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~
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
I need another project, like a need a hole in my head.
I've wanted to learn the corner to corner (C2C) crochet stitch, and I'm using up leftover, leftover yarn.
While I'm crocheting the scrap blanket, there are small balls of yarn. That would be the "leftover, leftover" yarn balls. They are too small to even make one row across the blanket, so they are in a basket.
My inner, "you can't store that anymore" and "can't waste it mode" (again) kept poking at me.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
I have to admit, I dreaded the desk cleaning.
Oh the guilt that flooded me for all those lost days of writing. Oh the joys of finding things again.
I found 3 long lost, large eye needles and a needle threader I had been looking for. They were all in the bottom of a can used for pencils in my desk.
Friday, January 27, 2017
It's not to late to start (I told myself). We ran out of items over this winter, and I want to be better at that. So, in my own planner, in which I keep track of bill payment dates and such, I am now writing down what we use.
Every time I open a package of paper towels (writing down the number in the pkg.), Kleenex, peanut butter, softener salt (always running out), dog food, cat food, coffee (oh, we drink a lot of this), I will write it in my calendar. At the onset of next winter, I will have a better idea of how much we use, and what to pre-stock before the snow starts falling.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The first time (2010) I ever made homemade noodles, I used a pizza cutter to cut my noodles, after rolling them with a rolling pin. They were not "pretty" but delicious. The first recipe I tried, used egg whites vs. the whole egg. I've since then changed recipes.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Woke up to no coffee (again). Our first one broke down before Thanksgiving. Our Army daughter had a cheap-o version in the garage.
Well, we obviously wore it out. I woke up to it not brewing this morning. So, so bummed.
I'm forced to drink organic instant to wake up, then wait for the rain to give me a break, and pop up the camper and get are third back up pot out of the camper. There is a fourth back up too (the kind you heat up over a campfire).
On a good note.....
Sunday, January 22, 2017
We grew heirloom peanuts last year. A small "test" patch area of the garden, and although a few did not sprout leaves, many did.
We planted Negrito Manduvi peanuts, and purchased the starter peanuts from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
We pulled the plants (or I should say "I" pulled them), and allowed the tops to dry before removing the peanuts.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
...don't give up on me. I'm going somewhere with this story today. There is a bonus at the end too.
(bad photos due to the weather dark and dreary that day, and the light not on yet)
They are haunting me. I swear they are!
Friday, January 20, 2017
Free Printable Pattern, by Lily Sugar n' Cream yarn: Scrubby Posey Pattern
....and a dishcloth that has been on my needles the entire summer. Boom! Done!
And I didn't have to get into PJ's at 3pm to do it. Although I joked with Hubby that I should run my own "crochet" marathon, and do the 3pm thing for 3 days straight. I could use the time to get that scrap blanket done before winter is over.
I sort of earned the time. I delivered over 150 books to the thrift (oh my back). I also pulled another 20 books to donate, and have one more bookshelf to purge (and dust, cough, cough).
Here is the link to the homemade "vaseline" I make:
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I'm down to a half jar of homemade "Vaseline" too. It has saved my feet. The hospital visit was terrible on my skin. My feet were the worst with dry, cracked, damaged skin.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
I have a bookshelf dedicated to homesteading books, herbal books, etc. I have a bookshelf simply for my "how to" writing books, and a bookshelf for my fiction books.
In my living room, we have a large bookshelf that still contains non-fiction books from my homeschooling days. We kept most of them.
I guess I have a terrible time donating non-fiction, considering how the internet is taking over the book reading industry. My one college daughter has to get her books online, and read them from the computer. They are not issued most of their books in book form anymore. So sad. Even one college book store in my home town closed for that very reason.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
I've been a bit lazy getting breakfast made with greens lately. I just love the home canned cherry jam I canned last year. LOVE IT! It's on the list of restocking this summer.
A large container of homemade hot chocolate has been restocked.
I started my 30-minute per day/per area cleaning/clutter clean up challenge. Now that the blanket is done, I have time to get my home in order. It's the first thing we see when we wake up and the last when we go to bed. It's important for me to keep it clutter free, while teaching the kids to clean up too.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The baby blanket is finally finished. I used the diamond pattern that I used for two other previous blankets. I edged it in a row of white and pink to give it a different look.
