AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: 06/30/15 8:35 PM
CATEGORIES: 1015 The River, Blog
Have you ever wondered what the first Independence Day celebrations were like? I don’t know if it was because I spent a lot of time as a kid watching Little House on the Prairie reruns or if it was because historical fiction was a genre that spoke to me when I was a young reader, but I often find myself wondering how in the world pioneeer women did it. How did they take care of their families, protect their children, cook, clean and clothe without the modern day conveniences of today?
Good God it must have been tough.
Even during the course of my life caring for a family has changed drastically. I remember when we got our first microwave. It was my mom’s birthday. My dad surprised her and it was such a big, hairy deal that a small crowd of neighbors gathered around the giant box on our back patio to watch my mom open it.
It was as big as a fridge.
I think it took a couple of the men-folk to haul it inside and when they did we all gathered around while we boiled water…in two minutes. It was epic.
So much was different of our mothers. Fresh fruit was available “in season”; a quick supper consisted of “Swanson dinners” baked up in an oven (Remember the apples? The salisbury steak?); and most of the time dishes were done by hand…over and over again.
No wonder that generation drinks the hard stuff. Roll those challenges up with the pressure of preparing for a holiday and good God…I’d be hitting the Manhattans, too.
In fact, sometimes I think Pinterest inspired, intricate party fare was because food preparation has become too easy. Where our mothers and grandmothers would have been slaving in the kitchen preparing apple pie from scratch–crust and all–our generation buys a pie from a gourmet bakery–in our supermarket– and instead slaves over glue guns, fancy chalk labels and decorated mason jars.
Yes. That’s it. Pinterest crap was born out of not having enough challenge in our domestic lives. Instead of reveling in the ease of modern convenience we complicate matters with crafts.
This Fourth of July we are celebrating small. A few close friends over for fireworks, potluck salads, ribs and an array of slider options. I do admit to perusing Pinterest for slider recipes and if you listened to me this morning on 101.5 The River you heard me talking about the three recipes I picked out.
They are here…
If you are more interested in the low and slow method of preparing of ribs you can read my post HERE!
Of course I’ll also be making strawberry pretzel salad. (Using the term “salad” loosely here, folks. How a recipe that calls for two cups of sugar and an entire container of Cool Whip is called a “salad”? It’s a local thing.)
Ohio for the win.
Not really just Ohio for the win. How about the United States for the win? Or, better yet, how about women who don’t have to cook EVERYTHING from scratch, can heat water in two minutes, and buy wonderful homemade pie at the supermarket for the win!
Happy Independence Day, friends!