Catherine Beecher Treatise on Domestic Economy pt. 5

Catherine Beecher, Lover of Christ, Defender of Home Making and Encourager of Womanhood

Treatise on Domestic Economy

In forming such a plan, every woman must accommodate herself to the peculiarities of her situation. If she has a large family, and a small income, she must devote far more time to the simple duty of providing food and raiment, than would be right were she in affluence and with a small family. It is impossible, therefore, to draw out any general plan, which all can adopt. But there are some general principles, which ought to be the guiding rules, when a women arranges her domestic employments. These general principles are to be based on Christianity, which teaches us to “seek first the kingdom of God”, and to place food, raiment, and the conveniences of life, as secondary account. Every women, than, ought to start with the assumption, that religion is of more consequence than any worldly concern, and whatever else may be sacrificed, this shall be the leading object in all her arrangements, in respect to time, money, and attention.

to be continued…

Domestic Economy pt 1, Domestic Economy pt 2, Domestic Economy pt 3, Domestic Economy pt 4, Domestic Economy pt 5, Domestic Economy pt 6, Domestic Economy pt 7, Domestic Economy pt 8, Domestic Economy pt 9, Domestic Economy pt 10

Catherine Beecher Treatise on Domestic Economy pt. 4

Catherine Beecher, Lover of Christ, Defender of Home Making and Encourager of Womanhood

Treatise on Domestic Economy

There is no one thing, more necessary to a housekeeper, in performing her varied duties, than a habit of system and order; and yet the peculiarly desultory nature of woman’s pursuits, and the embarrassments resulting from the state of domestic service in this Country, render it very difficult to form such a habit. But it is sometimes the case, that women, who could and would carry forward a systematic plan of domestic economy, do not attempt it, simply from a want of knowledge of the various modes of introducing it. It is with reference to such, that various modes of securing system and order, which the Writer has seen adopted, will be pointed out.

A wise economy is nowhere more conspicuous, than in the right apportionment of time to different pursuits. There are duties of a religious, intellectual, social, and domestic, nature, each having different relative claims on attention. Unless a person has some general plan of apportioning these claims, some will intrench on others, and some, it is probable, will be entirely excluded. Thus, some find religious, social, and domestic, duties, so numerous, that no time is given to intellectual improvements. Others, find either social, or benevolent, or religious, interests, excluded by the extent and variety of other engagements.

It is wise, therefore, for all persons to devise a general plan, which they will at least keep in view, and aim to accomplish, and by which, a proper proportion of time shall be secured for all the duties of life.

to be continued…

Domestic Economy pt 1, Domestic Economy pt 2, Domestic Economy pt 3, Domestic Economy pt 4, Domestic Economy pt 5, Domestic Economy pt 6, Domestic Economy pt 7, Domestic Economy pt 8, Domestic Economy pt 9, Domestic Economy pt 10

Catherine Beecher Treatise on Domestic Economy pt.3

Catherine Beecher, Lover of Christ, Defender of Home Making and Encourager of Womanhood

Treatise on Domestic Economy

But as society gradually shakes off the remnants of barbarism, and the intellectual and moral interests of man rise in estimation above merely sensual, a truer estimate is formed of women’s duties, and of the measure of intellect requisite for proper discharge of them. Let any man of sense and discernment become the member of a large household, in which a well-educated and pious women is endeavoring systematically to discharge her multiform duties; let him fully comprehend all her cares, difficulties, and perplexities; and it is probable he would coincide in the opinion, that no statesmen, at the head of a nation’s affairs, had more frequent calls for wisdom, firmness, tact, discrimination, prudence, and versatility of talent, than such a women.

She has a husband, whose peculiar tastes and habits she must accommodate; she has children, whose health she must guard, whose physical constitution she must study and develop, whose temper and habits must she must regulate, whose principles she must form, whose pursuits she must direct. She has constantly changing domestics, with all varieties of temper and habits, whom she must govern, instruct, and direct; she is required to regulate the finances of the domestic state, and constantly to adapt expenditures to the means and to the relative claims of each department. She has direction of the kitchen, where ignorance, forgetfulness, and awkwardness are to be so regulated, that the various operations shall each start at the right time, and shall be in completeness at the same given hour. She has the claims of society to meet, calls to receive and return, and the duties of hospitality to sustain. She has poor to relieve; benevolent societies to aid; the schools of her children to inquire and decide about; the care of the sick; the nursing of infancy; and the endless miscellany of odd items constantly recurring in a large family.

to be cont.

