Although I did not spend my childhood days on prairie land, my childhood upbringing was very much similar to that of Little House On The Prairie. As a child, I enjoyed my days in the countryside and looked forward to seasonal activities and routines. We cooked delicious meals over wood fire, baked pies and cakes on coal fire, showered in the open air, gathered wood for cooking, use oil lamps to light up our nights, stitched clothes by hand, fetched water from the river, and enjoyed playing with the neighbouring children especially on warm summer evenings. It was a challenging but wonderful life. However, there was a part of me that was looking forward to moving on from that type of life. A better life… That is what I thought.
I did move on to that better lifestyle with faster days, the daily commute, faster meals… A modern life. But after only a few years, I realised that I very much prefer the old fashioned, frugal and simple way of life. That is the best life for me. This has brought me to building a humble wooden cottage which is now my place of dwelling. I do have other options. But this cottage reminds me of the good old days of my childhood. I am now embracing making things from scratch and a simpler life.
My values and goals in life now align with the values celebrated by Laura Ingalls and her family. And I find that there are many things that I can learn from Little House On The Prairie series to help me to create a home and a life that truly love. Below I share a few of these these tips and ideas to start off a series of Little House On The Prairie homemaking posts/articles on Rain Boots And Apron Strings Blog.
Making Pepper Wreaths For Storage
“Onions were made into long ropes, braided together by their tops, and then were hung in the attic beside wreaths of red peppers strung on threads.” Little House In The Big Woods
With this method of storing peppers, I can decorate my home while keeping the peppers fresh for as long as possible. Pepper wreaths are beautiful and must have added a nice pop of colour to the Ingalls family home.
Having A Homemaking Schedule/Routine
In chapter two of Little House In The Big Woods (Winter Days And Winter Nights), Ma’s homemaking schedule is established.
Ma said…“Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday.” Little House In The Big Woods
While the schedule that I am working on looks quite different from Ma’s, her schedule has taught me that spreading out tasks over the different days of the week will get more things done. I have tried doing most things in one day, and that did not work out. But doing a task or two on different makes me a more consistent and contented homemaker. I look forward to sharing my schedule with you soon.
Ma and other women and girls in Little House On The Prairie always wore aprons. They prevented their very few pieces of clothing from getting damaged while doing daily chores and tasks.
Tin Can lanterns
Laura was proud to be helping Ma with the milking, and she carried the lantern very carefully. Its sides were of tin, with places cut in them for the candle-light to shine through. Little House In The Big Woods
I admire how creative the Ingalls were. Repurposing an old tin can and making it into a useful and beautiful lantern. You can read all about how I made my own tin can lanterns here. They fit so nicely in my cottage.
Please do make yourself at home around here at my virtual cottage (blog). I will be posting weekly in my Little House On The Prairie Homemaking series.
Take care 🙂