Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 18, 2009

During Presidents’ Week it is fun to see how well we know our presidents by doing some exercises. Try these and see if you don’t know more than you think you do.

Match the president’s wife with the correct statement.
___ In a letter to her husband while serving in the Continental Congress she states: “remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable than your ancestors.”
___ She loved her time in the White House and was married to a famous general before he became president.
___ She did not want her husband to be president and the last of their three sons was killed only a few months before his inauguration.
___ With the support of her husband she established a White House policy banishing alcohol at all receptions.
___ She died while her husband was president after developing pneumonia after singing in the Mendelsohn Glee Club. Their daughter was only nine years old.
___ She was the youngest first lady in history and was married in the White House.
___ She worked in her father’s bank before she married and was wealthy but suffered severe depression and seizures.
___ Her stepdaughter Alice was married at the White House and Alice became a national celebrity.
___ She died in the White House just two weeks before her husband lost his bid for reelection.
___ Her husband was on his way to the New Jersey shore to visit her when he was assassinated.

President’s Wife
1. Julia Grant
2. Ellen Arthur
3. Abigail Adams
4. Lucy Hayes
5. Frances Cleveland
6. Lucretia Garfield
7. Caroline Harrison
8. Edith Roosevelt
9. Jane Pierce
10. Ida McKinley

(Answers: 3, 1, 9, 4, 2, 5, 10, 8, 7, 6.)

True and False
Some of these statements are true and some are false; write the correct term beside the statement.
_____1. Corinne Roosevelt, youngest sister of President Teddy Roosevelt was the first woman to address a party convention. This happened in 1920.
_____2. The first convention of the Republican Party was held at Chicago in 1856.
____3. A good saying about leadership that was said by Ronald Reagan was “You can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
_____4. “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Was said by Ronald Reagan when he talked about Family Leadership in 1989.
_____5. “Education begins in the home, where it is a parental right and responsibility.” Was said by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1982.

(Answers: T, F, T, T, F.)

Fill in the correct word or words to make the statements correct.
1. The two times in our history when Congress decided the winner of the Presidential Election because of a tie was in _____ and 1824.
2. President _____ had the most successful re-election presidential campaign in history?
3. The first president to carry 49 out of 50 states was_____.
4. The first time when the two men running for president, one got the majority of electoral votes and the other got the majority of the popular vote was in 1876. They were_____ and_____.
5. Sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue is the address of the _____House.
6. In 1790 President George Washington signed an Act of Congress declaring that the federal government would reside in a _____. (Not a state)
7.The first man to run for president as a Republican was_____.
8. At one time the two-party system consisted of _____ and Democrats.
9. _____was the first president born west of the Mississippi.
10. President _____became the first president to walk into the modern day oval office.

(Answers: 1800, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland, White, district, John C. Fremont, Whigs, Herbert Hoover, William Howard Taft.)

When I think of foods to serve for Presidents’ Week, I always think at least one dish must have cherries in it. If you think like I do, I hope you will try these recipes and serve them sometime this week.

Sweet Cherry French Toast
8 slices French bread (1 inch thick)
6 eggs
1-and-one-half cups milk
1-third cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1-eigthth teaspoon salt
4 cups fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries
1-half cup orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons corn starch
4 teaspoons cold water
Vanilla yogurt
Place the bread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, syrup, sugar, orange peel, and salt. Pour over bread; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In a bowl, combine the cherries, orange juice and sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Transfer bread slices to another greased 15-in. 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Discard any remaining egg mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine corn starch and water until smooth. Stir in the reserved cherry mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over French toast; drizzle with yogurt.
Yield: 4 servings.
2007 Taste of Home Annual Recipes

Cherry-Cream Crumble Pie
1-half cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cans (15 ounces each) pitted tart cherries, drained
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 egg, beaten
1-fourth teaspoon almond extract
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
1-half cup quick-cooking oats
1-third cup all-purpose flour
1-third cup packed brown sugar
1-fourth teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-fourth cup cold butter
1-half cup chopped pecans
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cherries, sour cream, egg and extract; stir well. Spoon into the pastry shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
For topping, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over filling. Cover edges of crust to prevent overbrowning. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 8 servings.
2006 Taste of Home Annual Recipes