Welcome to My Not So Pioneer Life

 

My Not So Pioneer Life is about sharing my take on traditional skills and their value in a blended modern life.

What do I mean by blended?

I’m not about to give up my electricity or WiFi or my kitchen aid mixer. Instead I want to use these modern tools to find balance between getting back to basics and keeping with the times.

 


Why I Make My Own Soap

Why I Make My Own Soap

I have always had sensitive skin. For most of my life, I have only used one type of soap. The biggest reason for the lack of variety is because I was a child and the soap I used was the soap we had. It was always the same soap. Occasionally there would be a new […]
How to Avoid a Chicken Popsicle

How to Avoid a Chicken Popsicle

Happy New Year!!   We rung in 2018 with freezing cold temperatures. Most of our local and provincial New Year celebrations were cancelled due to the frigid weather. When that happens in Canada. You know it’s cold! Now while I’m not one to be up nights worried about New Year celebrations. Usually because I can […]
Today We Planted Garlic

Today We Planted Garlic

Well, we did it! My Not So Pioneer Life has planted garlic!! I have always struggled with what I should plant in my garden beds. I do have a limited amount of space and dedicating an entire bed to garlic has not been an option in the last two years. This year I got serious. […]
Potato Harvest

Potato Harvest

  Over the last week or two I have been sneaking into the garden bed to collect a handful of potatoes here and there. My love for everything potato does not come with patience. There was no way that I could walk past my garden bed and see a potato peeking up from the dirt […]
Sarah’s Natural Beauty Products

Sarah’s Natural Beauty Products

A lot of folks dabble in DIY. I am happy that I learned to be a regular maker of home and body care products. It’s crafty, fun, and I can pronounce all the ingredients – time well spent. It also makes me feel in touch with the Pioneers who didn’t have the option of just […]
Why I Planted a Heritage Garden

Why I Planted a Heritage Garden

  History means a lot to me, so much so, that I’ve traced my family tree back to the 1700s… No princesses yet, I’m afraid. I love learning classic skills that still have modern applications, like making my own soap, or knitting a cozy afghan. So when my husband Anthony pointed out that we should […]
7 Ideals of Not So Pioneering

7 Ideals of Not So Pioneering

    I get asked this a lot: “Where did you come up with the name for your site?” Or “What’s the difference between a Pioneer, and a Not-So-Pioneer?” I appreciate things that grow; I love learning more and more classic skills, like knitting and canning. The main thing is, I don’t consider myself a […]
Tea for an Upset Stomach

Tea for an Upset Stomach

Anytime is a good time for tea. Whatever the reason, a celebration or a crisis, better put the kettle on. Now, if you had told me a few years ago that I would be growing a garden of herbs to make my own tea blend, I would not have believed you. But here I am […]
Why I Make My Own Pasta Noodles

Why I Make My Own Pasta Noodles

  When I started making my own pasta noodles, it wasn’t to save money. While it only costs roughly $1 to make 1 lbs of noodles the reason I started making them was because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.   The Inspiration   I was gifted a wonderful cookbook from […]
How to Freeze Fresh Blueberries

How to Freeze Fresh Blueberries

    My family and I recently went blueberry picking at a local organic blueberry farm called Wilson’s Organic Bluberries. This is our second year blueberry picking, I’m ashamed to say we have never gone before. The blueberries we pick at this farm are unlike any blueberries I have ever seen or eaten. They’re huge, […]
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler for 10000

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler for 10000

This week was a busy one, especially on the Not So Pioneer homestead. I live in a small rural community. Our town’s population is a little over 1000, with 5500 people living in the surrounding Municipality. In honour of Canada turning 150 this year, our community threw a huge cook out called Farm to Table […]
Modern Take on Traditional Skills

Modern Take on Traditional Skills

      My Not So Pioneer Life is about sharing my take on traditional skills and their value in a blended modern life. What do I mean by blended? I’m not about to give up my electricity or WiFi or my kitchen aid mixer. Instead I want to use these modern tools to find […]