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~
Saturday, January 31, 2015
It was one of those days when you feared giving a hug, because it would induce a bucket full of tears.
Friday, January 30, 2015
January 20, 2015
I abandoned all chores (aside from animals) and retreated to my room to write yesterday. I started out pretty well, but found myself wandering to the kitchen desk, and fiddling around on the internet.
"Mom?! What are you doing? Get back in your room and write something," said Oldest Daughter.
"I will, I just have to find something."
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I finally broke down and rinsed our home grown pinto beans. The piddly harvest....we all know that story right? Either way, I am cooking them to go with breakfast burritos, snacks and after school burritos. We get creative with breakfast burritos. Which reminds me, I better open a jar of zucchini salsa too.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Here is the latest development ~
Saturday, January 24, 2015
"Wake up sleepy head," he was silently saying.
His eyes were begging me to get up and feed him, as his master is away at a (gulp) sleepover. No one is on agreement with me regarding sleepovers this winter, so if this one comes home sick, then my opinion is getting enforced.
Well, it's been a long time since I did a gratitude posting. Oddly, I am thankful for being in bed for two days, because I finished one book before the month was even over.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
As for me? I woke up at 4am freezing cold. I knew at that point I was the next to get the sickness (that our 15 year-old brought home from a sleepover). My temperature was 101.4 and I am not feeling so well.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Although it is snowing right now, we did have a warm up, and the weather was perfect for drying laundry outdoors. And it was warm enough to let the ladies out and clean the coop. We tried last week (to clean the coop), but everything was simply frozen to the ground.
I've taken some time to think on things, and ....
Monday, January 19, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
What are you looking forward to? I'm looking forward to
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Chore time was so peaceful and quiet yesterday. If fact, it was beautiful outside. I had to go inside and get my camera out and take a few photos.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
I'm joining Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom today - 1/12/2015.
On the breakfast plate this morning . . .
Our grocer is finally carrying organic oranges, so I have been saving the peels and dehydrating them.
This is a first for me. I've never dehydrated the peels due to not having access to organic oranges. My plan is to use them for recipes for now. We use orange peel in our hot cranberry punch, and now that I am making more teas, I think it would be nice to have some on hand for tea making.
I plan. . .
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I'm not moving very fast in all the get-up either, but it is keeping me warm and well covered. I just have to be careful when walking. Hubby's old carharrt is a bit long for me (oddly). I had a problem with steaming up my sunglasses, but that morning sun was piercing my eyeballs yesterday. I am thankful for it (sunshine), so no complaints. I wear Hubby's hat over the face mask in colder weather too.
Want to know how far one roasted chicken stretched for us?
Normally, one home raised, roasted chicken lasts about two days around here. However, with Son gone (and oldest Daughter gone more often), we have more leftovers.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Delicious. Another winning way to eat from our summer stock up. We topped it over organic brown rice, and had a side of roasted brussel sprouts.
We are having another cold day.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Simply chop 1 1/2 cups (non-gmo, organic) macadamia nuts and mix in 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon. Next. . .
Thursday, January 8, 2015
The most recent issue of Country Woman magazine contained an article about ginger.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I took this photo Monday morning. Winter has officially arrived - rain, freezing rain, snow and bitter temperatures (but not as bad yet as last winter).
Yesterday, although a bit cold, the sun was shining and there was a pretty good wind out there.
Larger towels were dried in front of the wood stove.
I've sort of been hibernating and ever so slowly finishing up some crochet and knitting ventures.
I took this crochet project camping in August of 2014. I found it in a bag in my closet while cleaning. . . .
Sunday, January 4, 2015
My alarm went off at 2:35am, I slipped on shoes, brewed a pot of coffee and was out the door by 3:00am with Hubby, Son, and Youngest (one daughter didn't make it back out of bed, ha ha!).
Saturday, January 3, 2015
I can't really say I am writing out my new year resolutions, but I am randomly writing down a "wish" list of needs and other possibilities for this year. Of course that is after a good strategic financial plan is in order.
Honestly, I told Hubby that if we only had one thing to reflect on at the end of 2015, I would be elated to write down
Friday, January 2, 2015
It's coming down today. Then it's all back in storage. All but the outside lights. Those will have to wait for a warmer day.
It's been pretty cold here lately. I'm not complaining. I am glad we don't have snow (yet). I have family traveling about the same time my Son will travel, so we are praying for good traveling weather. We are dwindling down to the last few days before he has to leave again.
Although I forgot to take a photo, I do have a new recipe to share. Our grocery store is stocking more organic pasta (I know, I know, I should be making my own noodles right now).
I decided to make
Thursday, January 1, 2015
At our Christmas family gathering, my one sister asked me, "so now what are you doing? You're done with the garden right?"
To answer her question,