Category Archives: housewifery

A Rhyme for Tired Cooks

O weary mothers, mixing dough, Don’t you wish that food would grow? Your lips would smile, I know to see A cookie bush or a pancake tree. No hurry, no worry, no boiling pot; No waiting to get the oven hot; But you could send your child to see If the pies had baked on […]

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Intelligent Housewifery

The Good Housekeeper, Or the Way to Live Well, and to be Well While We Live: Containing Directions for Choosing and Preparing Food, in Regard to Health, Economy, and Taste… Sarah Josepha Buell Hale Weeks, Jordan and Company, 1839 I love vintage era housekeeping books.  I have loved them since I was quite young and […]

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2, 4, 6, 8: Can You Say Procrastinate?

Procrastination: This is also from the book The Perfect Score Project, and of course, it’s about studying for the SAT. But really, it applies to so much, at least so much of my own life. I hate admitting that. Often we don’t call it procrastinating, and we certainly don’t realize we are doing it because […]

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1901- Housekeeping Advice

From Good Housekeeping, volume 33, 1901, some advice on running a summer boarding house, some of which may also prove useful to the mother of a growing family or one with frequent houseguests:   The best dried prunes and apricots when well cooked are delicious. They make an appetizing change and are cheaper than fresh fruit. […]

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My Grandma’s Deployment Bag

In the comments to this post, Tracy asked me what I pack in my emergency bag, which is the pink duffle bag you see to the left.  It’s roughly the size of a backback, with straps and everything just like a regular dufflebag, only about a third the size,  just the right size to sling […]

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