Saturday, April 30, 2011

Best Babysitting Saturday

Is it bad that my favorite Saturday this semester was spent with a second and fourth grader?  Today, I watched my Pastor's two children, Chloe and Jonathan.  I got to their house at 10am and just got home.  Sure, it was a long day, but I made some serious bank.  But the best part of the whole babysitting for 11 hours deal was just having a day to relax.  As I'm sure you've realized from my constant stressed-filled posts, this semester has been no easy feat.  It was just so nice to have a day to indulge in mindless cartoons, play boardgames, eat junk food, and well just be a kid in New York City.

This Life-Sized Puppet was
Right Beside the Wicked Booth
Today marked the Tribeca Family Film Festival.  Because of its free admission, Wall Street was swarming with pint-sized New Yorkers.  Our first stop was a long line at the Italian Ice Cart; the flavor of choice was Rainbow.  Next, we took pictures of parading puppets and visited the make your own kite tent.  The windy  weather was perfect for flying, not too cold but enough so that our new kites would  successfully take off.  We also stopped at the arts and crafts booth and made shiny pinwheels and foam visors.  Around mid-afternoon, we headed back to their apartment but not before we sampled delicious red velvet cupcakes and watched a few street performers.


Why Yes that is a Band Playing on Stilts
Shrek Sandcastle Display

After a game of the Lego board game, Creationary, the three of us spent the rest of the day watching High School Musical I and II.  Although I was a little reluctant to babysit with finals a week away, I'm so glad I did.  Sure, I'm a little stressed now and have to write two papers tomorrow, but it was certainly worth it.  Sometimes, you just need to watch a few episodes of Phineas and Ferb, leave the dorm room for the day, buy yourself a sweet treat, and enjoy all the free stuff this City has to offer!

Friday, April 29, 2011

USA vs. UK

He Caught a Pop Fly
Oh how I remember the good old days of 9th grade PE where the coaches would yell at us because our running time was too slow, or our aim was just a little too off for his taste.  I absolutely hated getting all sweaty and ruining my hair, and frankly I thought my hours in the outfield would never pay off.  Well, I was wrong.  This past week Oliver, the little boy I babysit, and I have been spending our afternoons on the baseball field.  In preparation for his big game this Saturday, I've been throwing pitches and chasing after his home-runs.  And the weird part is, I'm actually enjoying it.  I even caught myself agreeing to a practice round yesterday in the pouring rain!  Of course, I'm no where near as good as Olie, so he lent me his dad's glove and a baseball and told me to practice over the weekend.  Perhaps I shouldn't have quit softball after second grade?

Kate's Dress is Officially
Out of the Bag 


Sure America may have baseball, but I sure do wish I was in London today!  Seriously, how awesome is all this Royal Wedding hype.  Kate's Alexander McQueen dress was absolutely beautiful, and Prince William looked rather dashing in his bright red military uniform.  Although it may seem the  true Cinderella story, Kate and Will's courtship wasn't always so picture perfect, at least that's what I got from watching the Lifetime Original Movie William and Kate:  Let Love Rule.  But enough about the negative, I just hope they have their own Happily Ever After.

Sorry, but I couldn't resist posting a few Royal Wedding Crafts and Decor that I found on the GH website:
In the spirit of DIY, you can even make your own Royal Wedding Party (complete with the Queen's corgis).  With the help of Fiona Gables new book, Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, create easy-to-knit dolls of the blushing bride and her handsome husband.  The book is available at amazon.com for only $10.95!  

This kitchy keepsake of "Kate and William Paper Dolls" features seven outfits for each of them.  Available at amazon.com for only $9.99, they would serve as the perfect centerpiece for a Royal Wedding Themed party.  




Monday, April 25, 2011

The Dead Beat

Today in my Journalism class, my professor let us in on a little secret...being an obituary writer pretty much guarantees you a job.  Known as the Dead Beat, obituary writing insures journalists a chance at feature pieces.  Although writing an obituary requires you to be accurate to a fault, your reporting doesn't have to be quite so unbiased.  For homework, we were told to study the NYTimes section and write an obituary about someone who's still alive.  Of course, I chose The Queen of Y'all and Southern Cuisine, Paula Deen.  I'll have you know, I actually really liked writing this piece; perhaps I've found a new calling.  So, here's my opinion of how Paula should pass.  Hope you enjoy!


