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July 7, 2010

Inserted in an old Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook from the 1930s, in the papers of the once teetotalling Laura Ingalls Wilder:

Pour four quarts boiling water upon six quarts of [dandelion] blossoms. Let stand three days, stirring often. Strain. To liquid add four pounds of granulated sugar and bring to boil. When cold, add one sliced lemon, one sliced orange, and one yeast cake. Cover. Let stand a full three weeks. Strain. Bottle. If bottled too soon, it will break the bottles.

Her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, wrote this out and stuck it into her three-ring cookbook....

June 16, 2010
Selling the new book at Chester Market, June 27 - scaled.Living on an Acre high res cover

My newest book is the newly updated Living on an Acre. I was still a teenager when the USDA put together the original edition, then called Living on a Few Acres. Lyons Press (of Globe Pequot Press) has just published the second edition of the 21st-century version of this classic handbook on self-reliant living.

On Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., I'll be selling Living on an Acre at the Chester Sunday Market in downtown Chester, Connecticut. The market brings together Connecticut farmers, bakers, and other food experts who sell fresh produce,...

May 11, 2010
Heading back to the prairie - scaled.Iowa prairie storm coming

Near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, lies this restored prairie. I am bound for this landscape again in July. It is here at the Hoover Library where many of the papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder, frontier author, lie. I am trying to find the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, pioneer. What kind of a woman was she in real life, when she was working on her famous "Little House" books?

I will spend lunch hours walking through these grasses (perhaps a half-mile loop, mown) It looks something like the prairies of Minnesota and Kansas (but not South Dakota,...

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