Introduction of Published Works Page

We’re introducing a new page that lists of works that I’ve had published. It’s not a complete list, but includes major works and some that are just favorites. I hope you enjoy taking a look. I’ve copied the text from the original posting here. I’m sure the page will continue to grow and change over the years.

Below is a partial list of the published works from the keyboard of Sarah S. Uthoff:

Uthoff, Sarah. “Library Explains How to Find Additional Resources Online.” Kirkwood Communique. 27 April 2018.
http://www.kirkwoodstudentmedia.com/news/view.php/1033836/Library-explains-how-to-find-additional-. Accessed 2 October 2018.

Uthoff, Sarah. “Museum Evaluation and Fromative Assessment.” ALHFAM Bulletin, 47.3. (Fall 2017): 13-15.
NOTE: ALHFAM stands for Association of Living History Farms and Museums, a professional international organization for people who do living history. They had a problem with a switch in editors and so this edition actually came out in July 2018.

Uthoff, Sarah and Susan Uthoff. “Museums and Food Allergies.” ALHFAM Bulletin, vol. 46, no. 4. Winter 2016, pp. 20-21. http://alhfam.org/museums-food-allergies
NOTE: ALHFAM stands for Association of Living History Farms and Museums, a professional international organization for people who do living history. They had a problem with a switch in editors and so this edition actually came out in August 2017.

Uthoff, Sarah. “About The Ingalls Family.” Little House on the Prairie. n.d. Web. 6 July 2016.
http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/about-the-ingalls-family/
(Note: This was published in June 2016, but not dated on page. )

“About the Ingalls Family.” Little House on the Prairie. (20 June 2016).

With a Committee. Demonstration Manual for Foodways Interpretation – ALHFAM 2016

Uthoff, Sarah. “Grown-Up Laura Ingalls Wilder Party.” Little House on the Prairie. n.d. Web. 3 February 2016.
http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/grown-up-laura-ingalls-wilder-party
(Note: This was published on February 3, 2016, but not dated on page. )

“In the Kitchen with Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Little House on the Prairie. (15 Sept. 2015)

Referenced in “Banned Book Week.” School Library Journal blog (26 Sept. 2013)

Referenced in “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic ‘Little House’ series still resonates years later.” Chicago Tribune (9 Aug. 2013).

Interviewed on Dakota Life for “Life on the Prairie” episode May 2013.

“Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life,” by Pamela Smith Hill. [Book Review] Western Historical Quarterly 40.1 (Spring 2009): 113.

“Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life (A Review).”Homesteader 6.2 (2007): 5.

“Letter to Laura.” [Essay] In Jack, Zachary Michael, ed. Letters to a Young Iowan. North Liberty, Iowa: Ice Cube Press, 2007.

“Do You Have an Electric Salad Bowl in Your Museum?” Thresholds in Education 32.3 (Fall 2006): 30-32.

“Twenty-five Years of the Little House Cookbook.The Homesteader (Winter 2006-2007): 3.

With Susan Uthoff. “Admission and Price Comparison 1972 and 2005.” MOMCC Magazine 26.3 (2005): 12-13.

“How to Cash in on a Quality Cookbook.” ALHFAM Bulletin 34.1 (2004): 7 – 9.

“Using LIW in the Classroom: Teachers Share Ideas in De Smet.” The Homesteader 2.2 (2003-2004): 4.

“Notes from Walnut Grove – 30 Years of Celebrating Laura.” The Homesteader 3.2 (2004-2005): 5.

“Collecting Our Past: Flax Machine, Wheel Spins Yarn of Simple Life” Cedar Rapids Gazette (8 May 2005): 2J. [NOTE: Credited to Johnson County Historical Society Staff]

“A Resource for Costuming 1900-1950.” [Book Review] Country School Association of America Newsletter.                 http://csaa.typepad.com/country_school_associatio/

“Ten Years of Celebrating Laura at the Hoover Presidential Library.” American Road: Newsletter of the Hoover Presidential Library Association 27.63 (2003): 15-16.

UPDATED: January 7, 2019

By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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 , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

 

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Top 30 Most Viewed Posts During 2018

Stuffed Brindle Bulldog
Ingalls Homestead Stuffed Jack

These are the most visited blog posts during 2018. I hope that you will check out a few and find some you like and even some worth passing on.

Top 30 Most Viewed Posts

ALA Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Renamed

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Come On the Way Home With Me

Visit the Original Wilder Medal

Dean Butler on Almanzo Wilder Farmstead Site

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

Wilder Pageant Production Rescheduled

Iowa City Park Zoo

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events During 2018

Floods Continue in SW Minnesota

Walnut Grove Pageant Works Towards Recovery

Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Date Set!

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Happy Anniversary to Laura and Almanzo

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2018 Events

August 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2018

Iowa Genealogical Society to Hold Fall Conference

In the Kitchen With Laura Supper vs Dinner

One-Room School Urban Legends

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder First Book Now TV Show

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

The Long Winter on Wisconsin Public Radio

News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

T-Shirt of the Month January 2018

Pageant Travel Advice

What comes next?

Drone Crash at Little House on the Prairie Museum Site

What’s in a Name Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Top 10 Posts During December 2018

Rose Wilder Lane Birth Historic Marker - October 2018
Rose Wilder Lane Birth Historic Marker – October 2018

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.

And a comment on this sign. When I had been away from DeSmet for awhile, I thought the red splot on my historic marker shot was a red burn on the film since that happens on 70s/80s photos, but I was wrong. It’s actually on the sign. I’m not sure what process they used when they created these makers for the South Dakota State Historical Society, but whatever it is they had an issue. It’s not just this sign that has a big red spot, it’s all their markers from this time.

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

The Long Winter on Wisconsin Public Radio

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

In the Kitchen With Laura Update 2018

Smile You Can Donate To Laura on Amazon Nov 2017

AirBnb in Walnut Grove and Other Lodging

25 Laura Days of Christmas

Pepin Old Fashioned Photos

Christmas Crafts

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2018

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 , Google+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 2018

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

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

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

UPDATED January 1 2018: I added more explanation in an introductory paragraph.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Blythe be your Yule!

Blythe be your yule!

Sarah's Notebook

Sarah by Bonnet Tree Sarah by the Hats and Bonnets Tree

A card sent in December of 1909 in Pennsylvannia offered the unusual greeting “Blythe be your Yule.” This was recently shared on the ALHFAM listserv. It sung out to me in the spirit of Anne Shirley after she married Gilbert Blythe, as she said “Blythe in name and Blythe in spirit!” Try this greeting yourself!

UPDATED December 27 2018: I added a photo from the Hoover Presidential Library Museum and 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…

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In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

Teapot of brewed tea on table in 19th century kitchen
Brewed Tea in Pot

History of Cambric Tea

Cambric Tea was a common drink in America during the 19th century, primarily for children. Cambric tea gave children just a taste of tea and made them feel like they were getting tea like the grown-ups.

As Laura described it, cambric tea was made with milk, hot water, and brewed tea. Most traditional recipes I found also included sugar, but neither Laura’s books nor Barbara Walker’s Little House Cookbook included it. I prefer it without, but you may like it. Adding sugar brings it closer to a tea based version of hot chocolate, only without the chocolate.

My version is based on the fact that most of the year both sugar and milk would be valuable commodities to be used sparingly. Milk was a seasonal food based on the cow having a calf and giving milk for it. After the Ingalls family left Wisconsin and its sources of maple sugar, sugar was no longer something that they could easily find or make. (Sugar CAN be created in the prairie/plains area by growing things like sugar beets or sorghum and processing them, but there is no indication that the Ingalls family did.) That meant they had to buy it. So I’m assuming both ingredients would be used as little as possible. My directions are without sugar and with limited milk. The idea is that you would be stretching milk and not putting in too much tea because back then people didn’t think the children should be drinking much tea and children not raised on tea don’t like a strong tea taste anyway. So I changed the proportions to reflect that.

Teacup of water with milk pouring
Pouring milk into cup with hot water

Recipe

The historic recipes I found were also mostly a list of directions. There is a recipe for cambric tea in the Little House Cookbook, but this is my own from having experimented it making it. You could make it by the pot, but there are advantages to making it by the cup. It doesn’t stand well and it’s so pretty to make it by the cup so each person can see the reactions as the ingredients mix. It makes a lovely pattern as you do it by the cup that you wouldn’t see in a pot unless you have a clear glass teapot.

Recipe Instructions

Brew fresh tea. I think plain tea is the most like the Ingalls would have had rather than a complicated blend. Brew the tea until it is dark. If you’re making a couple of cups, a cup of dark brewed tea will be enough. If you’re making a lot of cambric tea, expect to give seconds, or plan on giving straight tea as an option, go ahead and brew a whole pot.

You’ll also want a pot of hot water.

For each individual cup, fill the cup roughly ¾ full of hot water. You’ll want to leave a space between the top of the drink and the lip of the cup so take that into account.

Pour the milk into the hot water and watch it swirl until it mixes together. Add 1 Tbsp full of the brewed tea, stir, and serve hot.

Brewed Tea in Pot, Water and Milk in Teacup
Tea, Water, Milk

Differences

My version is different than Barbara Walker’s . In her version the water and milk was equally divided and she made a tea concentrate to use instead of standard brewed tea. This is a fun and easy Little House recipe to try. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Sarah Sue’s Cambric Tea

For 6 servings You’ll Need:

  • Hot water, at least 3 cups
  • Milk, approximately 1 ½ cups
  • Strong brewed black tea, 6 tablespoons

Directions:

Step 1: Heat up water to the temperature you want the tea.

Step 2: Fill each cup half full of hot water.

Step 3: Pour in a quarter cup of milk in each cup. Be sure to have whoever the cup is for come and look as you pour in the milk it swirls beautifully and is worth seeing in.

Step 4: Pour in a Tablespoon of the tea in each cup and stir.

Drink Me!

Drink it up while it’s hot! Unless they have been raised drinking tea, young kids are hesitant to drink straight tea as I’ve found out at many kids tea parties. I think they may like this though.

You’re Not a Brick

While we’re on the subject of tea, you will often see sutler’s (people who sell historic “props” for living history) selling bricks of tea. While these are often very beautiful and they were a thing, they weren’t a thing in America where leaf tea was always the rule from colonial times through today. Learn more about the history of tea in The Social History of Tea (2015 updated ed.) by Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson.

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 , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Christmas Crafts

Revisiting some Christmas crafts.

Sarah's Notebook

Christmas Poinsetta Christmas Poinsetta

I’ve been thinking a lot about the celebration of Christmas this year. My grandmother Hazel Jones Uthoff made us many  ornaments. She was quite the women’s club member in the 1970s and made just about every kind of craft imaginable. I especially remember her applehead dolls with old dish soap bodies. Every year she would make a different ornament for family and friends. My mother pulled ornaments out of a deeper part of the Christmas drawer this year, so in addition to our favorites we have every year we had a few different ones. I thought as we are putting away the Christmas ornaments for another year, you might like to see some of her handiwork.

Snowman Ornament Snowman Ornament

Poodle Poodle

UPDATED December 22 2018: I enlarged the photos and added my signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five…

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