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, October 31, 2015
The sun was shining when I let the chickens run free yesterday, but clouds quickly took over. I'm not ready to see less and less of the sun, but I enjoyed what we did get yesterday.
I let the chickens out of their run yesterday, to have free roam of the homestead. They typically huddle in their favorite mud bath dirt hole, or under their favorite tree. Not yesterday. They were everywhere, and it was quite nice to see them from every window of the house.
I had to laugh at this. I walked past the side door and saw few hens run off the side porch. When one lady got up, there was an egg under her. HA! It was warm, so she must have been sitting there for a while and I didn't know it. Just something funny to share. Oh, and they didn't just leave me an egg, you can see they left chicken poo on the porch too.
Friday, October 30, 2015
I brought in a large pot of kale and had enough to blanch and freeze for one meal, and fill the dehydrator with the rest.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The grocer had organic sweet potatoes in stock, so I took advantage and brought some home. I'm freezing them for winter meals.
Yesterday, I baked several, then allowed them to cool completely. I added a bit of water and organic broth to the pan. I pierced each sweet potato a few times before placing in the covered pan.
Monday, October 26, 2015
I spent a day reading and completely writing exercises on Sunday, and realize that every book that was recommended is not available at the library. Although, I started reading two books that I've had on my shelf, I felt I had wasted away the day.
I was already in a sour mood by Sunday morning. We should have never cancelled our camping trip. The rain and wind was nothing like the forecast stated. And Sunday, the only thing to deal with was the cooler temperature. Three of us badly wanted a retreat to get away from everything. One was our college daughter, who was sad we cancelled it in the first place.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
First, you will need to cook the rice, and dehydrate kale and Parmesan cheese (see note) to make them. Once you have these dried, you will then have them on hand to make the treats.
Friday, October 23, 2015
It is to start raining tonight, and it rained yesterday. The temperature is nice, but cooking would be an issue. We don't have an RV, with a full kitchen inside. We cook all meals outside the camper (which I prefer). When the wind is in bad, we can't put our awning out to cover the gas stove either.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
However, he was so tired, he came home from work early and slept. I could not make any noise, so I opted to crochet for once. Ha! Felt good too.
What did I make?
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Our grocer sometimes sells organic russet or red potatoes. This week they has russet on sale for $1.99/3 lb. bag.
Although the grocer gal checking me out, insisted that staff on the TV show The Chew, verified freezing mashed potatoes was not worth it (nor freezing any potato in any form). I am doing it anyway, and hope they are wrong.
Our home grown supply has dwindled to about nothing, so this is my last resort to stock up potatoes. Other than dehydrating, which I know works.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
What I gifted in 2015: Christmas 2015
Handmade Hand Lotion (they loved this!) I ended up putting it in 4 oz. canning jars to gift. I do suggest adding the preservative for gifting too.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I finally took down my bright, floral door wreath, and put up my fall/winter apple wreath. I've had this wreath for over 10 years and it still looks nice. It covers the fall and winter seasons.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Well, some of my day anyway.....morning starts with coffee.
Folded Saturday's towels I forgot about. My "linen" closet is a vintage laundry basket.
Monday, October 12, 2015
The hulling and rinsing process is underway, but these will need to dry in the sun. (click on "read more" to see the remainder of the post).
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
I'm back to gutting the garden, but will leave the greens in for a while yet. It was a toss - clean the coop or head to the garden. Tough decision. School was delayed, and eventually closed (again) for fog. I sure hope we don't run out of our snow days before the snow even arrives.
Instead of work, aside from laundry, I ended up "playing" first.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Gladys were all pulled for winter. The bulbs have grown bigger over the years, and have outgrown their box. They won't survive the winter here outside.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
This past cold spell kind of took a toll on my zinnias. They don't look like they'll be blooming for much longer, but boy have we enjoyed them. We are already talking about where to put in new flower beds to add more color here.
Monday, October 5, 2015
I've been stocking up more herbs, and getting more medicinal herbs put into jars as well. I started a jar of plantain/comfrey oil that I'll eventually use to make a salve, and I got a batch of elixir made.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hot chocolate is finally restocked for this cold spell were are currently in. The weather is very fall-like, with a mix of storm-i-ness. The wind is wicked due to the coastal storms. I hope everyone is hunkered down and safe.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
This one had a few nails at the end, and even gently giggling the nails loose, they both broke. It left the sharp end on the other side, so those had to be removed. Just old stuff to work with.