Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…President Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, a small town in northwestern Illinois 🇺🇸

Happy Groundhog Day

Today in American history…Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow for the first time in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2, 1887.

According to the tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on February 2nd and sees their shadow, they gets scared and run back into its burrow which predicts six more weeks of winter weather.

No shadow means an early spring.

This morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter for 2021 ❄️⛄️

Mrs Grant’s Roman Punch

When Julia Grant was First Lady, she had the White House serve elegant 29-course meals and the menus were all done in French cuisine (much like Jacqueline Kennedy in later years).

It was said that people had to actually get up and take an intermission before they could finish – how could one possibly eat 29 courses!

Mrs Grant’s favorite beverage to serve at such feasts was her Roman Punch.

Here is a recipe for Roman Punch inspired by Julia Grant:

1 quart lemon sherbert
1 cup rum
1 split (about 3/4 cup) champagne, iced.

Place sherbet in chilled bowl. Slowly mix in rum. Quickly add champagne.

Serve in sherbet glasses.

Happy 5th Anniversary to Us 🇺🇸

Happy 5th Anniversary to The Historical Homemaker! On a wintery and cold afternoon five years ago (much like today) I was contemplating on how I would love to do something to share my love of American history with others and hence…The Historical Homemaker was born. It’s been a lot of fun sharing my love of history with you and thanks for following me throughout the years.

Here’s to another 5 years! 🇺🇸

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Painting of Betsy Ross sewing the first American Flag. “Birth of the Flag” by Henry Mosler (1841-1920)

Today in American History 🇺🇸

As my husband and I traveled to Woodstock, Virginia earlier today we happened to stumble upon a wonderful historic event celebrating the commemoration of Pastor Peter Muhlenberg who was a brave patriot who decided to take a stand and fight for freedom and liberty.

On this day in 1776, three hundred of his parishioners stood up and joined him and they eventually became the 8th Virginia Brigade who fought for our liberty 🇺🇸

Today in American History 🇺🇸

Today in American history…Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 in New York City.

In 1921 she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for her novel The Age of Innocence.

In 1966 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.