Scented Geraniums Were Stars in Victorian Bouquets

By Barbara Crookshanks Scented geraniums' modest flowers are almost invisible among the big blossoms of their flamboyant cousins...but their fragrant leaves made them the secret stars of Victorian Valentine bouquets. "Once no bouquet was deemed complete without a bit of this fragrant foliage," wrote Louise Beebe Wilder in her 1932 classic, The Fragrant Path. She suggested…
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Pumpkin Spice Season

With the turning of the leaves, coffee fans enthusiastically consume hot lattes, specifically Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which comes with a fan-made acronym: PSLs). This may not matter to some who might be already fed up with the amount of pumpkin-spiced everything, but for those of us who love PSLs, Thanksgiving marks the unfortunate end of…
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Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from Around the World

Making bread from flour, yeast, water/milk and whatever else goes into your recipe is one of the most satisfying things a person of any age can learn, and there are so many good lessons for homeschooling, too. There’s measuring, of course, but there are a lot of little things that baking reinforces. Patience: it takes time…
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