VINTAGE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BOOKS…

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Before 1800, housekeeping books tended to be handwritten collections of recipes and instructions tried and tested by the household cook. By the 1850’s they were developed into books for ‘adult women’, in particular for your brides who were setting up home.

They were intended as work manuals, they were without lavish photography or even set in fine bindings but if you can get hold of one from a book shop they will amaze you. They tell us about the lives of the women in the past from where you can see social change and the disappearance of domestic servants.

Mrs. Breton’s Book of Household Management, which was published in 1861 was a huge success and sold 60,000 copies in its first year and two million by 1868. Of course with no television at that time these books were inspirational.

By the time Helen Simpson wrote ‘The Happy Housewife’ in 1934…

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FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT GRANDMA’S APRON..

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The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that,it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. When company came,those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden,it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the Autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had…

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MAKE YOUR OWN HERBAL TEA BLENDS…

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Oh How Civilised writes on Herbal Teas and offers a number of recipes from Peppermint, Chamomile, Ginger, Rose, Butterfly Pea Flower, Lavender, Chrysanthemum and lots more.

They explain that Herbals teas are not real tea since they don’t come from the camellia sinensis, the tea plant. Real tea, like black tea and green tea, are made from leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, and they all contain caffeine.

Loose herbal tea will always make a better tasting cup than herbals in tea bags.

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BOOK REVIEW – A TREE IN THE HOUSE: FLOWERS FOR YOUR HOME, SPECIAL OCCASIONS & EVERY DAY…

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My book review this month is A Tree In The House: Flowers For Your Home, Special Occasions & Every Day by Annabella Hickson.

The book provides ideas and instructions for celebratory botanical installations and arrangements, covering beautiful, seasonal bouquets, flowers for friends, table and overhead arrangements, and flower arrangements for special occasions. The instructions are wonderfully simple and cover everything from the perfect flower-to-vase proportions to how to create an overhead floral installation, and the book particularly focuses on foraged and locally and seasonally grown plants. All the floral arrangements are as zero waste as possible and include tips like how to transport flowers in vases (instead of plastic) with no water spills, and how to create a structured arrangement without floral foam.

A Tree in The Housecelebrates thesimple, natural beauty that flowers bring to the home, withflower arranging that is in sync with nature.

Full of useful information…

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