Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pantry Talk, Lessons from Little House & a Cute Teeny House

Hot dogs, mac N cheese & clearance flowers-lunch at my house

Brenda at Coffee Tea Books and Me (one of my favorite blogs) has had an on going series about stocking your pantry and I thought the following post was really good because it also touched on the importance of presentation. You can make mac and cheese for lunch a special event just by how you set your table, no one will care that it's "just" mac and cheese and it doesn't have to cost much!

"Today I want to chat about how our pantry truly can be the start of "gourmet" cooking and fine dining... add in a few great cookbooks and a collection of inherited or thrifted china (and candles... must have candles)... and viola', a meal as good as anything in the expensive restaurants."

Go here Pantry Talk - Organics & Gourmet Foods to read the rest of this wonderful post!

If you have been with me for a while, then you know that I love my Little House on the Prairie books! You also know that I re-read them all each winter (it's something I look forward to and makes winter special for me). There are lots of things I love about these stories, but mostly I admire how people work together and help each other out. Also, how hard they work, yet they still make time for fun!

I recently found this really useful site and came upon a post about things we can learn from the Little House TV Shows!

"I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie in the 70’s. Each episode had a moral to it, but it wasn’t until I staged a marathon viewing session courtesy of Netflix that I realized how many of those episodes dealt with the subject of money in some form. Maybe some of my money habits did come from TV, after all."

Go here to read the rest of Jennifer's post Little House on the Prairie Financial Lessons.

You have to check out this cute 382 sq. ft. apartment occupied by a three people! It's so warm & welcoming and has some good storage ideas. They are such an inspiration! Small Is The New Big

Hope you are all having a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Kathleen Grace said...

You have given me some new places to visit and interesting things to ponder. That's why I love coming here:>) Have a great weekend my friend!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

OOOh, I have seen that cute apartment before! They did an awesome job with it!

I love Brenda's blog, too, and always find inspiration.

Thanks for the linky's!

Happy Saturday!

Beth said...

382 sq. ft.? WOW...guess I shouldn't be complaining about the size of my "tiny" apartment! Mine is just over 1,000 sq ft (2 bedroom and 2 bath).

I love Little House! We have a local channel that airs the shows everyday at 5 o'clock. There IS more than just entertainment value in the shows. One of the few shows left that is worth watching.

Julie said...

Oh my daughter and I love Little House! I watched it back in the 70's but then in the 80's when my daughter was little we would watch it each night at 5:00 while eating dinner! We traveled three years ago to her last home it was so fun to see where she lived!

matty said...

Love the new blog! I need more reading time!

"Little House on the Prairie" series are amazing, aren't they? I reread "Little Women" every year, too. What is it about these wonderful books? I think you hit it on the head when you said "community."

Have a great week!

Lorri said...

I love this post. Thanks so much for all of the cute ideas. I am always looking for new ways to make an old dish. I also love to read the Little House books. I will have to make a habit of reading them each winter sounds like a great idea!

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
You have always such good tips for us. I'm off to visit the sites you mentioned. Hope you have a fun weekend too.
Hugs, Rhondi

Ally's Corner said...

It just goes to show most time we all don't need all the space we need.
While we were building our house my husband and I lived in his sister's small cottage. It was small by cozy. We lived without a lot of stuff for 6 months looking back I should have kept it that way.
Love the pantry links, still building mine.
Have a great day even if it's raining.


Love the Decor! said...

I love little house too!! I always wanted to be laura when I was young.

Nadine said...

Great links...thank you for sharing. I love the Little House books too!
My pantry is getting quite stuffed, I may need to look for more storage space in our little home!


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh I love little house books too! I read them all with my oldest daughter and can't wait to read them again with my second. It inspired me and now that I am homeschooling, our family works even better as a unit. One thing I think has been lost is the family unit working together. Since we began the homeschooling we have become so much tighter. The kids actually have to pitch in more, and I think Ma encountered the same. You can't get through the day waiting on people and survive. What a great gift being able to read these and still learn lessons from it. I intend to check out your links, looks like fun!

My Cozy Cubby said...

One of my all time favorite tv shows! I have the whole collection on DVD. I've seen the episodes over and over, and I don't get tired of them! Plus something I can watch with my kids. I'm such a huge fan, that even though I have every single episode, I watch it when it's on our local station as well! I know it's silly.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Manuela, Do you go to Laura Ingalls Gunn's blog, Decor to Adore. You know she is a relative of the real Little House family. What a wonderful winter read. I have always believed that any food tastes better when it is served in attractive surroundings on nice plates. laurie

GlorV1 said...

I'll have mac and cheese at your home any day! Thanks for all the good hints, now I am going to make my way to that teenie apartment and see what it's all about. Your the Girl!!

GlorV1 said...

Manuela, I went to see the photos on Flickr and wow!! Totally awesome. Very small, but very efficient. Thanks for sharing.

Mary in AR said...

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. You have inspired me in so many ways. I too have always enjoyed the Little House books, except I always identified with Mary, since I am named Mary and am the older sister who likes to do all the domestic things--no tomboy here!

Just last week we had "Cowboy Pasta," which is what I renamed Mac n Cheese with Hot Dogs! My friends thought it was some new exotic dish until I explained.

Gotta love the old favorites!
Mary in AR

Anonymous said...

That was a very interesting article about Little House. The tiny apartment was adorable. Makes my tiny place look like a mansion by comparison!


Lamp Tramp said...

Great post, love the sites you mentioned, lots of helpful hints.

Barb said...

Manuela, did you save me some lunch? Yummy!!!! I love those books.

Are you still watching The Good Life? I adore that show!!


~Kathie~ said...

I have my Little House books set from when I was a girl sitting on a shelf. I have not read them for ever- but I just may have to pull them off the shelf soon. :)

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I love reading books to my children about families working together. They don't really show that on TV!


Terri Steffes said...

I reread the Little House books, too! I didn't know you did, too!! How did I miss that??

I am going to check out a new blog!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

I used to have a boxed set similar to that of all the books. I wish I had saved them!

Storybook Woods said...

Great links, thank you xoxoxo Clarice

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

oh - it's been such a long time since I have read those, and my daughters have NOT...gasp. Off to go dust them off, and check out these new blogs. :)

Jenni said...

I am going to check out that little apartment for sure! We have a "little house" and so maybe I will find some ideas for storage and such!

I love, LOVE, love Little House! I read the series as a kid, and we are reading through the series as a family. I could never get tired of it! What a fun tradition to re-read them every winter! :) I love so many aspects of these books~ the close-knit family that cares for each other, how the mother teaches the girls things and they work together (like you mentioned!),how they pull through hard times together, their faith in God, and on and on! :)

Did you have a good weekend? I sure hope so! :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your books, Manuela! I have a series of Little Women books that my grandmother gave me when I was about 10 and I still have them. It might be nice t reread them this winter.

BTW, I was given an Honest Scrap Award this afternoon and I am awarding it to 7 other bloggers ~ you are one of them! I did a post on it if you want to see how this works.