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~
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.
For the first time, I bit the bullet, and baked bread on a busy gardening day. I was running in and out, and had a timer on me, but was successful. I usually talk my self out of it by saying "I don't have time" to make it.
I literally had to slice one loaf while it was still warm. The family was attacking it with gusto. It's been a few weeks since I've baked it. I wanted 6 slices saved to make bread pudding (new recipes to try).
I used our homemade vanilla extra, home raised eggs etc. and made one with granny apples. I felt it turned out too dry for a bread pudding, but the kids loved it. I want to make one with blueberries next. Got any good recipes?
An herb question. I want to grow Arnica here. I see two types of seeds offered - Montana and another one I can't remember right now. Is there any difference? Do they both work the same? I borrowed another reference book from the library also. I hope to post about it soon. If I have time I'll look up Arnica in it too. I just thought I'd ask here too.
I've been working like a mad woman in the kitchen (that photo was a mix of veggies) these last two days. My family alone, is lucky if they get dinner, hence I have not delivered any meals to Dad recently. Last night I had dishes everywhere, just trying to get dinner on the table (well after Hubby went to work), and make extras to put in containers for Dad and Hubby. I was super stressed out and still working at 8pm.
Salsa making has been good. Two batches are in the pantry (I'll update on this batch, as it was canned without corn starch), but we also ate two jars already. Maybe three. However, salsa making is all at a stand still right now. I have only one zucchini on all my plants right now. We need rain badly.
I should be out watering already, but I accidentally slept in until 8:30am (Yikes!). I guess my body needed it, and Hubby didn't wake me up, so he must have thought I needed it. Boy did I. I have been so exhausted, but thankful for all the garden goodies. I have been infusing nettle tea for a "re-boot" on my body. It's been much cooler here, so late watering won't hurt today (thankfully). Hubby wanted to go camping (even with his schedule, so his drive after work would be shorter), but I'd have to drive home every single morning (an hour drive) and garden. We both agreed to wait until we got a break (ha ha! break?).