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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Baby It's Cold Outside!

    There’s getting to be a slight chill in the air so it got me thinking about how my Victorian friends might have dressed to keep warm when they were outside. We’ve all seen pictures of women’s gowns with wide puffy sleeves. The sleeves were so big that they could not fit into the sleeve of a...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Sweet Potato Fritters

    Sweet potato fritters from an 1885 San Francisco cookbook. This fritter recipe is from the collection of vegetable recipes published in 1885 by Jules Arthur Harder, the head chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Sweet Potato Fritters Peel half a dozen boiled Sweet Potatoes, cut off both...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Trying to Look Pretty in the Mid-19th Century

    "Southern Belles" by Alan Maley In the Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information (1889), there is an entire chapter dedicated to the "secrets of beauty" because… "If women are to govern, control, manage, influence and retain the adoration of husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    How Did Robert E. Lee Spend Christmas in 1861?

    I always enjoy living history events, especially those offered around the holidays. In searching out offerings for this holiday season, I came across an article that offered some insight into what General Lee, as well as some others, was doing on Christmas Day in 1861. I thought you might...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian "Bluestockings"

    "In the Library" by August Toulmouche, 1872. The Victorian “bluestocking” was defined as, “a stiff, stilted, queer literary woman of a dubious age.” This stereotype actually made its way into an 1883 edition of the Popular Encyclopedia, where a “bluestocking” was defined as a “pedantic female”...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Making Sense of Victorian Scents

    Pot Pourri Herbert James Draper, circa 1897 While a Victorian lady was not known for wearing excessive fragrance, perfumes were as much a part of her beauty regime as hair and skin care. These perfumes were generally simpler than the ones we know today and consisted, in large part, of florals...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Fashionable Thanksgiving Dining

    Dressing for Dinner: For the Ladies: Do not dress above your station; it is a grievous mistake, and leads to great evils, besides being the proof of a complete lack of taste. Do not expose the neck and arms at dinner. (The lady in the pic above is in trouble. :wink:) For the Gentlemen...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian High Fashion or Hot Mess?

    I always enjoy viewing beautiful Victorian dresses on display in museums. Since it has been a rainy and chilly day in my neck of the woods, I decided to spend my afternoon taking a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On my "visit" I discovered that not every Victorian dress was...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Ginger Drop Cakes with Butterscotch Sauce

    This sticky toffee pudding with more than a hint of gingerbread is a wonderful holiday treat, especially with plentiful butterscotch sauce added on top. Grandma Baum’s Ginger Drop Cakes Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sour...
  10. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Turkey Dressing

    In 1887 a Good Housekeeping reader wrote in with the following recipe: "The following directions for making an excellent "turkey dressing" may be of service to your readers at the festive season of the year: Take one pint of soaked bread, and season with two teaspoonfuls of salt and Bell's...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    The Soldier's Daughter

    The Soldier's Daughter by Sarah E. Howard. A littler girl her mother sought, A troubled look upon her face,-- "At school they tease me; had they ought To tell me that my father fought For nothing, or for less than naught? To be a soldier brave, I thought Was honor, not disgrace. "Because he...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies

    (Pinterest) The holidays are just around the corner and homemade candies are still in style as gifts for friends and neighbors. They also make great hostess gifts. So get your Victorian on and make some tasty treats for gift-giving this year! Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies...
  13. Eleanor Rose

    Black Friday Is Coming: 19th Century Shopping Etiquette

    (Courtesy of The Victorian Life.) It seems the phrase, Black Friday, may have first been used in Philadelphia to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that occurred on the day after Thanksgiving. The term has now become almost synonymous with shopping mayhem. Well...
  14. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Coasting Cookies

    (Courtesy of This Victorian Life.) This original recipe appeared in Elizabeth S. Miller’s book, In the Kitchen, in 1875. It appears these cookies got their name because, “Coasting and snow-balling were the bloom and glow of those long, icy months.” Coasting is a reference to sledding...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    Healthy, Silky Hair in the 19th Century

    Young girl with "sausage" curls, circa 1860. Image is by Anson of New York, N.Y. Did your grandmother ever tell you to brush your hair 100 strokes or so before bed each night? This was often advised in years past as a way to create healthy, silky hair. Well a lot of today’s fashionistas say...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Old-Fashioned Whole-Fig Preserves

    The ancients wrote poetry and sang songs about figs. Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under a fig tree. And fig trees are one of the first plants mentioned in the Bible, as well as the subject of more than one Biblical parable. Figs are plentiful in the South and for us it’s all...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Scotch Woodcock Sandwich

    (Pinterest) The Scotch Woodcock sandwich was a well-known dish in the Victorian era and is mentioned in “Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management" published in 1861. Isabella Mayson Beeton was a talented cook and writer whose bestselling cookbook sold 60,000 copies in one year and nearly two...
  18. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic 19th Century Recipe for a Ham Sandwich

    Family picnic (Wikimedia) - Wonder if they had ham sandwiches? In the mid-1800s the word sandwich was almost synonymous with ham. If you ordered a sandwich, it was likely ham. If you went on a picnic, you likely had ham sandwiches to eat. This is a recipe for making the perfect ham sandwich...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    History’s True Ice Queens

    Are you already dreading the impending winter cold? Well take a good look at the photograph above of a woman climbing a glacier in a billowing Victorian skirt. It may surprise you to learn (it certainly did me) that several Victorian females braved the ice in their petticoats during a time...
  20. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Stuffed Eggs

    (Photo courtesy of Inhabited Kitchen) It wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries when the word ‘deviling’ became widely used to describe the process of making a food spicy. Many cultures even today still use other words such as “mimosa eggs,” “dressed eggs,” “salad eggs” and “stuffed eggs” to...
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