I'm not sure if I mentioned this before but I love all things frontier. What started me on this life long obsession was the Little House Series. This book was written by someone with a similar obsession and it shows. Her introduction tells a bit about her own history and then she dives in to the crafts and activities known to former prairie girls.
The book is broken up into parts of the house; Kitchen, Bathroom Bedroom, Parlor, Barn and beyond. Activities are placed within the chapter/room that is appropriate to them.
My favorite from the kitchen is how to make ice cream. I knew people made icecream before icecream makers were invented but hadn't given it much thought beyond that. This is something that looks like fun and no cost of an icecream machine!
My favorite from the Bathroom section is harder to choose but I'm going with make a poultice simply because they are in all westward expansion/prairie books and I've never known exactly what they were. Very intersting :)
The bedroom had so many great items I'm going to pick two classics...rag rug and making a quilt. LOVED it!
My favorite in the Parlor wasn't something I expected to find there...laying a fire. This was great because while I love fires in my fireplace I've always had my husband make them. Also, how could a prairie girl cook without an open flame :)
Finally, the barn and beyond. The thing I'm most likely to use is planning a vegetable garden. I'm sorry to say it will be a first time, I should be ashamed of myself, but at least now I know how to plan it properly :)
One final thing, I gave it a 4 for length only because I would have liked a longer book. But for its size it has a ton of great information!