Saturday, May 14, 2016

Living the Pantry Lifestyle - This and That

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This crazy weather is playing havoc with getting my garden planted.  It has been cold and wet and we have a frost warning for tonight and tomorrow night.  It is so cold, it felt more like February on the way out to check the mail late afternoon.  Brrrr...

I didn't wait until tonight, I tucked the deck flowers and herbs under the two small deck tables and covered each with an old flannel sheet.  I've covered the porch flowers already.  I figured if I was that cold, they are cold.  I'll take the covers off tomorrow but keep them handy for tomorrow night. 

Since we are planting so late, I am not sure if I can get away with planting any cool weather veggies.  It will most likely turn hot if we get this Arctic high (or whatever it is) to move.  But I've already bought some kale starts and they are always planted in the part of the garden that gets shade, across the garden lane (so to speak) from the apple mint bed.  So I'm thinking they may be okay.  I'm glad we don't depend on the garden for survival.

My New England family are coming for a visit in a week so I've been feeding that part of the pantry that is in the freezer.  I have two double batches of shortbread dough, which will be rolled out and cut with fluted cookie cutters when they are here.  Shortbread cookies are very household friendly.  I have two dozen formed chocolate chip cookies in the freezer ready to bake, too.

Next week I will freeze at least two make ahead main dishes and perhaps a loaf or two of a quick bread.  We will be doing enough cooking in real time that to have at least a couple options ready to go into the oven would be a good thing.

This week I want to share a really good book about living a Pantry Lifestyle and answers to questions.  

The book is shown above and the full title is The Made From Scratch Life: Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home by Melissa K. Norris.  I've shared Melissa's blog and podcast information before but I just recently purchased her new book.

This is a simple, basic book about being more self sufficient including gardening, harvesting, preserving food, making natural cleaners, lowering your energy bill, etc.  I had to chuckle at the bad reviews on Amazon, some were quite offended it was from a Christian perspective.  I was quite delighted.

I had the book on my Wish List but I admit to adding it to an order to give me free shipping.  I'm so glad I did!  

Q & A
My washer and dryer have been in the garage since we moved here.  I'm thinking they have been there since the house was built in the 1960s.  We haven't had any problems with them being in the garage except it is very cold in winter for the person who does the laundry (that would be me).  Our garage is unheated.

Our only problem came when the house was hit by lightening and the dryer developed a gas leak and our house would have blown up if our cat hadn't escaped into the garage and we saw the flames starting in the back of the dryer.  Some of you may remember that "interesting" experience.  So we called the fire department (for the second time that week) and Victoria saved the house.  But we still don't let her in the garage and hopefully we don't get struck by lightening again.

The vinegar sherry vinegar I bought from Amazon is the Don Bruno Sherry Wine Vinegar D.O.P. 25.35 ounce.  There are numerous places it is offered on Amazon, for some reason it is unavailable now where I ordered it.  But I will add a link to another seller.  I think it is excellent, this amount will last me awhile.

I hope that answers the questions.  I must admit I tend to forget what people have asked if I let them go very long. 

The Made From Scratch Life information can be found... here.*

Don Bruno Sherry Wine Vinegar can be found... here.*

Melissa Norris information link... here.

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Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I love these posts! I learned to live from scratch in my missionary training nearly 30 years ago. I still do cook from scratch, sew, garden a bit, I know how to can. I love to read about it too!

I'm excited that your family is coming, but I selfishly wish you were all meeting up in my neck of the woods! What fun we'd have!

Vee said...

Oh I see that you are responsible for this incoming weather system. LOL! Yesterday 77°F and today 37°F with a threat of snow. Snow! Craziest spring weather I have ever seen yet. Needless to say, the tomatoes and cucumbers starts that I had hoped to plant this week will have to wait. Looks as if a whole lot of us are in this pickle.

Funny that people are offended about a book that is written from a Christian viewpoint. Thus has it ever been, but I see that it is growing worse. This book sounds very interesting to me. I am always trying to do better about cooking from scratch~scratch.

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Melissa K Norris said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for sharing the book and your thoughts.

Rachel H said...

Well, my friend and I went to the beach on Monday and it was 91 degrees. Sorry to rub it in. But I would rather be cold than hot myself! Enjoy your family when they visit.