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A Turkey Story

Last evening, Lynetta called and we were talking about Mary’s writing about the simple way to do Thanksgiving, and how to put love first. Well, not to be outdone, I told Lynetta of an even easier way to make a Thanksgiving. See, I will back up. Lynetta goes to church and uses recipes. And she thinks I am the wildest, craziest woman this side of heaven. Well, I said this is how I do my turkey. I go over to the freezer, take it out, take it to the kitchen, wash it off to get the frozen paper off, then I put it in the oven. And, of course, my oven goes to 550

Winter Meals

There is a meal I make that is so simple. The older kids eat it like a cat to catnip. The older boys will beg to take some home and Mary is always trying to sneak some out the door to give to Brandon. It’s burritos. And I make them so embarrassingly simply.

I just fry hamburger and put in the taco seasoning mix, and add the refried beans from the store. Then, I wrap them in the store bought tortillas. I put them on a cookie sheet. Then I cover them with undiluted tomato soup. I just spoon it on. Then I put cheese over that and put it in the oven, just to melt the cheese. Then they put salsa on them on their plates and, sometimes, extra cheese.

But they are cheap to make, as I get all the ingredints at Aldies. The tortillias there are much better than the expensive kind. So much easier to work with. I mean, that is not a back to the land recipe, and certainly not an old fashioned one. But I am telling you it’s a crowd pleaser. Simple and fun to have for the kids. Well, Jim loves them, too.

Baked apples and fried apples are so wonderful, too, to have with winter meals. For fried apples, I just get out my big cast iron skillet and put a stick of margarine in it. Then I start slicing and frying apples. I just core the apple. Then I slice it in rings. If your mixture starts to stick, just add a bit of water. You would get about 5 rings from each apple. After the apples are frying, I start adding brown sugar and cinnamon. Just cook them until they are soft. Turn them over a few times to get the goo on the other side. You could add raisins and nuts, too, or even a whole cinnamon stick.

Baked apples are made about the same. Just core your apples with a paring knife. Just put the knife in through the core and twist it, so you have a whole apple with the core out. Then, stuff the empty core with the brown sugar and maybe a cinnamon stick or just ground cinnamon. Put a stick of margarine or butter in a baking pan and set your apples in it and bake the apples. Whole and unsliced. Put more brown sugar on the top to make a good glaze and baste the apples as they bake with the brown sugar and butter.

As you can tell, I don’t measure much of anything. Now, all of that good goo left in the pan from the apples, I save and put into bread or make a pancake syrup from it and put it in a jar. You can use it also to make candied sweet potatoes. But don’t throw this apple syrup out … it is the best part. I have, at times, just made biscuits and laid them on top of the syrup in the pan and baked them. When they were done, I tipped them upside down on a plate, and this made a syrup on top of the biscuits.

Well, I have to start home school. Happy baking.

Cinnamon Bread and Coffee

Papa is at work and I am making cinnamon bread for when he gets home tonight. He will be home in about three hours.

A few days ago, when I made the cottage cheese, I used the warm whey that I had drained off the cheese to make bread with. It was so nice and warm, the perfect temperature to make the yeast to rise. I didn’t want to waste any of that wonderful raw milk, so I made up the bread dough and just put it in the refrigerator to use for later. Well, tonight, I got it out and made the yeast cinnamon bread.

I just rolled the dough out flat and covered it with margarine, raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then I rolled the dough up into a large roll and pinched it tight. Then I put this in my big round oiled black cast iron frying pan to rise, with a towel on the top. Even though the bread dough looked like a loaf when I set it to rise, it will rise and take the shape of the pan, so it will be large and round.

I have my candle going. The scent is called Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Now, I buy the little candles when I go to the Drug Store with Jim. I forget the brand name of them, but they cost about a buck 50 cents. They cost more, but they smell so good, and I love ’em. The other candles don’t smell, but these that I buy make the house smell homey and spicey.

I have an old fashioned kerosene lamp in the middle of my table. I try to light that in the evening and for our noon family meals. I had red oil in there and now, tonight, I had to fill it up and I used blue. So the color of the oil will turn a dark purple, once it sits awhile.

Tonight after work, Papa will come home drink his coffee and enjoy the bread.

Also, another tip that is really handy that I do all the time. I have a pumpkin mug on the table and I put my spoons in there when I do the dishes. This way, they are handy for the family. The old time mothers used to have a glass sort of dish they put on the table to put spoons in. They called it a spoonery. For each season, I change what I put my spoons in. I had gotten a big old glass mug from a garage sale one summer that was an original A&W Root Beer mug. I have used that a lot to put spoons in for the table, usually in the summer. A spoonery is nice for the table for when you have friends for tea or coffee. Mary loves the hot chocolate for the winter and needs a spoon to stir it.

