Post # 230 Gems from the Past

March 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 230 Gems from the Past

Over the last several days, Partner/Spouse and I have been cleaning and rearranging the house.  One of those tasks is again culling our books, thinning them out so we have more space.  This time, though, we’re not donating.  We’re putting them in boxes and taking them to storage.  I was going through the cookbooks and I notice a decided trend in their titles, after I’d blown the dust off them, of course.  This is the desert, after all.  I, or we, tend to gather cookbooks that are “specialty” books.  For instance, there are three dedicated to rice.  We have a bunch dedicated to cakes; two of those are dedicated to chocolate cake only.  Some are full size books while others are just pamphlet style you can pick up at national parks, diners, and specialty stores.  Loads are of the “church supper” variety.

A significant portion of our books are about “old fashioned” or “old timey” remedies.  My mom started that interest in me.  She used to read about home cures remembering how her mom used them on her and her sibs.  She reconnected with her family, and her heritage when she read the recipes or cures.  She’d giggle sometimes, laughing at the thought of using those cures.  “They worked,” she usually said when I asked why.

So now, we have several of those kinds of books.  There’s a certain home-spun honesty about the ways people tried to take care of themselves in days before ambulances and ERs on every corner.  Not just themselves, either.  We have more than a few books/pamphlets on doggy first aid.  So I thought I’d share some of the gems of wisdom gleaned from these pages.

Fade those Age Spots – Ages spots (liver spots) can be faded or even eliminated with onion juice and vinegar.  Mix 1 teaspoon onion juice squeezed from a fresh onion and 2 teaspoons vinegar together and rub on the spots twice daily.  In a few weeks, the spots will begin to fade.  [my guess is that the spots don’t fade away, your friends do so there’s no one to comment on the spots.  When I read this, my initial reaction was, “You first.”]

Digestion – Good health often depends on good digestion.  Apple cider vinegar destroys the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that can make you sick.  Drink 2 cups water with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar at each meal.  You can add honey to the vinegar water, if desired.  [Take that! Activia]

[I don’t even want to go into what it says about hemorrhoids.]

Nosebleeds – Hold a clean cotton cloth or gauze that has been dipped into white vinegar over your nose whenever you have a nosebleed.  The vinegar will help stop the bleeding and speed the healing process.  [but it probably hurts more than what gave you the nosebleed in the first place, including the fist!]

Sunburn relief – splash vinegar on to the affected burned area.  [My mom actually did this for us as small kids.  I remember it stung like crazy, but we seldom had any stinging after the initial splash and never peeled.  Years later, I remembered it and used it to help after I’d swum in the Colorado River too long one weekend.]

How to give your cat a bath – I won’t go into it, but suffice to say the major piece of advice is CAREFULLY.

When your pets are bored, turn on the TV.  [my question to this is with three dogs who sleep most of the day and night, how can you tell they’re bored?]

Here’s a recipe for Hard Tack, if anyone wanted to know.  Two cups flour, one pinch salt, one tablespoon butter, and milk.  Rub butter into flour and salt and add just enough milk to make a stiff dough.  Knead the dough for fifteen minutes.  Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out into whatever shape you like.  Prick with a fork and bake at 300 until light brown.  Hang to dry in a burlap sack, then store in a cool dry place for you journey.  [The article says this kept pioneers from starving, but I don’t see how.  We tried hard tack once in Gettysburg, PA and it was totally inedible.  Even after soaking it for several minutes in soup, it was still hard as a rock.]

Hash – chop up real small one potato per person and cook on a hot skillet until almost tender.  Cut up whatever meat is at hand real small.  Add to potatoes with maybe an onion and cook, stirring often.  Add butter if things stick to pan.  When done, serve hot, with maybe a fried egg.

Well, that’s about all I got for today.  Hope you liked it as much as I did.


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