The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt and 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl

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Frontier fun meets a home-spun touch in this heart-warming mixture of pioneer projects and wistful nostalgia. Jennifer Worick teaches readers how to sew a quilt, master the art of bread-and-butter pickles, speak old-time slang, and much much more. This is for the legions of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans who have dreamed of what a pioneer life out on the prairie would be like. Combining step-by-step how-to on crafts, with tongue-in-cheek instructions on prairie slang, winning a spelling bee, and singing a lullaby, The...

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Overview

Frontier fun meets a home-spun touch in this heart-warming mixture of pioneer projects and wistful nostalgia. Jennifer Worick teaches readers how to sew a quilt, master the art of bread-and-butter pickles, speak old-time slang, and much much more. This is for the legions of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans who have dreamed of what a pioneer life out on the prairie would be like. Combining step-by-step how-to on crafts, with tongue-in-cheek instructions on prairie slang, winning a spelling bee, and singing a lullaby, The "Prairie Girl's Guide to Life" allows fans to finally act out their childhood dreams or to simply enjoy the vicarious thrill of reading about it one more time. This is a book that will pull at the heart strings of every childhood Laura and also teach us a few prairie-time crafts along the way.

**WARNING**

On pages 31 and 40, the final step of the canning process was inadvertently left out.

After filling and sealing the jars, place them back in the boiling water of the canning kettle, taking care to set the jars on the rack so they don’t touch the bottom or side of the kettle. The boiling water should cover the jars by about 1 inch. Leave the applesauce in the boiling water for 15 to 25 minutes, the exact time depending on your altitude (the higher, the longer) and leave the cherries in for 25 to 40 minutes. After the allotted time, remove the jars from the hot-water bath and set on a clean dish towel to cool. It’s important to check that the vacuum seal has set; listen for a pop as the jars cool and look for a depression in the top of the lid.

On page 28, even though they don’t need to go through a hot-water bath, be sure to check that the seal has set for the Bread-and Butter Pickles as well.

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"If you're looking for a fun read, pick up a copy of The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life for a nostalgic look at prairie life and how to re-create assorted home-spun projects." Nancy Soriano,  Country Living
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Adult/High School -This little book is an homage to the home economics of pioneer life. In a nostalgic tone, Worick describes everything from curing meat to making poultices to creating calling cards. No more than a couple pages are dedicated to most projects, and each chapter is accompanied by an idea for a party, from teas to quilting bees to making soap. The projects are illustrated with simple, small drawings. The author shares relevant Web sites and encourages using modern conveniences for many activities. While this volume will not jump off the shelves, many teens will be charmed by it and be inspired by the pioneer spirit. Ita€™s a natural for those who loved Laura Ingalls Wildera€™s a€œLittle Housea€ books (HarperCollins).-Charlotte Bradshaw, San Mateo County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589869
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Worick is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College. In addition, she has co-authored or written more than 20 hilarious and helpful books, including Simple Gifts, Beyond the Family Tree, The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life, Backcountry Betty, The Action Heroine's Handbook, and Nancy Drew's Guide to Life. Jennifer writes a humor blog (thingsiwanttopunchintheface.blogspot.com), is an accomplished public speaker, teaches publishing workshops, assists companies and individuals with social media strategy, and is an all-around crafty gal.

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How to Make Rock Candy

What You Will Need
Clean glass jar
6-inch ice cream sticks
Pencil
Tape
4 cups sugar
1 cup water
Food coloring

In a saucepan, heat (but do not boil) 2 cups of the sugar and the water. Stir slowly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Gradually add a few
drops of food coloring—your choice—and the remaining sugar, stirring
continuously until all the sugar is dissolved.

Pour your colorful sugar water into a clean glass jar. Tape the sticks to a pencil and suspend them across the mouth of the jar so that the ends hang into the liquid.

Crystals suitable to eat will form in an hour and continue to grow for several days to a week. Pieces can be broken off and eaten after the first hour, but try to resist the urge to suck on them. Although you may see modest results quickly, larger rock-candy crystals will take time to form. Good things come to those
who wait, and pretty sticks of candy are yours to be had if you show a bit
of patience. Yields 12 ounces

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Inadequate information to safely complete some tasks.

    I skimmed this book at a friends' house, and I'm concerned about the sketchy directions in some of the activities. Would NOT recommend as the sole resource for completing some of these projects, but a good book for ideas of things to do.

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