May 18, 2010

CREAMED LIFE IN A BASKET CASE ~ OR, THE WOES OF THE MODERN MAMA

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ARE YOU FEELING A DRASTIC TIP IN THE SCALES IN YOUR LIFE'S BALANCING ACT?


IT SEEMS, THIS MONTH, THAT EVERYONE IS BUSIER AND MORE OVER COMMITTED THAN EVER.

And yet, while dusting off some old cookbooks in my collection this week, I came across this section of "The Modern Hostess Cook Book for this Season" from 1939, and was startled with the realization that my plight is nothing new. Our grandmothers struggled with the same trials in having to finesse more than 24 hours of work into a 16 hour day, 7 days a week! The challenge of finding new ways to be more efficient with our time is not merely a symptom of our modern cyber age!
In 1939, one way that modern women found a solution to their balancing act was to use prepared and prepackaged foods. A marvel! A boon! "Hallelujah, it's Creamed Beef in a Bread Case! Now, we find ourselves swept up (thank heavens) in a movement towards unprocessed, artisinally, organically, and humanely raised foods. With this shift in the national consciousness, I wonder, "What's the new trend? The new trick for saving time and making it all run smoothly?" What is your new "Quick and Easy" approach to help you get through each day, and is it a success? I look forward to the discussion and hearing your "recipe" for a happy family, balanced life, and happy you!

To my friends, my readers ~ as many of you have noticed (thank you!), I've been on hiatus since around mid-April. For better or worse, my life outside the cybersphere has gotten wildly busy ~ my two part-time jobs have ramped-up significantly, as have my volunteer committments, compounded by all the year-end activities and festivities at my daughters' schools. To boot, I've started the process of going back to school to earn my teaching credential.
To this, Miss Housewife 1939 says, "Cry me a river, baby. You're singing an old tune." I know, I know. But, I'm not here to whine (honestly), merely to give an update on what's been going on and to give a forecast of what's to come.
Despite my absence from Rook No. 17 I have been able to incorporate some creative endeavors and inventions into my day-to-day duties. As a result, I've been taking pictures and making notes for dozens of articles I plan to feature over the summer months. Please stay tuned for:





1) A shortcut to the cutest darn little party cakes ever!
2) A fabulous and easy "Martini" themed party that will have all your friends talking.
3) Recipes for Snickerdoodle Pancakes and homemade Cinnamon Bread that will leave your house smelling like a bakery for days.
4) Easy Entertaining with Trader Joes ~ A week-long feature of easy and original gourmet recipes that will help you go from zero to cocktail party or potluck ready in only minutes.
5) An incredible Fathers' Day giveaway for a DiaperDudes diaper bag.
6) Baby Shower mini-cakes that will steal the show

AND much, much, more...

3 comments:

  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  2. looking forward to your summer posts. welcome back!

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  3. can't wait to read these posts! they all sound great! also glad I'm not the only one who not been posting regularly!

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