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, December 14, 2014
Handmade Christmas Ornament ~ Infused Honey Update
Here's this year's next (I say next, because I'm always making more than one) newest Christmas ornament:
I'll have the basic instructions and pattern resource information up over at S.C.R.A.P. in a day or two as well. I recycled some antique wooden spools from my mother to make them.
The ladies and Sparta have been getting an good amount of exercise this weekend. The weather is oddly warmer.
I was feeling a bit low on energy, so I made a pitcher of organic green iced tea. I know it's winter, but iced tea just sounded good. The kids devoured it too.
We got a lot done yesterday, including Hubby fixing a different leaking sink. His to-do list continues, because he decided to leave some of it for today.
We had our "Thanksgiving" with Daughter last night. We kept it small and basic, but good and healthy too. I found a non-gmo, non hydrogenated oil whipped cream, so we tried it on pumpkin pie. Hubby asked, "what did it cost?" (always concerned that the better foods will break the bank). It cost me $2.99 vs. the $1.00 or $1.29 the usual Cool Whip costs. It tasted great too. I plan to make my own whipped cream, but for now it's a much healthier replacement. Imagine all the bad whipped cream that coffee houses use today.
Now we have leftover turkey (a good thing), so I plan to make some greens and sweet potatoes for sides to add to it. The kids are on board with the extra greens each week. Especially our now vegetarian daughter. I'll have to switch it up with swiss chard this week. We've been very good with adding spinach. Especially with breakfast.
Our oldest daughter has a bad bronchial cough. I'm teaching her how to make mullein tea with spearmint and elderberry infused honey to treat it (vs. buying over the counter medications). She is getting better and tells me the tea makes a difference. I'm glad I made the infused honey. It's been wonderful with hot teas, and supports our immune systems. I think I will (when I have more free time) experiment with other herbs to infuse honey with. I my opinion, it would be a nice gift idea too, for anyone that uses honey.