Friday, August 29, 2014

Foodie Friday- Honey Nut Bread

Honey Nut Bread
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 cups butter milk
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid honey
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped nuts 
  1. Mix dry ingredients and 1 cup of nuts in a bowl. Blend milk and 1/2 cup honey. Stir into dry mixture just enough to blend. Pour into a 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. 
  2. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
  3. Blend topping mix and spread on hot bread. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. chopped nuts. Return to the oven for 5 minutes to glaze. 
Recipe from the "Heritage Cookbook". 
Kelsey Conway
Backus Page House Museum

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Love the 50's!

Hello everyone, 

Sadly Catie has left us for the summer as she is going back to school. I will be taking over her Wednesday posts with interesting facts and information about the 50's! "I Love the 50's" will compare a different object or concept each week and will outline the difference between the 1850's and the 1950's.    To start off "I Love the 50's" is the love for skirts that were wore in the 50's! 

In the 1850's skirts were long and trailing. The typical shape of the skirt was bell shaped. The skirt had an interesting waistline as the fabric would have been gathered or pleated. Also, in the 1850's the hoop skirt began to gain popularity. The size of the hoop would vary depending on the occasion and the height of the woman. For example the hoops for day dresses would have been smaller then the hoops for evening dresses. The range of the circumference of the hoop was anywhere between 115 inches and 150 inches, of course taller women would have had a larger hoop in their dress. 

 Dress variations came into play in the 1950's. A couple examples of the variations were the pencil skirt and the poodle skirt. Women no longer had to feel as though they had to follow one strict fashion trend. The main focus of a 1950's dress was the waist line.  


Backus-Page House Museum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Toolbox Tuesday - The Chisel

The Chisel 

         The chisel is a tool that was used for the carving or cutting of a hard material such as wood, stone or metal. It could either be used manually or by striking the end with a mallet to drive it into the material.  The chisels currently in our barn collection are made out of a combination of metal and wood. The handle of the chisels are usually wood with a metal blade. There are many different types of chisels that can be very difficult to categorize. The firmer to forming chisel was an all purpose chisel and was a basic chisel design. One special use for the forming chisel was to remove the rest of the wood to form a mortise after auger holes were drilled into the wood. The framing chisel is a heavier version of the forming chisel and it was largely used to cut tenons to fit the mortises. Both of these types of chisels were often wood handled and were designed to be struck with a mallet. Another version of chisel is the mortise chisel and its one purpose was in created mortises. This chisel was used without drilling auger holes, it cut directly. This chisel was almost square in shape. The final chisel was called the slick, also known as the paring chisel, was designed not for striking but to be used with two hands. A slick was characterized by having a slight curve toward the bevel side, if no curve is evident than it is a framing chisel. 

Come out to the Heritage Farm Show on September 13th and 14th at the Backus-Page House Museum. 

                                                                          See our antique chisels's and other farm implements that have been featured in our Toolbox Tuesdays.   

Monday, August 25, 2014

Media Mondays

Happy Monday!
This Monday I am going to give you a sneak peek into some of the short videos we have been collecting all summer for our tablet tours here at the museum. We have been picking objects and areas of the museum that we are questioned on constantly. These areas include: the garden, the parlour, antique toys, quill writing... and the list goes on. Therefore, our staff this summer have all contributed ideas towards videos we should make and add to our tablets for visitors to access when they come for a tour. These videos allow visitors to learn something extra about specific rooms, objects or areas of the museum and grounds that they may be interested in. By creating these videos we are actually able to demonstrate how things are done or what certain things were used for without over-handling our artefacts. Some were very fun to make, having a variety of bloopers to precede the actual video! Below are two videos we recently created to showcase the garden and quill writing! These are just two of the many videos we have created - so come out to the museum to see the rest!
The Garden Video
Quill Writing

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Service Saturday- Betty Ann Bobier

This weeks Service Saturday features Betty Ann Bobier from West Lorne. Betty Ann got involved with the Backus-Page House Museum through her daughter-in-law, Angela. She has been volunteering with the museum for about 3-4 years. Betty Ann helps out with any task needed. She does a lot of quilting and cleaning for the museum. Some of the events that Betty Ann has volunteered at include, the farm show, War of 1812 as well as selling tickets as a fundraiser. Betty Ann likes the history involved with the Backus-Page House Museum. She especially likes the house. Betty Ann says she could live in the house because she enjoys the peacefulness of the life style that the Backus family would have experienced. 

Thank you Betty Ann for all of your hard work! It is truly appreciated!  

Betty Ann at the Fermentation Workshop
Backus-Page House Museum

Friday, August 22, 2014

Foodie Friday- Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings
  • 125 mL brown sugar
  • 6 medium apples, peeled and cored
  • Pastry for 2- crust 23cm pie
  • 125mL raisins
  • 25 mL butter 
  • 2 mL cinnamon 
  1. Roll out dough 3mm thick and cut in 6 squares. Place apple in centre of each square and fill core cavity with raisins, cinnamon and butter. Draw up the four corners of the pastry and seal the edges.
  2. Bake at 425 F until pastry is lightly browned and apples are tender (about 25 minutes depending on the size of apples used).
  • Serves 6
Kelsey Conway
Backus Page House Museum 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Catching Up With Catie!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

This past week at the museum, we had a special guest come and walk through the house, sharing interesting information with us.  A friend of Kelsey’s, Julie, has the special gift of feeling the energies and activities of those who are no longer with us.  As she walked through our beautiful farm house, she felt a number of presences, however we do not know if they were former residents of the home or perhaps have found their way to us attached to the items that have been donated to us.  We are also having a group go through the house later this month to track the activity out here.  So neat to hear about those others who call the museum home at the moment.

Our day camp is next week and so Kelsey and I have started doing more preparatory measures so that we are ready to go.  Yesterday we tried making taffy and though it tasted good, we are going to try again today for a better result, as we cooked it too long the first time.  This week will also be filled with Kelsey and I making  craft exemplars and trial and error craft sessions. 

Last night, Kelsey, Sarah and I also attended a meeting of the Antique Club in St. Thomas at the Military Museum.  The topic of the evening was measurement.  Though the math of it all confused us at times, we learned quite a lot about how certain measurements came to be and about a number of tools that are or were used to measure clothing, feet, lobsters, etc.  Very informative!

The last topic of today is our watermelon progress.  It has gotten even bigger!  It is about the size of a standard ruler and I will be laying the ruler next to it from now on to show its progress, because it is easier to see the transformation in photos with something to gauge it with J  Our watermelon plants are growing so well that the fines have found their way our of the garden, under the fence.  Also we have corn in the back!  Not only do we have one stalk, which is what we all wanted, we have many!  I hope everyone has a great week.  Take care,