Wednesday, February 22, 2012

George Washington’s Birthday

Today is George Washington’s birthday, which was always celebrated on this day until 1971, when Congress began planning for federal holidays to be celebrated on Mondays.  Abraham Lincoln’s and George Washington’s birthdays were combined to become President’s Day, celebrated on the third Monday of February each year.

George Washington was born February 22, 1732 to a Virginia plantation family. He became a surveyor and joined the military, being commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754. In 1775 he became commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and led his troops through the Revolutionary War, which ended in 1781.

He became our first President on April 30, 1789 and served two terms through 1797. He died on December 14, 1799.

Washington has long been associated with cherries, although he loved all fruits, nuts and fish. He chose to dine simply.

This cake recipe is one of our favorites – and he would probably have loved it as well. It’s another recipe I’ve had many years, with no idea where it came from.

1 box white or yellow cake mix (2-layer size)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 large eggs
1 can cherry pie filling

Pour oil into 13x9x2” baking dish. Add cake mix, water and eggs; stir just until blended. Scrape down sides of pan and spread evenly. Spoon pie filling on top and marble with knife.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.

Delicious with a confectioner’s sugar glaze.

Happy Washington’s Birthday!

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