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The Modern-Day Pioneer

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Rediscover the simple pleasures in life

When was the last time you let the aroma of freshly baked bread fill your kitchen or felt the warmth of a heavy quilt on a cold winter night? In today's day and age, it’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of convenience and forget what it's like to truly appreciate the simple things in life. The Modern-Day Pioneer celebrates these forgotten joys by showing you how to incorporate basic skills and living into your everyday life. Whether you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, raising chickens for meat or eggs, crafting delicious meals from scratch, or creating and mending your own clothes and quilts, this book makes it easy to live a healthier and more sustainable life in the twenty-first century.

Filled with step-by-step instructions and homegrown inspiration, you'll wonder how you ever lived without the sweet taste of locally harvested honey or the refreshing scent of homemade lavender soap.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction: Simplicity at Your Fingertips, the Wilderness at Your Doorstep
  6. 1: How a Pioneer Tends: Using the Land You Have
    1. The Prairie in Your Backyard
    2. The Prairie in the City
    3. Composting
    4. Collecting and Using Rainwater
    5. Raising Your Meal
  7. 2: How a Pioneer Prepares: Canning and Preserving
    1. Canning
    2. Pickling
    3. Freezing
    4. Drying
    5. Curing Meats
  8. 3: How a Pioneer Eats: Simple Meals Using the Fruit (or Vegetables) of Your Labor
    1. The Pioneer’s Kitchen
    2. The Pioneer’s Pantry
    3. Celebrating the Summer Bounty
    4. A Robust Harvest Meal
    5. A Plentiful Winter Supper
  9. 4: How a Pioneer Bakes: Making Bread Without a Breadmaker
    1. The Main Ingredients
    2. Techniques for Success
    3. The Baking Processes
    4. Essential Tools of the Trade
    5. Additional Tools
    6. Basic Bread Recipes
    7. Whole Wheat and Grain Bread
    8. Breadmaking with Starters
  10. 5: How a Pioneer Drinks: An Introduction to Homebrewing
    1. Your Ingredients
    2. Equipment
    3. Cleaning
    4. Sanitation
    5. Cleaning and Sanitizing Gear Rundown
    6. The Brewing Process
    7. Brewing Your First Batch
  11. 6: How a Pioneer Stays Strong: Prairie Remedies for Injury and Illness
    1. Methods and Tools for Herbal Healing
    2. Herbal First Aid for Frontier Emergencies
    3. Curing Common Ailments Through Food and Herbs
  12. 7: How a Pioneer Cleans Up: An Introduction to Soapmaking
    1. Safety Gear
    2. Soapmaking Equipment
    3. Techniques and Ingredients for Your First Batch of Soap
    4. Basic Recipe
    5. Soap Variations
  13. 8: How a Pioneer Lights the Way: An Introduction to Candlemaking
    1. Types of Candles
    2. Wax
    3. Wicks
    4. Candlemaking Equipment
    5. Safety Tips for Candlemaking
    6. Cleanup Tips for Candlemaking
    7. Handmade Rolled Candles
    8. Poured Container Candles
  14. 9: How a Pioneer Keeps Warm: An Introduction to Quilting
    1. The Quilt
    2. Tools and Supplies
    3. Quilting Fabrics
    4. The Modern-Day Pioneer’s Wall Hanging: Getting Started with a Simple Project
    5. Nine-Patch Baby Quilt
    6. Signing Your Work
  15. 10: How a Pioneer Mends: An Introduction to Sewing
    1. Before You Begin
    2. Supplies
    3. Hems and Seams
    4. Holes and Tears
    5. Buttons and Buttonholes
    6. Making Clothes Smaller: Darts and Shaping
    7. Making Clothes Larger: Adding Panels
    8. Camouflaging Mended Areas or Stains
  16. Appendices
    1. Standard U.S./Metric Measurement Conversions
    2. Guide to Vegetable Yields and Plantings
    3. Common Vegetable Watering and Fertilizing Chart
  17. Copyright