See, my table isn’t in the kitchen. It’s in the dining room. My kitchen is very small and cozy. It just has the stove in there and a few cabinets, and a few little tables. Our refrigerator is in the dining room, too.

My little kitchen has an old hoosier in it. It’s very old fashioned. The ceiling is actually falling in. We have had it fixed many times, but the roof still leaks. And when it does, I have to dodge and duck the rain drops falling on my head. Makes me think of an old log cabin and what the pioneer mothers had to do. I love it. It’s where I’ve cooked many meals for my large brood, and I have fond memories of cooking and baking in that little old fashioned room.

Making Vegetable Soup

It is 6:30 a.m. and I am frying hamburger to make vegetable soup for lunch at noon. I am frying about three pounds of hamburger and will make the soup in my big turkey roaster that can hold a 25 pound turkey. It covers two burners on top of the stove, so it’s big.

Last week, I was visiting with our David, age 22, on the phone. He said, “Mom, Steve wants to talk to you.” Steve is David’s friend and they share the apartment.

So Steve gets on the phone. “Mrs. Hultquist? Can you make me some soup if I bring over the meat and vegetables? Because you are a, um, stay at home Mom. Or, um … aaaa … what do ya call it? Um, you are a … um, a homemaker? And you know how to make homemade soup?” I am laughing to myself and letting this poor kid stumble around and try to describe who my sons said I was. So I said I would see what I could do. So I asked Jim about it, and he laughed over Steven, as we always do.

Anyway, long story “short,” I asked the boys over for dinner today of vegetable soup. I will make enough for the boys to bring some back home. They want to take it in their lunch for next week.

Then last night, Dan called to tell us that his car is running again. I invited Dan, age 20, for soup, too. Well, he has to work but asked me to save him some for when he comes over Sunday. I will have plenty for whoever wants some.

I am making the broth this morning and then later, after school with Mary, Jim will take me to the store and I will get some vegetables. I have potatoes but need to buy celery, cabbage and carrots. This morning before I go to the store, I will just make the broth. I will drain the hamburger and add water to the soup pot. I will cut up onions and put in the herbs (garlic, black pepper, marjoram from my garden, parsley, basil, etc.) and some beef bullion cubes. I have a few tomatoes left from the garden and green peppers … I will add them. And maybe one or two hot peppers from the garden, too. (I am drying these, as I had so many this year.)

I had made a big pan of breadsticks yesterday, so I will have them on the table, too. Also, we have some banana bread, left from Mary’s baking, for dessert. I suppose we will have iced tea to drink and milk.

But it will be an event. “Anywhere Steven is turns into an event.”

The kids tell Steven, “My Mom knows that you are trying to get one over on her and she acts like she believes you but she doesn’t.” I am going to wear my apron today and do it up good. Steven’s eyes will be big as saucers.

Mary Elisabeth has been a real riot lately. She said really shyly the other day, “Mom, ya know how I always bring Brandon some of your baking? Well, I tell him I made it. That raspberry cobbler you made? I told him I went out and picked the raspberries in the backyard myself and made the cobbler myself.”

I said. “Mary Elisabeth, you quit lyin’ to that poor kid. It isn’t that hard for you to bake.” So she made the bananna bread 2 days ago. She made 3 big loaves and it was delicious. And she said Brandon ate a whole loaf in one sitting. I told her that she shouldn’t lie about her baking and it’s my cooking that he will be marrying her for.

Mary loves to decorate and would rather clean than cook. But she is a really good cook and baker.

Well, anyway, I do try my best to show my children a stay at home wife and mother. Hopefully, my boys will marry homemakers and later mothers whose hearts stay home with my grandbabies.

Housewifery

While I write about submission to our husbands, there is a place where we are just women unto God. When our husbands go to work, then we are to take on a life of our own inside the home … with our husbands’ covering, of course.

Today, I will take my wooden laundry clothes rack and use it to hang my herbs. Now, Jim admires me for this, but has no heart or understanding for it. My children will show it to their friends and they will love it but not understand it. But I am the housewife here and God speaks directly to me about it through wisdom. And this is my place as teacher and herbologist. This is my part, my craft, that comes from a woman’s heart, a mother’s heart.

I submit to Jim, as he is the head of the home. And, under this covering, I am able to seek the Lord as a gardener, cook and baker. But the Lord speaks directly to me as a wife called as a keeper at home.

