Good housewife blog on frugality and homely arts.

http://somethingfromalmostnothing.blogspot.com/

Sometimes there’s a value to the way the internet shows you people in very different places in life, working with very different talents and resources, and yet coming to a lot of the same ways of thinking that you are.  Not because of the similarity itself, but because human experience is frequently still broadly similar along many axes and sometimes technology whispers otherwise, that we’re all uniquely exceptional in our experiences unlike our ancestors.

I use homely in the Tolkeinian sense.

Anyway, it’s a good blog, I’m glad she has time to post more often these days and it’s got good concepts, discussion and information.  Really, you can start anywhere, it’s all good reading.

Why I now use recipes.

I have little girls aged 6-8 cooking these days, so they need clear directions and a straightforward sequence of steps that doesn’t change because “this needs to be used up” or “there are fresh herbs in the yard”.  When they are a little older that will be fine, but right now they could use the structure of a “receipt”.  So now I’m joining the recipe-using club.