The word homestead is a word like bedstead. It just means your home. Bedstead just means your bed. So we all homestead. A lot of times, we refer to this word in the context of the Homestead Act, where you got free land and lived on it and made a home out of it, and then you got to keep it. It was in the 1800′s. All of us do that, to one degree or the other, but our homes aren’t free.
We do need to learn how to live from our homes and not from the grocery store. The Bible women didn’t go to Egypt for their handmade things; they made them themselves. We may need to go to the world to buy the flour and eggs to bake our bread but, really, we should make it at home. We need to make our own things for our own families.
Where to start? Well, I wouldn’t start with soap. I would lay a foundation first and do soap later. I would start out with some paper and a pen, and write down some bread recipes that you want to try and some other back to the basics recipes. And try to start cooking from scratch. This way, you aren’t grabbing stuff out of the air to do, but you are beginning to build a foundation.
Make an oldtime grocery list and then, try to live off of what you wrote down. Like, the old fashioned mothers would have a list that looked like this. Flour, sugar, coffee, tea, baking powder and baking soda. Because you don’t have a garden yet, then you don’t have vegetables in the root cellar, so you would have to buy your vegetables until next year when you can start a garden and can your vegetables and fruits. Also, I live in town, too, and I don’t have a place for chickens, so I have to buy eggs and frozen chicken. Also, other kinds of meat. So I have to add meat and eggs to my list, too. And, of course, the milk products until we find a source of supply for raw milk.
But, basically, we need to get some good recipes for bread and some other back to the land recipes, then make out a list of staples to buy at the store. In other words, don’t worry about canning until next year in the spring. Just think about building a foundation first, like learning to cook from scratch. Once you are cooking from scratch, then the soap making will fit right in. Also, the sewing and quilting.
One book that really helped me was Carla Emery’s book called The Old Fashioned Recipe Book. When the children were little, I made bread out of anything I could get my hands on. I learned this from Carla’s book. I am sure that she has a website. Now, she was a Christian when she wrote her recipe book, but I guess she is into New Age and all that now. And I think all of this is on her website. But skip that; just get her book of recipes if you can. It’s a big book and pretty expensive. I got mine back in the 1970′s. Then, it was paperback.
But, ya know, now is good time to get some books from the library on back to the basics cooking, and make some plans to live from home. Fall is coming up. Find some good recipes for homemade soups and stews that you want to try. But just plan for Fall and Winter for now.
In the fall, the old time mothers, of course, were very busy storing their fruits and vegetables away for the winter. But then in the winter, after chores, they read and dreamed of their new spring vegetable gardens and fruit trees. They would send away for garden catalogs and then order their seeds.
The winter was a time to rest and dream and get ready for spring planting. So just wait until this winter to plan a garden … don’t worry about that right now. Also in the winter, the country mothers did a lot of sewing and crafts. They made many Christmas gifts for loved ones. And after Christmas, like Peggy says in her writings, she just stays home and does her sewing and crafts, until winter is over.
Don’t try to think of all of this at once. The old time mothers just did things in their seasons. It is the season now for some of you to clean out your pantries and get ready to live an old fashioned lifestyle. To build a foundation for good works. To get rid of all of these worldly mixes and junk that keeps you from creating things with your hands. Give it to someone that needs food, maybe at your local church. I mean, the street people need packaged things as they don’t have a place to cook.
But private wives should be cooking happily in the kitchen their husbands have provided for them. A woman who cooks at home is so sexy to her man. Can’t ya just see her coming in, laden with vegetables from her garden, barefoot and hopefully pregnant, long skirt, with hair tied back with hairpins and flowers tucked in the sides. I used to always wear flowers in my hair … I need to do that again. Even with a head covering, you can tuck flowers in the side. A mother at home, cooking and baking in her long cotton skirt, is such a sight to behold.
