Saturday, February 24, 2018

Home Sweet Home

Well, I have some work under way here, so I wanted to write about homemaking. And, again, our homemaking is an extention of our submission to our husbands. Bible says that we are sanctified in child bearing … or made holy … so all that goes along with childbearing is a part of learning our walk with Jesus. Home is the training ground where we learn to serve our families as servants unto Christ. As we show a pattern of good works, our homes become lighthouses as examples for the rest of the world to see — to remember for generations to come.

I loved the writings on the cast iron cookware, about using them and passing them on to the next generation. Ya know, I have a nice collection of them. I have the regular cast iron muffin pan and, also, I have a small muffin one with hearts in it. I have a long narrow heavy silver pan with the corn on the cob shapes in it. I would love to find some cast iron loaf bread pans.

This last summer, I got a cast iron flat round pan for pancakes. It was new at a garage sale. I didn’t pay much for it, maybe a few bucks. But it was a special made by Quaker Oats in 1996 and has Aunt Jemimah on the bottom of it. But, anyway, I had it just hangin’ up in my kitchen, as I have another griddle like this that my Grandma gave me. But, today, I decided to use the Aunt Jemimah griddle and, ya know, I didn’t season it or anyhthing. I just put more grease on it then I usually would for pancakes and then poured part of it off in a few minutes.

You don’t have to season a new pan if you are using it to fry something. I mean, there is so much hish hash about seasoning cast iron and all. Heck Fire! I don’t do all of that. I mean, if it is a new pan you couldn’t just start out baking in it. Things would stick to it. But, if you fry something in it first, then that’s all the seasoning you need. My dutch oven with the bale handle? I often fry bacon or whatever in it to make soup. And, ya know, if ya just keep them well greased on the inside, then they won’t rust. I don’t grease mine on the outside. I use my cast iron all the time, so mine don’t get rusty, usually. If it did rust a bit on the outside, I would just rub some lard on it and wipe it off.

It ain’t no big deal to take care of cast iron. I always wash mine, too … some folks don’t. I think that is crazy, not to wash it. I mean, we need some common sense here. Hello? I mean, just use the cast iron as you would any other pan, and you will learn to cook with it and keep it in good condition. You have to learn as you go. Folks try to make it look hard and it’s easy. Just get out your pan and start cookin’ with it.

You will have to use a bit more grease with the cast iron but, if folks would eat more common sense, they ain’t gonna be fat anyway. I mean, cut out worldy food and don’t eat between meals. Eat a balanced diet and do your housework with vigor. In the summer, plant a big garden and care for it. In the fall, can it all for the winter. Simple stuff like that helps us to lose weight.

Today, I added the rest of my pancake mix to my sour dough starter and about a tablespoon of left over mashed potatoes. This is what the old time Mothers did. If they were makin’ pie or noodles or cake and they had left over mix or flour on the cutting board, they would throw it in the sour dough pot. One meal always led to the next. And each housewife had a strain of sour dough that had her personality on it.

Snacks For Children

To make crackers with left over bread dough, you can roll it very thin with your rolling pin … as thin as pie dough. Cut the dough into sqares and put a few fork pricks in each square. Then just put some seasoned salt on them and bake them on a greased cookie sheet until brown. When they are done, you can sprinkle them with parmesan cheese.

Also, you can make the graham crackers. I made them once and we loved them. My recipe says to take 4 cups of whole wheat flour and mix this with 1 teaspoon of salt and a fourth cup of sugar. You could use brown sugar or honey. I would use twice that much sugar. Anyway, then put in some cream or milk and make a dough. (My recipe just says to put in enough milk to make a dough.) So make a a ball of dough. Then just take parts of dough, roll it thin, cut into squares, and prick each square with a knife. I guess I made mine round when I made mine.

When the children were all home, and I was behind in my baking, and the bread wasn’t ready for our meal? I would hurry up and make pattie pan rolls. Take some of the fresh dough — just made and before it has risen — and pat it in a sheet pan, well greased. Dough should be about a inch thick. Then just cut the dough like a cake in ribbons, and cut across in squares. Then I would let these rise for about a half hour. So I could have supper on time … it’s just a quick way to make bread in a hurry. And, in the same way, you can make bread sticks by cutting these in strips. They turn out fat, of course, but my kids loved these bread sticks for a snack.

Also I would make elephant ears out of fresh dough, if I had time. Just pinch off some bread dough the size of an egg? And roll it out flat so it looks like an elephant ear? Then have a hot pan with grease in it and fry this bread until it is brown on both sides. This is a quick snack for the children when Mama is busy makin’ bread and dinner is a bit late. Just fry them like pancakes. You can then butter these and put parmesan cheese on the top. For a dessert, just put butter and cinnamon and sugar on the Bread Ears. The lil neighbor girl, Heather, was here once, and I said I was makin’ elephant ears for Mary, when she was little. And the lil girl said, “Connie, are these from a real elephant?” I was so busy at the time, I didn’t have time to really kid her about these, so I had to say, “No, they aren’t … they just look like elephant ears.”

Also, for my babies, I would make simple cinnamon and sugar raisin buns. Just use the bread dough for that, too.

I used to make the baking powder biscuits with raisins(or apples, or both) in them for the children, for a snack. Make them tiny, about half the size of regular biscuits.

Another thing I made, too, is Kolaches and, instead of putting pie filling in the middle, I put applesauce.

And then, simple sugar cookies. I have a lot of cookie cutters and the kids would help me. They used all the cookie cutters, no matter if it was Easter or Christmas or Valentines Day. So we had Christmas Trees and Valentine cookies at Easter, plus bunnies.

Thank the Lord, I get to do this, all over again, with Baby Rose. She has such a homemaking spirit, even now at 16 months old. She loves dolls and cooking and baking.

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