Good afternoon ladies!
This title slightly incorrect when it says “Guide”, as I actually have not read more than the Table of Contents for each one, so I will not be guiding you in their thoughtful ideas of house keeping, gardening, scheduling, etc., but I will endeavor to give you all a sense of what books should definitely be found in your chests. Lets have a look!
Before I begin, I am reminded of a promise I made last week to answer a particular question: How did I acquire all of the things in my H.C.? Answer: On my sixteenth birthday, we held a great big contra dance party, and all of the guests who attended (those who wanted to bring gifts) were asked to pick out useful, and some decorous, household items. Thus I was so blessed to receive a myriad of wonderful things that day which did the trick in filling up my chest! As I have said, I plan to share what I have in the up coming posts, but you all might be curious to know which are the ones I got from the friends who came to my party, so I will mark them as P for party gifts.
Now onto my miniature library. The books you see here in the picture above are mostly for home life. The Good House Keeping Hostess – An Old-Fashioned Guide to Gracious Living, is indeed just that! Within its pages you find such guides to help with: Social Life, Dinners, Luncheons & Teas, and all manner of Parties. It is very old-fashioned, however I could see myself referencing this book when I am in my own home, planning a dainty tea party, or little girls birthday parties and what not. It should be considered one of those dear old companions for any housewife since it has that Grandmother’s feel to it. This was the gift Brigi gave to me on my special day, and that is significant enough for me to keep it on hand!
The two volumes you see beneath the Hostess book, are P gifts as well. I have only browsed through their pages only because I have such a wonderful mother who has so many cleaver house keeping ideas of her own, that it would be hard for me to read them while under her influence. Thus when I first looked through their pages I decided their contents were to remain distant to my brain until I have a roof and walls of my own to take dominion over. Nevertheless, I would encourage all of you ladies to look hard for modern day housekeeping guides like, Emilie’s Creative Home Organizer, and, More Hours In My Day. They appear to be exceptional volumes as far as their contents go!
In the Emilie’s volume you will find helpful topics of: Organization, Food prep, the Automobile, the Laundry, Finances, Raising Children, Health, etc. Really good if you ask me!!!
More Hours begins with two stories, one from each author. They both came out a disordered life met each other by God’s gracious hand, and were wrote the book together. They have many wonderful ideas of how to let go of the unimportant to prioritize their time around the truly important: Home Organization, Resource Savers, Family & Friends, and of course, Your Children.
It is so funny, as I am writing up these reviews I find my curiosity lighting up from the sparks flying off the pages of these two great books! Wow! I will definitely be reading these volumes soon!
Overly large, and easy to see stands in the back a book, no, an Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Ooh how I love the word organic! I am very thrilled to have found this book at our last library sale, and hope to gain a lot of insight from it wealth of knowledge! Every house keeper should keep at least one kind of gardening book on hand, just in case you plan to make a garden on your future estate.
These next two are both very handy! A good cook needs a good book, yes? Yes! My very awesome Mom gifted me this little book of How to Repair (hem, yes it says Repair) Food. We have this lovely little thing down amongst all of our family’s cookbooks and boy is it wonderful to have when you are out of some ingredient and need a substitute! It will save you just about every time that oopsy comes your way in the line of kitchen work.
The American Family CookBook is also one I snatched up at a library sale a few years ago. It looks promising, but as I have never used one of it’s recipes, I have yet to find out how good it is. Hmm. I probably should put that on my list of things to do…
There you have it, ladies! I hope you gained a little bit more H.C. knowledge from this post, and can’t wait to hear any suggestions, or questions you might have in mind!