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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Too Hot to Cook!

With it now at least 4 days in a row with temperatures over 100 degrees and the last three have been 103 degrees, there is no way I am adding any more heat to this house than I have to by cooking!

So I am whipping up this dump cake in the crock pot and it will be dinner..... not desert... with a few large glasses of ice tea!

Fabulous Peach Dump Cake

1 bag frozen peaches (2 cups sliced fresh peaches)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Jiffy white cake mix (or 1/2 package of a 2-layer size cake mix)
4 tablespoons melted butter

Lightly grease the crockpot; place peaches in the bottom. Sprinkle with cornstarch; toss.

Drizzle with vanilla and sprinkle brown sugar over all.

Sprinkle with cinnamon then cake mix. Drizzle melted butter evenly over cake mix.

Cover and cook on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July Desert

Nothing is as good as a refreshing desert after a day of festive celebration but these are so good you could make an entire meal out of them all by itself! Add a tall glass of iced sweet tea and enjoy!

Red White and Blue Shortcake

Whipping Cream or Cool Whip
Homemade biscuits

Wash a basket full of fresh strawberries and pull off the green tops and slice the berries in half.
Place in a bowl and add about 3/4 of a cup of white sugar and stir. Put in the refrigerator to chill.

Take a basket of blueberries, wash them and place in another bowl. Add about 1/2 cup of white sugar and stir. Put in the refrigerator to chill.

Make large over-sized biscuits from scratch.

Slice open the warm biscuits, place the bottom of the biscuit in a bowl. Top with cool whip or whipped cream, a scoop of strawberries, put the top on, add another scoop of cool whip or whipped cream, a scoop of blueberries and more strawberries.


Friday, July 3, 2009

The 4th of July Birth of a Nation

Happy Birthday America!

Tomorrow everyone will be pulling out all the stops to have a big holiday celebration!

Many will load the family into the car for a day at the beach or perhaps a state park while others of us will stay at home and just have a family get-together with a bar-b-q in the back yard. Many cities will celebrate with parades during the day and at night the skies will be filled with the booms and flashes of fireworks displays.

I hope each and every one of us will also take time to really reflect back to the year of 1776 when this nation was officially born and our forefathers officially signed the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. Can you believe that this country has stood for 223 years as a symbol of freedom, democracy and equality for all of our citizens?

I can remember in school that we had to learn the Preamble of the Constitution and be able to recite it verbatim in front of the class in our American History Class. One of the students asked the teacher why it was so important that we know this and why was American history so important anyway, it was all about things in the past and all the people were dead! I will never forget her response to that student. She told him that it was important that you know your roots not only of your family but of your country. You need to know what trials and tribulations your forefathers went through in order for you to appreciate the freedoms that you now have in your life. You need to know the mistakes as well as the accomplishments of your nation so that you can learn from the mistakes and hopefully not repeat them in the future. Someday you will be the leaders of this country and it is my responsibility to teach you as much as possible to be good stewards of this land and your parents have the responsibility to teach you to be good stewards of your family name.

I guess that is one of the reasons why genealogy has taken on such a significant influence in my life. By learning about my ancestors, I also learn about their roles in the development of this country, their place in history so to speak. One day you too will become ancestors and your children hopefully will look back upon your lives and be able to say that we have been good stewards of our family and our country.

God bless each and every one of you…… may you have a safe holiday

Take time to reflect upon the past and march forward bravely into the future.