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Chelsea Russell's Blog

I grew up with a love of the written word. Writing is an art just like any other creative endeavor. Unlike painting with pastels, my words are my medium.

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The Passage
Justin Cronin
The Golem and the Jinni
Helene Wecker
Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God's Everything
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Jenna Woginrich
The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre! - Carleen Madigan I really enjoyed this book because it was a great overview of the topic and really got me excited to begin my own endeavors into creating a homestead. My husband and I just purchased 4.5 acres in December, so it's only encouraged me to imagine all the potential opportunities there are for us to become more self-sufficient. I felt the chapters on gardening and herbs dragged a little, but that's only because I'm not very familiar with growing my own vegetables. There is a plethora of information in those chapters, so I know I'll be referring back to it continuously as I plant my own garden and herb patch. There were times when the directions were a bit unclear, but I'm personally a much better visual learner than I am written. Therefore, this confusion could merely be a result of my own learning preferences. I would highly recommend Carleen Madigan's book to anyone interested in homesteading.