        Paula Deen, who with her Southern recipes and Daytime Emmy Award winning show Paula’s Home Cooking clogged quite a few arteries over the past 20 years, died Tuesday at her Savannah, Georgia home from a fried mayonnaise and butter overload.  She was 75.

Her death was confirmed by her dietician and personal trainer Bob Smith.

The self dubbed “Queen of Y’all” began her relationship with Food Network in 1999, after appearing on episodes of Doorknock Dinners and Ready, Set, Cook!.  The network liked her gracious Southern hospitality and offered Deen her own show.  Paula’s Home Cooking premiered in November 2002 to mixed reviews.  Audiences loved it, but critics questioned her recipe’s high amounts of fat, salt and sugar.

In the 2005 feel-good romance Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, Deen made her film debut. She played the aunt of Bloom’s character, and her cooking was heavily showcased.

Deen owned and operated The Lady and Sons restaurant.  Known for its famous hoecakes and garlic cheese biscuits, the restaurant has become a perennial favorite with Savannah tourist since its opening in 1996.

Although the star of a Food Network hit show and author of five cookbooks, “being selected as the as Grand Marshal of the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade was my greatest honor,” said Deen in an interview last year for this obituary.

Growing up in Albany, she spent countless hours in her Grandmother Paul's kitchen, learning and memorizing the same recipes that still line her dinner table today.  Her story wasn't all peach cobbler and sweet tea, though. At a young age, Deen lost both her parents and found herself in a rocky marriage, the mother of two young boys, and the victim of a debilitating disorder that kept her confined to her home.

Feeling trapped, she took to the only place she felt truly comfortable, her kitchen.  Making her grandmother’s recipes, she cooked her way through her misfortunes and years of depression, eventually becoming the Queen of Southern Cuisine.

In 2004, Deen remarried to Savannah tugboat captain, Michael Groover.  However, she chose to keep the last name from her first marriage.
In addition to her husband, Deen is survived by her two sons, Jamie and Bobby; two step-children from her second marriage, Michelle and Anthony, and two grandchildren.  

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Best Easter Ever!

After a stressful weekend of writing a paper comparing Germany's Memory of the Holocaust with Georgia's Memory of the Civil War, I finally changed out of my sweats and left the building this morning for City Grace's Easter message.  Our worship leader played the typical Easter songs and our pastor preached the typical Easter sermon (both of which I absolutely love don't get me wrong), but I was just so excited for what was happening afterward that I was a little absentminded during the first half of the service.  Today, April 24th, 2011, was my baptism day.  Sure, when I was two weeks old my parents had me baptized, but today was my decision.  It was my chance to tell everyone in attendance that "hey I believe in Jesus and He's  done amazing things in my life."  Quite a celebration, huh?  So, along with my friend Carley, I went up in front of the whole church, gave a short testimony about all that God's done in my life over the past two years and was sprinkled with water.  It was absolutely wonderful to have my friends there with me on this special day as well; it really meant a lot to me to have their support.  I know today was only a symbol of my commitment, but for some reason I just feel different!
Why Yes That is a Stamp With My Sister's Face on It!
After church, I had lunch at a dinning hall-pancakes, home fries, and chocolate cheesecake-and the rest of the afternoon's been spent studying. With less than three weeks left until the semester ends, it's seriously crunch time.  But, before I cracked open the books, I went to the mailbox and found my invitation to Becky's high school graduation! I seriously can't believe she's about to head off to University of Florida.  She's supposed to always stay my baby sister; I don't know if I'm ok with her growing up.  As I munch on my Yellow Marshmallow Peeps, I can't help but be excited for her future a my much deserved break.


On a completely unrelated not, for my journalism class this week, we had to write an Easter/Passover story, and seeing as how everyone loves the sweet treats Spring brings, I thought I'd share mine with y'all:
And so the Debate over the Best Easter Treat Continues 

New Yorkers named Cadbury Eggs as their favorite Easter treat, according to an informal survey. 

The caramel-filled chocolate sweet took 60% of the votes, with Marshmallow Peeps following close behind.  

“During the Easter season I probably buy four or five caramel eggs,” said NYU sophomore Jen Barbosa.  “Although when I was younger, I used to get an entire basket full of them.” 

