In our loud, fast-paced, consumerism-in-your-face-every-day world, I finally feel like my home is a quiet, clean, ordered space where I can think and breathe. Where the time I used to spend caring for so many things has been given back to me.
One thing in my kitchen that serves multiple purposes is my big cast iron dutch oven. I use it to make soups and stews, mashed potatoes and small batches of vegetable stock. But my favorite use for the pot is to make bread.
This project, to me, represents the very essence of the pursuit of an eco-frugality minimalist lifestyle. I’ve taken a shirt that is not useful for us anymore, but instead of donating or discarding it I’ve extended its usefulness.
As I was doing research for this post, I had a momentary vision that shocked the hell out of me. I saw in my head a mountain of discarded material that I caused in my lifetime. I pictured the pile in my front yard, where everyone could see how irresponsible I have been.