Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Ramblin'...

The weather has been just beautiful lately! I didn't turn my air back on until Tuesday night! The past couple of days have been pretty hot out but on my back porch, with the windows up and the ceiling fans going, the breeze has been just right to make it right comfy out there to work! The cats love it! Can you tell? Harley and Clyde seem to love the ironing board while Salem can usually be found curled up on the work table! Thank goodness for lint rollers! I don't think they like it
on days I work out there 'cause then they have to give up their space!
I finally got the bridesmaid dress done and returned....then along came jeans to hem and jeans to patch so I spent my yesterday afternoon working on the porch and enjoying the breeze! Work all done and ready to go back on time for work or trips to town today! Just a little laundry to do, pick up the house and get ready for the weekend! It's 'Girls Night In' at my sister Denni's....along with my other three sisters, Marsha, Susan and Denise. We kinda started this thing that for each of our birthdays, we'd get together for a sister trip! Since my birthday was last Monday (20th), I decided on a girls night in then getting up early on Saturday and headin' to Kansas City for a day of shopping and fun of just hangin' out with the sista's~!
I thought I'd share a little bit more from that old cookbook.....I found a few recipes that I thought were interesting... like this chili recipe submitted by --Mrs. L.H. McKinney....

Fifteen cents worth of chili beans, red pepper, chili peper to suit taste, twenty cents worth of hamburger steak, three or four large onions, one can tomatoes, not all of the juice; butter or suet. Cook beans a while then add seasoning; then steak and so on in the order named.

And how about this one for Baking Powder Biscuits by Mrs. D.J.Owens of Hamilton, MO....

One pint flour, one-half teaspoon salt, one heaping teaspoon baking powder, one dessert spoon lard, sweet milk. Mix all thoroughly with the hand, add enough sweet milk to roll out. Bake in a quick oven. These are very fine.

Now this one, if you are weak in the stomach to certain foods, you may not want to read it. I grew up on a farm and Dad raised cows so we always had our own beef and Mom would fix liver and onions but she didn't ever fix this one....I will have to ask my Dad if Grandma ever fixed it and what it was like if she did. I do remember Grandma making Hog's Head Cheese though! Didn't care for that but I did love the crackin's she'd make!

Beef Tongue submitted by Mrs. H.C.Minter.....

If a smoked tongue is used, soak it over night. Put it in cold water and let it come to the boiling point; then simmer or cook slowly until tender--about four hours. Boil fresh tongue in salted water one and one half hour. When boiled remove the skin; use either hot or cold. If served hot pour over it a white sauce and garnish with parsley and sliced pickle. Spinach is a good vegetable to serve with tongue.
So there ya go! I might share more little bits from this book over time...but I think for now, that gives you a good glimpse into the life of a homemaker back in the day! While this old cookbook can serve as a good reference book, I think I'll stick to the modern day cookbooks, recipes and ingredients!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Do something fun!!


Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Ha! Now that's the life!!!

Shanda said...

Hi there, how are ya. Lov'in this weather too, isn't it something for July. Gonna be nice all next week too. I am taking today off and resting and relaxing and waiting for hubby to get home today. Gonna wait in the pool that is. Haven't had much pool time in awhile. If the doggies don't quit digging around it, I'm gonna have that inground pool I've always wanted. There about to bury the poor thing. Hope you have a good weekend,

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Okay, I posted my other comment too early, when there were just pictures (but you have to admit - napping in the sun? That IS the life!).

This is so funny because Curtis and I were JUST talking about tongue last night. Ew, ew, ew. I've never had it. He says it tastes like roast, but I would NEVER be able to forget the fact that it's ... well, tongue. Barf!