book review

Love is All Around

It’s no secret that I’m burning through the boxes of paperbacks like it’s nobody’s business. Today’s book? Love Is All Around by Lori Devoti.

Heat Level: ♥

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Overall Rating: 3/3 Glass Slippers

Patsy has lived in Daisy Creek her whole life and is sick to death of life in the small town. While she bags groceries to pay the bills, she hopes her web design skills will be her ticket to greener pastures. Daisy Creek is dying and she’ll be damned if she gets trapped in a dust bowl where there are no jobs and nothing to do. But there’s one kink in her plan to escape…Will.

Will’s hit the big time. Since he moved away from Daisy Creek, he managed to make quite a bit of money. But he never felt at home in the big city. He liked the closeness and simple living of Daisy Creek. However, there’s one thing that isn’t simple in that small town…Patsy.

This book was alright, but it was missing something. Patsy was relatable and hilarious and honestly way more interesting than Will. He was just lacking the development I would have wanted for the hero of a romance novel this length. I wanted sparks and excitement, but it just fell a little flat. Overall, not a bad book, just not one I’d seek out again.

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What I Learned From Outlander

Over the past few years, I’ve been completely taken over by Outlander. I have a slight obsession with Dougal, while most people would leave their own personal Franks for the chance to look under Jamie Fraser’s kilt. While we clearly all watch Outlander for the history, there have been some other things that I’ve learned along the way. Here’s a comprehensive list…maybe you’ll learn something from me.

  1. It’s now okay to hear voices, but only if they come through stones. Otherwise, you’re still crazy…or a witch. stones
  2. Speaking of witches, I also learned that vaccine scars will kill you faster than the actual disease.
  3. However, whipping scars…now they won’t kill you. In fact, whipping scars are very useful.
  4. On the other hand, sometimes diseases can be used to your advantage.
  5. Sleeping with, excuse me, marrying the second in command is the way to go. When he overthrows number one, you’ll rule. Er, you’ll help him rule. married
  6. The way to get your man isn’t by giving your honey pot away–your life has to be at risk. That whole damsel in distress thing is the clincher. It works even better, if once you have him, your independent woman side comes out.
  7. If you think a ghost is watching your wife, it’s probably time to force her to leave.
  8. Always befriend your man’s sister. Only she can help prevent those hussies from coming around. Jenny
  9. It’s never to late to reconnect with the love of your life. However, you may have to deal with some leg hair first.
  10. The saying may be, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” but I think “When in France, do as the French do” is better. 
  11. If you’ve kept your daughter’s father a secret for most of her life, don’t be surprised when she get’s pissed…especially if she’s a red head. bree
  12. Never take your mother for granted. You have no idea what she went through to have you…(in this case though, we know she went through the stones).
  13. Smoozing multiple men is one of the best ways to assure loyalty… and gifts. Lots of shiny presents.
  14. If you are curious about time travel, killing someone may not be the only way to accomplish it. I would consider continuing to look for a way. Karma catches up to you.
  15. Always shout out your skills when dealing with kings, lairds, and chieftains. They may find use for you, even if you are a spy.
  16. If you wish to see a King, just hope he had plenty of fiber that day. In fact, maybe send him some fiber the day before to prepare. It should be number two on your list.
  17. Being known for your beauty is one thing, but being known as a badass who can curse you is even better.
  18. When you have an open marriage, try to set rules and boundaries so no one get’s hurt…or crashes a graduation party.
  19. A red coat is not a fashion statement. If the red coats are coming, they are not referring to a trunk sale. Run the other way. black jack
  20. Never underestimate a good dog. They’re quite handy to have around.
  21. Speaking of being handy, when stealing, it’s vital to be crazy sneaky. You certainly wouldn’t want to ask anyone for a hand.
  22. If you find out there’s a slim chance that the love of your life didn’t die on a battlefield, maybe hire a private investigator. They know everything, that’s why their hair is so big. Or research yourself until you’re sure.research
  23. Never assume someone was taken by faeries. They may be tricky, but they aren’t malicious. This goes for adults and children.
  24. If you must travel all around, bring an accountant. They may not be able to fight with a sword, but their words are pretty dangerous, especially when written down.
  25. Finally, I learned that waiting is the worst thing to ever happen to a Sassenach. Book 10…we’re ready.

