Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
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In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it’s easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Young web designer Jenna Woginrich chronicles her adventures as she learns to embrace the idea of self-sufficiency in all aspects of her life, including sewing her own clothes, growing her own food, and creating her own fun outside of the mainstream. Woginrich’s hilarious, heartbreaking, and soul-satisfying journey will bring joy and inspiration to those who dream about a more independent lifestyle.
your life with the skills of the people who came before you. Point is, it feels good to get dirty, work hard, and slow down. INTRODUCTION LATE ONE NIGHT I was grinding coffee and listening to a radio show. There was nothing particularly interesting about this. Most nights I get the percolator ready for the next morning, and the radio is almost always on in the kitchen. But that night I realized something. A hundred tiny efforts and decisions had converged right there on the
more — at least, at that moment they were. The whole world snapped back into some comprehensible order and, with glassy eyes, I went inside to warm up. Inside the Carlins’ farmhouse, we talked seriously about how utterly heavy the “simple life” could be. How common death is. How vicious animals can be to each other. So many books about hobby farms and specials on PBS seem to gloss over this reality, ignore the basic responsibility of it all. You can be a vegetarian on a hobby farm and eat all
large farm-fresh eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour Topping stick butter, melted ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon *I like Braeburn or Gala; if you use a smaller variety, like Fuji, you’ll need to use four. Do not use Red Delicious — apples, like people, can’t be judged by how pretty they are on the outside. The suggested varieties aren’t lookers, but they’re damn tasty baked with cinnamon. When I was growing up, in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, my
Some folks might think a sewn-up square with handles isn’t a big deal, but if you’ve never sewn anything before, you’ll be so thrilled by this simple project, you’re going to be buying people drinks. Once you have the basic sewing kit collected, you can make your own shopping bags quickly and easily. This system has two parts: the large bag for groceries and smaller, lighter bags for bulk grains and produce. Those little plastic baggies you use for carrying peaches home are put to work for a few
strong draft can kill one just as quickly as a curious dog can. Without a mother hen to nestle under, they need you to give them a warm home. Monitor them as often as you can. You’ll know the birds are okay if they’re wandering around the brooder box freely, unbothered. If they’re huddled under the light, you know it’s too cold for them. Lower the bulb a bit. If they’re pressed against the edges of the box, they’re too hot and the bulb needs to be raised. You’ll get the hang of it in no time.