Monday, April 6, 2009

Re-enacting, Tomatoes, and Gardening

Last Saturday, my Mother, sister, and I took part in a "Living History" re-enactment! It was at the same historic church, and we had a great time!

Funeral Cakes

As part of the tour, a replica of Lincoln's casket was displayed, along with a plate of "Funeral Cakes". If the deceased were Christians, the cakes would commonly be stamped with a cross. They're quite tasty, and crucial ingredients are caraway seeds and nutmeg!


Setting up "camp"


Don't you wish we dressed like this?

A few minutes until the tours..


A beautiful piano from the 19th century. Notice the pitcher and glasses on top of the instrument..those are the original communion dishes!


After giving my last tour, I was delighted to meet a fellow farmgirl! I told her about my love of organic gardening, and she was thrilled to meet another enthusiast! A local architect, she rents property to use for gardening. I showed her pictures of our homestead, and we had lovely conversation. She told me she had extra roma tomato plants I could pick up at her home! They'll be planted this Friday!!!

Finishing up my 19th century lunch~
I love eating with an authentic fork and bowl, and the huge slice of tomato brought back so many memories!
(When I was young, after playing outside for a while, I used to run to my Dad's tomato plants and harvest a fresh tomato right off the vine as a snack!)

Speaking of Tomatoes....Have you ever made your own Ketchup? :)

Homemade Ketchup

4 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
2 cups water
3/4 cup vinegar
7 TBsp sugar
3 garlic cloves
4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp onion powder
I warmed the paste in a large saucepan, then you add the water a little at a time. Dump in the rest of the ingredients, and you've made BETTER-than-store bought Ketchup!!

A peek into the greenhouse...

The plants are doing great! This photo was taken last week.

Ready to be hardened off and planted on "Good Friday"


White Iris

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11


Wisteria Cottage

This is our view from across the street. I love Wisteria, but we don't grow it because it's so invasive! What a delight to find out there's a forest of Wisteria, Dogwood tree's, and Carolina Jasmine surrounding this abandoned, early 20th century cottage!

I love these boots! The more rugged they become, the more beautiful/old-fashioned they look to me :)

We spent Saturday evening doing chores outside, and helping my Dad re-locate the chicken houses.
I'll post more on farming and our home updates in my next post :)


Rachel and Jessica said...

Hi Mia! Wow! You have been busy! =:) I used to do some reenacting - yes! I wish we could dress in period outfits more! The pioneer style like you and your mom and sister wear are so comfortable! I have a fork that looks almost just like that! =:) Your plants are doing so well! They look so nice and cozy and healthy!

I just mentioned you in my latest post, I am starting my own garden for our family (very small). I wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration to me! I never really liked gardening and now I am loving it! I hope to plant an herb garden later. I love the smell and look of fresh herbs! I can't wait to cook with them! =:)


Rachel and Jessica said...

P.S. - Thank you for the ketchup recipe! I will have to try it out! =:) I'll let you know what we thought of it!


Victoria Rebecca said...

I like the ketchup recipe. I love your re-enactment dresses.

Laura said...

I really enjoyed reading this post, Mia!! :D

Tasha said...

Really enjoyed your post Mia!!! Thanks for the recipe.

Check the forecast before planting. I heard parts of Georgia may get snow flurries this weekend. I'm in Texas, but fluctuating weather is what has stopped me from planting just yet. But I can't wait to get started!

Have a blessed day!

missylou said...

Hi Mia,
I just love your blog. I am looking forward to trying the ketchup. I am curious about it's shelf life. How much does it make and how long does it last? Thank you for sharing.

Miss Jen said...

How delightful!!! :)
I love to reenact too.
Indeed it is sad that people don't dress like that anymore.... but thank goodness for reenacting! All of your gardening pictures are lovely.... and that homemade ketchup looks DELICIOUS!! Thank you for being so kind as to share the recipe. What a scrumptious post!

Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

I can not tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Everything from the photos, your stories & thoughts down to your sweet spirit just shine through each line. You are high on my list of bookmarked favorites.

Kate said...

Hello from a fellow living historian. My husband and I (and our children) re-enact the 18th century. Most of the time hubby portrays an Ottoman Turkish factor for our "master" who portrays a Master Shipowner from Philadelphia. I sometimes portray his Turkish wife and lady-in-waiting for Master's wife. The rest of the time I just dress "english" and mingle.

It's fun to see and read what other re-enactors do and how re-enacting affects their modern lives! One time, we lost power (I have an electric stove), but I had no problem building a fire outside and cooking shrimp fettucini alfredo over an open fire!

As always, lovin' your blog!


Bria the world traveler said...

How fun!
And what great pictures!!! I know! I go through phases of periods. First it was little house style, then civil war, and now Jane Austen!

