I have been reading the most little interesting book, by Louisa May Alcott! It is called “Eight Cousins.” I have had this book for several years and never really read it. I have thumbed through it and found some cute quotes that I used in the signature line on my group “Feminine Ways”, but I never had the urge to read the whole book until the last couple of days. I wish I had read it sooner…For it is full of all sorts of old-fashioned descriptions and good advice!
If time permits I want to write some excerpts in the days to come that really caught my eye.
“But the “delicate little creter” seemed all the better for her trip, and ran up the steps looking rosy, gay, and disheveled, to be received with lamentation by Aunt Plenty, who begged her to go and lie down at once.
“Oh, please don’t! We have come to tea with our cousin, and we’ll be as good as gold if you’ll let us stay, Aunty,” clamored the boys, who not only approved of “our cousin,” but had no mind to lose their tea, for Aunt Plenty’s name but feebly expressed her bountiful nature.
“Well dears, you can; only be quiet, and let Rose go and take her iron and be made tidy, and then we will see what we can find for supper,” said the old lady as she trotted away, followed by a volley of directions for the approaching feast.
“Orange Marmalade” for me, Aunty.”
“Plenty of “Sugar Plum Cake”, please.”
“Tell Debby to trot out the “Baked Pears”
“I’m your man for lemon pie, ma’am.”
“Do have fritters; Rose will like ‘em.”
“She’d rather have tarts, I know.” (Both of these really make me wonder exactly what fritters and tarts were considered back then.)
When Rose came down, fifteen minutes later, with every curl smoothed and her most beruffled apron, she found the boys loafing about the long hall, and paused on the halfway landing to take an observation, for till now she had not really examined her new-found cousins.”
My Lemon Pie (There are so many recipes to choose from, I will just post my own favorite recipe.)
3 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Graham cracker pie crust
1-2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Seperate egg yolks/whites, set aside whites. Place yolks in medium size mixing bowl. Pour lemon juice over yolks, whisking, pour canned milk over both, whisking more. Add cornstarch, whisk until smooth. Pour into pie crust.
With electric mixer beat egg whites, add a dash of sugar occasionally, continue beating until firmly peaked. Gently add to top of pie. Add a few peaks by lifting the spoon quickly in center and/or wherever desired for a pleasing presentation.
Place in oven and bake until meringue is lightly toasted.
Serve immediately or cover and place in fridge for later.