The Old Parsonage Newsletter – September 2015

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Friday September 11, from 4-7, Saturday, September 12, from 10-4 and Sunday, September 13, from 12-4 .

Lots of Halloween items available now.  Just think how quickly the summer has gone.  And Uffda Day will be here in another 3 weeks!  We are looking forward to the lefse and goodies that go along with it.

My friend, Beverly Kulzer, has made these wonderful cookies over the years.  Thought you would enjoy the recipe:


1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shortening
1 tsp soda
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar 5 cups flour (start at 4½)
2 beaten eggs

This is an old recipe so there are no instructions.  Just put it together!

Years ago women were expected to make 3 meals and 2 lunches each day.  Especially during harvest, when it would be taken to the field to the workers.  My grandma didn’t drive but she would go out and wave her towel and yell.  Grandpa would come and get the goodies for lunch.  Most of the time the men came in for the main meals.  It gave the horses a rest and the men, too.  Just think how much cooking and baking this was.  And besides that she milked the cows and took care of the chickens!  And somehow she managed to sit a few times during the day and crochet or knit.

Hope to see you the second weekend in September!  Or you can call me any time and I will open.   Kathy

The Old Parsonage Newsletter – August 2015

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Fri. 14, from 4-7, Sat. 15, from 10-4 and Sun 16, from 12-4.
We don’t care if it’s hot anymore as we have air conditioning at the Old Parsonage now.  It sure feels good this time of the year!   Mary Ann and I are busy changing things around again.  We sure like to do that!   It’s fun to have it different a few times a year so we know what we have.
My Grandma had a large loom that sat in an alcove on the south end of the house.  When she wove rugs she could see us outside in 3 directions.  Not that we got into anything!  The rail road was close to the house so she watched out for us. Once in awhile the conductor would throw us a candy bar.  We had to share it or Grandma would let us know about it! She taught me how to weave and that was great fun.  She did lots of rugs and sold a lot of them.  She never wasted any time.  She took care of the cows and chickens and did 3 meals and 2 lunches every day, but managed to quilt or sew whenever she could.
RICE MUSH by Mary Ann Thornberg
½ cup rice ½ tsp salt
1 cup water ½ cup sugar
3 cups milk
In heavy pan, cook rice and water until water is absorbed. Add milk, salt and sugar. Cook over low heat for about an hour. Stir occasionally.  Serve with milk and cinnamon.
Hope to see you the second weekend in August!  Or you can call me any time and I will open.   Kathy

The Old Parsonage Newsletter – July 2014

The Old Parsonage at Rutland ND will be open Friday, July 11, from 4-7, Sat. July 12, from 10-4, and Sun, July 13, from 12-4.

The skunk is gone!  After many days of eating the yummy cat food the trap finally worked. At least Paul didn’t get sprayed.

There are lots of different items in this month.  Summer brings out some great deals with a lot of people cleaning out sheds and garages.  You never know what you’re going to find! Treasures for sure! Bill and Kathy are moving to a smaller house so there will be desks, a davenport, some chairs, etc.   Check it out!

We  have some different give-away items.  A computer screen that is new; paint; and who knows what else will turn up before Friday.

Recipe for the month of July:

Slice 5 red potatoes about ¼ inch thick and place in a medium size bowl.  Pour 4 T of melted butter over the potatoes and coat evenly. Place potatoes in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake in preheated oven 375* for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned on both sides, turning once.

When potatoes are done, remove from oven and top with bacon, cheese and onion. You can overlap the potatoes before adding the toppings.  Continue baking until the cheese has melted.

Hope to see you the second weekend in July!