Monday, April 6, 2015

My Daughter Jami's 35th Birthday Party

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Princess Maggie

Easter 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Reading Public Museum Exhibit: "A Slave Ship Speaks: the Wreck of the Henrietta Marie"

The shameful behavior of our forefathers who are idolized as patriots is unconscionable! "We have been taught to revere them because they brought freedom to all, however there was no freedom for all. I can't begin to imagine the horror experienced by these men,women, and children lying in the belly of ships with shackles on their ankles stuffed in as sardines, in the pitch dark on treacherous seas from Africa to America only to be sold to the highest bidder to be enslaved for the rest of their lives. Can you imagine sea sickness, vomit, defecation, urination, the horribly unsanitary conditions, starvation, and many survived but not on the Henrietta Marie; all lives were lost to the sea!" Diane Dunwell-Hoffman

My grandchildren and I saw this exhibit yesterday at the Reading, PA Public Museum:
An exhibition, "A Slave Ship Speaks: the Wreck of the Henrietta Marie", was created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society in 1995, and toured museums around the United States for more than a decade. Henrietta Marie wreck has yielded more than 7000 objects (and more than 30,000 glass beads), the largest collection of artifacts known from a slave ship. 

They have contributed greatly to our understanding of slave ships and the slave trade. Parts making up more than 80 bilboes have been found at the wreck site. As bilboes were typically used to shackle pairs of slaves together, the ones found at the wreck site could have restrained more than 160 slaves. 

Other items found at the wreck site include trade goods apparently left over from trading for captives in Africa, goods acquired in Africa in addition to captives (including an elephant tusk), and gear belonging to the ship and crew. Part of the hull of the ship, including much of the keel and part of the stern post, have survived, and have been measured and reburied at the site.

Two copper cauldrons found at the wreck site shed light on the diet of the crew and slaves on a voyage. Malcom argues that the cauldrons were used to prepare separate meals for the crew and the slaves. One cauldron had a single chamber one-half cubic yard in capacity. This vessel was probably used to prepare a sort of mush or gruel for the slaves. As there were no slaves on the ship at the time it wrecked, the cauldron had been used to store chain. The second cauldron was smaller and had two chambers. One chamber had a capacity of one cubic foot, and the second a capacity of one-half cubic foot. This vessel could have been used to cook a two-course meal for the crew.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jardinami's PA Dutch Crullers Like Mother Used To Make...Shrove Tuesday Delight!

Mine were on the larger side, got a baker's dozen

* 3 eggs
* ½ cup cream, sweet or half and half
* ¼ oil 1 tsp vanilla 

* I also add a 1/2 teas. of mace if you have it or prefer it.
* 1 tsp. double acting baking powder
* 1 pinch of salt
* ¼ cup sugar
* 3½ to 4 cups flour

Beat the eggs, add oil, add cream/half/half. Sift dry ingredients(add mace here) and combine with liquid, using just enough flour to make dough that comes away from sides of bowl, but still remain soft. Twist with  
 fingers whatever size you want and Fry in deep fat turning (360-f) until brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper and dust with powdered sugar and or cinnamon and sugar.
Crispy on the outside and a light cake on the inside!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine Linzer Tarts

Beat together 3/4 C Butter, with 1 C sugar, and 2 eggs, add 3 3/4 Cups Flour, 1 teasp. Baking Powder and 1/2 teasp.salt. Beat  until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll out 1/4 inch thick, and cut with heart cookie cutter for ever heart you will need to be making a matching one that you will use a smaller heart cookie cutter to remove the center. Bake 350 degrees 7-8 minutes Cool, spread Polaner All Fruit Seedless Raspberry Jelly on bottom cookie, place cookie with hole on top as in pic. Sprinkle with powder sugar.

I made these Linzer Tarts for our Valentine's Tea Party and Brunch. My nine year old and seven year old granddaughters helped!  That is how easy they are to make!   To read about and check out the photo album and movie click here:   Valentine's Tea Party