Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ask a Genealogist

I'm not sure why it never occurred to me, but in the midst of my research frustrations, I turned to a friend of mine who is a professional genealogist and she suggested I pose my question to Judy G. Russell who writes over at "The Legal Genealogist". I wrote up the question, not knowing if she'd get around to answering it for me, but by golly, she did! She wrote up a wonderfully detailed post. I couldn't have been more thrilled and I learned just what I needed to know. A huge thanks to Judy for her time in answering my question!

Check it out HERE!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Research Headaches!

I wish I could be devoting more time to writing up blog posts here, as I have several ideas in the pipeline. But my book is nearing completion - I'm currently working with a cover artist for my book cover! How thrilling! So, that is taking up a lot of time and brain power.

What's taking up a huge part of my time is a last minute research conundrum that is driving me nuts! It's like chasing rabbits that keep coming up different holes than the one you went down. My question seems so simple, but it is turning out to be a quest fraught with contradictory dates. Nailing down the exact dates is pretty vital to an element of the story. As soon as I figure it out, I will post my research findings here for all to find! Because no one should have to go through this hair-pulling fiasco again like me!

In the meantime, sewing is at a complete standstill. I'm bummed about that. Maybe it wasn't a realistic goal for this stage of my life. I guess I didn't think of the impact writing this book would have on my life! My son's 18th century breeches are still awaiting the final button holes to be finished and the cuffs to be put on. Luckily, they're big enough that I don't think he'll grow out of them before I get back to sewing. I need to finish his outfit and then get to sewing my corset and everything else!

But finishing this book has taken top priority. I hope to have it finished before Christmas. Wish me luck! I won't be totally silent until then. While my book is being edited, I'll have some time to post about some exciting stuff, so stay tuned!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!


Happy Independence Day!!

We watched "National Treasure" a week ago. I've always loved that movie, and while it is a fictional adventure, I love the feelings that it evokes about the Declaration of Independence. I remember the first time I saw it in person at The National Archives. It was an incredible feeling to be so close to the document that started this country at the great sacrifice of so many people. I love my country! 


To celebrate one of my favorite holidays I thought I'd post another ration recipe. And there's nothing so American, to me at least, as good old fashioned Meatloaf! Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the finished product because we ate it pretty quickly. And to be honest it really looked like every other standard meatloaf out there. 

I followed the recipe closely, but I think I added some garlic powder and dried parsley to the mix, and also spread a thick layer of ketchup over the top before baking. It sure was yummy! I've  made a version of meatloaf using chicken livers to mix in with the ground beef and I thought it was really good. I think you could make that in good wartime spirit since they really pushed for Americans to eat those organ meats! 

Here's the recipe out my cookbook Thrifty Cooking for Wartime. Enjoy!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Teaching

I'm slightly nervous and quite excited for a class I'm going to be teaching in our homeschool co-op in the fall. It's entitled "Heroes & Heroines of the World Wars". I'm nervous because I've never really studied the war through the life of specific people like wartime heroes, though it would make sense to do so. I usually focus on the general wartime living on the homefront - what life was like. So, I'm excited to expand my knowledge and thought I'd share what I learn here! I've found some interesting stuff so far.

I'll be putting up a new tab, I think, to have links and resources for education; whether you homeschool like us, are a teacher, work with kids in a museum, or just like teaching your own children or learning for your own sake. I've come across a lot of cool history education resources that I'd love to share!