Cloris Leachman Wins Award

Revisit Cloris Leachman’s win.

Sarah's Notebook

One thing I like to do with this blog is give shout outs to Iowa people when they win awards. Cloris Leachman who first came to prominence as part of the wonderful supporting cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (she played Phyllis who with her never seen husband “managed” Mary’s first apartment on the show –  it was revealed later they actually owned the building and lied about it to avoid tenant pressure ). Leachman was spun off on her own show called Phyllis (if you’ve never seen it, it has one of the funniest opening theme songs ever see above. To truly appreciate it though you need to know The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme and watch the Phyllis one all the way through).

Leachman appeared in many other shows over the years. A stand out was when she was the character introduced to fill the hole left…

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T-Shirt of the Month January 2020

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Shirt from Almanzo Wilder Farm New York

Living here in the Midwest I visit the the Midwestern Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites a lot more than I make the ones near the coast. I did make it to Malone/Burke, New York where Almanzo Wilder Farm is located once.

This is my one shirt from Malone. It features the restored James and Angelique Wilder farmhouse. It’s a two color shirt with the accurate bright red color. I love the farmhouse and I’m so glad I got it on a shirt.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help?  Attend one of her programs,  schedule one  yourself,  watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her  on   Facebook ,   Twitter ,    LinkedIn ,   SlideShare,  and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

In the Kitchen With Laura Update 2019

Another year and we’ve added at least a couple of our In the Kitchen With Laura posts. What is In the Kitchen with Laura? One of the ways I celebrate Laura is through historic cooking. These posts take you into a historic kitchen. Sometimes it’s something to try hands on, sometimes it’s just learning something about food and cooking. All of them are things you could do, In the Kitchen With Laura. Here’s a longer explanation. Enjoy the directory of all the posts from this popular series.

Sarah in costume holding Fannie Farmer and Joy of Cooking cookbooks
Fannie Farmer and Joy of Cooking Show the Change in Cooking

What is In the Kitchen With Laura?
http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-ingalls-wilder

Learn more about my program In the Kitchen With Laura:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/fizz-boom-read-and-in-the-kitchen-with-laura-ingalls-wilder

Check out these images from the program:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-test-shots

Pig Tail
Pig Tail

In the Kitchen With Laura Posts

Braiding Onions:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-braiding-onions

Butter and Egg Money:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-june-2014

Cambric Tea:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-cambric-tea

Churning Butter as in the Little House books:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-churning-garth-williams/

Cook’s Country Food History Videos:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-morel-mushrooms

Fannie Farmer Cookbook and The Joy of Cooking:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-august-2014

Fire:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-fire

Ginger Water:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-july-2014

Goats:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-april-2014

Handwritten Recipes:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-project-jan-2014

Historic Foodways in Pepin:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/historic-foodways-at-pepin-2019

Kerosene Lamps:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-kerosene-lamps

Losing Food Words:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-losing-words

Measurements:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-project-march-2014

Morel Mushrooms:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-morel-mushrooms

Pepper Rings:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/in-the-kitchen-pepper-rings

Roundup of Food History Videos:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-cooks-country-food-history

Shortening:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-may-2014

Spices:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-spices

Supper versus Dinner versus Lunch:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-supper-vs-dinner

Whipped Cream:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-whipped-cream

Woodstove Basics:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-project-february-2014

Wringer Washer:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-wringer-washer

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help?  Attend one of her programs,  schedule one   yourself,   watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her  on   Facebook ,   Twitter ,     LinkedIn ,     SlideShare,   and  Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Cat’s Meow Stage 2

My Cat's Meow Collection

Cat’s Meow 1998

Back in 1998, a company called Cat’s Meow started a new thematic set of painted house figurines. They had many new designs coming out every year. They had themes like the Henry Ford Museum or L.M. Montgomery. This time they had partnered with the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites to portray these homesites.

