June 14th

Hello everyone. It’s been a very busy day. Sorry I’m just now getting to my blog.

I checked my proof for “A Tribute To Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue ” and now it is live. I will be posting the links for it. I will have to wait a couple of days before Amazon makes it live but as of now it can be ordered through me.

Then I went to town and I hit every bookstore and library between the connecting two towns. Couldn’t find one, don’t know if it moved or just closed down so disappointing.

I managed to set up a book signing at the biggest book store we have for June 30th from 10:00-5:00. I am so excited.

Managed to get a couple other errands ran in the meantime.

I guess tomorrow I will try my efforts at a book trailer.

I may have found an illustrator. One of the managers of one of the bookstores gave me her sister’s name to talk to.

Also contact the local newspaper and am waiting for one of the journalist to call me. Hopefully they will do the write up before June 30th.

That will be the presentation for “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue” right in time for the fourth of July.

Made a brochure for my books which I left with the stores, and libraries. I am taking advantage of the nice weather.

Well let’s take a look at today’s National Days:

National Days

14 Flag Day

Check out the poem under Flag Day

The National Flag Day Foundation

Our mission is to carry on the tradition of the first flag day observance. On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.

For more information go to: http://www.nationalflagday.com/default.asp

You’re a Grand Old Flag
Traditional Children’s Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
George M. Cohan
Performed by Rachel Rambach


You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
For the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.


Flag Day

President Woodrow Wilson was the first to issue a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day. He selected June 14 because it is the “anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union,” according to his proclamation. On June 14, 1777, John Adams introduced a resolution describing the 13 alternating red and white stripes and the 13 white stars on a blue field, representing a new constellation.

In his proclamation in 1916, Wilson wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”


Pop Goes the Weasel Day

Pop Goes the Weasel
Children’s Nursery Rhyme Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Performed by Marla Lewis


Round and round the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun
Pop! Goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

A half a pound of tupenny rice,
A half a pound of treacle.
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

Up and down the London road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

I’ve no time to plead and pine,
I’ve no time to wheedle,
Kiss me quick and then I’m gone
Pop! Goes the weasel.

Pop! goes the weasel.”


What does the nursery rhyme which originated in the 17th century mean? Pop means pawn and weasel refers to coat. “It was traditional for even poor people to own a suit, which they wore as their ‘Sunday Best.’ When times were hard they would pawn their suit, or coat, on a Monday and claim it back before Sunday. Hence the term “Pop goes the Weasel,” according to Nursery Rhymes.


Harriet Beecher Stowe Birth Anniversary


Although she wrote more than 30 books, American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe is known for just one: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The book is an often misunderstood antislavery novel. “Like many northerners, [she] ignored slavery because it was too painful to think about, and she thought it would go away on its own. The Fugitive Slave Act made her see that would never happen,” according to Publishers’ Bindings Online. Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, at Litchfield, Conn. She’s buried at Phillips Academy Cemetery in Andover, Mass.


Strawberry Shortcake Day


Are you team sponge cake or biscuit? James Beard had a not-so-secret ingredient to keep strawberry shortcake biscuits airy and tender: cooked egg yolks. Pick your pastry, and prepare some fresh strawberries for this light and easy dessert. Modern strawberries are a cross between the Chilean strawberry and the Virginia strawberry, according to “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.” Strawberry cultivators, from Thomas Knight in 1817. In the 20th century cultivators developed strawberry plants producing two crops, one in the spring, and one in the fall.

* Serve strawberry shortcake with flavored whipped cream or a cream cheese sauce.

For more information go to : http://news.yahoo.com/june-14-pop-goes-weasel-day-flag-day-195700592.html


Strawberry Shortcake


…. Serves 12

Buttermilk Biscuits for 12 each:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 each lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter cut into chips
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Filling for 6 people:

  • 3 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup fine sugar
  • 1 pint heavy cream, whipped

    The day before mascerate the berries with the sugar and allow to sit overnight to extract fresh strawberry juices.The day of the party prepare the biscuits. Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add cold butter chips and pulse until the mixture resembles corn meal. Remove to a work bowl and add the buttermilk while mixing with hands until a sticky but firm dough forms. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a non-stick spray.

    Make rough shape balls of dough , 3-4 inches in diameter. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 for about 20-25 minutes or until done.

    At service, split the biscuits and fill with strawberries and their juices. Top with whipped cream and the top half of biscuit.


Now for today enjoy the freedom that we have, the liberties, be a child again, and enjoy a wonderful summer dessert.

Until next time 🙂


2 Responses

  1. Hmmmmm…. I gotta try that strawberry short cake…. thanks for the recipe!!

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