Cornmeal and Cranberry Scones


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This is a hearty bread

This is a hearty bread

Hey remember that leftover cranberry pulp a bit back? Here is a use for some of it.

Cranberry Cornmeal Scones

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp cranberry pulp (sauce or jam can be used too)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Heat oven to 425. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add cranberry pulp and enough buttermilk to form a rough dough. Quickly knead dough until it forms a smooth ball, about 1 minute. If too sticky add more flour, to dry more buttermilk. Press into a seven-inch disk and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut into eight pieces but do not separate. Bake until done in the center and brown on top, about…

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Second Wind


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With dusk behind the rocky shore
beneath amber sky, sea birds soar
day settles down for twilight sleep
my soul is lingering still and deep
past and future goes hand in hand
together as one, like sea and sand
heading home, home, home again
sailing forward by a second wind.

© Roxi St. Clair

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It’s A Good Friday Celebration: Commander-in-Chief Trophy Presented To The U.S. Naval Academy.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Presents Navy with the Commander-in-Chief‘s Trophy

 

Published on Apr 18, 2014

President Obama welcomes the U.S. Naval Academy‘s football team to the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in 11 seasons.

 

 

 

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Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy

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THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Congratulations to the Navy Midshipmen.  (Applause.)  Does this get old?

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Never.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  No?  Okay.  (Laughter.)  It’s good to see Coach Ken again.  And I want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller for his service to the Academy and to our country.

 

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This is the second time these seniors have come here to claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.  If you guys have your punch cards with you, the next one is free.  (Laughter.)  I’m pretty sure Coach Ken would agree that this was one of the best teams yet.

 

First of all, you had incredible talent.  Senior captain Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti led the defense.  I hear that they’re known in the locker room as “the meatheads.”  (Laughter.) On a football team, though, that’s high praise.

 

This year, quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the best seasons in school history.  His 31 rushing touchdowns weren’t just an Academy record — they were a Division I record for a quarterback.  (Applause.)  He is one of only a handful of players in Division I history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.  I think it’s fair to say that if you’re on a list with Barry Sanders you’re doing pretty good.

 

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So this team had the leadership, it had the tools.  But this is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances.  When the government was forced to shut down, you didn’t even know if the game against Air Force was going to happen.  Luckily, the Secretary of Defense stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was, because Secretary Hagel has a few things on his plate, but he personally intervened on this one.

 

A few weeks later, you beat San Jose State in triple overtime — with Keenan scoring seven rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a Division I quarterback in a single game.  And you kept on rolling through the games that really mattered.  In the snow, you beat Army for the 12th time in a row — they’re starting to feel bad about this — locking up the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the 9th time in 11 years.  You went on to beat Middle Tennessee State to win your first bowl game since 2009.

 

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So, overall, this was a pretty good year on the gridiron.  What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing.  When these guys sign up, when you sign up to play at Annapolis, you know you’re in for a different experience.  A typical day starts at 6:00 a.m. in the training room.  Breakfast is at 7:00 a.m.  After that, it’s class, lunch and football meetings.  Then more class, football practice, dinner.  Free time starts at 8:00 p.m., which most players use to study until midnight.  And when students at other colleges are enjoying summer vacation, these guys are busy with military training and summer school and offseason workouts.

 

So, yes, it’s about learning to be a good football player, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader and to be a good man.  And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.

 

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Next month, 14 of these guys are going to be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy.  Another eight will become 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.  Senior captain Matt Aiken will serve on a ship down in Norfolk.  And Wave Ryder — by the way, if your name is Wave Ryder, then you’ve got to be in the Navy — (laughter) — will suit up as a Naval aviator.

 

That’s their commitment to service.  That’s the commitment to country and to each other that sets this team apart.

 

Today, that commitment is as strong as ever.  Last month, I know that all of us were mourning the loss of Will McKamey.  Two busloads of classmates and teammates made the eight-hour trip to Knoxville to attend his funeral, as did Coach Ken.  I understand your motto for this season is “I Will” in memory of him.  And that’s what camaraderie is all about:  Honor.  Courage.  Commitment.  That’s what makes the Midshipmen so strong.  And that’s why I’m so proud to serve as your Commander-in-Chief — not only — in fact, not primarily because of what you’ve done on the football field, but because of your dedication to each other and your service to America.

