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  • Mrs Chakotay 12:11 pm on October 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baking, , , , , , prairie, rural, ,   

    A New Chapter 

    Star date: 68812.441019787

    We moved into a new home at the weekend, to fairer pastures hopefully. The house needs work, and there’s unexpected issues with the electricity but it’s a lovely big space and I’m really looking forward to getting settled here.
    As you can see, we only have a small garden – nothing like the rolling expanse of New Earth in the Delta Quadrant (a girl can dream, can’t she?!) – so any ‘homesteading’ will have to be on a modest scale but I’m hoping to be able to get a little vegetable growing in there.

    It’s a lot more rural than it looks – apart from the few houses around us, we’re about ten miles away from anything. So i still feel a little bit like a pioneer/ prairie girl which is kind of what I was looking for. An isolated farm would have been nicer but this is better than we could have hoped for in reality so I am more than happy.

    And I’m really excited to have a kitchen that I can happily and comfortably cook in now – I can’t wait to get baking! I’m still waiting for my books which have been in storage all the time we were renting. But I’m a dab hand at improvising now – a little of this, a little of that!

    Kes is out in the kitchen right now whipping up some scrambled eggs for the troops while I write my log, and the boys are tending the fire (a real, open log fire, so Chakotay is loving it!)

    Finally, I may have mentioned the intermittent time-space portal which allows us to communicate with Earth on occasion? Last week we had a surprise visit from my mother who is now too elderly to look after herself, so it looks like that may be a permanent visit. 

    We’ve put ‘Nanna’ in what would have been the baby’s room. It feels like the final twist of the knife, but I will just have to put on my Captain’s hat and suck it up. She is family, after all.

    LLAP

    Kathryn x

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  • Mrs Chakotay 4:48 pm on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baking, compost, ,   

    Be Kind, and Bake Bread! 

    A friend of mine posted this photo on facebook. I don’t know who wrote it or where it originates but I liked it and thought I would share it as it seems to me to somewhat embody the homesteading/ self-sufficiency spirit, as does this list once posted in The Idler Magazine:

    “Bake bread, muck about, quit moaning, stop consuming, start producing, back to the land, end usury, embrace beauty, ignore the state, reform is futile, hail the spade, hail the quill, love thy neighbour, be creative, dig the earth, make compost, down with health, down with safety, down with work, down with pensions, be alive, be merry, BE FREE!!”

    What rules, guidelines,  mottoes or principles do you like to live by?

     
    • mamazedshomestead 11:50 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love the “Bake bread” list! I feel like it is something that should be painted in fancy lettering up on my wall. I’m trying so hard to reconnect with nature, instead of being caught up online, which can be so hard to do (especially when you spend your time blogging). I think that it’s so easy to get caught up in reading, rather than actually doing, and that is something I’m trying to remind myself.

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  • Mrs Chakotay 9:32 am on January 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baking, coconut, cookies, , ,   

    Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies 

    Shavua tov! How was your shabbat?

    The weather here is frightful so, apart from a couple of errands I have to run, I want to stay indoors today, so baking seems like a good idea. I thought I might try this recipe later:

    http://gnowfglins.com/2013/07/24/chewy-chocolate-coconut-cookies-allergy-friendly/

    What are you baking in your kitchen right now? I’d love to hear from you.

    Enjoy!

     
  • Mrs Chakotay 3:59 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baking, bread, de-cluttering, goals, Hanukkah, , ,   

    Review of the Week 

    Shalom!

    Having moved house, and with the new secular year starting, I haven’t quite managed to get into the swing of a new routine yet. I haven’t done much baking or cooking in my new kitchen yet, but we did manage to celebrate a low-key Hanukkah after we moved in with the help of the fantastic kosher delivery service provided by Titanics in Manchester.

    I am baking bread in the bread machine today, but it’s not quite challah. It shall be my goal this coming week to get the kitchen in order so I feel comfortable and confident about baking in there.

    I feel as though I am fighting a bit of a losing battle with the clutter, although I know I am winning the war, it is just going very slowly. As I mentioned in my previous post, although we have a bigger house we are without a garage or shed, and not allowed to use the loft in this rental property (is that normal?!) so I really want to sort out, de-clutter, streamline and minimise. In short, to make the most of the space, I want to ‘downsize’ our possessions.

    I have discovered that I achieve much more when I have a goal or a deadline, and accountability definitely helps.

    What about you? Do you set yourself goals every day? every week? every month? every year? How do you manage to reach your goals, and how do you provide accountability?

    I would love to hear from you!

    Wishing you a productive Preparation Day, and a restful, blessed Shabbat.

    Shabbat Shalom!

     

     
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