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Celebrating Memorial Day

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         I'M NOT MARTHA - Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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Hi! I'm Lizzy!!  and I'm not Martha!!!

Memorial Day Weekend!!!  Summer!  I am so happy when summer comes!  I  
love this weekend.  It is a round of get-togethers from beginning to  
end.  My family has always spent time during the weekend to help  
place flags on the soldiers' graves in remembrance of their service  
and sacrifice.  sometimes we incorporate it into the gathering that  
is planned.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years.  
Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of  
Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are  
increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the  
proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities  
that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in  
decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead,  
and not just those fallen in service to our country.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of  
remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There  
are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen  
cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John  
Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his  
General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when  
flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers  
at Arlington National Cemetery.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in  
1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The  
South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate  
days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring  
just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans  
who died fighting in any war).

It is now celebrated  on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress  
with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a  
three day weekend for Federal holidays).

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* Here are some ways you can celebrate yourself:

Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.

Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.

Tune into the National Memorial Day Concert, broadcast live from the  
west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
Memorial Day Rituals.

Of course, Memorial Day is still a day off, and many take advantage  
with backyard barbecues. According to the National Cattlemen's Beef  
Association, close to 60 million pounds of hamburgers and steak will  
be eaten this Memorial Day!

Others will flock to the movies. Many also take a trip to the beach  
or hit the road. According to the American Automobile Association,  
more than 37.6 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more from  
home this weekend.

So this is not a tooo toooo somber edition, I came across a very nice  
recipe for a cookie that goes really well with ice cream...homemade  
of store bought.


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CRYSTAL DIAMONDS

These crisp-crunchy cookies feature the wonderful rich taste of  
caramelized sugar. Pair them with a dish of blueberries or  
blackberries (or the fresh, local berry of your choice) for a simple  
end to a summer meal or picnic. Or use them as a pretty (and tasty!)  
garnish in your next ice cream sundae.

1 1/2 cups (6 1/4 ounces) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (4 1/2 ounces)  whole milk
2 drops lemon oil*
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (4 ounces, 1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 to 1 1/2 cups (8 to 12 ounces) coarse white or Demerara sugar, for  
rolling

*Yes, 2 drops. You want just the merest hint of citrus here; it  
should be almost unidentifiable, just enough to make people wonder  
what they're tasting.

Mix together the flour, milk, lemon oil, yeast and salt till well  
combined. Using an electric mixer, beat in the pieces of butter one  
at a time, beating for 1 full minute after each piece is added. The  
dough will be very smooth and elastic. Remove the dough from the  
mixer, place it in a small bowl, cover the bowl, and refrigerate it  
for 2 hours, or as long as overnight.

Preheat your oven to 275°F. Sprinkle your work surface heavily with  
coarse sugar (white or Demerara). Divide the dough in half. Working  
with one half at a time (and keeping the other half refrigerated),  
roll the dough on the sugar-covered surface as thinly as possible,  
adding additional sugar to the work surface from time to time.  
Halfway through the rolling time, turn the dough over so that both  
top and bottom surfaces end up heavily coated with sugar.

Using a cookie cutter or (less trouble) a rolling pizza wheel or  
sharp knife, cut the dough into squares or diamonds. Try to cut  
pieces about 2 1/2 inches in size; they'll shrink a bit, and by the  
time they're finished baking, they'll be about 2 inches, a nice size  
for this particular cookie.
Note: If you make them too large, the edges brown way before the  
middle; the goal is an evenly browned cookie. Transfer the cookies to  
parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake the cookies for 45 to 50 minutes. They should be a deep, golden  
brown, but not burned. The closer you get to deep brown, the better  
they'll taste. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a  
cooling rack as soon as possible, otherwise they may stick to the  
parchment.

Yield: about 5 dozen 2" cookies.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday...and if you have someone you  
know serving in the military now.  May you all have the blessing of a  
safe return.


Lizzy

Questions...Comments...? email Lizzy


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