Food lessons from the Great Depression
Today, learning how to cook on a budget is becoming important to more families. In the 1930s, making do was a kitchen art, honed by necessity. Sour grass soup, anyone?
At a time when Americans face frightening and disorienting economic uncertainty, the Great Depression provides valuable lessons. For many people, putting a meal on the table without turning to processed or takeout foods is no longer something just for a weekend dinner party but a skill they must learn. People who remember what it was like to eat during the Depression talk about thrift, growing their own, sharing with neighbors and learning to cope with what they had.
Home Solutions for Hard Times
Learning from the past to live a more sustainably in the present
This year on the journal we hope to feature frugal living tips that we practice here on the urban homestead – from cooking from scratch to kitchen beauty to you name it.
Funny how one picks up habits from our parent and grandparents not knowing why one’s doing what their doing but what one is doing is very eco practical. Wow, that was a long sentence. For us kids we’ve really not know any other way – we’ve lived without a microwave and even a clothes dryer our entire life. So to us this is “sustainable way of life” is just something we did because well, we didn’t have a choice. And now such practices are being lauded as “saving the earth” or “green living.” Well, what do you know! We’ve gone from being hippie to hip. Times have changed and grandma and grandpa don’t look too old fashion or out of date anymore. Instead of “get with the times grandma” it’s “hey grandma was green!”
One of Farmer D’s favorite saying of his is “a step backwards is progress.” Something to think about.
Every blogger or writer should know that documenting something is much more time consuming than just doing it. Keeping balance our personal journey towards living a more simple and sustainable life and sharing it is difficult. It’s tough doing both and I sometimes wish… well, I just keep that to myself.
So folks, what would you like to see featured first?