A page from home economics, circa 1930

There is quite a lot of information included on these pages concerning cereals. The entries are not about boxes of cereal purchased from a grocery store, but about the actual grains rice, wheat, oats, corn. It’s easy for us to forget that in the early 20th century, while processed cereal was available in the store, … Continue reading

Caramel Cake, and What To Do With Old Papers

I don’t think I can really do much with this recipe, sadly. The brittle page of the book just shattered and the yellowing of the paper combined with pencil writing makes it impossible to discern what is really on the page. So, instead of a recipe today, let’s talk a little bit about archiving. This … Continue reading

Grape Juice

Such neat handwriting! It reminds me of the illustrations of how cursive letters are supposed to be formed. But I digress….grape juice! I loved it as a kid and remember that cute little girl? If you ever wondered how to make grape juice, it’s pretty easy apparently. I cross checked some other sources and this … Continue reading

Good Gargle

It sounds a little bit like something your grandmother might say when frustrated. “Oh good gargle!” :-) Here’s another home health remedy, presumably for a sore throat. The powdered elm I believe would be powdered slippery elm bark. This is known for its treatment of coughs, sore throat, colic, diarrhea, constipation, and many other ailments. … Continue reading

Dandelion Tonic

Several years ago I posted a recipe for dandelion wine, and this sounds somewhat similar. I haven’t tried either one, and frankly I haven’t tried drinking dandelion wine ever. It’s just not something I have come across. This tonic purports to cure “spring fever” but I’m really not sure what that is beyond a need … Continue reading

Tomato & Cheese Salad (Elsie Norton)

Today’s offering is what would be called a Jello salad or gelatin salad. These are not my favorite dishes, but in general I don’t love jello or jellied things. Other people will likely enjoy it, so I’m not judging. I posted one of Gram’s recipes for a similar salad early in the days of this … Continue reading

More German

If you didn’t see on my recent post An Incomplete Gift, site reader Sarah Hasker translated all the vintage German writing and gave us some really interesting information about it as well. Since Sarah seemed interested, I have been inspired to scan the rest of this lovely but damaged little booklet. Over the next few … Continue reading