Unfortunately, 23rd Street’s shortage off eggs kept Barbosa from indulging in his favorite seasonal snack this year.

Both the CVS and Duane Reade on 3rd Avenue ran out of Cadbury Eggs two weeks before April 24th, according to store employees.  However, they suggested Russell Stover Cream Eggs as a delicious substitute.  

With a suggested retail price of $1 each, Cadbury eggs were 25¢ more than their Russell Stover substitute.

When the Peeps rang up, 75¢ was the total cost for five yellow marshmallow chicks.  

“I hope the Easter bunny brings me Peeps in my basket,” said seven-year-old Oliver Jackson, while his sister, Sophie, expected pastel candy corn.  

When describing why he loves Peeps, NYU sophomore, Michael Spinelli, said, “They are delicious, sugary goodness. Plus, you can watch them blow up in the microwave.”

Too old to ruin the microwave but want-in on the fun?  Head over to “Peep World” and build your own.   

To Sum It All Up... 

The Easter Treat
Calories per Serving
Cost 
Peeps (Pack of 5 Chicks)
140
75¢
Cadbury Egg
170
$1
Russell Stover Egg
110
75¢
 


Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm On a Boat

Our E-Board

After months of planning, tonight's LSP cruise went off without a hitch.  The weather was perfect; the food was delicious; the music was awesome, and a free Nintendo 3DS was won.  For only a $2 donation to raise money for Japan, more than 300 sophomores and freshmen set sail for three hours of fun.  After a parade of girls in beautiful dresses and boys in skinny ties, the boat left Pier 61 at 7:00pm.  Dinner was a buffet with salad, scrumptious sides, four types of meat, and endless bread.  Between Walter (our DJ) and Jeffrey (our PR chairman), the dance floor was constantly filled, and the five raffles broke up any lulls.  After a pit stop in front of the Statue of Liberty, the waiters dropped by the tables with miniature cheesecakes.  The evening ended with purples LSP beach balls and Frank Sinatra's New York, New York.  Overall, all the blood, sweat and tears were well worth the final results!  I just can't believe we actually pulled it off!  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the Spirit Cruise:

The Dance Floor was Full

Ashley and Ashley

Monday, April 18, 2011

Airport Art, Flower-Filled Bathtubs and Foreign Films

Last night, at 9:40pm I took a plane back to NYC from Atlanta.  After a quick Georgia fix (complete with sweet tea and a screening of Gone With the Wind), I was off to the Big Apple for another 26 days before I'm home for the summer.  After the security check point, I usually take the airport tram to the B terminal.  But, for some reason, last night my departure gate was located in E...the international section.  Truly, I discovered it's the hidden jewel of Hartsfield-Jackson International.  There's a full-fledged food court and awesome art.  Right now, they're showcasing artwork made from discarded plane materials.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces:  
This Skirt Was Made from Used Plane Tires
The Jacket's Fabric Comes from Delta Seat Cushions


After getting back to Gramercy at 1:30am, the absolute last thing I wanted to do this morning was go to a 9:30 American History class.  Little did I realize, I drank my last cup of coffee before my plane ride to Georgia, so waking up this morning was no easy task.  By the time 2:30pm rolled around and it was time for work, I was absolutely exhausted!  Thank goodness the kids I babysit are on spring break; basking in the glory of down time, all they wanted to do was read.  I literally had to bribe Oliver with a piece of banana bread to leave the house.  After an hour-long trip to his favorite book store, Court Books, he was begging me to please take him home.  Not even the new book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series could keep his attention.  However, on our walk home, Oliver was absolutely fascinated by a flower-filled bathtub.  We had to take pictures of the peculiar Brooklyn pairing.

Looking at the Flowers
After work, I was supposed to go watch this foreign film about Germany's memory of the Holocaust.  Of course, a professor checked it out until the end of the semester.  What to do, what to do?  So, I'm now back in my dorm room watching the 1959 romantic classic Diary of a High School Bride for my internship assignment.  Oh, the joys of Netflix; seriously the best $7.99 a month a girl can spend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Standing Two Feet Away from Elie Wiesel

Today was probably just about the greatest Tuesday a girl could ask for.  For starters, it was above 60ยบ, so I actually got to wear a dress.  I felt like such a girly-girl walking around the City in four-inch heels and a flirty summer frock.

