Do you have picky eaters who put their toes under your table? Are you mystified when it’s time to prepare a meal because you don’t know what to put together? And, when it’s time to make dinner, do you ever feel as if you are searching through Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, which was bare as bare could be?
It surely can seem that way, to be sure.
An account from the Associated Press reveals that our pioneer ancestors subsisted on “FLOUR MUSH” which was a mash of ground seeds, salt brush and sagebrush. It kept them alive but I’ll betcha a nickel it was boring as all hollow. No doubt it gave dull a whole new dimension.
Can you imagine putting a pile of flour mush on a pioneer daddy’s plate after he had chopped wood or plowed or wrestled with critters all day? And what child back then would not have yearned for just ONE happy meal?
OK. We may be leaning hard on the local food pantry for our sustenance. We may be devouring food commodities and grumbling about the lack of variety. We may have EBT cards for WIC and SNAP. But at least we do not have to eat flour mush three times a day.
I just can’t resist sharing a story about my own parents. Forgive me if you’ve heard it before; just smile and pretend it’s all new to you:
In 1933, Dad worked for a grocery chain. You may have heard of it-Safeway Stores. Times were hard and when he and mom were transferred to a small town in Kansas there was a mix-up over the paychecks. On pay day, Dad’s check did not arrive. So they ate out of the cupboard during that two week pay period. When the canned goods that had filled the shelves and foodstuffs that had stocked the icebox (Did you notice I did not say REFRIGERATOR? It was indeed a box for ICE.) ran out, they consumed corn meal mush. Mom boiled it, she fried it, she baked it in muffin tins. They ate corn meal mush three times a day for days on end and were grateful to have any food at all.
Finally, one noon when Dad came home for lunch, he was carrying a grocery sack FULL of anything but corn meal! He had received his paycheck and picked up some groceries before taking his lunch break! Mom saw him coming and she threw the batch of gruel she had waiting for him over the fence for the neighbor’s chickens. Those old hens thought sure they had won the Hen House lottery!
The first time I heard that story there was no Mickey D’s; in those days no one ever thought of credit cards to ‘get by on’ and it had never occurred to anyone in this story that they could ask for help. Who knows where help might have come from, anyway? Their relatives lived out of state; there were no ‘check to cash’ stores on any corner in Kansas then. There were no Food Banks, either.
Human ‘beans’ are resourceful creatures. They manage. They make do. You know that yourself. You may BE one of the people who uses public assistance or maybe you are just a frugal sort of person who appreciates pinching pennies and squeezing buffaloes until they bellow! This is why you have been drawn to this page.
I think YOU have stories similar to this. We would LOVE to hear your stories of survival and resourcefulness. Won’t you send them to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thanks, people.
For you faithful followers who saw the squash recipe on a very recent post, I am amused and delighted to tell you that Leanne Ely, The Dinner Diva ,posted a very similar recipe on her website today! I’m so sure she is copying us! grin
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