Friday, September 21, 2018

The Fireless Cooker, 1909

The fireless cooker. It was invented in the 1800s but reached the height of its popularity in the early 1900s. I came across the concept awhile ago and it had me curious. Basically, it’s the original slow cooker, a non-electric way to cook meals while conserving fuel.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Good Luck to Cora Belle!, by Elinore Rupert Stewart

Cora Belle, a half child, half grown woman was so unconsciously brave, so pathetically buoyant, asking little of Life and receiving so little. She lived with her grandparents, two useless old people who drank up each other's quack medicines and frightfully neglected their poor little granddaughter. She was stout, square-built little figure with long flaxen braids, a pair of beautiful brown eyes, and the longest and whitest lashes you ever saw...


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Blackberry Jam Pie, 1931

Old cookbooks are just packed with pie recipes! I found this particular recipe in my old Searchlight, a Depression-era cookbook. I'll be working my way through all the interesting recipes for the rest of my life.

Mastering the pie crust skill isn't easy. But once you can turn them out reliably, they're a quick, cheap dessert. And they make an even better breakfast.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

An Enjoyable Vacation at Home; by Miss Gladys Harpold; 1914

Miss Gladys Harpold of Assumption, Illinois, won first prize for her story on the subject, "My Most Profitable and Enjoyable Vacation." She was about fifteen years old when she wrote her story and married the following year. Gladys became the mother five children and died at the age of 90 while residing in California. 



School was over, and now I was to learn something not learned at school, and that was to cook. I was going to learn under whom I thought the best cook in the world, my mother....

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Sunday Dinners; by Rose Abnett; 1913

The following is one woman's solution to simplifying Sunday dinners. Do you have a plan that works for you and your family?

We need to learn to prepare this meal before hand so far as possible. With a little fore thought this can be easily done, so that the Sunday dinner can be ready in fifteen or twenty minutes after you return from church.

Most housekeepers prepare only two meals on Sunday, with a lunch in the evening, so they have an extra good dinner, but do not want to stay at home from church to prepare it. When the family have to wait an hour or more for dinner they are very apt to eat too hurriedly and too much and consequently have a headache the remainder of the day.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

I Can See the World, 1907

From my farm I can see most of the world; and if I wait here long enough all people pass this way. -1907


This is one of my most favorite quotes. While it wasn't specifically written from a housewife's perspective, I think it's especially fitting.
I haven’t always been a housewife. I spent many years working different jobs and going to school before I got married and settled into a career running our home. Back before my life was centered around the home, I always felt a restlessness on the rare day that I spent at home. even when I had a lot to do. I felt like I could go stir-crazy looking at the same four walls. I know I haven’t been the only one. I’ve heard it from mothers on maternity leave….”What do you DO all day?  I’d go crazy staying at home; I have to be out and around.”

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Monday, August 27, 2018

The Dream of a Tired Woman; by Mary E. Gardner; 1913

It had been a hard day.

I looked at my cross, tired face in the glass and noted bitterly, almost savagely, its lines of care; its drooping lips of dissatisfaction; its worldly eyes, and aging, yes, its unpleasantly aging, expression.

It was a depressed, discontented face that stared moodily back at me, and I did not like it.

"What's the good of it all?" I muttered, sitting down on the edge of the bed and addressing, vindictively, no one or no thing in particular.

"What's the use, tell me that," I growled, banging my shoes, aggressively on the floor...

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Teaching Young Women; 1913 & 1938

Some women think their whole duty to their children consists in drudging for them.

An eighteen-year-old girl boasts that she could work if she had to, but “my mother wants me to have a good time, she says I’ll have to work after I get married.”

If she marries a poor man, I shudder at the life he will lead--yes--and she also...

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Strength for To-day; 1921


Strength for to-day is all that we need,
As there never will be a to-morrow;
For to-morrow will prove but another to-day,
With its measures of joy and of sorrow...

Isn't that a fine poem, sisters? It means a great deal--do you not think so? I used to get so blue and discouraged...

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Frugal Garden

I recently watched a YouTube video on frugal living. In the video, someone asked if gardening and canning was a good money-saving option. The woman recommended that people have a garden only if they enjoyed maintaining one as a hobby, because it wouldn’t necessarily save any money.


I was surprised. Isn’t having a garden classic frugal advice? Isn’t that why gardens were so common during the Great Depression? This woman went on to say that if you factor in the cost of canning jars, lids, seeds, fertilizer, tiller, plus your time, you might as well buy a few cans of vegetables and save yourself a lot of hassle and hours and hours of work.

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