"I almost never read a borrowed book. I don't like to read borrowed books because I don't want to read a book without underlining things I want to remember. Since one doesn't underline someone else's book, I feel that if a book is worth reading, it is worth owning."

Boyd K. Packer, Teach Ye Diligently, pg. 197



The Orchard: A Memoir

I read this book for my final English class in college. I loved it. It is the true story of one woman who tried to keep her family apple orchard going, alone, during the Depression.

The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking

This is a whole-wheat bread book, and it has a TON of really good recipes, and lots of detailed instructions, including 20 pages on how to make a good loaf of regular bread, including what to look for, etc. My white French bread turns out better now that I follow her instructions on shaping the loaf (she, however, makes her French bread from whole wheat).

Her banana bread recipe is the best I've ever had.

She explains the different types of wheat, including what kind you use to make whole wheat pastry flour.

Emergency Food in a Nutshell

A kind woman gave me a copy of this book in January 2008. It has 2 months of meals completely from shelf-friendly items, with all recipes included. It also gives an enormous amount of information about emergency fuel and water supplies.

The Amazing Wheat Book

Want something else to do with your wheat besides make whole wheat bread? Learn how to make gluten burgers, "wheat-meat" sausage, etc.

The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

This book has been incredibly helpful for me in teaching my children to read.

The American Frugal Housewife

Originally published in 1838, this book is available for free as a download.

Ten P's in a Pod : A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family

The story of a large family that decided to spend their lives teaching of Christ. This family homeschooled their children as they traveled across the U.S. They had little means, but they truly feasted upon the words of Christ. This book was inspiring to me in so many ways.


How I get done all that I get done:

Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores

My inspiration for beauty in home, at the table and in the garden:

Victoria Magazine


Right when we thought we were going to lose our home, we had the opportunity to borrow these two movies from family members. We had never seen them before. I cried while watching them.

We have been blessed to be able to continue to stay in our home. I will not forget, however, the litle things I learned while watching these two films.

The first is the true story of a man and his family during the Great Depression.

Cinderella Man

The second is the true story of a man during the recession of the 1980's.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Later, we were able to watch another movie that we were also able to greatly relate to. This is a Christian film done by regular people (not professional actors). Struggles of faith, relationships, obedience to God in keeping the Sabbath Day holy and paying tithing are covered.



Inspiring Words from Great Men

Some online reading that you can read now


Prepare for the Days of Tribulation

Food Storage

Family Preparedness

The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family

Parenthood: A Stewardship in Education

The Joy of Honest Labor

Encouragement for the Homemaker: When Queens Ride By

The Honored Place of Woman

Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare

Live to Inspire

Flourish 7

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