Have you ever read Laura Ingalls Wilder's "On the Shores of Silver Lake"? Remember when her family had the good fortune to spend the winter in the surveyors cabin? One of the most memorable experiences for Laura was the pantry - filled to the brim with barrels of food, overflowing with provisions and packed with every good thing to eat. Laura had never seen such abundance, and the Ingalls family had never experienced such ample bounty. Not only did Laura and her family benefit from the wealth of provisions cached in the surveyors cabin, numerous settlers counted themselves blessed by the Ingalls women's industrious use of the cabin's bounty.
|Alphabetized list for the storeroom|
|Our storeroom master list|
|Empty (or nearly empty) jars to be filled|
|Filled and ready for the shelf|
|Another crate full of jars|
Every fall I scrub our kitchen shelves, cleaning the jars, tidying the china and organizing all the utensils. It is a huge job because the shelves are large and our shouse seems to magnetically attract dirt. I clean shelf by shelf, scrubbing the shelves with hot, soapy water and washing each jar as I go. I organize and clean, getting ready for the fall harvest and fill my gallon jars with dry goods from our storeroom.
|Hard White Wheat|
As I write this, I am gazing upon true beauty - freshly cleaned kitchen shelves with row after row of jars filled to the brim with an abundance of provisions. We are blessed beyond measure.