Hello, My Dears!
It seems that more than one of you found the mention of Tomato Soup Cake in last week’s episode intriguing — I heard from several of you who went looking for the recipe and gave it a whirl. I’ve never made it myself, but I’m always interested in Depression-era recipes that try to do more with less. Taste of Home has the original recipe — if you decide to try it, let us know what you think!
As many of you know, I love quilt history. In today’s episode, Edwina wonders about quilt patterns and kits and whether they impede originality. This is a question I’ve wondered about myself, especially after looking at quilts from the 19th and early 20th century that incorporate traditional blocks into their design but still manage to be idiosyncratic and original. There’s more of these quilts than you might think! But in the 1930s, when patterns and kits began to be disseminated far and wide, you start to see a lot more uniformity. The quilts are still beautiful, but they’re less idiosyncratic.
Speaking of Edwina, in this episode, Emmeline starts hatching a plan to get rid of her once and for all (metaphorically speaking–she’s not plotting Edwina’s ultimate demise or anything). I don’t find Edwina as off-putting as Emmeline does; in fact, I find her a nice addition to Bess’s household. Still, I think she can be a little, well, bossy. Of course that may be one reason Emmeline’s so set against her, being pretty bossy herself.
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. Thanks as always for subscribing to the Story Guild. I couldn’t do it without your support!