Today in American history…Jane Appleton Pierce was born on March 12, 1806 in Hampton, New Hampshire. She served as our First Lady when her husband, Franklin Pierce, became our 14th US President (1853-1857).
“I have known many of the ladies of the White House, none more truly excellent than the afflicted wife of President Pierce. . . . She was a refined, extremely religious, and well-educated lady.” – Mrs Robert E. Lee
“…I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” – Abigail Adams in a letter to her husband John Adams dated March 31, 1776.
Today in American history…President William Henry Harrison’s inauguration was held on March 4, 1841 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. He still holds the record for giving the longest inauguration speech of 8,445 words. Unfortunately he was also the first President to pass away in office on April 4, 1841 which made his term the shortest in American history.
Also today, President George Washington’s second inauguration was held on March 4, 1793 at Congress Hall in Philadelphia. His inauguration speech remains the shortest on record.
Today in American history…President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States of America on March 3, 1931.
Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” on September 14, 1814 after he personally witnessed the massive overnight British assault of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812 and he observed in awe that Fort McHenry’s flag survived the massive assault by the British.
Today in American history…the beginning of the interrogations which would in turn lead to to the Salem Witch Trials began on March 1, 1692 when Salem authorities interrogated Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and an Indian slave named Tituba, to determine if they were practicing witchcraft.
By the time the trials were concluded in May of 1693, more than two hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft.
Thirty people were found guilty and nineteen of those were executed by hanging. Giles Corey was pressed to death by boulders for refusing to plead and at least five people died in jail.
In honor of George Washington’s Birthday today we made his favorite breakfast: Hoe Cakes. President Washington loved to have his favorite breakfast topped with a lot of butter and honey along with a cup of hot tea.
Washington Irving once wrote that our founding father’s favorite meal often included “two small cups of tea and three or four cakes of Indian meal (called hoe cakes).”
Here is the recipe we used today:
1 cup flour 1 cup cornmeal 2 eggs 2 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup melted butter 1 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (we used cinnamon) Butter or oil for frying
In a large bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, water, egg, vanilla and melted butter . Through mix until pancake mixture is smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled cast iron or frying pan over medium high heat. Scoop about 2 tablespoons each of the batter onto the cast.
Fry each Hoe Cake until brown and crisp; turn with a spatula, and then brown the other side.
Remove and serve immediately with syrup and/or butter.
I made Barbara Bush’s Chocolate Cookies at home today. It’s a simple and easy recipe that you can make in your own kitchen! Isn’t it wonderful that we can make cookies that a First Lady once made for her family? You can watch the video right here https://youtu.be/WNXtq7C7i8E
Barbara Bush’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
½ cup butter, softened ⅓ cup packed brown sugar ⅓ cup white sugar 1 egg
1 ½ teaspoons hot water
1 ⅛ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and egg until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in hot water and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour, baking soda, and salt, until well blended and smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop dough by well-rounded teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 minute, or until golden. Cool cookie sheet on a wire rack for 1 minutes, then remove cookies to a rack to cool completely.
***I baked just a few minutes longer because my husband loves well done/brown bottom cookies 🍪❤️