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This picture was obtained from http://www.chambershouse.org/index.html
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It was pouring rain and so you will have to go to their website to see a picture of the actual house.
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You KNOW you have always wanted a bag with claws on it! Some serious sass here!
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You could still wear and have so much fun with all of their vintage accessories!
I love history.  I love to think about it, touch it, smell it, imagine it, and feel it.  I am not one for holding onto objects of history myself, but I guess I am more into imagining what a place was like and the stories that unfolded in that space.  However... I have never much thought of tasting history, until a few weeks ago...  

I am somewhat obsessed with houses.  For some reason I do not care much for decorating them (probably because I stink at it), but I very much enjoy imagining and looking at homes.  When other little girls were planning weddings, I was planning my migration to the big city and my future home. Starting when I was about twelve years old I also got into touring old, historic homes.  I was raised on the Gulf of Mexico within shouting distance of Spindletop - the site of oil discovery in Texas.  So these old homes speak of a time when no one imagined that the "big money" would move back to the "big cities" leaving only the smelly refining plants behind.  They are often surrounded by similar homes that have long since crumbled in disrepair.  My younger sister is a tour guide for a relatively new historic home on the Southeast Texas Scene, The Chambers House.  I am going to let you click on the link and read about it yourself, but it is sufficient to say that it is pretty creepy or shall we say... ripe for the imagination.  In short, two sisters lived in the same house they grew up in until the day they died.  Their father was wealthy and sent them East for an education.  They came home, played in the stock market and died millionaires and childless.  I am guessing the neighbors never imagined the millionaires part!

So, what do you do with your money when you do not have anyone to give it to?  I can think of a million organizations or people that could use it, but these two ladies willed a good chunk of it to their house.  Yep!  They had let it fall into complete disrepair, but no need to worry because now their money has completely restored it and turned it into a museum... complete with their left over soap bars and still unfinished beverages!  Needless to say, I would love to interview them and understand who they were and how and why history has unfolded the way it has!
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Whoever had the idea to display this room with plastic food... bad, bad idea.
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Gorgeous!
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I am loving the detail in the leather work there and the use of yellow throughout their kitchen.
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I so want a butler's pantry! Hey, I would not mind a butler either!
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Maybe my sink would stay empty if I had so little counter space!
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The secret to an organized kitchen... have TWO walk in pantries plus the butler's off of the kitchen!
Now one day near the end of giving some friends a tour, one of the tourist pointed out to my sister that there was writing on the phone book hanging from the telephone.  They could tell it was a recipe, but as it is in a very dark spot... that was about all they could tell. Now I am not saying that the curators of the museum do not know about it.  They might.  However, either way... how weirdly cool is this?!  Right there, speaking from beyond the grave was a recipe.  Which sister's hand writing?  Who did they call for the recipe?  What were they making it for?  Did they ever even make it?  More importantly - what was it for?!  It really was very dark and we could not read the faint writing in pencil.  However, my ten year old son promptly pointed out... "You could use the flashlight on your iphone."  And so we did, still with some difficulty, but none-the-less successful...
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The phone... face and all... holding the little secret.
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I love aprons and I could have totally walked away with both of these!!
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Can you see how on the left and top sides there is writing? It is not the best photo.
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Their kitchen... simple and functional.
white 1 egg beat
pinch salt
1 cup b. sugar
beat into egg
add nuts
1 tablespoon flour
mixed with nuts
drop
b 250
10 or 15 min


... there you go... from the ghosts of The Chamber's House.  Let me know if you make it!
The Organised Housewife