These classic pieces are:

  • Surveyor’s House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Third Street House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Brewster/Bouchie School (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Church (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Rocky Ridge Farmhouse (Mansfield, Missouri)
  • Rock House (Mansfield, Missouri)
  • Ingalls family portrait

Back to the Future

In summer 2019, Lauri Goforth contacted the company because there had been a burst of new interest. They responded by roling out a new set of figures based on more historic landmarks.

The new figures are:

  • A map showing the Ingalls family travels
  • The cabin in Pepin, Wisconsin
  • Ma slaps a bear in Pepin, Wisconsin
  • The cabin in Independence, Kansas (original replica version)
  • Pa’s well in Independence, Kansas

And the more generic:

  • Covered Wagon
  • Outhouse

Unboxing

Take a look with my Unboxing video from having gotten the whole set:

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on Facebook ,  Twitter ,  LinkedIn ,   SlideShare,   and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

30 Top Posts of 2019

Sarah in front of Rocky Ridge
Sarah in front of Rocky Ridge

Each month I’ve started to share the top 10 blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month.  Since it’s the end of the year here are the top 30 posts with the most views during all of 2019. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. 🙂

Schedule of Presentations

Hoover Takes the Quilt

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2019

September 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Where did Albert come from?

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2019 Events

In the Kitchen With Laura Project January 2014

Free Speech and Tinker v Des Moines

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country

T-Shirt of the Month March 2017

45th Cast Reunion at Walnut Grove FAQs

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

Booking a Program

Sewing With Nancy Zeiman

On the Way Home Live Tweet Part 1

Ep 100 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2018

Ozark Mountain Players Announce 2019 Dates

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Program Descriptions

July 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Amelia Bloomer’s Grave

May 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

Introducing Trundlebed TRAILS

A Long Way Home A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Musical Now Has License Rights Available for Purchase

Miniature Oxen

T-Shirt of the Month July 2019

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Homestead Land Patents

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on Facebook ,  Twitter ,  LinkedIn ,   SlideShare,   and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Movie – Alex and Emma (2004)

Revisiting an old post about the movie “Alex and Emma.”

Sarah's Notebook

Alex and Emma - Movie Poster

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie from the commericials. I love stories within stories and this looked like a good one with the parallel stories of the author writing the novel and the novel itself. However, I blinked and it was out of the theaters to terrible reviews.

I still wanted to see for myself and as it’s now out on DVD, I got to. I was so glad I did. It described an interesting writing process through a comic eye. The writer, played by Luke Wilson, is helped by his stenographer (Kate Hudson) after his laptop is ruined and he only has a short time before a gambling debt comes due one way or another. As he writes his scenes act out with him, the stenographer, and the guys he owes money to taking on period roles.

It’s not a terribly original set up, but it…

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New Years Trivia Game

The answer to each question begins with “NEW.” The answers are below. I took it from (except for replacing number 1) the January 1964 issue of the Johnson County (Iowa) Farm Bureau Women’s Newsletter.

Foot prints from Plum Creek Card

What’s the word or phrase that starts with new?

1. Type of fig cookie

2. A boy who sells papers

3. The large U.S. City

4. Recent tidings

5. Post at foot of stairway

6. A gossip

7. One who has recently arrived

8. Second half of the Bible

9. A large shaggy breed of dog

10. Collective name given to a group of States

11. The greatest natural philosopher

12. A city in western Pennsylvania (clue: think coals to )

13. FDR Adminitration

14. The Western Hemisphere

15. A state of southeastern Australia

16. A province of Canada

17. A state in southwestern U.S.

18. A city of Louisiana

19. Bulletin issued by an organization

20. A city and naval base in Virginia

ANSWERS:

1. Fig Newton
2. Newsboy
3. New York
4. News
5. Newel
6. News-monger
7. Newcomer
8. New Testament
9. Newfoundland
10. New England
11. Newton (Sir Issac)
12. New Castle
13. New Deal
14. New World
15. New South Wales
16. New Brunswick
17. New Mexico
18. New Orleans
19. Newsletter
20. Newport News