Thanks for all your comments about my "time out" episode. Now I know I am in good company!
Do you wanna hear about our crazily thrifty childhood? I was the youngest of nine children (Mary Anna is the second-to-youngest) and our parents deliberately rejected the consumeristic lifestyle that they percieved to dominate the 60's, 70's, and 80's. My Mum sewed and cooked, and kept a huge garden that fed us most of the time. My Dad kept chickens and swapped eggs for honey and all manner of other things, and was a junk-shopper/recycler extraordinaire. I can see that I have inherited many of these characteristics, and they are oh so very satisfying!
Both parents were quite extreme in their way, but they didn't really make a big fuss about thinking the things they did about recycling and reusing. Here's an example: Mum saved all the mutton fat from the Sunday roasts and made soap from it. She mixed sand into some of it to make sandsoap (for washing the floor) and the rest she used for washing clothes, grating it into the washing machine on an old grater like washing powder.
Lately I've been making all our household cleaners, so I became interested in how Mum made that soap. She gave me this recipe, saying "It's pretty close, although I didn't bother with the Lux flakes".
And here is another page from an old recipe book I remember well, and loved to cook things from. Can you tell it was well-loved by nine children all learning to cook?