Thursday, May 3, 2012

Learn to do almost anything at home!

Maybe 10 years ago, we decided to do more things at home.  This began as we bought our first house, and my husband planted a garden.  I wanted to learn to can the produce from the garden, so my Christmas list for extended family that year was a canner and several books I had picked out.  The best book by far has been The Encyclopedia of Country LivingI've found recipes for canning pickled beets, planned how and when to plant, studied raising farm animals (for the future, Lord willing), and chosen which breeds of chickens to buy for eggs and meat. On the front of the book, it says, "Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wisdom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between. Includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more." It truly is an encyclopedia of country living! So, look up whatever you're thinking of, and make it at home!

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