|Homemade Muffins in the Parlour at Mrs. White's Vermont Estate|
Here in the mountains of rural New England, it is quiet and peaceful. Each day, this past week, there has been a steady amount of snow throughout the days and nights. It is not a blizzard, but a pretty, gentle accumulation of glistening, white to brighten the landscape. It is lovely to see.
The boys have been shoveling out the cars and keeping the parking area, and walkways, in good order. They are often doing this just before the sun sets as they wait for dinner to be served in the evenings.
It is better to stay off the roads during these snowy days. Errands and appointments are rare, or cancelled, as we wait for warmer weather.
|This afternoon's view from the front porch at Mrs. White's home.|
I have been catching up on some organizing and heavy cleaning. I have also been doing a lot of reading. It is warm and cozy indoors with our wood pellet stove.
Often, in the early afternoon, I welcome grandbabies to the table. I serve lunch or some homemade treat. It is lovely to have company, especially when it is family!
Our pantry and refrigerator are full of the basics for cooking and baking. I have no need to go to the market, for which I am grateful. The other morning, my daughter wanted to bake a cake. She didn't have a mix, so I got out my cookbook and showed her some easy recipes using what we had on hand. You can make just about anything, on a whim, if you keep a steady supply of basic groceries, such as cocoa, powdered sugar, flour, and shortening. All we have to do, is put on an apron and get to work.
In Pioneer days, settlers did well in the cold season if they stocked up on coal or wood, for their heat, to last through the winter. They also stored the summer's harvest in a cellar, or on pantry shelves, since they knew it would not be easy to get supplies during the coldest months of the year. How nice it would be if we were able to plan our lives around yearly expenses, rather than weekly ones.
This does not mean we can afford luxuries (like hot chocolate, steak, or "name brand cookies"). Just simple basic ingredients so we can make things from scratch. These might include flour and such for muffins, pancakes, and quick breads. We can even make our own pizzas if we have cans of plain tomato sauce and some inexpensive hand-grated cheese. Getting good prices on meat, here and there, so we can stock the freezer over time will also help keep us safe and cozy at home during the difficult weeks and months of winter. Even if we could put up enough food to last a few weeks, it would be ideal in these modern days.
This is such a lovely time to stay home, putter around the house, do projects and enjoy the hearth and family. There is no rush or worry to go anywhere. As many appointments and errands as possible are put off until spring. This is the quiet time of year where we can just rest and take a winter break.
From the Archives -
Good advice from Colonial Days - To Earn and Not to Spend.
The Way it is for Many - Retirement Planning for the Poor.
How Nice it is to Be - Just a Housewife.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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