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Free Music: Old Grand Ole Opry Recordings

Free Grand Ole Opry Recordings

Are you a fan of old country, bluegrass and gospel music? If so, you may want to check out some old recordings of the Grand Ole Opry:

Grand Ole Opry Recordings (MP3 format) -These recordings are from the 1940s and 50s and feature such artists as Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Eddie Arnold, a very young Minnie Pearl and many, many more. There are over 50 shows that you can download individually -or get the entire collection in a zip file.

Would you like to watch an old Grand Ole Opry TV show?

FreeClassic TV: Grand Old Opry April 28, 1956 -Hosted by Carl Smith. Guests include Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs, June Carter and others. Show is almost an hour long and is available in MPEG4* and Ogg Video* formats. Files are very large**.

*The free VLC player will play MPEG4 and Ogg video formats
**I checked the MPEG4 file and it can be paused during downloading. If you’re using dial-up internet, try the free Orbit Downloader which allows you to pause and resume downloads.

More Free Old Time Country Music

The Carter Family: Wildwood Flower
(MP3 format) -A classic, recorded on May 10th, 1928.

Pie Plant Pete: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane -From 1929, Pie Plant Pete (Claude Moye) was an early country music performer. Download MP3 or listen online.

The Coon Creek Girls: Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood (MP3 format) -The Coon Creek Girls were an all-female Appalachian string band, song was recorded about 1936.

Obed Pickard: Sally Goodin -Recorded in 1929, Obed Pickard was one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers. Download MP3 or listen online.

Blessings and happy listening,


Homeschool/Education Resource: Free And Low-Cost Old Time Radio Shows For Presidents Day


“Mr. President” was an old time radio show that aired in the 40’s and 50’s about events in the every day life of American presidents. To challenge listeners, the identity of the President in each episode was not made known until the end of the show.

The Internet Archive has quite a few episodes of “Mr. President” available as free MP3 downloads:

Old Time Radio Programs, Mister President –Download individual episodes of approximately 7mb each, or the whole collection of 29 episodes, which is 54mb.

(If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.)

Don’t have time to download all those shows? Would you like more episodes? Check out OTRCat.com:

Old Time Radio Catalog: Mr. President –CD of 75 episodes of  “Mr. President” in MP3 format, only $5 plus shipping. Must be played in a computer or special MP3 player device.


These would make wonderful supplements to your American History studies –and a great resource for your “audio learners”.





For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Recipes From The Past: Apple Johnnie Cake

Apple Johnnie Cake

by Mrs. Laura Chamberlain

One pint sour milk, 1 1/2 pint New Orleans molasses, 1 teaspoonful soda, 2 teaspoonsful cream tartar, 1 egg well beaten, 2 tablespoonsful melted lard. Peel, core, and chop fine, 3 large Russet apples, corn meal enough to make a stiff batter. Place a paper in the bottom of a well greased pan, bake 3/4 of an hour in a moderate oven, as it burns easily.

From The Centennial Cookery Book, 1887




 For even more eCookbooks and recipes, please see my recipes tag archive.

Old Southern Recipes: Pot Likker And Cornmeal Dodgers


Into 3 quarts of cold water, put a 1/2-pound piece of salt pork and place on fire to boil for 45 minutes. Wash young turnip greens in several waters and clean them well. Put them into the pot along with the pork and let boil for another hour. Drain the water from the greens and meat; chop the greens rather fine and season well with salt and pepper. Place the greens on a hot dish and on top arrange slices of the pork; pour over the greens and meat about 1 1/2 cups of the water in which the greens were cooked (pot likker). Cornmeal dodgers are frequently served along with this dish and are arranged around the greens.



1/2 pint white corn meal

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter or other shortening

cold water

Add salt to corn meal and stir in the melted butter. Add sufficient cold water so dough will hold shape. Mould dough into biscuit size pieces and drop into boiling pot likker. Cook in closely covered pot for twenty minutes. Serve garnished with the greens from the "pot likker".

