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~
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
I guess it's time to go car shopping, unless Hub-ster the mechanic can pull miracles today.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Today I am thankful for:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I wanted the peppers to make more ground cayenne powder and also use the jalapenos for making our very first Fire Cider.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
. . . still working on the scrap crochet blanket. I had plans to donate it, but Hubby and one daughter are fighting over who will get it. We'll see. This is my project to unwind on cooler evenings here. Right now it's 55 inches wide by 42 inches long.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I simply place the peppermint leaves into my tea infuser, then pour boiling water in it. Close the top, and steep about 3-4 minutes. You can use fresh or dried leaves.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
This recipe got all thumbs up from the family. The tortillas are softer and we all like these better than the tortillas I have been making with organic canola oil.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Yesterday I decided to let the chickens have free run of the entire property. They were so excited. I needed them to chow down on some grasshoppers, and other over loaded bugs in the garden. One went missing so I hope she found her way back to the barn last night.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
My pot of calendula has been growing wonderfully. It was recently time to cut and dry them, and make a jar of calendula herbal oil.
Friday, September 11, 2015
The next recipe to try ~ Corn Chili Bake. It came from Nourish and Heal magazine (2014). I of course looked online to see if it was posted on their site, but I could not locate it. So, I am posting it here with by adapting organic ingredients (and beef vs. ground turkey). You can get all of the vegetables and black beans from a garden. And you can also make your own fire-roasted tomatoes. I had dehydrated cayenne peppers and had my own homemade powder on hand.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
This is the jewelweed solution prepared by an acquaintance. She simply boiled it in water, strained it and cooled it. She gifted it to us in an old soda bottle.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Remember the organic ginger I dehydrated? Well, I recently made a cup of hot tea using it with my tea infuser. You could use a disposable or reusable tea bag too. Anyway, the infused color is different from using freshly grated ginger, but the taste was pretty close to using fresh, just not as strong. I'll be drying more when I find it available.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I decided to dig a bit deeper and found a recipe on Mountain Rose Herb's blog. Less messy, and easier to tote along for possible camping trips. They posted one using catnip, other essential oils, and witch hazel extract.
I had all of the ingredients but a few, and even found catnip to make the tincture for it.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Yesterday I tackled 12 pounds of organic apples. I have to buy these at our grocer. All of the orchards around here spray, and our trees have not started to produce yet.
Friday, September 4, 2015
It was very humid, and when I took my camera lens off yesterday, it immediately fogged up. I have only gotten two hours out there, and much to do. I only got 1/4 of the distance down the carrot row, beet row and green bean row. I found many beets yet, and even carrots. The carrots are no bigger than three inches in length (most are 2 inches or less), so I'm pulling them all out. It will feed us a few meals, but won't be enough to freeze this year. Some of the tops will go to Milo, our pet rabbit.
This is what all of the vegetable gardens look like. Full of grass, thistle and various weeds. Today the grass pulled easily, so I could find the dead plants to pull (or other surprises). I am going to need to move my pea fence too, so that will determine where I plant my garlic next. I can't move it to the south, because my asparagus is there. I may move it completely to the new plot we are going to put in.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Although I felt better, I woke up at 3am with a killer sort throat. I guess I'll be drinking hot ginger tea today. I ran out of chamomile, but have fresh organic ginger on hand.
The rain fell yesterday, so I may run out and start gutting the garden. I got a text from Hubby to "stay out of the garden" but it needs started. The girls can help this weekend, and get it done faster.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
First, I grind the leaves in my food processor (worked better than my blender) with a touch of water. Most recipes I found said to add flour to make the "paste." I also read that chia seeds works well too.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I think I have enough new recipes to challenge myself into trying a new one every day. For a year. Sigh....
Guess what I found? More recipes.
I pulled my favorite crock pot cookbook off the cookbook stand to clean, and found a few recipes held together with a clothespin. Top one looks like it may be good too. Well, I guess meal planning won't be so difficult this fall.
As for that collard frittata recipe?