The next episode of Season 3 is starting soon! How do you think it’s going so far? I mean, I know we haven’t gotten to the print shop scene, but I’m enjoying it. What has your favorite part been so far? Comment below.

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And maybe check out Kelsey’s review of the special Outlander themed WeeBox, a subscription box straight from bonny Scotland. Check it out HERE!

About the Authors

Sarah Fischer and Kelsey McKnight met in college and haven’t stopped talking to each other since. Sarah works a day job doing background investigations which is a fancy way of saying she gets to be nosy for a living. Kelsey runs two non-profit organizations and raises the most precious child on the planet. However, at night, they turn into two saucy romance novelists.

Sarah writes college romances that would make Mrs. Fitzgibbons blush. Roger and Bree would definitely approve.

They can be found HERE

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Kelsey writes Scottish Historical Romances. No, it isn’t Outlander, but her stories have men in kilts, ladies in elegant dresses, and overwhelming drama. She also has a contemporary romance that plays with contracts, love, money, and business. Kelsey and Sarah also both have short stories in the anthology Craving Bad. It’s filled with bad boys and the girls they love.

They can be found HERE

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WeeBox

You’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting, the world‘s been waiting, for the latest WeeBox. That’s right, they’ve finally released the exclusive and limited edition Outlander themed box. It’s a little purple package filled with all sorts of Outlandish fun, straight from Scotland.

As before, I was really impressed with what came inside this box. Everything was cute, usable, and worth the money. And what’s also nice about it is that it’s not just full of cluttery knickknacks you’ll never use or appreciate. Here’s an itemized list of everything that came in my special purple box:

  • A delightful Outlander bag by WeeBox, filled with words and quotes we all recognize
  • A cute little bag of heart-shaped tablets by Sixpenny Blue that would satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • A whisky barrel candle holder by Whisky Wood Scotland, in which the tea light can be replaced, so this little holder can have a long life
  • An official Outlander mortal and pestle set with a book of quotes, so you can pretend to be a witch every time you muddle up some mint leaves for a strong brew
  • A print of Scottish standing stones by artist Kevin Hunter that will look perfectly in place on your mantle

Everything I got was just so much fun and even my daughter got into the action, “sharing” the candy with me and taking the Outlander bag to use for all her ballet gear! I say she’s chosen a lovely little, durable, machine washable bag to take back and forth. My child has wonderful taste!

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While the WeeBox is fun and a nice gift to give and receive, the company also tries to give back when they can. Their most recent philanthropic endeavor is participating with The Yard, a disabled children’s charity. I found this particularly heartwarming since my own younger brother is mentally handicapped and was helped in his youth by many similar organizations.

Each month has a different, fantastic theme that celebrates some aspect of Scottish culture or history. For example, in the past they’ve had a Highland Games box while the next on deck is one that gives a wee nod to the St. Andrew’s celebrations!

Learn more about the WeeBox by visiting them on any of their pages!

  • Visit their website HERE
  • Follow them on Twitter HERE
  • Like them on Facebook HERE
  • Check out their Instagram HERE

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Check out our past WeeBox review and all our other Outlander posts HERE! And if you enjoy my posts, you might like my books. The first three installments of The Scottish Stone Series is available HERE on Amazon.

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Voyager Gift Guide

Season three is here and we’re seeing Voyager come to life! And how should you celebrate this amazing occasion? By getting yourself a little something nice. That’s right, keep the Outlander high going with a gift to yourself, from yourself.
So, here’s a lovely little list of goodies from shops we love, in a variety of prices, and with something from the brawest Scot to the sassiest sassenach.

Fangirl Pixie Jar

You probably saw the product review for this little shop HERE a few weeks ago, but the owner of Fangirl Pixie Jar is still letting you shop all her fandom goodies with 15% off until the 20th! These necklaces are already only $12 so 15% off is a major cut. Just use the code MIDNIGHT15 and grab these beauties, or even get a custom piece done! There are a variety of Voyager quotes to choose from, just reach out!

