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Monday, February 8, 2010

Apron Strings

My Aunt P. sent me an cute article on aprons yesterday.  This got me to thinking.... how many people out there in blog land still wear an apron when cooking?  I am a proud wearer of aprons when I cook.  In fact I have several of them.  My daughters even have several of them, which they receieved as gifts, and every time they "cook" with me they always say "...put on apron mommy, put on apron...".  When I cook I really don't want to get my clothes dirty because I am constantly looking for something to wipe my hands on.  To be honest with you...aprons are really cute too!  There are so many cute aprons out there.  In fact, I was recently at Pier One and they have a line of cute aprons you can purchse. I was also at one of my favorite stores recently, Homegoods, and saw that they have adult aprons and also the cutest line of kids aprons as well.  Aprons are every where on-line as well.  Check out these sites and you will find the cutest aprons out there:  Jessie Steele, Carolyn's Kitchen (my friend sent me this link a while back), or another at BooJiBoo.  What a great hostess gift this would make!!!!  Any cook who is hosting a party would love to get one of these fun aprons!  How creative!

Here is the article that my Aunt sent me.While you read this I bet you picture your grandma or your mom.  It brought back some wonderful memories for me.  Enjoy!

" I don' t think our children know what an apron is.  The principal use of Grandma ' s apron was to protect  the dress underneath,because she only had a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing Hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children ' s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.. Fom the chicken coop, The apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.  Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove..Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.  From the garden, It carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In Autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.  When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.  When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come In from the paddocks to dinner.  It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron ' that served so many purposes. 

REMEMBER:  Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.  Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.  They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.  I never caught anything from an apron BUT LOVE. "

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