In this video, Candiss gives a little history on spice cookies made during the Colonial era. The ingredients were costly, which is why they were made only once a year during the holidays. She explains a recipe from Colonial Williamsburg prepared in two ways: English and Dutch.
Watch this video about Sarah Josepha Hale, author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, and the “mother of Thanksgiving” as a Federal holiday.
In this final episode, Candiss Cowan tells us where the term “spinster” came from, the origin of the song “Pop Goes the Weasel,” and how every girl by the age of 6 was expected to knit a pair of socks for her brother.
Candiss talks about how the wool was transformed into yarn on the spinning wheel and what tasks were given to different members of the family. She also comments on the tedious nature of this work and how it inspired fairy tales like Rumpelstiltskin and Sleeping Beauty.