Category Archives: food

Lunches and Snacks

Recipes below adapted from recipes found in the book From The Complete Home: an Encyclopædia of Domestic Life and Affairs: The Household in Its Foundation, Order, Economy … A Volume of Practical Experiences Popularly Illustrated… by Julia McNair Wright Published by J.C. McCurdy & Company, 1879 edition. These recipes were originally presented as ‘side dishes,’ […]

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‘Crispness Compels Mastication’

From a 1907 Good Housekeeping advertisement for shredded wheat cereal:   Can you imagine an ad for cereal today using a phrase like ‘its crispness compels mastication?’ That is one of the things that always strikes me about ads of yesteryear- the advanced vocabulary, as well as the text heavy focus. This one is actually […]

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Two Wine Theory

A few large denominations in the US are tee-totallers.  This often puzzles others, who read that Jesus turned water into wine in the New Testament story of the Wedding at Cana and thus, not illogically, conclude that Jesus was not offended by wine-drinking.  This is what the world of Christendom at large believed, up until […]

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Government bans home-made fried foods from daycares, limits factory made fried foods to once a week

  Oh, this burns me.  This is a perfect illustration of why the government totally fails at controlling our lives and should not be given more control. New federal “guidelines” are restricting fats in daycares now, specifically by banning frying food on site. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines […]

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Of Motherhood, Pumpkins, & Time

“Almanzo asked Father why he did not hire the machine that did threshing. Three men had brought it into the country last fall, and Father had gone to see it. It would thresh a man’s whole grain crop in a few days. ‘That’s a lazy man’s way to thresh,’ Father said. ‘Haste makes waste, but […]

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