Unplug Yourself with a "Little House" Dinner
Imagine if you didn't have a cell phone, a car, light bulbs, television, grocery stores, or the internet. Life would be pretty different! Though it may be hard for you to imagine this, every year the town of Mansfield, Missouri "unplugs" itself to go back to the late 1800s as the townspeople celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House books. These historical books chronicle the life of a young girl living in pioneer times, where she and her family had to grow and catch their own food, entertain themselves with stories around the fire, and use a horse-drawn buggy to get into town.
If you think your family needs a break from technology, try reading this book together and then having an "unplugged" dinner to reenact those historical times. You'll encourage reading by setting a time everyday to read as a family, and once you're finished with the book, you'll get to experience what it was like to live in the pioneer times by turning out the lights, cooking a traditional dish, and spending some quality time together as a family!
What You Need:
- Copy of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Copy of Little House Cookbook by Barbara Walker
- Groceries for dinner
- Candles, matches, lanterns