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PARTY ‘TILL YOUR HEELS FLY OFF: MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP (STOP # 28)


Welcome to the mother of all blog tours.

TOUR RULES:
1) HAVE FUN!
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE WORD!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, June 13, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, June 20, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted June 21st! ***
4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW PARTY DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP. PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN~
5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE 🙂

As a participating author, my theme is Summer in the Big House, Old Southern Plantation Recipes~

A gracious welcome to my stately plantation home. Please have a seat in the wicker chairs on the veranda and relax in the shade of the towering live oaks.    Listen to the warbler singing high overhead in the moss-draped boughs and savor the sweetness of jasmine while I serve refreshing mint juleps and peach upside-down cake prepared with old Southern recipes from Charleston Receipts.

This cookbook ‘was first published in 1950 and the oldest Junior League cookbook still in print. It contains 750 recipes, Gullah verses, and sketches by Charleston artists. Inducted into the McIlhenny Hall of Fame, an award given for book sales that exceed 100,000 copies.’

My copy is actually my mother’s book which she purchased in the early 1960’s while our family was on vacation in Charleston South Carolina.  I kind of borrowed it from her and still have it. 🙂

MINT JULEP:

For each cold goblet use:

Several mint leaves, sugar syrup (2-3 teaspoons), Crushed, dry ice, 2 ounces bourbon, 1 sprig mint

Crush leaves and let stand in syrup. Put this into a cold silver julep cup or glass and add ice which has been crushed and rolled in a towel to dry.  Pour in the whiskey.  Stir, not touching the glass, and add a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.~

Peach Upside-Down Cake:

1/3 cup shortening, 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons baking powder,  1  and 2/3 cups flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add remaining ingredients and beat well.  Pour over peach mixture. Serves six.

Peach Mixture: 1/3 cup butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups sliced peaches

Place butter and sugar in a sheet cake pan and heat slowly, stirring constantly until well browned.  Add peaches.  Cover with cake batter, bake 3/4 hour at 350.  Turn out peach side up.   Serve hot or cold with whipped cream.  Other fruits may be substituted for peaches.  ~

For my blog hop prize, I’m giving away an ebook of my Revolutionary War romance novel, Enemy of the King, and Native American historical romance novel Through the Fire.

Blurb for ENEMY OF THE KING:

1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor’s death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won’t give her a choice.~

Blurb for THROUGH THE FIRE:

At the height of the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent––or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man.~

Thanks for visiting me. Leave me a question or a comment here at my blog below. Please also leave your email address so I can notify you in case you are a winner!

THE NEXT STOP ON OUR FUN BLOG HOP IS AUTHOR RACHEL VAN DYKEN SO POP ON OVER TO : http://deliciousromancebyrachel.blogspot.com/2011/06/party-til-your-heels-fly-off-author.html

19th Century Medicinal Treatment From Gunn’s New Family Physician


Gunn’s New Family Physician, written in 1864, is chocked full of information.  Not all of it necessarily helpful to our modern minds, but definitely intriguing. For instance, Gunn’s treatment for Inflammation of the Bowels might raise some eyebrows these days.  He begins by telling the sufferer “to soak the feet in warm lye-water. One should also apply flannel cloths dipped in lye-water and give a large tablespoonful of Castor Oil, with half as much Olive Oil, and half a teaspoonful of Spirits of Turpentine, and repeat it every two hours till an operation on the bowels is effected. ”  *I’m not sure how this last part is administered, but I don’t think it’s applied to the feet.

He goes on to say, “After the second or third dose is taken, it should be aided by an injection of the same with a little warm Milk and Molasses, and a teaspoonful of fruit dissolved in it. If these means, after repeated trials, do not succeed, give more powerful injections, a tablespoonful of the Anti-bilious physic, as much Salt, a teaspoonful of Cayenne, a large tablespoonful of Lard, and a pint of hot Water; add a spoonful Tincture of Lobelia and give the whole, warm, with a large syringe and have it retained a while by external pressure.”

He adds, “In severe cases, it is good treatment to apply to the abdomen hot fermentations made by boiling in vinegar and water herbs as Horehound, Wormwood, Tansy, and Hops, and enclosed in flannel in muslin, to be changed and repeated often.

If the costiveness cannot be overcome put the patient in a warm bath for half an hour. Occasionally leave off the hot fermentation, and apply a large Mustard Plaster over the abdomen. After the bowels have once been opened, a tablespoonful of castor and olive oil may be given once or twice a day, with 15 or 20 drops oil of turpentine in it, to keep them open. A tin of Senna and Manna with a teaspoonful of Epsom salts is also good.”

*I might add, assuming the patient is still breathing after all of this.  I should think he or she would be convulsed in agony.

Dr. Gunn’s Treatment of diarrhea seems to be slightly different.  He says, “The discharges in this complaint are more copious, thin, and watery, than in Dysentery…A predisposing cause of Diarrhea is the action of the summer heat upon the system eating of green vegetables, fruits, corn, cucumbers, and garden vegetables, and indigestible substances, change of water, exposure to damp, cold air, and sudden shock of perspiration, and public are prolific and exciting causes of the complaint.

Where the disease is produced by eating too much, or by eating unwholesome or indigestible food, as is often the case, commence the treatment with a good emetic, composed of equal parts of powdered Lobelia and Ipecac. This will free the stomach of its irritating contents, while at the same time the action of the emetic will check the inordinate action of the bowels, produce a determination to the surface, open the pores of the skin, and excite a more healthy action of the digestive organs. A good emetic will always render the cure more speedy and certain.”  *In case you missed it, he’s giving the diarrhea sufferer a powerful laxative.

There’s more.  “The following remedy has often cured the worst cases, and is said to be infallible. Take a quantity of old, rusty, well-smoked, fat Bacon, slice it and fry, so as to fry out the grease, enough to make 1/2 pint of grease; at the same time slice into it, while frying, two or three good-sized Onions; when done, pour off, and of this take 1 tablespoon once a day, or half that quantity twice a day, in a liquid state. I have been assured that it is a sovereign remedy, and I know no doubt but it is good. It has cured the “Mexican” and “California Diarrhea” when all other means had failed.

A friend of mine also cured himself of a most inveterate Diarrhea, of many months standing, after trying everything else he could have of, by simply eating, once a day, as his dinner, a slice of raw, smoked Bacon-side, a raw Onion, and plenty of Salt, and Bread. It required only about two weeks to effect the cure. The remedy is not bad to take, if one is hungry.”

*Bacon grease and onions as a cure for diarrhea are a profound concept that I would never ever chance upon.  I wonder if Dr. Gunn ever tried any of his treatments himself or if he was in annoyingly good health until the end of his days?

Old Southern Recipe for Huckleberry Muffins


HuckleberriesFrom the Charleston Receipts Book published in 1950:

2 cups flour

1/4 cup shortening *(I imagine you can substitute oil)

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 cup huckleberries or blueberries

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons baking powder

1-2 eggs

Sprinkle some of the flour over the berries.  Sift the rest of the flour with other dry ingredients.

Melt shortening and combine with milk and beaten egg yolks.

Mix dry and liquid mixtures quickly and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.  *(I’m assuming the berries go in last)

Bake 30 minutes in 400 degree oven.

*I remember my late uncle, Augusta County, VA native, RW Moffett, describe his annual treks into the mountains to pick huckleberries while keeping a sharp eye out for bears and rattlesnakes.  I suppose it made the berries that much sweeter.  He knew where the best patches were and had good friends among the mountain people.