Monday, October 3, 2011

Box Quilt Block

     I had fun making this easy 6" Box quilt block using the pattern found in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. 
     Harriet enjoys her hobby of photography, including developing her own pictures.  She is taking pictures of Papa's cattle in this diary entry.  The King's Daughters is an interdenominational Christian service organization that began in 1886, whose focus is to lend a hand in service to others.  A hope box or hope chest is a box or chest used to collect items of clothing or household linens, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.

Friday, March 10, 1916 -
"Papa had me take some pictures of the cattle this A.M.  They looked fine, and it was a lovely day to take pictures.  I hope they will be good.  We cleaned this A.M., of course, then went to town this P.M.  I made a few little purchases then went up to Mrs. Mc's, where there was supposed to have been a K.D. (King's Daughters) meeting.  But she was not very well and had called it off.  Grace Keller was there sewing, so we had quite a 'meeting' among ourselves.  I'm feeling a little 'puny' myself so am anxious to get to bed."

Saturday, March 11, 1916 -
"I have been making a desperate attempt to finish my baby dress this evening, but it seems as if I can't crochet a button tonight;  however, it's all done but the cord and buttons.

"It has been a little colder today but yet very beautiful, almost too nice to stay in and especially when there was sweeping to do.

"Mother was in bed all A.M. with a nervous headache but got up and sewed and crocheted, etc. all P.M.  She made a little cross stitched towel with blue ends and gave it to me for my 'hope-box.'

"I had a 'pressing' engagement with my wardrobe this P.M. and did some mending, etc. . .

"I was so hungry tonight, I was still eating beans when everyone else had finished and then ate a big piece of pumpkin pie after that."

Aunt Annie's Pumpkin Pie

1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/4 cup white corn syrup
2 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk or cream
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.     Combine pumpkin, corn syrup, eggs, and evaporated milk.  
2.     Stir butter into hot milk.
3.     Combine brown sugar, spices, and salt.  Mix until well blended.  
4.     Combine all mixtures.  Pour into unbaked 9" pie shell.
5.     Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees.  Bake 35 minutes or until inserted knife is clean.   
                from The Woodbury Larder: A Legacy published by Phyllis Woodbury Bryant

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