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Pathologically self absorbed, undeservedly self congratulating especially given her apparent special talent for neglecting animals to death and overwhelmingly under helpful Me Memememememe, me x 184 pages Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich An open letter to the author Dear Jenna Woginrich,I hate to inform you of this, but pioneers did not send animal hair to online retailers for processing into yarn, nor did they have laptops for ordering, well, anything at all Especially consider Pathologically self absorbed, undeservedly self congratulating especially given her apparent special talent for neglecting animals to death and overwhelmingly under helpful Me Memememememe, me x 184 pages Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich An open letter to the author Dear Jenna Woginrich,I hate to inform you of this, but pioneers did not send animal hair to online retailers for processing into yarn, nor did they have laptops for ordering, well, anything at all Especially considering that you are in an economic class which allows you to buy everything you could ever need and would therefore have no fear of shortfall, as well as you are a mere 20 minute bicycle ride away from the fallback of urban life but you drive a guzzler of an automobile anyways to cut that commute in half by thus retaining the confidence known only to those who are aware that there is no real risk or even commitment involved in their endeavours, I felt it was incumbent upon me to inform you that what you are doing is not special, but rather somethingakin to weekend getaway ing for the General Foods International Coffee set, so that you may please get off yourself.Signed,A reader probably just jealous because you have the luxury to fake it while my desire to do it for real shall go forever unsatisfied, despite my obviously superior breadmaking skillzP.S Carry your own damn groceries and leave your dogs out of it Damn, you re only one person and you have a garden, wtf all do you need that you can t tote it yourself to your CAR what the hell Read this book if you check threeof the following You want to raise hens and lay awake at night imagining how good their eggs will taste.You have untapped desires for shopping antique malls and acquiring old things.You are jealous of fancy pants farmers who spend all day in their gardens and all winter spinning wool from sheep, but work a 40 hr a week job.Reading about a flopped bee hive in this woman s backyard sounds interesting to you.You want to live simply, so you learn how Read this book if you check threeof the following You want to raise hens and lay awake at night imagining how good their eggs will taste.You have untapped desires for shopping antique malls and acquiring old things.You are jealous of fancy pants farmers who spend all day in their gardens and all winter spinning wool from sheep, but work a 40 hr a week job.Reading about a flopped bee hive in this woman s backyard sounds interesting to you.You want to live simply, so you learn how to sew your own pajama pants which takes longer and coststhan buying a new pair of pajama pants, but it still seems simple because in the end, you re wearing pajama pants that you made yourself.Okay I think you get the idea I really liked the book b c I have such a strong drive to homestead and I m stuck in a rental duplex and not on a real farm But the book made me realize there are plenty of little things I can do to homestead in my little apartment and in my little square of yard After an amusing, promising start, this devolves into disorganized rambling about a variety of disconnected and increasingly ridiculous DIY projects, none of which seemed to be done particularly well The author gets excited about but then fails at chickens, bees, and sewing, shares a recipe for basic boring white bread, and then goes on pointlessly about her antique cheese grater blah blah blah, who cares I skimmed a bit, and then I gave up entirely I could really care less about traini After an amusing, promising start, this devolves into disorganized rambling about a variety of disconnected and increasingly ridiculous DIY projects, none of which seemed to be done particularly well The author gets excited about but then fails at chickens, bees, and sewing, shares a recipe for basic boring white bread, and then goes on pointlessly about her antique cheese grater blah blah blah, who cares I skimmed a bit, and then I gave up entirely I could really care less about training dogs to pack and I love dogs Gimme a break.The book tries to be a helpful how to, but it s just not that helpful, and a memoir, but it s not well written enough to pull that off, either.An example of the DIY movement turned gimmicky, bloggy and I love blogs , and way too trendy for its own good Plus, it s chock full of romanticized visions of pioneers and homesteading which are just patently ridiculous, forget historically accurate Plenty of people in suburbs and sublets all over the country are replacing their pansies with peas and putting up henhouses where the doghouses used to be Knitters are casting on in subways, and homebrewed wine is fermenting in your neighbor s basement A revolution is self sufficiency is riding the L train, and we saved you a seat What begins with this sage observation continues to offer enough information to inspire and humor to educate Yes, that s what I meant The information and resourc Plenty of people in suburbs and sublets all over the country are replacing their pansies with peas and putting up henhouses where the doghouses used to be Knitters are casting on in subways, and homebrewed wine is fermenting in your neighbor s basement A revolution is self sufficiency is riding the L train, and we saved you a seat What begins with this sage observation continues to offer enough information to inspire and humor to educate Yes, that s what I meant The information and resources give better than a taste, and beckonresearch The humor results in part from her mistakes which heart wrenchingly teach the reader valuable lessons.Organized well, engagingly told, and bravely honest most of her animal experiences involved death The author s youth and naivete are not a hindrance, but rather reassuring if she can do it, so can I Loved it I ve sent off for beekeeping and chicken catalogs, and it s time to get out my seeds and put a few in the kitchen window THIS is what I wanted from the last book on homesteading hobby farming that I read Interspersed among the little anecdotes about homesteading is solid advice about raising chickens, planting a garden, cooking from scratch, andI thought the dogsledding packdog section seemed a bit strange for inclusion, but the other topics were just what I wanted to find This will definitely be taking a spot on my reference shelf, and I ll be heading to the library to check out some of the other books THIS is what I wanted from the last book on homesteading hobby farming that I read Interspersed among the little anecdotes about homesteading is solid advice about raising chickens, planting a garden, cooking from scratch, andI thought the