A fascinating memoir of life as a lady's maid in a big house in the 1930s, covering the beauty of the house, the housing of royals escaping the Nazis, the hard work of staff, and the experience of joining the army to serve a Countess
Hilda Newman was a maid to Lady Coventry at the Worcestershire stately home of Croome Court in the 1930s. In her fascinating memoir of life below the stairs (as well as glimpses from inside the big house), she reveals what it was like living and working in the 18th Century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by parkland landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. During World War II Croome Court housed the exiled Dutch Royal Family, who escaped the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. It was also the top-secret RAF base Defford, where radar was developed and repairs were carried out on aircraft fighting in the Battle of Britain. Hilda remembers life both upstairs and down, from the grand long gallery designed by Robert Adam and the tapestry room (since removed and transferred to the Metropolitan Museum in New York), to the hard labor demanded of serving staff and what it was like in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women's branch of the British Army, which she joined to serve the Countess in 1940.
Dinner in a Flash provides ideas for a quick, tasty, and economical dinner on busy days. Frankly, we never have much time in most days. With the usual 9-5 job, or a full family (or even both), and the hectic day to day life that interferes with our schedules, there's hardly ever any time to actually sit down and have dinner, much less actually work to create an appetizing meal. Even if there was, just the thought of the all the work and the clean up afterwards is enough to drive anyone to microwave meals or fast food. Dinner in a Flash (Fast Food From Home) with 30-minute meals is the savior to moments like this. Almost every dinner recipe mentioned in this book can be fixed in 30 minutes or less (and that's from start to table). That's better than the time it would take to drive to a fast food restaurant and wait for your order! Even better, the number of dishes used has been kept to a minimum so you can spend less time cleaning, and more time eating. Recipes include a recipe for the classic chicken and rice combination, a quick way to make lasagna, and even two easy ways to enjoy pork chops. Isn't it time to enjoy a nice dinner with your family? A dinner that tastes better (and costs less) than greasy fast food or microwaved frozen meals?
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Conscious Dinner Parties ... A Girlfriend's Guide to 9 Transformational Gatherings is written for conscious females of all ages who love to learn, grow and spend time in their kitchens. This riveting keepsake inspires women to cook healthy, gourmet dishes with loads of excitement. It's the perfect gift.
Nine influential dining experiences are innocent teaching tools for personal transformation and spiritual growth. The first seven dinner parties are carefully designed. The last two events are an invitation for inner exploration and creativity--the Mystery Parties.
Discover your true nature and conscious contribution in the company of favorite friends. Be the best girlfriend in this life. Surround yourself with other spiritually conscious women and initiate a bond of sacred sisterhood. Nothing is more important than creating time to nurture healthy relationships and share the love.
It's time to party with a purpose.
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