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Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.

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This lifestyle blog is ideal for anyone who is interested in slowing down and bringing back the often brushed aside “lost arts” of all-things homemade and home-cooked. You’ll find recipes from scratch, tips for repairing and reusing, do-it-yourself home projects, and other sustainable practices you wish you asked your grandmother to teach you.

DISCLOSURE
I would like to let you know that I do have affiliate links throughout this blog, but will always mention which ones contain them. The links provide me with a small percentage of commission but do not cost you anything extra. I’m also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
There was a time I wanted to live off the grid. I moved to a tiny town at the base of a mountain, canceled cable and Internet, stocked up on a small library of homesteading books, and fumbled my way through learning sustainable arts. I sewed my own curtains, baked my own bread, and yearned for my own property.  It was fun and fulfilling for a while, but eventually I found myself craving more interaction with people, and there were some things I just couldn’t do (grow my own food while renting, for one). I made my way “back into society” closer to friends and family (and supermarkets), and got my WiFi going again — but I never lost the fondness for the do-it-yourself spirit.

My name is Melissa and despite my many hobbies, lifestyles, career paths, and “phases”, I’ve always been a writer with a keen creative side. Craft ideas featured here are a combination of projects I’ve created and others that I’ve picked up from other sources (who will always be noted). Recipes are from my own collection. I’m neither a chef nor a cook and I’ve never worked in a restaurant — just an appreciator of hearty meals, dreamy desserts, and party foods, especially when enjoyed in a space that maintains an air of atmosphere. Cooking and baking are more than hobbies to me; when I make a dessert for a family holiday or prepare a meal for someone I love, I’m offering an experience — smells, colors, setting, flavor, and a feeling of satisfaction are all equally important, from start (“Ooo!”) to finish (“Ahh.”). I hope you find them simple to follow and enjoyable!

I currently reside between New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains with my significant other, Dennis, in a town where the local food movement thrives and where Home provides so much more than just shelter. •

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