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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born 147 years ago today on February 7, 1867. She is best known for her beloved Little House Books. I will be reading Little House on the Prairie this month as part of the Reading to Know Book Club. I'm also participating in the Third Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge.
My family and I have visited three of the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites. We've been to the Little House on the Prairie site near Independence, Kansas, where the Ingalls family lived from 1869-1871. My great-grandfather, James Lynch, moved to Kansas in 1867, two years earlier than the Ingalls family, and settled about 100 miles north of them. James Lynch and the Ingalls family both contracted fever 'n ague (now called malaria). You can read more about it here.
We also visited De Smet, South Dakota, where By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years all take place.
Finally, we visited Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura and Almanzo moved in 1894 and where Laura wrote all of the Little House Books. The first book, Little House in the Big Woods, was published in 1932 when Laura was 65 years old.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Gingerbread
1 cup brown sugar blended with 1/2 cup lard or other shortening
1 cup molasses mixed well with the above mixture.
2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water
(Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture.)
Mix all well.
To 3 cups of flour have added one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves; add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into the mixture and mix well.
Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs. The mixture should be quite thin.
Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) for thirty minutes. Raisins and, or candied fruit may be added, and a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
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You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post: Pig Pen Quilt Block and a Wonderful Snow Day.