I’ve had What My Nana Knew on the brain.
I’m just madly, wildly in love with the idea!
I don’t come from country people. Sometimes I wish I did, but the fact is I don’t. And the fact is a lot of us don’t. But our Nanas still had a ton of innovative, creative ideas that helped them through the Great Depression that are valid and helpful in today’s world, too.
So I’ve decided to do something that feels so risky to me that it makes my heart beat hard and my hands shake a little as I type. I don’t know why the thought of offering a What My Nana Knew ‘zine is scarier than putting myself out here everyday to you all, but it is. Maybe because I’ll be asking for a little money? That feels presumptuous. What if no one buys it? What if my poor little ‘zine just sits all alone in a box because no one is interested?
But I feel in my heart that this is going to be a fun and adventurous ride. And if no one buys What My Nana Knew-the ‘zine…well, I’ll just give it away.
It will be, when all is said and done, a 20 page 1/2 size little booklet. So far (as you can see) I have the front and back covers done, and the table of contents. Which means, I know what I want to put in, I just have to write it.
This edition of W hat My Nana Knew, the ‘zine, will be about food storage without a garden. I think a lot of people get intimidated by the idea of canning and cold storage and whatnot, because they think it has to involve extensive gardening. The ‘zine will have a page for each season with seasonal foods listed, and how to store them, plus another page for each season with recipes. There will be a section for food storage under special circumstances (such as food allergies) and another one for DIY projects. There is even a page of ideas for those who would like to try their green thumb on for size on a small scale. Then a couple of pages of resources.
I’ll charge $4 dollars, postage in the US paid. My plan is to have quarterly (seasonal) editions with a different theme for each. I’m not trying to get rich here. I think that this information is super important, and I want to get it out in a useful way. Sometimes having something in your hand is the most useful, don’t you think? This edition should be ready to go in March.
Please, please, if you have any thoughts or ideas or just want to help quell my fears that this is a silly idea that no one will be interested in, leave me a comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In the meantime, I still plan to have a monthly What My Nana Knew post here. This month’s post will be about cold food storage. I’d planned to post that at the end of January, but it felt rushed and I decided to spend more time on it. So expect that in a couple of weeks.
And now to the give-away!
There is one thing my Nana knew that she taught me when I was a little girl. That’s how to crochet. Every time I pick up a hook, I feel her right there with me. So I thought, to celebrate my little idea, I’d have a little giveaway to honor my Nana. The first thing she taught me to make was these little wash cloths. I still make them to this day.
They’re 100 percent cotton, and the bright sunny yellow makes me think of spring. Use them on your face, or on your dishes. Use them to help wean yourself from paper towels. Let them help you make a small change.
To win these three pretty little reusable wash cloths, all you have to do is post a comment here. If you would like to post about this giveaway on your blog, or follow me on your RSS feed, you can do that and post more comments here for two more chances to win. I’ll choose a winner randomly on Valentine’s day.