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~
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Barter and other Tidbits
Hubby found someone at work who was willing to share some garlic. We bartered, and gave him a jar of homemade Cinnamon-Blueberry Jam.
I filled three trays with sliced garlic, to dry and grind into garlic powder (I use a small coffee bean grinder).
I saved the last tray for minced garlic. I dry it on a piece of parchment paper. While garlic is very good for us, I'd rather know where, and how it was grown, before I feed it to my family.
I got the pinto bean fence picked, but will wait for the rain to pull the plants. I think we'll have enough for one meal, even though Hubby stripped my harvest early. He's still feeling bad about that.
We would have had six (or more) times the harvest had he not. I only got 1 1/2 lbs. of beans this season. Next year, I'm taking "Danger" tape and putting it across my pinto/black bean fence next year.
I stole a few minutes on the porch yesterday, and drizzled my applesauce with elderberry infused honey (thanks for the suggestion Mama Pea) and a sprinkle of organic cinnamon. Mmmmm! I really need to find more apples, and at a good price too.
It's pitch dark right now and the rain is pouring down. At 5:00am I was running out my back door in my jammies and slippers to retrieve my popcorn I accidentally left out. Thank goodness the raccoons didn't find it. Phew!
I love the sound of the rain pitter pattering on the roof. I think I'll take it slower this morning, and write letters to my military kids on the front porch before I start any work.