Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Well tonight is my TV night, pretty much the only night I watch TV. I watch Ghost Hunters and UFO Hunters. During the TV shows & commercials, I either read, clean the bedroom, or surf the net (really bad ADHD...can't sit still...LOL). So tonight I'm going start to poke through my newest book The Encyclopedia of Country Living (the 35th anniversary edition) by Carla Emery. It's a book I've been wanting to get for a long time. While my husband was on vacation last week he took me to a huge local book store & I found it. He bought How to Stay Alive in the Woods (Bradford Angier) & Edible Wild Plants (Lee Allen Peterson)...

I tell you he's come a long way, the hard way. I'm so glad keeping up with the Joneses isn't his priority anymore. It took a lot of long talks, gentle persuasion, and catching him reading some of the blogs I had bookmarked. I knew he had it in him, and it makes me sooo happy.

He was thinking of buying some more books, and was pleasantly surprised to find out we already owned some of them. Root Cellaring (Mike & Nancy Bubel) and Seed to Seed (Suzanne Ashworth).

A few weeks ago I found Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick & Injured (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) for $1.00 at our local Goodwill store. It's an old edition but for a buck...

Another book I've had for years, and actually started me on a frugal type lifestyle was The Complete Tightwad Gazette (Amy Dacyczyn). This book is awesome, it taught me how to save so much money. It definitely should be a book in everyone's collection.

Well off I go to try to get my kids settled...Have a great night.


  1. Nice look at the family life in the evening...always enjoy that! Sounds like some good books. Being a very avid reader, I'll have to check them out!

    Enjoying the blog, my friend!

  2. I think it's great that you are trying new skills. When I dry apples, I dry them until they are still pliable, but not wet at all. I feel like I am drying enough for an army but don't get that much, because they shrink up so much! I store them in ziplock bags or glass jars in a cupboard. I keep enough for the kids to snack on out and the rest in the freezer to kill bugs, any mold, etc. just to be super safe. Since the ones are storing fine in the cupboard, if I did not have freezer room, I would just do that.

    I was raised with preserving as a way of life. It is a mindset. When anything is ripe or ready, it is top priority around here. I grow a huge garden, bum extra fruit and produce off relatives and friends, buy for cheap, etc. anything I can get my hands on. My busiest time is in the late summer and fall. There always seems to end up being enough when I can, dry and freeze until I feel like I am gong to drop dead and finally just stop. If the kids want to eat 10 jars of peaches or a quart of dried apples in a row, it seems they soon switch to pears, etc. When they are hungry, they can always have fruit (dried or canned or frozen). Right now we have eaten so much of our home-preserved stuff, they are actually a little weary of it. My husband bought a box of oranges for a change of pace (for a whopping $12) and after eating that, they will be ready for the canned fruit again.