My grandparents lived through the great depression. When it was over they kept living frugal, self sufficient lives. They passed that lifestyle down to my parents. Growing we repaired, reused, repurposed and made things from scratch all the time. I never knew any different. I thought everyone lived this way.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized I was the one that was different. As a general rule our society has become a society of convenience. It is cheaper to buy a new television than to get the old one repaired. We have disposable diapers, plates, napkins, cups, plastic wear, gloves, razors and even disposable cameras. Home cooked meals are becoming a thing of the past. What is considered to be home cooked now often comes out of a box and has a few ingredients such as milk or meat added to it. I had spaghetti at a friends house one day. When I asked her if it was made from scratch she said “Yes, I cooked the noodles and added Ragu Spaghetti Sauce.” In her mind that was a made from scratch dinner. It never occurred to her that “from scratch” would have meant she made the noodles from flour and water and that she would have made the spaghetti sauce from tomatoes, peppers, spices, etc.
In the past few years there has been a resurgence of people wanting to live simpler, more frugal lives like their grandparents or great grandparents lived. My goal is to help people get back to that. Whether you take change one thing or many each step you take gets you one step closer to your goal. Frugal Home and Garden will provide a variety of simple from scratch recipes, tips for more natural and frugal health, beauty, cleaning, gardening, small scale farming etc. There should be something for everyone interested in “living like their ancestors”.
I have spent my career as a housewife, occupational therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, and born again Christian. I view each of the hats I wear as a ministry. I strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman. I still have a long way to go but step by step, brick by brick I hope to be there someday.