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Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

It is finally 1942!

January 1, 2017

It has been a busy time getting ready for 1942.  We did rearranging and painting and organizing (we are still doing that) and reading.

We finally put the house back together so we could enjoy our New Years Day.

We woke up this morning and we had moved to 1942!

We ate a light breakfast of toast, ham slices and Cheese.  We were having a nice New Years Dinner and our Son and his wife were coming over to eat and play some domino's.  Our Grandson was going to drive over but it was a two hour drive and we had almost 5 inches of rain since last night so for safety reasons he did not make the drive.  We did miss him though.


4 pounds of chuck, round or rump of beef

1/2 cup flour

3 tablespoons fat

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup water

Dredge meat with four and brown on all sides in hot fat. Season with salt and pepper. add water, cover and cook slowly until tender, 3 to 4 hours.  As the liquid cooks away add more as needed.  Serve with gravy and vegetables.  serves 8

It was time to start the meal.

This was our chuck roast...

We dredged it in flour like the recipe said...

And we browned in on all sides as the recipe said.

One of our 1940s books shows us that they had cookers back then so we decided we would use our crock pot to cook our Pot Roast.

So we added water to our drippings from browning our roast and it made a thin gravy and we poured it over the roast.  We cooked it for 6 hours in the cooker.

It was tender and delicious.  We had blackeyed peas, cooked cabbage, mashed potatoes and gravy and brownies for dessert.

Oh yes, my husband shaved this morning with his 1940s shaving cream and...

and he shaved with his new old style razor.

I set the table with the 1940's dishes as we wanted this day to reflect the era in which we are starting.

There are many things we need to figure out but we are slowly getting there.

After we finished our meal we cleared the table and set up the domino's and started our game.

It was a lovely day for our first day of 1942.  No television, none of the typical things of today.  My daughter-in-law shown in this picture said we need to do this again.

Overall it was a fun and relaxing day.  Now I am going to buckle down and rid ourselves of more of the modern things that we really do not need anymore as my husband says he wants to stay in the 1940s.  

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years.  Grandma Donna

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