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Donald Trump - Taking Care Of Business

Donald Trump – Taking Care Of Business

 The Future President, Donald J Trump and The Next First Lady, Malania Trump
The Future President, Donald J Trump and The Next First Lady, Malania Trump

Trump Kids - Working Together For The Good Of The Cpuntry

Trump Kids – Working Together For The Good Of The Country

 

No Room for
Hate 

Edgar Guest

wrote this poem about a century ago.  It is still true today!

We have room for the man with an honest dream,
With his heart on fire and his eyes agleam;
We have room for the man with a purpose true,
Who comes to our shores to start life anew,
But we haven’t an inch of space for him
Who comes to plot against life and limb.

We have room for the man who will learn our ways,
Who will stand by our Flag in its troubled days;
We have room for the man who will till the soil,
Who will give his hands to a fair day’s toil,
But we haven’t an inch of space to spare
For the breeder of hatred and black despair.

We have room for the man who will neighbor here,
Who will keep his hands and his conscience clear;
We have room for the man who’ll respect our laws
And pledge himself to our country’s cause,
But we haven’t an inch of land to give
To the alien breed that will alien live.

Against the vicious we bar the gate!
This is no breeding ground for hate.
This is the land of the brave and free
And such we pray it shall always be.
We have room for men who will love our flag,
But none for the friends of the scarlet rag.

Life On The Stoop: Whether you have ever been to Brooklyn or not or lived in the 1940’s or not, this is sure to be a treasured book of stories and art for any one.
 

 

Cranberry Orange Bread

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

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Cranberries are here! And they’re everywhere – fresh and cheap. Cranberries are absolutely loaded with antioxidants, and there’s nothing like that particular little tartness.

I don’t save them just for sauce on Thanksgiving or Christmas. When they’re fresh I stock up and load the freezer, and throw them into all kinds of baked goods. They work really well with particular flavors – my favorite pairing is with oranges, although all kinds of citrus is yummy. In this case I have an orange cranberry bread that I love to whip out before the Little Darlings get home from school, since they descend upon me in a ravenous horde.

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This one satisfies – it’s a perfect after school treat. But it works just as well for brunch or breakfast, or toasted with butter and coffee. There aren’t too many times this bread doesn’t work! I do like to let it sit for several hours before serving. The sweetness of the orange bread and the tartness of the whole cranberries mellow together, and something lovely happens with just a little time on the cooling rack. It’s also something super easy to make ahead for a holiday meal – include this in the bread basket at Thanksgiving or Christmas and you’ll be a sudden rock star.

This quick bread goes together in no time. It’s best if you have fresh orange juice with the pulp – I throw that into the batter along with the juice. I usually juice two oranges to get the right amount of juice, but a tablespoon off here or there won’t matter much. You can also skip the optional glaze if you wish.  It’s wonderful with a little of the orange glaze on top, but it’s certainly moist and delicious enough to serve without the glaze, and everyone will be perfectly happy. I swear. Try this one – you’ll be glad you did!

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Cranberry Orange Bread

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • zest of 1 orange – about a tablespoon
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
    • 2 tablespoons hot water
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, or frozen if you have to
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Butter a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a second mixing bowl beat egg. Add orange juice, orange zest, butter, and water. Mix well.
  4. Fold egg/orange mixture into flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Don’t over mix!
  5. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Spoon into prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 325F for about an hour – this can vary a good bit depending on the accuracy of your oven. To test for doneness, insert a skewer into the center of the loaf. It should come out clean when withdrawn.
  7. Remove from oven and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. Then turn the bread out onto a wire cooling rack. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and orange juice, and drizzle over the warn loaf.
  8. It slices best when cool and actually tastes better – so patience is a virtue here!
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