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Happy 234th America

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. 

“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

There followed a list of 27 abuses or charges against King George and ended by severing all ties to Great Britain and the King and resulted in the Revolutionary War and the greatest experiment in self-rule the world has ever known.

A Miracle in Human Affairs

Benjamin Franklin had this to say about the founding of this great country:

“The manner in which the whole of this business was conducted was such a miracle in human affairs, that if I had not been in the midst of it, and seen all the movements, I could not have comprehended how it was effected. I had no doubt of our finally succeeding in this war by the blessing of God. This is the greatest revolution the world has ever seen.”

 

Featured Recipe:     Red, Black, & Blue Berry Delight

My eyes light up at the mere thought of berries.

The colors are bright, cheerful, and exotic. The smell of berries takes me back to warm summer days years ago picking, and eating, berries straight off the bush as a child. Berries are bursting with flavor!

The mix of these three different berries is a delight on my tongue. How can such a small fruit carry such a wallop taste wise? Each berry has its own unique taste, but taken together they create a symphony of tastes that awaken every single one of my taste buds. In fact, they awaken taste buds I never even knew I had.

Berries are super nutritious too. They are high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids too. If you want to know more about the health benefits of berries click here.

This recipe is equally delicious whether served for breakfast, as a salad, or as a dessert.

This is what you will need for 5-6 servings:

About equal amounts of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries

About 1 tablespoon brown sugar

The juice of ½ an orange

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Dressing:

8 ounces cream cheese

7 ounces marshmallow crème

The juice of ½ an orange

NOTE: You can save money by just making some whipped cream.

Here is what you do:

After rinsing and drying the berries place them in a big bowl.

Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Squeeze the juice of half an orange over the berries. Add the vanilla.

NOTE: If you wish you can leave these three ingredients out and instead add about ¼ a cup of Grand Mariner or Chambord, or your favorite liqueur. But we are talking a whole different dessert if you do that. Yippee!!!!

Very carefully and gingerly mix the berries to coat.

For the dressing place the cream cheese and the marshmallow crème in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of about half an orange into the mixture. I add a little bit of juice at a time. I want the crème to be just a bit runny, but not watery. I add more as needed.

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.

You can use a mixer or processor. I choose to do it by hand with a wooden spoon. It means fewer utensils I have to wash up later. And you keep thinking I am kidding about being a lazy cook.

Place a couple of spoonfuls of the berry mixture in a small dish or dessert cup. Top with some of the cream cheese mixture.

So yummy. My mouth is watering in anticipation of  my first bite!!!

Cost

Blueberries          $2.50

Raspberries         $3.00

Blackberries         $1.50

Brown suagr        $0.06

½ an orange        $0.50

Vanilla extract      $0.06

Total Cost = $7.62
Cost per person (6) = $1.27

Dressing Cost:

Cream Cheese               $1.99

Marshmallow Creme       $1.69

½ an orange                  $0.50

Total Cost = $4.18
Cost per person (6) = $0.70
Total Cost For All = $11.80
Total Cost per person For All = $1.97

Bon Appetite!!

Quote of the Day:    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.     Thomas Jefferson, Author, Declaration of Independence

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