Pioneer Woman at Heart

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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Random Tidbits

I've been doing some more deep cleaning. Dumping drawers, sorting, purging, tossing, re-organizing.  I'm purging like a mad woman this year. I saved those days for rainy days.

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.

Breakfast - collard frittata.  The kids can simply re-heat quickly before school, so they can get more greens.  

Dinner - crock pot of chili, buttermilk cornbread, and jalapeno butter.  Normally, this butter would be great on a steak, but we topped our cornbread with it. I used frozen slices of jalapeno (with seeds), garlic and bit of olive oil.  I did not have any cilantro on hand (dried or fresh).

I could not wait any longer for a nice big salad.  I went to the grocery store and bought all organic ingredients, and topped it with home grown green onions.  

I think my problem with my fingernails is not lack of protein, but lack of folic acid.  Growing up I did not eat greens or salads.  As an adult, I do, but not nearly enough.  Now that I have added more greens to my diet (some times twice a day), my nails feel stronger.  I'll know if that's the case after the next 5 months.  It's been a month now. We do eat lots broccoli and asparagus, but not enough beets. I'm opening a jar of beets today.  Mmmm!


Sam I Am...... said...

I wish I could hang clothes outside. I can't wait to move back North where I will have a clothesline for sure and no ticks dropping out of the trees! LOL!
My nails have always been strong but I don't grow them long...they never split or crack and I have Osteoporosis...go figure!?! I also wear no gloves either washing dishes or gardening. Plus, it sounds like you eat more greens than I do....and I only have beets about once a year. I do take vitamins though, D3, Omega 3, multi and Co-Q10....maybe it's one of those? I never took them before though when I was your age and my nails were strong. Maybe it's a gene? I do get hang nails though. All we can do is try. If that's your only malady you're doing good! Have a nice weekend.

Mama Pea said...

Save a piece of that breakfast frittata for me? Looks dee-lish!

I broke down last week and bought a bunch of organic radishes from our Co-op. (I LOVE radishes.) But, sigh, they didn't taste anything like those from my garden. :o( Good thing radishes grow so quickly and I can keep successive plantings of them going until the weather gets too hot. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em! (Wonder what's in them that my body needs?)

Kristina said...

Sam I am, it's been kind of fun looking up new recipes that have greens in them.

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, that's what I added to the salad - radishes. I waited to see which kiddo would pick them out, but so far they have not. Radishes are a good source for folate (and many other nutrients).

Dawn said...

I love getting the washing line dried it smells so fresh and clean, my nails have improved 100% since moving here, I never wear gloves I let natures soil manicure them, I am sure its the improvements in diet mostly organic that has aided the improvement.

Kristina said...

Dawn, I do use gloves to weed, but typically don't during planting season. I love the smell of line dried laundry too. It's wonderful.

Susan said...

I love the photograph of all your colorful bandanas! I need to add more greens to my diet. My nails need help!

Kristina said...

Thanks Susan, I couldn't resist taking a photo, it just looked pretty. My 14 year-old has not eaten collards in a a breakfast dish before and loved it.

RB said...

Bro Tom loves bandanas, he uses them instead of handkerchiefs, so I try to get him some each Christmas. The Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has said they often made sandwiches for lunch out of fritattas they'd had for breakfast. Sounds good. I wish someone would come sort and purge my house. I just can't seem to get into it, though I seriously need to.
Prayers everyone has a great safe week.
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, for lunch? In a sandwich? Sounds interesting.