Friday, January 29, 2010

What a WONDERFUL little girl Annie is!

This post today has to be dedicated to a wonderful little girl named Annie ~ We can't say enough about her so here is the link to her story:

This sweet little girl is raising money from making bracelets, to donate to the people of Haiti. She is truly an inspiration to all of us ~ and so is her Mom Libbie!

Please take the time to visit them today ~ and spread the news about the good work that she is doing!

Now for today's vintage wisdom, from Helen

"They say that a stitch in time saves nine. This is true when you are trying to sew up a stuffed chicken."

"When I was growing up, we did not have poultry lacers. We used a needle and thread. Imagine that!"

"Today I wanted to share my perfect recipe for a stuffed chicken, the way I made them back on the farm. I won't talk about how we prepared the chicken, because I know that a lot of you won't like it.

We had a coal stove which used to heat the whole house, which was small. To make the stuffing, we would use stale bread and any fruits or vegetables we had on hand at the tim., else we would use water. Always add an egg to the mix...and salt and pepper, and all over the outside of the chicken too. If we had milk, we would add that I would rub the chicken all over with butter or lard and then we would stuff it.

Back then we didn;t have timers so you had to keep checking it every 15 minutes or so. I still do that today when I roast a chicken.

So there you have it:
one chicken
an egg
vegetables and fruit

A simple dinner when you want a simple life.

Thank you to all of you who have left so many nice posts on my log. I still am not sure how it all works, but it seems very nice.
Have a nice weekend!

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Magic Carpet Ride ~ OWOH


Well I have not been on a ride in years. I think the last time was about twenty years ago, when my daughter persuaded me to go on a big ferris wheel. I did go swim with dolphins for my daughter's 40th and my 80th birthday ( and that was awhile ago :o)~ you could say that a magic broom would be more my speed!)

I wanted to take a chance to get to meet new people and so I am entering this giveaway. It is so nice to see so many people from so many different areas....all on the Internet, which I still have trouble understanding. I still like to just read he paper and watch TV!

This book is from my personal collection. I bought it when my daughter was a little girl so it really is quite old! It was published in 1967, so I guess it really is vintage!

Please leave me a comment abut how you share hints for making ends meet today. You may be able to teach me a thing or two still. The winner will be chosen on February 15th, and you just have to leave a comment and keep your fingers crossed. Thank you, good luck to everyone!

A New Year, A New Look, A New Post!

So many months have passed without Mom making an entry on her blog. Approaching 93 now, she is truly slowing down. Still she has so much wisdom to share, especially in these economically challenging times. With that said, I bring to you the return of Mom and her vintage wisdom.

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Trying to provide a nutritious, yet affordable meal, is quite a challenge these days. I asked Mom how they used to provide for 14 children (YES FOURTEEN), when she was growing up. This is what she had to say:

"So many families were on relief back in the thirties. Two of my brothers were at work camps. It is hard for people to imagine how rough things were back then, but I guess today people are starting to realize that you can make do with less."

"We had so many mouths to feed. We had to grow everything on our farm. When we were lucky enough to have meat to make it, stuffed cabbage was always one of our favorites. It used to take hours to cook for so many people, but at least we were lucky enough to have food on the many families didn't."

"My father grew the biggest cabbage you could ever see. I still think that the soil was special in Pottsville, Pa. He used to always add all of the table scraps, the coffee grinds, the eggshells...anything that we could to make the soil rich."

Browsing through a bunch of Mom's older cook books, I thought that I could find a recipe similar to what her mother used to make. Made me so hungry right now we may have to get her to make us some....not tonight though. Tonight we are making a ham casserole that is a little more up to date :o)

Campbell's® Pennsylvania Dutch Ham and Noodle Casserole


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or 25% Less Sodium)
2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
5 cups extra-wide egg noodles, cooked and drained

1.Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the ham and onion and cook until the onion is tender.
2.Stir the soup in the saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Add the cheese and cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Add the noodles and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.