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What Jane was thinking about..

jane-plate-2-compressed-20161201_102202Cassandra Austen painted her famous sister, but what was Jane staring at?  I like to imagine she was admiring author Carole Penfield and her husband Perry,  dressed in their regency finery for a JASNA garden party. Perhaps Jane was thinking “what an elegant couple. Perhaps I should write a story about them…”

I ordered these personalized paper plates from Zazzle to celebrate Jane Austen’s upcoming 241st birthday celebration this month..

 

Rabbit Stew for Thanksgiving Dinner?

pots-on-hearthWith Thanksgiving looming, my mouth waters with thoughts of turkey and traditional trimmings.  In 17th century Normandy, Thanksgiving was not celebrated as we know it today, but Delphine Dupres enjoyed concocting new recipes for her family to enjoy.  In Chapter 7 of Midwife of Normandy, Clare receives a skinned rabbit as payment for delivering a baby and she gives it to Delphine to make ragout du lapin. If you are feeling adventurous, you may wish to cook a rabbit stew instead of turkey this year. Here is a recipe I found on the internet.  Just don’t use the mushrooms from the cellar at Maison Dupres!

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/rabbit_stew_with_mushrooms/

Nothing Like a New Hat to Lift one’s Spirits

I love to find hats that remind me of the 17th and 18th centuries. Here is my newest acquisition.  I can imagine Clare Dupres wearing it to tea at Chateau Montjardin. I found it at a local consignment shop, not ten minutes from my home. Perhaps I will wear it to the Author Book Fair at the Beaver Creek Library on January 28th where I will be signing copies of Midwife of Normandy.georgian-hat-compressed-2

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