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Creating a Home Library — Class Notes

Class Notes
Creating a Home Library — Class Notes

As we work through the coming week, let’s build on the most recent Weekend Homework, continue our conversation, and our preparedness planning, with a focus on the importance of low tech solutions as key components of our critical infrastructure.

The world has become dangerously dependent on information delivered by electronic means. What we want or need to know has been available, at our finger tips, and almost instantly, for more than a generation. In fact, we tend to access information on an “as needed” basis, and are no longer the human stores of knowledge we once were. We consume information much like we consume other goods in the modern world with delivery “just in time”.

In the absence of our electrical grid, most people would find themselves quickly, and quite by surprise, in dire straights.

Many difficulties associated with lack of information are preventable with a solid commitment to, and an action plan for, the building of skills, and the development of decentralized repositories of supplemental information. Books are a great way to begin, and offer low tech access to information, instruction, and ideas.

Dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and survival, we hope you’ll browse, enjoy, and shop for the print resources you’ll want to add to your own shelves, and shop from our Biblio Affiliate. Here are some great categories to search: Homesteading and Country Living. Survival skills and survival psychology. Ham radio. Gardening. Outdoor recreation. Alternative energy. Food preservation. Personal defense. Home school education. Check out all of these and more.

Let’s get started.

A Thoughtful Quote to Share…

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

Edible Flowers – 10 Fun and Fabulous Books for Your Personal Library Collection

By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
Edible flowers include citrus blossom, clover, daisies, dandelions, hibiscus and honeysuckle. Enjoy lilacs, mums, nasturtiums, pansies, and roses. Dream on culinary ideas for calendula, borage, sunflowers, sage, zucchini blossoms, and violets. You’ll be tickled by these delicious additions to soups, salads, teas, jams, and candied deserts. Scroll down through the titles here to a delightful recipe!

Edible Flowers: Desserts & Drinks

Edible Flowers: Deserts & Drinks

By Cathy Wilkinson Barash
Barash provides general gardening advice including detailed background and culture information for each of the 67 flowers featured in her book, and showcases 280 recipes using edible flowers from herbs, ornamentals, and vegetables. Highlights include recipes from 12 top chefs in the US and Canada. Photos.

The Edible Flower Garden: From Garden to Kitchen – Choosing, Growing, and Cooking Edible Flowers

The Edible Flower Garden: From Garden to Kitchen – Choosing, Growing, and Cooking Edible Flowers

By Kathy Brown

The Edible Flower Garden

The Edible Flower Garden

By Rosalind Creasy
A comprehensive guide to selecting and growing flowers that can be used for cookery, both as garnishes and as ingredients. Over 90 color illustrations.

Best Roses, Herbs, and Edible Flowers

Best Roses, Herbs, and Edible Flowers

By Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Roses represent love and beauty. Their colors and fragrance create the standard by which many other flowers are measured. Cultivated around the world for perfume, roses have a sweet and unforgettable scent. However, many would-be rose gardeners believe that roses require constant care and lavish doses of sprays and chemicals. Roses do require attention, but their glorious flowers make all your efforts worthwhile, and the roses in this book were chosen because they are tried-and-true, proven performers.

Edible Flowers: How, Why, and When We Eat Flowers

Edible Flowers: How, Why, and When We Eat Flowers

By Monica Nelson and Adrianna Glaviano
This stunning guide to edible flowers–conceived by Monica Nelson, the founding creative and photo director of the influential journal Wilder Quarterly, and Adrianna Glaviano, a noted food and lifestyle photographer–is packed with information and features lush original photography.

Organizing more than 100 flowers alphabetically by their common name, the book offers in each entry handy reference notes including the flower’s Latin name, its general flavor profile, its origins, and which parts of the plant are edible, all accompanied by a vibrant photographic portrait. Punctuated by simple recipes and short, essayistic moments written by a diverse roster of celebrated chefs, artists, and writers recalling the use of edible flowers in their creative and gastronomic histories, Edible Flowers is both a practical primer and a delightful read.

Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with Recipes

Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with Recipes

By Kitty Morse and Amy Stirnkorb
With more than three dozen recipes, this cookbook provides readers with recipes that incorporate edible blossoms into each meal. Each imaginative dish is pleasing to the palate as well as eye catching on the plate. The recipes include polenta stacks with sage garlic butter, chilled lilied melon and mango soup, dianthus butter, herb cheese, and chive blossom tart.

Eat Your Roses: …Pansies, Lavender and 49 Other Delicious Edible Flowers

Eat Your Roses: …Pansies, Lavender and 49 Other Delicious Edible Flowers

By Denise Schreiber
This light-hearted, full-color illustrated gift book balances edible flower history and lore with proper handling and preparation techniques, and 50+ recipes (from appetizers and drinks to main dishes and desserts). “Eat Your Roses “shows us how to look beyond the veggie patch for great food ideas, and check out our flowerbeds. Hardcover with concealed wire binding. Full-color photos throughout.

Botanical Baking: Contemporary Baking and Cake Decorating with Edible Flowers and Herbs

Botanical Baking: Contemporary Baking and Cake Decorating with Edible Flowers and Herbs

By Juliet Sear
Learn how to perfect the prettiest trend in cake decorating – using edible flowers and herbs to decorate your cakes and bakes – with this impossibly beautiful guide from celebrity baker Juliet Sear. Learn what flowers are edible and great for flavour, how to use, preserve, store and apply them including pressing, drying and crystallising flowers and petals. Then follow Juliet step-by-step as she creates around 20 beautiful botanical cakes that showcase edible flowers and herbs, including more top trends such as a confetti cake, a wreath cake, a gin and tonic cake, floral chocolate bark, a naked cake, a jelly cake, a letter cake and more.

Edible Flowers, Herbs and Spices

Edible Flowers, Herbs and Spices

By Andrew Vecsey
This short “coffee table” picture book in English, German and French presents Edible Flowers with pictures and facts. The interesting, basic and informative facts are short, simply written, easy to understand, entertaining and thought provoking. This book is ideal for teaching, learning and awakening interest for further study. It is also ideal for using as a language teaching aid to learn specialized vocabulary in the various languages.

437 Edible Wild Plants of the Rocky Mountain West – Berries, Roots, Nuts, Greens, Flowers, and Seeds

437 Edible Wild Plants of the Rocky Mountain West – Berries, Roots, Nuts, Greens, Flowers, and Seeds

By Caleb Warnock
From self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock comes the ultimate guidebook to living off the land. Packed with over 1,450 photographs of 437 edible wild berries, roots, nuts, greens, and flowers, this essential field guide will provide you with invaluable information on plant identification, flavor, seasonality, history, common synonyms, eating and preparation instructions, and more It’s the most exhaustive reference book of its kind. Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Candied violets are sophisticated and elegant additions to cakes, custards, ice cream, and cakes. You’ll find them surprisingly easy to make! Here’s a LINK to Leda Meredith’s Candied Violets at The Spruce Eats. Enjoy!

You might also have fun freezing your edible flowers into ice cubes for colorful additions to a spring or summer spritzer. Try wrapping your edible blooms in rice paper as part of your favorite spring rolls. Flavor your favorite ice cream or gelato. Or toss the petals onto the tops of your favorite cupcakes or homemade donuts. The possibilities are wonderful!

Safety Tip! Be sure to avoid using flowers that have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. If you’re foraging for wild flowers, be very careful about accurate identification. When purchasing these from your grocery store, be sure they’re coming from the produce section, and are intended for human consumption. …and as with anything new to the diet, proceed cautiously if there is any concern about food allergies.

You might also check out our post on Growing Your Own Salad Greens!

