Admittedly, some of the rules of a Victorian Lady's Proper Demeanor no longer fit in with today's society, however this one does. I have seen it occur time and again over the years and often thought it quite a rude behavior indeed. The following is an excerpt from "Keeping Hearth and Home in Old Massachusetts: A Practical Primer for Everyday Living" by Carol Padgett. It's a book not unlike one that your great grandmother might have read at age 17 to prepare herself for the etiquette of courting, to learn how to conduct herself in public, and to learn what would be required of her during marriage. Pity that this is not a subject taught in our schools today, as I've seen more bad manners displayed in the last decade than ever before.
Have you noticed this blatant display of rudeness? The excerpt reads:
"Refrain from Eyeing Over Other Women. Few observant persons have failed to notice the manner in which one woman, who is not perfectly well bred or perfectly kind hearted, will eye over another woman, whom she thinks is not in such good society and, above all, not at the time being in so costly a dress as she herself is in. Who cannot recall hundreds of instances of that sweep of the eye, which takes in a glance the whole woman and what she has on from to-knot to shoe-tie? It is done in an instant. No other evidence than this eyeing is needed that a woman, whatever be her birth or breeding, has a small and vulgar soul."
Now that this habit has been brought to your attention, count how many times you see it while out on your daily errands. I see it most while standing in the checkout line at the market. Women eyeing other women and making judgements on them by the way they dress while marketing or carrying about their day.
Cream Of Tartar? Have you ever wondered (or is it just me with these continous moments of curiosity?) To me, it is a mysterious and seldom used inhabitant of my spice rack, used mostly to bake cookies.
I bet you will be surprised to learn that Cream of Tartar is a by product of wine making. It's the acid salt of the tartaric acid, the crystallized sediment that falls to the bottom of a wine cask after fermentation. The crystalline substance that collects on it's sides are crude tartar. To refine it for commercial use, it is decrystallized in a basic solution, then recrystallized, then bleached and allowed to crystallize again. The layer of white crystals that forms on the surface of the cooling liquid is powdered to make commercial cream of tartar. Because of it's thickening properties, it is often added to egg whites when beating so they do not break.
Cream of Tartar has an indefinite shelf life if kept tightly closed and stored away from heat.
I love pumpkin and when I first tasted the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte I fell in love with it! There's no need to sprint off to the nearest coffee shop for that expensive seasonal drink when you can make this creamer at home and have it any time of the year for less cost. Save those pennies for something else this season!
It's my son's birthday this week and since he lives in another state and I can't bake him a cake, I'm baking and sending cookies! These cookies are wonderful if you like coconut. They are thin, crisp and perfect for teatime as well. I have not sent them off in the mail before but I will wrap them well and hope they make it to him and his family in perfect shape. If not, they will make perfect crumbles for ice cream topping! Speaking of ice cream, these cookies are perfect for making homemade ice cream sandwiches. Just put your favorite ice cream between them, individually wrap and freeze!! Don't be surprised if after you make these once, you get many more requests.
Here is my recipe...
Coconut Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup margarine (I use I can't believe it's not butter) 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 cup coconut 1 cup flour 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt In a large bowl beat together the margarine, sugar, brown sugar and egg. Add the remaining ingredients. Form into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with a floured fork and bake in a 350 degree oven 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. This recipe makes 3-4 dozen small cookies or 2 dozen large.
Make some Molasses candy! This recipe is very easy, and if you like molasses and sweet treats you'll love it!
Ingredients: 1 cup molasses 3 cups sugar 1/2 cup water 1 tsp cream of tarter Mix sugar and cream of tarter together. Add molasses and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil without stirring until a small piece dropped from a spoon hardens in cold water. Turn onto a buttered pan: when cool, work and cut into sticks. Wrap in waxed paper.
Do you have problems with mold as the weather becomes wetter in the fall and winter months? When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I had more than one occasion where I had to control this unhealthy issue.
