It’s National Heart Health Month and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your heart. How are you doing? This month, consider what you’re doing to practice self-care. Perhaps you set aside a few minutes regularly to meditate, reflect or pray about what’s on your heart. Spend some time with loved ones. And be sure to get your heart pumping a little faster by getting your body moving!
The Salvation Army is known for many things, emergency disaster services, feeding the hungry, and red kettles during Christmas, but did you know that we have a famous donut recipe?
During World War I, the Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor so the doughnut idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. Salvation Army workers provided spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies, becoming a link with home and family.
Think you can make a better donut? Post your recipe in the comment section below.
Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts
- 5 C flour
- 2 C sugar
- 5 tsp. baking powder
- 1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 C milk
- 1 Tub lard
- Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
- Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
- Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
- When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
- Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.
Modern Version – Yields 15 donuts (Food Network.com)
This modified version of the traditional donut recipe is somewhat more appropriate for the modern home chef.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 level teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 level teaspoon salt
- 1/4 level teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- Cooking oil or lard for deep frying
Reserve 1/4 cup of the flour for the board. Combine the remaining flour with the baking powder and set aside. Cream the shortening, 1/2 cup of the sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add milk and well-beaten egg and stir. Then add the flour-baking powder mixture. Work into a soft dough and roll onto the floured board into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. Cut into the desired shape and fry in the oil, heated to about 375 degrees F. Turn donuts frequently while frying. The fat should be hot enough to give the donuts a rich golden-russet color in 3 minutes. While hot, roll donuts in remaining sugar. This recipe will make about 15 good sized donuts.
Yield: 15 donuts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Ease of preparation: intermediate
Today is April Fool’s Day and is widely celebrated all over the world every year. It’s also referred to as All Fools’ Day.
Here are a few historical pranks that you might enjoy.
- On April 1, 2010, Sajak appeared during Trebek’s introduction during the opening of Jeopardy!. At other non-critical points in the game, such as reading the round’s categories, other people appeared in place of Trebek, including Jeff Probst and Neil Patrick Harris.
- In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell”. When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
What pranks are you playing on your friends today?
WARdrobe has recently released a few more Salvation Army shirts. In keeping with the WARdrobe model, every purchase of every shirt benefits a specific Salvation Army ministry.“Saved to Serve” T-Shirt (Black)Since the early days of the automobile, The Salvation Army has been using vehicles of all sorts to serve those in need both physically and spiritually. Whether hot coffee on a cold night or prayers for the broken spirited, The Salvation Army canteen is synonymous with service. Kustom Kulture artist and pinstripe pro Castro celebrates this Salvation Army tradition n his “Saved to Serve” piece. Bringing this 1950′s Dodge canteen concept to life with a little So Cal flair.100% of the proceeds of the sales of this shirt will go toward The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.To check out more Salvation Army Tshirts visit the Metro Youth Network’s web site:http://metroyouthnetwork.com/2011/03/new-salvation-army-shirts/saved-to-serve-black/
As much as people like to bash social media, sites like Facebook and Twitter have played crucial roles during recent global events.From serving as the one of the very few connections between earthquake-shaken Haiti and the outside world, to helping organize revolutionary protests in Egypt, social media is proving to the world stage that hey, maybe there’s more to this than just letting virtual friends know the scoop on our relationship status.There’s a lot of good that can come from this stuff if we use it well.A few New York interns appear to have already figured that out. As a part of their project “Unheard in New York,” these interns gave four NYC homeless men their own prepaid cell phones and Twitter accounts with the purpose of helping them tell their stories. Every day Danny, Derrick, Albert and Carlos tweet about what it’s like to live on the streets, the struggles they face, and how they came to be homeless. From once feeling like they didn’t have a voice, they now have thousands of people following, talking with, and learning from them on Twitter.If these tweets can give a voice to the homeless, what can your tweets do? How can your Facebook status become more than just the status quo? We want to hear your ideas for using social media to do good.Let me suggest one way you can make it more meaningful – connect with The Salvation Army online. We’re on Facebook (The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division) and Twitter (@SalArmyChicago). We share how we’re serving people in need every day and opportunities for you to be a part of it.