From: Southern Cookbook -322 Old Dixie Recipes (1935)




When Life Gives You Cabbage…Make Kraut!

Updated August 10, 2012

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Did you grow a lot of cabbage this year and don’t know what to do with it all?

Here is a simple recipe for kraut (sauerkraut), from my sister-in-law, Aunt Susie.

Canned Kraut

Chop up your cabbage.

Pack in quart jars –not too tight.

Fill each jar with hot water (Aunt Susie just uses hot water from the tap).

Add 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar and 1 tsp. vinegar to each jar.

Put the lids on and set in a cool, dark place for 9 days.

Store in your cupboard.

Aunt Susie said, “You’re supposed to wait 21 days before you eat the kraut, but we never do, and it’s best to make kraut when the signs are in upper part of the body –in the head is best. Don’t never make kraut when the signs are in the bowels.”

Please note: This recipe doesn’t call for a boiling water bath but the USDA does recommend one.

Here are a couple more recipes:

About.com Southern Food: Homemade Sauerkraut

Wild Fermentation: Making Sauerkraut is Easy!

Also see:

Making Fermented Pickles and Sauerkraut (link fixed) -food safety info and USDA methods from University of Minnesota Extension

Note: if you want to go by the signs, get The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

It’s said “When life gives you lemons…make lemonade.”

So, “When life gives you cabbage…make kraut!” :)

Happy canning,


Gooseberry Patch - Celebrating 20 Years of Homestyle Cookbooks

Re-post: Free Old Almanacs to Download

This was previously posted on October 7, 2008 at my blog’s old site.

I found some neat sites with old almanacs that have been scanned and made available to download, for free!

Old Almanacs

“Patent medicine” almanacs
Heyday of the Patent Medicine Almanac.

1887 Agricultural Almanac
Free 1887 Almanac E-book

An International Harvester almanac:
IHC almanac and encyclopedia, 1911

A Scottish almanac:
Oliver and Boyd’s Edinburgh almanac and national repository

A “Family Christian Almanac”:
Family Christian Almanac

An old Home Insurance Company almanac:
The Home Almanac (Volume 1893)

An 1842 Boston almanac:
The Boston almanac for the year .. (Volume 1842)

An Illinois almanac:
Wakefield’s western farmers’ almanac and account book (Volume 1874)

More American Almanacs

Farmers’ and country merchants’ almanac and ready reference book

Chicago daily news national almanac for .. (Volume 1889)

Chicago daily news national almanac for .. (Volume 1920)

Notes on the calendar and the almanac

The American almanac and repository of useful knowledge for the year .. (Volume 7 (1836))

Tables of the moon : constructed for the use of the American ephemeris and nautical almanac

The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s almanac, and other papers

The New-England mercantile union business directory, six parts in one. Containing a new map of New-England, an almanac for 1849, a memorandum for every day in the year, and a business directory for New-England

The book of almanacs, with an index of reference, by which the almanac may be found for every year, whether in old style or new, from any epoch, ancient or modern, up to A. D. 2000. With means of finding the day of any new or full moon from B. C. 2000 to A. D. 2000

Canadian Alamanacs

Canadian almanac and directory (Volume 48, 1895)

Canadian almanac and directory (Volume 22, 1869)

Canadian almanac and directory (Volume 53, 1900)

Canadian almanac and directory (Volume 65, 1912)

The Canadian Almanac 1874

The Canadian Almanac and Directory 1850-1851

The Canadian Almanac and Directory 1897

Canadian Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge 1848

From the Farmers Almanac:

A long life may not be good enough,
but a good life is long enough.
For better results when spring-cleaning, do the chores during a waning Moon (between full and new).
Wind northeast or north at noon of the vernal equinox,
no fine weather before midsummer.
If westerly or southwesterly, fine weather till midsummer.