I spent Thursday baking. I'm trying to use up the last of a 50-pound bag of flour that includes the germ of the wheat before spring temperatures help it go rancid. So I baked up a storm - of flour, that is. Baking day is messy. And long. And exhausting. It was lights out for me before 9pm last night. But at least I have plenty of bread to show for it (Acme Bread's fabulous rosemary herb slabs, courtesy of the Artisan Baking cookbook). There's nothing - nothing - in the world like freshly baked bread. As another super-special treat that I posted about over at The Simple Green Frugal Co-op, I also made lardy cakes.
Yes, I know, you can't resist the name any more than I could. Click the picture to see my post over there, which includes the recipe.
In other news, the arrival of our bee packages has been delayed by a week (or possibly two). This means I can turn my attention to other things for a few days at least. Such as doing something about the annual garden. And maybe planting a few seeds. We're going to go borrow a rototiller from gardening friends tonight or tomorrow. I swear this is the last year I till that bed! Also, I pick up three fig trees next Thursday. So it's time to get their self-watering containers built. More on that soon.
I live on a 2/3 acre homestead in a residential neighborhood. A major goal is to demonstrate how much food a non-expert can produce in my particular climate and hardiness zone, with the soils native to my immediate area. We have gardens of annual and perennial plants, keep laying hens and honey bees, and regularly bite off more than we can chew. Another major goal is to pay off our mortgage as fast as possible. Here I blog about frugality, self-reliance, gardening, cooking and baking, food preservation, practical skills, half-baked experiments, and preparing to thrive in a lower-energy future.