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Robinson Nature Center Updated

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Back in March I wrote a blog post about "Building a Museum Exhibit - part 1". In it I talked about a super cool exhibit at the Robinson Nature Center, but I unfortunately didn't have very good pictures to draw from and couldn't find the ones I'd taken a few years ago. So, my kids and I went back and I took all new pictures and have updated the post to include my most recent observations. Their mill exhibit is absolutely fantastic and such a brilliant use of technology in a museum.

Check it out! HERE

Project 52: Rationing - Week 47 - Fat & Fritters

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Happy Thanksgiving! 
I'd have to say that this week's ration recipe is one of the most important when it comes to talking about food rationing during WWII. Both in the UK and in the United States, saving fat drippings for use in cooking was a huge deal as fat was rationed during the war and it was a vital ingredient in making explosives. Any waste fat was saved and given to munitions factories for the glycerin to be extracted from the fat. Housewives had a direct impact on the war effort by donating those fats.

Fat was of huge importance, not only because it was essential for the war effort, but also because fat made food taste better and it added much needed calories and nutrition for hard working men and women. But since it was rationed, they needed to make their fat ration stretch as far as they could. Saving every ounce of fat and rendering it to be reused again in their cooking and baking was absolutely essential.

There were quite a few posters about saving fat from the …

Project 52: Rationing - Week 46 - Bohemian Kolache

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As my project winds down, I'm scrambling to try and find recipes in sources I've neglected and get in the last few recipes I feel are important to experiment with as a representation of the period. I know I won't fit them all in, but it's been fun going through and trying to select those last golden gems! Like the recipe I made today.

This week's ration recipe for Bohemian Kolache sounds so exotic doesn't it? I looked it up and found on wikipedia that a kolache (coming from a Czech word) "is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States." Sounds yummy to me!

I wanted to make a bread and I wanted to use my 1945 issue of the Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book again. I think I've only made one or two things out of it. So, when I saw this sweet bun recipe that called for mace I was intrigue…

A New Look

I've always been cautious about changing the look of my blog because I liked it so much as it was, but I thought it needed a change. It's been awhile since I first started the blog and I've been happily surprised to see I've gotten over 11,000 page views! Wow! Thanks to everyone who visits and even if you don't leave comments, it makes me happy to think that I can share the love of history with others even if it's in a small way.

Also, I realized I only have 7 more ration recipes left. Aaaah! Where did the year go? I can't believe the project is almost done. I do have another idea in the works, though I'll go into that at the end of next month. Until then, enjoy the remaining 7 ration recipes!

Project 52: Rationing - Week 45 - Frankfurter Casserole

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Frankfurter Casserole. Yep. It was one of those things that I knew I should probably make, but it scared me. I mean, how good could a frankfurter casserole possibly be? What came to mind was a nightmare casserole born out of the Depression and continued stubbornly into the '50s. But since I pledged to try scary recipes for this ration project I figured I should finally get it out of the way.

We all know that casseroles save time and can feed a lot of people. They're good at using leftovers or hiding less than desirable ingredients. You can also use a lot of inexpensive ingredients for a nice, filling meal. All these reasons are what make casseroles a good ration recipe.

First of all I want to share where I got this recipe.

I realized that I've been neglecting a fabulous source for recipes - women's magazines! The only one I've used for this project was the Campbell's soup ad and that's not even technically a recipe. I gleaned this week's recipe from McC…