Petrey Cuts

The owner of this store is an actual Outlander fan, which you can see by some of her work. They do custom pieces as well as the classic monograms. So if your car is missing a little something or your reusable coffee mug for work needs some spice, check out their page HERE!

Outlandish Obsessions

Here’s a shop where you can buy quality Outlander goodies at a price that won’t hurt your pocket. Dealing in mostly keychains, which start at $5, there are also several charm bracelet and earring sets for you to peruse. Check out all the listings HERE!

Canterbury Candle Co.

I love candles and probably have at least one in every room in my house. Scents have the ability to transport us to new places, which is why it’s always great to light one up when you open Outlander and can literally smell the forget-me-note and highland hills. Grab this Outlander inspired candle set HERE or pick them up individually!

Cartaban Cards


Who here doesn’t like fun prints? This shop has this print on antique style paper that would look at home on any wall. They also vary book covers for others in the series and different books for all reading fans. Visit this shop HERE!

Coconut Garden

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I think there are many readers that identify with this mug. It has a delicate design and a witty little quote to put a smile on your face when you pour that first cup of coffee in the morning. Grab yours for $12 HERE!

Outlander Themed Charm Bracelets and Other ThingsThis store is a mouthful, and their charm bracelets a literal handful! They offer a small, but durable and carefully made, collection of Outlander inspired jewelry that is decently priced and beautiful. See their entire collection HERE!

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This shop is much larger than the others, but carries a huge collection of Outlander phone cases. There’s Jamie in a kilt, Claire and Jamie in steamy embraces, and tons of quotes. Check them all out HERE!

Outlander Scarves Art

This shop makes beautiful Outlander inspired scarves with permission for Diana Gabaldon herself! They start at $60, but if you’re a scarf lover like me, that’s a small investment to make for something you can enjoy for years to come. See more at the etsy shop HERE!

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This cape is perfect for fall and has the same feel of Claire’s cape that we’ll see in season three. You might think this coat will be super expensive, but it’s only $50! Really a steal, if you ask me. See if it’s something you might rock this year HERE!
And we see so many people going to check out this specific dress from a previous post that we wanted to add it once again to this list. Get the Claire inspired white dress below for $40 HERE!

We have many more gift guides, quizzes, and articles for you to read HERE!

And if you like my Outlander posts, you might enjoy my historical romance series that takes place in Victorian England and Scotland. Check them all out HERE!

 

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Outlander Premier Feels

If you’re anything like me, you watched the Outlander season three premier expecting to ugly sob, scream at the TV, and frantically text your friends that you were miserable and excited at the same time. I mean, I read the series multiple times, but I still watched on the edge of my seat.

Well, I can’t just stop at harassing my BFFs to bring me whisky to drown my sorrows, I need to tell the world every single one of my feelings about the premier episode of Voyager. So, if you haven’t had the chance to watch, please run away and maybe check out our Outlander page HERE for some spoiler-free fun.

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When I turned on the TV, it was showing the finale of season two. That’s right, I had to have my heart ripped out again as I prepared to ugly cry…

  • Oh, god. Now the finale. Please…not the finale of season two, I’m still not over it.
  • Please, Claire, stay in Scotland, for the love of all that is good and tartan!
  • Noooooo she went homeeeee!
  • I need some reinforcements to get me through the premier. I’m already a hot mess, minus the hot.

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  • YASSSS I’m hearing that OG Outlander theme song. Chills all over.
  • NOOO I’m seeing chains and all shots of some of the misery Jamie is going to feel on the field and in prison.
  • Claire, get yourself over the sea to…those standing stones and get your man!
  • Ugh, I feel like I’m going to say this a lot, but f*ck those redcoats. I know they’re just doing their job and most would rather not kill a bunch of Scottish guys, but just from seeing them in the intro, I know we won’t be friends.

