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, April 30, 2016

Whiskey Butterscotch Sauce

Hubby's birthday is coming up soon, and has put in a request for flourless brownies, topped with organic vanilla ice cream, and of course whiskey butterscotch sauce.  

I whipped up a batch of sauce before the weekend, so I could have that ready.  Not sure what the birthday dinner will entail just yet, but I'll be guessing he'll ask for tacos.  Maybe. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Naughty Barn Cat

We have three barn cats.  One is been getting on my nerves lately.  I keep finding her sitting in my thyme, flattening it, and preventing new spring growth.  Grr.


I have since "skewered" the thyme, and after this rain I can finally weed it.  It looks terrible.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meal Delivery ~ Creamy Sweet Potato Salad (using two fresh herbs)

I spent yesterday afternoon driving the 30 mile round trip to the "big city."  I delivered meals, to not only Dad, but Mom too.  I had spent a few days in the kitchen with all four burners going and one crock pot.  I always deliver a "breakfast" meal to Dad too. 

Meals included a new recipe ~ Creamy Sweet Potato Salad.  Have you ever made a potato salad with sweet potatoes?  This was a first for me.  Easy and delicious.  It went very fast too. I know everyone but the one "vegetarian" daughter (who won't eat sweet potatoes) loved it.  I'm still pushing her to atleast taste it.  If there is any leftover today.


I can't say I followed it exactly, but pretty close. You bake the diced sweet potatoes first.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Random Tidbits


Just before the rain arrived, I managed to set the last two rain barrels in place, get laundry off the line and dinner on the table.  I finally got around to washing a few aprons and my pastry cloth.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Homestead Happenings

Hubby and I had a very prosperous weekend.  We started back to cutting wood.  


Boy it felt good to get a start on it early spring this year.  I've been pushing for that for several years now. I think even Hubby was happy to get an early start.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Busy Kitchen

I started the day yesterday by mixing up and baking a carrot cake for Son .  It calls for baby food carrots.  We love it because it's dense.  I am able to locate organic, non-gmo baby food at our local store


I made a batch of homemade tortillas with lard.  




My puppies are now officially way over board spoiled.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Asparagus ~ Garden Blunder Take 3 ~ Birthday

Our asparagus is coming in now.  We are excited and can't wait to have a grill out and enjoy it. 

I do have to share something though.  Remember how Hubby ran over my heirloom bean plants with the lawn mower one year?  Chasing chickens?  Remember the year he picked all of my pinto beans when he thought they were string beans?  He picked every single one of them.