A thoughtful blog reader sent me this book, The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories a few years ago and I refer to it often now that we are heavy into reading the Little House books. I never read them growing up. They just weren't on my radar. Grease and Zanadu were my scene. I never watched the television show either. Weird, I know, especially because I sell bonnet patterns now, for crying in the night.
Anyhoo, this book is fascinating to me on many levels. It was written in the 1970s which I find so comforting. It's got all the foods mentioned in the books with recipes—but it's the intro about food safety and the history of pioneer cooking and methods that are so interesting to me. I may not make a blackbird pie (yes, with real birds) but I just can't put it down. The girls are not super interested when I read a bit of it to them, but I do find it off the shelf and open a lot, so they must dig it.
They often play "Little House" and because we have 3 girls, Mary, Laura and Carrie are easy for them to act out. Pa usually is off killing bears (not downtown writing code) and I am making corn mush. Or churning. (Not working on the computer.)
- I found these moccasin boots for Sadie at a much better price than the ones we were loving at mini boden and a few other fancy kids clothing catalogs. I just finished up her fall coat (in deep purple velvet) inspired by this one. I will show it next month.
- I am now sewing a Little House dress, apron, bonnet and bloomers (from this pattern) at Delia's request and she wants old fashioned boots. Like lace up ones—ones like Addy's, she says. I have had a heck of a time finding boots like these, any suggestions? These from Olive Juice seem perfect, but yikes, the price. However, baby can wear them after Delia grows out of them. If I can't find any, we are going to be fine with just black old fashioned shoes with buckles (she says velcro is not old fashioned and I concur. ha!) All the shoes and clothes at Olive Juice are killing me right now.