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  • Well, show officially begins by tearing my soul out while the camera pans over the bodies of the dead and dying. Greattttt.
  • F*ck you, red coats!
  • Someone please help Jamie. He needs a doctor, a drink, and a hug like nobodies business.
  • And F*ck you in advance, Charlie. I know you’re useless.
  • Back to crying.
  • Someone bring me a drink.
  • As someone with a history degree, watching all the screw ups on the battlefield is really painful. I know that the British had the money and the manpower to win, but there were so many mistakes made that lead to the fall of Culloden. And as a person with strong Scottish heritage, it’s weird to be watching what basically forced my family to flee to France and later Ireland before America.
  • Back to sobbing…

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  • YAS, Jamie, you tear that red coat apart with your bare hands. Bathe in the blood of the vanquishes!
  • OMG it’s MURTAGH here to save the day!
  • Oh, wait…this might be the last time we ever see him…
  • Great, now my wine glass is filled with tears of loss.
  • Also, f*ck that red coat right there.
  • And there’s Black Jack “murderous rapist” Randall, here to make things on a bloody battlefield even worse!

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  • Ugh, I hate is stupid, blue-blood guts.
  • Omg Black Jack got a swipe in to poor Jamie’s leg!
  • I hope Jamie gets the satisfaction of killing him…like straight up gutting him.
  • Look, it’s Dream Claire! Save him with your time-traveling love!
  • I’m not crying, you’re crying!
  • Rupert to the rescue! God bless that beautiful, one-eyed man!

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  • Wow…that’s where Claire and Frank are going to be living?
  • How much does he make as a professor?!
  • Like…I know people are really anti-Frank, but my man is really trying.
  • He’s literally doing anything he can to make her happy, but Claire is having none of it.
  • Maybe that’s why the stove doesn’t work. It’s feeding off Claire’s despair and overwhelming grief at losing the love of her life.
  • But the wood work in that house? AMAZING!
  • I think Mrs. Nelson from next door is nice. She’s probably all about having another young, fun lady around to swap laundry and casserole secrets with.
  • Where did Claire perfect her open fire cooking? From her hottie with a body of a second husband, that’s who!
  • And does Frank like surprises? I got seven pounds of baby brewing in Claire’s stomach that says otherwise.

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  • Okay…so where the hell is Murtagh? Where is that crazy, quiet, sassy man we all love so much?
  • Also, Rupert, if you can get an exit, leave. I’ve read the books, but I still have hope you will LEAVE AND NOT GET KILLED.
  • Claire looks so sad…I mean, I had the worst pregnancy, so I can commiserate to a degree, but the added grief she can’t really express must be terrible.
  • And this smarmy, intellectual asshole in the glasses can suck my dick.
  • He’s all, “Ooooh, Frank, you wife can read the newspaper? Mine only reads recipes like a good wife. And women learning how to accomplish historically male-dominated jobs? I’m laughing so hard, I almost spilled my sherry!”
  • I kinda wish Claire straight up stabbed him. She learned from true Highlanders how to kill a man quickly and with minimal mess.

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  • It’s crazy to think that two hundred years in the past, Claire had more respect from men.
  • I’m gonna be real…Jamie wouldn’t have let some guy talk to his wife like that. I’m sympathetic to Frank’s feelings, but he could have said something.
  • Oh…wait…Jamie’s asking for Murtagh. I can’t take it!

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  • Ugh, here are more red coats and their leader looks like one steaming pile of spotted dick, if you catch my drift.
  • Kill all the survivors? Yeah, I hate him.
  • Lord Melton looks a little too pleased at having to slaughter a bunch of wounded Scots.
  • And there’s Rupert bringing the sass. I’m going to miss that so much!
  • Ooooh, Lord Melton is going to let them write letters before being executed. How amazing is he?

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  • I think Claire wants to be that bird…free in the wild.
  • Also, I’m feeling for her. She’s in that stage of pregnancy where you’re huge and don’t really give a shit that tea comes in bags, not tins.
  • It’s really clear that Frank isn’t coming to terms with Claire’s pregnancy. I get that he’s not the bio-dad and all that, but he offered to play daddy.
  • How awkward is this whole exchange?
  • He’s projecting right now. He isn’t really talking about getting citizenship, he’s talking about how he feels Claire left him (England) and everything he fought for (their marriage) so easily and it hurts.
  • But that whole “fucking other people” jab was low, even if it was right and she’s basically punishing Frank for the sin of not being Jamie.

