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~
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
If two girls of mine want to bake, it'll happen. Otherwise they'll go without it for the big meal. I'm not sure I'll be eating anyway.
Why, oh why?
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Vet-tech Daughter said she'd cook everything, and just wanted a lot of food. My Oldest Army-college Daughter stopped in and asked for us to save "a lot of leftovers" for her as she has not had time to cook. No pressure there.
I really didn't want to cook. We only had one day to have the dinner. Thanksgiving day. Oh, and on top of that same day, Hubby's family is having their big meal. So he wants to go there, and have the meal here too. In one day. No pressure there.
Of course the one volunteering to cook, doesn't care what's in processed food, and said to buy it vs. make it.
Yeah. That's not happening.
Monday, November 21, 2016
I have just a bit more of this yarn to make myself a few more, so that's now in a "to-go" project bag. Trust me, I have very, very little handiwork time right now, and when I do, I am too tired to do it, ha ha!
Sunday, November 20, 2016
It's not hard to believe, in our state anyway, that were were out on the motorcycle on Friday, with a high of 73°F. Saturday, we woke up to very cold temperatures and had flurries all day long. I honestly thought we'd wake up to a good amount on the ground, but....
...this is what it amounted to this morning. Sorry for the blurry photo. It's cold out there and I snapped it pretty quickly.
I almost didn't think I would get up to blog today either. I fought a migraine all night long, and my lavender freezer pack was not re-freezing fast enough. I am pretty sure I kept Hubby up all night fetching it, etc. and so here I am attempting to kill off the last of the migraine with caffeine.
Hubby and I spent the morning cutting, and splitting wood. We got a good amount done, but we'll need a few more good long days to get it re-stocked. We have not yet fired up the wood stove.
It's football season, so while Hubby watched his game, I cleared the front porch of furniture. My college Vet-tech-in-training, had been on the computer doing homework all day. She saw me outside, and offered to help. There are just a few small items I need to clean up, but the big stuff is all back in storage. Cushions are all inside awaiting a good day to wash and then dry outside. I still have to cover the back porch furniture yet. I need one more tarp.
It was finally time to set up a heat lamp in the coop. I generally put two, but last year we used one and it worked fine.
We still have lots and lots of things on the "big job" to-do list. We have a kitchen floor joist that needs replaced. That's next if we can manage it with weather. Say a prayer we can get it done. I actually saw Hubby staring at one of the trees we need to cut down too. He's getting a plan, so I'm all for that. It's been a long time coming. I caught him looking in the big barn too. Another plan? Perhaps. We are considering pulling the entire barn down on a good day, and cutting up the hard wood for for the wood stove. Thankfully, he has a few nephews that have helped tear a barn down over summer. Time, the right help, and good weather. That's what we need.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Looking up the benefits and healing properties, it fit the bill.
It's not as strong as fennel, and not over-bearing in flavor. I crushed a teaspoon, poured boiling water over, and infused. I have a reusable tea infuser.
Friday, November 18, 2016
She rounded the big barn, and through it, she heard a noise and saw the fox on the other side. King freaked out, pulled backwards, completely freeing himself from his collar.
The chase was on. King barreled after the fox, as she watched the weeds sway. She screamed and screamed, then sobbed horribly.
King ran straight into the woods.
After moments of shear panic she had lost her "baby" he ran back out of the woods to her.
We've now switched from collars and leashes, to harnesses and leashes. The fox has to find a new home.
I'm hoping the chase has run the fox completely off this time, but he/she seems to come around when the chickens are out of their coop and in their run. When they are inside there is no sign of Mr. fox.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Those are roasted and in the freezer now too. I have 6 more cups now.
Guess what else I'm doing?
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Hubby and I made it to the gym at 5am this morning. Slowly, but surely, we'll have a regular routine in place. I myself, had been up since 2am.
The usual stuff needs done, and I'm still trying to get some foods stocked up and processed etc. It's a fight this week.
My swiss chard is not looking too good. I plan on visiting it today and getting the last of it in the freezer.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Rain barrels are all emptied, flipped over and in place for winter now. Expandable downspouts are in place, but I need a few more pieces to complete them.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
The frittatas, and other dishes fill up the remainder days. I made a zucchini- tomato frittata recently. The roadside produce stand still had some
Saturday, November 12, 2016
I used my crock pot this time, so I didn't have to watch the stove. I just put a dishcloth in the bottom, to make sure my jar didn't break.
Once the oil was infused with the comfrey, I strained it, added melted beeswax and poured it into the container.
I made a small batch - 1 cup dried comfrey and
Friday, November 11, 2016
I've been happy with the taste of my homemade applesauce, using gala, even though other types are suggested more often.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
I used a portion of a head of cabbage to make a carrot/cabbage/potato frittata (loaded with fresh chives). I found 4 pea pods while gutting the garden, so not to waste them, they went in too.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
He asked questions, we got answers. We explained that the two locations we can purchase supplies as, would not provide recipes. They said, we provide a kit, you find the recipe "there are tons on the internet." We knew this. We found one, and well, we found another store that provides a recipe with full instructions. Do your research folks. Or just follow blogs like mine, with trial and error, ha ha. So far, no error.
He said we needed an acid to keep this from turning into vinegar. We removed the bag of fruit. Squeezed it and poured it into our 3 gallon carboy (glass).
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I could write a book about this goat. He became more of the goat from h-e-double hockey sticks. He jumped out so many times, I got tired of putting him back in.
We built up the sides of the stall, north and south (the west wall is the barn wall where we have slide gate for them to exit and go into the fenced area).
Monday, November 7, 2016
I put it off long enough. I spent some time in the garden anyway. Again. Pulling all the green bean plants, and bringing in a handful for Jesse's dog food. Pulling the last cabbage, and bringing in some small-ish cauliflower heads. I pulled 6 foot ragweeds that grew in the carrot row, bringing in a few teeny tiny carrots, so the tops could go to Daughter's pet rabbit.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
I noticed that hemp is the new thread for crocheting dish scrubbies, so I finally got around to getting a few balls of it.
Oh, does it smell too. Just FYI. I had it in my bedroom, and it took us a day to figure out what "that smell was."
I crocheted mine somewhat following a free pattern online. I also checked stores for the colored hemp (contains chemicals, so I didn't buy it).
I went ahead and simply crocheted the two pieces together, and skipped the extra edging. Then we gave it a "whirl" at the kitchen sink.
First thing we discovered - water will rinse out green after first use.
Second thing we discovered
Friday, November 4, 2016
I decided to whip up a swiss chard frittata, since I was already blanching some to freeze. It was my lunch, and Hubby's breakfast for the next day. It was kind of an "end of the season" and "just toss it in" kind of meal. I read up on chard and it's good for the heart, as well as fresh thyme. The eggs were topped with fresh chives and thyme. The recent rain and warmer days are providing fresh herbs. Mmm, was this tasty. Did you know thyme helps the body prevent heart attacks, strokes and coronary disease? I didn't. Until I read up on it.