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18th Century Hand Pomade for Winter: A Hand Cream Recipe

18th Century Hand Pomade for Winter: A Hand Cream Recipe

I’ve been using Claire’s Cold Cream for a couple of weeks now, and I’m still amazed at how well a 1779 recipe for cold cream performs in 2013.  It makes a lovely night face cream, and easily substitutes for any body cream I’ve used, leaving appendages smooth and silky.  It’s quite impressive. What it won’t do is hold
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“Well not that bad, really.” : Claire’s Cold Cream

“Well not that bad, really.” : Claire’s Cold Cream

It was something of a revelation to me to realize, when I hit the half century mark, my husband’s vision is deteriorating in direct proportion to my looks.  As crinkles appear around my eyes, and lines cross my brow, my dearly beloved’s eyeglass prescription is climbing ever higher.  I figure by the time I’m a
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The Other Outlander Bracer: Tea

The Other Outlander Bracer: Tea

Last Night 3 Cargoes of Bohea Tea were emptied into the Sea. This is the most magnificent Movement of all. There is a Dignity, a Majesty, a Sublimity, in this last Effort of the Patriots, that I greatly admire. —John Adams diary entry from December 17, 1773 While whiskey is Claire’s bracer of choice Outlander is awash in
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The Lallybroch Lather: soap at home in the 18th Century

The Lallybroch Lather: soap at home in the 18th Century

Claire, returning to Lallybroch with Jamie, knows Jenny is suspicious of her… and the proof is in the soap she’s been given to use.  Instead of the brown homemade wood ash lye soap everyone else makes do with, Claire is given a bar of French milled soap. By the time Jamie and Claire return to Lallybroch,
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Lord John Grey’s Felted Wool Mittens

Lord John Grey’s Felted Wool Mittens

One of my favorite characters is Lord John, who is currently on the edge of Quebec (at least on my Kindle reader he is), in The Custom of the Army (Novella): An Outlander Novella…While Lord John isn’t fighting in the snow, the weather is soon to change on him, and New England, as I type
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