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  • Looks like I can never wear red again without being reminded of this extremely upsetting premier.
  • Melton, let the two kids go. You know they were basically going with the flow. They can’t even grow beards yet!
  • Oh, look, Melton’s being a spotted dick again.
  • We all need a Rupert in the hard times. He’s like a sturdy standing stone.
  • Ugh, Jamie said he can’t write to Claire because she’s gone. I need an adult. Hold me…

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  • Rupert was very underrated in this show.
  • God speed to heaven, you beautiful bastard! You were too good for this world.
  • Don’t cry, Jamie. If you cry, I cry and then we’re all sobbing messes with blotchy faces tomorrow!
  • “I’m sorry, Claire,” he says…I can’t take it.

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  • That couch Frank is sleeping on looks really pretty but very uncomfortable.
  • Hold up. What’s he doing at that desk? A letter?
  • TO THE GOOD REVEREND?!
  • Ugh, what a time for Brianna to decide to be born. Just like Claire’s daughter to do something at an inopportune time.

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  • Here’s Melton again, bringing those good vibes.
  • Look now noble. “No man shall be shot lying down on my watch!”

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  • Now they’re chatting it up about John Grey while Jamie’s bleeding out in a pile of hay.
  • Now Melton says Grey’s his bro and he wants to pay the debt Grey owes Jamie.
  • What a stand up fella (sarcasm).
  • And look at this asshole trying to shoot Jamie under and alias.
  • This is why we can’t have nice things.
  • Oh, look…another man acting like Claire is a coffee table or something.
  • Like, dude, she literally travels through time and parties with some of the biggest names in history.

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  • Suck a haggis.
  • Oops. Claire really just dropped the miscarriage on Frank like that. Ouch.
  • Again, I know Franks not Jamie and all that, but he is trying!
  • And at least they can joke about that ashtray now. Good sign for the future.
  • There’s that historical “twilight birth”!
  • Side note, the show Call the Midwife is all about midwifery during that time period and it’s a great show!

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  • Omg there’s Jenny! Beautiful Jenny!
  • Is that…LALLYBROCH!
  • We’re all finally home.

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  • Give Claire that baby! I know you have her!!
  • Look at that healthy little redhead.
  • Frank, you’re killing me. You’re just trying to love your family!
  • Oh, no. Where did she get that red hair? Talk about salt in the wound.
  • Btw she got it from her da.

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Ugh, you guys. That was a tough watch for so many reasons, but it’s also so nice that the Droughtlander is finally at an end. Now, I don’t know about you, but I need a stiff drink and a hug. Preferably by a tall, red haired, handsome Scot. And if you’re craving more Outlander fun, check out our Outlander page HERE!

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And if you love my articles and quizzes, you’ll probably love my books! The Scottish Stone Series is a collection of romantic novels set in Victorian Scotland and England. All are available in paperback and ebook HERE!

Finally, to celebrate the end of Droughtlander, you should treat yourself to something fun. Fangirl Pixie Jar has amazing custom and ready to wear fandom jewelry, including some inspired by Outlander! You can shop HERE and get 15% off with the code MIDNIGHT15

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A Day in the Life

Diana Gabaldon is a master of mixing business with pleasure when it comes to facts and fantasy. She put a dream guy in a real-life world that we can all immerse ourselves into. But Jamie’s a laird, even though he’s usually on the run. He has friends and relatives in high places that generally keeps him, and his wife Claire, fed and dressed and reasonably housed very often. But what about the common man? What of the farmers and their wives or the lads and lasses who went to the cities to make their fortune?

Today we’re going to chat a bit about about what life was like for those not blessed with a title, a killer bod, or the ability to make us swoon with the swipe of a kilt…

Highland Homes

 

The average Scottish family didn’t live in a manor home or castle like Jamie grew up in. Mostly, they were born, lived, and died in a small hut made of a mud and sand mixture over a wooden frame with a straw roof. There were usually no windows, as the common man couldn’t afford glass, with the only light coming from the front door, the hole in the ceiling that allowed smoke to escape from the center fire, and handmade candles.

