Making A Happy Home

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Home-making, like the other arts, is with some an inborn gift,- the secret of making others happy, of conferring blessings, of scattering the sunny largesse of love everywhere, is as natural to some as to breathe. Such sweet souls are to be envied, as are those whose happy lot it is to dwell with them. But, at the same time, perhaps they are not so deserving of our admiration and respect as some who, in order to confer happiness on others, themselves undergo what is to them mental and moral privation, who day by day have to keep a curb on themselves in order to crucify the “natural man.”

It is possible, even for some whom Nature has not endowed with her loveliest gifts, to cultivate that spirit in which is hidden the whole secret of home happiness. It is the spirit of unselfishness. No selfish man or woman has the power to make a happy home.

~Courtship and Marriage

Happy New Year!

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Grocery Shopping 1950′s Style

vintage-grocery-shoppingThis little video from the past gives some good grocery shopping tips for today. Even with they stereotypical husband being clueless about how to go grocery shopping (mine is pretty good at it but occasionally he is guilty of impulse buying) it has good tips for today.



1. Shop with a purchasing list (grocery list). Keeps us from impulse buying.

2. Buy according to family size to afford waste.

3. Buy what the family will eat.

4. Read the labels and know what you are buying before you buy.

5. Economical to buy in season.

6. Do your own food preservation to save money (ignore the comment about the housewife’s time not being too highly valued).

7.  Cooking ability can turn less expensive cuts of meat into attractive and tasty dishes.

Buy Wisely and Stay Within Your Food Budget

Going Back to School

A merry tramp of little feet

just hear the sweet vibration!

The children over all the land

Have had a long vacation,

And back again they haste

to In school the dear old places,

To measure out the days by rule,

With fair, unshadowed faces.

~Good Housekeeping 1890


The Autumn Pantry


Our list of fall fruits is completed; the hard, back breaking work is at an end, and we feel as if -well, we never wanted to see or taste jelly again. But there are few of us who do not in time regain an appetite for these dainty relishes, and who do not, after a rest enjoy viewing the array upon our pantry shelves.  ~ Annie Curd

It’s just about Autumn time and my thoughts turn to filling the home pantry. I’m reading about the history of pantries called Pantry, The: Its History and Modern Uses and it makes me appreciate anew all the things a pantry can provide for the home.

This fall we’ve processed peaches, and apples so far. Our tomatoes are still green on the vine and the zucchini didn’t fare so well.

Before the industrialization of refrigeration the household pantry was a very important place in the family home. Holding all manner of preserved goods to see one through the winter.

As I’m learning from the above mentioned book pantries can come in all shapes and sizes. My pantry is extended into the garage for lack of space. I hope to remedy that in our new home.

How does your pantry fare?

Here’s a Dried Bean or Pea Soup Recipe from Harriet Beecher Stowe. Great Autumn recipe for using those pantry staples.

Soak the beans, if dry, over night and then boil till soft. Then strain them through a colander; and to each quart of liquor add a tea spoonful of sugar, a teaspoonful of salt, and a salt spoonful of pepper. Add a beaten egg, a tea cup of milk, and two spoonfuls of butter. A sliced onion improves it for some, and not for others; also, half the juice of a lemon when taken up. Canned sweet corn, or common corn with sugar added. makes good succotash for winter.

~Miss Beecher’s Housekeeper and Healthkeeper: Containing Five Hundred Recipes

Pantries haven’t changed much through the years. They’re an old thing that still serves the same purpose. They are still spare cupboards or closets in the home where stored food items and possibly linens or dishware is stored.

Today’s homes are built with a pantry in the kitchen. Most every new home plan on the market features a pantry.

While you can fill your pantry with many canned goods found on your grocery shelf it is much more satisfying to create the staples for your pantry yourself. Home canning is seeing a resurgence now and you can find many books and tools to help you through the process.

A well organized pantry that it taken care of is a beautiful thing to behold. I’ve listed some things below to help you get yours in order.

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