Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesdays with Tasha....postponed for prayer

Dearest Readers,
My heart is just not leading me to post about sweet Tasha, instead, I would like to take the time to remember all of those who carry a heavy heart in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.....
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me...
I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
Jonah 2:2
May peace fill the days ahead...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesdays with Tasha...On Wednesday

Tasha's stove..bliss
from Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts by Tovah Martin
Photograph by Harry Davis
Dearest Readers,
I come to you a day late...my apologies.  We are expecting snow here in the foothills and Dearest and I spent the entire day yesterday, working outside winterizing our little homestead.  By the time I stopped for the evening, it was too late and I was bone tired...I think Tasha would understand my late posting.
So I will make today my "Tasha Day"......
As I mentioned, we are expecting snow and it has become very blustery, with the wind blowing and dark clouds gathering.  A perfect day to spend indoors making things cozy and warm and gathering provisions to store in the fruit cellar. 
Just like Tasha, I love to have something simmering on the stove and jars upon jars of goodness ready and waiting to delight my family at mealtime...
Tasha's canning jars
from Tasha's Heirloom Crafts by Tovah Martin
Photography by Harry Davis

Dearest will be happy to return to our humble home after a long day traveling out of state.  I have a wonderful green chili stew (a southwestern favorite) and a blazing fire in the woodstove. The house glows with the soft light of kerosene lamps....

A quiet, peaceful, joyous day in pure Tasha style...
Yours kindredly,
Please note that I have received written permission from the Tudor family to post pictues and quotes.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Homesteading Store....

Dearest Readers,
I wanted to share about a wonderful store in the Colorado Springs area....Buckley's Homestead Supply.  Dearest and I drove about 1 1/2 hours south of our little place, just to see it for ourselves...
As you walk into the charming building you can't help but smile...
Canning supplies, including Weck jars (the best), aprons, and embroidered linens......
Grinders, dehydrators, grain mills, spices, cheesemaking supplies along with butter making necessities......
Soapmaking supplies, including lye, soap molds, laundry soap ingredients, washboards and homemade soaps that smell almost good enough to eat!
A very diversified book selection that has a good variety of homesteading and self-reliant living titles, and there are homesteading magazines at the register...
You can also buy chicken feed and chicken supplies in the back of the store.
This store has only been open a short while and the owners are planning to keep adding to their inventory...I can't wait....it is so nice to be able to see and touch items before making a purchase.
We didn't leave the store empty handed, I bought 2 soap molds...one will mold the soap with a beautiful rooster on the top and one that makes up 8 bars with the word "handmade".  I also bought a top that goes onto a canning jar and makes it a travel mug (you just add jar and ring)!Lastly, I purchased a Christmas present for our Darling Girl (since she reads this blog, I will keep that to myself).
We also were able to get a good look at a Wondermill Jr Hand Mill....taking some measurements so that we can decide if that is indeed the mill that will entice us to open up our pocketbook.
How exciting to see homesteading becoming a way of life for so many!
Yours kindredly,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Windowsill Tea.......

Dearest Readers,
Some while back, Dearest built a darling little shelf that extends from the narrow sill of our only kitchen window.  It dawned upon me today, as I was puttering about, that I could just fit a chair next to it and enjoy a cup of tea whilst gazing outside......
Lovely, just lovely.....
I do hope that you will find a quiet spot (even a narrow windowsill) and make a yourself a retreat from all the busyness of the day...just a cup of tea and the late afternoon sunshine...pure bliss.
Yours kindredly,

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesdays with Tasha....

From "Tasha Tudor's Garden" photo by Richard Brown
Dearest Readers,
Today, I thought I would share my Tasha inspiration for the day....potatoes! As you can see from the photo above, Tasha was a true potato lover.  In the book "Tasha Tudor's Garden", she shares with her readers, "I'm crazy about potatoes - it must be my Irish ancestry"!  Isn't she adorable in her cloak digging her potatoes?
Being not only a kindred spirit, but an Irish lass myself, I have to admit that I am quite partial to the potato and have been much occupied with my late season harvest. We grew our spuds in large tubs (with drainage holes) and we were rewarded with quite a few. Of course, we had to find a warm, dark place to let our treasures cure for a short while before we store them in our fruit cellar.  Normally we would allow them to dry in our old coal shed, but the temperatures have been quite chilly overnight and that did not seem to be a very wise choice...hmmmm...where to stash those potatoes?
Why the middle bedroom, naturally!  After much laughter from our children, this room shall hence be known as the "potato room"....I think that Tasha would approve.  After closing the curtains and shutting the door, this room is just the right temperature, albeit a little bit fancy.
Yours so kindredly,
Please note that written permission was granted for the use of the pictures and quotes appearing on my blog from the Tudor family.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesdays with Tasha....and a Giveaway!

Illustration by Tasha Tudor
Dearest Readers,
Like so many of you, I have a sincere fondness for Tasha Tudor, not only for her lovely artwork, but for her lifestyle...she was not afraid to live her life on her own terms.  I often think of her when I am wearing my old-fashioned skirts and brooches, or when I am snuggled inside my cozy kitchen baking something scrumptious, and of course, when I am tending my garden...one of her favorite pastimes.
With that said, I am going to start a weekly series....Tuesdays with Tasha 
I thought I would start the series with inspiration from the above illustration of a Harvest Pantry found in "Forever Christmas" by Harry Davis.  Now, my pantry is not nearly as wonderful as this one, but it is now almost full-to-over-flowing with the bounty of the garden and orchard. 
I am happy to share the back parlour with a few spaghetti squash curing near the woodstove....

I was gifted with yet another bushel of apples from a dear friend...soon to be 'put-up' into apple pie filling....

And of course, the biscuit jar must never be empty, so baking a batch of cookies will part of my day.

from "Forever Christmas" by Harry Davis 

All in all, a very Tasha Day!
If you have a Tasha inspired day to share, please leave a comment with a link to your blog...I would love to visit. And I am sure that some of my readers would like to pay a house call.
Yours so kindredly,
If you would like to learn more about Tasha Tudor, please visit the Tasha Tudor and Family website
UPDATED:  There is still time to enter a lovely giveaway over at Rookery Ramblings...hurry it ends at midnight on October 10th!
I have received written permission from the Tudor family to include pictures from Tasha's books (just so long as they are photographs of the pages and not scanned images) along with quips and quotes. Thank you Natalie!