February 1st

ALREADY!!!!!

Tomorrow’s Ground HOG DAY GREAT READY!!!!

Let’ s have a contest. How many thing Phil will see his shadow? Leave me a comment and we’ll count them up tomorrow after he comes out.

Month:

  • American Heart Month
  • Black History Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Creative Valentine’s Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month

3rd Week International Flirting Week

Today is National Freedom Day

National Baked Alaska Day

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution which later became the what we now know as the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.  President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, however,  it was not ratified by the states until later.

In the U.S. Code of Ethics at Cornell University National Freedom Day is written in the law books as:

§ 124. National Freedom Day The President may issue each year a proclamation designating February 1 as National Freedom Day to commemorate the signing by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, of the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution.

National Freedom Day has been observed since February 1, 1948 when Truman signed a bill proclaiming February 1 a National Day. On this day many towns have festivals, while other citizens reflect on the freedoms that the United States honors and to appreciate the goodwill of the United States. Part of this celebration is  the Wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell, which has been a tradition to mark National Freedom Day for many years. Symbols of the day may include a theme about freedom for all Americans.

According to americaslibrary.gov National Freedom Day is defined as:

“[t]he purpose of this holiday is to promote good feelings, harmony, and equal opportunity among all citizens and to remember that the United States is a nation dedicated to the ideal of freedom. Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., a former slave, fought to have a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. When Wright got his freedom, he went on to become a successful businessman and community leader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Major Wright chose February 1 as National Freedom Day because it was the day in 1865 that President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution…. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in the United States. Wright gathered national and local leaders together to write a bill declaring February 1 “National Freedom Day” and President Harry Truman signed the bill in 1948 making it official.”[3]

So today let us celebrate our freedoms with the respect that it deserves. Remembering freedom of speech gives you the right to your opinion. However, your approach in voicing it requires that you do not harm anyone else.

Freedom from slavery also refers to domestic slavery, that of spouses, children, senior citizens. Let us remember that to be truly free you must not fear harm from anyone. You must feel love and nurture. The pursuit of happiness is freedom for all.

As we celebrate this day let us especially remember our military who have fought for our freedom, the many leaders who have fought for the right to vote, work, and pursue our dreams. There are many I could mention but at the risk of forgetting someone I will not mention anyone.

So today do your part in spreading the equality to others and the joy of freedom. Look around and see what you can do in your community.

Never forget the senior citizens, go visit them, read to them and let them embrace that moment of life they so desire.

God Bless this Country and it’s Pursuit of Happiness and Freedom!

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Now what a better way to start your celebration then with a wonder treat.

Baked Alaska

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 recipe chocolate ice cream
  • 1 recipe coconut sorbet
  • 2 quart ice cream bombe mold
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whip the egg yolks with 2 tablespoons sugar until creamy and yellow.

Whip the egg whites to soft peaks and add the remaining sugar to the whites. Continue to whip the whites to stiff peaks.

Carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the yolk/sugar combination.

Using the same care, fold in the sifted flour.

Line a cookie sheet with the baker=s parchment paper, pour the cake batter, and spread the batter out to evenly coat the pan. Bake in the center of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Cool the cake quickly near an open window and on a rack.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Assemble the baked Alaska by cutting the sponge cake to the basic shape of the bombe mold. The largest piece will be used for lining the mold and a smaller piece will be used for the top which later will be inverted to become the bottom.

Line the bombe mold with plastic wrap and then line the plastic with the larger piece of baked and cooled cake.

Remove the ice cream and sorbet from the freezer and allow to soften for 10 minutes. Spoon or scoop the sorbet first into the cake lined mold and create an even layer on the bottom (later the top) of the mold.

Cover the sorbet with the ice cream in the same fashion, smoothing out the ice cream as you go, into one even layer.

Place the remaining layer of cake on top of the ice cream layer to act as a seal and place the whole bombe into the freezer for 4 to 5 hours. This can be done well in advance of finishing the baked Alaska.

To finish the Alaska whip the egg whites to soft peaks, add the sugar and continue to whip to stiff but not dry peaks. Pour the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a star tube and unmold the bombe. Use hot towels to help loosen the bombe if necessary and invert the bombe onto a heat proof serving platter.

Remove the plastic wrap and pipe a decorative design of meringue all around the base of the, now revealed, cake covered bombe. Cover the entire bombe with this meringue in as decorative a design as you can manage, being as creative as you like, but working quickly to avoid melting too much of the ice cream and sorbet. The baked Alaska is now ready for a quick visit to the very hot oven to brown the meringue but not melt the ice cream. Place the Alaska into the oven for just 5 minutes to brown the meringue to a light golden color.

Serve immediately. IF you don’t it probably won’t be there when you come back . LOL

 

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Remember February is the shortest Month of the year so make the most of it.

Today is cloudy, rainy and grey here. So I think I will enjoy the freedom I have of staying inside and doing what I want.  I hope all of you have a wonderful day of freedom and for those fortunate to have Baked Alaska I hope it is delicious.

Until next time 🙂

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