Domestic Economy pt 1, Domestic Economy pt 2, Domestic Economy pt 3, Domestic Economy pt 4, Domestic Economy pt 5, Domestic Economy pt 6, Domestic Economy pt 7, Domestic Economy pt 8, Domestic Economy pt 9, Domestic Economy pt 10

Catherine Beecher Treatise on Domestic Economy pt.2

Catherine Beecher, Lover of Christ, Defender of Home Making and Encourager of Womanhood

Treatise on Domestic Economy

The discussion of the question of the equality of the sexes, in intellectual capacity, seems both frivolous and useless, not only because it can never be decided, but because there would be no possible advantage in the decision. But one topic, which is often drawn into the discussion, is of far more consequence; and that is, the relative importance and difficulty of the duties a women is called to perform.

It is generally assumed, and almost as generally conceded, that women’s business and cares are contracted and trivial; and that the proper discharge of her duties demands far less expansion of the mind and vigor of intellect, than pursuits of the other sex. This idea has prevailed, because women, as a mass, have never been educated with reference to their most important duties; while that portion of their employments which are of least value, have been regarded as the chief, if not the sole concern of a women. The covering of the body, the conveniences of the residences, and the gratification of the appetite, have been too much regarded as the sole objects on which her intellectual powers are to be exercised.

to be continued

Domestic Economy pt 1, Domestic Economy pt 2, Domestic Economy pt 3, Domestic Economy pt 4, Domestic Economy pt 5, Domestic Economy pt 6, Domestic Economy pt 7, Domestic Economy pt 8, Domestic Economy pt 9, Domestic Economy pt 10

Catherine Beecher Treatise on Domestic Economy pt.1

Catherine Beecher, Lover of Christ, Defender of Home Making and Encourager of Womanhood

Treatise on Domestic Economy

ON EARLY RISING

There is no practice, which has been more extensively eulogized, in all ages, than early rising; and this universal impression is an indication that it is founded on true philosophy. For it is rarely the case, that common sense of mankind fastens on a practice as really beneficial, especially one that demands self-denial, without some substantial reason.

This practice, which may justly be called a domestic virtue, is one which has a peculiar claim to be called American and democratic.

According to this, the practice of rising between four and five, and retiring between nine and ten, in Summer, would secure most of the sunlight. In Winter, the constitution is more tired in cold than in warm weather.

Early rising, is indispensable to the systematic and well-regulated family. At whatever hour the parents retire, children and domestics, wearied by play or labor, must retire early. Children usually awake with the dawn of light and commence their play, while domestics usually prefer the freshness of the morning for their labors. If, then, the parents rise at a late hour, they either induce a habit of protracting sleep in their children and domestics, or else the family is up, and at their pursuits, while their supervisors are in bed. Any women, who asserts that her children and domestics, in the first hours of the day, when their spirits are freshest, will be as well regulated without her presence as with it, confess that, which surly is little for her credit. It is believed that any candid women, whatever may be her excuse for late rising, will concede, that, if she could rise early, it would be for the advantage of her family. A late breakfast puts back the work, through the whole day, for every member of the family; and if the parents thus occasion the loss of an hour or two, to each individual, who but for their delay in the morning would be usefully employed, the parents, alone, are responsible for all this waste of time.

The practice of early rising has a relation to the general interest of the social community, as well as to that of each distinct family. All that great portion of the community who are employed in business and labor, find it needful to rise early.

to be continued

Domestic Economy pt 1, Domestic Economy pt 2, Domestic Economy pt 3, Domestic Economy pt 4, Domestic Economy pt 5, Domestic Economy pt 6, Domestic Economy pt 7, Domestic Economy pt 8, Domestic Economy pt 9, Domestic Economy pt 10

Anchor Blue Has Closed

I took my 19 year old to the mall this weekend for clothes shopping. One of her favorite stores at Arden Fair Mall is Anchor Blue. When I was growing up it was Miller’s Outpost.

We were shocked that it was closing. I found a article at Sacramento Business Journal.

I took a few photos for memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole
This is one of our favorite foods for breakfast.
This is for an 8x8x pan. I tinfoil the pan for easy clean up. Love that Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil!

1/2 of bag Hash Browns
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 C. Milk
1/2 bag Oscar Mayer bacon bits
1 C. grater Cheddar Cheese – mild

Put hash browns in the bottom of pan. Spoon soup on to hash browns and spread around with back of spoon. Pour milk on top. Place pan in oven at 350 degrees for 45 min. Take out of oven and add bacon bits and cheese. Place back in oven until melted, about 5 min.

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