Good news these days is that Longaberger Baskets moved all their outsourced jobs from China back to Ohio. However, that does not tell us the history of the Easter Basket —
The basket was originated in Poland, and perhaps some other Eastern European nations nearby. As with the hand painted eggs seen around Eastern Europe, Russian, Ukraine, and Belarus, several iterations of the basket may exist. However, the Polish basket is well known.
On Easter Saturday, food that would be prepared for the meals on Easter Saturday and Sunday were placed into a basket – sometimes a basket made of bread – and taken to church by the children in the families. There, teh food was blessed for the holiday meals. It is a charming custom.
For some good Polish Recipes for Spring and Easter, see:
Some people enjoy bargain shopping and discount coupons. It’s fun!
Others like to save money they can use for other necessities, luxuries, and emergencies. That’s a good reason to bargain shop in the 2010’s – especially with national economic worries.
Still other people bargain shop because they cannot afford retail prices in grocery, clothing, restaurants, and other retail places – especailly upscale establishments.
I think all bargain shoppers can enjoy bargain hunting, even those that MUST save money to make ends meet. It should not be a mark of poverty.
Let’s acknowledge that our country produces and imports some cheaply made goods at both low and high prices. Avoid both types.
If consumers can resist Madison Avenue and media advertisements that urge and even trick them into spending money best used elsewhere, then they have a victory. Look a the article below for links to regional bargains and tips for finding even more in your own town.
via Shopping for Bargains without a Paupers Mentality.
Increasing numbers of free magazines, newsletters and eBooks are becoming available online as more people learn how to create them.
While some of these offerings are strictly sales literature, others are informative, entertaining, and fun to have. Even employment news and trade or business journals are available online these days.
Someone asked how many ways we can use baking soda — Wouldn’t it be great if one simple, inexpensive product like this could be used for dozens of jobs around the home? At just 39 – 50 cents a box, it really can! Baking soda can be used not only in a variety of ways in food, but for medicinal purposes, cleaning, and a whole lot more.
Many people have found that taking baking soda in a glass of water daily balances the body’s PH and they feel that this regime is even preventing cancer. The research literature may not be sure about it, but many regular people are certain.
thinking about how to use baking soda, I was transported to a time at work in a restaurant when Paul Simon was singing 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover on the radio.
It was there that I first learned to use baking soda and ice cubes to clean a burnt coffee pot.
See what else I learned at:
We know that with supply lines cut off during the last part of the American Civil War, the Confederacy was in danger of starving to death in larger numbers than occurred before their surrender.
My great grandfather fought for the Union Army (Ohio) during the War Between the States and afterward, helped to complete parts of the National Road, Route 40 in Ohio.
I’ll share with readers some of the food and recipes that he and his wife enjoyed during the 1860s and some that were reported to be Abraham Lincoln’s favorites.
via Foods and Recipes Enjoyed By Farmers, the Troops and President Lincoln During the Civil War.
A boy in the Czech Republic lost his family in WWI, lost his Aunt and his home when she died, and became an apprentice to bakers at a pastry shop in grammar school. While he learned, he was beaten by the men there until he could not walk…. but he cooked in the best mansions in Hollywood and became White House Executive Chef. His story was lost when his book went out of print.
His childhood will bring you to tears, as will his delicious blueberry pie. He was the White House Chef, buts hes been forgotten until now. He was an incredible world class traveler and war survivor.