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Freezers

Upright Freezer In October

I keep two freezers. One is mostly for meat and the other is for fruits, vegetables, bread and other assorted foods. It may sound strange to you, but if I had to choose between owning a freezer or a refrigerator, I’d give up my refrigerator before I’d get rid of one of my freezers. To…

Amish Blue Doors

Amish School House

I live 12 miles east of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. New Wilmington is home to about 2,000 Old Order Amish. One of the things a stranger first notices when visiting New Wilmington are the light blue doors on most Amish houses. There are all kinds of explanations for the blue doors.The one I hear most often…

How To Preserve Eggs With Water Glass

Eggs In Water Glass

Did you know that are a few different old-time ways to preserve fresh eggs for many months without electricity? It’s true. Freshly laid eggs have been successfully preserved by being kept in a “water glass” solution, in a lime water solution, by being coated with mineral oil, Vaseline or paraffin wax, and by being buried…

A Few Pennsylvania German Superstitions

Hex Sign

Depending upon how you count them, my husband and I are the 4th or 5th continuous generation of his family to live in our house. His family is an old Pennsylvania German family (sometimes referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch) and is one of the original families to settle the western Pennsylvania frontier. My husband’s early…