Monday, November 2, 2015

Aprons A tradition in homemaking

Aprons -  Tradition that is still holding true

   I am excited to see that this tradition still holds true and that a new generation is now embracing the idea of aprons.   I want to share this from Blue Belle Farms Nouveau. Her aprons are wonderful. Such classic designs and color combinations. How wonderful it would be to slip one of these over your head and prepare that favorite dish of yours. It reminds me of a time not too long ago-

   The fall weather will soon turn to winter and the holidays will be upon us.  This is the time that I remember with the kitchens of my family filled with wonderful smells.  For my mom, it was the time to gather all the dried fruits and prepare her favorite fruitcake.  Mom’s has always been the best; moist, and full of fruits, and with a small taste of whisky that she would soak the cake in. My grandma loved baking her cookies and candies, they were always the hit with all us kids.  My one Aunt was busy “Putting Up” (canning) the summer crops this time of year, while my other two aunts were busy making their brown bread for the holidays or their favorite jello concoction; dazzling with fruits or vegetables, suspended in the glistening colored jello.

When the holidays came around, all the women would be in the kitchen working to prepare the holiday dinner. Each one of them would have an apron on so not to spoil their holiday outfit.  These aprons were more than just a cover to protect their clothing; it was a statement of style and function, each lady having several for each occasion and duty to perform.

I have my grandmother’s utility apron that looks more like a large child’s paint smock with large pockets in the front and full body coverage. It is stained with every imagined and tattered with holes. It was her canning and everyday cooking apron, but it is still very precious to me..  She had several others for different functions, like her gardening smock and sewing apron to name a few.  My mother had several everyday ones; I remember a pretty blue and white one with red trim, and of course she had her holiday dress-up aprons that didn’t serve any purpose in protecting the clothes, consisting only of a sheer chiffon crepe, decorated with ribbons, glitter, and that favorite holiday motif. It was for show only. She would tidy her hair and slip into this one right before serving the main course and presenting it in grand stature.

Aprons were such an American symbol of womanhood; it went along with the Apple Pie they baked while wearing them.  It represented the hard work they put into every meal and the chores they performed on a daily bases. I am proud to wear mine while working in the kitchen or in the yard.