Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Cannot Tell a Lie! I Love Your Cherry Apple Pie!

On February 22, 2011 George Washington turns two hundred and seventy-nine years old…wow…as often as we see that powdered wig of his on the American single, it’s almost like he’s still around. Will we be thinking of him on the third Monday of this month, when Presidents Day is upon us? Probably not, but we’ll have our economy’s best interests at heart when we go shopping. Thinking that we might have low blood sugar in the face of a deeply discounted President’s Day bonanza, I’m offering up a uniquely American—as Cherry Baked Apple Pie—crumbly dessert that pays homage to the classic “cannot tell a lie” tale of our first American leader.

Cherry Tree Folklore Explained

The year would have been 1738. George was six and quite taken with a hatchet someone had given him; nowadays we don’t let our youngsters run with scissors, so how’d he get a hatchet??) Anyway, our first President was in his family’s garden, testing the hatchet on his mother's trellis, when he unwittingly hit a beautiful young English cherry-tree and destroyed it. Boys will be boys. When George’s father got home, this heartwarming exchange transpired:

George’s angry father: Do you know who killed that beautiful little cherry-tree yonder in the garden?
A terrified little George, who biographers say considered running away before bravely answering: "I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet."
George’s father, after a long and careful pause:Run to my arms, you dearest boy! Glad am I that you killed my tree; for you have paid me for it a thousand fold. Such an act of heroism in my son, is more worth than a thousand trees, though blossomed with silver, and their fruits of purest gold.”

A little poetry with your Cherry Baked Apple pie, anyone? Maybe it’s just the winter blues, but I dare say you almost need a tissue reading that!

Celebrating the Likeminded Integrity of Current Leaders

Forty-three Presidents later, and the country is benefiting from a new and forward thinking administration. Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, has taken on the epidemic of childhood obesity and created a program to stop it, called Let’s Move! It’s a health initiative in lock step with the Nana Network’s mission statement, and launched February of last year. Its been going strong ever since, with lots of press time devoted to the First Lady’s quest to make nutrition information and guidelines more accessible, especially to children, with equal value and emphasis placed on daily exercise. Michelle Obama is the first, First Lady to have an expansive organic vegetable garden at the White House, and to succeed in getting her husband to pass legislation that makes healthy school lunches affordable for all. Good work, Mrs. Obama, and happy President’s Day to everyone making good things happen at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
While The Pie’s in The Oven and Just for Fun!

It so happens that TOP NANA stumbled upon lots of different crafts for President’s Day. The cutest one was a powdered wig made of cotton balls; it’s quite convincing, too—at least it is at a distance. Pair it with a red or blue coat and you’ve got a future American Revolution on your hands! I also found a site online that’s worthy of your clicks—funny how the culinary preferences of world leaders are so fascinating. When I visited this food timeline, it revealed all forty-four President’s favorite dishes. Spoiler alert: Lincoln liked his cornbread and Teddy Roosevelt was a baked Indian pudding fanatic. As for George Washington, cherries were mentioned more than once.

Patriotically your’s

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