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  1. Eleanor Rose

    We Can Thank the Victorians for These Easter Traditions

    By the mid-19th century, Easter had become a celebration period – a time of Easter fairs and various other fun-filled traditions. Here are a few of the most popular traditions and a little about their connection to our Victorian friends. Egg rolling is a traditional game played by many at...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Decorating Easter Eggs in Victorian Style

    Victorian Easter egg gift basket. Household Elegancies, by Mrs. C. S. Jones and Henry T. Williams was published in 1877 and is full of amazing illustrations and advice on home decorating. I thought you might enjoy reading some of their advice for decorating Easter eggs. The following is an...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    19th Century Tradition Still Burning Bright!

    The Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA is home to a unique holiday lighting display – the Christmas Bonfires. Dozens of 20-feet-high flaming pyramids of burning logs are built along the earthen levees each December and set ablaze on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Bonfires...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Feather Christmas Trees - Treasures From the Past

    The Christmas Tree Painting by Henry Mosler Feather trees were the first artificial Christmas trees and they were originally made in Germany as early as 1845. Like many inventions, the tabletop feather tree came about out of necessity. By the mid-19th century, decorated Christmas trees were...
  5. lelliott19

    Christmas Truce at Fredericksburg & Happy Holidays from the Medical Care Forum

    Happiest of holidays to everyone at Civil War Talk, from the Medical Care Forum! "...Night came on, and those not on duty, lay down on the frozen ground to dream of other Christmas nights, when we knew not of war." It was Christmas day [1862] and after partaking of a Christmas dinner of salt...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    History When Harry (Baker) Met Betty (Crocker)

    Chiffon Cake, light and fluffy cake just like your Grandma used to make! (Pinterest) Harry Baker, a Los Angeles insurance agent, is said to have invented the original chiffon cake in 1927. As word spread of this delicious airy cake, he was continually asked for the recipe. For two decades...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Pineapple Rum Tartlets

    (Pinterest) Pineapple was beloved by our Victorian friends and is a natural complement to meals where ham is served. So Christmas comes to mind as a holiday where these Pineapple Rum Tartlets could grace your table. These treats are a bit time consuming to make so they’re well suited to...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Mrs. Ellis's Pumpkin Pie

    A 19th century Christmas feast would not have been complete without dessert. This is an 1843 recipe for pumpkin pie from Mrs. Ellis’s Housekeeping Made Easy. Unlike recipes we find in Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, this recipe does not start with the measurements and the suggested...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    History Cheese Ball Christmas Tree

    "According to legend," writes Michelle Buffardi, author of Great Balls of Cheese, "the first cheese ball in recorded history was made in 1801 by Elisha Brown, Jr. on his farm and presented to President Thomas Jefferson" at the White House. It's said to have weighed 1,235 pounds and was referred...
  10. Eleanor Rose

    History Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies

    (Pinterest) Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies came to America with German immigrants in the 1800s. This recipe is also known as “shortbreads” and has been passed along for generations. The traditional version is made with walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, but you can choose your favorite or use...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated St. Nick’s Eggnog

    (American Egg Board) St. Nick’s Eggnog Eggnog is a delicious holiday tradition, but some folks have a low tolerance for the emulsifiers and stabilizers used in commercial eggnogs. Homemade eggnog has no added ingredients. This recipe has been passed down since 1930. The leftover eggnog can...
  12. 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...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Gingerbread Men, The Story Behind Our Annual Mass Cookie Carnage

    Illustration is turn of the century, children's tale " The Gingerbread Boy " dates from quite a few decades previously. You couldn't trip over a school ' primer ' not containing the moral tale of a childless couple so desperate for a son, he was baked into existence. It's not a happy story, son...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Jimklag

    Veterans Day - November 11, 2018

    From the Railroads and Steam Locomotives forum, we would like to say to all the men and women who have served in our armed forces:
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Eleanor Rose

    History Mince Meat for Pies

    (Joy of Baking) Mince pies date back to medieval times and possibly long before. They are descended from a huge pie baked on Christmas Eve containing chopped beef, suet, nuts, spices and fruit. I can’t believe I’m actually posting a recipe that features tongue as an ingredient. This one’s for...
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