Cleaning - the Retro Version

From my housekeeping bible, America’s Housekeeping Book, comes a glimpse into our foremother’s daily cleaning routine: Early Morning: Preparing and serving breakfast Forenoon: General pickup. Light cleaning of rooms. Start weekly task (Monday – laundry; Tuesday – Marketing or ironing; Wednesday – Specific jobs such as silver polishing, shopping, sewing or something to be carried on throughout the day; Thursday – Thorough cleaning of rooms (Bedrooms and Bathrooms); Friday – Thorough cleaning of rooms (Living Room and Dining Room), Marketing; Saturday – Special food preparation for weekend.) Suggested weekly cleaning of Kitchen should happen the day before you......

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Making Up
October 22, 2014

Making Up

One of the things I have come to appreciate as I get older is that I can still play dress up. My style has developed to be somewhat retro – somewhere between the 40s and...


The Basics of Meal Planning
October 21, 2014

The Basics of Meal Planning

My last two posts in this section have touched a bit on meal planning, but let’s go a little deeper. First, let’s talk about the why’s of meal planning. The obvious one – you know...


The Vintage Life
October 19, 2014

The Vintage Life

One of the topics that used to be taught in home economics was ‘relationships.’ I’ve been curious about this and have wondered what sorts of things they taught. Based on some of the vintage movies I’ve...


The Best of the 'Net
October 18, 2014

The Best of the ‘Net

I spent last weekend making applesauce from the apples we had picked in nearby Julian, CA so apples have been on my mind for the last week or so. If I had apples left over,...


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