Plus she did it all while wearing a dress, having her hair and make up done and a pretty smile on her face.
I just don't know how she did it!
Perhaps it was little ideas from cook books and pamphlets like these.
Inside they are full of great new ideas on how to mix things up and make old items taste new again.
They are often just a few pages but they are packed full of ideas and recipes.
I love making jam and this year I want to expand my canning to include other items. This booklet will give me the help I need.
Maybe I'll try to make my own pickles.
I love to collect these little bits of 50's history. While I admit I have never tried any of the recipes I have day dreamed a lot about what life was like back then for the average stay at home mother/housewife.
Eating out was a treat. For a special occasion. Not like today when we "drive thru" to pick up a meal or make reservations because we are to tired to cook.
Keeping the meals exciting and changing was important back then and most housewives enjoyed finding new recipes to try.
Making special treats and snacks to keep her family happy and fed well was a thing to be proud of back then.
Today, we can find these little booklets pretty easy at flea markets and antique stores. They are only a few dollars yet they do provide a peak into how different things were back then.
Food has come a long way. So have portion sizes.
I enjoy the menu ideas these little booklets often have. Three meals a day and all three meals are homemade.
In the 1950's you rarely had store bought cookies. No way! The vintage housewife would bake up a batch of her favorite recipe and the cookie jar would be full of home baked goodness.
Reminders of eating the right kinds of foods to keep her family healthy were everywhere.
I think we need to get back to eating and cooking more homemade meals, snacks and treats.
Today it seems like people are so impressed when someone bakes something from scratch, cans her own food or the family sits down and eats meals together.
We seem to have gotten so busy that our families often suffer. Why is this? Is there really anything more important then family? Of course not.
So, I would like to challenge all you women to get back to the basics and try for one month to cook more at home, sit down and enjoy meals together, try new and different recipes and be like the 1950's Housewife was.
If she could do it, we can too. Don't you agree?