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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's Official.

I have yammered on 500 times.  Of course, that is no surprise to those who know me.  But this blog has just been a joy for me - sharing the chaos of my life with those nice readers who have managed to stick with me through all the eye-rolling events.  I swear it's like a warm, virtual hug.

So, to thank you all for being there when I needed you, for listening to my rants and musings, for propping me up when I sagged, I am having a Whambang Giveaway!

I had picked out six great reads for homesteaders* (and homesteaders-at-heart), when Jordan donated a seventh great book!  It is now the Whambang-est Giveaway!!!  The books will be given away over seven days to seven lucky winners.  Here's how it works:

Each day leave a comment about the topic du jour.  You do not have to 'like' me on Facebook, since I never go there.  You do not have to stick me with a Pinterest (ouch).  Just leave a comment on the topic.  Or within spitting distance of the topic.  Starting today and for the next six days, I will choose a winner from each day's comments for the book of the day and announce the winner the next day.  (Cut-off time for each day's entry is midnight.)  Clear as mud?  You have SEVEN chances to win!  Here's the line-up:

Today:

Simply in Season (World Community Cookbook) - a wonderful collection of recipes by the season, using seasonal food.  I sat down with it to mark my favorites with Post-it notes and, when I was done, the top of the book looked like a neon porcupine!


Day #2

The Gentle Art of Domesticity - Although there is nothing gentle about MY domesticity, this is a lovely little book with lots of beautiful colors and ideas.



Day #3

The Backyard Homesteader - How I LOVE this book!  Backyard or back-forty, this book has so much great information in it, you may not need another book ever!



Day #4

Sew U - The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe - It has patterns and everything!  It's great for both novice and experienced sewers. 



Day #5

The Encyclopedia of Country Living - aka The Homesteader's Bible.  There is nothing more I can add - this book can see you through the apocalypse.  Zombies?  No problem.  'Possum for dinner?  Covered.  (If not, it should be - you never know...)



Day #6

Thanks to Jordan, we now have a very well-rounded selection of must-have books!  I have used How to Build Animal Housing as a reference countless times.  There are tons of ideas and clear instructions in this book.



Day #7

The book I couldn't put down.  Joel Salatin's Foks, this ain't normal.  I can't say more than I've already said.  And even that's not enough.




Today's Topic:  What was your most 'local' meal?  (Mine was a salad from my garden, roast lemon chicken (both home-raised), with my potatoes, my green beans, and topped off with baked apples from my neighbor, with maple syrup from another neighbor and homemade butter from my Jasmine...)  Leave your comment below to be entered in the drawing for Day #1's book!

So, there you are.  And thank you, again, for letting me go on and on and on.  I send you all a virtual hug!  And, if you're ever in the neighborhood, stop by for a real one. xoxo

*Disclaimer:  I am NOT MaryJane, Martha or Ree, so these are most likely gently used books - there are no sponsors coming out of the cupboards...I am just helping spread the word.

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on your 500th "Yammer"! I'm so glad I'm part of your blog world :)
    Although I don't want to add my list to TODAY's giveaway (although it is tempting, I have no less than five thousand sixty two cookbooks), I will say I am most definitely joining in on the giveaways for the Joel Salatin and Animal Housing books!

    Thanks for sharing & yammering on ;)

    PS - And even though you're not on FB, I "Like" ya anyhow :)

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    1. CR - I will enjoy your input on Days 6&7, and will have to come up with something devious/er/interesting as far as a comment topic.

      PS - I "like" you, too.

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  2. Not sure it counts as a meal but I've made many a dessert from picking local wild blackberries and raspberries :) And when we lived in Egypt nearly all of the produce I purchased from the local vegetable stand was locally grown.

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    1. Jennyfer - Of course it counts! I think that dessert is it's own meal - especially if it involves wild blackberries and raspberries! Egypt - now that is EXOTIC local!

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  3. Although I have five thousand sixty THREE cookbooks (CR please note), I can't pass this one up.

    Often I'll look down at a meal on our plate and am surprised to discover that it's all local. (Why should that surprise me? We work darn hard at making it so!) But just yesterday we had two big tossed salads . . . cucs, peppers, tomatoes and onions from our garden. PLUS, for the first time this season, a good, crunchy, healthy lettuce assortment from the garden. Took long enough but apparently this year's crazy growing conditions were finally right to produce good lettuce!

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    1. Mama Pea - It's always a good thing to have an even number of cookbooks, even if it is in the thousands! I love fresh lettuce and am working on round number two in my coldframe. I'd grow it all year if I could.

