Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for Little House on the Prairie

log cabin

It’s time to check in on Book Two of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular series. If you’ve been following Hearth Cricket for a while you already know I have a real thing for those books and blame/credit them for my interest in colonial home crafts.

So I’m rereading these childhood favorites, slowly but surely (and mostly on the elliptical because they nicely distract me from my abiding hatred of that machine).

Little House in the Big Woods had all sorts of wonderful material about hunting, harvesting honey, making straw hats, and FOOD. Little House on the Prairie does not make my mouth water so much. Think beans, fried prairie chicken, corn cakes, molasses, repeat.

Oh, but the detailed construction information! Building a log cabin from trees dragged from the creek bottom. How to make a door with a latch string. A stone fireplace with stick-and-daub chimney, plank flooring and bentwood rocking chairs, oh my!

All that work and they had to leave it behind. The Ingalls family was on Indian land, and the government made them move on. It’s hard to argue with that, frankly, but holy cow they did a lot of work for nothing.

Next up is Farmer Boy, about the childhood of Laura’s husband, Almanzo Wilder. Though I haven’t looked at it for a long time, I remember food will again play a major part. There will be wheat threshing and ox training. Plus, Mrs. Wilder spun her own wool yarn, wove it into cloth, and then cut and sewed that cloth into clothes for her family.

I suspect I’ll be spending a lot more time on the ol’ elliptical in the next few weeks.


  1. I really should get my hands on these books, because I remember watching the TV series as a child - it was a Sunday morning tradition, along with The Waltons. *fondly remembers*

  2. Farmer Boy is wonderful just for the food writing alone, let alone all the other good stuff in there, you're so right!

  3. Tundiel, I still watch reruns of The Waltons!

    Helena, wasn't there a Farmer Boy cookbook? Now I have to go look...

  4. My favorite books! And TV series. Ever. I re-read them all a few years back. I need to revisit them again. They never get old....but they do make me hungry! I think Farmer Boy is my favorite when it comes to the food descriptions. Those women sure knew how to cook! And when we think what they had to work with, it makes it even more amazing!

  5. I'm not sure. I know I have a Little House cookbook from my childhood around here somewhere, but I don't know if there is another specific to Farmer Boy.