I found a gem in one of the Little Free Libraries near my home. Made From Scratch, by Jenna Woginrich is the little gem I am referring to. Finding this book has certainly helped me in my research to buy property in the country and start our own little homestead. My husband and I have been working towards this goal for almost two years now.
The author, Jenna Woginrich began her homesteading journey as a renter in the country. She has lived on both coasts and shares how she began with a small budget and very little experience. Along the way, she met a few great friends who became her mentors, too. She has given me courage to pursue our dream. I only wish I was a few years younger, but oh well! This book is a wonderful mix of one part memoir and one part how-to.
Woginrich talks about grinding her own coffee beans in a hand grinder then brewing it in a percolator coffee pot on a gas stove. Campfire coffee is one of my favorite things about camping.We have one such pot in our camping equipment and received another from my husband’s grandmother. I keep it handy for power-outages which happen often in the fall and winter here due to high winds. Coffee is one of those things I will find a way to have no matter what the circumstances. After reading this book, our pot now has a permanent place on our stove. Using it takes me back to my childhood at my grandparents house. Coffee made in a steel pot with a Bakelite handle, has such a wonderful aroma. And it just plain tastes better! Another benefit: I am forced to slow down, wake up earlier and cherish the day, rather than just racing through it.
I learned a lot about chickens from this author as well. Hatchery catalogs are starting to fill my mailbox now and I bug my relatives and friends about how they care for their animals and lessons they have learned along the way. There is so much wisdom to be gained from others. I have a notebook with sections devoted to chickens, gardening, buying property, solar energy, etc.
I encourage you to explore these websites. You may find a gem all your own.
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