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Reader's Digest WWII Special Edition Issue
I was really stoked to find a beautiful special edition issue this month put out by Reader's Digest about WWII in remembrance of the war's 75th anniversary. It is such a beautiful magazine of full page photos with lots of interesting tidbits and articles. Just had to pass it on, because I don't think these magazines are available for very long.
*I promise that neither Reader's Digest or Amazon pay me to advertise!
If ever there was a myth about history it would be this: Things were dirt cheap back then.
Were they really?
And this is where I rub my hands together and cackle with geeky glee. Just like we shouldn't judge our ancestors solely based on current standards and social norms, we shouldn't judge prices of yesteryear by today's dollar value.
I'll give you some examples.
(And don't worry. I'm not going to get super technical or get all crazy on the math, because Math is not my strongest subject. I'll fully admit I got my math-savvy husband to help me remember the equations I learned from my college economics class.)
I was looking in one of my Health-for-Victory meal planning guide from 1943. They stated that if you followed their meal plan, you could expect to spend between $14 - $16 a week on groceries. You're probably thinking, WOW! I'd love to pay $14/week for groceries! But what's the value of 1943's $14 in our current year of 2015?
Sadly, we've reached the end of this celebration of vintage maple recipes! I had really wanted to try out a lot more of them than just one or two recipes, but such is life! I loved putting it together, because doing this kind of a series forces me to hunt through my vintage cookbook collection and pull out recipe ideas I never would've thought to look for before. I want my collection to be put to good use, and being able to share all this vintage food goodness with you is a wonderful way to do it.
For the finale, I thought I'd pull out the rest of all the amazing maple recipes I've found in just the past couple weeks! Here are the recipes we've got in store:
- Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies - wartime version sweetened with honey and maple syrup!
- Maple Sugar Cookies
- Maple Fluff
- Maple Nut Refrigerator Cake (Ooh! Exciting!)
- Maple Sirup Cupcakes (original spelling)
- Maple Sugar Pie
- Maple Candy
- and the one I'm really excited about... Log Cabin Upsi…
This week is another week of sandwich fillings! Like I said in last week's post, there are a lot of interesting sandwich fillings from America's 1940s wartime era. Sandwiches were an easy option for making for a lunchbox, but if you're anything like me it would be hard to come up with new sandwich ideas day in and day out. Housewives were encouraged to "not make lunchtime boring" and to change the sandwich filling every day to keep things interesting. Westinghouse published a great many sandwich filling recipes to help with this challenge.
Lunchtime, as all the meals of the day during wartime, was considered very important. In the 1944 Westinghouse Health-For-Victory Year 'Round Meal Planning Guide, they have a few paragraphs talking about the importance of lunchtime:
"Lunch is a mighty important meal... About one third of the day's intake of food can easily be taken care of at lunch, say the authorities. Workers need a good lunch to ward off …