If there was money to spare, and you had some strong lads from the nearby village to help you, the home could be made of stone with a small fire place built right into the wall. Some of these sturdier houses have even withstood the tests of time and still have people living in them today! In the winters, if you couldn’t afford a barn or shed for your animals, you’d be sharing some of your living space with your livestock, as the snow in Scotland can pile up!

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And maybe you’d be lucky enough to share your living space with HIM!

Farming

 

The average Highlander relied heavily on milk products for a large part of their diet. So they kept high numbers of cattle, sheep, and goats. Goats in particular thrived in the Highlands, as they could eat anything and still produce milk, although cattle was largely preferred. The butter, cheese, and milk would be used by the family or sold and traded for other goods they couldn’t make themselves. There was also the meat to consider. Every fall, some of the animals would be slaughtered and their meat salted to keep the farmers through the long winter months. And if winter wasn’t kind, the animals could be bled, their blood added to the morning porridge to give added nutrients.

Barley and oats were also a farming staple, providing another large portion of the Highland diet. It could be made into things like porridge, cakes, bread, and then served with a bit of honey or butter. Kale and hemp were also grown, as were turnips and cabbages before the introduction of the potato.

But all these things took money and land, something that was usually controlled by landlords or lower nobles, making the farmers who usually worked the lands, tenants. These tenants would have to pay a portion of their crop to their landlords. Still, if the land was good and there were enough people to work it, a family could make it through the winter…even if it was only on stale bread.

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Clothes 

 

What we see on Outlander are perfectly disheveled Scots in gallant plaid who still look handsome when covered in blood, women with polished buns and clean hems, and the rest of the costumes we’ve all grown to love. Now, the costumes were all carefully cultivated and created to be as historically accurate as possible, save for some tartan shades and the like, but what did the rest of Scotland wear?

Women’s outfits weren’t much different than those in England, Ireland, and the surrounding areas. Mainly consisting of linen shifts and homespun dresses in various colors, married women covered their heads in kerchiefs while the unmarried lasses were allowed to wear theirs down and uncovered. Many women did often wear tartan shawls that was really an all purpose item. It was used for warmth over the shoulders, around the head like a veil, to cover babies and small children, or used as a makeshift pouch to carry things in. They were often bare-footed year round, but sometimes donned leather or deerskin shoes that were similar to the Native American Moccasins in North America.

For the most part, men lived in their kilts, wearing them while working during the way, then using them as bedding at night. But as you can imagine, it wasn’t always easy to do all the farming with a great pile of tartan wrapped around you. So some men wore trews, a sort of leggings that were made of tartan or the usual homespun that made up shirts and dresses. A shorter kilt, that doesn’t have the upper portion that wraps around the shoulder, also came into style in the early part of the 1700s, an item that allowed them more freedom. When not barefoot, leather or deerskin shoes were the thing to wear over stockings. And of course, sporrans were worn, but not every day, as a small pouch of leather would  be normally used instead. Knitted and decorative hats were also worn by men and were often colorful.

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The Average Day

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Highlanders would wake up when the sun rose, getting the most of out daylight hours. The wife/mother would dress and build up the fire while the husband/father would go tend to the animals. A large pot of porridge would be made for the family, who might take it with some milk or honey and some bread. Then the work would begin. If the family was rich enough and the farm wasn’t in need of their help, the sons might be sent to a local Kirk parish school to learn English, Latin, and maybe a trade. The girls could be sent to small women’s classes to learn the finer parts of sewing, cooking, and weaving, but those were skills that could be easily learned in the home. Largely, education among the average Highlander took a back seat to tending the farm and family.

The men and boys would go tend the animals again, butcher meat, work the fields, fix roofs, hunt, fish, and other physical labor. The women and girls would make candles, sew, prepare food for winter, do laundry, and help in the fields when needed. Keeping the farm and home in running order was a task for the whole family.

Lunch might be an oatcake with salted meat and cheese. Wild berries would be added to the mix when they could be picked by the children. This meal was meant to be eaten over a short break in the fields and not savored as other meals might be. And after lunch, the work would resume until the sun began to go down and it was time for supper.

