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, February 28, 2015
Until then, I continue to clean and organize. I'd like to do some stencil painting in one room, but I'll have to wait for open-window weather.
Friday, February 27, 2015
The other highlight is not breaking the egg I put in my coat pocket. I bent over to get some hay and almost forgot it was in my pocket. That would have been disastrous.
Hubby and I came to a decision on the meat birds.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
I managed to send off my contest entry, revise one short article, and brain storm for three or four more new ones.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
However, the white stuff returned. I just want to dial up Mother Nature and put in my order. If it was that easy, right?
At least the animals can go about their business and not freeze their paws.
Friday, February 20, 2015
We were to get a low of an actual temperature of -15°F last night, but it we may have hit -17. We were told the wind chill could be as cold as -23°F last night.
Okay, okay. I retract on saying I wanted this month to slow down so I can meet goals. It can speed right back up and pass on by. I'm so ready to get out of "dodge" right now.
Almost every school closed today, so I actually slept in this morning. I decided to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast.
Yesterday I had to open my bill paying folder.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
I revamped the family favorite broccoli salad yesterday. The original recipe calls for Marzetti Slaw Dressing.
I looked up the ingredients in the slaw dressing and the first ingredient is soybean oil (many salad dressings contain this). It also contains "corn-cider vinegar."
We already use an organic/non-gmo safflower mayo, so that part was easy. Making it ourselves, also cuts our cost. I used
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I opened the tote and found yarn that had a half-way crocheted dishcloth attached to it. That was the "other one" I found a few days ago.
Slumping my shoulders, and lowering my head, I felt like those pesky projects where my worst nightmare this winter. I straightened back up, smiled, and did what anyone else would do. I ripped that booger out, and wound that yarn back on.
Then I grabbed a few more colors of yarn, and got to work.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
(The history of the "noters": for years we exchanged uplifting notes. I'd put them in their lunches, and Youngest loved to write me back often).
Here is what I found in my email today:
"Soo I don't really have anything to write about but I love you mommy. You're amazing and you care for me and I love you. Also check facebook :) I couldn't help but brag about how amazing my mom is.. I love you. You do a lot for me and there should be more than one day of the year that I show my gratitude to you and how much I appreciate you, and of course the work you do for me. You are AMAZING. I love you. I love you times 10000000 <3 :d="" are="" br="" hearts="" lol="" love="" mom="" symbols="" those="" you="">
Sent from my iPod=
That just made my day start even better. I did hack into Hubby's facebook to see what she posted too (Sigh....in a good way).
Lookie, lookie! (just trying to be funny) I found another one! (actually I found two, but I'll explain the other one on another post).
While shuffling through my leaning-tower-of- Pisa stack of magazines, I found this:
Monday, February 16, 2015
I pulled the last two bags of garden carrots from the freezer. I added them to dinner last night, and made Honey-Ginger Carrots. It's very simple to make too.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
There was one thing we were struggling with yesterday. How to protect Orion (our male lamancha goat) from the -25 to -35°F wind chill we were expecting. We were told it would the coldest yet. They might be right, as the wind chill is to stay at low at -35°F today. Looks like our high will be 0°F.
If this winter was worse than last year, then what's next winter going to be? Our cold blast will last a week here. I sure hope it kills off some ticks and other nasty bugs.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
I used scrap fabric to make these homemade cards (right), and old book pages (left) to create the envelope. I used a fine-line black marker to make dashes around the scrap fabric heart (adhered with fusible web).
Friday, February 13, 2015
When walking three miles didn't de-stress the stress yesterday, I gravitated to the kitchen where the singing began.
Instead of writing poems in my head, I was singing Johnny Cash's "Burn, burn burn...." as the shallots burned my eyeballs. Oldest Daughter thought I was cracked in the head until the shallot fumes wafted into the living room, where it burned her eyeballs.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
. . . crocheted a few washcloths, with yarn I had in my stash. These are made with a 2-ply, 100% cotton yarn. At the time I purchased the yarn, yellow and white where the only two colors in 2-ply. It makes a thinner cloth and dries faster. I simply used single crochet for these.
(I really like the 2-ply for a hand towel, versus the 4 ply cotton. I will be making more until my yarn is used up)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Getting to the barn and back, and out there and back again, was no easy task yesterday. We woke up to frigid temperatures after being spoiled rotten with warm weather.
However, all that half melted slush, froze, and muck boots don't have spikes on the bottom. It took everything I had, to get back with the eggs and not fall (and break any or break something on me).
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Last night we had a beautiful sunset. They sky was filled with pink hues. Just gorgeous.
My boxes of homemade items
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Actually, chocolate doesn't fix trucks. It may make me feel better, but.....
Just when you think you can't take one more awful, bad, miserable thing happening, it happens.
I started cleaning again (no big surprise there, right?), and at noon, I get a call from Hubby.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Although it was almost noon, when I started my deep cleaning yesterday, I was successful again for a day. My day first started with emptying the ash pan in the wood stove, restocking the wood inside, fetching eggs and watering the animals.
When I arrived to the barn, and pushed the door open, I was greated by Misty (our white female Lamancha goat). She was happily walking about, and not in her pen. The others stayed put, even though the gate was wide open. The wheel barrow was tipped over, shovels scattered, hay a mess, and goat poo all over the barn floor. Daughter forgot to put the latch in when she did the evening barn duties. Ha ha! What a mess that girl made in there too. As soon as I approached her, she ran into her goat pen. I'm sure she knew she wasn't supposed to be trapeze-ing all over the barn.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sigh. But what a happy sigh it is.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
The "snow fairy" came and plowed us out last night, but it's still snowing this morning. The weather forecast expected about 13 inches of snow, but we are to get another inch today. The wind (and wind chill) will be the worst to deal with today. As you can see, the fields are flat, and the snow drifts at our place.