-de-blah. Oh wait, we are supposed to be happy when we do that stuff. What am I thinking? Tsk tsk. Actually, I was happy to see that most of my carrots came up. I may have to replant some beets, but they look pretty good too.
A very short post today. This blog-a-day challenge is really a challenge today. There was only one exciting thing yesterday.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Hubby bought a new sign for the front porch. I thought you could use a short post to read today, since a wrote such a long one yesterday. Ha ha!
After weeding the herb garden (or rather part of it), I tossed some lemon balm I thinned out, into the chicken's nesting boxes. I read that some herbs are great pest controls in the coop (Backyard Poultry Magazine, 2011, June/July issue).
By the way, the author of that article, Susan Burek (Herbalist), also has an article you can read online. It's for making a natural citrus disinfectant. And it's for the chicken coop of course. I found her article very interesting, because we do have a natural branch ladder in the coop, and I never thought once about the cracks and the possibility for mites to live and breed. We don't have an infestation, but this is a nice preventative. And it's natural.
I have also found that my chickens don't eat my herbs. They would rather have grass and bugs. So for now, it will just make their nesting box smell good, and keep the rodents out.
If you don't like to see dead animals, don't click on the "read more" today.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
. . .June 3, 2014, walked out and and checked the progress of the wild black raspberries. Rain did not arrive. I spent the better half of the morning watering the garden(s) and flower beds. We really need rain.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Sharing another steel cut oat recipe. This smells so good when it's cooking. Sorry for the bad photo, it was not the best time of day to take one indoors.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Millet is what they call a "smart carb" so I wanted to try it for a healthy grain in our meals. It is said to help maintain blood sugar levels. And of course, it has a lot more benefits than that.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Last Friday, I did not don my grubby garden jeans, nor pull my hair up into a bun and don my garden hat. No siree.
I donned a nice top, let my hair down, wore make up, put on some jewelry, and even painted my fingernails. Yep. I even changed purses, taking my hot pink and black "out on the town, date-night" purse.