How To Preserve A Husband Part 2




Yesterday I posted about an unexpected find in a cookbook my late mother-in-law had given me. It was a recipe on how to preserve a husband. It held good advice wither you are a new wife or a veteran.

The Recipe:

How To Preserve A Husband

Be careful in your selection. Do not choose too young. When once selected, give your entire thoughts to preparation for domestic use. Some insist on keeping them in a pickle, others are constantly getting them in hot water. This makes them sour, hard to get along with and sometimes, bitter. Even poor varieties may be made sweet, tender and good by garnishing them with patience, well-sweetened with kisses. Wrap them in a mantle of charity. Keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and cream. Thus prepared they will keep for years.

Found in an old cook book

Mrs. James A. McNamara


Concerned over the condition of the paper the recipe was printed on I decided to put it under glass with a little flair.

Using scrapbooking paper, bits of sewing odds and ends (also given to me by my late mother-in-law), and a decorative frame purchased from a garage sale, I proceeded to create a family heirloom that could be passed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter (hopefully, fingers crossed).

What little bit of unique family history that may seem like nothing can you create into a family heirloom? I would love to hear from you.


How To Preserve A Husband Part 1


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J. R. Findsen


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How to Preserve a Husband Part 1


One of the things I love about my dearly departed mother-in-law is even after two years she is still giving me wonderful little gifts. While looking through a stack of her old cookbooks, I found a golden nugget of wisdom, a recipe for preserving a husband. It is a lovely piece of advice pickled in farmhouse humor.

The recipe for a relationship is timeless. The quote cleverly restates the golden rule. That universal proverb we all learned as children. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The quote is not attributed to an author. It only reveals that it was found in an older cookbook. My mother-in-law’s well-loved cookbook, tattered and worn, appears than dirt. I can only wonder how old the quote is. Finding its origins could take considerable digging. In what time era would you place the farmhouse quote?

It is a recipe for preservation worth preserving.


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J. R. Findsen

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Gems of Wisdom



Sifting through old papers that belonged to my mother-in-law, I came across two cards dating from the mid-1950s, gems of wisdom. They were tucked into an unexpected place; waiting to be found at the right time.  She kept them with her for fifty plus years. The Foundation is particularly potent and sound. Great advice for anyone to keep in mind.



I hope you are able to glean something useful that you can apply to your life in some way.

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J. R. Lowe

The Value of Maps

1754 us map


In the realm of history and genealogy, historical maps are invaluable. They provide locational context for research in different eras. Throughout time boundaries of counties, states and occasionally countries often change. Comparing maps from different years can show how these changes affected your ancestors. Maps can help a researcher, beginner or professional, understand distances, long journeys west and migration patterns.

Recently, I was looking into the wilds of Virginia mid-1750s; think French and Indian War. The Bowen branch of my family tree was heavily involved in the early settlement of the area. During that time the family lived close to where Harrisonburg, Virginia is located today. Feeling the need for some location context I searched google for the right map. On Maps Etc. I found what I needed; a map of the American Colonies in 1754. I found it interesting that the image included smaller maps of the British colonies in 1689 and in 1763. It was helpful in understanding how the American Colonies changed in less than a hundred years.

One thing that stood out when comparing the maps was how much the British territory expanded after the French and Indian War. France lost, big time. If you take a look at the map in 1689 France had huge territorial holdings. After the war, their hold in America had virtually been reduced to nothing.

Studying the 1754 map made it clear how close my family lived near the French territory. It gave me an inkling as to what their day to day lives may have looked like.

Maps are powerful tools. Make sure to use them in your research.

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J.R. Lowe