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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Period Hot Brandy and Rum Punch

    (Public Domain) This recipe comes from Bon-Vivant’s Companion written by Jerry Thomas in 1862. 1 qt. rum, dark if possible 1 qt. cognac or brandy 1 lb. sugar, cubes if available 4 lemons 3 qts. boiling water 1 tsp. nutmeg Rub the sugar [if cubed] over the lemons until it has absorbed all the...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Is Your Favorite Christmas Carol On This 19th Century List?

    Just for fun, here’s a list of carols written during or around the mid-19th century. Angels We Have Heard on High (1862) Come Buy my Nice Fresh Ivy or O’Carolan’s Lament (1849) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1833) Good King Wenceslas (1853) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1855) Jingle Bells...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Down, But Not Out

    Photograph of a hobo taken by Charles C. Pierce, 1861-1946. (Public Domain) Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870s, when in the years following the Civil War a veritable army of homeless men swept across America. These men came to be known as hobos and slowly took command of...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Pucker Up or Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe

    (Public Domain) According to The Smithsonian magazine, the romantic symbolization of the mistletoe comes from ancient Norse mythology. Baldur, the grandson of a Norse god, woke up one morning convinced that every plant and animal on earth wanted to kill him. Fearing for Baldur's life, his...
  5. Trivia Master

    Trivia 12-20-19 Happy Holidays!

    My husband was so aghast at the sight of the Union flag flying over the seminary across the street that he slammed his shutters closed and kept them boarded throughout the remainder of the war, including the dog days of summer. My brother was a notorious guerilla and spy. He was captured and...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    History When Harry (Baker) Met Betty (Crocker)

    Lemon bundt cake (2), January 2010 Stacy [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 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...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Pineapple Rum Tartlets

    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 holidays and...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    History Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies

    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 all three...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated St. Nick’s Eggnog

    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 be used in French...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Discussion 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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