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 30, 2014

Barter and other Tidbits


Hubby found someone at work who was willing to share some garlic.  We bartered, and gave him a jar of homemade Cinnamon-Blueberry Jam.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


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

Weekend Fun ~ Back to the Grind


We earned two free nights at the campground.  Not knowing how the weather will be in October, we decided to go.  We still came home during the daytime (some of it anyway) to get work completed.


We enjoyed the campfire again, on quiet cool evenings.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

So Good!



I just tasted our first batch of applesauce.  I enjoyed it with a sprinkle of organic cinnamon.  Absolutely delicious. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alias ~ 1 Year


One year ago (9-25-13), we drove to the county dog shelter.  The shelter is a "kill" shelter.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Homemade Applesauce


I was starving for a good breakfast, so I tossed onions, potatoes, green pepper and zucchini in a pan to cook for

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Garden and Porch Time


I spent about three hours pulling monstrous size weeds from the garden, just so I could get to the potatoes.  Mission somewhat accomplished.  I have about six feet left to dig up yet.  There is nothing worse than leaning down to pull a weed, only to be poked in the eye by five foot foxtail.  Ouch!  And the kids thought they'd get to eat at the table this week, ha ha!  Not.  That photo only shows a portion of them.  My goal is to get all of them dug up before I even start canning the rest.