Despite not following discussion questions and not delving into hidden meanings, it did come out that reading the book did inspire each of us in some way. What I got from reading it was a renewed sense of happiness for living on my farm and being able to grow my own food, and having the space to someday try other things like keeping bees or chickens. Beekeeping never seemed so possible! Cecelia and I were both incited to get into the whole second hand thing more (as if we really needed more encouragement) -the chapter on Old Stuff reinvigorated both of our enthusiasms for garage sailing and poking around second hand stores. Amy was struck by the idea of making her own bread, though not so much by hand. She also recreated Jenna Woginrich's quiche, which was a smashing success (despite not using homegrown eggs -for shame!!).
The thing I liked about Made From Scratch is how Jenna Woginrich's ideas for homesteading and living more sustainably can be so easily worked into most people's lives, and that she doesn't make it seem like you have to change everything about your life right away. Often when I read about sustainable living, I feel like I need to make drastic changes: get rid of our our gas guzzling vehicles, buy a wind turbine, make strict diet alterations... But I think it's easier (and maybe more permanent) to change my lifestyle if I can start by doing little things, focusing on a few things at a time and finding contentment in these.
"...Living the way you want has nothing to do with how much land you have or how much you can afford to spend on a new house. It has to do with the way you choose to live every day and how content you are with what you have. If a few things on your plate every season come from the work of your own hands, you are creating food for your body, and that is enough. If the hat on your head was knitted with your own hands, you're providing warmth from string and that's enough. If you rode your bike to work, trained your dog to pack, or just baked a loaf of bread, let it be enough." -Jenna Woginrich, Made From Scratch.