housekeeping, housewifery

The Modern Housewife and her Many Maidservants

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Jennifer of Elefantz recently wrote a great blog post in which she pointed out the many handmaidens around us that we overlook. She’s so right! We do have servants everywhere in our homes, helping to make our lives easier. We’re so used to them …

Advice, perspective

Women Seeking a More Balanced Life- Opposing Perspectives from 1938

The following letters appeared in The Farmer’s Wife magazine and illustrate the age-long struggle women face in achieving a balanced life. Although I cannot say that I completely agree with either woman, I do lean more toward one of their positions. What do you think? (April 1838) Dear Editor: After looking around at some of …

housewifery, Leisure

It’s Grandmother’s Turn to Have a Party

Here’s an adorable story from 1916…. Everyone in the house had had a party except Grandmother. Mother had entertained twenty friends at cards and Janet had had a dancing party. Bob had a fine time giving some of his chums a sleigh ride following with a dinner at the club and Father had just bowed …

kitchen, recipe

Peanut Macaroons, a Gluten Free Recipe from 1918

This continues the thought introduced in my last post. I prefer using old cookbooks in my kitchen. One of the reasons is that the recipes use common ingredients, many of which I grow in my garden, just like the cookbooks’ readers would have. Another reason is that the recipes use those common ingredients in creative …