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Veterans/Remembrance Day

Veterans' Day
Most of us take a moment on November 11th to
remember the veterans who fought for our
country. However, not many of us know the
full history behind this day of remembrance.

In 1918, World War I ended on the 11th hour
of the 11th day of the 11th month. The entire
world celebrated. An armistice (a truce) was
signed declaring the "war to end all wars" was
finally over. The next year, on November 11th,
the US called the day "Armistice Day" in
memory of all the men and women involved in
WWI. On Armistice Day, surviving soldiers
marched in parades through their home towns.
Politicians and veteran officers gave
speeches and had ceremonies in thanks for the
peace that had been won.

The Holiday With Many Names
Twenty years after WWI, Armistice Day became
a federal holiday. Sadly, WWI hadn't been
the war to end all wars. World War II began
in 1939 and lasted until 1945. During this
time Armistice Day was suspended. After a
long battle and the end of WWII, Armistice
Day was held again on the 11th of November.
The name also changed to Veterans Day in
honor of Americans who had fought in other
wars. Other countries, like Canada, call
this day Remembrance Day. Several countries
also honor victims from various wars fought
in places like Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan
and Iraq, in their memorial services.
Veterans and Remembrance day is also the
perfect time to think of those soldiers
who are still in battle today.

Observing the Holiday
Veterans Day ceremonies occur all over the
world with veterans laying wreaths at war
memorials and speaking to the public. At
the 11th hour, everyone, including school
children, take a moment of silence to
remember those who died. On Veterans Day,
organized veteran's groups (like The
American Legion Auxiliary and Veterans of
Foreign Wars) raise funds for their charities
by selling plastic poppies. Ribbons may
also be sold for people to wear in remembrance.

In Flanders Fields
Poppies, which are a bright red flower,
became a symbol of Veterans Day after the
bloody WWI battle in Flanders Field, in
Belgium. The soil in the battle fields
became scattered with rubble, making the
soil rich with lime (the mineral, not the
fruit). Poppies thrived in the fertile soil.
Many soldiers were buried in Flanders
field, creating a contrast of white crosses
and vibrant red poppies. Major John McCrae
was a Canadian surgeon who was moved by the
sight of this, leading him to pen one of the
most memorable war poems ever written -
In Flanders Fields.


In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD
(1872-1918) - Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


This Thanksgiving, Let's Give Thanks To Our Veterans!




Old-Fashioned Cranberry Pie

This sounds absolutely yummy!!

The secret to making FLAKY pie crust is: using
ICE COLD liquids and only roll it ONCE! The more
you handle it, the TOUGHER it will become!

Flaky Piecrust

Makes 1 9-inch double crust

This recipe makes a 9-inch double crust. If your pie calls
for a single crust, freeze half the dough for later use.


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. sugar
11/2 tsp. salt
1 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
5 to 6 Tbsp. ice-cold heavy cream or evaporated milk,
more or less as needed


In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar and salt.
With the tips of your fingers, pinch shortening into the
flour mixture until it resembles a bowl of peas. Tossing
mixture with a fork, add cream 1 tablespoon at a time,
until dough holds together when gently pressed. With
lightly floured hands, gather dough into a flat round,
cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least
30 minutes, or overnight.

On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into two balls,
one slightly larger than the other; cover and refrigerate
smaller ball. Press larger ball into a disk. Using a
rolling pin, roll dough into a 12-inch circle, rotating
dough as you go, keeping the thickness between 1/4 and 1/8 inch.

Fold dough in half, then into quarters; gently place in
pie plate so that the point of the crust is in the center.
Unfold, press crust into plate and trim excess dough down
to a 1/2-inch flap. For a single-crust pie, crimp edge.
Otherwise proceed with top crust per individual pie recipe;
refrigerate bottom until needed.

Old-Fashioned Cranberry Pie

Makes 1 pie


Dough for Flaky Piecrust
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups dark raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. orange extract
Zest of 1 medium orange
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


Preheat oven to 425°. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
As you did the bottom crust, roll out dough for top crust.
Using a knife, cut dough into 1/2-inch-wide strips; arrange
on cookie sheet. Refrigerate until needed.

In a large bowl, combine cranberries, raisins, walnuts and
both sugars; toss well. Stir in extracts, orange zest and salt.

Remove bottom crust from refrigerator and pour in filling;
dot with butter. Remove strips from refrigerator; weave
into a lattice design on top of pie. Trim excess dough.
Press edges together with the bottom crust. Bake 12 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake 35 to 45 minutes more,
until crust is golden. Cool before serving.

Tart cranberry pie tastes wonderful with a spoonful
of plain vanilla ice cream.
  Mmmm Good!




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