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Why Make it Do?

World War II Poster

World War II Poster

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”  My mom said her mother had quoted this more than once while she was growing up.  Born in 1925, my grandmother grew up during the Great Depression, and became a mother during WWII.   My mom tells me that my Grandmother knew how to make things lovely even when times were hard.  Lately, as our family has been hit by this Recession, I find myself looking back, thinking about my Grandmother and wondering what tricks I could learn from her….  How can I make life sweet for my family during these hard times?  That is what this Blog is all about:  Taking a lemon and making lemonade.

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5 Responses to “Why Make it Do?”

  • Leslie:

    This is a delightful site. The banana bread recipe is incredible!

  • kathy mann:

    very inspiring ,I learned a great deal .also everything seem to be tounching.true saying you keep living ,you learn something new every day. to sum it all up needless to say ,each one teach one.I enjoyed it.


    I have been thinking alot about the past . And this was sent to me and i just fell in love with this apron. It does remind me of living with my grandma. I am 46 and my kids are all soon to be grown and at school. I am so proud of all three of my girls. Jessica who is 25 graduating with high honors and Julia who is 19 and away at ohio State University. and my little one Jayne who is 17 . God has blessed me with 3 lovely daughters. THanks for the recipes and for cheering me up today. Very inspiring. Keep it up it touched me today.

  • Lenoria:

    I copied both your recipes and hopefully will give them a try. My husband loves both of thes, homemade rolls and banana bread so maybe I can surprise him and make him something good! I grew my “making do” and I guess I still do to some extent. My Dad was a farmer and my Mom worked out in the fields with him and did the housework, canned, quilted, made most of my clothes, cooked, and cleaned! I am not even a smidgen of the woman she was but looking back I really didn’t know I was missing anything but when I started in the eighth grade I wished I had some of the stuff the other kids had, but looking back now I know I had “the good life” and so much laughter and fun with my 5 brothers and 2 sisters and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!! I can a little bit and I plan on canning even more this year because I like the taste of homegrown vegetables and fruits so much more that store bought. May God bless you even more than he already has and thank you for bringing back so many good memories!

    Blessings always,
    Lenoria Kelly

    • Hi Lenoria, I loved what you wrote about your family. Especially when we are teenagers the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But I feel the same way as you, growing up in a family that works hard together, eats dinner together, and laughs a lot together is priceless. Kindest wishes to you and your family, Calli

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