Friends, I have been doing a lot of homesteading work this past month… Let me count a few of them.
- Made 6 loaves of homemade wheat bread
- Made 20 tubes of homemade Burt’s Bees lip balm
- Sewed 1 apron
- Made 10 bars of homemade soap (which I haven’t posted yet – stay tuned)
- Cleaned out a bin full of baby chick droppings 7 times
- Protected 4 chicks from being eaten by my dog Comet 2 times
- Made a big batch of 75 minute no soak beans (and froze the majority of them for later)
- Made another batch of my homemade laundry detergent
- Excersized/worked out 0 times
- + 20 dinners, 44 loads of dishes, 4 soccer games, 25 bedtime stories + blogging and more.
This homesteading stuff can make for a busy life! So I decided I needed a little break.
I put on my pioneer hat and skirt ensemble and sat down for some old fashioned Claeys hard candies I found at the Dollar Tree. I AM Pioneer girl. 🙂
I had never tried these before but the package said the recipe hasn’t changed since 1919. Who knows, maybe some of my family from long ago ate these too!
There was Horehound and Lemon drops flavors. The Lemon drops I thought I would enjoy for sure, but the Horehound? Definitely was a bit nervous to try them. I am one of the pickiest people on the planet. But it was really yummy – it almost reminded me of Root beer. The drops were really nice and sweet with NO high fructose corn syrup..just sugar like they would have made back then.
So I am enjoying my little old fashioned break on the porch and enjoying this little big of spring warmth we are getting here in Eastern Washington. Are you getting nice weather where you are in the world yet?
PS – Now don’t be jealous ya’lls.. I know you all want a
hideous pioneer bonnet to wear like me too..but this is one of a kind alright? Plus it takes a certain kind of nerd to wear it (ahem). I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Comments & Reviews
Kelly MacDonald says
Hi Karrie, I just found you and I love your site. I first started buying Horehound candies years ago from our Pioneer Village in the Toronto area and I think I bought my latest batch from our local bulk store. Horehound candies are taken for sore throats. Thought you might like to know this.
Oh thank you Kelly, so glad you love my website! I didn’t realize Horehound was for sore throats, it was sure yummy! I will have to remember that next time one of the happy family gets sick over here.
Long time lurker but I just had to comment. I too have enjoyed your homesteading posts. I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and Avonlea and I always wanted a bonnet like Mary & Laura. You should do a post on making your own preserves.
Awe…thanks so much! I will look into preserves…it sounds like fun.
I always enjoy reading your post on your adventures and how they turn out! I get a chuckle and inspire me to also do my research on my ancestors and what they would do.
I love these homesteading posts! way fun and inspiring!
Thank you so much Sarah! I appreciate it more than you know, you made my day today!
I totally want to be your neighbor! I think we could have so much fun together. You’re the cutest!
Thanks Christy, I would LOVE to be your neighbor too! You are so very crafty and fun.
Oooh, I will have to try that one out. The Dollar store only had these two, but I noticed at the Feed store where I get my chicken feed, they had a whole big display full of Claeys candy in a kajillion colors.
Green apple is the BEST flavor of Claeys candy!!!