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, February 28, 2017
I have, in the past, been consistent in making homemade condensed chicken, celery, mushroom, and even cheddar cheese soups. So making this was super easy. Last year's tomato harvest gave us a good supply of canned tomato sauce.
I decided to not whip up a recipe, but freeze one to see how well it freezes too.
Make this when you have opened tomato sauce and have extra that needs used up. I may even try this by adding water to make "tomato soup" and compare the taste to my lemony-basil tomato soup I canned last fall.
Monday, February 27, 2017
I made up the recipe. Sort of. I whipped up a loaf of it, and frosted it with an oh-so delicious, bourbon-y frosting. Not kid friendly, but a guaranteed way to make your bread last longer if you do have kids.
Oh, and I forgot the oil, but because I added blueberries, I was lucky it added some moisture to it.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Thankfully, before we left, I filled the crock pot. It's my healthier version of Pasta e Fagoli. I make this with whatever I have, and it always tastes good. Some years I use tomato sauce and paste, with extra broth, but this time I used some tomato basil soup and paste. The combination was delicious. I just had to boil the penne noodles and add them when I got home.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Woke up to find this fella laying near the driveway. It's not an odd thing. Every year we find one there for some reason. Usually after a rain storm too. He is far from the river that runs behind us, but he may be on his way there from the ditch too. We left him alone, but King wanted to eat him.
Friday, February 24, 2017
We had a very good harvest of green beans and this combination of vegetables was not only delicious, but utilized my garden goods we stocked up on.
Here is what I did using organic and homegrown ingredients.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Two things happened that surprised me. I don't even have photos. Yikes.
One, I dressed for cutting wood, and as I was putting on head gear (to keep the wood chips out of my hair) Hubby said, "I going to go pick up R to help me cut wood."
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Once my einkorn flour arrives,
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Good news! Vet-Tech Daughter-in-Training, has an interview at a Vet clinic! She has been working at a dog kennel, caring for animals and doing a lot of grooming too. We are excited for her. She is working so hard with her schooling, and getting wonderful grades. She's also working hard at her job. Even if it isn't the right job, it's a positive start.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Funny story about this. I was on my knees, digging through the freezer looking for beef, when I found one last bag of frozen garden tomatoes. I was so excited the girls laughed at me.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Every crafting container is being opened, but I know in reality, some drawers and containers will have to wait for a rainy day or next winter. My kids are all growing up, and we just don't use some items like acrylic paints. I think 90% of the bottles I had in a container, were dried up and tossed. Top news, right?
My days are continuously emptying, sorting, tossing, donating, and getting organized. I spent a few days putting recipes back in the "homesteading" binder, and canning recipes back into their binder (have been laying around the kitchen since last November (yikes!). I am emptying the "try it" recipes from plastic page protectors, and filling the trash. I (gulp) saved a few to try when the garden is producing once again. We love sugar snap peas, and I'm always looking for a new way to cook them.
It's a good thing I took the time to hand write two recipes. When I went to put them in the recipe box, I found all the recipes the kids used at Christmas, all in one slot (not even close to the correct tab). I would have gone bonkers this next Christmas looking for them.
Hubby joked that I'm on "round 3" of cleaning out the utility room and our closet. He's probably right. But....the reality of daily chores has increased as well.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tip 1: I found another way to use leftover (when there is any) whiskey butterscotch sauce. Bake a cinnamon/brown sugar coffee cake, and drizzle some on 10 minutes before it comes out of the oven.
I baked the coffee cake, but no sauce to be found (sad face).
Tip 2: I opened a jar of home canned hot sauce to make jalapeno poppers, but need to use the rest up before I forget I opened it. I found that adding home canned hot sauce to greens is a wonderful way to flavor them up. I used them on spinach recently.
We are short on eggs. The colder weather has slowed production down, but no need to panic (I told myself). I had a good supply of ingredients to make a crock pot of steel cut oats (with apples, walnuts and raisins).
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
It's true. I have had this tote of corks in my crafting supplies for years. Many years. Since before we moved here.
I have made many Christmas tree ornaments over the years, gifted many, and maybe even sold some. I can't remember.
..... so I'm him-hawing at letting go of these corks. Or keeping a handful. Or not.
Today, I decided to take you down "wine cork memory lane" (and myself) to decide if I shall pass these corks on. They were not saved for storage over the years. I have been a bit creative.
Monday, February 6, 2017
First, our super bowl food yesterday:
Spicy Thai Chicken Wings. Made using my home canned habanero-apricot jelly, freshly grated ginger, and fresh cilantro. Delicious. Different, and not real spicy as we thought.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
I have been going from utility room to closet, back and forth. It's due to the magic I am preforming. I'm downsizing, and moving as much crafting supplies as I can, to the utility room. The kids will have easier access and there is a small table to work on too.
Last night Hubby said, "Hey! There's a floor in there?" laughing of course. I had yarn everywhere.
Upon entering my closet,
Saturday, February 4, 2017
February is a new month, and I am back to almost walking 2 full miles a day. It's been painful, but trips to the chiropractor are swiftly returning my body to a painless stage. It's a lesson to myself really. I think about that miserable experience, and I wake up to a fully charged, positive demeanor.
I don't skip the herbal teas. I don't skip the exercise. I clean something every day even in the midst of a canning day, or other engaging day.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
I continue to receive emails asking for the pattern, so here it is:
Hubby and I got a laugh out of this. It's a writing magazine that I found, opened to this page, stuffed in the desk I am cleaning out. Ha ha! Oh the laugh we got. So fitting for the cleaning I am doing.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
We got rain. A lot of rain. Is the weather guy drunk? Or is mother nature drunk?
It is a "try-it" recipe that was sitting around, and it smelled so good on the stove top.