We mothers are not meant to blend in with the world. We are private wives, and our homes should be private. We need safe places to dream and create, and to learn in silence and submission to our husbands. We shouldn’t be intimidated by other women or anyone outside of the realm of what our husbands have needed.
And, ya know, that includes me too? I don’t expect you to go along with me on all things. If my teaching fits, then wear it. See, the feminists hate what I write. They want to get the woman out of her husband’s grasp. They have always wanted neighborhood kitchens and daycare. They want to own you. This is the difference. I don’t want to own you. I want to deliver you to your husband and back to your children. I want to be a midwife to you who helps you to birth in the spirit what you need to do to get back home. I am a helper and not an end in myself. I want no glory. I just want to help you to glorify your Lord and your lord. I do fall at times and I worry that my teachings are not being received. But that is my problem, and I need to buck up and get over it, and just write what the Lord says WRITE. Right?
I guess this place of Titus woman teacher is a bit hard for me to swallow at times. I can’t seem to fill her shoes, because I wear no shoes at all most of the time. I know at times I cause the older Titus women who have gone before me to twirl in their graves. God help us all. But I do think that some of these worldly things that we have in our kitchens are cursing us. The feminist movement is the ones who love all the convenience foods and packaged mixes.
Ya know what? Feminism is such a demon spirit. It’s such an insult to women. It kills her womanly desires. It makes her feel stupid and numb. Packaged mixes … now how hard are they to figure out and put on the table? Do they touch you deep in your spirit? And move you to good works?
I mean, the modern woman grieves a grief she can’t understand, because her gifts that have been cultivated in her for centuries are supposedly no longer needed. She feels lost. The most horrid bottom line is the lie that is told to her that her breasts and womb are not important. I mean that’s like telling a man his penis is not of any value. Hey now. Can you imagine what that would do to a man? That would weaken him as a man, because most family men have strong sex drives, and this is what makes them do the good works that they do. Of course, they too have been mighty oppressed by the feminist movement, but nothing close to the woman’s oppression.
The woman has been told that nothing she has or does is important. Only as she acts and becomes like a man is she of any importance. And this is killing many women’s spirits. Many just decide its too hard, and they take on the spirit of a man. And yet, underneath it all, they are grieving beyond what we can imagine. They have a hurt that they can’t name. Well, I can name it for ya …it’s feminism.
I have dealt with this and know in the spirit what I am writing about. You really can’t get rid of that demon by a set of rules of doing this and that. I mean, it takes association with a true Titus mother. Or, if you can get ahold of the wisdom I write about, you would be home free. But feminism is a spirit, and a set of rules and recipes won’t get rid of it.
I am a poor example of the Titus mother. I say that in truth. But I am learning too. I don’t have all the answers. I have some of the truth. And I do know that feminism is a demon spirit. I mean, when Dixie got set free of it, she was unreal. You could stand next to her and you would want to go back home and cook until you couldn’t see straight. She would often rebuke feminism from me that I didn’t even know I had. I sure felt better afterwards. I would get insulted at first, because I hated feminism. But it is a spirit that is out there, like a disease. It’s a plague in the land.
Happiness comes as we take our places as women in our kitchens and gardens. Many of you say that you long for the old ways. Well, that is the Lord’s spirit calling you. Don’t you love it … the feelings of wisdom? That is the Holy Spirit calling you to wisdom.
Now hold on to that and let Him call you further and further into His heart. This is a path of miracles. This is what opens your heart of motherhood. It opens your spiritual wombs to receive the power of virtue, and you receive strength to conceive a seed like Sarah. You begin to give birth in the spirit and in the flesh. But you must retain this spirit of womanhood to bring any fruit forth. You protect your seeds until they bring forth miracles.
Luanne, you were saying that most of the back-to-landers were not Christians. Oh, I know what you mean. But it’s just that Christianity hasn’t had the older woman teachings. I think that many of the Eastern religions recognize the female side of the spirit. Modern Christianity has thrown women out all together. The Catholic sisters on this group probably have no problem understanding my teachings on wisdom.