Book Review – The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre

By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! An excellent source of inspiration and ideas for anyone just starting out, and seriously interested in the self-sufficiency of a small scale homestead. Editor Carleen Madigan shares great tips for success in every aspect of a small homestead from garden planning for maximum plant diversity and production to the summer fun of making your own ice cream.

Lots of extras are built into each enjoyably readable chapter. Recommendations for raspberries includes region specific recommendations for variety selections. Her chapter on fruit trees includes primers on pollination, pruning, and a recipe for old-fashioned peach preserves. Essential herbs capture the imagination, and Madigan covers the subject well with an overview of 32 popular choices. Discover flavored vinegars and learn to make your very own herbal teas. Explore the possibility of growing wheat, and expand the ways in which you cook with grains. Add grape vines to your garden, and perhaps nut trees too. Keep chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Goats. Sheep. Cattle. Rabbits. The Backyard Homestead shares important perspective and tips for the small scale care and keeping of farm animals to meat preservation including the use of smokehouses. Homesteaders also have a great love of dairy for all its uses, and this title covers the basics of making delicious cheese, and the special treat of homemade ice cream just right for a sundae or summer cone.

The Backyard Homestead includes helpful resources for each of the subjects, a bibliography of other Storey books readers might find interesting and helpful, a USDA Hardiness Zone Map for gardeners and growers, a selection of municipal codes related to the keeping of chickens, and a well organized subject index.

Want to see more like this? Check out our selection of great books from these selections…

Country Living, Homesteads, and Rural Lifestyles

Gardens, Greenhouses, and Hydroponics

Small Family Farms, Ranches, and Animal Husbandry

Cooking, Baking, Home Creameries, Food Preservation and Root Cellaring

A Thoughtful Quote to Share

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln

6 Tips and Tricks to Producing Your Own Gardener’s Gold – The Art and Science of Composting


By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
Here are 6 Tips and Tricks to Producing Your Own Gardener’s Gold. You’ll discover that composting is both an art and a science, and there’s a lot to learn. The more you know, the better your odds for great results in the garden. We are wishing everyone success in their growing endeavors, and are always delighted by stories of home grown fresh produce – delicious, nutritious, and lots of it!

1) Choose a location for compost processing near a water source like a hose bib, and be sure your hose and nozzle will comfortably reach your compost pile. You’ll want enough space to turn your compost, moving it back and forth between a couple of stacks. This work is important. By turning the compost, you’re encouraging healthy microbial growth, and aerating it at the same time.

2) Include both “browns” (which convert to humus) and “greens” (which convert quickly to nitrogen) in roughly a 3:1 ratio. Great examples of “browns” include leaf litter, pine needles, and straw, while “greens” might include fruit and vegetable peelings, cores, and other scraps. Fresh grass clippings are great for compost, but do exercise caution where pesticides and herbicides are used. Avoid these. Do not poison the organisms that will work to create your compost, the plants that will grown in your compost, or yourself through contact – by touch or ingestion. Organic compost is your best option, every time!

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Raising Chickens – Happy Hens for the Backyard or Barnyard

Raising Chickens
Chickens at the local watering hole

Raising chickens for the backyard or barnyard is a fun and important part of prepared living. If you’re thinking seriously about becoming a prepper, achieving as much food supply self-sufficiency as possible is surely high on the list of your priorities. Access to nutritious food is fundamental to building a solid foundation for life, and the ability to produce it supports tremendous peace of mind. Delicious, nutritious farm-fresh eggs are one important way to accomplish all of these goals.

Living a prepared lifestyle for many years now, we have learned a lot about raising chickens, the joys (and challenges) of free-ranging birds, and budget benefits of having your own fresh eggs every morning. We would like to share some of this knowledge with you. The circumstances of each reader may vary, and adjustments to ideas and options may be important too for anyone who might like to raise and keep their own chickens. As with almost everything about prepared life, there is no “one size” that fits all! Prepared life is as unique among preppers as people are, one to the next!

Let’s get started.

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