a place setting in time: caramel corn & cracker jack recipe

We aren’t baseball aficionados, but you don’t have to be to appreciate the subject of our Place in Time Post: “The Sultan of Swat”, otherwise known as “The Bambino” or “The Babe”, played his last game of baseball on May 30, 1935 and officially retired on June 2, 1935 after an amazing 22 season career. He played in 10 World Series and hit 714 home runs; a record that remained unbroken until 1974 when “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron hit his 715th home run on April 8th. The Babe hit 60 home runs in one season (1927) of 154 games. It wasn’t until 1961 that Roger Maris broke that record. (This record has always been controversial with fans as Maris played 162 games to The Babe’s 154.)The Sultan of Swat’s career batting percentage of .690 is still the highest in the history of the Major Leagues. In 1936, the Baseball Hall of... Read the Rest →

 

a place setting in time: shortbread pinwheel cookies (the loch ness monster)

The Loch Ness Monster, commonly referred to as Nessie is well known throughout the world. The legend of Nessie’s existence dates back almost 1500 years ago. But, it is on May 2, 1933 that the legend takes on a life of its own. A sighting is reported by a local Scottish Highland couple. The story, reported in the Inverness Courier, is picked up by London papers and, as we say today, it went viral. Those who study the history of the Loch Ness Monster find many references to Nessie that date back to 500 AD. Stones in the area of Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain, reveal carvings, possibly made by the Picts, of a strange water beast. In the 7th century a note made regarding Nessie can be found in the biography of Saint Columba, who saved a man who was about to be... Read the Rest →

 

a place setting in time: i love lucy (birthday) chocolate fudge with walnuts recipe

Lucille Ball made millions of people laugh. She was an outstanding comedienne who made her mark in television, but also was a film, stage and radio actress. She blazed the way for today’s comediennes. On April 26, 1989 the legendary Lucille Ball passed away at the age of 78, leaving behind a body of work that has brought joy to many generations. I Love Lucy, probably her most famous endeavor is one of our favorite TV show. However, Lucille Ball had an impressive career that did not start with that television series. She began modeling in 1929 and worked on Broadway during the same period. She was a radio actress and also had roles in many “B” movies; so many that she was called “Queen of the B’S”. Ever flexible, Ball transitioned to television and became a star. She continued to work in television and film, even becoming the first... Read the Rest →

 

a place setting in time: shakespeare “minced pies”

“Blagged? Speak English to me, Tony. I thought this country spawned the f-ing language, and so far nobody seems to speak it.” Avi (from the movie Snatch) Not the quote you would expect when you are reading about William Shakespeare. However, it is the quote that most of us might have thought of when we were first introduced to the works of Shakespeare. My first encounter with Shakespeare was an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet. I was in 7th grade. Honestly, I didn’t have a clue what I was reading. I muddled through it like the rest of my fellow classmates. In high school I was, once again, given Romeo and Juliet to read, but in its entirety. I had to read Romeo and Juliet in college, as well. With each reading of Romeo and Juliet I understood and appreciated the beauty of Shakespeare’s work more than the last reading.... Read the Rest →

 

a place setting in time: shakespeare "minced pies"

“Blagged? Speak English to me, Tony. I thought this country spawned the f-ing language, and so far nobody seems to speak it.” Avi (from the movie Snatch) Not the quote you would expect when you are reading about William Shakespeare. However, it is the quote that most of us might have thought of when we were first introduced to the works of Shakespeare. My first encounter with Shakespeare was an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet. I was in 7th grade. Honestly, I didn’t have a clue what I was reading. I muddled through it like the rest of my fellow classmates. In high school I was, once again, given Romeo and Juliet to read, but in its entirety. I had to read Romeo and Juliet in college, as well. With each reading of Romeo and Juliet I understood and appreciated the beauty of Shakespeare’s work more than the last reading.... Read the Rest →