See, we can’t just get too caught up in our husbands, as we then forget our own place as women of crafts and inventers. We must be free as women unto God to express ourselves in our homes. Because we are valuable, and our wisdom is needed. We can squelsh and squash our womanliness and get too caught up in the flesh and blood of our husbands. God has called us for a purpose, and our womanly arts and crafts are important.

Jim used to be a baker and a cook. So, of course, he could outcook me any day, so I would feel inferior to him. But Papa can’t cook for a household like I can. He doesn’t know how to be frugal and to submit his cooking to the needs of a family. He can cook for a crowd at a restaurant and is a better cook than I am. But my gift comes in as I cook for a private home. That is my gift. I can cook the comfort foods and set a beautiful table.

But we don’t want to get so caught up in looking at our husbands that we look at our homes “too male” and forget our place as the softer side, the motherly side. The home cries out to us to comfort it and for our gifts to be released. When we are not tending our families, one on one, then we should pray and release them. And then get to our business as keepers at home.

My gifts sort of lay in healing, either with herbs and home remedies or through prayer. The land calls me, always. And yet, I live in the city and the world wants to grind every bit of soul out of me. Jim is a bit more worldly than I am. He needs to be, as he works in the world. He has no heart for herbs. But, as he sees me work with them and prepare them, it ministers to him.

I am ready to make bread and start lunch. And then afterwards, I will go out and cut my rosehips and bring them in to dry.

A Home of Peace

Winter is a time for planning and studying. It’s a good time to study up on homemaking skills and read our Bibles. And to make your housewifery scrapbooks, if the Lord leads you.

After Christmas, it is time to start planting some seedlings to set in the window to put in your garden in the spring. When the children were young, they loved planting things for a homeschool project. We had a big round table I used to put our seedlings on, in here by the dining room window. We would take egg cartons and put dirt (potting soil) in each little egg cup, and we would prick holes in the bottom of the cups to drain the water out. Then we used the lid as a tray underneath, to catch the drained water. But we always planted our tomato seeds like this. And the children would experiment with all kinds of flowers, herbs and vegetable seeds.

Today at the drug store, Jim bought some 10

Homemaking Hints

I wanted to share some tips.

I have found out that at the Family Dollar Store, you can get the coarsely ground pepper, two bottles for a buck. I always splurge on my pepper and buy the Tones Pepper. But I have gotten to know the lady at the Dollar Store, and she told me about this other pepper that they sell. Just look for the big flakes, not the sand like type. But we like it as well as Tones.

Also, when the children were young and in the Fall, I would make couph syrup. It really works. Take a small jar and put in half honey and half lemon juice. Just shake it up and keep it for the winter. The dose is a tablespoon. You can give the child this every half hour, if need be, as this hasn’t any chemicals in it. It works great.

Another thing I would do, too, with my butter is this. You just soften it to room temperature. Then take your mixer and mix it with a can of evaporated milk. It will be thick like butter and makes your butter go twice as far. I just kept it in a country crock in the refrigerator.

Also, for storing flour, you don’t have to keep it in the freezer. Just store it overnight in the freezer when you first get it. Then it will be ok to just put in a cool place, like a basement maybe.

Have you girls seen the big wash tubs at the Family Dollar Store? I finally got one. Papa got it for me. I store my sacks of flour and sugar in it. If I need the tub for something, I will just take the sacks out. But it looks cute and old fashioned.

Also, a nice winter project is to plant herbs in pots for the winter. Some of the seeds are really cheap right now, if ya can find them. Basil is pretty easy to come by, and will grow pretty well in a sunny window. Then, next spring, you can plant it in your garden.

The winter also is a good time to make a housewife scrapbook. Have a place in your book to plan your garden for the spring. Also, maybe you would want to find out about some gardening magazines and send for free catalogs.

It’s a good time to start your rag bags. Well, I wrote about tearing up old clothes for rags. Old tee shirts are good for dusting.

A good furniture polish is … just take a jar and put in some olive oil, and then put in lemon, the same amount. I use the Real Lemon or the store brand of lemon juice.

Also, a good window cleaner is vinegar and water, and clean the window with pieces of newspaper. Jim just gets the newspaper about once or twice a week, so I save it to do cleaning projects. I go through it and take out the slick ads and throw them away. But I save the other parts.

In the winter, it’s fun to cover old hot pads with new cloth. And if ya need dish towels, just make them. Just cut up material and hem it by hand.

I know that many of you are making Christmas presents right now, but maybe after Christmas, around January, you will want to try some of these ideas. The old time Mothers always started their gardens with the seed catalogs that came in the spring.

