You would think a woman my age would know all there is about home keeping ...but not so. I'm always looking at ways to improve. I like finding new ways to do things. Honestly, there is always room for improvement.
So I while I used to have actual notebooks that I wrote in-- I've gotten in the habit of writing it all down here. The more internet dependent we become...the more I think I should probably keep a real notebook again. I'm of the opinion sustainable lifestyles will come to a screeching halt for some of us-- the avid Pinners, Bloggers, and Google -YOU-tubers...there may even come a time when the books we read ,to mine for information, will no longer be available as resources.
What are your thoughts on that?
In the mean time, here are some things I'd write down in a notebook if I were still keeping notebooks...
- IN THE KITCHEN: cooking skills; recipes for bread, rolls, etc.
I made rolls for the first time. EVER.
I used the same recipe I got from Cottage Sweet Cottage here.
Before I set the dough to rise, I just rolled it into balls, dusted the sides with a little flour and this time I used a trivet on the wood burning stove so the bottoms didn't start coooking!
Once that was done (about 30 minutes) I coated the tops with oil popped them in the oven on 350° and baked for 30 minutes!
I figure, you can buy round tortillas...not everybody has 'Name that State' shaped tortillas. ha!
I also let the Littles make butter out of heavy cream. Not cost productive, unless you have a source for cream. But in a pinch-- you could have some butter. :)
- Horticultural skills: companion plants and how to garden in small areas
In the garden, I was able to plant Broccoli, in this narrow bed.
Two potato plants that The Honey had planted a while back were popped up and I'm guessing the others are going to pop up pretty soon! We'll see.
(I actually forgot he and the kids planted those potatoes until I saw the two plants poking out...so I hope I didn't disturb them.)
- Knowing my plants:
Making a note in my garden notebook of the things growing in my yard this the time of year.
Right now, I have daffodils and iris blooming. The daffodils started poking out of the ground in January; and were blooming the week of Valentine's Day. The iris' have been blooming since Janurary, they usually don't bloom that early.
The picture below has me stumped. Maybe you can help me out.
Right in the front are daffodils just like the one's all over the yard. But the one in the back has a much thinner and more pointed blade with the tiny flower heads--they look just like daffodils.
Doing some research- I get conflicting names, Daffodil, Narcissus, and Jonquil? Are these names interchangeable? There were here when we moved in--so I'm just not sure, and haven't ever taken an interest until now.
- Hand Made ARTISAN SKILLS: ON THE HOOK: my crochet skills
The last picture is the SAFTEY ORANGE FAUX HAWK...I made for my brother. He and his family went on a ski-trip--their first time to ski. EVER.
I gave this to him last Saturday; and because I forgot to take a picture of it before giving it to him
-- I made him pull over on the side of the road so I could get his picture with it!
He's giving the 'Thumbs Up" in this picture.
They're back from their trip today...
Hind sight being what it is... I should have made him a helmet!
I'm linking this here:
and invited to link here:
...and now I'm off to find the PERFECT NOTEBOOK and something to write with!
Do you keep notebooks?
Do you keep different books or just the one?
Do you keep a notebook for any SPECIAL topics, besides, gardening cooking, etc...like, first aid, and 'how-to' ?
Bless the LORD O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
~ Psalm 103:1