Dinner was made of whatever was fresh in the warmer months, like salmon from the river or some stew made of whatever wild game they could collect. Unless it was winter, they rarely ate any beef, saving it for the colder months when butchering livestock was a necessity. In the winter, their evening meal was made of whatever they managed to preserve like sausages and roasted turnips, a hearty stew of cured meat, onions and carrots, and the ever present oatcake. This was eaten around the table upon low stools, lit by handmade candles.

Then after a final look at the livestock, it was time to sleep, unless there was some form of entertainment to be had like a round of songs and something being played on the fiddle. The parents usually slept in some form of pallet with the children either joining them in the single bed, in a small trundle, or on the floor beside the heath.

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Other Forms of Income

 

If there were too many mouths to feed on the farm, there were other ways of making a living for the middle and lower classes. Boys could be sent to work at other, larger farms, which freed up the boy’s family from the burden of keeping him fed, while ensuring he was being payed and receiving meals at his new post. Girls could be trained as maids and housekeepers, which was an attractive option for many, as they could be nearer to larger cities and a bigger pool of potential male suitors. Apprenticeships can also be bought for boys who had the endurance to be a blacksmith or horse master. The military was also an attractive option, as it offered meals, pay, and lodging. Women who lived closer to villages or larger towns could get work as a laundress, midwife if she had the skill, or a weaver.

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I know, a lot to take in in such a condensed version and it’s only the smallest peek into the life of an average Scot! But I hope it’s given you a look into what it’d be like to live in Scotland. It wasn’t all riding horseback over rolling hills and dinners at the castle, but hard work and simple food to keep the body going. I thought next time I might chat a bit about a Highland wedding. Thoughts? In the meantime, you can check out our other Outlander posts HERE!

And if you like my posts, you’ll love my books. The Scottish Stone Series is a collection of tales set in Victorian England and Scotland. There are handsome Scots, sassy heiresses, British suitors, and plenty of kilts. Book one, Queen of Emeralds is available HERE while book two, The Amethyst Bride, is available HERE!

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Outlander Season 3- “Voyager” Hopes

This post had been up before, almost a year ago, but it seems like there are a lot of people here for a visit today! Let’s bring this oldie but goodie back for a final chat before season 3 begins!

Spoilers to the Max!

Caution: This contains Outlander season 3/Voyager Spoilers! Read no further if you haven’t read the the third Outlander series book!

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Now that you’ve been warned, are you ready to talk about Voyager and what might come in season three of Outlander on Starz?

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We give the show a lot of love, but thought it might be time to talk about the books this week on Outlander Saturday! Since Sarah hasn’t read past book two, I’m here to chat it up with you about my favorite parts in Voyager and what I’m looking forward to seeing in season three on television.

A final reminder, if you hate spoilers, don’t read any further.

♥Jamie’s return to Lallybroch

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It’s going to be sad, seeing Jamie wounded and hiding in Dun Bonnet’s Cave for so many years with only a few books to keep him company. As you probably read on our Legends of Outlander post, there was a real-live man named James Fraser who hid in a care and was nicknamed Dun Bonnet by the cap he wore. Nice connection, Diana!I love seeing history come to life and see how things connect. Something I’m not too thrilled about seeing it when little Fergus get’s caught up in the traitor madness and looses his crafty little hand. I assume more than one tear shall be shed for our tiny adopted Fraser.

♥Friends Foreverrrrr

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Y’all know that this relationship is one for the ages. I’m not saying it’s romantic, you know Jamie only has eternal eyes for Claire, but his friendship with Lord John Grey is going to be one of the cornerstones for the series, moving forward. Without Lord John Grey, Jamie’s time in prison, and his later reunion with his biological son, might never be possible. Although, it looks like they’re setting it up to be more romantic in the show than it was in the books, something I’m not really into, as I think their complicated friendship in the series was compelling and deep. I almost feel like making it sound like a torrid love affair, like in some other blog posts and news stories, cheapens their dynamic relationship. If only the show series could do a chapter an episode!

♥Meeting Geneva

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This is going to be tough for all those who love Claire and Jamie. I’m going to be honest, I think Geneva is a grade A asshole. Blackmailing Jamie into sex was a low blow and the man’s life has been tough enough. I know I’ll have a rage stroke when she throws out the “bang me or I’ll scream rape” card. At least Jamie can see some joy in the terrible union by his son William grow for a few years. But seeing as how happy he was knowing Claire was pregnant when she left, It’ll be tough seeing him watch his child from afar.

