Audrey Eclectic for bringing this nugget of awesome to my attention. That title's a mouthful is it not? Heather and I share a deep and abiding love for the illustrator, a certain little miss TASHA TUDOR. Anyway, at some point, Heather mentioned this book on her blog, and I went and found myself an edition at the library. And I've held onto it all summer. Maybe I'll keep it forever? Or until my library renewals run out?
West Elm catalog or something from Domino, I'd be there in a hot minute. I've grown to appreciate modern decor in my older years. Cough. But.....if I could have a little cottage just for me - it would be floral, and pretty, and there would be quilts on all the beds.
(Have I told you one of my greatest afternoons that I ever had? It's the little things, people. One time about 10 years ago, I had a day off from work and I ate a slice of gingerbread IN BED while reading a book. It was the greatest afternoon.) Anyway, what would have made the day even better would have been to have eaten that gingerbread in a fluffy bed with a (non-musty) quilt on top.
'The New England Butt'ry Shelf Almanac' by Mary Mason Campbell. Another funny thing about my penchant for all things old timey is that aside from cooking, I don't possess a single skill that would have been useful in Old Fashioned Times. I don't sew, knit, or can preserves. My gardening skills are non-existent. Maybe that's why I'm so fascinated by it all. I've also always been very enchanted with All Things New England-y. I went to college, my first two years of it, in Massachusetts and I walked around in a perpetual state of delighted astonishment. My first New England fall put me into a high from which I've never recovered.
SO THIS BOOK, is my long winded way of getting around to saying - THIS BOOK is for those of you out there who want a big hit of old timey nostalgia. Here's the entire title: "Being a Collation of Observations on New England People, Birds, Flowers, Herbs, Weather, Customs and Cookery of Yesterday and Today." WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, EH?
"In the gentle mood of nostalgia, 'The New England Butt'ry Shelf Almanac' has been written in the hope that it, too, will furnish interesting and useful information to all those who love New England, its customs and people, its old houses and ghosts, its hills and valleys and rivers and coves, and its ways of keeping house and garden."
I won't be able to rest until I've unearthed 'The New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook'. Also, my husband laughed at the word 'Butt'ry' because he also sometimes has the humor of a toddler.
ANYHOO - go seek this hidden gem out if you can find it. I'll be here making Mary's recipe for pumpkin fritters and pumpkin custard in October....