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, January 3, 2018
Pickled Garlic ~ Mullein ~ Supplies ~ More Repairs
I strained the pickled garlic, and a jar of infusing mullein. I totally forgot to check the calendar, but I was only a few days late on both jars. I can't wait to taste the garlic. It's the first time for me to pickle garlic. I've made mullein tincture for a few years now, so that's not new, but needed. Just in case.
So far, we are staying rather healthy, and keeping germs away (using homemade "lysol" wipes, a diffuser in my
bedroom, and using our "anti-ill" essential oil spray). I try to remind the kids to wash their hands upon entering back in the house from school or work too. Oh, and I am still using the Four Thieves vinegar I made. The rest of the family is too chicken to take it, and after one daughter smelled it she called it "death" ha ha! It simply smells and tastes like garlic.
We are dwindling down to the last of my home grown nettle. I've been enjoying it in tea, and have one or two servings of it (blanched) in the freezer yet.
We still have a small supply of fresh red and sweet potatoes, but the supply is running out faster, as we used much of them at the holidays, including Thanksgiving. However, we still have the mashed/frozen potatoes to provide meals with.
I'm about to suggest we go back to horse and buggy. We can't seem to get a break with vehicle break downs. While our daughter is busy working 2 jobs to save up to buy a new ignition, she is driving my car again. She came in a few days ago, in tears, saying my car wouldn't start. Thankfully, Hubby was still off work, so he loaned her his truck to get to work. Thankfully, a friend drove out and jumped the car for us, and $140.00 later it had a new battery in it. Sigh....I think we racked up enough for vehicle repairs this past month.
The temperatures here this winter have been much colder than last year. Yesterday it was 0° when I got up and the forecast said it felt like -17°F. We are getting through it by simply staying inside as much as possible. I put on my layers and do all the outdoor chores in one trip, including dog walking and getting the mail.
School is back in session, but at 5°F outside (feels like -11°F). The hot and cold water still flows, but it sort of coughed and sputtered first this morning. My only plans today are to stay indoors and check a list off. A snow storm is heading our way this coming weekend.