The Made From Scratch Life

For a while now, I have been looking into ways to escape the world of chemicals and preservatives that we live in. Ever since I came across the Fewell Homestead blog, I’ve been unable to eat anything without thinking of what might be in it. I’ve shied away from the cleaners used in my home, aware of what the effects the materials might have if they are used. However, as a high-school student, I don’t have the power to make a big change in the things we buy. Small steps are required- and that’s where this book comes in.

Have you ever wanted to live in a healthier way? Are you in a living situation where you can’t make drastic changes to your backyard or pantry?

Melissa K. Norris has written an incredible book to help with those issues. Chock-full of ideas to help you transition, you can’t go wrong. You’ll find lists on everything from ingredients to have in the pantry to ways to be like Laura Ingalls Wilder (my personal favorite!), tips on ways to create an effective container garden and how to manage pests in a non-toxic fashion, and more.

Norris skillfully incorporates stories from her experience at the beginning of each chapter, giving the reader a unique insight into her life. By the end of the book, it feels as though a connection has been made. Unlike many pioneering books, one not only gets the recipes and ideas but also meets the author and her family. The faith element is stressed, and the importance of trusting the Lord is a key theme.

I loved finding so much within one book. This is a veritable treasure trove for anyone looking for ideas on what to do! After reading this, I was able to clean the gunk out from the shower- something no commercial cleaner had managed to do- and spot some old carpet stains we hadn’t yet managed to remove, and those were just a few things within one chapter! I’m ridiculously excited to try out the tips in the growing and preserving chapters this year! Final verdict? This book is a delight to read and a staple for any who dream of a homestead of their own.

You can buy this book here! Right now, if you order, you’ll get access to some awesome digital resources, including an e-course and a workbook. Enjoy!


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