Embark on the thrilling and gratifying practice of “cottage economy” right where you are.
What does “cottage economy” mean? Cottage economy is the sweet spot between old-fashioned values (like thrift and DIY) and modern conveniences (like a good electric mixer and a sewing machine).
Cottage economy isn’t about doing without or working yourself to the bone. Far from it! Cottage economy means learning the 🕰 time-honored skills our grandparents knew and adding a dash of 💐 sparkle to make the most of what we have right now.
The good news is you don’t need acres of land to practice cottage economy – though it’s great if you have it! You can turn your kitchen into a center of production instead of merely a center for consumption – no matter what size it is or where it’s located.
- Creating simple, nourishing soups from whatever is in season (or in the cupboard!) using a simple Soup Template.
- Setting up a working pantry to ward off a budget crisis or emergency
- Sewing a simple drawstring bag that can serve as a bread bag, produce bag, or a treasure sack for children!
- Honoring elderly relatives by preserving their recipes for posterity
- Saving seeds from favorite open-pollinated garden vegetables to replant
See the difference? When your kitchen is a center of production food almost seems to create itself…
May I suggest you begin with one of these posts/videos?
- Bake up a batch of the light, fluffy sourdough English crumpets just riddled with those holes that trap all the butter and honey
- Recycle your Christmas tree into sweetly spiced Christmas Tree Potpourri
- Craft an old-time potpourri from roses that retains its scent for up to 50 years.
- Make perfect fruit leather from backyard fruit – practically for free!
- Grow salad shoots in a cupboard any time of year
- Make silky smooth lemon curd, then grow lemon trees from the seeds!
🌸 Do crumpets, potpourri, and homemade fruit leather conjure visions of scarcity? I think not!! Just start where you are. Pick something to learn. Practice it a few times. Keep adding to your skills. I’m here to help. Soon enough you’ll have that “country feeling” in your heart and in your home.