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~
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Due to a busy schedule, and the need for me to drive a kiddo to get wisdom teeth out, I changed plans with the garden. I needed to bring in something that didn't require a lot work after entering the kitchen.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
I had a few garden green bell peppers, some onions, and of course home canned pizza sauce. Wa-la!
A homesteader's pizza for dinner.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
I got half of the carrots dug up. They are not all the best in size, but there are plenty. Some are fairly large, so we are happy regardless. I still have half the row to dig up. I'll be weighing these this morning. Most will go into the freezer, considering we do not have a basement, root cellar or other.
More popcorn was brought in, but
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Thursday: I had time to do something, and scrubbing the master bath toilet was not looking like the time filler for me. Although it does need done.
Dinner prep was already done (salmon patties) and homemade sausage was already mixed and in the fridge.
It was too hot to go outside to work. It was too hot and humid to sit on the porch with my feet up too.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Doctor gave me the thumbs up. Spider bites should heal on their own. No skin graphs or specialty doctors. He was very impressed with my progress, and I even told him I did some dancing over the weekend (and no swelling). It will be a few more weeks for healing, buying a semi truck load of gauze and roll gauze, but it will heal. I will have a nasty scar, but I am very happy. I really like my new doctor too. Once again, nurses came to see the updated larger bite, ha ha! I'm like a hot topic there when I arrive. Trust me, if you saw a photo of what it looked like when I first went to the second doctor, you'd be "sweatin' bullets" too. He and I both were concerned.
The heat is drawing the spiders into the house and I have yet to spray inside. As they crawl in to escape the heat, however, the outside spraying should keep them from living too long if they do get all the way in. I had to swat at jumping spiders all yesterday afternoon.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Busy. Busy. Busy.
I tasted these, and oh my gosh, they taste better than the last beets I canned this way. We may be planting Cylindra beets again next year. Yum!!! A bit more on the sweet side I think.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The waterproof/bug proof storage bags arrived. These are not vacuum seal type bags (never had good luck with them in the past). I am now washing every bed sheet, pillow case and blanket (that is stored in the utility room drawers).
Monday, September 18, 2017
I can tell you that Hubby and I decided to take an invitation to an overnight bike ride over the weekend. We left Saturday and came home Sunday. There were 10 motorcycles I think, and the location was a bike fest. Lots of bikes, lots of people, but small "fest." A large band was "banned" by the town mayor (or the mayor's husband from what locals told us, saying the music was not appropriate for "family"), and many people didn't go, there were no vendors at the Harley store, and only one downtown - disappointment to those of us who went. We were lucky to time it right, to hear one good band downtown. According to locals, it was a pathetic festival turnout.
We still enjoyed our time away.
When we arrived home, I felt we hadn't been "riding" long enough, we took over for a ride along the river.
We also felt it was our mini-vacation, so we stretched it out as far into the evening as we could.
Up early today - back to work.
No photos for this post, which is odd for me.
There has been a lot on my mind lately, and my "to-do" list is a bit overwhelming this morning. What to start first, where to start first....my mind is racing at 6:30am.
I'm gonna need another cup of coffee I think. The school today, has a scheduled 2 hour delay, so I get the pot of coffee all to myself.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
I started to make a bucket of homemade laundry detergent (saves us a ton of money and saves us from chemicals), but the old bucket gave way. After about 7-8 years of using it, it cracked in the bottom. So that's first thing on my list to-do list, so I can get some laundry done.
Recipe I use is on my blog: here
Christmas mojo has returned early. Don't worry, I just put up some fall-ish decor on the cover of my bread box. That's about it for fall for me though. Other than pumpkins on the porch soon.
I'm working on a new ornament right now (in the few free seconds I have). I've already ordered a new item for my master bath too. Two years have gone by, and I've not gotten my white tree up. Even after Hubby went out of his way last winter to buy a new color of ornaments for me.
Hubby and I took off on a motorcycle ride last night to clear our heads of any stress/worry/tension. We checked out the gauze at the dollar store. I wasn't impressed - sold by the roll, smaller and less on the roll. I'm hoping I can downsize my bandage and not have to use an entire roll of gauze (day and night) soon.
Here's the scoop on the muscle rub....
There are many muscle rub recipes out there - in books, online, forums, etc.
Here is how I made mine (using all organic ingredients):
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Everything is being removed from counter tops, disinfected, re-organized, purged, things put back where they belong (recipes removed from the fridge and filed once again), drawers cleaned out, doors wiped down, windows cleaned, light fixtures cleaned, curtains washed, baseboards scrubbed......the whole sha-bang.
Just a wee little bit every day.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The weather. . .
~ sunny, beautiful, high of 72°F.
Right now I am. . .
~ taking a break from weeding the front flower beds, considering lunch options, putting more laundry out on the line....
And while I am deep cleaning the kitchen, the flower beds are being reclaimed as well. I'm using a timer, so I can do a bit of both and feel good at the end of the day.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
It was fun to walk around and see what they had. Some "tents" were old time campers you walked into. Sort of a fun time, lots of "gypsy" style clothing, jewelry (some handmade), homemade sauces, jellies, antiques, food and music. In the second photo up, the first camper sold coffee, the yellow and white sold lemonade. Just lots of cute camper "stores" and lots of stuff to look at. Just out of my price range. I wasn't really looking for anything, we just wanted to come check it out. There were lots of customers dressed in "hippie" and "gypsy" outfits for this event.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
A bit of sad news. The small quilt shop that I have wanted to take lessons at (and procrastinated for years) is now closing it's doors. It was very close to home too, and local. I guess Youtube and I have a date this winter. The sewing machine sits and waits for me. Yeah, not happening any day soon due to the last haul of tomatoes.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Clean up before the end of the day. But oh, so much more to weed (like about 60-70 feet of flower/herb beds).
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 2017
It's been a canner-ganza week. I'm thankful for that too, and we haven't checked our pears yet (no apples or plums this year again).
Homemaking goes to a new level when you homestead as well. It's not just cleaning, tidying up, dusting, paying bills, vacuuming, sweeping, purging, baking, cooking, washing dishes, getting kids to appointments and off to school.....it's hard work. My kids hate me this time of year, ha ha! Literally. Deep down, I know they appreciate it.
I'm looking forward to a huge crock pot of delicious chili soon. All these tomatoes are making me hungry.
Got coffee? Tea? Adult beverage (ha ha!)
You may need one to sip while you read through today's post. Sorry for the length. Like I said - a busy kitchen week.
I used about 23 pounds of those delicious tomatoes, to can up some seasoned tomato sauce (recipe is in the Ball Blue Book).