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~
Sunday, November 30, 2014
In my recent organizing days, I located a recipe that uses leftover mashed potatoes. Not very often do we have them leftover, but this recipe is a good way to use them to create another healthy dish.
Start by peeling and cutting a large rutabaga into 1/2 inch pieces. Add them to a pan of water and a bit of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover until rutabagas are tender (30-40 minutes). Drain. Mash them.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Believe it or not, I am still deep cleaning here and there (three boxes went to the thrift store), and finally got Hubby to replace the old (very old) light fixture in the kitchen. We've had replacement for it for a long time, but have not had the time to get it up.
Back to the soup.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
When the girls got home from school, they could hear gun shots out behind the homestead. I did my usual walk around the property.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday was a day about everyone else. You know those days where everyone has needs, and your the one required by your title as Mom to see to the needs?
I did not even get out of the shower before one of the kids called. She forgot her "gym clothes."
Monday, November 24, 2014
Around 5:00am Sunday morning, I took ibuprofen, and let a dog out. The ibuprofen took the edge off, but laying there, I knew it was a migraine. Then a bit after 8:00am, I asked Hubby to go search for my migraine medication. It had expired. It had been that long since I had one.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
My wood splitting partner, aka Hubby, is still at work at this hour. He left at 10:30pm last night and won't be home until late this afternoon.
Friday, November 21, 2014
I'm not really a fan of baking yeast rising breads when it's colder in my house, so I wanted to try this 1969 cookbook recipe for a sandwich bread.
Homemade Bread, By the Food Editors of Farm Journal © 1969.
The recipe caught my eye, because it uses carrots in the recipe. My first choice in "shortening" in this recipe would be real lard, but I do not have access to any. I used organic, non-hydrogenated shortening. If I keep coming up with reasons for lard, Hubby may reconsider raising our own pigs too.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Although folks tried to get Hubby to go elsewhere over the weekend, I put my foot down, and told him the "boss" says he cannot go. We are behind in splitting wood, and several trees need cut up now, one that fell over on it's own already (more on that one later).
Remember that load of "free" wood that was delivered while we were in South Carolina?
Saturday, November 15, 2014
I didn't think it was possible, but I decluttered while walking my daily miles on the treadmill. There is a nearby bookshelf (we have to move things around when we start burning wood for heat) and I simply pulled books off that I no longer need.
I offered these to Youngest who loves to write like her Mom, and a few went into the "thrift" box I am slowly filling up.
Friday, November 14, 2014
This is a rug (one of two not yet replaced with a homemade rag rug), that Hubby left out to dry overnight. Ha! That's what you call "freeze dried" on the clothesline. It was pretty chilly yesterday, and the snow continued all day, but nothing that was a concern.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I was up, and sipping through my first cup of coffee Tuesday morning, when my phone rang about 7:00am.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Our 18 year-old daughter wanted to make new winter shelters for the barn cats, so we decided on making one to see if they will use them. We've always used totes at the door, packed with blankets, but this time we made these:
Monday, November 10, 2014
In my quest for locating more good millet recipes, I found some in a cookbook I already had.
Although the recipe I tried is in the book, it's also online if you are interested in making it - Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup. I substituted pure maple syrup with our homemade corn cob syrup.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
The kids pretty much eat me out of house and home after school, so Friday morning I baked up some pumpkin pancakes using some of our favorite ingredients, and saved the rest for their after school snack.
Friday, November 7, 2014
It rained all day yesterday, but thanks to my multitasking mania mode, I got the dogs walked, all of the remaining pepper plants pulled from the garden, stove ashes dumped, eggs collected, goat's water checked....all before it started raining. A good warm breakfast was much enjoyed after that.
Nothing new right? I was very satisfied with the morning progress, but rain makes me lazy. I tend to gravitate towards a sofa, blanket and a book (or some sort of handiwork).
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The other day my younger three girls were raving about muffins I made last year. I had been discussing making pumpkin pancakes or waffles, so the topic of pumpkin was wafting through their busy brains.
"They were HUGE!"
"They were so good!"
"They were really moist and big!"
Monday, November 3, 2014
Are you ready? I know, I know. The suspense has to be driving you nuts.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sunday mornings are my favorite here on the homestead.
There is hardly any traffic whatsoever, and the pure sounds of nature are beautifully making music.
The stars could be seen well this morning too.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Today, I start writing a novel in one month. It's National Novel Writing Month. I've been participating in this for a few years now. One day, one of these quick, fired up novels, will make it to print.
Of course this month long writing does not suggest preparing ahead, so am starting with a blank slate this morning.