Orgeat ~ What is that?

Orgeat ~ What is that?

ORGEAT – the drink with the odd pronunciation (I will explain in a moment), is never mentioned by Jane Austen, either in a letter or her novels, but surely would have been known to her. Mentions of Orgeat being served at Almacks and other Society gatherings are scattered throughout letters and commentaries dated during the… Continue Reading

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas!

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas!

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   “The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious… Continue Reading

Christmas with the Muppets

Christmas with the Muppets

I love Christmas and I love The Muppets!   The late, great John Denver on the original The Muppets show. A terrific rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. The Muppets spread Holiday cheer with their rendition of “Joy To The World.” The Muppets sing Jingle Bell Rock from Muppet Family Christmas. The Muppets “It’s… Continue Reading

Be Southern this Christmas

Be Southern this Christmas

I am a Kentuckian now and although according to my family in Mississippi (the DEEP South) Kentucky cannot truly be considered completely Southern since the state remained neutral during the Civil War LOL! I figure I have the legitimacy of Mississippi blood flowing through my veins. Thus, I AM Southern! And with that in mind,… Continue Reading

Caroling to Santa Claus

Caroling to Santa Claus

Here Comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer are pulling on the reins. Bells are ringing, children singing; All is merry and bright. Hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus!… Continue Reading

The Centerpiece: Christmas Plum Pudding

The Centerpiece: Christmas Plum Pudding

In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered — flushed, but smiling proudly — with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol All of us, I presume, are familiar with the image… Continue Reading