Back to School ~1917

A New Year Begins. How quickly summer ebbs into fall. The Girl starts her senior year and with it a certain excitement and trepidation. I must admit I feel the same! Routine is good, however, plus it gives the kids something legitimate to complain about. Fun reads: Check out the Packing Lunch post for tips... Continue Reading →

Summer Picnics ~1940s

Ho! To the Archives! Had a unique opportunity to tour the archives for the Command History Office at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Admittedly, this is my first trip to an 'archives' other than the National Archives, where you get to stand in line to chance a peek at the Constitution. While less... Continue Reading →

Happy 4th! ~1918

Esteemed Readers: If you are on this side of the pond, I wish you all a very happy holiday. If you're on the other side and everywhere else, cheers! Happy Fourth of July, Erin Source: School for bakers and cooks, Camp Sheridan, Alabama, 1918. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880 July... Continue Reading →

Happy Mother’s Day ~1912

To all the mothers: May your day be filled with family and love! Source: The San Francisco Sunday Call, Sept. 8, 1912. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cookery ~1825 American Wild Fruits ~1910 Jam ~1819

Ginger Wine Recipe ~1770

How to Make Ginger Wine. Today's post is an update on the ginger wine project started back in January. Backstory: Ginger wine is traditionally made from ginger and raisins and first appeared in Britain in the 1740s. The wine can be fortified with brandy or cognac, or even diluted with lemonade. An interesting historical note:... Continue Reading →

Modern Mode of Serving Meat Dishes ~1880

Mrs. Beeton Serving Meat Prints. These four pages are taken from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. The book includes several colored pages of illustrations throughout, which were a huge selling point. Other than the holidays, I know I really don't plate our everyday meals, it's just not practical. The thought, however, has a formal... Continue Reading →

Random Updates.

Blog & Life Updates. Happy Sunday! To all my loyal readers - and even those of you who are more of the itinerant sort (that's OKAY, I love you, too!) - this past week has been full of life! Work travel, time zone changes, catching up with family ... Convivial Supper has been aptly placed... Continue Reading →

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