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Aug
07
2007

Words of Wisdom from Lemony Snicket

My kids have loved Lemony Snicket since the first book of The Series of Unfortunate Events. We have read them, listened to them on tape, seen the movie (the best part of which was the costumes). Well, we just got Horseradish ~ Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid from the library.

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From the back cover:  Life is a turbulent journey, fraught with confusion, heartbreak, and inconvenience. Unfortunately, this book will not help.

Below is my VERY favorite quote so far. And if you are a school teacher do NOT get offended. I mean it! Nothing personal is meant. Even though I have homeschooled my kids for the past 19 years I have nothing whatsoever against teaching as a profession. We just took a different route…as usual.

A long time ago, there was no such thing as school, and children spent their days learning a trade, a phrase which here means “standing around doing tedious tasks under the instruction of a bossy adult.” In time, however, people realized that the children could be allowed to sit, and the first school was invented.

 I laughed out loud! 

Aug
07
2007

Vintage Treasure!!

This little piece of paper is what started this whole soap thing with me nearly 20 years ago. I was going thru some of my BonDon’s things and found it again. I am framing it to hang in my kitchen.

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Written in my BonDon’s hand, on a scrap piece of paper in pencil. This was the recipe that started it all. It seems I have laid down my soap spoon for the moment. Just not enough time in my day to keep up with that and all my other responsibilities at the moment. But one day again – who knows when? – I will be back stirring the soap pot.

You just cannot imagine how excited I was to find this recipe last night. I was down at my mom’s seeing to her, getting her ready for bed and happened to see BonDon’s notebook on my mom’s desk in the kitchen. So I start looking through it and there it was! I picked up the whole notebook and asked Mom if I could take it. Of course she said yes, it was mine anyway. BonDon would certainly want me to have it. Then she says to take any of the other cookbooks I want and why I had never seen this one I dont know, unless I thought it was a novel in the wrong shelf (I am not terribly observant sometimes)…this belonged to my Aunt Ada.

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And it wasn’t so much the book itself but the little pieces of paper inside!

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The very old brown paper to the left is written in my Great Grandmother’s hand. The other’s are Aunt Ada’s. I was almost squealing at this point. I have to preserve these. Again…not for the recipes, but because they are treasures. From the women in my family. How special. It may all seem rather silly to some of you. Especially if you are young and wonder why an old woman, like myself, would get so worked up over some old scrap pieces of paper. Just wait. One day you will know. As I watch my mom fading out (and she is getting weaker all the time) I realize I am “the older generation”. It is a very humbling realization. When you watch someone deal with their own mortality in such a personal way, you think of your own. You want to leave things in order. You want no regrets. You want to feel satisfaction with how you handled your 0wn life. Yep…all this philosophy from finding an old book of recipes.

Aug
06
2007

Recipe of the Day: Chicken & Dumplins

Okay…tis true I was TOO lazy to type this up for you. It is from Christmas Traditions, a cookbook my mom, oldest daughter and I wrote back in 1997. This is what we are having for supper…gotta run! Have a great evening!

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