1880 or 2016? 136 years of women’s exploitation?

In this cool old book, “Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping”  the preface starts off with “Fortunately it is becoming fashionable to economize,” In my local community, in the past couple of years, there have been several events started that aim, or aimed, at helping homemakers learn how to economize while creating a pleasant home experience.  “and housekeepers are really finding it a pleasant pastime to search out and stop wastes in household expenses,” Are they really? Is it a pleasant pastime or is it a necessity? I think in today’s economy, most homemakers would claim it to be a necessity. And evidently, it is a long lived necessity and one that is even profitable. If it weren’t such a popular topic I doubt that Martha Stewart could have built a financial empire on it and that FlyLady would have been hard put to follow in her footsteps. Up-andcomer, Rachel Ray, is on the scene with an ever increasing popularity in those interested in cooking.and to exercise the thousand little economies which thoughtful and careful women understand so readily and practice with such grace.” Continue reading

Boston Brown Bread

There are certain things that I associate with comfort on a cold winter’s night…or day for that matter…and one of those is a hot cup of coffee or tea with a slice (or two) of Boston Brown Bread slathered with either sweet cream butter or cream cheese (or both, you’ll recognize the bitter cold and blowing that will make the extra fats palatable and even desirable)…this one, however, sounded like something I might like to try and I thought maybe you would too.

Again, this is from my friend’s book “Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping…” which has a really large section on bread.

So…Boston Brown Bread the way our ancestors did it in the 1880’s…I haven’t tried it yet, so if you get around to it before I do, please let us all know how it was and if we need to change anything for better results. t/y Continue reading

Ambushed Asparagus!

Maybe you’ve heard of this? Not I, and it made me chuckle when I read it. A patch of beautiful green, growing asparagus and me, sneaking up behind it so it wouldn’t see me coming with my garden shears….

From my newly favorite old book…(see my post ‘Kids’) comes the following Continue reading