So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.
When we hear about long-term food storage, images of doomsday preppers and survivalists often come to mind. However, having a well-stocked pantry goes beyond preparing for the apocalypse. It can be a practical and sensible approach to cope with unexpected events such as economic downturns, inflation, job loss, or even a pandemic. Here are some reasons why long-term food storage is a wise investment for anyone, not just the preppers.
Tomatoes are a beloved staple of many home gardens, prized for their delicious flavor and versatility in the kitchen. However, successfully growing healthy tomatoes requires a bit of knowledge and care. From preventing common diseases to ensuring optimal growth conditions, let’s discuss some essential tips to keep our garden tomatoes thriving throughout the growing season.
Canning home goods is a delightful journey that connects us with each other, promotes sustainable living, and strengthens family bonds. Beyond the practical benefits of preserving food, canning allows us to slow down, embrace tradition, and create cherished memories with our loved ones.
We have all experienced some appetite fatigue after working through the Thanksgiving leftovers but imagine months of nothing but pinto beans and white rice. The point is VARIETY. You are better off with six months of choices than a year of the same old thing.
I can’t say enough about the 4-H program. With the demise of home-economics and agriculture programs in our public schools, the 4-H program picks up the slack and offers youth ‘hands on learning’ in arts of back to basic living. But what about all the adults who would benefit from such a program?