I like to read blogs about a lot of different things. Some posts bring back memories of the past, and some inspire dreams of the future. Some just help me be content with the present.
But any time I see a blog that highlights farms, or cows & chickens, it gets my attention. My grandparents were dairy farmers, and tales of cows and chickens bring back memories of feeding calves with my Grandpa, or gathering eggs with my Grandma.
So I've enjoyed reading Classy Chassy's (Monica's) blog Expressly Corgi which, despite the name is about more than dogs. In fact, her chickens play a prominent role, and since about half of my blog reading is done with a nosy... er... curious 2 year old sitting on my lap, I get to spend more time reading any blogs that have pictures of animals.
So, I was reading Monica's blog recently and discovered she was having a giveaway to celebrate her one year blogaversary. I don't enter every giveaway I see, a lot of the things are just too "girly" for me, but in this case, she cleverly did not disclose the prize, so I figured, "What the heck?" and I threw my name in the hat.
When her Hen, Cleopatra, pecked the winner, it was not me.
In fact, you can read all about the prize that was given, and Meme, the sweet lady who won it right here.
So I was surprised when I got a note from Monica informing me that as the only Male entrant in her contest I was getting a consolation prize.
She sent me the coolest book:
Old Recipes From Family Farms with historical notes,
by Linda D. Wolfe, published by Bear Wallow Books.
This book is filled with hearty sounding recipes, appropriate for feeding hungry farmers, and also with a bunch of fun historical information.
When Diann and I were traveling over the road, me as a truck driver, and her as a truck passenger, we used to love to pick up these kinds of books all over the country. We would read them and enjoy them, try a few fun recipes and then pass them on to my mom, who also really enjoys reading them.
So, as soon as I opened it, we started reading some interesting things.
Like the role of women in the pioneer farm household:
Wow! Women didn't have it any easier back then than they do today, did they?
And the meaning of being a neighbor:
I'd bet that Cleopatra was shocked when she read the first recipe in the book:
I can't wait to try some of the recipes. It's a great book, filled with fun facts, and great illustrations.
So, Thank you Monica, and Cleopatra, for such a fun prize!
I will be linking this post to
Because the cover is Red, and the contents are being Read.
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