Hello, and welcome to Our Heritage of Health! My name is Lori Elliott. I live in suburban Massachusetts, but I’m a country girl at heart, and someday I’d love to live in an old, historic farmhouse with a front porch and a fireplace and enough land for animals and a big vegetable and herb garden.
In the meantime, I consider myself a suburban homesteader, and I live as much of the homesteading lifestyle as I can in the suburbs with my small flock of backyard chickens, vegetable and herb gardens, and cooking real food from scratch.
I love all things old-fashioned, and my favorite pastimes are the simple ones like taking my dog on a walk through the woods or reading a book on a rainy day. I could read all day and never get tired of it. My idea of the perfect relaxing evening would be sitting by a fireplace with a good book, a cozy blanket, and a warm cup of tea (and maybe a piece of chocolate cake too!).
When I’m not reading, I enjoy playing the piano and the violin, listening to music, quilting and other craft projects, working in my little backyard garden and learning more about herbs and herbalism. I also love browsing through antique stores and collecting old cookbooks and household items from the 19th century.
More important than any of those hobbies and interests, though, is my relationship with God. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, and I’m involved in my local church and enjoy spending time with the people in my church. (And if you’re interested in learning more about what I mean when I say I’m a follower of Jesus, I explain in more detail on this page.)
I also started a YouTube channel for music called Olden Time Tunes where I have instrumental arrangements of hymns and other traditional tunes. These songs are ones that are either older songs or songs done in a style inspired by older songs, and this channel allows me to combine my interest in old-fashioned things and my love of playing and arranging music in a way that I hope will be God-honoring and point others to Christ as well as be an encouragement to believers.
I’m also a lover of animals, and this is my “baby,” Daisy. She’s just as sweet as she looks in this picture (most of the time), and she’s my motivation for getting off the couch and going outside for some fresh air in the winter time. If it weren’t for her, I think I would just hibernate until spring. Daisy also takes care of any of my failed recipe experiments so that no food goes to waste. And, yes, the trash strewn all over the floor is from her play time!
I’ve always had a fascination with the past, and I love learning about history and finding ways to incorporate what I learn into my daily life. While I still use and enjoy modern conveniences, I’m a very traditional sort of person, and I love doing things the old-fashioned way.
I might not be ready to give up the washing machine quite yet and go back to scrubbing clothes on a washboard, and I’m definitely not ready to give up the conveniences of electricity and indoor plumbing . . . but I do think that there is a lot that we can learn from the traditional foods, work ethic, and do-it-yourself mentality of the “good old days.”
Even though I don’t do my cooking over an open fire or even with a wood stove (although I’d love to have one of those someday!), I like to make things from scratch, focusing on using fresh, whole foods and natural ingredients rather than processed and packaged foods.
I cook the way I imagine my great-great grandmother might have cooked over a century ago. I believe that God has created so many healthy, beautiful foods for us to eat, and it makes no sense to me to destroy the natural state of those foods with modern food processing, chemical preservatives, and artificial ingredients. I do a lot of experimenting with old-fashioned recipes and with traditional methods of food preparation, and I am on a journey toward healthier eating, natural living, and a simpler lifestyle.
There’s so much that we can learn from the past, from the heritage of those who lived in the centuries before us. I want to return to the old ways of cooking a nourishing, homemade meal rather than popping a box in the microwave, of using household products made with simple ingredients rather than chemicals, and of focusing on the health and well-being of the whole body rather than swallowing a pill to mask an isolated symptom.
I think it’s about time for our modern world to remember its rich heritage of health!
About the Blog:
Our Heritage of Health is all about ways that we can let old-fashioned wisdom inspire our modern lifestyles, including topics such as:
- Old-fashioned, real-food, made-from-scratch recipes
- Natural health and wellness
- Backyard chickens
- DIY household ideas and projects
- Household cleaning, organizing, etc.
- Random old-fashioned tips and advice
- Recommendations for books, products, inspiration, etc.
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