January 15, 2017

Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Celebration Part 4

Are you excited about the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder? I hope so! This is the fourth part in this series. (Please see the bottom of this post for links to the other LIW celebration posts.) Today, it's all about the food!

Refreshments enhance any Laura Ingalls Wilder celebration, especially a birthday celebration. You might simply serve punch and a birthday cake. One of the libraries where I'm presenting for Laura's birthday has chosen this route. It's simple and it makes sense.

If you want to go beyond birthday cake, consider some of these pioneer food ideas.

Pioneer Food
popcorn
popcorn balls
homemade butter on bread (or crackers)
pickles
maple snow candy
boiled eggs
dried apples or blueberries
johnny cakes

19th Century Candy (Not all are dated to Laura's earlier pioneer days.)
peppermints
candy corn
conversation hearts
See more 19th century candy here.

Beverages
lemonade
hot chocolate
milk
tea
coffee

Dessert
apple pie
vinegar pie
ice cream

A special note: 

If you are focusing on Laura's pioneer days, you may want to provide some authentic pioneer foods. I highly recommend Barbara Walker's Little House Cookbook (linked to review) if you want authentic and well-researched pioneer recipes.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was rather famous for her gingerbread. The recipe does not appear in the Little House Cookbook because it was her specialty as an adult. Laura's gingerbread recipe and her other recipes appear in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook (linked to review). It's full of information and photographs related to Laura's adult life. I highly recommend it!

Have fun with your own Laura Ingalls Wilder event! If you are interested in a reading Wilder-related books, I highly recommend Barbara's Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge. Read all about it here.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Event Posts

Part 4: Pioneer Food
Part 5: Pioneer Decorations
~ Annette Whipple
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