Easter Bonnets and Hats

Easter Bonnets and Hats

Credit for the EASTER BONNET in American culture is given to the song “Easter Parade” written in 1933 by Irving Berlin. More on this in a moment, but it must be noted that while partially true, special bonnets or hats for Easter pre-date Mr. Berlin by a long mile and are not an American invention.… CONTINUE READING…

Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs

Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs

The original molded CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG was the product of candy company competition and one man’s dedication to the Quaker philosophy of helping the community. In 1824, John Cadbury opened a small shop in Birmingham, England, specializing in a variety of drinks, including tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate. He was quite successful, particularly with the… CONTINUE READING…

Easter Egg Museums

Easter Egg Museums

The incredible, edible egg! Contrary to rumors of strictly pagan origins, eggs have been associated with Judaism and Christianity for centuries. For example, at the Passover Seder a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem. The truth is, almost every culture and… CONTINUE READING…

Simnel Cake ~ an Easter classic

Simnel Cake ~ an Easter classic

Simnel cake is a light and airy fruitcake widely eaten in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries with patterns of migration from them, associated with Lent and Easter. It is distinguished by layers of almond paste or marzipan, typically one in the middle and one on top, and a set of eleven balls made of the same paste. It was originally made… CONTINUE READING…

Two fun Easter Quizzes

Two fun Easter Quizzes

How about an Easter Week quiz? How about TWO quizzes? All in good fun, as the answers are in spoiler boxes directly below each quiz. How well do YOU know your Easter trivia? Give it a go! The first quiz is on general Easter topics. For the second quiz I turned to the Bible, which… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

This is Part V (the finale) of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, ALL of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

This is Part IV of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, all three of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885 to 1906.… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

This is Part III of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, the previous parts relate the history of the 15 eggs made between… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part I

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part I

With Easter fast approaching, I started searching for topics related to the holiday. Naturally eggs tend to come up, in some way or another, and I do have a couple of interesting egg-centric posts scheduled for next week. In fact, I intended to write a short blog for Easter week on the fabulous Fabergé Imperial… CONTINUE READING…

Mazes Galore! Not all have hedges!

Mazes Galore! Not all have hedges!

Did you honestly think I would stop with hedge mazes? Of course not! MAZE MONTH would not be complete without shining a wee bit of history and light on the plethora of mazes and labyrinths that are not made of foliage. This will be the finale to what has been an absolute delightful topic. I… CONTINUE READING…

Modern & Extraordinary Hedge Mazes

Modern & Extraordinary Hedge Mazes

MAZE MONTH has to end sometime (and tomorrow will indeed be the last post) but as I searched historic hedge mazes I ran across so many astounding structures of a newer creation that I had to include at least one blog about them. The following list is far from complete when it comes to the plethora… CONTINUE READING…