When was the last time you let the aroma of freshly baked bread fill your kitchen or felt the warmth of a heavy quilt on a cold winter night? In today's day and age, it’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of convenience and forget what it's like to truly appreciate the simple things in life. The Modern-Day Pioneer celebrates these forgotten joys by showing you how to incorporate basic skills and living into your everyday life. Whether you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, raising chickens for meat or eggs, crafting delicious meals from scratch, or creating and mending your own clothes and quilts, this book makes it easy to live a healthier and more sustainable life in the twenty-first century.
Filled with step-by-step instructions and homegrown inspiration, you'll wonder how you ever lived without the sweet taste of locally harvested honey or the refreshing scent of homemade lavender soap.
"If you are looking for ways to become more self-reliant and produce many of your own goods, The Modern-Day Pioneer is a good resource and worth having in your library." - Examiner.com
"This book offers many options for anyone who wants to learn new skills or practice a more sustainable lifestyle. It's a great read and I am finding myself opening again and again to learn something new." --Mommy's Memorandum
"To me, pioneer living is synonymous with frugal living and that means savings in my bank account. And, who doesn't love that! This book is full of practical knowledge that is useful to New Englanders." --Sewing and Crafting with Sarah
"All of the crafting sections include recipes or step by step instructions to get you started.... If you have been wanting to incorporate more crafting into everyday needs, then is a great place to start. Even a city gal like myself could complete many of the instructions provided in the book." --Crafty Princess Diaries
"My personal favorite section right now is the bread making section. The Modern-Day Pioneer offers tips on how to do this without the cost of a bread machine. I think the next section I will be submerging myself in is the preserving section. I'm glad I have this guide book to go back to when the time rolls around. What an excellent gift idea!" --Go Graham Go!
"The book is written in such a way that you realize candlemaking and soapmaking are things you really can do! It brings a whole bunch of new skills into your grasp. When you've mastered one skill, you have the confidence and ability to tackle the next one. If you're into handmade, homemade, and simplified living, you can definitely take something away from this book. It will certainly stay on my bookshelf as a reference for many years!" --This Flourishing Life
"The book is packaged perfectly to mirror its sentiment [and] ... is anything but antiquated. It harnesses old methods for a modern time, allowing the more sophisticated sensibilities of today's culture to dip into whatever strikes their fancy, with straightforward tutorials not leaving you feeling you can't join in unless you go out and buy a plow and some Clydesdales." --Boulder Locavore
"Just shy of 300 pages with a complete index; this book delivers on its promise to teach about all of the Pioneer skills.... This is a great first step towards our next stage in life; and I am confident that it is one book that will come with us to the farm so I can refer back to it often." --The Big Binder
"Whether you want to go the whole hog and be as pioneer as possible, or just want to start slow by canning or baking a fresh loaf of bread, this book will help guide your endeavors. Each set of instructions gives you the rundown of what you'll need, and everything is detailed and well-explained." --Create & Decorate Magazine