Actually, this was a hugely productive summer...considering that we barely left the house. My husband discovered the joys of preserves! He made jam (raspberry, strawberry and cherry), pickles and salsa. I learned to make lip balm, herb infused oil and homemade refried beans.
It's so empowering to be able to make things! When the zombie apocalypse comes we got it covered. I started with making bread 20 years ago and it has snowballed. Now we make our own cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, bug spray, deodorant, lip balm :D, bread, buns, bagels....all kinds of stuff. We are a chemical free household and it feels great. Mostly I like the fact that I am not so dependent on making it to the store. Another big plus, is I know what is in everything. That means a lot to me!
The downside is that I will be spending the coming weeks cleaning. I need to scrape the summers worth of DIY carnage that has enveloped my house. It was worth it though. My next project is to learn to make soap! I'm hoping I can find a class that runs in my spare time between 2 and 3 in the morning :P
Bring on the FALL!!!