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~
Monday, October 31, 2016
The weather outside is. . .
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Hubby's snack at work is a combination of non-gmo nuts - walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews and raisins. In moderation of course.
Friday, October 28, 2016
...and all while the laundry went on the line. It was still a dark, dreery, cold day. However, it was windy.
We tasted the chutney on the turkey breast that was cooking with sweet potatoes and onions in one crock pot. Delicious!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
I roasted the last two pumpkins for making pumpkin butter - delicious!!! One container for the fridge, and two went into the freezer.
We'll use it to top waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, biscuits, toast and more. Maybe use it in a dessert if the need arises.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I brought in 17# of green tomatoes before our frost, so I canned a simple green tomato chutney.
There are so many recipes, I just wanted to try a simple one first. It filled 6 half-pints (tripled recipe), so I hope it's tasty. This came from the book "Foolproof Preserving." It appears I could have thickened it just a bit more, but it was already sticking to the pan.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
I typically cut them and clean them all, and roast them all in one day. This time I roasted two a day, until I was done. I have a dog that likes to steal food, so I made sure I didn't have a lot going on. Funny how all the dogs don't touch the tomatoes. Anyway...
I used parchment paper this year. I usually add water and cover, but not this year. It works pretty well too. Parchment paper isn't cheap, so I buy it at our dollar store for $1 a box. It gets me through the holiday baking season on a dime as well.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
I got 8 1/2 pints of crushed tomatoes canned. Not bad for the last bit of tomatoes. Ripe ones anyway.
While the canner boiled, I started washing down the kitchen cupboards. The fall cleaning has started.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
It's the thing a hard working, gardening, self-sufficient mother wants to hear from her kids - an appreciation for home grown food.
The problem with health issues today, in my opinion, stands on the fact convenience kills (when it comes to food). I can only hope that my kids will understand the importance of eating real food. Even if they have to buy it vs. grow it.
I should have done this with the tomato soup (much chopping involved), but I'll entertain some folks with the art of making tomato salsa. Mind you this is only one thing to can with tomatoes. Imagine all the work into our 500# this year. This shows you how crazy us homesteader/self-sufficient nuts are, ha ha!
First: You have to prepare the garden, till it, weed it, plant it, weed it some more, then wait for the bounty. Then harvest those beauties and wash them first with a vegetable scrubber and cold water. Then fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.....oh and for me it involves planting, weeding and harvesting of the hot peppers, garlic onions, pre-making the tomato paste from our tomatoes, and growing the cilantro.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I took time, after the tomatoes were all boiled and ice bathed, and draining, to eat breakfast on the porch. It was nice to get some Vitamin D. Then it was back to the sink and stove. By the way, that was leftover sweet potato/black bean frittata (Mmmm!)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
I made one last visit to the tomatoes. I promised myself to not even think about getting more harvested, and just pull the darn plants. I put the last of the grape tomatoes into the dehydrator, and pulled some green tomatoes. Even the green tomatoes are starting to look bad, so I'm ready to get them pulled. I pulled one plant and stake today. It's a measly start on 100-some plants, ha ha! The grand total of our tomato harvest, as of yesterday, was 500.8#!
I told the kids I'll not do that again. They all laughed at me.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Our weekend started out with a funeral visitation about 40 minutes from home. Hubby was needing some much needed road therapy and insisted we ride the Harley. I was hesitant, due to the fact would could not wear nice "dress" clothing, but we went. It was at night, so he spontaneously booked a room in a historical hotel. I did not have my camera, so the photos are a bit unfocused (taken with my phone).
Friday, October 14, 2016
I just realized, if I run out of pantry and freezer space, I can always utilize my dehydrator.
I can make tomato sauce leather. You simply spread out he tomato sauce on parchment paper and dehydrate. This would come in handy for backpacking trips or camping meals (uses less space to pack food). You just combine it with equal parts of hot water, and you have tomato sauce again. Then you can add spices to create pizza sauce, or make other meals using dehydrated ingredients.
The thing with tomatoes, is that you always have something to make with them.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Yesterday morning, the sunrise was just gorgeous. I took this in the beginning. Then I took this photo...
That was about the time the school bus came. Then I was getting ready to do laundry, and another dog wanted to go out.
I ran back inside and grabbed my camera before that little bit of rainbow disappeared. Do you see it? In the center? I heard it was a double rainbow, as one of my daughter's saw it going to class.
A few months ago, I pre-ordered a 1/2 pound of Russian Giant garlic. I counted 29 cloves cloves. This is new to the garden.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
I snipped a few containers of chives and got them into the freezer. We plan to add these to every breakfast scramble, soups and whatnot. Sort of like greens, but a lot more. As the cooler weather approaches, I go into panic-mode. We have not even started splitting wood, so I'm madly stocking up the herbs before the first frost.
Today, breakfast was "on the go" as Hubby and I made our first visit back to the gym. We get up at 4:30am and get about an hour work out. I pre-made the breakfast yesterday, using my crock pot. I was completely out of apples, and thankful to have a few straggling pears left from our tree. I made steel cut oats with pears, organic raisins and locally grown walnuts (which I am about out of). It's a pity that stores here do not sell organic steel cut oats.
Monday, October 10, 2016
In one last trip to get a few more items for the homecoming attire, we stopped and picked up 10# of organic beef, and one (almost) 12 lb. organic turkey. That pretty much emptied the pocket book.
Hubby and I enjoyed a picnic in the park after his second doctor appointment, and was due to return to work today, so we played hookie all weekend.
...which meant I did not go into the garden one iota.
And this happened.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Tuesday the fog was bad again - another school delay.
However, some lovely green peppers were stuffed and
Monday, October 3, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
..gave him a brush and paint....goodbye black, hello red. His stent was installed through his right wrist, and is healing nicely. We finally got his first doctor's appointment made for next week.
While he painted the door, we had a good conversation, while I prepared tomatoes for the freezer. Today we started the pear wine. I'll have more on that tomorrow.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
...we baked them up the other night, and they tasted absolutely fine. No freezer burn taste. Just delicious-ness. They are not yellow, that was the lighting that evening, as it was dark outside and raining. Oh, the rain fell, and fell and fell and is still falling today.