This is just a hello wave. I was pointed this way by fearsclave, and on his assurance that it's OK to participate in discussion I'm making myself known. I'm not in the geographical area set forth in the profile, but I know folks who are so we may end up in Vermont one day living with them or nearby. In the meantime, if it's acceptable to follow along and pipe up occassionaly I'll be riding along here with the rest of you. I see six folks already from my flist so we're not all complete strangers.
I grew up on a ten acre plot surrounded by larger farms. My formative years, from 8 to 18 were in the seventies, so I have experience with energy scarcity and adjustments to same. My bibles from 1970 on include all the Foxfire books, Seymour's Self Sufficiency, Malabar Farm and books along the same vein. I listened very carefully to the stories of my great grandparents about how life was from the late 1890's on, and learned much from my grandfather who always raised much of his own food even though he had a great job with East Ohio Gas. A legacy from starting a family during the Great Depression and WWII, but he always grew good food.
I'm fairly well invested in learning what I can and sharing what I know, with two parents in their seventies and two children five and two years old. There's a present and a future to live, I'd like to live it as well as we can, and bring along as many as we can. I appreciate the chance to meet you folks.
1. Bake something.
2. Your baked item must be from scratch. No mixes, unless they are an ingredient in a multi-ingredient recipe. (Using a pudding mix in a cake recipe, for example. Not that we will have mixes once TEOTWAWKI has arrived.)
3. Brag about it in your on-line journal. This is your opportunity to wax poetic about your love of baking, and/or the specific product you have baked, and/or the process and your experience baking it. If it falls flat, share your woes with the rest of us and we will console you.
4. Brownie points to those who post a picture! (Seriously, what other kind of points belong in a baking holiday?) If you don't have a camera, describe it as best you can. Or borrow one from a friend, bribing them with a taste of your baked item!
5. Because bragging inevitably engenders envy, people will likely ask for your recipe, so you can post it as well. Unless it's a closely guarded secret, in which case you can gleefully withhold it and taunt us all.