Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON...(with thanks to BJ)



Notice that a "MEDIUM" is a 14-16...
Remember making an apron in Home Ec? Read below:

The History of 'APRONS'

I don't think most of our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Power of a Compliment

-not an original but worth your time to read...

In an earlier grade, she'd taped Mark's mouth shut for talking too much in class.  Now, he was her student again in her junior high math class.

His class had worked hard all week. By Friday, the students were getting cranky.  So, for a break, she asked them to write the nicest thing they could about every student and hand it in.  She compiled the results for each student and gave out the lists.

Several years later, Mark was killed in Vietnam. After the funeral. most of his former classmates gathered with Mark's parents and me their junior high math teacher for lunch.  Mark's father took a wallet out of his pocket.  "They found this on Mark, when he was killed," he said.  He carefully removed a folded, refolded, and taped paper - the one on which the teacher had listed the good things Mark's classmates had said about him.

Charlie, another classmate smiled sheepishly and said, "I keep my list in my desk drawer." Chuck's wife said, "Chuck put his in our wedding album."  "I have mine, too," Marilyn said, "in my diary." Vicky reached into her purse and brought out her frazzled list.

"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary" - Isaiah 50:4

I think this little story shows just how much our words can affect others. Do we use the opportunities that we have to "speak a work in season to him that is weary"? Something to think about. Everyone has "weary days" and we can turn a blind eye to them and their difficulties or we can do our best to lift them up. We may soon forgoet the kindness that we've shown but the recipient probably will never forget.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Corn Pudding Casserole

Looking for a great side dish to go with a meat and vegetable for dinner? This one will make the cut for sure.  It comes together very quickly and cooks while you're getting the rest of your dinner ready.  Serve with green beans and a meatloaf and you'll be happy to take the leftovers to work for lunch the next day!

Corn Pudding Casserole


1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 stick butter, melted
1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread mix
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
2 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Mix all ingredients together.

3. Pour into a  2 quart casserole dish that has been sprayed with Pam.

4. Bake uncovered approximately 30 -40 min. until "set" in the center and slightly browned around the edges.