Recipes

St. Valentine’s Day

In honor of St. Valentine's Day I thought I would share some fun history on how it was celebrated on the frontier.   Today Valentine’s Day is primarily considered a romantic couples holiday, but in the 1800s both private and public celebrations were held. Churches, lodges, hotels, and private individuals held St. Valentine’s Day parties. Hostesses decorated with red and pink cupids and hearts with arrows gracing the walls and windows. Whether together or apart, pioneers on the Western frontier carried on the tradition of celebrating St. Valentine’s Day in ways not dissimilar to today’s celebrations.   To honor St. Valentine’s Day, the young and old alike sent cards to family members, secret loves, sweethearts, and even teachers. This day of love was also a day when people would take time to send letters to friends letting them know they were thinking of them. Men worried about sending the proper card or gift and girls dreamed of receiving a [...]

By | 2018-02-14T13:04:34+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Recipes, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Picking up a Story I Started in 2008

It's odd being an author in the respect that you never know when and where your next book idea will come from. I often find my stories while I'm researching another.   Back in 2008 I was working on a book about Victorian women in the Wild West and came across an 1886 book by a woman only known as E.M.H. That book has led me on a journey to tell her story about coming to America as a rich English socialite. Ethel grabbed my attention back then, but then other books were pushed to the front of the deadline pile.   Truth be told, I was offered contracts for other books, where I had none with Ethel. However, I believe things happen when they are supposed to, and now it's Ethel's time. I still have no contract for her yet, but I've evolved as a writer since I first began in 1997, and think it's the right time for [...]

By | 2018-02-05T14:10:40+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments