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Welcome to Heartstrings.Thanks for stopping by. I am a mother, a grandmother, and an author of historical western romance and contemporary romantic fiction. Ethan's Heart, book one of The Blackwood Brothers' series won the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence. Book two, Escorting Darby Bloom, features Blackwood brother Isaac and will be released in December 2017. Stay tuned for more books in this series. If contemporaries are more your thing, check out Carly's Rule and Dusty's Fate. They are both Amazon Best-Sellers.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Back in the Day

Ever wonder how veggies were preserved for the winter back in the day? I did, so I asked my mammaw about this. She'd told me they used to dig a ditch, fill it with straw, then lay in their potatoes, carrots, and onions. To protect the veggies, more straw would be put on top before covering with dirt. The veggies would last through the winter. Who needed a store when you could dig up what you needed in the back yard?

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  1. New Englanders had what they called root cellars. Most homes in New England were (and are) built on a foundation that is already below grown, but the root cellar might have been a carved hole in the ground accessed from the cellar itself or was on the outside against the foundation. Most of them had shelves along the walls for preserving both root crops and keeping apples and other above ground veggies like winter squash through the winter. The ones accessed from the cellars were the most practical because you could access them without digging out the snow.