This Picture Really Put My Teacher in A Tizzy
As for class...My Jewish History Professor spent the entire hour discussing the American Civil War.  Today marked the 150th anniversary when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor, thus beginning the War Between the States.  Because I was the only Southerner in the room, my professor continuously asked my questioned about the South's perception of the War and the consequences it had on my upbringing.  Specifically, she asked a question on Southern memory. When I told her about the Stone Mountain monument, I literally thought she was going to die.  She was seriously appalled at the blatant representation of Confederate generals.  But, the true icing on the cake occurred when I told here I'm currently reading Gone With The Wind.  She looked at me like I'd lost my mind.  I guess she's unaware that Mitchell's 983 page novel is one of the most famous love stories of all times and considered one of the greatest pieces of modern fiction.  Oh well; regardless of her opinion, I've found the Southern charm that oozes off of every page to be quite a delight.  But, I'm sure my opinion is swayed by its Georgia-based setting (and Scarlett's constant mention of places I've actually visited).


Good Housekeeping was a little less than spectacular.  I came up with a few games ideas for the new Drop 5 App they'll be launching.  And I checked my email, but besides that nothing.

Of course, today was really made wonderful this evening when I literally stood 2 feel away from ELIE 
It's a Little Bit Blurry (I Took it With
My Blackberry) But Still, It's
ELIE WIESEL 
WIESEL.  That's right, the internationally acclaimed author of Night (the best memoir written about the Holocaust) came to NYU, and I got to hear his lecture.  Brilliant phrases seemed to effortlessly fall from his lips.  I continuously caught myself turning to my friend and saying, "That quote was awesome."  Here are a few of my favorites from the hour:
  • History does not make destiny, living makes destiny.
  • Accept the otherness of the other.
  • Ethos for me is living by the 11th Commandment-          "Thou shall not stand idly by"
  • No heart is as whole as a broken heart.
Wiesel knew he always wanted to be a writer; however, as a child he wanted to write Biblical commentary, and it was only after WWII that he felt he had a story that must be told.  When asked about how his faith has remained strong even though he's seen so much suffering, Wiesel said "What's the alternative?  I cannot say, 'God I divorce you.'  My faith is there still but it's slightly wounded.  Really, how can I not believe in God when I was spared?"  Seriously, perfect one-liners after perfect one-liners.  My pen couldn't move fast enough to keep up with his wonderful words.  If you ask me, just having the opportunity to hear Elie Wiesel speak was reason enough for me to come to NYU.  In 10th grade, Ms. Dykes had us read Night, and immediately I fell in love with WWII studies.  It's actually because of her term paper (and Wiesel's 112 page novella) that I'm majoring in history, with a concentration in the Holocaust.  
Night Trilogy and Program From the Event 
As April 12, 2011 comes to a close, I'm drinking a large coffee from 7-11 and working on yet another paper.  Also, Happy 20th Birthday to my wonderful roommate Patrick Chase O'Neil.  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Silver Building and New Artwork

Yesterday was deemed Propaganda Paper Saturday; I was going to be super productive and write this amazing 8 page paper about the American media directly after Pearl Harbor.  I'd done tons of research, but when in came down to actually formulating a topic, I just wasn't very inspired.

See, Students Really Can't Use This Entrance,
Unless of Course They're Filming a Movie
Instead, I rode the elevator down 15 flights and visited the Duane Reade directly below my building.  Of course, the Redbox pickings were rather slim; it was 11am on a Saturday morning.  And the movie I wanted to rent, Never Let Me Go, was still missing.  So, I got that sappy, Robert Pattinson video Remember Me instead.  For those of you who haven't seen it, don't bother spending the $1.  Of course, I knew the story line was going to be super predictable and cheesy, but what really made me made was their portrayal of the NYU Silver Building.  In the movie, they repeatedly had characters going in and out of the door facing Washington Square Park.  However, I'll have you know, that entrance is always locked.  And  students NEVER get to waltz through buildings as they please.  An NYU security guard is posted at every entrance, and students are  required to flash their ID card before entering each building.  Really Hollywood, I know we have a cool campus and all, but if you're going to have it in movies at least give it an accurate depiction.  

 On a completely different note...As I was walking to church this morning, I passed the Steinhardt building.  A new window display caught my eye, and I just had to document my findings.  Even at NYU, the most secular school in the country, God's presence can be found.

