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Archive for April, 2008

Sharing Time — A Soldier’s Cake

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

This was sent to us and I thought I’d share:

How nice to know that Bake Me A Wish does all the baking and sending for you… and nary a fruitcake in sight! I like how it doesn’t mention how much brandy to add. Do you think Nana O’Carroll had a heavy hand?

This is a family favourite inherited from my Nana O’Carroll. We have always called it The Soldiers Cake. This is because Nana discovered it during World War II when cake tins were made available in which to bake, pack, and send fruit cakes to soldiers. This recipe was on the tin …

Ingredients – 6oz butter; 6oz sugar; 3 eggs; 8oz sultanas; 8oz raisins; 2oz mixed peel; 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg; 1/4 teaspoons mixed spice; 1/2 tablespoon golden syrup; 3oz self-raising flour; 6oz plain flour; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon water; brandy. Method – Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Beat in golden syrup. Add sultanas, raisins, and mixed peel. Fold in flour to which has been added cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice, and salt. Lastly add brandy and baking powder mixed in a tablespoon of water. Bake in a very moderate oven for two hours.

GI Film Festival

Monday, April 21st, 2008

I wanted to bring to your attention a film festival that looks like it will be an amazing time. It’s the GI Film Festival, being held in Washington, D.C. from May 14 until May 18 and will be showcasing 25 patriotic films. It is the only festival to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military through the medium of film. There will also be discussion panels, old classic films, special screenings and an awards ceremony honoring actor Jon Voight.

Administrative Professionals Day

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Did you know April 23 is Administrative Professionals Day? What better way is there to say thank you to your fellow office worker then sending them a gourmet cake from Bake Me A Wish? Tell them how sweet they are! Just be sure to order by April 22 at 3 p.m. Then prepare to be very popular.

Making a Difference

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Today, I want to share something from an article by Scott Blanchard in the Birmingham News:

A little-known section of the Energy Security Act of 2007 contained a provision that would require within five years all new vehicles sold (foreign and domestic) in the United States be capable of running on alcohol fuels (a k a “flex fuel”) as well as gasoline. It costs, on average, about $100 to make a car flex-fuel capable. The most common flex fuel available today is ethanol, or E85, but flex-fuel cars can run on any alcohol-based fuel such as methanol or butanol and, of course, on gasoline.

This one provision would have had the effect of creating an international standard for flex-fuel automobiles. In turn, it would have had a domino effect forcing foreign automakers to equip their vehicles for flex fuel (or risk losing the huge U.S. market). […] gasoline would be forced to compete with alcohol fuels. […]

[Let’s] seek to persuade our members of Congress that it is in our interest to have fuel choice. Had the Open Fuel Standard mentioned above been enacted, we would be well on our way toward weaning ourselves off the shackles of our oil addiction.