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I love the Little House on the Prairie stories

Updated on November 21, 2014

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:

http://giftsbydiana.hubpages.com/hub/1825-house-old-homestead

The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories
The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories

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 !

 
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography (Little House Nonfiction)
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography (Little House Nonfiction)

Read more about this incredible family and the writer of the "Little House": books.

 
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients together; cut in lard or shortening with a pastry cutter.
  2. Slowly blend in milk by lightly tossing with a fork, just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Turn dough onto a floured board and knead a couple of times.
  4. Pat dough to flatten to about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Using a biscuit cutter, cut dough into biscuits and place in pan.
  6. Pour melted shortening/butter over each biscuit.
  7. Place on ungreased cast iron pan or a baking sheet and bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from pan and place into a covered container and allow to steam for about 5 minutes.
  9. Serve while still hot.
  10. Enjoy !
  11. ***Special Tips:
  12. 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.
  13. So, to succeed at being a great biscuit maker:
  14. -Dip your hands in cool water before you knead the dough
  15. -Don't over-handle your dough !
  16. -Make sure your shortening and milk are very cold.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is an excellent lens from a lensmaster who adores Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls. Even with all the hardships they experienced, sometimes we feel we'd be better off back in that time. There was more warmth and comfort in the family experience then. And as for cooking, Lord knows it's much easier now, but does it really taste better? Probably not! Love this

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you so much !

      I enjoy cooking from scratch and gathering firewood and sewing by hand..., but am grateful that I don't HAVE to like they and my grandparents did ;)

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      Marie 3 years ago

      These are fabulous books and we love the TV series which we have on DVD too. Your lens really did this some justice.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I remember watching the TV Series and rarely missing an episode - I do find that time period very fascinating!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Craftymarie: Thank you very much ! One of these days I want to get the video set as I still have a VCR :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Brite-Ideas: I still try to watch it (reruns) when I can, but it comes on at 3pm and my gift shop is open until 5 so I miss it way too often :(

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      Loved reading them when I was a kid.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I haven't read any of the books but did watch the series and really liked it. Thanks for great review

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @esmonaco: Thank you so much ! You would love the books too.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Mommie-Moola: I still read them when I can :)

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      jen17 lm 3 years ago

      I grew up with the Little House On The Prairie TV series and now enjoy it all over again with my kids. We all love it and the stories teach the kids some morals. Thanks for creating this lens!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @jen17 lm: Thank you for the nice words - and you're welcome ! It sure is wonderful to have wholesome books and TV shows like this.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @captainj88: Awesome ! I too think each new generation could enjoy and learn from these stories :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I loved the series of Little House on the Prairie! It was the first series I ever read. My Grandmother was born in 1901 as well! She too taught me how to make the best homemade biscuits. She also cautioned me to not over knead the dough. :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment ! I tried to learn as much as I could from my Grandma, but it wasn't enough - wish she was still here :)

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      YogaAngel 3 years ago

      I love love love Little House on the Prairie! They were my favorite books, and T.V. show as a kid!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @YogaAngel: Hello - I loved them as well as you can tell from my write up ;) Thank you very much for stopping by and so glad you liked my lens :)

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      SarahMay LM 3 years ago

      our family has loved these books for along time, my dad used to read the little house books aloud to our whole family!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @SarahMay LM: Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your family memory with us :)

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      The show I have seen the books I have not read. However some friends keep telling me I should.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @PaigSr: Thank you for visiting my lens. Oh, yes - you would love the books !

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      Eileen 3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Love The Little House on the Prairie series ; use to recommend them working a children's librarian .

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @eilval: Thank you so much for stopping by ! I have a few of the books, but want the whole set someday :)

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      great one! :)

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      sheriangell 3 years ago

      While not watching the show, except for here and there, I devoured the books over and over when I was young. Like you I couldn't get enough of them. You did a great job recommending them here.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @shadowfast7: Thank you !

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @sheriangell: Thank you so much for the complement ! I only have a few of the books, but hope to get the rest someday :)

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I so love Little House on the Prairie!

      Recently I used some of my points at gsn.com and ordered the complete season 2.

      There is a workbook called Little House in the Classroom. I love Little House so much that I made my daughters go through it TWICE.

      It's just awesome!! It uses 7 of the books and as you read them there are activities that go with each book that covers all school subjects. Oh yes, I love homeschooling too.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I see you have the Little House Cookbook highlighted in amazon. Have you tried the poor man's lemon pie out of it? It's made with vinegar instead of lemons but it is to die for.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @marsha32: I would love that workbook and the whole set of books ! Well, someday :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @marsha32: My Grandma used to make this. She was born in 1901 and I learned a bunch of things from her. Wish I could have learned more as it's never enough.

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      dudexyx 3 years ago

      I remember reading that book when I was kid. It was a totally different world for me. I started reading books like that since then.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Great lens. Very engaging. I love the recipe.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @PAINTDRIPS: Thank you ! I hope you like them :)

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      GrammieOlivia 2 years ago

      I love Little House on the Prairie too. And Ann of green gables. Give me those kinds of stories any day of the week.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Me too ! I wish they made more of these family shows and books.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love this story, had watched when i was young, very emotional warm family story

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      One of my best memories ! My grandparents didn't watch much T.V., but we always watched this show :)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      We love Little House On The Prairie too. I like the recipe for the biscuits. I will be making them. We have watched them ever since they came on TV and watch the re-runs now. I have some of the books and did enjoy reading them to my girls. I voted up and awesome.

      Blessings to you.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Great shows like this don't get made any more and that is a shame.

      I have a few of the books now, but not many. I hope to collect the whole set someday.

      You will love those biscuits - just remember to follow the tips too.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      This was one fantastic read! Loved every word. I voted Up + all of the choices. Your graphics usage was superb. I like hubs like this. I urge you to keep up the great work and may you have a world of success on HubPages.

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      Kenneth Avery

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      PS: I loved Mr. Edwards on LHOP

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you !

      I try hard to write fun and/or useful pages - glad to see that it is appreciated.

      I loved Mr. Edwards too - what a teddy bear :)

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