Sunday, February 14, 2016

How to Preserve a Husband

I know some of you who know I write mystery are thinking I'm looking for a way to hide a body. ;) 

This is a note I found under Preserves and Pickles in The Oregon Trail Cookbook by Leslie J. Whipple. This is a cookbook I purchased years ago while working in a stationary store. It is getting pretty ratty because I not only use many of the recipes but I also enjoy reading the anecdotes about families that traveled the Oregon Trail.

How to Preserve a Husband
Dorothy Winn Crawn
Be careful in your selection; do not choose too young, and take only such varieties as have been raised in a good moral atmosphere. When once decided upon and selected, let that part remain forever settled, and give your entire thought to preparation for domestic use.

Some insist on keeping them in a pickle, while others are constantly getting them in hot water. Even poor varieties may be made sweet, tender, and good by garnishing with patience, well sweetened with smiles, and flavored with kisses to taste, then wrap well in the mantle of charity; keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion, and serve with peaches and cream. When thus prepared they will keep for years.

Another of my favorites in this book.

Wedding Cake
Ralph M. Wade

Four pounds flour of love,
One and one half pounds of buttered youth,
One and one half pounds good looks,
One and one half pounds sweet temper,
One and one half pounds blindness of faults,
One and one half pounds sifted forgiveness,
One and one half pounds powdered wits,
One and one half pounds dry humor,
Two tablespoons sweet argument,
One and one half pints of rippling laughter,
One and one half wineglasses full common sense.

Put the flour of love, good looks, and sweet temper in a well furnished house. Beat the butter of youth to cream. Mix together blindness of faults. Sift forgetfulness, powdered wits, and dry humor into a sweet argument, then add this to the above. Pour in gently rippling laughter and common sense. Work it all together and bake gently forever.

                      Happy Valentine's Day!


Melissa Keir said...

Wonderful post! I'm glad that I found my wonderful husband. :)

CJ Samuels said...

Love it!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Melissa! I agree! I was lucky int he husband department too! Thanks for stopping by.

Hi CJ! I love the little tidbits in this cook book. Makes for fun cooking and reading. Thanks for stopping in.

Judith Ashley said...

Fun post, Paty - from what you've shared, I agree you've a great husband but I think he is lucky in the wife department also.

E. Ayers said...

I love it! Choosing wisely is important but after that, it's a matter of taking good care of your selection.

Paty Jager said...

Thanks, Judith!

Hi Elizabeth, I agree, it's how you take care of the relationship that keeps it going. Thanks for stopping in!