Usually when I purchase a craft or home-making book I take my time browsing through. I love to savour the delights found on each page, and ponder the life lessons a particular book may reveal.
Not so with my latest book!
DOWN TO EARTH by Rhonda Hetzel
I found Rhonda's blog, "Down To Earth", last year, and have been reading over a few years worth of simple living posts since then. Just last month this wonderful book of hers was published here in Australia, and on Monday it arrived at my door.
I really wasn't sure what to expect inside, but hoped it would be a concise tome of her simple living ideas and advice. It is more than that.
Within the first 43 pages I had numerous 'light bulb' moments of revelation, and one very important confirmation of a thought I had shared with Blossom only a day earlier.
This book is going to take a bit of my time in the coming weeks, and I am ready with a journal to take notes along the way. Rhonda is a 'commonsense' woman, and they are the best type to glean from.
I purchased mine from Fishpond Australia.
One of the things Rhonda encourages is making do, and using what you have to produce meals. I took that to heart today.
Having been blessed with a bargain on organic chicken 'lovely legs' (skinned, fat removed chicken legs) I did a search at Taste.com.au for a recipe and thought 'Easy Lemon Chicken Tagine' sounded good.
One of the ingredients was Moroccan Spice, and just as I was about to grab my car keys and head out to the supermarket to buy some I stopped in my tracks and thought, "what would Rhonda do?". I'm pretty sure she'd look for a recipe to make Moroccan Spice herself!
So that is what I did. A quick google, and I had it!
All the individual spices to make the Moroccan blend were in my spice racks!
The chicken is now bubbling away in a cast iron pot on my stove, and smells amazing!
Mr E has just left to pick up Blossom from work, so a tasty dinner will be on the table as soon as they walk in the door. Yay!
(I also baked a Chocolate Apple Cake for dessert...are you drooling yet??)
In the sewing room I am playing with a new design. Oopsie Daisies again, but little ones this time.
What book, or author, has inspired you lately?