The Weekend Time Traveler

The Weekend Time Traveler

When I was growing up there were two camps and three second homes on our road.  One of the camps belonged to my grandmother who was, likely, one of the few people who could walk from their first home to their second when it came time to air it out in the spring.  My grandmother’s camp was occupied summer and
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Bree’s Blue: To Dye With Indigo

Bree’s Blue: To Dye With Indigo

If you can only have one Outlander Adventure… make it dying with indigo. Bree made herself a blue wool dress, using indigo to dye the wool.  Which made me wonder.. what color was Bree’s dress? That’s simple, indigo blue, right?  Well.. not necessarily. I’ve kept a flock of sheep for decades… and have never dyed with indigo.
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18th Century Spices: Ginger

18th Century Spices: Ginger

While I haven’t fallen through any stones lately I have 18th century days. And this was definitely one of those days.  Fresh ginger root is, along with lemons, one of those basics we just expect to find in the grocery.  In fact, it is one of those items you’d have expected to find in a marginally stocked store
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18th Century Ginger Beer.. the improvement on Lizzie’s Hellbrew

18th Century Ginger Beer.. the improvement on Lizzie’s Hellbrew

The 18th century householder was on a first name basis with two things rarely found in a modern kitchen: patience, and active yeast fermentation. Since this is New England, and New England is not a warm and cozy place a good 8 months out of the year, chances are your average householder was quite friendly with
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18th Century Solutions:  Waterproofing Boots

18th Century Solutions: Waterproofing Boots

These are my winter boots. They were new last year, pardon the grubby appearance, I wear them as barn boots. This is not something the manufacturer likely would approve of.  My little boots are from a Swedish company and are called Icebug  Their claim to fame, and why I love them, is they have carbon steel studs
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18th Century Pocket Soup and other portable comestibles

18th Century Pocket Soup and other portable comestibles

The whole world is counting down the days to the release of Diana’s latest in the Outlander series: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood and I’m among the lucky ones who have a ticket to the book’s launch in Seattle.  Which means I’ll be journeying from Vermont clear across the country to Seattle. A perfectly mind-boggling distance,
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Keeping it Together: Ribbons and Tapes in the 18th Century

Keeping it Together: Ribbons and Tapes in the 18th Century

From a wedding scene to the court of Paris, to Jamaica to the Colonies… Outlander, and the 18th century, is bound together with ribbons and tapes.  Whether part of a marriage ceremony, a necklace (for a jet fish) or a bit of finery purchased as a token of love, ribbons and tapes hold the 18th century
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Seeing Clearly: The 18th Century Window

Seeing Clearly: The 18th Century Window

At 0°F snow squeaks, fingers sting, and we give up trying to heat the farmhouse.  If we can keep the pipes from freezing and popping, it’s a good day.  Once it dips into single digits sitting in my office becomes an exercise in endurance which requires a coat, hat, and fingerless mitts. Getting oneself off
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The Cup Half Full: 18th Century Chocolate

The Cup Half Full: 18th Century Chocolate

There’s so much you can blame on Outlander. For example, my new obsession with hot chocolate.  Had I never found Outlander I would never have found Outlander Kitchen and her interpretation of Hot Chocolate. You’d think, as a denizen of northern New England, I’d have grown up on hot chocolate, and you’d be right.  A day
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Colonial Blueberry and Blackberry Cordials

Colonial Blueberry and Blackberry Cordials

I have a confession to make.  I don’t like whisky.  And as if that isn’t bad enough, I don’t care for red wine or brandy either. I’m going to get drummed out of the Outlander Fan Club.  I just know it. Fortunately this year I’m buried under a bumper crop of berries.  The blueberries are
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