dogsledding packdog section seemed a bit strange for inclusion, but the other topics were just what I wanted to find This will definitely be taking a spot on my reference shelf, and I ll be heading to the library to check out some of the other books she listed in the reference section I know the feeling of making something yourself Woginrich really takes it to a new level in that she not only knits and spins like I do she also raised hens, kept bees, and taught herself how to play both the mountain dulcimer and fiddle While this book is essentially a shallow primer of all her accomplishments, it really provides an interested reader the highlights and lowlights of each task she took on.I enjoyed the lighthearted take on everything and the book did make me want to try a f I know the feeling of making something yourself Woginrich really takes it to a new level in that she not only knits and spins like I do she also raised hens, kept bees, and taught herself how to play both the mountain dulcimer and fiddle While this book is essentially a shallow primer of all her accomplishments, it really provides an interested reader the highlights and lowlights of each task she took on.I enjoyed the lighthearted take on everything and the book did make me want to try a few new things beekeeping anyone This is one woman I d love to sit and have a cup of coffee with This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book is just a hodge podge Idaho graphic designer is inspired by friend Diane s family farm 20 miles down the road and attempts to emulate the self sufficient lifestyle I suspect this is a blog turned into a book and it should have stayed a blog The author is expert in nothing yet ends each chapter with how tos.I was mildly entertained in the beginning with the chickens first batch killed when the chicks are left too close to her dogs , the garden, and the bees first hive killed off be This book is just a hodge podge Idaho graphic designer is inspired by friend Diane s family farm 20 miles down the road and attempts to emulate the self sufficient lifestyle I suspect this is a blog turned into a book and it should have stayed a blog The author is expert in nothing yet ends each chapter with how tos.I was mildly entertained in the beginning with the chickens first batch killed when the chicks are left too close to her dogs , the garden, and the bees first hive killed off because she forgets to unbox the queen and second hive killed off one weekend when she was away by a bear attack never got any honey but offers tips on honey extraction The I just was bored and skimmed through the rest She learns how to make a loaf of bread Wants to make clothes yet can t get beyond drawstring pants Turns her dogs into a huskie team Decides to raise rabbits for angora wool Unless you have a real 1980s fetish, how many furry sweaters does anyone need Decides to learn to play the old time fiddle Full discloser I hate old time country music so I m predisposed to think this is an awful idea She s not a good enough writer to make any of this interesting.While I applaud her attempts to try to beself sufficient, I don t think those attempts are book worthy &Read Epub ☛ Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life ✘ Point is, it feels good to get dirty, work hard, and slow downIn a world of mass produced food, factory stitched clothing,channel cable television, and computer centric desk jobs, it s easy to overlook the simple pleasures of eating homegrown vegetables, raising animals naturally and humanely, wearing hand sewn clothing, or simply enjoying an evening of unplugged entertainmentInspired by her growing admiration for small farmers and her equally strong distaste for out of control consumerism, Jenna Woginrich decided to take great control of her life what she ate, what she wore, and how she spent her free time Learn a few basic country skills, she reasoned, and she would be able to produce at least some of the food and resources she used every dayGoodbye, fast food and Wonder Bread hello, homesteading With enthusiasm and joy for the tasks at hand, Woginrich embarked on a journey that has been sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking and always soul satisfyingFrom the fulfilling work of planting a garden and installing honeybees, to the bliss of gathering fresh eggs for an omelet or playing an old time ballad on the fiddle, Made from Scratch shares the honest satisfaction of doing for oneself, and brings the reader to a deep appreciation for the value of simple skills performed well About the most I can say for this book is that her enthusiasm for the subject was fairly infectious Definitely made me excited for the sort of projects ideas she was presenting However, most of the projects unfortunately can t really be done if you live in a true urban setting read condo with no back yard Other than her enthusiasm for growing her own food, raising chickens, bees, and rabbits, about the only thing I got from the book was that you should be prepared for these things to be di About the most I can say for this book is that her enthusiasm for the subject was fairly infectious Definitely made me excited for the sort of projects ideas she was presenting However, most of the projects unfortunately can t really be done if you live in a true urban setting read condo with no back yard Other than her enthusiasm for growing her own food, raising chickens, bees, and rabbits, about the only thing I got from the book was that you should be prepared for these things to be difficult or at leastdifficult than your idealized picture would suggest She started the book by poking fun of the idealized version of someone livingin tune with nature Picture cabin, woods, oil lanterns However, she then proceeded to simply update the idealized notions of how that should be done herself Not a bad book, really, just not nearly as useful as I thought it would be You know those books that feel like you re settling deep down into a big, cozy couch in a nice, warm living room strewn with quilts If not, just go with me here anyway This is one of those books, guys.After turning the last page, I found myself wanting to bake homemade breadthan I ever have in my whole entire life to start making plans to grow a salad garden of my very own to embrace the beauty of thrifted kitchenware and also, to high five the author This is just good old fashioned You know those books that feel like you re settling deep down into a big, cozy couch in a nice, warm living room strewn with quilts If not, just go with me here anyway This is one of those books, guys.After turning the last page, I found myself wanting to bake homemade breadthan I ever have in my whole entire life to start making plans to grow a salad garden of my very own to embrace the beauty of thrifted kitchenware and also, to high five the author This is just good old fashioned GOOD, and the storytelling is beautiful A fabulous celebration of embracing the simple life, getting back in touch with self sufficiency, and the beauty of digging in deep to the ideas you re passionate about now if you ll excuse me, I have a dire need to bake some bread