Hi everyone. I grew up in very "american" home, we grew up on hot-dogs and hamburgers, twinkies and cupcakes and basically junk food. I grew up without my mom as well and so I never learned how to cook. I am slowly learning and teaching myself how to cook, naturally and old-fashioned like, for example pancakes without bisquick and fried chicken without shake 'n bake. This might sound funny to some of you, but that's why I am posting here. I grew up in California and it's a very "forward" state, no one does anything for themselves here anymore... I want to take advantage of some of the more southern folk here and learn how to do things for myself. Like cooking, sewing, and just general woman stuff. So first thing I would ask is if anyone has any favorite old fashioned natural recipes, kitchen implements they can't live without, or just general advise to give (maybe you learned something the hard way). Also, has anyone seen the website oldfashionedliving.com, or know of any similar ones? Thank you so much!