Exposure to mold can cause health effects in some people. The most common effects are allergic responses from breathing mold spores. These allergic responses include hay fever or asthma and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs. Allergic responses can come from exposure to dead, as well as to living mold spores, therefore, killing mold with the following mixture, bleach or other disinfectants may not prevent allergic responses.
Any extensive indoor mold growth should be treated as a potential health concern and removed as soon as possible no matter what species of mold is present. Identify and correct the source of moisture so that mold will not grow back.
Borax is a natural mold retardant. If you live in an area where the humidity levels are high, give this mixture a try to keep unhealthy conditions at bay.
Combine: 1/2 cup borax 1/2 cup vinegar 1 cup water into a spray bottle Mix the ingredients and spray generously on moldy surfaces. Wipe clean with a damp sponge. Sterilize or discard the sponge when you are finished and PLEASE do not use your dish sponge for this chore.
You can usually find borax on the top shelves of the laundry detergent aisle at the market.
You can help to reduce the amount of mold in your home by frequently cleaning shower curtains, bathroom windows, damp walls, areas with dry rot and indoor trash cans with the above mixture or bleach and water. Open doors and windows if warm enough outside and use fans to increase air movement and help prevent mold.
Don't carpet bathrooms or other damp rooms and use mold-proof paint instead of wallpaper. Reducing the humidity in your home to 50% or less can also help. You can control your home air quality by using a dehumidifier and keeping the temperature set at 70 degrees.
Shingles! I don't suffer from this ailment but I know many do. If you or a loved one suffer from this painful issue, give this simple treatment a try. You can use apple cider vinegar right from the bottle and apply to the skin area where the shingles are located. Apply four times during the day and three times during the night if you awake. The burning and itching feeling on the skin should leave within a few minutes after the vinegar is applied. Many people swear by this treatment declaring that the shingles heal quicker from the frequent use of apple cider vinegar.
Soothe your sore throat using this old-fashioned remedy. Take 3 or 4 dried sage leaves and put them into a cup of hot water. Let them stand for approximately ten minutes and then gargle while it is still warm. Additionally, to treat canker sores add lemon (1/2 tsp.) to the concoction.
Although most sore throats are a symptom that a cold or flu is coming and resolve on their own within a week, it's not always the case.
Remember, a doctor's visit is necessary to rule out a more serious condition if any of the following are present:
Sore throat or hoarseness lasts for more than several days.
Sore throat causes severe pain or difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Blood in saliva, sputum, or phlegm.
Enlarged or tender lymph nodes in the neck.
White or yellow patches or pus at the back of the throat.
Fever of 103°F (39.4) in infants under 12 months or 101°F (36.3 C) or higher in babies under 6 months.
Excessive drooling in children.
Contact with someone who has been diagnosed with strep throat or mononucleosis or if there is a reported outbreak in your community.
For those of you who have followed my blog for awhile, you may recognize this post. I thought it worth posting again for those who love pumpkin as I do! I have already baked the first pumpkin pie of the season, lit pumpkin candles and am filling the cottage with the scents of autumn, my favorite time of year.
I first shared this recipe a year ago and no doubt I will post it again next October. It's a perfect fall treat. You will love these!
This luscious recipe was found in the Taste Of Home magazine October 2009. It may become your new favorite! Ingredients: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup reduced-fat butter, melted Filling: 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese 3/4 cup sugar 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs, lightly beaten 20 walnut halves Directions: In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. In a large bowl, beat cream cheeses and sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, flour, pie spice and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Bake at 325° for 35-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Cut cheesecake into 20 bars; top each with a walnut half. Yield: 20 bars.
Nutrition Facts: 1 bar equals 186 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.
Is there anything more annoying than finding your raisins, dates and figs in a gummy mess after putting them in your food chopper? You can avoid that issue if you first rinse them in very cold water before putting them through the chopper. They won't form such a gummy mass and become unrecognizable. Just be sure to drain them well after rinsing.
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