Very Small Town Living

We live a lot like our folks did in the 40's and 50's - gardening, canning, cooking from scratch, hanging up the wash, modest square footage, fairly simple wants, sharing good books, coffee time with friends, picnicking, taking a Sunday drive in the country instead of going to the mall, etc. We don't feel like we've given up anything. 
Part of the secret is to live in a community where folks are like-minded, the other secret is knowing you can enjoy other people's landscaping, beautiful homes, etc., but you don't have to OWN everything you see. 
Simple wants cut down on costs, maintenance, storage, care, clutter and let you sleep at night. I'm watching my neighbor wash his expensive truck with a power washer right now; a sponge and a bucket also do the job, saves just as much water, is simpler to store and is multiuse, and costs a lot less. (And also easier to use, a bucket doesn't have to be plugged in somewhere and there is no hose to drag around). We don't want to be pioneers - but we could certainly live simpler, more fulfilling lives.


  1. How many cups in a pound of flour??

    1. If you measure by stirring, spooning lightly into the cup and leveling, you get about 4 1/2 ounces or 3 1/2 cups per pound. If you stir, scoop and level, you get closer to 5 ounces or 3 or so cups per pound.
      See our article about weighing ingredients - my favorite method:

  2. My dad is from a tiny farming town in NE Nebraska and we spent a week there every summer. I look for blogs like yours and I'm so enjoying you!!! I'd like to make a suggestion - if you put yourselves on Facebook I'm sure your following would grow exponentially. It is so much easier to follow and promote my favorite blogs from Facebook.

  3. This sounds like a nice way to live. I've been reading She has similar desires.
    Christmas blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,


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