  I really liked the posting that said,
 "God is Like Maxwell House Good to the very last drop. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

18 MIles of Books

 And so, another work week's come and gone.  Only 36 more days until I leave this fare city and am Georgia bound. First things first, I would like to say how happy I am by the limited number of Rebecca Black references currently on my facebook newsfeed.  Maybe the teen queen's 15 minutes of fame are coming to an end...here's hoping!

This week's been pretty boring.  Just the typical school, work, study, home.  However, I did work a few extra hours, so I thought, no better way to reward myself then with a quick trip to The Strand.  Now, I've always been an avid reader; ever since the first Harry Potter book came out, I've had a passion for the written word.  I don't know why, but to me nothing beats spending an afternoon curled up in my bed with a worn paperback.  I'm truly captivated by the idea that only 26 letters come together to create such tales, and that old book smell, nothing beats it!  But, ever since I started working with the literary editor at Good Housekeeping, it seems like my yearning for a good story has increased two-fold.  Day after day, I open advanced  reader editions.  Divided into stacks based on whether they're
  • Memoir
  • Advice
  • Fiction
  • Celebrity
I carefully look at each novel, wondering if the book I hold in my hands will be the next modern classic.  I know, it all sounds a little cliche (or perhaps even crazy), but writing up the book memos each week has become my favorite task.  And the best part is, if the editors don't need the book for a story, I have first dibs on it.  Seriously, I've brought home 10 books so far this semester!

Getting Books from the Top
Shelf requires a Very Tall Latter 
Unfortunately, all the title's GH has to offer are current-no Virginia Woolf or F. Scott Fitzgerald here.  That's where the Strand comes to my rescue.  Standing at Broadway and 12th Street, the Strand houses 18 miles of rare, new and used titles. It's a treasure trove to all readers alike.  The have almost every title imaginable, and they're all super discounted.  Elie Wiesel, one of my favorite writers, is coming to speak at NYU this week.  I was lucky enough to get a ticket, but unfortunately, my copy of Night is tucked away on my bookshelf 1,000 miles away.  While I'm not quite even sure if Mr. Wiesel will be signing autographs, I refuse to miss the opportunity if he does.

The Newest Editions to My Bookshelf
So, after a two hour round table discussion on NYU's Chick-fil-A debate, I schlepped to my favorite spot in town and bought The Night Trilogy:  Night. Dawn. Day for only $6.95!  Of course, one book wasn't enough, not when 2.5 million titles were staring back at me.  So, I purchased Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City ($5.95) and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind ($5.95).  The 75th anniversary of the Civil War classic is coming up, and I'm a little embarrassed to say I've never actually read it.  As a Southerner it should have been one of my earliest reads; I remember starting it at age 10, but I was a little put off by its lack of pictures.


My selections may not seem cohesive, but I'm excited to read them all nonetheless.  I know it's a Friday night, and I live in the most exciting city in the word.  But all I want to do is spend an evening in with a cup of coffee and a good book.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Hodge-Podge of Sorts, But It's All So Southern

There's a line from Sweet Home Alabama that constantly keeps playing in my mind:  "You can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl."  Today's post is kind of a hodge-podge of events all rolled into one, but they're all super Southern.  
So Retro!

First off, has anyone seen Google's homepage today?  Oh, how much I learn from google's cool graphics.  Apparently, today marks the 119th Anniversary of the first documented Ice-Cream Sundae.      Might I say this picture is absolutely adorable and looks quite delicious!  

 I'm sure quite a few teacher bulletin boards  read "Spring has Sprung.  April is officially here; today I got to wear flip-flops are capris (Heck Yes!).  Therefore, I think this finally time for me post directions for the most adorable Easter craft ever!

Of course, it's from an old issue of Good Housekeeping.  I found it
when I was going through the archives room a few months ago and have
been waiting for Spring to post it! 


Sock Hoppers-To craft these cottontails, gathr patterned single socks, a needle, thread, felt, polyester stuffing (from a fabric store), and scissors.  Turn sock inside out; snip down the middle of the toe; stitch each "ear" closed.  Flip sock right-side out; stuff; sew closed 9you can also knot the ears as on our blue bunny). Add features in felt.

