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4th of July Facts

Friday, Jul, 3 2015

The Fourth of July marks our country's birthday.  On this day in 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congree met in Philadelphia, adopting the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our sovereignty from Great Britian.

Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe died on July 4th; Adams and jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.

In 1870 Congress made independence Day an official unpaid holiday; in 1938, it was changed to a paid federal holiday.

Two of our nation's great national symbols were made overseas.  The Liberty Bell was cast in England, and the Statue of Liberty in France.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are responsible for the bald eagle as the national bird; Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey.

Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.

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Flag Etiquette

Thursday, Jul, 2 2015

 Here are some tips to make sure your tribute is a respectful one:

    Display the flag only between sunrise and sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs. The flag may be displayed for twenty-four hours if illuminated in darkness.

    Do not display the flag in inclement weather.

    Whether displaying the flag vertically or horizontally, make sure the canton of stars is visible on the upper left-hand side.

    Do not let the flag touch the ground, floor or water.

    An unusable flag that is damaged and worn and can no longer be displayed should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning.

    When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tricorn hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

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Patriotic Trivia

Wednesday, Jul, 1 2015

1.  Virginia is the birthplace of the most presidents.  Which state is second in turning out presidents?
      a.  New York      b.  Ohio     c.  Pennsylvania

2.  Which one of these women did not appear at some point on U.S. currency? 
      a.  Martha Washington      b.  Dolly Madison      c.  Pocahontas

3.  Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to "The Star Spangled Banner," but where did the melody come from?
     a.  An old British drinking song    b.  a British hymn      c.  Thomas Jefferson

The answers are:  
1.  b
2.  b
3.  a

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Wednesday, Jun, 3 2015

1 (5 quart) pail vanilla ice cream
1 cup green Creme de Menthe
1/2 cup white Creme de Cacao

Divide the ice cream into 2 large bowls; let sit 30 minutes to soften.  Beat in the Creme de Menthe and Creme de Cacao with a hand mixer until blended.  Pour back into the ice cream pail and freeze.  You will always have grasshoppers readily at hand.  Just scoop out what you want into a cup and enjoy.

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3 2 1 Cake

Tuesday, May, 26 2015

These individual little cakes are amazing and ready to eat in one minute!

1 box Angel Food Cake mix
1 box any flavor cake mix, not jiffy size
2 T. water

In a ziplock bag, combine the two dry cake mixes and shake to mix well.  For each individual cake serving, take out 3 T. of the cake mix combination and mix it with 2 T. water in a small microwave-safe container.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and you have your own instant individual little cake!

Keep the remaining cake mixture stored in the ziplock bag and use whenever you feel like a treat. Keep in a dry place.  No need to refrigerate.  You can top each cake with a dollop of Cool Whip or some fresh fruit.

Always remember that one of the cake mixes MUST be Angel Food. The other can be any flavor.  The Angel Food cake mix has egg whites in it.  So, if anyone is allergic to egg whites do not serve this recipe.

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