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  4. YAY for you and your yammering!! I always look forward to seeing what you are up to and here's a big virtual {{HUG}} right back at ya'! :)
    A couple of my favorite local meals are yogurt made with my goat's milk with strawberries from the garden and homemade granola. Another is a sandwich made with homemade multigrain bread, goat milk cheese, a slice of tomato from the garden and sprouts grown on the counter. YUM!

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    1. Candy - I don't know if there's a better combination than fresh goat milk cheese on homemade multigrain bread. If there is, I haven't met it.

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  5. Congrats on your yammering! Isn't it great how the people who read your blog become "friends" to you. Blogging and the people who read them are great! Anyways my meal is similar to yours roasted whole chicken crammed full of lemons, onions, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Covered in salt, pepper, lemon zest and rosemary. Everything from the backyard except the lemons of course ☺ With whatever vegetables I have available in the garden. And homemade bread delish!

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    1. Kelly - I know - bloggers and readers are the BEST! No lemons? Get thee a Meyers lemon tree!

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  6. Yammering is the best part of life, and having friends. Especially those in the blogger world. This evenings meal is a little of the wall. Pasta(homemade) with fresh italian sausage pieces, fresh spinach (from the garden),parmigiano reggiano, red pepper flakes and olive oil. A one pot meal!!! As often as possible, I try to use fresh vegetables and herbs for the garden.

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    1. Sandy - That sounds wonderful! And I love the one-pot-meal deal. It's so easy to grow fresh herbs that I think it should be required.

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  7. Congratulations on making it to 500 Susan. No garden this summer, did plant tomatoes is pots, didn't do well, so my big bowl of salad had to have tomatoes from local produce stand. If it EVER cools down here I am getting anxious to get some Broccoli, lettuce, chard, carrots and beets planted. It was 100 degrees here again yesterday, enough is enough, supposed to cool down to the 80's this weekend. But weatherman keeps promising a cool down and it hasn't happened yet.

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    1. TL - Honestly, you have been toasted this year. I can't believe it is STILL that hot, even in your neck of the woods. You need to come East for a holiday! Or you need to shoot your weatherman.

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  8. My most local meal is probably my old standby "Breakfast for Dinner". The kids love it, and it was actually one of the kids that pointed out that the bread for toast is homemade, jam and apple butter homemade, the eggs come from down the road and my hot sauce for the eggs is homemade! 2nd most popular has to be salad from our garden, although that has slowed down this time of year.

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    1. Erin - I LOVE breakfast for dinner! It's the only way I eat dinner most nights. Have you put your hot sauce recipe on your blog? I would be very interested in that...

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  9. Yea!! 500! You don't look a day over 400, I swear.

    I thoroughly enjoy your posts and am so pleased to have "met" you!

    I guess lettuce for a salad and zukes for pasta make my most local meal. I own about 3-4 cookbooks, so wouldn't mind another one one bit!

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    1. Linda - There are mornings when I only feel 400, too. And ditto meeting you, virtually or otherwise! This is such an excellent cookbook - I like the fact that it's organized by seasons.

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  10. It is so much fun to read your yammerings; you are a hoot, woman!

    Let's see, most local meal. Probably a frittata made with our own eggs, onions, summer squash and tomatoes (and a little purchased cheese). Or homegrown and canned applesauce over toast spread with peanut butter (homemade bread, purchased peanut butter). Or fruit crisp from our own fruit....

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    1. Oh, shucks, Michelle, thank you for your very nice words. It all sounds so good - especially the toast...:o)

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  11. Local in this neck of the woods isn't what it used to be. I love to grab the local shrimp when they're running. Corn in season is always welcome at the table. I have a "patio garden" for tomatoes, peppers and a few potatoes this year. Hopefully, this time next year will have me on my homestead property but for now...my garden is in containers and local fresh is whatever I find at the farmer's market. And Susan - I love your ramblings. It's given me a lot of insight into what I can expect when I get to the homestead...:)

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    1. Maxine - Ooooh, local shrimp! That would be heavenly. It's amazing how much food you can produce in containers. When I first moved here, my first garden was strictly containers (the soil here is one inch deep - it covers rock). I'm glad I can help you toward your dream - at the end of the day, it's a wonderful life.

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  12. Congrats on 500. Here's to 1000s more. I love reading them. I just made a veggi soup from my garden. It was so good. This is canning time for me. I love it when I can make a meal from the thing in my garden.

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    1. Michelle - Thank you! I hope I can last through 1000s more (and you, too...) Veggie soup is wonderful! You just gave me inspiration for tomorrow's dinner!

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