Trundlebed Trails Again

Rocky Shore with beach and lake
Lake Pepin

I hadn’t done videos in a while as I had an argument with my computer that has the video editing program on it. I think it’s straightened out for now so you’ll see new videos appearing on my Trundlebed Tales YouTube channel.

Trundlebed Trails Rolled Out

So far I’ve released two videos in the Trundlebed Trails series. I decided Laura Ingalls Wilder fans might enjoy some specific, Laura related, calming nature scenes. Learn more about the series.

Enjoy Those?

If you enjoyed my two latest Trundlebed Trails, here’s the complete list.

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.

August 2022 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Sarah in front of Ingalls Homestead Ma’s House

It’s August and for August we have an unusually big group of events. We’ve got an interesting spread of events both geographically and by type of event. Catch the podcast for more.

Listen to it now or find it where you find your podcasts.

Pepin WI

Home at Laura’s Place – 9:00 am to 5:00pm

  • August 13-14, 2022
    Visit the Little House Wayside in Pepin, WI on these special weekends to see the cabin fully furnished and re-enactors demonstrating the arts of daily living in the 1870s.  This is a cooperative activity of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Committee, and the Austin Tea Party Players.

De Smet SD

The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. –  August 12-14, 2022

Spring Valley MN

Eliza Jane School House Days: August 8-12, 2022. Now completely booked.

Malone/Burke NY

Annual Cultural Festival – Scottish Fling August 27, 2022

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 Anne and Laura Cowcumber Boats

Cowcumber Boats

This post we head back to the kitchen we share with ANNE SHIRLEY and Laura. Previously we did shortbread, but we’re revisiting The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate MacDonald.

Two Editions

There are two editions of the cookbook; one from 1987 when I started my Anne collection and the other was from 2017. The original is paperback and is illustrated with cartoonish line drawings of the characters. The new edition is hardback with full page, full color photos of the recipes in the book. They don’t look like my versions of these recipes.

When my cousin brought over some cucumbers from his garden, I immediately said COWCUMBER BOATS!

You Say Cowcumber, I Say Cucumber

I’ve made all of the recipes in the cookbook and this was my third favorite. (First shortbread, Second Ruby Tea Biscuits which aren’t a good match for kolache country, Third Cowcumber Boats) You take cucumbers cut them in half longways and then scoop out the center of each cucumber to make a long narrow bowl. This is just a shallow center you dig out to hopefully keep the tuna salad from falling off.

The tuna salad is part of the recipe. It’s a very specific tuna salad with vegetables and macaroni. It’s very good, but it really does need the cucumber to balance the flavors.

Take a Penny, Leave a Penny

As anyone who deals with cookbooks from past decades can tell you, food manufacturers have decided that rather than raise prices they’d cut back how much they sell you so you’re really paying more for less product even though the cost doesn’t change or goes up slightly. That’s why it’s important any time you pass on or create a recipe you’re clear with how much product you get in “a can” or “a box.” Every can or box should have the weight or volume on it so you can compare.

I was very glad a new edition came out because I love this cookbook and its recipes very much, BUT it doesn’t look like they checked for these changes when they reprinted the recipes.

My mom was making the tuna salad while I dealt with the “boats” and she said, “Wait a minute! This says there should be 7 ounces of tuna. There are only 5!” Rather than open two cans and have leftover tuna, we refigured the other ingredients to match the proportions with 5 ounces and that’s the recipe below. If you are tasting as you go, the tuna salad will taste a little lemony, but the cucumber balances it when served on it.

Cowcumber Boats Recipe

¼ cup macaroni
1 medium carrot, peeled & grated
1 medium stalk celery
¼ cup mayonnaise
Pinch and ¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ Tablespoon lemon juice
2 cucumbers
5 oz. tuna, drained
¾ Tablespoon fresh parsley (optional)

Steps:
1. Cook macaroni – Drain – Transfer it to a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add tuna to macaroni and carrot and celery.
3. Add mayonnaise, lemon juice. ¼ t salt and black pepper.
Combine & set side.
4. Peel cucumbers and trim ends. Cut each cucumber in half, lengthwise.
With a large spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds  andany watery flesh.
5. Fill each cucumber boat with the tuna mixture. Top with parsley if wanted.

Note from my mom: The original recipe is in The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate Macdonald & L.M. Montgomery p 75. It calls for a 7 ounce can of tuna but the ones you get today are 5 oz. so I have adjusted this recipe for a 5 oz can of tuna. Today I used fresh lemon juice and Hellmann’s Mayo®. I have used Miracle Whip® in the past. We had gotten a recipe for egg salad at a former soda fountain in town and it specified Hellmann’s Mayo®. It made a difference comparing the egg salad made with the 2 types of mayo so we tried Hellman’s this time and it was good.

 

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.

Top 10 Posts During July 2022

Sarah in Walnut Grove Covered Wagon

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you, too.

July 2022 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Roving Report in Walnut Grove July 2022

In the Kitchen With Laura Wood Cookstove Basics

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country

Pam Stover Talks Music in One-Room Schools

Homestead Land Patents

$100 in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lapdesk

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

Wilson Rawls

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

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.

Pam Stover Talks Music in One-Room Schools

Revisiting a great podcast episode.

