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, July 29, 2016
Our library only has a 1996 edition of this book, but it's pretty close (but not yet complete) to a good resource.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
I've been so tired, and worn out, and have not even had "tea time" on the porch lately. Today, I'm making time. I need the energy restored.
I was walking from the coffee pot to the computer with a cup of coffee, and said to myself, "beam me up Scotty." My 19 year-old was shocked, her eyes went wide, and she asked, "what did you just say?" Ha ha! She was surprised I knew a Star Trek catchphrase.
If you are wondering, I made two batches of homemade flour tortillas. I made these with 8 tortillas per batch, so it was a bit time consuming, but delicious.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
I went to check on the laundry status yesterday, and found Tiger sleeping peacefully in the hamper. Ha ha! I didn't have the heart to wake him up, so I did the laundry later.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
This is apple pie bread pudding. I bake it in a pie pan. I've only made this twice, and each time tweeking the recipe a bit. It's a bit dry on top, and not like the ooey gooey apple pie filling. It's simply apples, brown sugar and corn starch. However, when we top this with whipped cream and whiskey butterscotch sauce.....oh my! It was my special surprise for Hubby. He's back on days now, but struggling to adjust to sleeping at night.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Bread is still getting baked, despite turning the hot oven on, on a hot day. Yesterday I think it got up to 95°. Dinner is PB & J on homemade bread. I have little time to cook, and there are typically no free burners or space at the stove for a dinner. I was canning again at 6pm.
Friday, July 22, 2016
The humidity yesterday morning was thick. My camera continued to fog up. Here is Timmy resting in the heat. See that pot? It was one that was ravaged by a raccoon (or two or three), and there are green starts in it. In fact, all but one (horehound) are showing signs of life, despite them getting turned over so many times.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I texted that I was a bit worried. He texted back "working till 10." I texted, "can they do that?!" That would be a 16 hour shift, and he has a one hour drive home. Let's just say I was wide awake at that point.
In the meantime.
I have put 6 cups of shredded zucchini in the freezer. It's not a lot sadly. We need rain. I can water with well water and some with rain barrels, but a good soaking is so very badly needed. I put up about 2 more pounds of green beans too.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Not including day one (I might have picked 3-4 pounds that day), we put up 12 1/2 pounds of beans so far. The first variety is yellow (buried in the basket), and other green. I have the names written down somewhere around here. I've lost track of putting this information into my "homesteading journal." I'm just so busy, and my mind is just focused on getting it put up without waste.
Update: I located the names of what I planted - Strike Bush Beans, and Gold Rush Beans (yellow). Both from High Mowing Organic seed company. Both are delicious and high yielding.
Monday, July 18, 2016
I was out walking King yesterday, and he kept pulling me (bad habit of his) to the walnut tree. I thought, "okay, maybe your scent will keep the squirrel out of my fruit trees."
So we walked directly over to the black walnut tree.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
I have to take my laundry out the front door and around the house, so I don't wake him up, going in and out the door.
Also, I have to have dinner done by 4pm. That is impossible. So....each dinner (done by 8pm now) is Hubby's next day meal to take to work. Adjustments made.
This basket of goodies was from day two of picking green beans (and peas and cucumbers). Today is day three. I'm thrilled to be filling my freezer once again. And of course we ate a lot at dinner the other night. I also cooked peas one night. Oh my gosh they smelled so good when I boiled them! I have had to buy these in stores for two years now, and am so thankful for this bounty.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Picked our first cucumber this year. Delicious! We only had one ripe one, so I am hoping we get many at once to can pickles.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I pre-plan and order my organic/non-gmo vinegar over winter, so I have it when canning season starts. The recipe calls for 2 cups of it. This is not sold in stores anywhere here. Hopefully, with my suggestion, one store will start selling it.
Here is the, very late, and promised "how-to" in a sort of quick fashionable way.
Over the years, I have made several different types of salsa. We even had a "salsa party" to try them all. And out of all the ones I canned, zucchini was not one of them.
All recipes were for canned salsa too, not freezer salsas. I canned zucchini a few years later. Out of all the recipes I tried, the most liked here, is zucchini salsa.
It's not a Ball recipe, but I have seen several similar variations to the one I make, found online as well.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Anyway, one kiddo chopped the onions. Another chopped up the bell peppers and hot peppers.
I chopped 12 cups of zucchini. I'll have more details on this tomorrow. It had to sit in the fridge overnight before canning today.
My ladies and Sparta got the end treats and seeds from the zucchini. Kind of a nice treat on a very hot day.
My break yesterday?
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The zucchini exploded while we were gone. I got a handful of shell peas, but their vines are loaded for a good harvest I believe.
My first day back to "reality" was a busy one. Hubby texted me "you ok?" He had not heard a peep from me all day. I was so durn busy.
Monday, July 11, 2016
He took me to the island. The Yurts were booked, so this time he got us a very nice Bed and Breakfast to stay at.
We actually got the chance to see the sunset on the island this trip. It happens on the west of the island where there is just one marina and restaurant/pub. You can see all the people that walk all the way out and get photos of it.
Friday, July 8, 2016
This is the fire ring that we cooked on. We bring along a tri-pod as well.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
First the garden got a good watering. Hubby took to the vegetable garden, and I to the flower and herb gardens.
With dogs and farm animals vacationing is a bit tricky. I'm glad a few adult kids cold help out.
Hubby surprised us and booked a hotel near a large firework display. We stayed overnight and watched the show from our hotel window. They had music to go along, via the radio station, and we listened and watched from the 6th floor. It was a very nice show.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
If you have been following my blog, you have heard about the raccoon that was taunting me. We'll several days have gone by with nothing getting into my pots, so I replanted my organic medicinal seeds (I had to reorder all of my seeds).
A few days went by and the pots where untouched, until this happened. Grr! So frustrated. I'll be buying whatever herbs do not make it this year. I could put them all inside until they start, but I really don't want to buy seeds a third time.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
There is a place about 25 minutes or so from our house which sells very good strawberries. This place is known for their strawberries. They are huge and tasty.
I called, and found out that they were selling for only for one more day, and were picking that morning, and were to start selling at 9am.
Friday, July 1, 2016
This time I used cauliflower, potatoes (sliced), and peas.
I had one green bell pepper ready to pick, and one hot banana pepper. I tossed all of that into my cast iron skillet (cooking all the vegetables first), and did not add any other spice/herb. I just added salt and pepper and it was delicious.