April 21, 2010

These are Keepers!

 book stack  

I visit my local library at least twice a week (sometimes more) to pick up the latest books, magazines, films and cds for my reading/viewing/listening pleasure. It’s sort of like shopping without spending any money! I was perusing the 'new books' shelf this week and three little gems caught my eye. I know it has been said "don't judge a book by its cover," but those of you who agree with that quote probably haven't laid eyes on these volumes. And I promise I didn’t just grab them because they are all green (my favorite color!).

I sat down and skimmed through all of them last night and they are definitely going on the list of books to add to my permanent collection. Unlike a fiction story which you might read once and then return, these babies will provide oodles of advice and wisdom that (I think) you'd want to refer to over and over. Even though my local library's generous book check-out period is three weeks, these are books that I would want to keep on my shelf for years to come. 

mrs. meyer's book
First is Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home. You probably recognize her name from her extensive line of cleaning products. I’ve never used any of her products before, but after looking through this book, I think I might have to try them. Anybody who raises 9 kids and still has as much energy to devote to the art of cleaning is a hero to me. My favorite of her tips is to wipe up spilled toothpaste and rub over your bathroom faucets to make them really gleam!

simple country living wisdom
Next, Simple Country Wisdom from the publishers of Country Living magazine. Even if you don’t feel like reading, be sure to expect the beautiful images that Country Living is famous for. There are so many great tips and tricks in here…including all you ever needed to know about seasoning new cast iron skillets and refurbishing them even when they seem past their prime. 

homemade living, canning
Finally, Canning & Preserving is a gorgeous book from Ashley English of design*sponge fame. It makes the canning process seem so do-able, even without lots of fancy equipment. The failed graphic designer in me is oh so jealous of the talented folks who put this book together…it is a wonderful introduction to the world of “putting up.” My favorite section offers a description of jam, jelly, marmalade, etc. and what each is and how they differ.

These books get my stamp of approval! Do any of you already have one (or all) of these in your collection?