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 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~

Saturday, February 6, 2016

February "Dishcloth of the Month"

I can't let February go by without a "dishcloth of the month" now can I?

I could, but what's the fun in that?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Random Tidbits

Over last weekend, there was a shooting in a town where I typically grocery shop.  The man shot two people, then got in his car (with kids) and drove miles towards our area.

That chase landed literally almost at the front of our homestead.  Just another reason to be prepared out here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

No Bake Energy Bites

On a whim, yes I did it again, I tried a new recipe shared by my mother.  A recipe that was not in my "pile."

Sigh. Recipes will just be getting the best of me here lately.


These were so easy to make, and I had all the organic ingredients on hand too.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stress Relief Cookies

Baking with herbal tea leaves. . .

I had to read this recipe three times to make sure I read it correctly - "contents of one tea bag." 

The recipe was delivered to my inbox, and I could not locate it anywhere online, so I'm sharing it here.



The tea you will need to buy, is made with organic herbs and is non-gmo. 





Yogi tea brands are available in most stores.  This is not to advertise their teas.  I'm just sharing, because the recipe intrigued me.  You need Honey-Lavender tea. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Back to Work ~ New Recipes ~ Granny Squares

Monday it was back to work.  The chicken coop needed a good cleaning, along with all my regular house chores.  

Sparta and the ladies had a grand day outside.  The sun was out for the most part.




I had some dinner prep to do early too - BBQ chicken in the crock pot, boiled red potatoes, fresh peppers for a delicious herbed potato salad. Oh, and boiled eggs for topping the salad.

I also made a new cookie recipe.  More on that tomorrow.  Sadly, three new recipes were tried total, and not one was from my recipe pile.  Two however, came from magazines I was able to read on the drive home over the weekend, so that was an accomplishment.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Date "Night" Jar Visited

High stress levels called for relaxing tea, and for Hubby to reach inside his date "night" jar and pull out a stick.

A well deserved weekend was called for - just Hubby and me (and solitude).  We both voted for "spontaneous."

The jar holds day trips, one night trips and two night trips in it.  Our marriage revival getaway was a two night trip.  Yay for us!

The drive was very peaceful.  Beautiful scenery, good driving weather, and positive thoughts along the way.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fennel Tea ~ Lemongrass Tea ~ Tidbits

I used Hubby as the "guinea pig" for this tea - fennel tea.  I crushed organic fennel seeds, then made a tea with the crushed seeds.  I have read that is a natural antacid, so I did my research, and it was safe for him to take the tea.