“NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY – February 20”

“Just made two Cherry Pies and they are delicious – if I say so myself!”

Cherry Pie

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree.  Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers.  The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking.  It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish”.  Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try making your own cherry pie using  this  delicious recipe.

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree.  Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers.  The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking.  It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish”.  Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try making your own cherry pie using  this  delicious recipe:

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 1 (8-inch) pie

Ingredients

4 cups fresh or frozen tart cherries

1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1/8 tablespoon almond extract (optional)

Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for 2 crust pie

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, to dot

1 tablespoon granulated sugar, to sprinkle

Directions

  1. Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot cherries and mix well. Add the almond extract, if desired, and mix. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little water, too thin, add a little more cornstarch.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Use your favorite pie dough recipe. Prepare your crust. Divide in half. Roll out each piece large enough to fit into an 8 to 9-inch pan. Pour cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter. Moisten edge of bottom crust. Place top crust on and flute the edge of the pie. Make a slit in the middle of the crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

This was easy and delicious!


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“NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY”

 

 

National Love Your Pet Day - February 20

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.  This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet?  While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.  There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats.  Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure.  So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention on National Love Your Pet Day.  Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets!  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Love Your Pet Day.

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“If you really  “LOVE and CARE” for the “BEST FRIEND” that your “FAMILY” has… the very “BEST FRIEND” –  the “ONE and ONLY” – that accepts YOU – no matter how  and WHAT  you do in the treatment  –  that you show  and bestow upon your  “FAMILY FRIEND” – Since “TODAY” is “LOVE YOUR PET DAY” – do check out these “VITAMINS” that are on SALE –  and of great benefit for… “MAN’s BEST FRIEND and PET!”

“Al with pet  – dogs – on Cherbourg Drive”

 

 

 


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This Post is for Denise Stanley – remembering the good old days

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“Family Visit to Missouri – check out the ZOO”

Some old PHOTOS of our visit to the Saint Luis Zoo in  our old home  town of   Saint Louis, Missouri – – with our Family – – when we came  up …  from Fort Lauderdale, Florida –  for a month  of  vacation …  in the summer of 1961.

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On this visit to the “ZOO” we also  included our Aunt Irene Riley – – everybody loves to go to the ZOO – – especially the elders as long as there  are children – – because half the  FUN – – is to watch the young children  take in the large animals and to be able to hear each animal in their own environment – – communicate with their  own  surrounding animals – – just as if all of the animals know – –  exactly  – – what all of the other animals are saying.

In the PHOTO on the left –  Aunt Irene is wearing the blue/purple   on  white dress — the little boy up front with sword in hand  and cow-boy hat – – is my son, Lee Jr., – – and  the lady with  the  small child in her arms…   is my sister-in-law,  Cathy Stanley – – and the tallest boy with blue shirt  on  – – is Cathy’s oldest child and his name in Ralph  Stanley  — – and the younger children  – – that you see are also  Cathy’s.

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One more PHOTO – – all of us – – and it looks like …  we all like to stand in the shade  to cool off… because it is always  HOT weather at the  “ZOO”  – and  we all  need to rest for awhile.

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How do you like this… looks like the goat will eat – – even someone’s shirt – – that is Ralph Stanley.    Little Lee Jr., is giving the goat a pet or two – – he looks as if he is not too sure about being there in this  restricted  area…  but, is especially  set aside as the “Children’s Petting  Small  Animal Area” – – up close and able to get a real feel for the variety of small animals that are available…  for the children to visit  with   and  also see  in this special little area.

This was a FUN for the FAMILY visit  to the Saint Louis ZOO – – and with   these  old  PHOTOS  – – so  that – –   we will always be able to remember – – how we did look in 1961  – –  and to  be able  to keep  – – our  good memories…   up front and active.

“This summer… Aunt Irene may have been in her “75th” year – – we usually came  from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Missouri in July and Aunt Irene’s Birthday is in JULY – – so having FUN at the ZOO with all the kids – –  – well it was a lot of FUN and GOOD EATS – – along the way?”

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“Happy Valentine’s Day”

“Happy Valentine’s Day” to everyone that reads “Grandmas’s Stories”  and  with so many other  – extra special wishes – since “Valentines’ Day  is Thursday,  the 14th of February – this week!

With  each of these “HEARTS” on the above PHOTO – is a very special WISH  for “YOU” the reader – as everyone has a basket full of dreams that they wish could be filled – so with each of these “HEARTS of LOVE” – every “WISH” will be filled – just as you wish !


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“Great-Grand-Son,Lex is Eleven Months”

Is the “TIME” going by, too fast, in the whole wide world – or just here for me? It seems – that just yesterday,  I knew that our little Great Grand-child was  due to be arriving any day – and NOW – it is that same feeling, when you see his latest PHOTOS,  “Little LEX” standing on his own two feet – and showing everyone, that he has “teeth” in his mouth – just like everyone else!

BUT, this first PHOTO takes the “Cheese-cake” – as I see it – – “Little LEX”  is pointing his  little fingers  toward his “MOMMY” and is looking at “DADDY” taking this  PHOTO with  eyes and face expression saying to “DADDY” – “Isn’t our “MOMMY” most beautiful?” “I LOVE MOMMY so much!”

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Everybody – Just look at my “MOM” – she is so beautiful” l” xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Grand-ma – do you see how many teeth – I have – look – right where I have my hand” xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Look at me – I’m growing like a weed” xoxo

 


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“Look – An old PHOTO from Way Back and When”

Some days,  you just do not know, what you will find – and in this PHOTO,   is  just such a situation,  perplexing me, since it is  coming  from  the “way back and when” –  requiring some  real brain work – just trying to  do a recall  –  of all –  that was going on,  on this day, in the  past life of  an  “older Grandma!”

 This is No 1, Grandson, Alan sitting at our  Lowrey Theatre Console  Organ, with a Leslie speaker and he is getting  big smiles  – as he is all ready to start to play something special for all of us in the family  room – as music was  first and foremost on the list of what we all like and  did do – especially – when we  would all get together.

Just looking at those “Crochet Dressed Dolls” – in the upper background,  – I can remember who would make those dolls for me  – as they were some of the best gifts to give to someone – friends and family,  – those that you liked,  and knew that they would like this type of a gift, too! I am just  surprised,  that I did not think to keep some for myself – they sure do look good!

Looks like this PHOTO will stir up some dust in the old brain department – for several days – just trying to remember,  what the occasion was – maybe  something special – that I should not have forgotten – and or at least  – put a real good old memory back,  into  its rightful place – my  “memory”  box!  D.V.


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