Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Springerle - German Christmas Cookie


4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 ½ T. Butter
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp anise oil
4 c flour
Springerle rolling pin – lightly floured
In a large bowl beat eggs until light and fluffy. Ad the sugar, butter and baking powder. For 15 minutes beat at high speed. Add anise oil. Add flour until well mixed.
Knead dough on a lightly floured board. Dough will be sticky at first.
Roll dough out to about ½ inch thick using a standard rolling pin. Now take the lightly floured Springerle Rolling Pins and gently but firmly roll across the dough to make a clear design. Cut cookies apart and place on a cookie sheet. Roll out again and repeat until all dough has been used. Let cookies stand overnight to dry. Letting them dry will help keep the image during baking.

Next day preheat oven 350 degrees. Bake about 10 minutes – the tops will still be white but the bottoms are slightly golden brown. Cool on cake rack and wait 24 hours before storing. Keep in airtight container for 2-3 weeks before eating, the flavor is better.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Daughters of the American Revolution

I consider myself a Patriot of the United States of America and for the Liberty for which it stands, one Nation UNDER GOD, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.  I stand by the Constitution of this fine country.

I have been interested in the DAR since being a member of the Otoe County Genealogical Society while we lived in Otoe County.  There I began to see that the DAR was more than just another genealogical society but a body of women who serve.

Founded in 1890 more than 180,000 women in 3,000 units across the United States have joined together to volunteer millions of hours patriotically supporting service members, veterans, awarding scholarships and financial aid to children across the country.  They are dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

My ancestors have fought in nearly every war or conflict in their dedication to freedom.  I have decided in honor of one of the many Revolutionary War Veterans in one of my family lines, the TEAGUE family, I will be submitting application for membership in the DAR and look forward to many years of service. 

John TEAGUE b.1750 d 1823 served his country during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  He is descended by William T. TEAGUE, William Preston TEAGUE, Lavina Ruth TEAGUE (brother Confederate Civil War), Husband Calvin GUNTER (Union Civil War and early Nebraska Settler), James Wilson GUNTER, and my maternal Grandmother Jennie P. GUNTER SHAVLIK.  John TEAGUE's Great Grandfather arrived in the Maryland Colony in the 1600's.

My GUNTER line has many early patriots.  In three of my four remaining major ancestral lines I am a third or fourth generation Immigrant, who may have arrived to late to be Revolutionary War soldiers, but in each line many served their new country with pride, some giving all.  I am also proud to say that my husband, Michael G. Slocum served his country, on the ground, in Vietnam and many of his ancestors served admirably also.

I am looking forward to working with and for my unit of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Make the Ordinary Life Come Alive

Make the Ordinary Life Come Alive

Do not ask your children
To strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
But it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
And the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show  them the joy of tasting
Tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
When  pets and people die.
Show  them the infinate pleasure
In  the touch of a hand
And  make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

Author Unknown