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I love the Little House on the Prairie stories
These stories show us what life was really like back then for these brave, hard-working people who just wanted a better life and a new start for themselves by telling us - no, more than that, by including us in what happened to the Ingalls family as they made a new life for themselves on the Prairie - both the good and the bad - the excitement and the fear.
I love reading about (or watching the television show reruns on WYTV 33.2 in my Northeast Ohio area. Sadly, the local TV station has changed its programming and it no longer is shown here) this family and their adventures, joys, struggles, and the interactions with their friends and neighbors and feel as though I live among them.
She has such a gift for writing and sharing her life with us - with ME - that I never want any of the books to end and I reach for the next book right away. I read them over and over and try to pick up any details that I may have missed before.
I so enjoy how Laura writes these precious family memories for us - including us and letting us see and feel what she remembers that was going on around her. The descriptions are so well written that I feel cold, get the shivers and grab my blanket when she writes about the brutal Prairie winters and having to fight to survive at times while being so afraid and cold. I cheer for them when the crops are doing well, I am indignant when one of the townsfolk or a troublemaker passes through the area and starts something, and I cry for them when tragedy strikes as I feel with them as I read. I am not just reader - I am there.
If you have some of these wonderful books, enjoy them and share the wonder of these people (the Ingalls family and their neighbors and friends... in the various places that they lived) and their adventures with your kids and your grand-kids as reading to children is a great way to spend time together.
If you don't have them, please see the "Buy Now" button/link (above) for the 9 book boxed set and see below to order other interesting and similar books.
Please read about my old, 1825 house and my battle to try to save it here:
My Grandma (born in 1901) was the main person who taught me to cook and I see so much of her in the recipes and methods in this cookbook !
Read more about this incredible family and the writer of the "Little House": books.
I also loved this series of books as it also shows what life was like in another time and place and makes you want to be there - even if it is just a visit in our imagination.
Old-Fashioned Biscuits - so yummy with real butter !
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- Yields: 8-10
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons lard (or shortening if you can't get lard, but lard makes the BEST biscuits)
- 1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
- butter, jelly, gravy... with which to serve with the biscuits
- Mix dry ingredients together; cut in lard or shortening with a pastry cutter.
- Slowly blend in milk by lightly tossing with a fork, just until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Turn dough onto a floured board and knead a couple of times.
- Pat dough to flatten to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Using a biscuit cutter, cut dough into biscuits and place in pan.
- Pour melted shortening/butter over each biscuit.
- Place on ungreased cast iron pan or a baking sheet and bake at 375Â° for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from pan and place into a covered container and allow to steam for about 5 minutes.
- Serve while still hot.
- Enjoy !
- ***Special Tips:
- My Grandma, who was born in 1901, taught me to make several things - biscuits being one of everyone's favorites. She lived to be 98 years old and had much to offer. I am so glad that I listened. She had often said that the reason most women (these days it would be men too) have their biscuits fail is that they have warm hands and "fiddle" with the dough too much.
- So, to succeed at being a great biscuit maker:
- -Dip your hands in cool water before you knead the dough
- -Don't over-handle your dough !
- -Make sure your shortening and milk are very cold.