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, August 30, 2015
I was talking to my sister-in-law, and found out she has one, and has these nifty label removers. I went in search for some, and gave them a whirl.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Just one simple vegetable from the garden can bring us a lot of help over winter. I am making the most of what little we got this year.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I have found yet another way to use sorghum molasses - flavored butter for winter squash, sweet potatoes, or carrots. If you don't want the extra brown sugar on your acorn squash this winter, it is a nice substitute.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
In between running here and there, I have brought in more onions. I am so glad we planted over 300, or we would have had zero.
Tiger, can smell certain foods a mile away. I caught Tiger trying to get in a pot that I had used to bring in some onions. Hilarious! There was nothing in the pot a few scant onion tops. He loves squash, watermelon, corn cob husks, and onion tops. The pot was on the floor, because I made too many dirty dishes that day. Don't worry, the pot was sanitized.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
This "pioneer" woman has not baked this tasty treat until yesterday.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
It's been continuing to rain off and on, so I have not yet been able to check the tomato situation. It's kind of a relief not be out in the heat this month (or canning). It's actually not even comfortable to sit on the porch (too humid). However, the weather man says it will cool down this weekend.
I'm still taking advantage of, not only having the extra time, but a reason to be working indoors. I found more scraps of yarn hiding in different places, but still have not found my #3 crochet hook, ha ha!
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Can you tell today is the first day of school for the younger two? Ha ha!
I lost my #3 steel crochet hook. I have doubles of almost every crochet hook there is, but not my #3. It was time to go back into the closet to clean and sort. I had to keep myself busy yesterday, as I waited
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Last night's dinner - chickpea stuffed shells, corn off the cob mixed with sauteed onion, butter and zucchini, and a pot of baked beans with sliced cooked brats in it. The beans/brat pot was Son's only request at dinner.
We had a fun dinner too, as Oldest Daughter called and said she had "three hungry teenagers" and stopped in with them. Of course they are her age, but it was fun to have them here for dinner. Then just as they arrived, Hubby pulled in with Youngest Daughter's friend. It was a full house, but lots of laughs, and plenty to go around.
I don't see that I have ever shared this recipe...
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sunday, I never got the chance to even lift one of my library books.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
We are still working on the "big" barn project. I may have more news by Monday.
Friday, August 14, 2015
This is a late update on it, but I drained my quart jar, and got about a bit over a pint of the dandelion vinegar. Sadly, I have to buy all of my greens, and salad mixin's this season, but the vinegar adds a nice flavor.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
I am starting the day with breakfast on the porch, although a bit later than normal for me. I need a peaceful moment with nature first. Hubby is home too, so he'll join me too, before the kids get up. We are letting them all sleep in. The kids went to the movies in Son's new car last night.
Son is happy with anything I cook lately, as the food he has eaten at the chow hall was all processed. He's pretty proud to see his 16 year-old sister can grill meat very well too. She's my go-to grill girl now.
We are still cleaning the house, but my two younger girls are giving me resistance. Their 18 year-old sister is working almost every day now, so the work load falls on them now.
Today the bathrooms get a top to bottom cleaning. If the bathrooms are clean, I'll be happy, even if we don't get the rest spotlessly clean.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
A butterfly that often visits the front porch flowers, and....
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
This week has been super productive, and I got another batch of sweet pickle relish canned. I actually froze beets (first time to get any in my freezer). I'm in the kitchen again today.
You would not believe this.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Watering with a rain barrel takes patience. The water doesn't just spray out like a hose hooked to the house. We have drained one barrel, and almost a second one, leaving me two more to water with. I don't like to completely drain them, or a good swift wind will take them sailing, and I'll be replacing water spigots again.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
I found this recipe by purchasing a discarded library book at a library book sale. You never know what you'll find at one.
And a note: I do not go looking for recipes like this one, they seem to find me. And I really enjoy making them, and trying them. I've been making this one for four years now.