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, January 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
I scraped the barrel for one load of laundry. And don't you hate it when you get all the laundry into the washing machine only to walk down the hall (or where ever) and find one long lost sock that fell out of the dirty clothes pile you were carrying? Happens to me every time, ha ha!
I am lucky to have one batch of unscented goat's milk soap. Our daughter made it just before we re-homed her goats last summer.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Guess what? I made it but, never tried it last night. Ha. Jokes on me I guess for lack of brain memory space. I was so involved with a crochet project, the night got away from me quickly. It goes to show folks though, how crocheting is a relaxing hobby too.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The comfrey poultice I made for my elbow (using dry comfrey and warm water), really helped. However, I'll need to do it one more time, and that's all I have in the way of comfrey. I will really save up more this coming summer. I will just have to refrain from push-ups (oh darn) and anything unnecessary.
Monday, January 25, 2016
However, our previous garden year was absolutely wonderful, and I canned tomato paste for the first time.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The ladies have been generous lately, so we had breakfast for dinner - egg/sausage burritos. The vegetarians cooked up some extra firm tofu (organic/non-gmo), and added that to their burrito.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
I keep forgetting to share a tip: Dump a 1/2-pint of home canned corn relish into some cooked green beans for a quick and nutritious side dish. I have vegetarians here, so I don't always mix in bacon grease, and get bored with plain green beans.
The barn door froze shut and I could not get in to fetch eggs thaw water. I had to pry open the other set of doors, use a small stick to flip up my inside latch and get in those doors.
I spent the entire day at the computer. Actually, almost two entire days.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
I know it's only been four months, but I dug someone for dinner the other night to test them for the first time. Even though they were bagged twice, I still had some ice on them.
They were delicious, and tasted as if they were baked. They were thick and tasty. It was like eating a baked sweet potato without the skins.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
It was always in my way - housework, outdoor work, putting wood in the stove, baking and cooking etc. It was not conducive to my lifestyle. Daughter uses it to keep warm on her long drive back and forth to college, and for driving anywhere really.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Driving out of the homestead on Saturday, I survived getting to the "big city" without sliding all the way out into the highway. I wasn't going very fast, but our drive is all ice right now.
It rained all night Friday, then froze, then snowed on Sunday. Our one daughter drove back to college just before the majority of snow fell and blew with the wind. She texted she wanted to be home right after she arrived back. It was hard to go back after a long break.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Here is what I gifted this year for Christmas.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Youngest learned a lot at her job shadow day. First, she learned working a full-time job out side the home, is a long day. She got to answer phones, sweep hair, help with rollers, clean combs and brushes, and more. I'm glad she had the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of what she really wants to do when she gets older. Unfortunately, the school makes this "mandatory" job shadow day when they are only 14 years-old. I think it should be when they are approaching 16 years-old.
Herbal News! I ran out of lemongrass. Sigh. I had to buy a bag of organic online until spring arrives. I love the tea. It has so many benefits, and one being a "calming" tea. I don't even add honey. It's tough each day to decide what tea to drink anymore, they are all so good.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
I let my homemade tahini sit about 9 days before using it to make hummus. The oil did not separate. It was also darker and smelled better than the jar of tahini from the store.
I should have taken another photo comparing the color of each, and it stayed softer too. The jar of tahini from the store separates quickly and is difficult to stir again.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
There are days where I just have to do something new. What's new? A recipe. A recipe from the stash pile.
Dark Rum Truffles. I have never, in my life, made a truffle. Now I can say I have. However, I'm looking for a different recipe now.
Were they good?
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
They were jumping and romping and loving the snow one minute, and holding up their back feet the next - our temperature was "feeling like -8 degrees" outside. I didn't feel it of course. Having had -26 over the past winters, I guess I was thinking it was somewhat decent out, ha ha!
Monday, January 11, 2016
It was my excuse to hunker in for the entire day and do something I do not normally have the time to do - read a book.
Our 16 year-old was up making us all omelets for breakfast, which started our day out great - potatoes, bacon, green peppers, etc. Mmmm.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
My lavender plants died the winter we had temps at -22°F here, so I have new organic seeds ordered. I did some research on hawthorn, and I am pretty sure I will find it growing wild along the edges of our property. Stinging nettle, catnip and plantain are all wild here too.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
I'll let you know of the weatherman was right. We are to get an inch of snow tomorrow. We haven't had any snow that has stayed this winter yet.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Keep in mind, I had 2 bags full, and two to three more good size piles of books to return.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
This year, my herbal journey will be experimenting with mustard (s). I'm looking into different ones for greens as well as one for the seeds (there isn't one plant that is good for both, that I have found yet). In the past I have baked a honey mustard pretzel in the oven (store bought pretzel's with a mustard sauce baked on them).
This past Christmas,
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Here is the recipe:
Monday, January 4, 2016
You heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Friday, January 1, 2016
Hubby woke up seizing the day right off the bat. He was mumbling something about me making tortillas and excited to scramble eggs and make some breakfast burritos. Then he mentioned buying a pizza joint and something else. I asked if he was smoking something. He woke up fired up for some reason or another.
I know Son will seize the day, as he is due to leave for base tomorrow. He's planning a day at the movies or something with his siblings.