The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century by Charlotte Denholtz
From the back of the book:
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.
I’ve had this book on my “To Review” pile for a while and I’m going to be honest, I put off reviewing it because I have a little bit of an issue with it.
There aren’t very many of us who would be willing to pack up our families, build a log cabin in the woods, and live “off the grid”.
But you don’t have to be a “homesteader” to want to enhance your life more of the handmade or home grown.
There are many ways we can live more healthfully, frugally and simply. Our kids can participate in soccer, we can grab a latte at the local coffee shop once in a while and still bake bread, cook food we grow, and make a quilt.
I don’t think it has to be an either/or situation.
It’s that lack of balance that I find off-putting.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of good and useful information to be found here. I learned more about bee keeping, something I’ve been wanting to know more about, and there are some great recipes I want to try.
Just know that you can pick and choose. And no one will judge you for it.
I grew up canning, baking, sewing and gardening. It’s what I know.
If you did NOT grow up with such things this book is a great place to begin to learn to live in more of a self-reliant manner.
If you are a life-long city person, a young person or new to home-making this book is chock-full of ideas, tips, recipes and new skills to enhance your life.
I was kind of turned off by the constant use of the word pioneer.
Why does this bother me so?
Maybe it just makes me feel OLD?
Pioneers are women with sunbonnets, long dresses and no right to vote or own property. Not 47 year young women who want a life of home cooking, handmade goods and a safe & happy home for their families.
The book includes information on a number of topics, not everything you’d need to know about that topic, but a good jumping off point.
It’s a good resource. And really one worth having in your library if you wish to try your hand at any number of home making skills.
Disclosure: This book was provided for review. All opinions are honest and my own.