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Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.

Victorian Rag Ball - Tutorial

In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)

Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!

Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)  And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Salted Almonds – Historical Recipes

Roasted salted almonds – an easy, satisfying snack – were already popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Salted Almonds - Historical Recipes

‘At intervals about the center were cut glass and fancy china dishes of pimolas, salted almonds, and pecans, and pink and green confections, with little fancy Venetian salt dishes conveniently near the plates.’ (The Home Science Cook Book, 1902)

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, salted almonds were served at formal dinners, such as at Christmas dinners: ‘Salted almonds make a nourishing side dish at luncheon, or for dessert.’ (Meals Medicinal, 1905) Continue reading Salted Almonds – Historical Recipes

Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.

Victorian Quince Paste - Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Quince paste – also called quince candy, quince cheese and quince jelly candy – is an old-fashioned Christmas candy. It has a beautiful reddish color and tastes like a sweet version of quince jelly. It takes some time to make quince paste at home but it’s so worth it and you’ll only need three ingedients: quinces, sugar and lemon juice! Continue reading Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Kernels & Cherry Pits

Noyaux, marzipan, amaretto, kirschwasser, cherry jam – there are a lot of recipes that are made with apricot kernels, peach kernels or cherry pits!

30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Leaves & Cherry Pits

Just recently I found out that apricot kernels, cherry pits, peach kernels and peach leaves can be used as natural bitter almond flavoring. ‘Families should always save their peach-kernels, as they can be used in cakes, puddings and custards.’ (Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, 1836, p. 56) And even if the kernels contain amygdalin, which turns into cyanide in the body, it’s safe to consume food prepared with kernels if it’s cooked or baked before eating (more about it here).

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Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer Heat – Edwardian Decor Ideas

Keep cool and beat the heat – how Edwardians kept their home cool in the summer!

Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer Heat - Edwardian Decor Ideas
Edwardian summer room decor, 1910

‘The woman who must stay in the city all summer, or can leave town for a bare two weeks when her husband gets his vacation, should put her wits to work to make her house or her apartment look as cool as possible – for the appearance of coolness leads us to imagine that the thermometer is really lower than it is.’ (Chicago Tribune, July 1909) Continue reading Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer Heat – Edwardian Decor Ideas

10+ Vegan Pie Crust Recipes

14 delicious pie crust recipes – all vegan (dairy-free & egg-free), most are nut-free and two even gluten-free! Vegan pie crusts made with aquafaba, red palm or coconut oil, cocoa butter or olive oil, raw nut butter or nut flour.

10+ Vegan Pie Crust Recipes

I tried all the vegan pie crust recipes and they were delicious! Of course, they’re different than butter-based pie crusts: The coconut pie crust tastes of coconut, the cocoa butter pie crust tastes of chocolate and the almond pie crust tastes slightly of almonds. The boiled pie crust and the pasta dough pie crust aren’t as flaky as a pie crust made with butter. The chickpea flour pie crust is only for savory pies and the palm oil pie crust is bright yellow!

My favorite vegan pie crusts are the aquafaba pie crust, the hazelnut pie crust and the pie crust with soy milk and lemon juice. The aquafaba and soy milk lemon pie crusts are just as flaky as an all-butter pie crust and they have a neutral taste – perfect for all kinds of pies! And the hazelnut is delicious with fruit pies, such as blackberry pie, apple pie or juneberry pie, and if you have pie dough leftover you can turn it into hazelnut cookies or dog treats. Continue reading 10+ Vegan Pie Crust Recipes

Victorian Orange Ice Cream – Dairy-Free

A delicious and refreshing homemade ice cream on hot summer days – this Victorian orange ice cream is dairy-free and easy and fast to make with just 4 ingredients!

Victorian Orange Ice Cream

This orange ice cream is a Victorian recipe: it was published in The Home Cook Book in 1877. Give the Victorian orange ice cream a try – it’s so creamy and so delicious, it tastes of summer! And you need just 4 ingredients for the homemade orange ice cream: oranges, sugar, water and egg whites! Continue reading Victorian Orange Ice Cream – Dairy-Free

Victorian & Edwardian Travel Accessories

Victorian & Edwardian Travel Accessories
‘It is a delightful experience to sit in a comfortable, two-horse victoria at the door of the Hotel Toblach, while the driver gathers up the reins preparatory to starting either for Cortina or for the charming intermediate halting-places – Schluderbach and Landro. […] Huge domes and spires, really miles away, seemed close at hand; and like the desert air in purity was the breeze which now and then swept downward from them to refresh us as we drove along.’ (The Dolomites, 1901)

Victorians and Edwardians were fond of traveling. ‘The Grand Tour’ – a travel through European countries – was a popular travel to finish the education of wealthy young adults. Italy and Greece were the most popular travel destinations, and some even traveled to the Far East! The advent of the railroad and steamships in the Victorian era made traveling much easier. In the Victorian era, there were already unchaperoned traveling women, such as Ida Pfeiffer – the travel blogger of the Victorian era! 😉 Continue reading Victorian & Edwardian Travel Accessories

Bend Eyes Into Bars – DIY Hook And Bar Closure

Turn Eyes Into Bars - DIY Hook And Bar Closure

It’s easy to turn store-bought hook and eye closures into hook and bar closures. In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make a DIY hook and bar closure.

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Hook and eyes and hook and bars are a great way to fasten your garments: I use them on skirt waistbands, as vintage dress closure together with snaps instead of a zipper closure (picture below) and as secure and historical accurate closure for my Victorian bodices. Continue reading Bend Eyes Into Bars – DIY Hook And Bar Closure

Victorian And Edwardian Easter Candy & Desserts

Victorian And Edwardian Easter Candy And Desserts
Edwardian Anniversary Cake Decorated With Flowers (A New Book Of Cookery, 1912)

 

Easter Cake With Candied Violets And Pistachio Nuts

‘The natural colors of violets and pistachio nuts unite to furnish a most attractive and somewhat showy decoration.

Wash a cup of butter in cold water to remove the salt, Continue reading Victorian And Edwardian Easter Candy & Desserts