Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Quiet Day at the Trudgian Home

Thu, Sept 10, 1926: "Yesterday forenoon Len & Ruby went to town. Mother and I stayed home and washed the weekly laundry and hung it out to dry. No rain, so it was able to dry before late afternoon. We took it in and folded it. Today we ironed. Ruby helped and then we made catsup and put up 10 quarts.”

Here’s a question for those of you who read Lillian’s Diaries Vol. I - did you enjoy the recipes I included from the old handwritten and newspaper clippings cookbooks from Lillian’s kitchen? Or is that something that distracted from your reading the diaries?

8 comments:

  1. Carol Jean "Trudgian" SmithSeptember 10, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    My vote is that the recipes stay! I loved reading the ingredients and how some of them were spelled. In fact, I thumbed through the entire book and looked at the recipes first (before reading the book)with my friends at work....they became quite the lunch-time chat. They kind of "set" the scene for this era....so keep the recipes coming!
    Carol Jean "Trudgian" Smith

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  2. Yes, I liked them too...although the cookbooks like the diaries are mildew filled and Lillian had a habit of straight pinning recipes, newspaper clipping, etc together. These have rusted the item shut, so it is a delicate and allergy pill job to get them ready for the publications!

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  3. Here's another person having difficulties posting comments. Tambi Nettelhorst says in an email, "I liked the recipes...just like that cookie detective book;"

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  4. OK, now I am posting from home and it seems that I can do it. We'll see. I didn't "subscribe" yet. I'll keep you posted...tee hee...get it? post-ed. it's too early in the morning for me. OK, now it asked for my profile--yahoo was not an option. i chose open profile. here we go again. small adventures.......... request could not be processed.....

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  5. Yeah!.....now if I can just help my Mother to be able to comment we will be okay.

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  6. BTW-I love the recipes too. I am in awe of the hard work that went into every meal, let alone the picking & cleaning & processing of fruit and berries for jam and jelly. Including such things in this book is another way to preserve some of that for the next generations.

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  7. Thanks for commenting Lona. Glad you are on board now!

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  8. Pat Gilmore added this email comment; "As for the recipes, they were interesting but I didn't spend much time reading them. They didn't really add or detract from my read in "Diaries One". I usually passed them by when I encountered them, then would go back later and peruse them quickly. When I wrote my Siemen Family History a few years ago there were so many references to "Grandma's sugar cookies" (each cookie was as big as a frying pan and would get you through an entire morning of field work!), "Aunt Tillie's crumb cake", "Aunt Lizzie's oatmeal cookies", etc. that when I interviewed many of the Siemen relatives for my paper and mentioned these culinary delights a few of the ladies said, "I have Aunt Tillie's crumb cake recipe right here if you'd like it!". I ended up with four pages of family recipes and put them in their own section in the history....with comments from different family members about how they remembered them when they were kids. No one has ever told me that this was their favorite part of the history, though."

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