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, May 29, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Only in our state. We had very hot temps, followed by a downpour day, and now we are cooling down to nights being in the upper 40's. Ugh. Not good for the garden, but I'm still planting. There is so much to get in the ground and the tiller still needs a new belt.
Today we woke up to more rain.
The flowers are looking great, and my glady's are starting to come up.
I apologize, I forgot to post the winner of the Mystery box. I had one the daughter's pull from a "hat" and that person is Amy. Send me you info via email (contact email is on my blog). Or comment here. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy the mystery box of fun.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
I found this one on Amazon, but it's $17.60. I searched the website I used to buy my cheese starter items from, and found nothing oddly.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Monday, May 24, 2021
We had a very hot weekend, so tilling didn't happen. It was so dry out. We had to water the flower beds daily. I am very frustrated getting the vegetable garden in this year. It's either the weather or my husband is not available to till. He won't let me till when I am home alone. We asked someone if they were interested in tilling for me for some cash. Didn't happen.
The weather was perfect for starting some jars of comfrey oil. I'll be trying a new salve recipe and giving it a try before I put a review on here about it.
We are somewhat feeling like normal in our state again. We noticed however, when eating out they still give those annoying packets of ketchup vs. a bottle. I'm putting one in the fridge just for when we are on the road from now on.
We had a busy weekend. There was a baby shower we attended, and delivered gifts for two grand niece birthdays we missed. I forgot to take a picture, but we gifted a crocheted baby blanket and matching baby booties, along with diapers and other items (man the price of diapers - wow!!).
Our Bike Week will be different this year, but it's coming up the same weekend they do an MS charity bike poker run. Rain is in the forecast for next Friday, so I'm not sure what activities we'll be doing. We are in a race to get the entire garden planted too, so who knows what we'll actually be able to participate in. Personally, I'd like to work my bum off this week in the garden and try and get at least one day on the bike.
Our mower guy (only charges us $40 for what we mow on our 6 acres), showed up so that is one job taken off our hands.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
A recent sunrise before the heat wave rolled in the area.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
. . . still working on the cardigan, and one sleeve is done.
. . . xl hot pad set in the making
. . .off the afghan hook - set of hot pads
. . .new project (like I need another, ha ha!) lanyards
. . .I found a bracelet that I didn't finish, so it's on the list again
(Couldn't get a photo because this project is buried in my mess of a closet)
. . .a scrap yarn rug in the making
. . .a lapghan in the making.
. . .a thin crochet thread dishcloth on a hook.
I'm sure there are more on the hook, but I most likely won't get them all found until later this fall. Garden season has taken over most of my time right now.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Although I need a trip to the "big city" for supplies, I decided to surprise my husband with a strawberry rhubarb pie. It's been quite a long time since I have baked any pie. Oh my, I must not have had enough coffee before starting on this, ha ha ha! I grabbed my deep dish pan and didn't realize it until I put the filling in, then I didn't cut the lattice pieces that even.
However, I cut exactly enough rhubarb for the recipe. I use the recipe found at Sally's Baking Addition. I use pie crust crumble crust recipe from King Arthur (where you freeze the dough and add ice water when you pull it from the freezer to use).
Rain has not arrived as predicted, and things are very very dry outside. Watering it all by hand, and thankful I haven't yet got the vegetable garden in. However, the dry ground is making it difficult for tilling.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
I put my laundry out on the line (sheets/towels), and when I went to get them down, I saw my plush bath towels covered in ticks. I have never (ever) in my time living here have had ticks on my laundry.
I'm seriously considering getting some guinea hens. It won't happen this year, but it's on the wish list. The plan may be to use the coop I have for them, after building the new one for the chickens.
My poor husband is still recovering from working two midnight shifts followed by a first shift, so I made a nettle tea infusion for exhaustion.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021