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~
Thursday, March 31, 2016
I loaded up a cart of firewood and stocked the hearth. Barns are getting a good spring cleaning, debris picked up that blew in over winter, and so forth. The temperatures are typical too. High's in the 60's in the middle of the week and down to lows of 27 over the weekend.
I got all the fruit trees pruned (apple, pear, plum, peach and elderberry). I am tickled pink to see the plum tree made it. Yay! I just have to buy and replant the red raspberry and blackberry.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
This coffee was rated organic, and made with various nuts, fruits, and herbs. These are completely caffeine free. I'll let you all know how they taste. They are all non-gmo as well.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
I'm starting to teach them the call to come for a treat. I need to get some meal worms next.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
The mail surprise was a blessing. My cousin messaged me that he had his Mom's knitting needles and crochet hooks and wanted to know if I'd like to have them.
I said yes of course. My Aunt is the Aunt I hand wrote letters to so often, along with "happy boxes."
Friday, March 25, 2016
I you freeze carrots and green bell peppers, grow garlic, can ketchup, make your own butter, you'll like this "from storage" side dish.
I'll admit, plain carrots are boring anyway. I used all organic ingredients.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
I took out several books and decided on one that I purchased on a recent getaway by James Patterson.
I am also reading (or skimming) through library books. Currently, I am skimming through one titled "Tonics" but actually has meal recipes in it. I can't say yet that I would buy it, but I'm finding a few I may want to try (ha! Here I go again!). I ordered this book from the library because I thought it would have tea recipes.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
I've known for a long time that chickweed root can be ground for a coffee flavored, healthy drink, but haven't grown it here (yet). We've see a few around, but not enough to dig up.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The daffodils and hyacinths are up and about to bloom. No signs of tulips, except at my little garden alongside a log. I hope to start bringing in fresh flowers soon. Once again the weather people were wrong. The high 70's that were forecasted for early this week? Not happening. If we are lucky, we'll get up to maybe 60°F today, then drop to the 40's and 50's for a few weeks (or so they say).
Monday, March 21, 2016
The shells are always saved from these walnuts. My older brother and his wife gift me their cardboard egg cartons.
Four dozen campfire starters are in the making today, and I have more shells.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
You boil 8 oz. of rotini pasta and drain. They suggested the tri-color veggie noodles, but I can only find organic regular noodles.
While the noodles are boiling, drain and squeeze a frozen and thawed box of chopped spinach (or use equivalent of homegrown). Place in a 12 inch skillet, add 1 minced clove and heat 5 minutes. Add 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup water and 1 1/2 Tbsp (I didn't measure) of Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper. When heated, add drained rotini and serve.
I doubled it for our family, and had to buy the spinach, but I can typically find organic ricotta at our one grocer. It was very good. I had practically no leftovers.
Friday, March 18, 2016
I'm sharing because there are days when I am hankering for pancakes for waffles and have no syrup on hand.
You make this by using pomegranate juice and honey:
Thursday, March 17, 2016
They went into the butter I made for the steaks yesterday, and I chopped more for eggs. It really is a good feeling.
I also added a tab divider in my recipe box. I reads "butters."
Guess what I brought home?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I tried another "new" recipe from the pile last night - overnight french toast casserole. I didn't really follow it completely, and used a topping recipe from another recipe. It was good, and easy to make. Just very sweet, so a vegetable hash side would have been nice.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
I never did finish the closet last fall, so I chose to dig into that job first. That is what I was doing when I got a text message from Hubby to pack my bags and that we were leaving for the weekend (last weekend).
I had tossed all my clothes out of the closet and onto the floor. Hubby thought I had lost my mind. I went through each piece, purging anything I had not worn and re-organizing. It's Hubby's turn to purge next.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Oh wait. I can't. I have another kid sick this morning. She was fine last night, and them boom, she's sick today. She can't even swallow.
Back to who "did it again."
Friday, March 11, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I stole a few minutes of morning porch time after washing three days of dirty dishes. Yeah, you heard me right. With the kids working, one in school, and one sick, it was not on the urgent list.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
I quickly heated a cup of herbal tea with herb infused honey (which has been a lifesaver for her throat and keeping her hydrated).
In a short time she was sleeping and her fever reduced. While she slept, I whipped up some homemade ginger-ale syrup, and sent the Hubster to town for club soda.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
These come in handy for a healthy after school, or take to work, snack. Do you think I can count is as a vegetable? Ha ha!
My stove was already heated up, so I turned down the heat and picked out another recipe in the pile. Don't worry, I won't share every new recipe.
Friday, March 4, 2016
I had a stash of chocolate left from last Christmas. I had cashews that I had not yet made Curried Cashews with, and I had some organic dried cranberries for salads.
....and I had 10 minutes before my washing machine was done.
I made Cranberry Nut Clusters. Easy, quick and delicious. Another new, and amazingly quick, recipe.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
The only recipes left, are ones that I have not yet tried. I'll be honest, I purged that pile already, and have reduced it. There are still some that may yet go from "stash to trash."
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
It has been, and will continue to be a busy week of running kids here and there.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Actually, we only opened it to access cookie/candy recipes at Christmas.
I decided to empty that cupboard, purge, wipe it out and start tossing recipes from the box. One recipe book went to one of the girl's hope chest for when she moves out. One recipe book will go to the library as a donation.
I found fun recipes in the process. Like one from Jr. High School Home Economics class, ha ha!
And one of my mother's family favorite, hand-me-down, recipes - Barf Cookies.