Fun History Tidbits:
THE HISTORY OF APRONS
I don't think our kids really know what an apron was used for in our grandmother's day. How valuable and what a necessity it was.
The principal use of Grandma's Apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material to make than a dress. Along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company came, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds as well as be an ideal hiding place for shy kids.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes. My how times have changed!
Now a day, the world would go crazy trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from my grandmother's apron.
Butter has said to have existed in some form or another for over ten thousand years. It was first created in early Mesopotamia around the year 9000bc using cow or goat’s milk. Butter was not a popular additive in ancient Greece or Rome mainly due to their warmer climate and the rate at which butter would rapidly spoil. However, in northern Europe, specifically Scandinavia butter has been common and a staple for many years. The strangest moment in the history of butter comes from the farther north European countries where they sometimes would pack entire barrels, called “firkins”, full of butter and bury them beneath a peat bog for several years, at which point they would be dug up and used. This gave the butter a particularly potent taste. Now butter is mostly made in factories, the first of which was built in America in the late nineteenth century.
*****You can also use your electric mixer or food processer if you are short on time! *****
Beer bread is a quick, easy, and alcohol free tasty alternative to regular bread or dinner rolls. The beer has active yeast in it, so there is no need to add a package of yeast. The alcohol cooks off while the bread is baking so it is safe for everybody to eat. Depending on the type of beer used, it can add a different flavor and color to the beer bread. The dough can also be baked as a loaf or individual biscuits.
Brief History of Beer Bread
In ancient times, before yeast was introduced to wheat, it was ground down and made into a paste and set over a fire to cook until it was a hard flat type of bread. The Egyptians were the first culture to isolate yeast and incorporate it into the bread, making it more useful and palatable. It was not long after this breakthrough that the first sourdough breads were discovered through the Greeks. They found that the dough did not have to be cooked all at once, often saving it for a few days at a time. Romans thought that bread and wheat was more important than meat. Throughout history lower classes often had only access to the darker, courser grains, while the upper class would have access to whiter breads, therefore making it easier to discern social status. Bread has played an important role throughout history, even causing riots. Today bread is found everywhere and in every shape,colorand size. Darker breads have now become the more expensive ones to buy.
Early scones were baked from oats and were shaped like a triangle. Today's scones are traditionally flour-based and are baked in the oven unlike the early days when they were griddle-baked. Scones are fairly easy to make and are a great complement to the traditional English Tea, your morning cup of coffee or anytime you feel like a break. Scones can be served warm or cold and go well with honey, your favorite jam, jelly or preserves or sweet creamy butter. Scones can be made plan or with any combination you may like. Try adding, fresh or dried fruit, chocolate chips, walnuts or pecans, spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg or anything you desire to the batter before baking for an extra treat. You can also drizzle a sugar glaze on them to sweeten them up a bit if you’d like. There is no limit to what you can do to make this Scone recipe your own signature recipe! Have fun and Enjoy!
Cream Scones Recipe:
How to make your cream scones: