Thursday, July 4, 2013

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. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Happy Birthday America!
Cheers Everyone!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Buttermilk Candy. An Old Recipe........Perfected.

How can you perfect something as old as an 1918 recipe? Hmmm.....good question. My answer is if you like the taste of sugar.......lots of it, then by-'ol-means you can't perfect it. If not then, tweaking is in order.

The 1918 candy recipe goes as:

2 cups of sugar
butter about the size of a walnut (seriously, that is what it said)
1 cup of buttermilk

Directions:
1 In saucepan, boil together sugar, butter, buttermilk, until it forms a soft ball stage in cold water. Remove from the fire, beat until creamy. Pour into buttered pans, cut in squares when cool.

That is it the 1918 year old recipe. Now this is my version of this recipe.

2 cups of sugar
4 Tb spoons of butter
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
In a heavy saucepan or if you have a copper pot USE IT! Copper pots, distribute the heat evenly. Awesome in any candy making.  Boil together sugar, butter, and buttermilk, DO NOT STIR MIXTURE! Just leave it be. I don't care what your uncle-cousin-grandma-neighbor-sister-friend-boyfriend-husband-aunt-brother-former-roommate-mother-dad-that-unknown-person-on-the-phone have said, just leave it alone, just use a candy thermometer and leave the mixture alone, until it forms a soft ball stage between 235° F–240° F sugar concentration: 85%

At this temperature, sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand.

Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp of vanilla, beat mixture with a hand held electric mixture, until it is forming define lines or creamy. Pour into lined pans with parchment or waxed paper. Let it cool at room temperature for a few hours. When ready to serve, cut into squares. If it comes out gooey like mine did today, you can't cut it into squares. Strange that it came out gooey for me today, maybe I didn't whip it long enough. Take some wax paper and spoon some on the wax paper, then tie the ends. 

Not much different then the old 1918 recipe, but in my opinion it taste much better. The taste of sugar is masked and it's more creamy.

Cheers Everyone! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

"That" Time of Year Once Again

Yes, as we know Valentines is coming up once again, and for some reason it comes up every year. Somehow I do think that singles all over the world would agree with me when I say: "Boycott Valentines Day!" Guess what we have, by calling it: "Singles-Awareness-Day." Just so you know.

 Now I have found a list of books to read for *cough* Valentines Day *cough.* To be honest I haven't read many of these books.   One of the books that was listed was "Beastly." Many reasons why I didn't like this story, (I tried to but failed). One of the reasons that bothered me about this story, was at the beginning of the story where the main character gets groped, and there was drugs and alcohol in the story.  Yeah, I was uncomfortable just reading about it; to say the lest, I don't recommended this book at all.

So now that *cough* Valentines Day *cough* is approaching fast, (Men, get the roses and chocolates ordered for your love), but I do have my own list of good reads for all ages. Yes, ALL ages. You can however be the judge. I like them for not only for entertainment, but they are clean. I just don't like to read junk.

  1. The Princess Bride        
  2. Book of a Thousand Days
  3. Fairest
  4. My Fair Godmother
  5. My Unfair Godmother
  6. The Mark
  7. Much Ado About Nothing
  8. Austenland
  9. Mr. Darcy Vampyre
  10. As You Like It

That is it for this years list of good *cough* Valentine *cough* (I must have a frog in my throat??), reads. I could make the list longer, but that would be boring to read a long list.

Now in a previous post I have given a list of entertainment for Single-Awareness-Day.   I have now a new updated list. If you will, a list for all; a mixture of not just books, but poetry, and movies alike. Yes, once again ALL ages, and no junk. Once again they are about lost love, unrequited love, (admit it we all have been there), and just plain silly. So silly, it doesn't have anything to do with love/Valentine.   

  1. The Unvalentine  
  2. The Lady of Shalott
  3. The Glass Bottom Boat  
  4. Walk Don't Run 
  5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (why? you may ask, Answer....It's another view of Hamlet. By the way it's on Youtube, in parts). 
  6. The Disgusted Driver's Handbook--Instructions For Surviving On The Roads Infested With Idiots 
  7. The Blue Day Book: A Lesson on Cheering Yourself Up 
  8. Lost in Austen, (it's also on Youtube).   
  9. Arsenic and Old lace
  10. Rapunzel's Revenge
There you have it. My 2013 updated list. I must admit I really thought about the Single-Awareness-Day list, the earlier post about Single-Awareness-Day list of book's & movies I didn't need to think.  Once again you can enjoy my list or by all means, make up your own. These are just suggestions.

So don't forget the ice cream, or popcorn, and enjoy!

Cheers Everyone!    

Friday, October 26, 2012

America deserves better.

A great leader is an example of everything good. They are not scared to get their hands dirty. They will be an example of service, forgiveness, justice, humility, hope, faith, and charity. I don't know what kind of president Romney could be. I only know that he has the potential to be great.

The last four years have been a wake up call for most Americans. Obama and his administration have been a disappointment. Americans have felt betrayed. I have seen the real Obama in the debates this past month, he has been petty and tiny. Attacking Romney, telling lies and rumors about him. Even after the fact checkers has proved Obama wrong. 

I don't know about you, but I want a leader that I can be proud of. As I have said before, I don't know what kind of leader Romney will be. What I do know is that, I am not proud to have Obama as my leader. He has not served the people of America with humility. Obama has not served America, only burden America's people with debt, lies, and irresponsibility. 

Obama was presented to the American people a wolf in sheepskin four years ago. I am proud to say that I did not vote for him four years ago, he did not give me a good reason why I should. During the last four years Obamas sheepskin have been falling apart, little by little. The last two months his sheepskin have been striped away to show the wolf he really is. The sad thing is that people refuse to see it, and that is what Obama is counting on. America does not need this kind of leader. America deserves a better, nobler leader. Sadly, Obama is not he. 

I want a leader that I can be proud of. A leader that is trying to be good.  I want a kind of leader that other nations will be jealous. To have such a leader that will lead America to greatness.  To have such a leader would be amazing. A lot of people would say that kind of leader only is in fictional story's. I don't think so. 

George Washington was a great leader. America needed him. Americans wanted him to be king. Washington refused, so instead he became president. Not only in his presidency was he a great leader, but before being president he was a leader of war. He was able to turn farmers, peddlers, cobblers, and etc into an army with service and with discipline, who defeated the English with the help of the French. The best part of George Washington, he did fight along with his army in war, and he served them and the early American people into independence. The better part of Washington is that he prayed for devine guidance to lead. He prayed over his men, and the land that he loved. There have been other leaders like him in history, and there can be once again.

To have a leader who will serve, and if needs be to discipline with love, humility, and faith will be a great leader. I pray to have that kind of leader that America needs and deserves. 

Cheers Eveyone!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Dreams Lost?

We all have dreams. We work for our dreams. We even have changed our dreams along the way of working for the original dreams. Some of us have lost our dreams, watched them die.

My brother have asked the question of why I have been angry and unhappy. The easy answer somewhat crudely explained it is on this blog post called The Purpose of Trials. The hard explanation I will try and explain. Like I have said in The Purpose of Trials post, family/friends don't understand, I guess my brother is no exception.

Yes, as a little sibling, I do get frustrated with my older siblings, just like any other person. My pain was deeper then what others have seen and what I have let others seen and know. Yes, because of the economic melt down, my family and I have lost our home, like it was crudely explain in The Purpose of Trials post. The deeper pain that I have experienced was hard for me to heal from. And only the past year I have felt better about things, and it has been 7 years since the lost of everything, dreams included.

While growing up I had lots of dreams, just like any other child. Like I wanted to be a painter, a great cook, a singer, an actor, a pianist, violinist, doctor, photographer, hair stylist, and etc.  While growing older a lot of these childhood dreams have changed and some have been fulfilled. Like I can cook, but I am not a "great" cook. I can play the piano and even the Organ, but I'm more of an closet pianist. People intimidate me, as for the Organ? I can play it, but timid at it. I just think I need more practice and patience with myself.  I am also a violinist.

The dreams that I have wanted to have fulfilled, I have seen die right before my eyes. These are the ones that have caused me the most pain. First, I wanted to finish college. I wanted to go into music and be a physicist. Strange combination, I know. It's what I wanted.

Second, I wanted to play the Harp. I have loved the harp ever since I have seen "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant, when I was a little kid. In a seen in "The Bishop's Wife," Cary Grant plays the harp. I was amazed and I loved the sound of it. The URL will take you to the clip where Cary Grant plays the harp. Later in my teen years this dream changed from learning a full sized harp to a Celtic harp.  For some reason I refuse to let this dream die. I have been holding on to it with everything that I have. As time went on, and reality hit me hard, it has been hard to keep this dream alive.

Third, is the one dream that I am refusing to put on the blog or anywhere in cyberspace. This one gave me the most pain. I do have the assurance that one day everything will be ok. I just don't know how. All I can do right now is to go and do what is expected of me, and what I expect of myself.

I realize that this is yet another crud explanation. And the last dream is very vague, like I have said: I refuse to put it on cyberspace. Oh, I'm know that my brother have changed a lot of his dreams, just like a lot of us. I am also sure that my brother have seen some of his dreams die. Like dreams that he had for his children. His children have autism, the younger is less severe. His oldest, may not know what it is like to get baptized, go to prom, serve a mission, and etc. I know that this has caused him and my SIL a lot of pain. My brother have seen his dream of a college degree realized, and other of his prized personal dreams realized. While I on the other hand, have had a hard time giving mine up entirely, (still have some hope, how little small, for all 3 of them).

Like I have said, only in the past year I have felt better about things, more optimistic. There is a quote by President Hinckely:

 "You can Be excellent in every way. You can Be first class. There is no need for you to be a scrub. Respect yourself. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not dwell on unkind things other may say about you. Polish and refined whatever talents the Lord has given you. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life and look for it's opportunities."  

A lot of the LDS prophets have said to get an education. One would interpret that as: "Go to college."  You can get an education in may different ways and places. Now, I am not saying "don't ever go to college." Go, and have fun, but when you are done with the schooling, that doesn't mean that you need to stop learning altogether. Consider everyday anew learning experience. Find something new to learn and it can be anything and everything. Go out and do the best you can.

 Cheers Everyone!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pina Colada Cake

Ok on Pinterest I keep seeing a Pina Colada Cake. What makes the cake is the icing/topping.  The ones that are on Pinterest have the pineapple in the cake. Hmmmmm. This is my families recipe.

1 yellow cake mix
1 can of chunky pineapple drained
1 package of instant sugar free Banana pudding
1 large tub of Cool Whip/or a small box of whipping cream; whipped
1 package of coconut

Directions:

Mix up the cake according to directions. In a 13-9 in cake pan spray with cooking spray and sprinkle 1/2 cup coconut on the bottom. Pore the cake mix in the pan on top of the coconut, bake according to directions.

In a large bowl pore the Cool Whip/or Whipping Cream, mix the dry instant sugar free Banana pudding together, with drained pineapple chunks. Pore over the top of the cooled cake. Last sprinkle the rest of the coconut on top. Remember refrigerate any left overs, because of the milk.


Ok, I have forgotten to put on a tip for this cake. Tip: Instead of using veggie oil like it says on the back of the yellow cake mix box, my family and I would put in Coconut oil. By doing that it changed the texture of the cake and made it taste amazing!


Cheers!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

FHE Activity

I was surprised that ALL of the programs was taken. The people in my ward would usually take a program, read it, and then put it back on the table after the meeting. This time there was not a program put back.  I put on a scripture chase on the program, called Scripture Cookies. The idea of this scripture chase is to look up each scripture and you will find the ingredients for Scripture Cookies. Some of the clues are subtle, so check the list of ingredients on the bottom. This is the recipe:
  • 3/4 cup "The words of his mouth were smoother than                  " (Ps 55:21)
  • 1/3 cup "Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy                     and honey" (2Ne 26:25)
  • 1 1/2 cups "To what purpose cometh there to me......the                         from a far country? (Jer 6:20)
  • 2 "As one gathereth            that are left, have I gathered all the earth" (Isa 10:14)
  • 2 cups "And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine                (1 Kings 4:22)
  • 1 teaspoon "Take thou also unto thee principal spices,... and of sweet               half so much (Ex 30:23)
  • 1 teaspoon  "Ye are the              of the earth" (Matt 5:13)
  • 1/2 teaspoon "The kingdom of heaven is like unto                 (Matt13:33)
  • 3 cup "Nevertheless,....                        for the horse" (D&C 89:17)
  • 1 cup "And they gave him....two cluster of                 " (1 Sam 30:12)

  1. Beat first four ingredients together
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookies sheet
  4. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 15 Minutes

Answer: Butter, Milk, Sugar, Eggs, Flour, Cinnamon, Salt, Baking Soda, Oats, and Raisins.

"Feast upon the words of Christ" 2 Nephi 32:3

I did two things different to this recipe. I took out the raisins and put in chocolate chips. I am not a fan of raisins, I really hate raisins. The chocolate chips, I thought made the cookies. And I took out the Salt
Cheers everyone!