Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Colonial Cocoa Recipes of the Revolution

Did you know the founding fathers had a version of Hot Chocolate? I discovered this while researching for Dawn of Liberty, my short story collection about Samuel Adams and the Declaration of Independence. I've featured 12 of the recipes I discovered in a cookbook I'm calling Taste of History, but I thought it would be fun to share one of them with ya'll today.

Colonial Cocoa (Drink)
Sam Adams says: Winters are cold in Boston, and there's nothing like sipping a cup of homemade cocoa with my children while curled up before the hearth. I invite you to try it on the next chilly evening.

Yield: 1 Breakfast Cup

2 t of the prepared cocoa
1 t vanilla
1 T Sugar
cold milk
boiling milk
boiling water

Boil about 1c. milk in a small pot, taking special care not to scorch it. Once the milk is hot,
remove from heat.
Put the cocoa sugar and vanilla into a breakfast-cup.
Pour over it sufficient cold milk to make it into a smooth paste
Add equal quantities of boiling milk and boiling water
Stir all well together.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you can get all 12 as a pre-order bonus when you purchase Dawn of Liberty. BUT, you have less than 10 days to get your free copy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

About Those Earrings...

Nineteen forties hairstyles was a primary concern for the cover photos for my Promise For Tomorrow books. What may not be obviously historically wrong is the fact that all three women have pierced ears.

Ear piercing has been performed since ancient times. They’re mentioned in the Bible.
Earrings for women have been in and out of fashion in Europe. When hair and clothing obscured the ears, they lost popularity. During the 16th century, they were more common among men than women. In England, earrings were typically worn in one ear only.
In the western world, ear piercing was popular for women in Victorian times, but lost favor in the early 1900s when screw-back earrings were invented, eliminating the need for piercing. In the 1930s, cheaper clip-on earrings became the rage. During the years of World War II, very few women had pierced ears.
In 1951, Princess Elizabeth (the future queen) had her ears pierced in September, 1951, to be able to wear a pair of pierced earrings she’d received as a gift. Women took note and followed her lead. Within a few years, however, interest dropped, and once again piercing became rare. Not until the late 1960s did piercings revive with the hippie generation.
During the 1970s, interest increased dramatically among women with the invention of the piercing gun. Piercing became a rite of passage for teen-aged girls, and older women chose to pierce their ears because clip-ons do hurt.

Today, the great majority of Western women (around 95%) have pierced ears. Many actresses had their ears pierced on screen, necessitating a single take. On Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, the character of Colleen had her ears pierced for her sixteenth birthday. Doctor Quinn, actress Jane Seymour, performed the piercing using an antique ear-piercing device for historical accuracy.
Others actresses, like Lindsay Lohan, had their ears pierced especially for a role. Their piercings were done off-screen. Lohan had make-up applied to her earlobes to hide the piercings until the on-screen “piercing.”
In my local writers group, I noted only one other woman besides me with unpierced ears. Why don’t I pierce my ears? I abhor needles. Have you had your ears pierced? Why or why not?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekly Windup: Saturday's Winner

The winner of Home to Chapel Springs by Ane Mulligan is...Chappy Debbie!



This Week's Giveaway is: 

Dawn of Liberty- Short Story Collection (ebook) by Amber Schamel

Liberty comes with a price. Can a fledgling nation bear the cost?

British forces advance upon a struggling colonial army. The time of decision has come. Declare independence, or give up the fight. The weight of a nation rests on Samuel Adams' shoulders as he joins the delegates of the Second Continental Congress. Can he raise the cause of Liberty above the fear of the King's wrath in the hearts of his countrymen?

Three riveting short stories follow Samuel Adams as he struggles through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and evokes the Dawn of Liberty.

This giveaway runs through May 30th. Comment on any post between now and then to enter, and remember, the more comments you make, the more entries you earn!

    Winners will be announced in the Weekly Wind-up on May 31st.

 Check out our Prizes Galore Page to see all our giveaways.

 Coming up this week:

Monday: Shirley Raye Redmond
Tuesday: Terri Wangard
Wednesday: Colonial Cocoa Recipe by Amber Schamel
Thursday: Book review by Jennifer Fromke
Friday: Guest James R. Callan
Saturday: Interview with Janet Ferguson

We look forward to hanging out with you this week!


Congratulations to Crystal Barnes who has just released a new Collection with some amazing authors!

Attention, readers! You're invited to a new Facebook group called "All Roads Lead to Texas," created by authors Janice Hanna Thompson, Crystal L Barnes, Marcia Breshears Gruver, Vickie McDonough, and Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner to celebrate the release of their brand new collection, Lone Star Love. ( All week long (from May 23rd - May 27th) you can join us in this room for Texas-themed conversation and lots of chatter with the authors. At the end of each day the "author of the day" will give away one copy of the book (ebook only) and a special gift. You don't have to be present to win prizes, but you do have to pop in and out and leave comments in order to be entered. And don't fret! If you can only visit with us one or two days this week, we'll be happy to have you. Please share the word with your friends. The more, the merrier! And while you're at it, please go ahead and pick up a copy of Lone Star Love, now available on Amazon for only .99! (That's quite a bargain for such a lengthy collection!) You'll adore these tall-as-Texas tales!

Also, my newest book, Dawn of Liberty is now available for pre-order and goes live in less than 10 days!

This short story collection is just in time for the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Check it out here.