Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

According to history, in Roquemaure, a small town in southern France, at the end of the year 1843, the parish church organ had been renovated. To celebrate the event, the priest asked town wine merchant and poet Placide Cappeau to write a Christmas poem, even though the latter never showed an interest in religion. Cappeau obliged, titling… Continue Reading

Christmas Blogs, Recipes, & More!

Christmas Blogs, Recipes, & More!

Over the years I’ve written a wealth of blogs for the Christmas season. Rather than re-post any of them, I’m providing links so you can pick which ones are of interest. Here goes!   Christmas History~~ Dunder and Blixem? : Delving into the origins of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Deck the Halls With Boughs… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

What Child is This? was written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898), the manager of an insurance company in Glasgow. In 1865, when only 29 years of age, Dix was struck with a near fatal illness and consequently suffered months confined to his bed.  During this time, he read the Bible comprehensively and underwent a spiritual renewal that… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of John Wesley. Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing was composed specifically as a “hymn for Christmas day” and appeared in 1739 in a book called… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ T to Z flowers

Floriography ~ T to Z flowers

Today I’m bringing the eighth and final installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers Floriography L and M flowers… Continue Reading

Sutures: A necessary, and ancient, medical art

Sutures: A necessary, and ancient, medical art

Sutures have a long and bizarre history, dating back to ancient Egypt, where everything from tree bark to hair was used to stitch human flesh back together again. Physicians have used suture to close wounds for at least 4,000 years. Archaeological records from ancient Egypt show that Egyptians used linen and animal sinew to close… Continue Reading

Hot Chocolate Garnishes

Hot Chocolate Garnishes

Nothing wrong with a dollop of whipped cream or mini-marshmallows floating atop a steaming mug of hot chocolate. But for something a bit more exciting or unique, here are a few ideas to WOW your holiday guests and thrill your kiddies. When necessary, recipes are included or linked to, although in most cases the garnish… Continue Reading

Rainbows of Hot Chocolate

Rainbows of Hot Chocolate

The word “chocolate” automatically conjures the image of bars/chunks in ranging shades of brown. Then we remember there is white chocolate and food coloring. From there the possibilities are almost endless! With rainbow colors come a rainbow of flavors too.                         Continue Reading

Hot Chocolate with “Spice”

Hot Chocolate with “Spice”

Want your hot chocolate with a bit of kick to it? There are several ways to bring zing to an old standard. Variations for the over 21 crowd are myriad, essentially hot chocolate or hot cocoa cooked the desired way and then “spiked” with one’s preferred alcohol. Possibilities include: bourbon, Kahlua, rum, whiskey, brandy, vodka, Bailey’s Irish… Continue Reading

French Hot Chocolate

French Hot Chocolate

French Hot Chocolate – called le Chocolat Chaud – is distinguished from traditional hot chocolate in that it is much richer and thicker, and less sweet. True French hot chocolate is always made from brick chocolate, the higher the cacao percentage the better, and never from cocoa powder. The texture is velvety smooth, a true “death by… Continue Reading

Hot Chocolate: A History

Hot Chocolate: A History

We are entering the cold weather where cuddling up by the fire with a steaming mug of something warm, such as hot chocolate, is an evening favorite. So here is a short history of this delicious beverage. Between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, cacao plants were first cultivated in Mesoamerica by the Olmec, living in… Continue Reading

Guy Fawkes Day: A History of the person & event

Guy Fawkes Day: A History of the person & event

November 5th is “Bonfire Night” in the UK, the day when Britons everywhere set fire to massive piles of flammables, light fireworks, and host parades. Straw dummies representing Fawkes, as well as those of contemporary political figures, are tossed into the bonfire. Why, you may ask? Well, here is a bit of history– The beginnings ~ Guy… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ R and S flowers

Floriography ~ R and S flowers

Today I’m bringing the seventh installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers Floriography L and M flowers Floriography… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ N, O, and P flowers

Floriography ~ N, O, and P flowers

Today I’m bringing the sixth installment in my study into Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. Past posts can be read by clicking these links– Floriography history & A and B flowers Floriography C and D flowers Floriography F and G flowers Floriography H, I, and J flowers Floriography L and M flowers    … Continue Reading