Sarah's Notebook

Active Amish School

Our latest episode of Trundlebed Tales Radio features music professor Pam Stovers as she talks about music education in one-room schools and her family’s connection with them. Stover will be speaking at the Johson County (Iowa) Country Schools Reunion Event, August 10-14th, 2011. Learn more about it at:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/country-schools-of-johnson-county-ia-event

Stover is a member of Country School Association of America.
http://countryschoolassociation.org

Listen to the radio show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2011/07/29/trundlebed-tales-ep-15-pam-stover-music-in-one-room-schools

UPDATED JULY 27 2022: I added my current signature block.

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…

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Roving Report in Walnut Grove July 2022

Sarah on the Prairie by the Dugout Site

July and September are always the busiest months in the Laura Ingalls Wilder event calendar. This year I made the trip to Walnut Grove, MN for the 45th Anniversary of Fragments of a Dream. Their pageant is based on an original script by James Merchant that has been polished, modified, and adapted through the years. I always say this is the most Hollywood version with sets built on railroad tracks that can move in and out and rotate 180 degrees, a fake creek, a real fire that races across the stage, real animals, and…how do they do those realistic grasshoppers anyway?

A Visit to Walnut Grove

I was on the spot to do my In the Kitchen With Laura (Pioneer Version). That was part of their Family Festival in the park. I checked that out and filmed a lot around town. Look for the new videos that will be coming. Some of the new ones will be focused on short, focused questions about what there is to see in Walnut Grove.

Roving Report July 8, 2022

The return of my live reports from a Laura trip. These were recorded live, but live none the less. I drive up to Walnut Grove, learn about changes around the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and end up in Marshall, Minnesota.

Roving Report July 9, 2022

This is the second day of my trip. I hit several places I hadn’t made yesterday. I do my In the Kitchen With Laura (Pioneer Version) and check out the rest of the Family Festival. I visit the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy, Minnesota. Then I end the night with “Fragments of a Dream” the Walnut Grove pageant.

Roving Report July 10, 2022

This is the last day of my Walnut Grove trip. I visit the dugout site and get two nasty surprises. Then I have a happy surprise at the museum. Finally, I drive home and talk about videos you can look for.

Bonus:

Here’s the video of the flood damage at the Dugout Site.

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.

Homestead Land Patents

Ingalls/Wilder Land Records Online.

Sarah's Notebook

I Stumble Over the Ingalls Homestead Records

On my very first trip to the Ingalls Homestead I discovered they were selling copies of the Charles Ingalls Homesteading file for the site. I was impressed. It was a clever thing to do and I bought a copy. Anyone can get a copy of a homesteading file kept by the federal government, if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops and pay for it.

Find the Records Online

So I was delighted when I was checking on something earlier I discovered the National Archives have put up a digital copy of the Charles Ingalls Homesteading file. Apparently they wanted to pick a file to show as an example and with all the interest from fans (or maybe there is a Laura fan there on staff?) they chose Charles Ingalls.

http://www.archives.gov/research/land/ingalls

Hay Barn at Ingalls Homestead Hay Barn at Ingalls Homestead

Earlier they put up the first…

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In the Kitchen With Laura Wood Cookstove Basics

Screen Capture from Video Sarah by Cookstove

Welcome Back

Due to some issues with the computer I do my video editing on I haven’t been posting videos on a regular basis since December 2021. I’m happy to be able to announce I’m back posting videos. The first one is from my In The Kitchen With Laura series.

Wood Cookstove Basics

I shot this video around the holiday season this last year. I thought I’d have more of a chance to shoot more and shoot again, but I’m pleased with what I got. This video walks you through the basic parts of the stove and how it works. Find more details about wood cookstove parts.

If you enjoy this video, check out the whole list:

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.

 

Nature in a Box The Capitol Hill Fox

You’ve heard of the Bronx Zoo Cobra and the Central Park Zoo Peacock and of course, the JFK Turtles. (If you haven’t, look up their tweets they’re kind of great.) The latest wild animal sensation is the Capitol Fox. (Read the attached article below.)

I wanted to point it out because it’s such a great illustration of a problem modern society has with animals. Most people today do not deal with wild animals on a regular basis. They may see birds or animals from the other side of a window, but not a lot of one on one contact. That means that people today don’t have a very clear vision of what animals are like. Many people see animals and think they are all like your best dog, a stuffed animal, or even an animated character from a Disney movie. – They aren’t.

That’s why this is a very useful example of that misunderstanding. There were two types of responses to the fox. The first was very positive. Seeing it as a symbol of all good things and as this tweet says “I stand with @thecapitolfox!”

And I will admit it’s not only a pretty fox, it’s a very cute one, and you feel bad about the photos when it’s trapped and put in a box. BUT the other type of responses are even more important. This fox had actually attacked people, including Representative Ami Bera who had to get rabies treatments. It turns out foxes are the most common rabies carriers in the D.C. area.

So while an animal might look cute what you’re imagining it’s thinking might not be true. They are living creatures, not stuffed animals. They have their own viewpoint and purpose and you will make bad and dangerous decisions if you don’t take a step back and think.

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.

July 2022 Presentations

Sarah in WG Wagon by Sign
Sarah in Walnut Grove Photo Op Wagon

I’ve been holding off on publishing this because I was waiting to get a time, but I still haven’t gotten one.

Family Festival Event in Town Square – Walnut Grove, Minnesota – In the Kitchen with Laura (Pioneer version) – July 9, 2022 – Time Available Day of Event

I’m really looking forward to returning to Walnut Grove for a program and I hope I’ll see you there!

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:

How to Book a Program

Program Descriptions

And I also do programs online!

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.