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February 24, 2013
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

Now that we have only one week left in February, I have to say the weather hasn't been too bad, but of course I have spent most of it indoors. I have kept myself busy with reading, puzzles and of course television, but you can just watch so much of Lifetime T.V. so because it is the month of presidents The History channel and movie channels have had quite a few movies and documentary stories about many of the presidents. At one time we had a son who lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which was where George Washington had his headquarters. We visited Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Washington, D.C. and other historic places around Allentown.

I think our founding fathers were more certain of their destinies and lives than we are today. These people built for keeps, not only their houses and buildings, but also their documents and promises. The buildings I saw in Allentown, Valley Forge and Philadelphia were no prefab jobs. Their strong walls and roofs stand yet today. However, what strikes me remarkable is that their logic and outlook in writing the laws that can still protect us after a time span of over 335 years. Their ideals that stand today, was that of individual independence and still knew they could unite for a common goal.

It's true that in our world today we do have a bomb that could destroy our way of life, but that's no excuse for not planning on a future. In 1776 epidemics could wipe out complete cities, but we can avoid all that by a shot of penicillin. Our forefathers could never be described as defeatists, they were a well-adjusted positive breed who blamed nothing on anyone but themselves. You only have to read their writings and listen to their music to know they were a cheerful bunch, in spite of all their hardships.

When we visited Washington's tavern that is still a tavern and restaurant they serve some historic foods. One of my favorites is Sally Lunn bread, which all the Colonists made. It is an easy, great bread. Give it a try and I bet once you've made it, you'll make it again.


1 cup milk

1 package of dry yeast

1/2 cup butter or

margarine, softened

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

1. Heat milk in a saucepan over low heat. Dissolve yeast in minutes.

2. Beat butter at medium speed and gradually add sugar and salt. Add flour alternately with milk and yeast mixed with flour. Mixing well after each addition.

3. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

4. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Cover for 45 minutes or doubled in size.

5. Spoon batter into a lightly greased and floured tube pan.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 or 40 minutes until golden brown then cool on a wire rack.

"In politics the middle way is none at all."-John Adams



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