Pioneering Today by Melissa K. Norris [Book Review]

The first reason I was drawn to Pioneering Today by Melissa K. Norris was because of the title. I mean, it has “pioneering” in it. The whole concept of a modern pioneer intrigues me.

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Pioneering Today: Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way

Of course I realize reading a book about pioneering does not a pioneer make, but I hoped it would help me envision a simpler life…in a condo in the centre of a city.

Author Melissa K. Norris leaves her heart all over the pages of this book. And she not only writes about pioneering but lives and breaths it in every aspect of her life from gardening to faith to homemade gifts. It’s quite inspiring.

However, I did have to look a lot of words up. Having no experience with preserving, farming, or really anything covered in this book the tips were a little beyond my skill level. I think this is built for someone who already has some concept of what pioneering is all about and knows how to, like, use a pressure cooker. Or at least knows what one is.

At the start of each section Norris shares a story from her life to help connect the topic to real life. Then she shares some helpful tips and follows that with her favourite recipes. All in all it’s quite a unique approach to a lifestyle book.

So far I’ve tried her tips for laundry (white vinegar, who knew!?) and have put white chocolate chips on my grocery list to attempt the amazing-sounding white chocolate popcorn. When I’m brave enough, I’m going for the five-minute bread.

Update: Pioneering Today looks to be retired (well, it’s available for $264.55 on Amazon, which seems suspicious) but Melissa K. Norris has a new book,The Made-from-Scratch Life: Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home available at a regular price.

The first reason I was drawn to Pioneering Today by Melissa K. Norris was because of the title. I mean, it has “pioneering” in it. The whole concept of a modern pioneer intrigues me.

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