It's George Washington's Birthday
A National Holiday
Well, except Lincoln's now involved as well
and they've moved George's Birthday
From February 22
to the third Monday in February
And instead of George Washington's Birthday
It's called President's Day!!!
Everyone knows President Washington
We learned about him in school
And the part in played in our Independence
as well as being the first President of these United States
We have a daily reminder of him with our dollar bill
He's there everyday!
Mount Vernon his home has been preserved
(not by our government but rather by some strong minded ladies
who saved the estate from being torn down so something "better" could be erected ---
My hat's off to those daring women who understand the importance of preserving the property!)
When did George Washington's Birthday get moved from February 22 to the third Monday in February? In 1968. Congress enacted the "Monday Holiday Law" -- changing many holidays to a Monday thereby insuring that Federal employees would get three day weekends for most holidays.
Interestingly, we lived in Kansas City and the first time that Washington's Birthday was changed from the true date to a Monday, we got the Monday off and then on the day itself, there was such a snowstorm that most of the city was closed. I think George had "someone's" ear and wanted to insure that his real birthday was still a holiday!!!
When did Washington's Birthday become "President's Day"? Contrary to popular public belief, neither Congress nor any President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington's Birthday be changed to "President's Day". It's the Merchants and the Media who've changed the name.
After Congress passed that legislation, moving Washington's Birthday to the third Monday, it will NEVER be celebrated on his real birthday -- for the third Monday will never be past February 21 -- and as everyone knows, Washington's Birthday is February 22!
We always celebrated Washington's Birthday when I was a child
No school, first
And second, a cherry dessert
Every year we always had
|Photo courtesy of Eagle Brand Milk|
Cherry Cheese Pie
We had it so often on February 22, that we should have called it "Washington Pie"
For he chopped down the cherry tree as a boy
And cherries are forever after thought of when one thinks of Washington!
I've made my share of Cherry Cheese Pies.
It was tradition, after all!
But this year, I'm making this wonderful cake
Warm from the oven, it's a great breakfast cake.
Leftovers make great tea fare.
CAKE OF CHERRIES
4 eggs, separated
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
3/4 c. ground almonds
1 T. Kirschwasser (cherry brandy)
3/4 pound Bing cherries, halved and pitted
Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan.
In a large bowl, beat the yolks with 1/2 the sugar, the vanilla and the lemon zest. In another bowl, beat the whites with the salt to soft peaks, then beat in the remaining sugar a tablespoon at a time until thick and glossy.
Stir the almonds into the yolks, then the cherry brandy, then loosen the mixture by adding a spoonful of the whites to the mixture. Fold in the remaining whites and pour into the prepared pan. Scatter the cherries over the top and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
Let cool 10 minutes before removing sides of the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
It's Friday and I'm sharing the cherry cake with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.