A Simple Reminder

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Source of picture is unknown, I just loved it!! We all need to remind ourselves of this.

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Grandma’s Apron

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. 

(Author Unknown)

Heirloom Recipe Party

HAVE AN HEIRLOOM RECIPE PARTY AND MAKE AN FAMILY HEIRLOOM RECIPE COOKBOOK SO FAMILY RECIPES WILL NOT BE LOST AND FORGOTTON.

HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS PREPARE THEIR FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE; BRING A COPY OF THE RECIPE TO THE PARTY.

THE HOSTESS PURCHASES 3 RING BINDERS AND DECORATES THE FRONT OF THE BINDER TO REFLECT THE FAMILY.

AT THE PARTY, THE HOME IS DECORATED WITH FAMILY MEMORABILIA; THE TABLE IS SET WITH GRANDMOTHER’S DISHES OR THE FAMILY FAVORITE SERVING PIECES PLUS LINENS. A FAMILY FAVOR COULD BE MADE BY GETTING COPIES OF OLD PHOTOGRAPHS MADE FOR THE FAMILY AND PLACING THEM IN AN INEXPENSIVE FRAME OR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT FRAME. EACH FAMILY MEMBER CAN TELL THEIR FAVORITE FAMILY MEMORY WHETHER IT BE FROM A HOLIDAY MEAL OR A FAMILY MEAL. EACH PERSON SHOULD WRITE DOWN A FAVORITE FAMILY MEMORY TO BE ENCLOSED IN THE HEIRLOOM FAMILY RECIPE BOOK.

EACH PERSON BRING A FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE DISH SHOULD BRING A GOOD QUALITY COPY OF THEIR HEIRLOOM RECIPE WITH HOLES PUNCHED IN THEIR COPY TO FIT THE BINDER. COPIES OF THE RECIPES ARE COLLECTED AND COLLATED BY THE HOSTESS AS THE GUESTS ARRIVE; AT THE END OF THE PARTY; THE BINDERS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND THE COLLATED COPIES OF RECIPES AND MEMORIES.

THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO SAVE THE HEIRLOOM RECIPE TREASURES THAT ARE SOMETIMES LOST BETWEEN GENERATIONS OF FAMILY MEMBERS.

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Idea found at The Parlor posted by msjodi. oldfashionedliving.com/forums/

My Home

“Our house may be small, but God knows where we live.”

 

It is an old house but has some great potential. It is taking longer than my mind could imagine but it is coming along. I want to share my journey in making this old house my new home. Many thanks to the good Lord, my parents, Eric, and my other family and friends for making this dream possible, for filling it with love and laughter!!

When the house was first purchased, everything was grown up around it. We cut so much brush down!! The neighbor told me he hadn’t seen the house in 25 years because of all the brush that had been allowed to grow up around it. It also had boxwoods. I cannot stand boxwoods! I was so glad to see them go.

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After:

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The kitchen

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The dining room

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Living Room

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It’s come a long ways and I’ll post some pics soon of the bedrooms and bath.