Neighbor Brad brought his mom's beaut of a Betty Crocker cookbook - Betty Crocker's NEW PICTURE Cook Book circa '61 to be exact - by tonight for me to borrow and it's begging me to share its secrets. It's best that we revel in this retro bible in bites.
Tonight? Take note, happy homemakers, as I spin for you VERBATIM my favorite tips of Betty's tabbed...
KITCHEN KNOW-HOW: HINTS FOR THE HOMEMAKER
- If you have a freezer, make several cakes, pies, cookies, main dishes or sandwiches at a time and freeze some for future use.
- Plan and organize daily work while working with hands [peeling potatoes, sweeping floor, etc.]
- Every morning before breakfast comb hair, apply makeup and a dash of cologne. Does wonders for your morale and your family's too!
- Think pleasant thoughts while working and a chore will become a "labor of love."
- Have a hobby. Garden, paint pictures, look through magazines for home planting ideas, read a good book or attend club meetings. Be interested - and you'll always be interesting!
- If you have a spare moment, sit down, close your eyes and just relax.
- Alternate sitting-down tasks and standing-up tasks. Don't be on your feet too long.
- Wear comfortable shoes and easy-fitting clothes while working.
- Stand erect. Good posture prevents fatigue.
- Have sink, work table, counter tops at a height that is comfortable to eliminate strain. If dishpan is too low, set it on a box.
- Use a dust mop and long-handled dust pan. Use self-wringing mop to prevent stooping.*
This is just the tip of the tabbed advice from Betty. JUST THE TIP!
And by the way ladies, Brad's a single gent who could culinary convert you - or so he claims. Your call.