Hot cross buns have come a long way since its humble beginning. Many cultures such as the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used to make sweet and spiced breads during the onset of spring to celebrate the end of winter and the start of a new season. However, it is said that the … [Read more...] about Why Do we Eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter?
About Mothers Day In North America Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Currently, there are close to 70 countries that officially celebrate Mother’s Day, but at different times of the year. In the UK, it is called "Mothering Day" and falls on the fourth … [Read more...] about Adjusting Mothers Day Traditions Amid Social Distancing
March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day (aka St. Patrick’s Day, St. Paddy’s Day, St. Patty’s Day), a cultural and religious holiday that celebrates the life of Saint Patrick, who died on that date way back in the fifth century. Patrick has endured as the most commonly recognized … [Read more...] about Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home this Year
Amid all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it may help to realize we are in familiar territory. Downton only briefly touched on the horrors of the Spanish Flu of 1918-19 in S02E8 resulting in the death of Lavina, paving the way for Matthew and Mary's love story to play out. … [Read more...] about Deja Vu? COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu
Happy Birthday Isabella Beeton, best known as Mrs. Beeton, the Victorian Domestic Goddess. Her cookbook Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management published in 1861 when she was only 23, was an instant success. It sold a whopping 2 million copies in 1868. March 12 marks her … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday, Mrs. Beeton–The Victorian Domestic Goddess