The Little House on the Prairie, a Story Everyone Can Enjoy
Little House On The Prairie is a Much Loved Story and Television Series Based on a the Struggles and Joys of a Real Family
There are Several Books in the Set of These Wonderful Stories to Give Many Hours of Enjoyment for the Whole Family
The Little House on the Prairie stories are About a Real Family and Their Struggles to Survive and to be Happy
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.
It is wonderful to have this family's history to read about (and to be able to watch the television show reruns on television whenever it is being aired on our local stations) with their adventures, joys, struggles, and the interactions with their friends and neighbors and feel as though we 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.
We can be so glad that Laura wrote these precious family memories down for us - included us and let us see and feel what she remembered 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 yet, do yourself and your family a favor and get them soon.
You can read a bit about a local old, 1825 house that's had a similar history of struggles and joys and the battle to try to save it here:
Old-Fashioned Biscuits - so yummy with real butter !
- 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.
© 2013 Diana Burrell-Shipton