Independence Day Memories and a Patriotic Charge to Women, 1898

The Fourth of July used to be so kept by our people that it was an important educator in patriotism. Early in the morning we were awakened by the thunder of cannon from fort and fleet, or from the village green, then the children, rushing to the windows, saw everywhere the red, white, and blue…

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Learning to Stay at Home as a Homemaker- 1907

From my farm I can see most of the world; and if I wait here long enough all people pass this way. -1907 I ran across this sentence and took a second look at it. It wasn’t specifically written from a housewife’s perspective, but I think it’s meaningful. I haven’t always been a housewife, of…

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How to Can Juneberries and My Favorite Way to Use Them

I scour my seed catalogs every winter, looking for something interesting and unique-to-me to grow in my garden. While it’s fun to master the challenge of growing a “new” food, what do you do with it when you actually get a harvest? I asked myself just that when my two juneberry bushes started to yield…

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How to Make Kombucha Without a SCOBY

There are SO many decisions to make when you’re moving, trying to decide what is worth packing and hauling and what is better left behind. When I moved to Texas last year, I made a last-minute decision to keep my kombucha SCOBY, not wanting to toss a faithful friend to the curb. I put it…

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