♥Baby Jamie

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Jamie and his interactions with his secret son is going to be interesting. Their sweet doings takes up a good chunk of book, and for good reason. We all read, and saw, how into being a father Jamie was when Claire was pregnant with Faith and how important it was for Claire to go back to Frank for the safety of their unborn child. It’s going to be bittersweet to see how young Willie sees a father figure in Jamie and Jamie longs to be close to a child he never thought he’d have, after Claire’s leaving. Their bond in the books might be hard to portray on screen, but Starz has done an awesome job, so far.

♥The Highlight of the Year

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I know for a damn fact that I’m not the only person who ugly cried when Claire went through the stones and later learned that Jamie was alive all along. While I understand that she needed to go for her own safety, it’s like she’s still twenty years too late to their reunion. I’m already preparing myself for the Kim Kardashian-like sobs when she finally sees him in the print shop. I’m also dying to see how well Jamie aged. I’m guessing it’s like a fine, beautifully kilted, wine… although he’ll be unkilted for a lot of the season, and not always in the fun way. The fact that we’ll probably have to wait a few episodes for this glorious meeting adds a certain level of delicious suspense. At least it’ll be a smoother journey for Claire, as Roger and Bree help her get the cash and clothes necessary for a successful jaunt through time. Speaking of Roger and Bree, watching them say goodbye to Claire will be another depressing sight. But, hey, Claire did right by her kid and her promise to Jamie, so she deserves to have some Highlander goodness up in her petticoats.

♥The Scorned Second Wife

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Dis Bitch is right. Ya’ll probably know that I feel Laoghaire is a dirty home wrecking hussy and no one deserves to get lumpy and gross in their old age more than her…well, except for Black Jack Randall… not that he lives long enough for that. Well, anyways, her coming out of the woodwork again to claim Jamie as her rightful husband is something I’m looking forward too. Like, I get how she saw Jamie as the one that got away but, damn girl, have some self respect! I wouldn’t tie myself for a man who was constantly wishing I was someone else, no matter how hot he was. BTW I’m all sour grapes on how Jenny lashes out at Claire and rats to Loaghaire, even thought Claire told her the potato-planting key to Lallybroch’s survival. I hope Loaghaire’s gun-toting dramatics are just as wild on the screen as they are on the page.

♥High Seas Misadventure

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Poor Jamie can’t catch a break. He, along with Claire and Marsali, go to rescue Ian and he’s stuck vomiting with seasickness while Claire is basically kidnapped by the Porpoise, because the ocean has never been kind to Jamie. Like, universe, give the man a break! All he wants is to live the quiet life and plant some crops and make sweet love to his new found wife, not be held captive and taken towards prison. At least he’s conveniently shipwrecked near Claire. Small victories. I’m curious to see how this will play out since, in the book, their oceanic struggles is a large chunk of action.

♥The Return of Geillis

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Gonna be real, I’m pumped for the return of Geillis. I know she’s a murderer, adulteress, and all around baddie, but I’m really excited to see her return in all her crazy glory. You have to admire her vicious tenacity and the way she unraveled thousands of years of legends and myths to learn about time travel. Sure, she could have gone around without human sacrifices, but I admire a bitch with flair. I mean, if she had really been killed before having her son, a certain green-eyed man wouldn’t be able to grace us with his presence! So, sacrifice away, you gloriously creepy time traveler, you!

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Yeah, I know this isn’t every tasty morsel of Voyager goodness, only some of my personal favs. Tell me in the comments, what are you most excited for in season three? And for more Outlander fun, visit our Outlander Page HERE!

And if you love my Outlander articles, you’ll love my historical romance series that’s set in Victorian Scotland and England. It delves into the complicated world of the Scottish highlands as they reestablish themselves and the clan systems along with a heavy dose of romance. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is available HERE while book two, The Amethyst Bride is available HERE!

And if you love fandom jewelry, head over to this new Etsy shop HERE for some great Outlander goodies! Use the special code MIDNIGHT15 for 15% off your order!