Saturday, September 6, 2008

Found Treasures

Well, not all found. Some were just given. I've developed quite the reputation in my family and church family as being the first person you offer your old junk to! I don't know if that is necessarily a good thing, but it works for me.

In the past week we've gotten 4 dozen canning jars, 3 boxes of clothes for the screamers, 2 large boxes of fabric, one small box of yarn, a pressure canner (needs a new gasket), a bread machine and SEVEN cookbooks all printed from 1950 thru 1974. All were leftovers from yard sales that the people didn't know what to do with or didn't want to freecycle/craigslist.

Now, the bread machine has gone to my mother since I've got no real use for it. I do all of my bread making by hand. Why get into the habit of using a machine? Besides, kneading the bejesus out of dough is a fanatastic stress reliever!

I am most excited about the cookbooks. Being that they are very useful in the department of practical cooking from scratch. Not a truly easy feat with a lot of today's cookbooks, but oh-so easy and fun with these. I've found recipe upon recipe in these beauties that I would have never thought of or found in more modern books.

The moral of this post...look for OLD cookbooks, take what you can get for free and pass along what you can't use yourself!


Nancy said...

And speaking of old cookbooks, there are quite a few available through Project Gutenberg. I love the beginning (except for #1 under "save") of "Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them," (1918) by Goudiss and Goudiss:


_use more corn_

_use more fish & beans_

_use just enough_

_use syrups_

and serve
the cause of freedom


1--buy it with thought
2--cook it with care
3--serve just enough
4--save what will keep
5--eat what would spoil
6--home-grown is best

_don't waste it_

It's available for free (you can donate if you want to) at


Ozark Momma said...

Thanks Nancy! I actually have that site bookmarked as part of my homeschooling regime. It's a fantastic place!

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. --Edmund Burke