Yogurt

When the children were young, I made alot of yogurt. I would make it and keep it in the refrigerator in a big crock. I used it in place of sour cream. I also used a tablespoon in my cakes and cookies, or whatever. The old time mothers said that a tablespoon of sour cream in any cake made it better. Or I used yogurt to mix with mayonnaise and made salad dressings and vegetable dips, like the dill dip.

Often, our store would have out dated cream or half and half, and I would buy it for 25

A Winter Pantry

In the old days, the mothers would garden all summer and then, in the fall, they canned and put things away for the winter. And, also in the fall, they would go to the General Store and buy supplies that they couldn’t grow at home. Things like coffee and flour sugar and salt, baking powder and baking soda and yeast. All in amounts that would last the winter. They took their corn and had it ground up at the Grist Mill for corn meal, to make cornbread. The mothers stored their food away for the winter, as they only went to the store every 6 months or so. Once it began to snow, they couldn’t even get to the store.

Now days with so many viruses going around I wouldn’t want to take my children out to the store, especially in the winter, and especailly if they were little babies. So it’s nice now if you can get some staples to bake with and to make some simple meals with, while it isn’t that cold yet.

I know it’s hard to get a lot of money together to buy ahead. But here are some ideas for your winter baking cabinet. I have an old hoosier cupboard in my dear little kitchen that is only big enough to hold “some” baking supplies, but not bags of sugar and flour. In this little cupboard, I have baking powder and baking soda and salt. Then I have a spice cabinet by the stove and it holds all of my spices. Mainly, I use cinnamon for baking and nutmeg and ginger. Then I have vanilla extract. These would be good to start out with. I have a lot of spices in there, but I have bought them as I have gone along. If you dont have any spices, just start out buying a few at a time.

I keep my flour in the freezer. The flours I have on hand are the corn meal for cornbread, then the whole wheat flour and white. It’s nice if you can afford the self riseing flour, too. It’s nice to have on hand for biscuits and pancakes. But you don’t really need it as you can add your own baking powder to plain flour. It’s nice if you can keep a jar of plain flour next to your stove to use for gravy and home made puddings, as you just need a tablespoon here and there. Also a jar of sugar to sprinkle on stewed fruit … it’s handy like that. But if you could maybe buy some flour and sugar ahead, this way you can always have supplies to bake with.

I try to have raisins and oatmeal for my winter pantry, dry cocoa and a few cans of shortening, like Crisco. Then corn oil and brown sugar. Some of these bulk items, I store on top of my refrigerator.

Then, of course, the old time mothers canned their fruits and vegetables. Maybe you could find some sales and buy up cans of corn and peas and green beans and tomatoes, some canned peaches and pears. Canned items are so great to have and to make meals with.

Potatoes are such a staple for us, too, and apples, onions, and carrots. The old time mothers stored these vegetables in the root cellar.

Then, maybe you could find a buy on ground beef and chicken and store that away.

Maybe while things are pretty cheap in the store, before winter, just buy up these staples with the money you have. Just think of staples to make things with. Try to get along without the mixes and see how much you can pack away for the winter.

Well, Papa will be home in a minute, so I had better say Good-night for now.

What’s for Supper?

This writing won’t be long. Mary is leaving to visit with friends, and then Papa and I will have the evening alone. He will remodel and I will cook.

I am making for supper what we call Shepherds Pie. You just take a 9×13 baking pan and spread and press hamburger on the bottom — just flatten it — about a pound and a half. Then bake it in the oven until it is mostly done, well, gray and not pink. Then I drain it and cut it into like about 8 pieces. Then I sort of arrange the pieces in the pan with spaces in between because the meat shrinks up a bit.

Ok, then over that, I put diluted half-way mushroom soup, one or two cans. You could put a layer of fresh onion slices over that if you want to. The next layer is green beans, drained. Then, on the top layer, I put mashed potatoes. Then I put the mixture back in the oven and bake it until the mashed potaotes are brown on the top. Of course, I salt and pepper each layer.

Then, I will probably make Papa an apple salad. Just cut up your apples in a bowl. Then mix up some mayonnaise with some sugar and cinnamon. Add a bit of milk to thin it out, and this is your dressing. This will make a lot.

But we will eat all of this again tomorrow, as Danny, our son age 20, will come over for lunch. Papa always invites the boys over on his days off. David came today for lunch. I had a breakfast at noon, as I didn’t have time to prepare anything else. Papa had me runnin’ off to do errands with him and garage sales. So when we got home, I didn’t have anything ready for lunch, so we had scrambled eggs and sausage and homemade pancakes. Also, juice, milk and coffee. David, 22, said he just loved it, as he hadn’t eaten breakfast since he moved out three years ago. I guess he enjoyed it better than a regular meal.

Well, I guess the Lord plans these things.

 
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