Yes, I’m writing away on my novel, which I’m calling “Mending Helen’s Heart.” (Who knows what a publisher will call it.) I start the story while our heroine is 10 and it’s 1935 – heart of the depression. She lives in Iowa and I’ve found some interesting food facts while researching this time period:
+ Sometimes poor men only had potato peels in their lunch bucket. Just raw potato peels. Not the roasted and salted ones. Cold slimy peels.
Not the yummy baked fries we make today:
+ When the price of corn dropped to 9 cents per bushel, it wasn’t worth selling, so many farmers mixed the corn with coal and burned it in their cook stoves.
+ Cook stoves were often the only source of heat for a home.
+ A pound of hamburger was supposed to make 8 – 10 servings in a casserole.
+ When potatoes were plentiful, the children would bring a raw potato to school. There was a large potbellied stove in the corner of the one-room school house. The kids could put their potatoes on the top of the stove and it would cook so they would have it for lunch. No butter or sour cream – just a warm potato.
+ There was so little food that people hunted squirrel and rabbit. If they found a wild turkey, they were very fortunate.
OK, back to Chapter 13. Please wish me well. This story haunts me and I feel compelled to finish it. Peace, Clare
Ps – don’t forget this great recipe for Sweet potatoes and pecans