 

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So today it is my privilege to present you with a trophy that weighs about as much as I do.  (Laughter.)  Congratulations, guys, once again.  (Applause.)

 

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Navy Midshipmen Receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the Ninth Time in 11 Seasons

 

This afternoon, the President welcomed the U.S. Naval Academy’s football team to the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy once again.

 

Since 1972, the trophy has been awarded each season to the winner of a triangular series between the Army Black Knights, the Navy Midshipmen, and the Air Force Falcons. Today marked Navy’s ninth time receiving the trophy in the past 11 years.

 

Talk about a hot streak.

 

“This was a pretty good year on the gridiron,” said the President. “What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing.”

 

When you sign up to play at Annapolis, you know you’re in for a different experience. A typical day starts at 6 a.m. in the training room. Breakfast is at 7. After that, it’s class, lunch, and football meetings. Then more class, football practice, and dinner. Free time starts at 8, which most players use to study until midnight. And when students at other colleges are enjoying summer vacation, these guys are busy with military training, and summer school, and offseason workouts.

So, yes, it’s about learning to be a good football player. But more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader, and to be a good man. And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.

 

 

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Jose “Cheo” Feliciano …. who was he?


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~~April 18, 2014~~

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) – Puerto Rican salsa legend Jose Luis “Cheo” Feliciano, a giant of the genre, died in a car crash early Thursday morning in San Juan, police said. He was 78.

A crooner with one of the most recognizable and imitated voices in Latin music, Feliciano sang with the long-running Fania All Stars in the heyday of New York’s thriving salsa scene in the 1970′s.

“Cheo was one of the most important stalwarts and forces of our music,” said Juan Moreno Velazquez, a New York-based journalist who has written biographies of salsa’s biggest stars. “He will be mourned in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. He connected to the people, a true stalwart of our culture for all Latinos. The passing of this icon leaves immense pain throughout Latin America.”

Indeed, the governor of Puerto Rico has declared three days of mourning and…

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Join Us: 2014 White House Spring Garden Tours


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Join Us: 2014 White House Spring Garden Tours

 

This Spring, the White House will once again welcome guests from across the country to the South Lawn to view the White House Kitchen Garden and grounds. This special tour features the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the  White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

 

These special tours are open and free to the public on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass tell the story of the first garden on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II. This new garden was planted in the Spring of 2009 with the help of local elementary school children and has yielded a constant supply fresh produce for the First Family and White House events.
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Interested in coming?

 

The National Park Service will distribute tickets to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

While you are here be sure to share your visit with your social media followers with the hashtag #WHGarden.

 

Interested in learning more about the White House?

 

  • Check out Let’s Move! For more information on how theKitchen Garden got started and view our Garden Guides for starting your own KitchenSchool orCommunity garden.
  • Go behind the scenes at the White House with the Google Art Project, a 360-degree street view camera that captures the rooms that are featured on the public tour.

 

For all the other ways to engage with the White House, visit WhiteHouse.gov/engage.

 

 

White House Announces 2014 Spring Garden Events

April 26 and 27

WASHINGTON –As part of the President and First Lady’s ongoing effort to open the People’s House to as many people as possible, the White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT, and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT.  During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House.  Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.

 

This event is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children).  The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets NW on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 AM.  Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Backpacks (oversized)
  • Balloons
  • Food or beverages of any kind
  • Duffle bags/suitcases
  • Any pointed object
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Insulated metal containers/water bottles/thermos
  • Guns/stun guns/ammunition
  • Knives of any kind
  • Mace
  • Tobacco

 

The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.  However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas, and cameras are permitted.

 

All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (e.g. wheelchairs, electric scooters, glucose tablets, EpiPens, etc.).  Please identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to U.S. Secret Service upon arrival.

 

In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled.  Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.

 

 

 

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

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