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.

Adopted Motto

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Homestead Happenings

The title should be "what's not happening" ha ha!  Hubby is still working 12 hour shifts.  I see him for about 2 hours from when he wakes up to when he returns to work.  Yesterday, I woke up early (surprisingly) and noticed he wasn't home.

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.

In order to function, including shred on the grater, I had to cut these bad boys downThey were getting in the way of getting work done.  I have one daughter that wanted to paint them one time before I cut them, but I had to cut them.  She is our "nail tech" in training.  I could not do anything with them that long.  It's sort of a bad photo, but typing on the keyboard was a challenge.

I made my first broad leaf, plantain poultice.  I had a splinter that I removed, but the next day it looked puffed up and infected.  I put this on it, to draw out the infection.  I noticed that plantain is somewhat stringy.   Today, it still looks a bit raised.  I will try elder leaf next and see if that works better for drawing out infection.

I stocked up a few bowls of homemade condensed cheese soups.  I use them in our baked macaroni and cheese recipe.  As you can see all the ingredients are organic, including the flour.   I watch for the cheese and butter to go on sale (or clearance) and put them in the freezer until I have all the ingredients.  I do miss our goat's milk, but I don't miss the work.  Some day I'll get my routine back to that.

I tried a new recipe.  I was shocked I had time, but I multi-tasked.  While it baked, I worked on other things, like pay bills and stock up for winter.  I am starting to work out the older freezer storage, while making room for the new.  I only had two bags of shredded zucchini, but thawed one for a this bread.

I made King Flour's recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread.  I immediately cut several pieces to save for Hubby, as I knew one loaf of this would be gone instantly.  The kids devoured it.  It is made with honey and not white sugar.  

Hubby liked it, but is still hooked on zucchini muffins that we make with homemade baking mix.  You can find both recipes at Lazy J Bar C blogspot.   

It's going to be a hot one today, so I best get back outside before the heat drives me back inside again.  I have more green beans to pick. 

Oh, if I haven't shared this yet, the goats are just now starting to eat scraps. Not much, but they love the pea pods, and other goodies.  Daughter (Vet Tech-in-training) gave them a few slices of watermelonThey loved it! 


Susan said...

As I wait impatiently for at least one zucchini, my neighbor gifted me with three! I am going to bake this bread for the barn crew this weekend and see if I can manage a GF version with my einkorn flour. Sounds like your hubby (and you) are due for a break!

Mama Pea said...

Had to chuckle at you saying your long nails get in the way. Me, too! My nails grow like crazy, always have, and sometimes I think I spend more time clipping them and filing into shape than anything else. Right after I trim them, typing feels so effortless!

We had a temp of 92 degrees here today. Nearly that warm yesterday and another hot one forecast for tomorrow. Gak!

mommar6 said...

What do you use your shredded and frozen zucchini fior?

Sandra said...

The bread looks yummy!

Kristina said...

Susan, my zucchini is slow going too. Hubby and I are already in the stages of planning even a one day off. He is so stressed from the long work hours.

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, yesterday it was 93 and by late evening we finally got a short rain shower (so thankful). I have a "nail-tech" in training here, and she so badly wanted to paint my nails when they were long. I could not hold out any longer, and now I feel so much better, ha ha!

Kristina said...

mommar6, I use the shredded for bread and muffins, and the sliced for meals like chicken teriyaki, or pasta dishes. They tend to be softer after frozen and thawed, so they taste just fine in stove top or oven meals.

Kristina said...

Thank you Sandra.

RB said...

Sorry to hear your hubby is working so much, but I'm one that hates to turn work away because I think it might be God preparing my finances for something getting ready to fall apart and need repaired, so I work.
The double chocolate bread looks amazing. I'd be tempted to try putting some kind of peanut butter icing on it. Yum!!!
Prayers everyone has a safe happy weekend.
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, I have been thinking the same thing - finances. Thanks.