Do any of you remember this cover? I can remember having a dog eared set of Little House books. Mine were just like this with a corner creased over or sometimes a cover just hanging on.
Later on, I latched onto a Little House Cookbook where I was taken aback to find a recipe for Blackbird Pie. My dear husband (DH) has since told me that his mom also told stories of eating blackbird pie and chicken feet during the depression. We really have no idea, do we? DH also talks about his grandma having a cookstove on her front porch that she baked her bread in. She would mix it, knead it, and put it in her apron. Outside she would open the wood burning cookstove and "flip" the dough into the oven to bake. When it came to bread making, she didn't like the new-fangled stoves and always used the wood fired cookstove.
Now as an adult, I find it even more interesting that Laura and her husband, Almanzo were successful apple orchardists. We have 9 apple trees in our backyard, along with apricot, mulberry, plum, pear, cherry and grapevines, too. They are an "inheritance" from my mom who was an orchardist, too! The fascinating part - they were rock stars in what today could be classified as organic growing practices. I can learn a lot from them.
In South Dakota, we get to claim Laura as one of our own having lived here some 15 years. Laura lived in near De Smet long enough to become a teacher (at age 13), to twist strands of hay into sticks to burn as fuel in the woodstove, to become Mary's eyes after she went blind, to find love and marriage with Almanzo Wilder only to find heartache when their son died shortly weeks after birth and again when their 3 year old daughter accidently started a fire that burned their house to the ground. De Smet has an outdoor pageant every summer based on Laura's writings.
And then there is the TV series - Little House on the Prairie - that brought the stories and people to life.
Her books, the summer pageants, the TV show are all part of "the Laura experience." With 444Farm Soaps' Little House soap we wanted to somehow capture "the Laura experience." I use soap shreds to create an impression of calico dresses. This prairie fragrance is a complex fruity scent with hints of jasmine and violets.