Author Archives: The Historical Homemaker

National Dog Day 🐶

Today is National Dog Day. This was President Lincoln’s dog, Fido. Fido was a favorite companion to the Lincoln family during their years in Springfield prior to President Lincoln’s presidency. Fido was left in the care of a neighbor when the family moved to The White House.

President Lincoln gave the neighbor an old sofa for Fido to lay on which was a favorite of Fido’s and also gave instructions that Fido be allowed to go wherever he wanted to in the house and to be fed scraps from the family table.

In the Kitchen Today…Jackie Kennedy’s Hot Fruit Dessert

Have you ever wondered what former First Lady and President Kennedy enjoyed eating? Besides the usual favorite of President Kennedy which was his recipe for Fish Chowder or Mrs Kennedy’s famous waffle recipe. the White House chef often made this delicious dessert composed of fruit – baked in the oven. I envision fruit best served as a cold and refreshing dessert but Mrs Kennedy often served this Hot Fruit Dessert to her guests and family.

For the recipe just click here.

It was a simple recipe to make and is something you can make in your own kitchen and dine like President and Mrs Kennedy!

Happy Birthday, Frances Cleveland 🇺🇸

Today in American History…Frances Cleveland was born on July 21, 1864 in Buffalo, New York. She was the wife of President Grover Cleveland and was the First Lady from 1886-1889 and again from 1893-1897. She became the First Lady at the young age of twenty-one and still remains the youngest First Lady in American History.

The Cleveland family enjoyed simple American food – nothing fancy for them! For desserts they enjoyed a plain frosted cake or their favorite cookie which was Snickerdoodles.

So in honor of Frances Cleveland’s Birthday, we made a batch of Snickerdoodles in our kitchen while using the delicious recipe for Snickerdoodles from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Today in the Kitchen…Nancy Reagan’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

We found this delicious piece of history while researching today and stumbled across it while looking online here

These are the simple ingredients we used today! See if you have them in YOUR kitchen and bake like a First Lady 🇺🇸
Mix all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl (except for the pecans)
Now add the pecans on top and bake! Make sure your oven is pre-heated to 350 degree. We baked the pie for 40 minutes and it was perfect. Enjoy!