Pig-Bladder Balls at a Texas Homestead

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Soon-to-be bacon

San Antonio Sunday

San Antonio Sunday

San Antonio Sunday

Attending to pigs and chickens, canning pickles and carrots for the winter, sprinkling Christmas Anise cookies with red and green sugar – hey, that’s my youth they’re talking about rather than the lifestyle of a typical Texas homestead between 1915 and 1918. The similarities between my early years in the North Country and that of former President LBJ pretty much stop there though.

Not far from Fredericksburg sits the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site where interpreters demonstrate typical rural traditions at the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead – neighbors of the former 36th President of the U.S.

Can you guess what the second photo above is all about? Because self-reliant farmers were resourceful with everything they even found a use for the pig bladder after butchering. The pink sack could be blown up and used as a ball for the children to play with.

Nothing was wasted that couldn’t be consumed.