Gather these winter books and curl up in your favorite chair for a cozy season.
Curling up with a good book is an ideal way to enjoy the winter season and learn things to apply to the entire year.
This collection of seasonal books are favorites of mine and sure to inspire with simple living ideas, recipes for seasonal eating, crafting tutorials and more.
Bake and get crafty with this book specifically designed to help you not just survive but thrive in the winter season. Craft projects include using elements of nature, crochet, and paper. Recipes for cocktails, pastries, and more are included to help you slow down and literally savor the season.
This book is almost a pastry course. It contains amazing photos to help you improve your technique in various pastry arts as well as includes incredibly detailed instructions for every recipe.
Pastry Love has wonderful recipes both sweet and savory (though more heavily sweet) for things like Multi-Grain English muffins, Syrian Nutmeg Cake, Double Chocolate Rye Cookies, Cranberry Pecan Bread, and much more.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I re-read it almost every winter even though I feel like I know the story by heart.
A college students lives alone in a canvas wall tent with his dog in the Idaho wilderness during a winter. You'll experience a range of emotions with him as he chops wood, bakes bread, gets sick, misses a family connection and more.
It is a lovely story but be forewarned that there are graphic descriptions of hunting and even trapping in the pages. You'll grapple with these things right alongside the author as he tries to survive and understand himself, his mountain man ideals, and nature.
This is an inspiring book no matter your ultimate simple living goals. You'll meet people living their priorities in creative and super simple ways. Some of the profiles are quite austere and while that might not be the ultimate goal for everyone, you will definitely find an epiphany or two within the pages of this book.
I've been living a simple life for well over 20 years and I found so much encouragement and joy in this book and know that you will you no matter where you on your simple living journey.
Get a historical perspective of what it is like to almost starve through a harsh winter eating a potato a day. Understand that all those pioneer dreams and romantic visions weren't always so very idealistic in this book from the Little House on the Prairie Series. Adults are very likely to take away very different things than children especially from this particular book in the series.
I know there's been some controversy of late in Ma Ingalls' language in these books. Do I approve of such racism? No. But I also do not think it serves us well to pretend it didn't (or doesn't) exist especially for the time in which these books represent.
There are so many lessons to learn in this book from survival to racism that we can apply to our lives today because if we don't know our history well, we can't change and improve things for the future.
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