On a completely different note, for both my Journalism and Modern American History classes, our final assignments require quite a bit of research.  To make it a little bit more bearable, my professors suggested we write about something that interests us, so of course I turned to the South for my inspiration.

For my investigative reporting piece, I'll be looking at the popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A, which has its only NYC location in Weinstein Residence Hall.  Since mid-January, it's been taking heat due to connections with the Pennyslvania Family Institue, an organization that strongly opposes gay rights.  The company is know for its Christian values:  all Chick-fil-A branches remain closed on Sunday for religious observances.  But, the NYU LGBT office has received complaints from students and alumni who think Chick-fil-A should be removed from campus in light of its connections to organizations that strongly oppose gay rights.  It's relevant, it's newsworthy; I just hope my professor agrees.  FYI, according to my informal survey, Chick-fil-A's honey mustard has been voted the favorite side sauce.  And, if you go to NYU, please take a few seconds to answer my survey.  It can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NGHG8V5.

For Modern American History, we were asked to write a 5-7 page paper on American memory.  Some students decided to write about Pearl Harbor; others choose 9/11, while still more thought about the Dust Bowl.  My mind, however, drifted to Coke.  Now, I'm not quite sure if the fact that my class meets at 8am and I had a complete lack of caffeine that morning triggered it, but immediately the ruby red can came to my mind.  It's certainly part of our American identity, right?  And the secret formula only fuels the mystery behind this delicious beverage.  And, the fact that the World of Coke is located in ATL definitely peeks my.

Friday, April 1, 2011

It May Be April Fool's Day, But This is No Joke

I know they say April showers bring May flowers, but what does April snow bring?  As I was walking to Good Housekeeping this morning, sure enough tiny flakes fell from the sky.  

As the end of the semester approaches, I realize my time with Good Housekeeping is almost up.  I especially was made aware of this situation when I met with my faculty advisor yesterday, and she said my 20 page paper about my internship would be due at the end of April.  I finished reading all 15 books yesterday morning-eveything from The Feminine Mystique to Reading the Romance.  And today, I finally had the opportunity to look through the GH archives closet for my primary sources.  For my monster of a paper, I've picked four years that I believe changed the course of Women's History:  

  • 1885-the first issue of Good Housekeeping was printed on May 2, 1885
  • 1920-the Women's Suffrage Movement was in first swing as the Roaring Twenties began
  • 1963-the release of Betty Freidan's book sparked the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s.  As an Occupation:  Housewife, Friedan wondered why "we don't admit it to each other if we felt there should be more in life than peanut-butter sandwiches with the kids, if throwing powder into the washing machine didn't make us relive our wedding night, if getting socks or shirts pure white was not exactly a peak experience, even if we did feel guilty about the tattletale gray."
  • 2010-Good Housekeeping's 125 anniversary; they marked their milestone by sharing favorite vintage covers and honoring the "125 Women Who Changed Our World" in the May issue
Therefore, I looked at each issue from those four fabulous years today.  The letters to the editor were rather helpful with my research, but the covers and ads were by far my favorite part.  


I found a few cute recipes from the 1885 section "Good Things For the Table:  Prepared and Vouched for by a Yankee Housewife."  I thought they were still tasty 126 years later.  

White Pound Cake (appeared June 13, 1885) 
One pound of sugar, three-quarters pound of butter, one pound of flour, whites of fourteen eggs, four or five drops of oil of lemon, and a little nutmeg.  Cream the butter and sugar very light, then add the whites of the eggs beaten to a very stiff froth, then the flour.  Stir as lightly as possible after putting in eggs and flour.  Makes two good sized loaves. 

Buns for Breakfast of Tea (appeared July 11, 1885)
Two cups of flour, three-quarters cup of corn meal, three quarter cup of butter, one-half cup of sugar, two eggs, well beaten, one cup of milk, three teaspoon of baking powder.  Use more milk if necessary to make it a thin batter.  Bake in hot oven twenty minutes, in gem pans. 

Red Raspberry Shrub (appeared August 27th, 1885) 
Put two quarts of berries in a pint of vinegar and let them stand tow or three days.  THen mash them and strain.  To every pint of the liquor add one pound of sugar and boil twenty minutes and bottle when cold.  Very nice summer drink. 

Oh, and I got the May 2011 issue today!  Heidi Klum is our cover girl; it's completely fabulous!