Cooking…the library way (say what?!)

Cooking, the very word strikes fear in some people’s hearts, but for others, like myself it’s met with mixed emotions. I absolutely love to cook (and here comes the B word), BUT I hate to try to figure out what we are going to eat every, single night. Let’s face it, we all have our go to recipes and we only seem to cook those go to recipes, ever. Seriously. I think I make spaghetti at least every two weeks. My child loves it, it’s quick, and it’s super easy to clean up. I maybe have two weeks of food recipes that I use religiously and that gets old.

Pinterest has certainly helped with shaking up the recipes and all the internet searches and cookbooks. But what about those who don’t have the internet and don’t make it a habit of buying those crazy expensive cookbooks? Who doesn’t have internet these days, you say? This girl right here. I do most of my interneting (not a word, I know, I know) from my phone.  I post blog updates, check out the latest drama on Facebook, and browse for my cool new project or recipe on Pinterest all from that little, tiny screen (I will admit that I do edit and sometimes make posts on my break at work, though). One day, I will break down and not be a cheapskate but for now I’m enjoying not having an internet bill (If that blows your mind I’m sure it will be equally devastating for you to learn I only have free T.V., I know, I know, shocker!) =). But back to the question, what about those few of us?

That’s where the library comes in. I think most people over look everything libraries have to offer. My library has a rich collection of cookbooks. Any type of food you can imagine, there’s a cookbook for it. I’m sure some of you already knew about this awesome (and free!) resource, but did you know about that pamphlets?

I think this is going to be the next big thing (because we all know how up to the times I am, right?). The library I work at has a HUGE pamphlet collection that ranges from recipes to household care. It even has some awesome church cookbooks (we all know church lady’s know how to cook some of the best food you ever put on your tongue). It’s housed in our Special Collections so it can’t go home with you, but we are in the process of digitizing it (You can check it out here: http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/HENP) . Which is what I’ve been up to in digital projects here lately.

I submitted a proposal a couple of years ago to get these pamphlets on the internet, where they can be used, instead of just sitting in a vertical file. I can honestly say, this is one of the funnest projects I’ve worked on. Just knowing that you can try to make a recipe from 1914 is just amazing to me. You can eat what someone else ate exactly 100 years ago! I just blows my mind. Some of them sounds fabulous, some of them not so much (like ham in a jello mold–not my cup of tea), but I have been dying to try some of these sucker out. One from the Baker’s Cocoanut Recipes is going to happen soon (How could you not want to make something with that cute little coconut on the cover?).

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Well that’s never good…

I know you are all are saying it silently (or not so silently) to yourself: what the ham is she doing?! Today, I got to do my main job all day long (not on a weekend?! Gasp!). My poor baby has strep. I swear, it seems like he gets every, single thing he comes in contact with. Great for building up that immunity, I know, I know, but it stinks watching him cry himself to sleep after a shot of antibiotics (which he had a mild reaction to and needs to be monitored extra closely. See, everything happens to him!).

So, boiling the pacies must happen. I think this was the hardest part of this illness. Not the no sleeping, not the tantrums from me not understanding that he was hurting, not the part of that awful looking rash that I thought was a heat rash but turned out to be related, it was the boiling of the pacies that I found myself panicking for just a second.

My child is in LOVE with his pacies. It’s the only thing he’s truly attached to, most kids have teddy bears or blankets or some other crazy security, my son’s is his pacie. He’s not satisfied with just one, either. In the car, he has one for his mouth, and then one for each hand, three total (I know all you non-pacie moms are rolling your eyes right about now).

So, when I went to boil his pacies that meant no pacies for at least 30 minutes at home. At school he goes all day without one, but at home he instantly goes to the counter where we have the bowl of pacies and begs for one until we give him one. The moment I took his pacie away the fussing started. He needed his pacie, especially being sick and pitiful, but I persevered and you know what? It wasn’t bad! The instant I put it in the boiling water he kept saying “hot, hot, hot” (that’s his new word–can you tell I tell him that a lot) and knew he didn’t need them!

Just goes to show, the one thing you think you can’t handle, that will be the straw that break the camels back, the one thing you just dread, can be absolutely nothing. That’s my life’s story in a nutshell, I realized as I was boiling pacies (which I discovered he has a ridiculous amount of). I’m always living my life dreading what I think is going to go wrong and that I can’t handle, but I’m wasting my time worrying. The little stuff that I think is mountainous is just pacies boiling on the stove while my little guy decides his dump truck is worth trying to ride , even though it’s the size of his foot.

Have I mentioned I love being a mom?

P.S. Don’t try to boil those teething things you put in the freezer. One will pop and you will have to re-boil your pacies in clean, non-contaminated water :). Luckily, there still were no break downs about not having a pacie.

P.S.S. It took me 5 hours to finally finish this post lol. You know what they say, a mother’s work is never done.

P.S.S.S. I know you were all on the edge of your seats about what was going to come of the pacies. I promise a library post tomorrow 😉

Government Documents

Remember these suckers? Our library is currently transferring Government Documents out of our main library and into remote storage. For all you catalogers out there, you know this will be a huge task. Unfortunately, or fortunately however you want to look at it, we never added our holdings to OCLC. So, before they are transferred they have to be cataloged. This is has been my view for the last few weeks! Thank goodness this is the last cart I’m adding our holdings to before the move. Happy Friday to me! Next up, transferring books from Archives to Special Collections. Stay tuned!

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