A Housewife’s Holiday — The Homestead Blog

by Isis Quan When we think of the 1920s woman, images of the fashionable “It” girl, the budding career woman, or the dauntless suffragist may come to mind. We characterize the ‘20s as a transitional period for women, where stereotypes were challenged and voices were raised in outcry. Undoubtedly, the decade saw the roles of […]…

Tuesday Tips: Tempering Chocolate

Tempering is the process of melting and cooling chocolate so it will be smooth and glossy and perfect for making chocolate-dipped confections. Chocolate that isn’t tempered will look awful and will not properly set-up. For best results, use high-quality dark bar chocolate. On the stove Finely chop 1 pound dark, milk or white chocolate. Combine…

Thursday Treat: Hoot Owl Cookies

Hoot sweet! Aren’t these the cutest? And really easy to make too! Micky’s Hoot Owl Cookies INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup butter 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 4 cups flour 1 cup powdered cocoa 20-25 whole cashews DIRECTIONS Beat sugar, butter eggs and vanilla until…

Writing a Story is Like Making Candy

Both are a Blend of Science and Magic Whether crafting stories or candies, one must begin with some basic rules or recipes; the science part, if you will. Stories begin using the science of language (linguistics), which includes the rules of grammar [phonology (sound), morphology (word structure), syntax (the combination of words into sentences), semantics…

Answering James Lipton’s Ten Questions

On his television program Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton, at the end of each interview, Mr. Lipton asks his guests ten specific questions. Mr. Lipton’s questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire. Who knew there were so many questionnaires, right? At any…

An Epic Adventure Giveaway

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50 Fabulous Pictures of Women’s Street Style from the 1920s

The High Point of street photography started in the 1920s, bolstered by the introduction of the Leica camera. Photographers let themselves be carried away by the flux of the metropolis with its paradoxical, ambiguous universe, and they photographed freely from the hand. Aesthetics changed: What was accidental, casual, surprising, fleeting, and also trivial in urban…

Favorite Quotes from a Few Founding Fathers

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” Our Founding Fathers knew a thing or two about turning a phrase. Here are a few more wonderfully-worded quotes from…