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All the Single Ladies

All the Single Ladies

One of my favorite characters in Downton Abbey is the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley, and I’m betting that many of you share my affection for her. Despite the fact that she’s single and elderly, she wields a powerful influence in the Crawley household, and indeed within the whole community. She is widely quoted online and… more goodness …

Easy, Traditional Recipes: Wassail and Gingerbread

Easy, Traditional Recipes: Wassail and Gingerbread

My family has a tradition of drinking wassail around Christmastime. I love the custom because it’s so easy to throw together a big pot of wassail, and it makes the house smell wonderful. My youngest affectionately refers to it as “weasel”, so if he tells you we’re drinking weasel over here, you’ll know what he’s talking… more goodness …

The Crime of Debt and a New Story

The Crime of Debt and a New Story

The Regency population viewed crime differently than we do today. London newspapers didn’t report robberies or burglaries, just the occasional “lost” item. There was no public police force, although you could hire someone to recover said lost items. People did occasionally go to prison for a variety of reasons. However, most people in prison were… more goodness …

Hospitality Austen Style

Hospitality Austen Style

I love the idea of having people over and sitting around the dinner table with good friends. I scour magazine articles about how to plan a party, and I collect Pinterest posts about entertaining; but then I think of all the work involved. First, I’d have to clean, then I’d have to cook something worth… more goodness …