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And They Still Baked Bread

"Wash on Monday
  Iron  on Tuesday
  Mend on Wednesday
  Market on Thursday
  Clean on Friday
  Bake on Saturday
  Rest on Sunday."

I don't know about you, but the 1800's pioneer era has always been a fascination for me. As a little girl I can clearly remember drinking in anything written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman on Saturday night after my bath, eating a bowl of ice cream while my mom braided my wet hair so that it was wavy in the morning. Kirsten, the Swedish immigrant living in the 1800's from the American Girls book and doll collection was my favorite American Girl.

You get the picture.

As little girl, I'm sure the fascination came from all the horses, indians, bonnets and the fact that the women always wore dresses, but as an adult woman this fascination has grown into something so much more. 

This girlhood fascination has turned into a mature appreciation. When I consider all of the "first world hardships"…

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