After several months of thinking about doing it, and talking about thinking about doing it, I finally decided to start a blog. Between my cooking, gardening, canning, freezing, raising chickens, and general husbandry; my mother told me I had too much knowledge not to share it.
I'm a big fan of reading blogs myself- and will turn to them as a resource when I am unsure of how to make or do something. And since I am a resource for my friends and family, I thought that other people out there may benefit from some of my knowledge as well.
So what makes me so special? Well, I would have to say that for my age (26) compared to the general population, I could be considered odd. I cook everything from scratch and don't believe in pre-processed boxed/frozen/canned meals. Not a "I don't believe in it" sense where I go buy everything from overpriced earthy crunchy grocery stores because it's organic to make myself feel better. But, in the sense that the extent of my pantry as far as grocery store jarred/canned items include: sundried tomatoes, green chiles, chipotle in adobo, tomato paste, expired evaporated milk, and some crushed tomatoes for when I'm in a real pinch.
Cooking is just the tip of the iceberg and will only be a portion of what this blog is all about. Because as much as I love cooking and being in the kitchen, I equally love being outside in my garden, taking care of my chickens, and getting dirty.
One of the most gratifying/satisfying/beautiful sights is at the end of summer when your basement shelves are lined with canned goods, and a freezer loaded with vegetables and herbs. Yes I buy fresh produce at the grocery store. But I can greatly reduce the amount that I have to buy by relying on what's in my freezer and on my basement shelves providing it was a good year.
So stay tuned for recipes, gardening tips, raising chickens, and any other projects that I decide to take on in my quest to living as self sufficiently as possible! I think that most people would be surprised that with a little preparation and know how, it really isn't as hard as some people may make it out to be!
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