Vocabulary Rocks! UK version…

Vocabulary Rocks! UK version…

Time for more origins of those bizarre phrases we utter. These are some unique phrases from the history of our friends across the pond. A Square Meal The saying “having a square meal” comes from the English Royal Navy during the time of Nelson. In order to stop the plates/ dishes slipping around on the…Continue Reading

Recipes for a true Regency dinner

Recipes for a true Regency dinner

Scotch Collops Scotch Collops (slices of meat) are a traditional Scottish dish. It can be created using either thin slices or minced meat of veal, beef, lamb or venison. This is combined with onion, salt, pepper, and suet, then stewed, baked or roasted with optional flavorings according to the meat used. It is traditionally served…Continue Reading

Wellingtons

Wellingtons

Military uniforms, fame and fashion have always been closely linked. Regimental dress uniforms were designed to stand out and impress young men into joining up – with the added bonus of attracting the opposite sex in the process. LOL! When the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (1792–1815) brought much of Europe into battle, it is hardly…Continue Reading

March 16 to 21 on Austen Authors

March 16 to 21 on Austen Authors

It’s Saturday! Time to relax after the long week of work, kids, and chaotic real life. Grab your tea or coffee, get comfy, and spend a bit of time in another world with Jane Austen as presented by the Austen Authors who adore her. Blog Posts This Week on Austen Authors ~ Ten Surprising Facts…Continue Reading

Look inside a Georgian townhouse

Look inside a Georgian townhouse

Ever wonder just what the inside of a typical London townhouse in an upper-crust neighborhood looked like? Of course there were variations in design, size, styling, and decor. These cutouts and floor plans give an idea of what was standard.     The typical London townhouse of the 18th century was a brick-built, flat-fronted house…Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! A is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! A is for…

  Alaska The name of the 49th US state comes to us, via Russian, from the Aleut alakshak or alaeksu or any one of a number of spelling variants. The Aleut word is reported as meaning either mainland or peninsula. The form Alaska was in common use by the time of the US purchase of…Continue Reading