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~
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Some days I don't look up an herbal/medicinal tea recipe. I simply open my encyclopedia on herbs and pick a few I harvest, and brew the tea.
I think I picked this one up at a book sale years ago. Not sure. It contains a good amount of information on all herbs, but I noticed if I looked up "Stinging Nettle" it only mentions the medicinal use for asthma and regrowth of hair. No mention of allergies, poor circulation or other ailments.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Thankfully, I keep the camper stocked. We popped up the camper and fetched a new roll of foil for covering Christmas Even dinner and the breakfast dishes for Christmas day.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Oldest daughter has been over two times with her new puppy Mia (hope I am spelling that right). She is also 4 months old. So, here in the photo, is Mia, Zuri and King. All relaxing after a fun day of puppy play. Jesse actually showed the first signs of playing with them, by playing with Mia. It was refreshing to see Jesse join the fun for once.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
We have an upcoming full week ahead of us. Its the week of December that tends to overwhelm me. We have a birthday to celebrate, followed by Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas day, followed by our wedding anniversary. It would be lovely to take a one night getaway, but we tend to give ourselves an island trip later in spring.
I still need to find out what Youngest wants for dinner on her 14th birthday. Hard to believe it's arriving so fast. It feels like I had her just yesterday.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Herbal Bath Tea ~ Cold and Flu
I purchased chemical and tag free "press n' brew" bags for tea making, but will mostly use them for traveling, and for bath teas. We used muslin before, but ended up with tea leaves in the bath water each time. By the way,
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Unless you count the night that King proudly brought in a dead, flattened mouse. Two girls went ballistic and screamed for me (or their Dad who conveniently ignored them) to come rescue them.
I found one daughter holding one puppy, and one holding the other and both screaming and pointing to the dead mouse. I removed it of course, even while they were screaming at me while doing it. I had gloves on, but they still couldn't watch. I told them when they grow up and have kids, they'll be able to do almost anything without gagging.
Puppy nap time - Zuri with her head on top of King. They both are growing so fast already. King still thinks he's a lap dog, so this will be interesting. King has learned "speak" already. He's been easy to train in that department. He's very vocal. Zuri is such a doll. I just hope she can hold up to her end if protection is needed. She is so calm for me.
They are partners in crime. This weeks casualties? One church youth group flyer that they kept pulling off the fridge, along with the clip magnet. I had to go in search of their toys to get them to stop. Oh, and one chewed our 19 year-old's computer charge cord in half. Not their fault. Daughter just forgot to put it up. I told the kids to put stuff up as if they were baby goats in the house.
Hubby and I have gotten the tree limbs split and stacked, so we are ready to tackle that one tree when school is out for Christmas. This Saturday however, he'll be putting Duaghter's car back together.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Once again, we have someone interested in the barn. What's left of it, minus what we'll take from it. Not sure if it will happen, but we'll see. This will be the umpteenth person to look it over. It is a lot of work, but I would like to see it reused as much as possible.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
1. Do you like bleu cheese? Yes, but only mixed with whiskey and butter to slab onto a grilled steak.
Friday, December 11, 2015
I had to laugh at King one day. He had a squeaky dog bone toy in is mouth and was barking at the same time, trying to get Jesse to play. Jesse wanted none of it, but the sound King was making was hilarious. Like he was saying "pretty please?" to Jesse.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
I've been borrowing books from the library, over and over, contemplating which is the best medicinal herb book to purchase and have on hand (along with handicraft pattern books). The above stack came in all at once, and my loving Hubby picked them up for me. He was struggling to get in the house with them, ha ha! I had to explain, how it saves us money.
I do like the recipes in this book - Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner's Guide, by Rosemary Gladstar. I think I've shared this book before also. I have one of her books with herbal tea recipes and make the teas. This book remains on my wish list, unless another one interests me.
These other three have many recipes that may be useful for us too. There is a headache tea I'd like to try, and a few others, but need a few more herbs planted next year. For now, I'll borrow these again.
In the process of borrowing books on growing mustards, and making mustards, I located more herbal recipes for meals here. I actually found enough that I am making a binder for all recipes with herbs (because my recipe box in my kitchen has exploded).
I checked my library account again - 7 more books were in. The bottom one may be the one home manual I need to buy regarding medicinal herbs. Most of these I am flipping through quickly, but taking notes and checking costs. I'm also looking at the recipes. I do not want to buy a book that has strange ingredients that I do not grow or cannot buy organic at a good price either.
