"Ma was busy all day long, cooking good things for Christmas. She baked salt-rising bread and 'Injun bread,' Swedish crackers, and a huge pan of baked beans, with salt pork and molasses. She baked vinegar pies and dried-apple pies, and filled a big jar with cookies, and she let Laura and Mary lick the cake spoon."- Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Disclaimer: The pictures you are about to see in no way actually represent the weekend our families spent together recently. The photos look so peaceful. Let me assure you that thirteen children running around the yearly hoopla that we call "Grandma Camp" is anything but. So, being the thoughtful and dutiful daughters that we are, we dumped our kids in our saintly mother's lap and ran as fast as we could to the orchard, or more appropriately: Heaven. It was an idyllic setting for an apple-themed feast in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Ma's dried apple pies.
We baked a homemade apple pie...
. . . set the table with these lovely thrift store finds, mixed with our ma's precious china . . .
...monogrammed apple placecards, using a gold permanent marker...
. . . And hung words in frames from the trees . . .
(We used some fall-themed words because this seemed like a perfect feast for apple harvest time)
Wouldn't you like to join us for a slice? They are very reasonably priced, after all :)
Finally, I would just like to bid adieu to Mrs. Wilder. I want to thank her for the quiet moments this month when I have read to my little ladies about Charlotte the doll, and felt thankful for the simplest things. For the way I have seen their eyes light up when we talked about maple candy. Mostly, for the excitement in their eyes that started in mine many years ago. There's some sort of magic in her books that snuck into my heart as a child, and I haven't been able to let it go after all this time.
Now, I hope you will stay with us in the coming month as we venture into a land of fairies and marvelous mischief: Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
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