A Weekend of Domesticity

on May 3, 2010


n. pl. do·mes·tic·i·ties

1. The quality or condition of being domestic.
2. Home life or devotion to it.
3. domesticities Household affairs.
Lets be clear — I am not a seamstress.  In 8th Grade Home-Ec Sewing Class I think I spent more time unpicking than anything else.  That being said – I do own a sewing machine and I do like to sew very simple things on occasion.
I have been having a renewed interest in aprons as of late.  I have some material for cute aprons that I got about 10 years  ago and this weekend – it was finally time for me to sew them.  Here are my creations from Saturday:
Now with my aprons made — there was no stopping me in my quest for weekend domesticity.
I have also recently been obsessed with a cookbook I found in the cupboard titled Pioneer Recipes – Featuring Favorite Dishes of the Mountain West.
It was published in 1950 and has been in our cupboard for years and yet I have never cracked it open until a couple of months ago.  Since then I have looked at it over and over again.   The cover and pages have yellowed with time but it is still in terrific shape.  It was published by the Deseret News and is formatted like a ward cookbook complete with names AND addresses of the submitter.  I also love that it has advertisements from local businesses.  I’m still intrigued that they published the addresses for the submitter.  Did they think I would go knock on the door of “Mrs. Ora Murdoch” in Salt Lake City and ask her to cook for me?
At first I toyed with a “Julie and Julia type blog as I read through the recipes but realized I really didn’t have a desire to cook everything in the book  like “Mincemeat Hermits” or “Lumpy Dick”.  It just wasn’t going to happen.  But I was determined that this weekend I was going to begin cooking from this cookbook and would share it with you my faithful readers (I think like all 2 of you.) So I donned my super-cute pig apron and began.
For Sunday Dinner today I made Danish Soup – which won “1st Place – Soups” and was submitted by the aforementioned Mrs. Ora Murdoch.
I never was very good at following a recipe exactly and I confess I tweaked this one also.  First of all I used the crockpot so that it could cook while I was in church.  It called for “ground meat” but didn’t specify what kind.  I opted for pork sausage.  In doing this I omitted the sage, salt, and pepper that you were to mix in with the small meatballs.  I also used a full pound of meat instead of a half pound – well because there was a pound in the package and I knew I wouldn’t use the rest up this week.  I did need to increase the flour and breadcrumbs that it called for because it was too gooey to make into little balls and  I’m still surprised that instead of browning the meatballs you boiled them for 8 minutes.  The other change I made was that I didn’t use the water that I boiled the meat in — it was just too much grease for me.
When I came home from church I was going to take another picture of the soup placed delicately in a bowl with a silver spoon by it’s side — but I was too hungry to think about taking pictures.
It was a simple soup but the flavor was very good.   The chunky carrots and potatoes were cooked perfectly and I was surprised at how much I like the meatballs.  My mother loved the soup.  It was perfect for a Sunday afternoon meal.   And my brother — well – he picked out the meatballs and put them on rolls and made a sandwich.
I count my first experience with the Pioneer Recipes: featuring Favorite “Mormon Recipes” cookbook to be a success.
Also — this blog post has been sponsored by the ZCMI Meat Department where you can get Temple Frankfurters.

6 responses to “A Weekend of Domesticity

  1. Laurel says:

    a.) I LOVE your new banner. You ARE delightfully De!
    b.) I can’t stand how much I love the temple frankfurters ad.
    c.) You make me laugh.
    d.) You make me laugh.

    one of your many faithful readers.

  2. DeeAnn says:

    LOVE IT. No matter what you are up to you inspire me. How do you do that???

    I am definitely going to try this recipe.

    Are there any good looking recipes for breakfast foods? That is our theme this month in Recipe Pioneers…let me know!


  3. Heather says:

    That sounds delicious! I may have to come over and take a look at that book.

  4. Becky says:

    I love cookbooks! I would love to try this soup. We love soup around here– perhaps with a little salad! 😉 Your aprons are way cute.

    You are amazing! I want to be like you when I grow up!

  5. Tasha says:

    You just gave the perfect excuse to keep all my unfinished projects!
    so glad to know I am in good company keeping fabric for 10 years :o)
    love you.

  6. Kevin Ramsey says:

    I believe that’s the recipe book I cooked from as a youth. Would you be willing to let me see the chili recipe? Thanks!

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