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, April 30, 2016
I whipped up a batch of sauce before the weekend, so I could have that ready. Not sure what the birthday dinner will entail just yet, but I'll be guessing he'll ask for tacos. Maybe.
Friday, April 29, 2016
I have since "skewered" the thyme, and after this rain I can finally weed it. It looks terrible.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Meals included a new recipe ~ Creamy Sweet Potato Salad. Have you ever made a potato salad with sweet potatoes? This was a first for me. Easy and delicious. It went very fast too. I know everyone but the one "vegetarian" daughter (who won't eat sweet potatoes) loved it. I'm still pushing her to atleast taste it. If there is any leftover today.
I can't say I followed it exactly, but pretty close. You bake the diced sweet potatoes first.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Just before the rain arrived, I managed to set the last two rain barrels in place, get laundry off the line and dinner on the table. I finally got around to washing a few aprons and my pastry cloth.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Boy it felt good to get a start on it early spring this year. I've been pushing for that for several years now. I think even Hubby was happy to get an early start.
Friday, April 22, 2016
My puppies are now officially way over board spoiled.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
I do have to share something though. Remember how Hubby ran over my heirloom bean plants with the lawn mower one year? Chasing chickens? Remember the year he picked all of my pinto beans when he thought they were string beans? He picked every single one of them.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
This is our first year to have so many blossoms on the peach tree. I am hopeful this year. The snow did not cause any harm.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Hubby was teaching Son how to use the riding mower, and I went running frantically to ask them to stop, and to wait.
Hubby helped. Although reluctantly, as he was eager to take me on my first motorcycle ride.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Organic gum? We gave this brand a taste test. It's good at first, but doesn't last long. It gets hard to chew too quickly. It's gmo free, made in the USA, all natural flavors etc. It is a bit over $2.00 and I counted 29 pieces inside. It's tasty, but expensive for how long it lasts.
I've been working in my herb garden, weeding and getting it ready for planting. I uncovered my cilantro, and parsley, so no replanting needed for those. It will take me a few more days (or more) to get it spiffed up again.
Friday, April 15, 2016
The sun is shining and the squishy ground is drying up, so out to the barn I went for a good coop cleaning. I had to laugh. Both goats came running into the barn and decided to have long conversations with me while I worked. I love those little boogers.
This is a blurry photo, but since I had a lot of English walnuts, I toasted 2 cups (350°F for about 8 minutes).
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Meanwhile, inside, I boiled eggs and baked a few loaves of white bread. I figured I needed a break at dinner so it was egg salad, homemade bread, salad on the side and whatever fruit we had. I love the smell of bread baking.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Warning: long blog post again (sorry)
Hubby and I took a road trip Sunday, and I took along my Root Cellar book. He is motivated more now that ever to get things done around here.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Although two kiddos were out, two were also in. That gave me more dog walkers, so I stocked up on homemade condensed cheddar soup. Two more "cans" made it to the freezer.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
I had a nice blog post ready to post, with this photo, but the story quickly changed. Zuri had been sleeping on the new rug, and kind of took it over from the other dogs. It made me smile that she liked the warmth and comfort of it. And the fact she would stay out from under my feet.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
As I crocheted and watched the news, was hoping that the weather forecast was wrong (as it is most times). They were right. Well, right on one thing - snow. The weather man kept stating to watch for "thunder snow." I didn't see rain or hear thunder, but the white stuff returned. It's already melting, so I'm not worried. Or should I be? It will be a low 20°F tonight. And more rain. And more snow.
It is nice to see it so bright out today, but by Wednesday it should be gone. It rained for 3-4 days straight before this arrived, so it's a swamp out there (soon to be an ice rink). Good thing I have spikes for my boots too.
Friday, April 8, 2016
I was a bit flabbergasted yesterday morning, when I realized I had nothing to blog about (other than the weather). One daughter joked she would do something funny, but sadly got on the school bus and left.
There I was, staring into cyberspace, sucking down strong coffee, attempting to will myself into a long walk on the treadmill, when it hit me - bagels.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I can tell already they know who "Mom" is as well. As soon as Daughter walks near the barn (where they can see her approaching), they run inside to her. Of course she is the food supplier, so they know. So funny to see them so attached to her already.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning. . .
~ organic toast with organic peanut butter, coffee (I got a late start, and a sluggish one)
We spend our hard earned money on cars, repairs, school,clothing, school trips to D.C., bicycles, skate boards, pets, swimming lessons, horse riding lessons, musical instruments and lessons, voice lessons, college, and so many other wants and needs. Life goes by too fast, and before we realize we haven't done anything for ourselves (but hard work).
We have gotten the puppies for us, but they are family dogs too. We also take more time for our marriage, now that the kids are older. So what's next?
Sunday, April 3, 2016
The recipe I used was pretty simple. It does not contain chopped onion, or breaded topping (which I prefer), and it was very creamy. Hubby is stuck on a very old recipe that my Mom gave me using (gulp) Velveeta. I keep trying to tell him it's not food, so this recipe may be the one to convince him to ditch the bad so-called cheese. We'll do the reheat test today and see if it reheats creamy. It tasted much, much better than the crock pot recipe I make using ricotta. You could play around with other cheeses with this recipe too. I may be typing it up to share.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
And look at this. I don't think I need any new bandanas for outdoor work and camping this year. Ha! They are all washed and ready for the season.