Little House on the Prairie

And here we are… surviving in this new era of covid19. One of the most challenging things for us so far has been that we do not have a washer and dryer at the property we live at. We could go to a laundromat, but germs… lots of other people’s germs, clothes, hair, and we just don’t want to go through that. Especially with this virus being able to live on metal and plastic surfaces for three days.

So today we did our laundry in the sink. Totally the old fashioned way. We’ve done this before while backpacking through Europe, yet now we are doing it so we have our most basic clothing items available… we were running dangerously low!!!

It makes me think of Little House on the Prairie. They lived in way tougher conditions. They were pioneers, trekking across this great land of ours, paving the way for progress, Cities, and towns that have sprung up and grown over our country. That same pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit is what I believe will keep our American spirits strong. We will bounce back from this. It has been super hard this week as more companies have laid off employees, business has become tougher, and less people are looking to buy goods and services. We will bounce back. We always do.

This morning I tried something new. I took our homemade bread, made toast, and spread coconut oil on it instead of butter. It was really good! Nice to know that there is a plant based substitute to butter that tastes decent. It isn’t the same thing as butter, which fills you in a way the coconut oil doesn’t. It does make you feel lighter and healthier though, which I do like!

Next thing that I did today was make some orange 🍊 poppyseed muffins. Oh my goodness, this was so fun and they turned it delicious! Simple recipe here.

Baking is such a delightful way to pass the time on a rainy day. Plus, you get some delicious snacks that you can munch on throughout the week.

Got a little excited after making those muffins and decided to do a recipe a friend told me about this week. It is from Joanna Gaines’s new cookbook. It is a zucchini bread recipe! Check it out on her instagram TV account. @joannagaines

It is sooooo good to bake yummy foods, using whole ingredients. Now is the time to get back to our roots and cook more yummy, less processed foods.

After making some zucchini bread, I found a video on how to make a sourdough starter from scratch. I thought, hey that looks easy! So I threw it together and am going to start feeding it over the next week. I have no idea how it will turn out, so I will keep you posted.

The starter is started! It isn’t that old yet, so I will have to keep you posted. Check in next week to see how far it has come. Also, what is your life like now? What are you doing now that you haven’t done in a while or ever before?

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