I crocheted a newborn baby beanie to go with it. Just for fun!
I hope the gift recipient and my cousin (buying it) likes it.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
I have a cousin, who lives in CA, who has been in TV commercials and even been included as a character in her friend's published novel. She is now a life coach.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I dug out my old, hand-me-down cake pan, and baked a maple-rum pound cake with maple-rum glaze. It was a new recipe that had been floating around the kitchen. I believe I tore it out of a King Flour magazine.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Was the work worth it?
The weather is terrible today - ice, slush, high wind and snow on the way....who wants to go out to the store in this weather (unless you have to go to work of course).
Dinner prep from yesterday - pulled homemade noodles from the freezer. I also pulled some chicken, a jar of home canned BBQ sauce, some potatoes and some frozen green beans. All the work for the real food was worth it.
I would have loved to make a beef and noodle dinner, but these vegetarians in my home had me thinking of something else.
I made a mushroom sauce with leftover cream cheese and sour cream with the noodles, made mashed potatoes, and then put the chicken in the "crocky" with the BBQ sauce. This made every one happy. By the way, this last recipe I used for canning BBQ sauce is a keeper. Best flavor yet!
Monday, January 9, 2017
I have found the first "new" thing I'll be doing this year. Once I have supplies, I'll be posting about it. This "new" thing is not the "biggest" of all things, but a new experience for me.
I keep asking Hubby to let it be the year we butcher our own hen, and learn how to do it, but that darn lingering tree is keeping him from any other decision.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
This is not your regular chili. To get this pot of awesome delicious-ness going, I went into my "pretend root cellar" and got a few sweet potatoes (so thankful we still have some, and in edible condition).
The garage is too cold to store my potatoes. I put a card table up in my utility room (which has a doorway directly across from the side door we go out of most often). The heat is never on in that room, so it stays cool (unless we hit below zero and then I turn on the heat to prevent frozen pipes). Sadly, it was not the best way to store my red potatoes. When I got home from the hospital, I saw they all had long "eyes" on them. Back in November, the temperature was not cold enough in that room.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
I'm gearing up for a possible "Farmer's Market" season this year. I may only do a few dates, as it 's taking a long time to create the "goods" to sell. This is one "set" I am creating - over sized pot holder, hot pads to match, one crocheted flower dishcloth, and a soap saver bag. I am using up extra "country yellow" yarn, but many not have enough to knit a matching dishcloth. I guess we'll see. I like to make an entire matching set, even if I put them all in separate groups to sell. One customer once told me she buys "matching sets" for three family members each Christmas. That put a light bulb on for me.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
It was at the house, where I planted my very first herb garden, and first tomato plant too. Even our first pumpkin vine and green bean plant.
Oh, I had a dryer. The inexpensive kind, and I hardly used it. I loved taking my laundry outside. I got exercise, movement, fresh air, and could enjoy the outdoors, even for a short while.
My laundry always smelled so good bringing it back in too.
Many, what I call "city" people, complain that they have no time to hang laundry out. And that it's "more work" etc. For some it's just physically not possible. I understand that, and some day I may be struggling with that (hopefully not) too. We can always put wheels on the laundry basket, ha ha!
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
I also helped stack the firewood. I took a trip to town with Hubby as well, however, by dinner time we were all too tired to even cook (ha ha ha!).
Monday, January 2, 2017
Was on I the back?
He said, "quick trip" and "just need to fire up the battery" and "I'll be back in a jiffy."
He came back after an hour.
An hour folks.
He wore my half-chaps and my lined gloves too. Said it was nice and cozy on the ride. Hmpf.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I myself, fell asleep at 8:30pm. Normally that is not the case, but I'm still recovering, so I that's okay. Hubby however, was still up, sort of scolding the TV. The Buckeyes played, and well, they played terrible. It was as if they never played football before.
I woke up later to realize that the team never even scored one point. I'm pretty sure he'll be in a sour mood this morning, but hopefully, we'll have a grand day today.
I was up early. I got the wood stove going, coffee brewing, and accidentally woke up the dogs. The cats were meowing for their very early breakfast, and I took care of that too. Everyone is still in bed, but one kiddo has to get up to go to work today.