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, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
This time I will make a few cream of chicken soups as well.
Yesterday, I spent the morning in the kitchen making breakfast. I started by cooking a shallot, red pepper, and chopped kale. Later I added one small minced garlic.
Monday, December 29, 2014
It's hard for me to sit around and do nothing, which was what we told Mom to do (she had another ER visit) for the next few days.
I was reading through a library book, on handmade gifts and decided to not let the year end without a "bang."
I went to the kitchen and made Whiskey Butterscotch Sauce.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Although I was tempted to crochet, and had another unfinished project in my hands (I found several as I was cleaning a few days ago), I put it away.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
The girls went shopping with their Christmas gift cards, so I cleaned and dusted and re-organized. I even found a few items to give to the thrift. And before they went shopping, they cleaned up the dishes for me.
Friday, December 26, 2014
We did not get a nasty storm as predicted. In fact, we did not get as much rain as I thought we would, and we got zero snow. Today might be the last warmer weather day for a while, but no snow.
In fact, the sun is already shining here today.
I'm worn out with running here and there for gatherings. We all sat around the front room last night and watched a movie, sipped hot cranberry punch, and nibbled on leftover food and cookies.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Youngest asked for me (for her 13th birthday dinner) to make a few new recipes - Pumpkin and Sage Baked Macaroni, and Italian Oven Roasted Cauliflower.
Both were super easy to make,
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
She insisted on a few of our favorites. One is a recipe called "Angel Cookies" but we use it for our "cut out" recipe every year (butter frosting).
Monday, December 22, 2014
Tonight we are re-securing the snow fence, in anticipation of bad wind, rain and maybe snow. We may even have a white Christmas this year.
Although they are talking about "storms" they are also saying it is not the worst storm to come through. So we are praying for good travel weather for friends and family.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
We haven't baked one Christmas cookie recipe this year, and I'll be honest. I'm not missing it. The sugar that is. The girls tell me they will make a few recipes to take with us to gatherings, but we'll see. I do need to get buckeyes made, as it is the only thing my Dad asks for, for Christmas.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Sigh. Another pattern that requires a color I do not have.
And then there was the triple sigh for finding another project when crafting journal if full already.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I, once again, had a busy day in the kitchen. I did not make it back into the closet as planned.
Now that Alias has a new tag to wear (his rabies shot tag), it sounds like jingle bells when he walks around the house. He's now gotten the nickname of "Jingles."
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Several things made it to the donation pile, one garbage bag was filled, and a few pieces of clothing were passed down.
I still need to go in and vacuum (yes there is carpet in there), and work on the rest, but it feels so good to get it done. The sun was out all day too. I even put on some music.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Today the weather is to be in the 50's, so have a plan. Normally, I'll do the all-out house cleaning, barn chores, haul wood thing. Then I put aside time in the evening for handmade Christmas gifts to be worked on.
Today I'm taking advantage of the weather.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Here's this year's next (I say next, because I'm always making more than one) newest Christmas ornament:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday seemed like my "Monday" cleaning day. I had a long list of to-do's, and we were out of chicken and goat feed to top it off. As well as vinegar, a much needed agent for cleaning. That meant two trips in two directions, or asking Hubby to help with the feed pick up.
Before I could put pork chops in the crock pot,
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I've been wanting to try this recipe all year, and finally got around to making it. I don't have the preservative for the updated recipe, and I used lemon essential oil (organic of course).
Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
You would think the jalapeno's in the chili would have opened my sinuses but they did not. I ended up brewing up hot ginger tea and that seemed to do the trick.
Sadie enjoyed her homemade dog food. She devoured it. I give thanks to the blog "With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart" for posting the references and information regarding making homemade dog food.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Over summer I did not have enough jalapenos to pickle any, so I sliced and froze them in baggies. For the chili, I simply took out some, and finely chopped them while frozen. They chopped so nicely too.
I am thrilled with the tomato paste I canned too. I was saying my thanks for every item we where blessed with over summer, and stocked up, as I made the dinner.
Everything that went
Thursday, December 4, 2014
We were also told that she could not come home until Thursday (today).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
After the vet called me (the first vet), and I was given the not-so-good prognosis, I was back in the car to go pick her up.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
This morning was completely different. It's not my normal chore/work day here. I woke up to one dog not herself. I could tell by one look.
Instead of coming right back inside (when I took her out), Sadie simply laid down half way to the door. Immediately I knew something was really wrong. Yesterday she was fine when I walked her. In fact, while walking her, I looked down and saw her carrying her leash in her mouth (walking herself).
Monday, December 1, 2014
Hubby and I got more wood split, hauled and stacked. Our warm weather day was about to turn back to cold, so we worked hard. We cut more than we typically do in one day, so I was happy.