Monday, November 10, 2008

Marines and Flowers ?~November 10th.

USMC Day-is always on November 10Th.

USMC Day celebrates the birth of the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps were created during the Revolutionary War.

The Continental Congress of the newly created United States of America, authorized the creation of the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. It was later renamed the U.S. Marine Corps. It is often abbreviated as USMC.

The Marine Corps has proudly participated in every war that has involved the United States.

If you see a Marine today, thank them for their contributions to protecting our country. Active or retired, they deserve our thanks and appreciation.

* A personal note: My husband's father was an officer in the Marine Corp.
Hubby has a very vivid memory of what it was like growing up under that influence.

He is, as a result of the training....well trained in all areas of life.

He cam make the beds, clean the house, wash the dishes, shop, very good with money, and has a strict idea of right and wrong.
( I thank his father every day! )

Do you know that Chipped Beef on Toast was a standard Marine was called "S.O.S."

This is a scaled down version of the recipe for 300 hundred or more.

(Serves eight or two hungry Marines)

½ pound ground beef (ground chuck for flavor)
1-tablespoon bacon fat (lard/Crisco or butter)
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups whole milk (add more milk if you want it thinner)
1/8-teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
8 slices of dry toast

Using a large skillet (12-14 inches), crumb1e and brown the ground beef with fat and salt. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. Mix in the flour until all of the meat is covered, using all of the flour. Replace the skillet on the heat and stir in the milk. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens (boil a minimum of one minute).

Serve over the toast. Salt and pepper to taste

* A personal fact: My hubby's father would not touch this dish regardless how it was transformed to make it healthier. ( I tend to agree )

November 10Th is also "FORGET ME NOT" day.

What a great combination. We certainly don't wish to forget our military men and women.

Find a spot in your garden and plant a bed of Forget-Me-Not flowers.
They are so pretty and so hardy against the weather, insects, and disease.

Forget-Me-Nots make a wonderful carpet or ground cover under taller plants or small deciduous trees, and looks best planted in large "pools" or masses of plants.

Sow seeds after all danger of frost. Cover lightly with 1/8" of garden soil. Space them 4-5 inches apart and thin seedlings to 10" apart.

Perennial Forget-Me-Nots can be propagated by separating clumps of established plants.

I know the perfect spot for mine.

Hope you find one too.

Happy Autumn~

Bea Kunz

1 comment:

Holly said...

Bea, you're so sweet to me... I too love keeping up with your blog! The garden is going great and I've just picked some cauliflower and broccoli for a casserole I'm cooking. Thanks for reading!!!