Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Disappointed! Go Outside! 1925

Once upon a time, when I was a little child, there was to be held a splendid picnic on the last day of school. The morning dawned bright and cloudless, a refreshing wind was blowing, but the outlook was not bright for me.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

First Things First, A 1928 Schedule

You’d never think that women a hundred years ago would have a problem fitting everything into their day. Really, how hard could it have been? They didn’t have to find time to update social media, manage digital coupons, schlep children to sporting practices, or watch a single tv show. But they did struggle, which shows that even without modern distractions, this housewifery thing isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018


So there you have it, ladies.  This is our grand opportunity to be secret agents.  By all appearances, we’re mild-mannered housewives working in ordinary middle class homes, fighting a never-ending battle for clean dishes, laundry, and the Organized Way...

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Mistakes? I make ‘em every day, don’t you?
But no one said "Sailing On" was always easy!

It helps a bit to realize that mistake-making is universal. Only those who profit by the mistakes they make get to the point where they make few--a goal we all long for...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018


I prefer using old cookbooks in my kitchen. One of the reasons is that the recipes use common ingredients, many of which I grow in my garden, just like the cookbooks’ readers would have.
Another reason is that the recipes use those common ingredients in creative ways. During World War I, U.S. residents were encouraged to limit their use of wheat, meat, and sugar, and increase their use of fruits and vegetables. A century later, we’re playing the same tune…

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Monday, March 12, 2018


Learn to cook with the simplest, most basic ingredients, which are often the cheapest as well. These include staple ingredients, like potatoes, beans, and vegetables, as well as those foods that are the foundation of other meals, like breads and biscuits.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018


There's not enough singing in this world--of that I'm convinced. I don't mean singing on the radio, in school or in churches. I mean in the family. Before our family grew up, we were always singing. On Saturdays one sister and I might be upstairs...

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Sunday, March 4, 2018


I visited an elderly German lady last summer and was impressed by the simplicity of her little home. It reminded me of European kitchens that I've visited, very practical and not at all modern. I especially liked the beautiful linens...

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Thursday, March 1, 2018


The little neighbor boy who used to catch polywogs with me has suddenly grown up and married, and I’ve written him a letter...

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