have been feeling very domestic the past few weeks. After a summer of low key activity and last minute thrown together meals I have pulled out the yarn and needles, the crock pot and cooking books, and I'm back in action.
A few weeks ago my mom gave me the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Since then I have gotten in the routine of making yummy, and INCREDIBLY EASY, breads throughout the week. (and learned that photographing food is not my forte)
Also making my own granola and last week made my first batch of yogurt in the crock pot. The yogurt was so easy and so much better tasting than store-bought plain yogurt. It wasn't as bitter and passed the kid-taste-test. At first I wondered how in the world we would consume a half gallon of yogurt in a week. After 5 days of mixing it in the kid's oatmeal to cool it down, having it for breakfast with my granola, and in after school smoothies, it's almost gone.
And just to keep things interesting I've begun reading Canning for a New Generation and looking at my sad little garden with new interest.
I'm not sure where this latest bloom in my domesticity has come from. Could be wanting to have a bit more control over what we are eating, or maybe learning to be a bit more frugal and still eat yummy things. There is also the aspect of feeling closer to the women in my family, past and present. I can't sit down to knit without thinking of my grandmothers. Life somehow seems simpler when I have my hands more involved in it. I also find these things fun, something we could all use more of in life. I have to admit though that I see myself as a lazy domestic. I am always looking for things that don't take hours of my time to create, but just look like they did.