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~
Friday, March 31, 2017
Anyway, I turned it on and immediately had to make the pea pesto and pasta dish they made.
I had one box of Einkorn whole wheat pasta I wanted to taste, so that was my choice of pasta for this dish.
Honestly, I didn't measure. Once you get the hang of pesto, you may not either.
What a brilliant idea. So good too. Parsley from the garden, garlic from the garden, peas from the garden (if I can ever get enough to freeze), etc.
My motto this year, in addition to our family motto on my blog.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I'm not sure why I even brought this one home, other than we love to grill out. However, do you see what it says under "Burgers?"
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
There are many recipes online, but I used nettle and peppermint essential oil to make mine.
The timing of my brittle hair (bangs breaking off first,
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I set out to find miso in our stores. With no luck, sent an email to my sister-in-law and brother. I got some tips, and placed my order.
Friday, March 24, 2017
The weather went from warm to cold. Even so, I let my ladies out and gave their coops a clean sweep. Egg production is still a bit low, but as they get more sunshine I hope to see an increase.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I just started reading through this book (like I have the time, ha ha!). I borrowed it from the library. There are tea recipes for antispasmodic bronchitis, cough, and more. It's worth a look for those who make teas, tinctures, syrups etc. I learned plantain can be used as an expectorant.
Monday, March 20, 2017
I completed the green baby blanket. I ran out of yarn at the end, but used some leftover white and pink to edge it. I did not want to buy another skein to finish the edging. I'm not really sure if I like the pink on it, but it's there now.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
And lots of it.
Friday, March 17, 2017
I decided to experiment with other roll recipes. I made Honey Oat Pan Rolls. A recipe in my pile of "try its." This is a "Taste of Home" recipe that was in my 2014 Country Woman magazine and is available online. The rolls are made with part all-purpose flour, a bit of whole wheat, and oatmeal. Oh, and there is a bit of butter too. I did not use the Einkorn, only because I am waiting on another delivery.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
That's okay. I think we all need a break from my long posts. I can get a bit "windy."
Mama Pea had me hankering for a wild rice/chicken soup, so the first thing I did was pull out my crock pot. I put in lots of garlic. Thanks for that idea by the way.
It's freezing cold here again. Brr! I wanted it to stay cold, and we got more than cold. Everything is frozen stiff. It took me several minutes to don Hubby's old full body carhartt, muck boots, thick gloves, hat, scarf and sunglasses. It was very bright out, but oh so cold. I managed to do all the outdoor stuff at once, including get the mail, and take the dogs out. Funny thing about the dogs. Jesse, the oldest one, loves to eat snow, so getting him back inside was a chore. Even with the temperature so cold.
Today, the wind will be less wicket and hopefully we'll see the temperature rise a bit.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Hubby announced on Thursday, he was taking Friday off work and whisking me off for a night to celebrate our anniversary (which was in December).
I was totally shocked, happy, and surprised. The kids are taking a day off too. As soon as we arrived home yesterday, the girls all took off to spend the night up with their Army sister (Girls Night Out).
We had Date Night Out.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
We removed the gate from one of the entrance-ways into the kitchen. We removed it to move furniture, and we decided to leave it out, and test the water so to speak. The dogs are so used to it there, but then again, King jumps it every afternoon when the bus pulls in. We'll see how well they do with it down. They too, have been acting like toddlers lately. It feels strange not to have to open and shut the gate100 times a day now, but sort of nice too.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
I basically split the wood with an sledge hammer and wedge. We had large rounds, so I rolled them out and worked them that way, every afternoon, just before the kids got home from school.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
First, I made flour tortillas with organic/non-gmo canola oil. You can read about it here.
Downside of making them with the canola? You use a lot more oil than in the einkorn tortillas I'm about to tell you about, and the smell of the oil stinks up the kitchen.
Second, I made them with real lard. You can read that post here.
A huge bonus in making these? You make them on a griddle, and they use no oil on the griddle itself. Just the lard in the tortilla. Very easy to make and less mess (and no smell).
Saturday, March 4, 2017
I've come to find new ways to simplify our lives, live healthier, and in a much more self-sufficient manner.
Friday, March 3, 2017
I also spent yesterday with the dust bunnies. Lots of them. If you don't think you have too many books, just move a bookshelf. Well, the bookshelf is not moved just yet, but the books are all off and dusted.
I found more books to donate to the "donation station" in my progress. I was so happy to get that job done, but now boxes and a laundry basket fill my living room floor with dog temptations (books). I must move quickly and move the shelf and re-shelf the books I am keeping. Either way, I was thrilled to get this far, on this job.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
If you are wondering if I've been able to take a tea break at 2pm, I have. If you are wondering if I have been stealing away at 4pm for an hour to myself? Ha, yeah. That's not happening. I think the change of weather, and longer, brighter nights are keeping me from curling up with crochet. The 4 o'clock hidey hole, was mainly to stock up for the Farmer's market, but that's been difficult to do.
We just went from warm/rainy weather back to snow and cold. It's nothing but a few flurries.
I whipped up a bowl of slaw. Organic cabbages went on sale. This tasted so good since we haven't had cabbage for a while.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I first checked the library system for the recipe book, but could only borrow this one:
I wasn't able to borrow the other cookbook einkorn has. In fact, there was only one copy of this particular book to borrow from our inter-loan system (from other area libraries).