I just got done reading through my set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I got this as a gift from my Grandma when I was in grade school and I think that was the last time I read them. I forgot how great they are! A big THANK YOU goes out to someone on my Facebook Page who recommend I read them. If you get a chance they are a quick read and full of great stories and ideas. The life of settlers wasn’t easy but I really enjoy how even when times were tough their attitudes were very positive.
My favorite book in the bunch is ‘Farmer Boy.’ This is the book that talks about the farm life of Laura’s husband when he was growing up in New York. I think one of the reasons I like that book the most is how much it talks about food, the descriptions of what they’d eat had me drooling every time. Man, who wouldn’t love to eat pie at every meal?
Another part in ‘Farmer Boy’ that I really enjoyed was the end where Almanzo’s parents were asking him if he wanted to be a farmer when he grew up. Seeing that I own a store and want to be a farmer it really speaks to me.
“Well!” Mother snapped. She was all ruffled, like an angry hen. “A pretty pass the world’s coming to, if any man thinks it’s a step up in the world to leave a good farm and go to town! How does Mr. Paddock make his money, if it isn’t catering to us? I guess if he didn’t make wagons to suit farmer’s he wouldn’t last long!”
“That’s true enough,” said Father. “But—“
“There’s no ‘but’ about it!” Mother said. “Oh, it’s bad enough to see Royal come down to being nothing but a storekeeper! Maybe he’ll make money, but he’ll never be the man you are. Truckling to other people for his living, all his days — He’ll never be able to call his soul his own.”
In one of the books popcorn balls made with molasses were made for Christmas. Stay tuned for a recipe, I’m going to make those for Christmas Eve this year 🙂