What he didn’t know was what had possessed Fraser to make the accusasion now, and in such a public manner. He got up, used the pot, then splashed water from the ewer over his face and, tilting the pitcher, drank most of the rest. It was nearly evening; his room was growing dark, and he could smell the luscious scents of tea pouring downstairs; fried sardines, fresh buttered crumpets, lemon sponge, cucumber sandwiches, sliced ham. He swallowed, suddenly ravenous.
-Lord John Grey
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 30
Lemon cake is a perfect addition to a spring or summer meal. It was my father’s favorite, and I always made a point to make it for him on his birthday or any special occasion. My mum and I found a simple, homemade recipe in her collection that is incredibly easy to bake. Once again, seizing the opportunity, my daughter took charge of the recipe to create a delicious dessert that is bound to be loved by everyone to whom you serve it.
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Temptation not only for him, but for me. For him, the chance to be what he was made for by nature, what fate had denied him. He was born and bred to this: the stewardship of a large estate, the care of the people on it, a place of respect among men of substance, his peers. More importantly, the restoration of clan and family.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 13
Jamie Fraser is one of the greatest literary characters. Diana Gabaldon has seamlessly created and developed him to be complete with a high sense of integrity, honor, ingenuity, and leadership that sets him apart from all the other characters. Yet, he also shares the same hopes, fears and even mannerisms that can be subjectively related to each and every one of us. This ability to present the character of Jamie Fraser with depth and human appeal is what allows us to clearly identify and feel as though there is a real personal connection to him. For all of us, it feels like this bond has grown stronger with each book in the series and also from watching the award nominating performances of Sam Heughan, who portrays Jamie Fraser.
In this blog we wanted to send our sincere appreciation for all that Sam Heughan does on and behind the Outlander series. From charitable endeavors to supporting social change, he has put his stardom to great use. In addition, his portrayal of Jamie Frasier continues to capture his audience and take command of the screen. To avid fans there is simply nothing better. We know his relentless work ethic will lead him on a path of continued success and no one deserves it more. Continue reading Sass3nach’s Appreciation for Sam Heughan’s Portrayal of Jamie Fraser
Keeping fit is a goal so many of us have. When you combine Sam Heughan’s My Peak Challenge (MPC) with The Peak Posse SoCal friends, it is just down-right delightful – not to mention fun!
Some members of The Peak Posse SoCal (a division of The Peak Posse which is world-wide) gathered together for a 5K and brunch event in Southern California. Of course, Sass3 joined in on the opportunity to participate.
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When it comes to traveling to an Outlander event, distance doesn’t deter us from getting there. Many fans make long voyages that may take hours or even days to arrive to their destination. Whether you are a savvy jet setter or a budget conscious consumer, this blog may be for you. Today, I will share some of my travel finds, reviews, and insights. I will also present some secrets I have learned to find great air fares, accommodations, and rentals.
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April 6 is the official U.S. date of National Tartan Day – a day to celebrate the Scottish Declaration of Independence and the achievements of those of Scottish descent. House of Scotland in San Diego’s Balboa Park hosted their annual Tartan Day celebration on Saturday, April 1. A group of Outlander San Diego Edition lassies met up to enjoy the day.
We were looking forward to not only each other’s company, but the sound of bagpipes, the taste of Scottish vittles, and, of course, men in kilts!
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April 16. There are so many meanings associated with this important date. Foremost, it is on this date in 1746 – on the battlefield of Culloden Moor – valiant Highlanders faced their final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Those who have visited this site have hinted to the strong feelings of emotions that arise – whispers of the indomitable men that fought so bravely upon this battleground – and all that was lost on this date in history. As we approach the 271st anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, we felt not only a desire to have a moment of reflection on the significant markings of this fateful day, we also wanted to honor the valor and bravery that will always be remembered.
In this blog, we will explore this moment of reflection, our own personal link to this date, and a recent trip to the Highlands that reinforced the beauty and magic of Scotland.
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