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.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday

First thing on the agenda was go through my library loot.  I didn't get any really good gift ideas from these garden gift books.

I'm looking through this one for new recipes.  I've ordered another one for the slow cooker for "diabetic" recipes.  I will wait and see which is better to buy.  There are several recipes for this next recipe online, but I really like using crock pots for dinner (trying new recipes for easier days this summer).


One recipe from the above slow cooker cookbook - Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes.  Yes, those are sweet potatoes (different organic variety).  Loaded with garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes.

A second crock pot was filled with a turkey breast, loaded with seasoning and a few homemade beef bouillon cubes.

Both were delicious, and it was the first time I ever cooked a turkey breast in a crock pot.  I'll definitely make them again, and I'll be doing a turkey in the crock pot next Thanksgiving.

Homemade Beef Bouillon Cubes
3 cups organic celery, finely diced
3 cups organic carrots, finely diced
2 onions, organic, finely diced
2 Tbsp. salt
1/2 lb. organic ground beef

In a saucepan, on low heat, combine all the ingredients.  Continue to cook this on low heat, covered for about 60 minutes.  Cool.  Process ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  Spoon mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until sold.  Remove from freezer and place cubes in freezer containers.

Use to flavor meats, soups, stews, or other recipes.


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My husband, after cooking us his famous omelets for breakfast yesterday morning, went to work on the car again.


I made a small batch of homemade seasoned salt.  I don't use it too often, but we were running low.

I'm working on another rooster name now.  Russell Crowe was removed from the coop, put into the coop with the other roosters, and another one put in with the hens.  So far, this one is not mean.  We'll be watching to see if Russell Crowe attacks the other roosters or not.  

I took advantage of a 25% off essential oil sale at MRH.  I restocked a few items too.


Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  

The weather outside is . . .


Beautiful. We'll get into the 40's today.

On the breakfast plate . . .
Have no idea just yet.
How I am feeling this morning . . .
Pretty good.  Hubby and Daughter are both home today.

On my mind . . .
Nothing really.  Just waiting for my husband to get out of bed to get this day started.
On my reading pile . . .
I came across this author, and so far it's much like the murder series written by Joanne Fluke.  The setting is a flower shop vs. a cookie bakery, and the main character has red hair (like he Fluke books), and there are more to the series.  This is the first book.  So far, I am enjoying it.

On the TV . . .
Whatever we find interesting on Netflix.

On the menu . . .
Crock pot cod, carrots
Turkey meatballs/marinara sauce, Veggie Quinoa (both crock pot dishes)
...not sure what else just yet


What I am creating . . .


An order of "F" Bombs, another cross bookmark (an order)


From the camera . . .



Looking around the house . . .
It's not looking too bad.
Chore I am not looking forward to today . . .
Not sure what our plan is for today.  All depends on how long it takes to finish repairing the car.
To relax this week I will . . .
Read and journal

Prayers . . .
Mom, no other special requests






12 comments:

Grantham lynn said...

Always fun to visit from HHM. I love your photo's. You inspire. Have a good week

Jean said...

Like the idea of making a turkey breast in the crock pot! My concern would be with it not fitting...I'm guessing it must have fit okay though. Sounds wonderful. Love that Blue-jay photo! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Luludou said...

Beautiful sunrise at your house this morning. Lots of cooking and reading going on. Have a great week

mamasmercantile said...

I am a great fan of crock pot meals, one of my favourites is red cabbage with chicken breasts layered on top, it is delicious. I am going to give the beef bouillon cubes a go. I must admit I generally buy them.

Jodi said...

That sunrise...beautiful!! Love the bird pics! Have a great week

Kristina said...

Thank you Sherry

Kristina said...

Jean, it was a boneless turkey breast. I tried to find one with bone in, but could not. Just the breast fits nicely into the crock pot.

Kristina said...

Thank you Luludou

Kristina said...

mamasmercantile, the homemade beef bouillion cubes have come in handy and are much healthier.

Kristina said...

Thanks Jodi, taking a dog out to do his business has it's benefits - seeing the sunrise before it disappears.

Rebecca Knox said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe for the homemade beef bouillion cubes! Would that work for chicken the same way...just use chicken instead of beef? Enjoyed readying your post and hope your week is going well. Blessings! <3

Kristina said...

Rebecca, I bet it would be great with ground chicken for chicken bouillon cubes. Thanks.