One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and slower paced life.

Adopted Motto

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Corn Relish ~ Random Tidbits


Hubby promised to do one job yesterday, so I opted for canning something quicker than tomato sauce related.  I used most of the leftover corn (off the cob) and picked some green and red peppers - corn relish.



I've never canned corn relish before, but I think it will be versatile - omelets, fish, chicken, sausage, burgers.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Home Preserving ~ Tomato Paste



Yesterday, after laundry was on the line, I decided to start with 20 lbs. of paste tomatoes, a few bay leaves and followed the instructions in Keeping the Harvest, by Nancy Chioffi and Gretchen Mead.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tomato Explosion ~ Goat's Drying up


Okay, so I played around all day in my home, decluttering, creating new piles to file at my computer, and just getting some overdue cleaning done, when I realized I forgot to pick the tomatoes.


With rain in the forecast (which as of this morning we still have not gotten), and well overdue, I decided to seek help from a kiddo.  My 15 year-old and I gathered tomatoes. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Five for Me and Other Tidbits




Five minutes for Me ~ This morning's sunrise, sipping coffee on the front porch.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blooms ~ Hummingbird ~ Box from Aunt ~ Conversations on the Porch

I took some time to "smell the roses" yesterday.  I walked my flower beds after lunch.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fried Cabbage and Squash Cornbread



Although very tired from preserving all day, I managed to get photos of my "Southern Fried Cabbage" and Squash cornbread.   Although the recipe calls for "mashed squash" I do make it with grated zucchini too.