Friday, April 9, 2010

Day 72 Emma and other Family Books

Reading family books around the dinner table created many fond memories in my childhood. My children and I have enjoyed many books including Little Britches and Emma by Ralph Moody.

Breakfast: diced potatoes rehydrated with ground garbanzo beans with melted cheese (from the freezer). The children thought this dish too dry and ate it hesitantly. I wanted a protein source besides hamburger or ham and so tried the beans. They mashed in with the potatoes so no one cared enough to object.

Lunch: The children ate leftovers and sandwiches made with mashed potatoes. This is a lunch used during the depression when meat was scarce. The children thought they were okay.

Dinner: Baked Beans over rice I started the crock pot early in the day with half an onion, 3 cups of ground beef already fried from the freezer, 3 cups of garbanzo beans and 3 cups of black beans, 1/2 cup precooked bacon from the freezer flavored with 1/2 cup molasses, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 TBS mustard, 1/2 cup ketchup garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. All day the delicious aroma filled the house making home cozy.

Baked Beans reminds me the heroic mother, Emma, who was widowed when she was 3 months pregnant with her fifth child in the early 1900's. Ralph Moody describes his mother's determination to be self reliant and provide for her own. We could use more such resolve today.

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