December 11, 2013

Little House Christmas Stories





ISN'T THIS PRECIOUS??? Little House Christmas Stories! They've taken the best of the Christmas portions from the Little House series and made them into their own little book! I got this from the library, isn't it cute?

Want to know how I make my library books look all nice?? I TAKE THE COVERS OFF, ever so carefully, I've never hurt a book I'll have you know, the library fairies put some kind of magical extra peely tape that just peels right on off, and I take off that yucky library plastic cover and then photograph the book. I AM SO CLEVER. And terrible, I know this is prolly wrong, but I will continue to do it b/c the ends always justify the means right????? HA HA HA HA.





I looooooooooove reading about the pioneer Christmases Laura had. They were SO HAPPY with a penny, a piece of candy, and an orange! She goes on and on about it, how on the best Christmas ever, it was because they had a dish of APPLESAUCE.

Doesn't that blow your mind and make you feel selfish and spoiled? Made me feel selfish and spoiled, I tell you what. How did our society move so so far away from being happy with such simple things? I know for a lot of people all over the world, they'd be just as grateful for that orange and that piece of candy, but for a lot of us, well you know the kids aren't happy unless they're getting an iPad Mini or some such item. Makes one pause a bit, doesn't it?

Anway.....speaking of oranges, Trader Joes has the bestest satsumas right now and we've been eating them like nobody's business.




And because I still want to cook like a pioneer person, I had this for breakfast the other day:

We had cornbread with butter and maple syrup poured on top. It's better than honey on top! I wish I had had some sausages or bacon to go along with, but instead I had walnuts. Walnuts, bacon, it's all the same no neverminding to me.

Have you ever had this? Why do I feel like I've never had this before? Have I had this before? It seems so new and delightful to me. This should be a thing, like all the time. The cornbread is also very deceptive and tricksy -- you pour it on and the syrup instantly absorbs, so you think, oh I need more, so you pour more. That absorbs too. You can see how this easily can turn into a A BAD THING, so just stop yourself after two nice pours of syrup.

Happy pioneering Christmas!

11 comments:

  1. I love this post! And that book is totally adorable. I've often thought (and loved) the same thing about those books--that something so simple as applesauce could completely make their day. It reminds me to be grateful for what I have. I'll have to look up a copy of this book! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you Jess!! I recently re-read most of the series on my own a couple of months ago -- I was struck by how they must have suffered, how hard the Hard Winter was -- these things just don't fully penetrate when you read about it as a child, you know??

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  2. What an adorable book! Just this weekend I told Mark that a nice sound is the maple syrup bottle glugging because it means something wonderful is getting ready to happen! (I think I may be part elf......) In the south we'd have corn fritters with butter & molasses. The molasses have a much stronger flavor but there is something special about it (in my memory at least.)

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    1. SO CUTE about the maple syrup bottle! I've always wanted to make corn fritters.....

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  3. We have this book! I love it. We got it from a used bookstore. Our favorite Little House Christmas story is in Little House on the Prairie, when Mr. Edwards runs into Santa.

    GORGEOUS cornbread picture. I always eat my cornbread with butter, strawberry jam, and a drizzle of milk. I need to try it with maple syrup.

    And our library uses industrial tape that WILL NOT COME OFF. I tried. Oh, well, I'm a crappy photographer anyway. ;)

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    1. A drizzle of milk??? This sounds wondrous, I must try it asap! Yep, totally agree about that particular Little House Christmas story.....

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  4. no one in my family likes cornbread but me! maybe the promise of maple syrup will seduce them.

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    1. it's like a corn pancake bread cake when you put the syrup on it! or just do what I tell my family when they don't like something: "WHAT? It's totally good! This is amazing! You're crazy!" I'm always telling them that what I make is totally good.

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  5. This post is made of AWESOME! I totally agree with everything you wrote and I would love to read that book! I didn't even know you could take the cover out of a library book. I am so clumsy I better not try anyway! Oh that cornbread looks delish! Laura being happy with just a fruit for Christmas is pretty much because they were so poor! I remember being at the refugee camp and one day somebody gave us one apple. We shared among us four in the family and it was the biggest treat ever!!! I think I'll read those Ingalls books to my boy again and again :)

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    1. I can't tell you how eye opening it was to re-read these books as an adult reader -- they were totally impoverished and it's amazing that any of them survived to adulthood! (well one of them didn't -- Laura's baby brother, it's barely mentioned in the books, but it's there)

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    2. So true. I did forget about that. It's a wonder that they didn't die young! I guess one had to be born with a very good health and those who are not strong enough die in their infancy.

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