Friday, May 15, 2009


Motherhood is so fun sometimes! Robert made me a wooden sign, Sarah gave me more flowers and Tracy made breakfast. Michael got me this book:

It has Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. It was published in 1938 and is in great condition! Then later on that day while we were processing the nopales I found this one:

That is not what a heart really looks like but I thought it was different! We processed 14 quarts of nopalitos and pickled 5 quarts. I got the last tiny spine out of my thumb yesterday! I think it was from the laundry I hand washed that had the spines in them. I learned how well duct tape works at removing the tiny spines. Wow, another use for duct tape!

Last week, I was looking through a magazine and came across this set of rules for teachers from the 1800's:

1. You will not marry during the term of your contract.
2. You are not to keep company with men.

3. You must be at home between the hours of 8pm and 6am unless attending school functions.

4. You must not loiter down town in any of the ice cream stores.

5. You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission from the chairman of the board.

6. You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.

7. You may not smoke cigarettes.

8. You may not dress in bright colors.

9. You must wear at least two petticoats.

10. Dresses must not be more than 2 inches above the ankle.

11. To keep the school neat and clean, you must sweep the floor at least once daily; scrub the floor at least once a week with hot soapy water; clean the blackboards at least once a day; and start fire at 7am so the room will be warm by 8am.

We have come a long way since then, sadly enough. Now parents are just happy to have other people teach their children as long as the teacher is not arrested for drugs or some other illegal activity. They turn over their parental rights to the government. Now look where we are, metal detectors in the schools and school shootings are still a common occurrence. Not to mention what these public schools get to teach children today. I praise the Lord that He turned the path of of my life towards Him and away from the world and its Antichrist systems. What a gift!!

Now I take pleasure in simpler things like a loaf of bread that turns out nicely:

Or some nice homemade garlic rolls:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Reforming Daily,


At May 17, 2009 at 9:24 AM , OpenID debylin said...

Hi Danielle,I almost bought a book of Jane Austin the other day at a second hand store but bought Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, one of my favorite books. Your bread and buns look great! Wow those rules for teachers! Would not work in the NO RULE society we live in today!

At May 17, 2009 at 5:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Danielle,

Nice gifts you received! Have been thinking about my need to read more historic novels, literature. Don't do enough of it.
Nice harvest and processing of the Nopales. Duct tape came in handy with good 'ol thistle burrs when young too, Ha! Here it's Sandburrs. Your bread/buns look delicious. Is the first one a sweetbread or a whole grain regular bread? Could you share the recipes on Ladies forum or here? Always like new recipes. Yes, we've digressed a long way since these ladies taught school. Thanks for sharing.


At May 18, 2009 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Ginny said...


We are always finding nifty uses for duct tape. :-D And the breads look lovely.

We have ten chicks from our two broody hens, so far. :-D Yes, our friend gave us another banty and we are putting her to good use.

I'm glad for your post.

At May 18, 2009 at 8:40 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

The bread is a sweet bread I baked for the sabbath. I will post the recipes on the forum soon.

Great to hear about your chicks! I love to watch the mother hen walk around while the chick follow her! I hope you continue to have success with your broody hens. God Bless

At May 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM , Anonymous Ann from KY said...

Hi Danielle,
I was reading your blog about the bread. I too have been trying to get more whole wheat in mine than white since I grind the whole wheat and buy the white. I have found that adding an egg to the recipe (1 egg per 2 loaves about or my rolls use 1 egg per 4 cups flour) really helps. the eggs helps it rise (leavening? ) and also the lecthicin in the egg helps act as a natural preservative. Also, I have a source for honey so I add some to my bread. I think it makes it slice better. Also, you can save the water from boiled potatoes or use milk to make the bread softer. Just some thoughts and ideas as to what works for us!

At May 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

Thanks for your tips. They sound interesting! I will try these next time I try to bake with more wheat in my bread. Thanks for stopping by here!


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