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The Damsel in Dis Dress

Last Build Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2016 02:35:32 +0000


Drying herbs with a microwave, and dried vs. fresh herb conversion

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 02:35:32 +0000

Pin ItThe Damsel has a lovely bramble of a marjoram plant at her Cottage by the Mountains.   It’s  . . . well . . . large. Marjoram is one of the Damsel’s favorite herbs, so she wanted to go Old School and dry some for the dead of winter–when the marjoram bush will be […]

store this, not that

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:04:28 +0000

Pin ItThe Old School has been on hiatus for a long time, but the Damsel would like to poke her head in and say she misses her students. She hopes you are all doing well. Things are going well at the Cottage by the Mountains too. Bulbs are coming up. Chickens are clucking. Life is […]

old fashioned savings with a modern twist

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:47:14 +0000

Pin ItWelcome to our guest author (substitute teacher) Kirsten Metcalf from the Mormon Channel. Remember when your parents gave you a piggy bank as a small child? It sat on your dresser, and you would add in all the coins you could find until your little piggy was full and you could finally buy that […]

how to make peonies last

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 23:01:19 +0000

Pin ItThe Damsel loves peonies ever so much. They are the very example of an old fashioned flower, which makes them even more dear to the Damsel. The old fashioned varieties smell heavenly (the ones hybridized for fancy colors less so) and have no thorns. Roses struggle to compete in the Damsel’s heart. While their […]

easiest corn on the cob. PERIOD.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:55:50 +0000

Pin It You may have seen this method on the nets already. But, now it’s all new and different because now–it’s Old School approved. The Damsel tested this method and it’s all true. All of it. There is no easier way to cook a single ear of corn. PERIOD. Take an UNSHUCKED ear of corn […]

revive your mascara

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:09:57 +0000

Pin It The Damsel loves a new tube of mascara. There’s something so nice about the way it goes on, smooth and–well, black.  It gives the Damsel a hopeful feeling that maybe even she can put on a decent coat of mascara, despite her fashion handicaps. Everything goes along well for a while–a month, perhaps–and […]

wrap me in an apron

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:44 +0000

Pin It I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a […]

broken toys–fix?

Fri, 09 May 2014 00:36:32 +0000

Pin ItToday the Damsel welcomes guest poster Sarah Brooks. How to Make Good Use of Broken Toys The definition and perception of what makes a good toy has changed over the years. While we might agree that toys are meant to be played with, there are still countless ways to interpret what makes a toy, […]

honey vs. sugar

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:01:19 +0000

Pin ItA few days ago, the Damsel talked to a friend who has a spot of hypoglycemia. If she eats sweet things on an empty stomach, she feels dizzy and lightheaded. So she switched to using honey rather than white sugar in her morning shake. Things didn’t work out for her the way she’d hoped. […]

shelf life of food

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:51:26 +0000

Pin It Here’s a handy chart showing the shelf life for many common foods. Do any of these surprise you? As you may know, expiration dates are often wildly inconsistent with reality. You may be pitching food that’s perfectly good. Comments below: The Damsel is no expert on this topic, but she does think one […]