My bloggy-vacation is going by too quickly!
Our weather has been amazing. In response, my flowers are doubling their growth every couple of days. I love it!!
I’ll show you some pictures while I talk about a much needed break that a close friend and I took, in an antique store recently.
During the visit I came upon a book entitled Household Manual.
Published in 1879.
Authored by J.H. Kellogg, M. D. Yep! The guy who invented cereal flakes.
I got a kick out of some of the things I found in this gorgeous little green hardbound Victorian book.
I had to buy it.
Dr. Kellogg was an advocate of vegetarianism and he has some very interesting things to say.
For instance, in the segment titled ‘A Live Hog Examined’, Dr. Kellogg writes, “Stop, friend, admire your savory ham, your souse, your tripe, your toothsome sausage, in its native element. A dainty beast, isn’t he?”
Under the heading ‘Greens’ I was interested to learn, “This kind of food contains little nourishment, but is well relished by some people.”
He had some hearty (and accurate, in my opinion) criticism for women’s fashions of that day.
Particularly the corset. Here’s a link to some common problems with corsets.
“The absurdities of fashionable dress are too glaring to require exposure. All admit the need of reform, but few have moral courage to break Dame Fashion’s shackles.”
He recounts the tragic news story of a young girl who wore her corset to bed (because she dearly wanted a tiny waist) and died.
The book contains a lively section on first-aid and poisons.
My favorite is the cook book section.
The recipes are sometimes as brief as one sentence.
Directions include measurements like, “One teacup of flour and two teacups of dry snow.”
Conventional cooking wisdom was so much broader back then that it was actually possible to write vague recipes like this and have confidence that anyone reading it would
One of many bits of wisdom: “Laugh and grow fat is an old adage. Laugh and get well would be just as true.”