Author Archives: Headmistress

The Best Hundred Books

“(The ‘hundred best books for the schoolroom’ may be put down on a list, but not by me. I venture to propose one or two principles in the matter of school-books, and shall leave the far more difficult part, the application of those principles, to the reader. For example, I think we owe it to […]

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Shredded chicken for a crowd

My life has just changed. A friend was making a large batch of shredded chicken for some chicken salad sandwiches for a class trip or something- she quickly pulled massive chunks of cooked chicken off whole cooked chicken, dropped them in a bowl, and then had tiny, evenly shredded chicken in a minute by whirling […]

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Vintage Receipt for Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls Mix with 1 cup of molasses, 1 cup of sugar and cup of butter. Put in a kettle over the fire and boil until it spins a delicate thread. Use good popcorn, rejecting all unpopped kernals. When the syrup is cooked put the kettle on the back of the stove where the syrup […]

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Apple Piety

Probably due to the hardships of his early life, Lord Kenyon was known for his frugality, or parsimony, among his acquaintances. When he died at the age of 70, there were some who said he had died of indigestion from the habit of eating leftover pie crusts for breakfast to save the expense of muffins. […]

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George Washington and the Cherry Tree

1.  What is it?   We all know it, surely, but just in case, here is the version originally told:  “When George was about six years old, he became the happy owner of a hatchet- of which, like most little boys- he was immoderately fond and was constantly going about chopping everything that came in his […]

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