At the start of this New Year, our theme will be living in the days often considered primitive. Nothing helped me to ponder this concept more than back around Christmas time when several massive ice storms ripped through our area, leaving us with out power for 5 days. On day number 3, I sat with my family on our sofa, huddled under a pile of quilts staring at the walls after our generator had stopped running; no t.v, no running water, no heat, and no bathroom....NOTHING! Nothing but the hissing crackle of the logs in the fireplace and candlelight. We did something as a family that we have genuinely not done in a very long time....even over dinner; we were having a conversation! Now I'm not saying that we don't communicate, but here, we were actually communicating with out the hum and the buzz of our modern life in the background. It is amazing how much clearer one can hear without background noise from the refrigerator, furnace or computer fan. (I will add that my teeth had started to chatter loudly at this point as the temperature in the house dipped below 30 degrees...now that was noisy!)
The truth is, our ancestors, though they may have been living in what we consider to be primitive or simpler days, their lives were not lacking. And, they certainly were ingenious inventors.
This month we will show, in a special edition of the recipe section, just how many of our modern day recipes still have their roots in recipes from the colonial and early Victorian era. We will also show some of the unconventional recipes too; like candied Violets. We will have a "Guess That Antique" section of the blog, where the first person to accurately guess and describe the functionality of a really odd looking antique will win 20% off in the artisan shoppe of their choice.Did you know that our "modern" invention of the apple corer and peeler has it's roots in medieval times? That certainly floored me when I had learned that....and here I had thought that my shiny, new, stainless steel corer/peeler from Pampered Chef was the height of modern convenience. Also, watch for our article on soap and it's amazing history. We invite you to join us!
The first image in this article is of Swedish imigrants who settled in Kansas and lived for the first few years in a mud dugout. This photo had been taken around 1856 inside that dugout....note that they still whitewashed the wall and kept it meticulously clean. The second image is of the same family years later after they had built their first timber structure on the homestead. These photos come from Mary at Oak Hollow Primitives.