This morning, our local Fox News Station featured a darling eight year old boy who had a keen interest in the presidents of the United States. He was able to correctly answer all sorts of questions about them. . . including their birth dates! He also accurately named them, in the order, in which they held the office.
That child's knowledge made me feel so inadequate. I know, at one time, I was required to memorize the order in which they served, but on this day, I was lucky to recall that George Washington was number one and Abraham Lincoln was number sixteen.
I sat a little flag out on the front step of our house, in honor of this day. . . this Presidents Day. . . this dreary, snowy and cold day our government has designated as the official day to honor Washington, Lincoln and the others who have held the highest office in our land.
I realized that since I left my job of working with children in public schools I probably hadn't really thought about "honor" and President's Day together. I know our bank is closed and we don't get our mail. Schools are out. Those folks get the day off work. . . as a Federal holiday. Do they spend any of their day off "honoring" or "paying tribute" to the presidents?
I also know our newspaper is filled with great buys that are waiting for us at local retailers. Actually, that seems to me, to be more of what Presidents Day is all about. Deals. Shopping. Not too much honoring.
I'm still a bit under the weather, but I did think about a few special things I could do to keep Presidents Day in mind today. . . in my own little way.
Below is a picture of one of the plates I have from the LIBERTY BLUE design called "Old North Church". Now that sounds very patriotic, doesn't it? I thought that was a good start!
I decided I'd have my very own little Presidents Day Brunch with a couple of the yummy treats I made for us to enjoy yesterday on Valentine's Day. I'd serve them on my LIBERTY BLUE dishes!
The first of the treats I made were "Raspberry Streusel Muffins". I used the recipe that Mary, of ONE PERFECT BITE, recently shared on a Pink Saturday post. If you click on her blog name, you will be directed to that post!
My photo doesn't look as awesome as the one Mary shows, but I have to say, the muffins certainly tasted AWESOME!
Next, I was inspired by Pat, of BACK PORCH MUSINGS , to prepare crepes. Now, again, my version doesn't look as beautiful as Pat's, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
I couldn't find the raspberry sauce she showed us on her post, but I DID find a recipe for one on Yvonne's post this last Saturday! She has a wonderful blog called STONE GABLE and if you click on that name, you'll see the recipe I used!
Yes sir! Today, I will do something very special for Presidents Day. As I enjoy my yummy brunch I will play a little game. A game of Presidential Fun Facts.
I went to the internet and found a great list of questions to ask myself. Like. . .
1. How many presidents have been left handed?
2. Which president published more than 16 books, including one called "Fishing for Fun-And to Wash Your Soul"?
3. Which president was both ambidextrous and multilingual and could write Greek in one hand while writing Latin with the other?
4. When the weather was warm, which president would go skinny-dipping in the Potomac River before dawn?
5. (This last one will interest Beverly of HOW SWEET THE SOUND ) Which president was sedated only by brandy when he underwent gall bladder surgery at the age of 17?
Isn't it fun, learning so many interesting things about our former presidents?
Even Twiggy wanted to join in, but she suggested doing something a bit more creative. . . Presidents Day Crafts!
So, once again I Googled and came up with this great website called KABOOSE. It showed some really neat ideas for being crafty on Presidents Day.
Twiggy and I decided we really liked their ideas of making a paper plate stove pipe Lincoln hat or . . . . .
a cute little pretzel log cabin. But the idea we both flipped over was. . .
this wonderful POWDERED WIG!!!
Isn't it terrific?
It's made by covering a painter's hat with cotton balls!!!
AWESOME. . . . and soooooo colonial presidential !
When Twiggy ran to fetch the bag of cotton balls, I fetched our wig model!
Twiggy selected the perfect cotton balls for our Presidents Day Craft Project. . . .
then one, by one, she carefully placed them . . .on the model's head . . . .
until she had given THE STONE RABBIT his very own powdered wig!
Wow! This has turned out to be a really great Presidents Day.
I enjoyed delicious food inspired by talented bloggers, served on patriotic dishes, while answering presidential trivia, then helping to create a great Presidents Day memento- - - one that even George Washington would have been proud to wear!
Oh, here are the answers to the Presidents Day Trivia Questions! :)
2. Herbert Hoover
3. James Garfield
4. John Quincy Adams
5. James Polk