Kendra Logan said...


Anonymous said...

Mia, yes I DO wish we dressed like this! I'm just so tired of jeans and other clothes that are NOT feminine. And today's clothing for women isn't modest, as well as not comfortable unless we wear baggy sweats. I like dresses. I remember prairie dresses from the early 70s....
Love your clothes!

Hannah said...

I love this post! all of the pictures are so beautiful, I'd love to do the re-enacting thing!

Jamie Allen said...


Thank you for the wonderful recipes. On a side note, I am going to say thank you for being such a great and wonderful young lady. I find it completly refreshing to see such a young girl loving the Lord and her parents and also yourself enough to seek God on such an intimate level. Thank you for being such a blessing to me, I love your blog.

Keep them coming,

Michele said...


dukygurl said...

I really like the dresses and it looks like lots of fun

Southern Maiden said...

Y'all sure had fun, didn't you!? My Mama makes her own ketchup, only a little different. She puts honey instead of sugar and a few other differences! Ü Did you know that for vegan recipes you use half as much honey as you would usually use for sugar? We ain't vegans, but we have some vegan recipes. Anyway, I LOVE your blog, and I really liked the pictures, especially the Iris and the one with the verse. Ü

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Wow, Mia! You have been busy! :>) I might have to try that ketchup recipe. I have been making your bread sticks quite frequently. I like how they can be whipped up in no time for dinner! :>)
Your pictures of your new home and country life are beautiful. I love this time of year when everything turns green and the flowers start growing.
McKenzie Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Mia, It looks like you all had a delightful time or learning. I love the photo of the piano... sigh.
I am going to can some of your ketchup recipe as it sounds wonderful. Be blessed!

Deanna said...

Young Lady,
I absolutely love your blogspot.
The pictures are the greatest.
May you have a blessed Sunday while celebrating the risen Lord.
Deanna from the Kansas Flinthills

Under Southern Skies said...

You have a lovely blog! I love the pictures, did you take them all?

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this post Mia. When I am moved and all settled in Texas I am going to start making prairie dresses. I find that they are very modest and practical for every day wear. They will be much cooler in the summer if I use 100 percent cotton. Thanks for setting a wonderful example of simplicity and meekness.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mia,
Our family was also at the Crossroads Conference in GA that your family also attended. My daughter was one of the young ladies in the circle skirts that you took a picture of. Here is a link to my daughter Lauren's blog.

Well anyway, I have been so blessed like so many others from reading your blog these past few months. You are an amazing young lady. Your love for the Lord and your family is very evident. I regret that I didn't get to speak with your parents and family at the conference. (although I do believe I did get to say hello to you when you were speaking Lauren) May God continue to bless you and your family as you continue to serve and seek Him! You and your family are a wonderful godly example and an encouragement to us.
Many Blessings,
Mrs. H

Simply Vintagegirl said...

Re-enacting must be fun! I just love your dresses, so lovely!

The ketchup looks adorable - we might have to make our own! That way there wouldn't be any High Fructose Corn Syrup. ;)

I completely agree with you - "the more rugged they become, the more beautiful/old-fashioned they look to me". :)

I hope you are all doing well and had a lovely and blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Joyfully in Christ,
Miss Emily Rose

Down the Rabbit Hole said...

Dear Mia,
What fun to partake in a re-enactment! I agree it would be wonderful if we still dressed that way. So much more feminine. Love the piano! How wonderful to meet a kindred spirit and how sweet of her to share her tomato plants! The homemade ketchup sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it. The plants in the greenhouse look so vibrant and healthy. You are so talented and such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

Mia said...

Dear Ladies,
I appreciate your wonderful comments! Thank you!!!! :)

Molly said...

Wow Mia. Home made ketchup. Yumm! I am learning so much from you.

Allison said...

Hi Mia,

The white iris in one of the photographs sparked a chain of thought in my mind, and I'd like to comment. We have multitudes (well, almost) of irisis on our property: one variety, royal-purple and lavender, makes me think of a noble heart, and white ones of a heart of purity. Just an interesting thought . . .

Also, the boots -- how can worn leather boots be beautiful? And yet they are, in their own way.

19th-century clothes, especially skirts, leave me breathless with the drama and old-fashionedness of them. That is half the reason I love looking at this blog!


Karen said...

Do you chop the garlic cloves before adding to the mixture?

Mia said...

Ms. Karen:
Yes, I either mince them, or remove them later :)


Growing In Grace Magazine said...

Wow, looks like you had fun!
Homemade ketchup? cool!
You have a very nice blog here.

~Lady Jess

Kortney said...

I love your blog! Thanks for sharing the ketchup recipe!! How long will it keep? I think I'm going to make some for my family!