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~
Friday, July 31, 2015
I think I finally caught up on the laundry. I may have one load yet to finish today. During my next trip however, whoever is home will get laundry chores.
Yesterday, I had to make a mad dash to the rain barrel to try and save my flowers and herbs. The younger two did not do their chores as asked, and my porch pots are either dead, dying or look terrible. They just about let my organic herbs die too. I desperately worked away, watering and removing dead leaves.
I just realized that my water trough flower bed of sunflower seeds, has no sunflowers this year. Those must of died in the masses of rain too.
I had picked up some more green beans on the recent road trip, and blanched and froze those (adding 5 more quart bags to the freezer). I do need more.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
I'm glad I have more than one apron. I had flour all over this one from tortilla making, so I had to swap it for a clean one. I have a habit of wiping my hands on my aprons sides versus grabbing a towel.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The story behind having this flamingo (we had two, but I have no idea where the other one went), is that we had a plan for them.
My younger brother had a birthday coming up, and he despises "yard trash." Basically, anything that is not growing naturally, and is put out for yard decorations.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Warning: This is a reality post. The reality that self-sufficient/homesteading life is not always "peaches and cream."
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I need more patience.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Mix 3 cups of organic/non-gmo all-purpose flour with 1 tsp. salt (I use a sea salt) and 1 tsp. aluminum free baking powder. I mix this slowly in my mixer using the bread dough blade.
Monday, July 20, 2015
I decided to take advantage of all this rain, and throw more flower seeds down. If there is one thing we'll get this summer, it will be the most colorful flower beds yet.
With our roasted chicken yesterday, I decided to try a
Sunday, July 19, 2015
We've had a few very humid and very hot days here lately. I tried to dodge the rain and get some blankets and a handmade quilt washed and dried.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
First, I apologize for the long "coffee hour" post today. It started out short, but it kept raining, and I kept typing.
Thursday and Friday cooled down to the lower 70's - perfect camping weather. It was just the most amazing porch talk weather, the best ever sleeping weather this summer yet.
I've been bug picking, coop cleaning, and simply staring at our garden. I am starting to worry that I am running out of exciting, happy moments to post here.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Grab a cup, and enjoy!
Wood splitting was stalled again this past weekend. First, Hubby got a call to go in for work Saturday morning. On his way home, he met up with Oldest Daughter and drove her car out to our place. It was so funny to see that tall man crammed into such a small car. Ha ha ha!
After $120.00 and a few hours later, he was driving it back up to her work. It purred like a kitten instead of putter, putter, shake, grunt, and stall. She'll need to change a filter too, but it won't stall in the rain now.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Now that we have our back porch furniture out (although it's all covered up today again), and we are enjoying it every now and then. We all noticed something - birds in my camper bird house.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Oh, and some healthy tea drinking. I brewed a tea for eye-sight health. I just love this tea infuser!
While weeding the other day, I dug potatoes from another row and got some goodies. Mmmm! My green onion is looking great now too.
I actually sat down and wrote out my menu for this week, and I'm trying three new recipes. I'll be letting you know the family rates the new ones. For the salmon burgers, I substituted organic oatmeal for the breadcrumbs and eliminated the bun.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
Hubby and I took one look, and we both let out a long breath of air. Then he marched to the barn. Out he came with the weed wacker, and went through many of the rows in the vegetable garden. Since he took the tops off of a few onions, I dug those up for dinner too. I know it sounds like a crazy way to deal with the mess, but it worked. We could get in there, weed out the plants themselves, and even till between rows.
Even after several years of planting, we have learned a few things this year. We planted some rows too close together this year, so we can't get the tiller through. We are making many notes, and ideas for next year, so we don't have to deal with weed overgrowth. No matter what, I still think we learn something each year.
In the evening, we invited Mom over, and Hubby grilled out. We had a nice dinner on the back porch, and enjoyed some garden bounty and family time.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
The weekend brought us some time to get some work done. As well as a little rest time. And even a quick visit from my younger brother, his wife and that cutie-patootie nephew of mine. Oh my gosh, is he growing fast! Our oldest daughter even stopped in for a quick visit.
Friday, July 3, 2015
I was in the kitchen working, when I glanced out to see our, now 16 year-old, on the mower. She was driving it across to mow another area, but had her head down looking at her ipod, while driving. I shook my head. Yep. Hubby is teaching that one to drive, not me.