Now...if I can find a book that contains a great length of information on using turmeric for pain and other health issues, I'll be even happier.
I have been madly working on handmade Christmas gifts for the girls, writing, and puppy training.
Last night's dinner? Homemade meatballs baked and warmed in the crock pot with home canned hot pepper mustard sauce, and roasted brussel sprouts with onions and garlic.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I was taking bets as to how many people would notice, including our kids that were not home, the work we did on Sunday.
They noticed. Whew. Looks so nice when I look out my window now. It's that kind of relief when you see a messy room all cleaned up.
Our 19 year-old surprised us with a visit last Sunday night. First thing she said, was "I noticed you don't have any outside lights up."
We had zero time with all the outside work. She insisted we at least put some up around the front porch. We did not. We ended up taking a road trip.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Like most of you, my hands, face, and lips are feeling dried up and awful already (cold and wind). My younger two girls love the homemade lip balm, and we are almost out of homemade hand lotion. That is now on my to-do list now also.
The last time I made the lip balm I used small plastic, round containers.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Cup of coffee anyone? This one was a bit of a challenge for me, and my coffee is sitting up a bit too high in the cup, but I'm glad I'm venturing into toys for kids. This would even make a nice pin cushion for someone who sews and loves coffee. Heck, it could be hot chocolate. I could crochet mini marshmallows on top. I mean it's a play toy, so we can play all sorts of make believe.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The weather continues to be wet and cold here. I made a trip to the library and brought home these:
Monday, November 30, 2015
. . . time and patience.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Late Thursday, all day Friday and all day Saturday, the rain fell here. We had one more moment of porch time. Saturday, although cold, I stole a few moments out there too.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
New recipes find me whether I want them or not lately.
Cranberry butter was a new, delicious butter for me to make.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Hubby plans on working all day Thanksgiving day. Not at his full-time job, but here. We have a lot of brush to take care of yet. Most likely I'll be working in the kitchen in outdoor work clothes, joining him when I can as well.
I'm typing like a mad woman, to get caught back up with National Novel Writing Month.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
It seemed as soon as we stocked some firewood by the house, the weather turned dreary, cold and then rain arrived.
Our grocery store is now selling an organic whole wheat (labeled non-gmo) bread. I was lucky to get a loaf at a good price, which I made homemade croutons with. Next batch I will try using homemade bread of some sort.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I wasn't sure what dinner time would bring, and I did not want to miss out on "5 minutes for me."
It was another good day to
Friday, November 20, 2015
We have to remove the brush from the tree, and cut the remaining of it down, before we can set up our snow fence. This weekend Hubby is hauling our second oldest daughter's car home for an all day Saturday repair. That leaves our work undone. I'm afraid the brush will be frozen to the ground come Sunday morning.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
I gave up my computer over the weekend, and wrote with pen and paper. Which was a challenge, considering I wrote in the care with Hubby driving. I hope I can read my hand writing today. It will be a challenge in itself to get caught back up.
Upon returning, we plunged directly into reality world. No time to sip wine on the porch, or lounge around and read books either. We dove right back in whether we wanted to or not.
Friday, November 13, 2015
It's been raining and mostly drizzle in our parts. The wind arrived in full force, which I am happy to see, as it will dry out the ground and the porch furniture I need to put away yet.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I filled my new dehydrator with organic dandelion greens. I still want to put more in the freezer, but I will be utilizing the dried greens too. They dried faster than in the old dehydrator too.
The dried greens will be used for dog food, to make tea, to add to any dish we eat, to make dandelion vinegar, and other herbal mixtures. I won't have to buy dandelion tea any more now. Oh, I can use the dandelion for poultices too.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
I haven't have enough coffee yet, and already deleted a comment accidentally. I hope that isn't a sign of how my day will be today, ha ha!
Yesterday I put up the last of the dandelion greens into the freezer. I was afraid they would go bad before my dehydrator arrived. And like all things you try to plan, my dehydrator arrived after I froze the last of the greens.
Friday, November 6, 2015
He has tumors, and some were removed, but are growing back. They are "fatty" tumors, but with that in mind, I'm drying dandelion, to sprinkle over his food (1 tsp. per every 20 lbs. of weight).
His dog treats are made with kale, so he's getting more vitamins and nutrients that way as well.