2011-02-16 / Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 16, 2011

With Presidents’ Day falling next Monday, it is time once again to see how much presidential history we know. Match the following first ladies with the statements on the left that identify them. Have fun!
——a. Called “Mrs. President” by some who thought her outspoken for a woman in the late 1700s.
——b. Called her years as First Lady “a bright and beautiful dream” and thoroughly enjoyed those years.
——c. Taught her husband to read and write and was 16 years old when she married him.
——d. Was the first of the first ladies to hold a college degree and the first to use the telephone and a typewriter.
——e. First to plan a detailed course of research for the historical restoration of each room in the White House.

1. Eliza Johnson
2. Lucy Hayes
3. Abigail Adams
4. Luce Garfield
5. Julia Grant

——a. Married at the White House to the newly elected president who was 30 years older than she. Her second child was born at the White House.
——b. He was a widower by the time he became president and he never appointed anyone the title of official hostess. His wife’s name was?
——c. Her husband was an important general in the Civil War.
——d. She and her husband were southerners from Tennessee who were loyal to the Union.
——e. She had considerable power and was very influential in her husband’s administration.

1. Lucy Hayes
2. Julia Grant
3. F. Cleveland
4. Eliza Johnson
5. Ellen Arthur

——a. Became First Lady at a moment of great national tragedy.
——b. Charmed the people of Paris as well as elsewhere and translated the words of French leaders for her husband.
——c. She was the first president’s wife to go to Africa.
——d. Did no want to be First Lady but later became a role model for women.
——e. She traveled by train with her husband when they campaigned for president and visited 45 states making 80 different stops.

1. Lady Bird Johnson
2. Mamie Eisenhower
3. Pat Nixon
4. Betty Ford
5. Jackie Kennedy

——a. Was eager to serve an active, informed and meaningful role as First Lady when her husband won the presidency.
——b. According to her husband she views politics as the “art of making possible what appears impossible.”
——c. The Foundation for Family Literacy was named after her.
——d. She fought against drug and alcohol abuse, using the slogan of “Just Say No.”
——e. Has promoted education and literacy on a national level.

1. Nancy Reagan
2. Barbara Bush
3. Laura Bush
4. Rosalyn Carter
5. Hillary Clinton

I. Answers: 3, 5, 1, 2, 4.
II. Answers: 3, 5, 2, 4, 1
III. Answers 1, 5, 3, 4, 2.
IV. Answers: 4, 5, 2, 1, 3.


What are you planning to celebrate Presidents’ Day? Perhaps you plan to prepare a meal for your family that includes presidential favorites. Like cherry pie, lady fingers or a stir-fry that includes peanuts as one of the ingredients to honor former President Carter. I hope these ideas help you plan your menu. Don’t forget to decorate the table in red, white and blue and include American flags as well.

Nutty Chicken Stir-Fry
1 lb. Boneless skinless chicken breasts, copped
1 Tbsp. Canola oil
1 pkg. (16 oz. frozen stir-fry vegetable blend
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
4 tsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
5-6 drops hot pepper sauce
3 cups shredded cabbage
3/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
Hot cooked rice.

In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in oil for 2 minutes. Add vegetables; cook 4 minutes longer. Add garlic; stir fry until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch and ginger; stir into broth, soy sauce, peanut butter and pepper sauce until blended. Pour over chicken mixture.
Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add cabbage; cook 2 minutes.
Yield: 5 servings
Taste of Home February/March 2011

First Lady Fingers
3 eggs separated
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
Ice cream, optional

Grease and lightly flour two baking sheets; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar and extract, beating until light in color and thickened. Gradually add flour and salt, beating until thick and lemon-colored. In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture. Cut a 1/2 inch hole in a corner of a heavy-duty plastic bag, or use a pastry bag with plain pastry tip #808. Fill with batter. Form 4-inch-long finger shapes 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack. Serve with ice cream if desired.
Yield: About two dozen.
Source: 1999 Taste of Home Annual Recipes

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