Archive November 2010

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Waste Not, Want Not

Is The Mountain Farmgirl the only one who hates to see food thrown out? Recycling applies as much to the contents of our refrigerators and pantry closets as it does to everything else that we use in our homes. With the abundance of Thanksgiving dinner now behind us, I pray that everyone shared in its bounty with grateful hearts, no matter how grand or simple a scale. But in many kitchens all across America, leftovers now abound. Check out a neat way to get extra mileage from some of our favorite foods and ingredients, which promise to  bring raves every time.

Bleakness and Blessings

November can be a dark and dismal month, but it doesn’t have to be; it’s really all in the way we choose to look at it. Join the Mountain Farmgirl as she sheds some personal warmth and light on the comings and goings of this traditionally short and chilly month, and how her new view of it has changed her for the better.
Cathi Belcher

Cathi Belcher,
an old-fashioned farmgirl with a pioneer spirit, lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a “lifelong learner” in the “Live-Free-or-Die” state, she fiercely values self-reliance, independence, freedom, and fresh mountain air. Married to her childhood sweetheart of 40+ years (a few of them “uphill climbs”), she’s had plenty of time to reinvent herself. From museum curator, restaurant owner, homeschool mom/conference speaker, to post-and-beam house builder and entrepreneur, she’s also a multi-media artist, with an obsession for off-grid living and alternative housing. Cathi owns and operates a 32-room mountain lodge. Her specialty has evolved to include “hermit hospitality” at her rustic cabin in the mountains, where she offers weekend workshops of special interest to women.

“Mountains speak to my soul, and farming is an important part of my heritage. I want to pass on my love of these things to others through my writing. Living in the mountains has its own particular challenges, but I delight in turning them into opportunities from which we can all learn and grow.”

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Mountain Bounty

“Keep close to Nature’s heart ... and break clear away once in awhile to climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods, to wash your spirit clean.”
– John Muir