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~

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cinnamon Honey Butter

I spent the other day mixing up several jars of Cinnamon Honey Butter.  They will be gifted for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Excerpts from a Journal Junkie

from the homesteading journal. . .

The goat shed is finally up and ready for winter. It's been painted with primer, but we will now have to wait to paint it after winter.  He's so happy with his new house.

from the handiwork journal . . .

I finished one square baby blanket for the baby due next month (extended family member).  I missed the baby shower when I was sick.
 (rose pink)
I also finished one baby bib.  I just have to sew on the button. 

from the family journal . . . 

. . .some kids are in big trouble this morning.  I am crunching something underneath my feet in the kitchen.  I can remember when it used to be legos underneath my bare feet when they were very little kids. Boy those hurt!

from the gratitude journal . . .

Today I am thankful for:

~propane in our tank

~a beautiful sunrise that I was able to view.  In a few minutes after I took the photo, the sky literally turned gray.
~the extra drying racks that my mother gave me.
~slippers to keep my feet warm.
~endless projects to keep my mind busy.
~God's Love.
~the heating pad that is helping my sore ear.
~more cut firewood.


Monday, December 12, 2011

One Warm Dog

I haven't done any "real" sewing for a while.  I found this fleece on sale for $3.99/yard and my daughter approved it.  Not bad for sewing my first dog coat.  Isn't he handsome?  

Next sewing project . . . pot holders.

And Even More ~ Handmade Christmas Ornaments ~ A Tour of Years of Ornament Making

Recycled Christmas Cards with crocheted edges.

 I found these small cowboy hats at a store called Hobby Lobby.  I'm not sure if you can buy them there anymore.  For these I glued tiny red and green plastic gems around the hat, tied on red string. and created a hanger.  

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Temperatures got down to 15°F last night.  The sun is shining bright this morning.

Today I am Thankful for:

~a vehicle that would start so my dd could get to work.
~my husband, for driving dd to work.
~no frozen pipes YAY!
~cats who make me laugh at 7am when 2 cars won't start and one has no gas.
~God's forgiveness.
~old photgraphs.
~hugs from my kids.
~good music.
~having my mother's old sewing machine.
~the Internet where I can watch on-line sermons.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Baking Bread ~ Using Homemade Applesauce

Although I have found recipes for applesauce breads using yeast, I needed something quicker yesterday.

I used a Banana-Applesauce Recipe that didn't require any oil, butter, or shortening.  

This turned out nice, and we didn't even make the optional frosting for it.  I love recipes where I can utilize something I already have made homemade, such as my applesauce.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blessed By Surprise Farmgirl Mail

Thank you Grace!  I am very thankful and grateful for this wonderful Christmas surprise.