The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century Book Review.
Looking back on my life, it seems the simpler it was, the more happiness filled our home. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate the conveniences of modern day, but I aspire a simpler, more pioneer way of living. I know I am not alone in my thinking. In fact, Charlotte Denholtz has just authored the book, “The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century, and I love it!
Denholtz lives in Vermont with her family and while I found the book was, in some areas, colloquial to New Englanders, the majority of the information is something that can be easily applied to my everyday life. There is a chapter on gardening. I loved the practicality of container and raised bed gardening offered. It’s something new to me that will provide great options this spring.
I have canned in the past and as I see my sister’s cabinets am reminded of the beauty of this practice. It not only looks lovely in the jars but it offers sustainability and a longer living harvest. With The Modern Day Pioneer, I can also expand on canning to incorporate pickling and drying.
Growing up, my mother made bread every night. Until recently it was a practice at our home. I found it to be an excellent way to stretch the budget, know what was going into my children’s bodies and offering a little love as a side dish. Denholtz shares recipes for Buttermilk Potato Bread and a 3-Grain Bread I’m eager to try and get back into my bread making routine!
Recipes aren’t just limited to bread. This book will share recipes and tips for making your own soap, candles, beer and cleaning supplies. It touches on herbs for healing, sewing basics like hemming pants, adding buttons and fixing holes as well as how to sew quilts.
As my third grader comes home with homework, I’m finding the standard US/Metric measurement conversion to be a valuable resource!
This book offers many options for anyone who wants to learn new skills or practice a more sustainable lifestyle. It’s a great read, and I am finding myself opening again and again to learn something new.
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book and celebrating the little things.
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