Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday Five on Sunday

Raise your hand if you know that today is Johnny Appleseed Day! Uh no, but I bet my kids did.
September 26, 1774 was his birthday. "Johnny Appleseed" (John Chapman) is one of America's great legends. He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania, but he was among those who were captivated by the movement west across the continent.
As Johnny traveled west (at that time, the "West" was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois) he planted apple trees and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew. A devout Christian, he was known to preach during his travels. According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received to churches or charities. He planted hundreds of orchards, considering it his service to humankind. There is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.
So, in honor of this interesting fellow, let's get on with the questions!
1. What is your favorite apple dish? (BIG BONUS points if you share the recipe.) Ooh, I know this one.

4 cups sliced peeled tart apples
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/3 cup cold butter or margarine
Vanilla ice cream (not optional)

Place apples in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and allspice; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time 15 min.
Cook Time 30 min.

m-m-m good


2. Have you ever planted a tree? If so was there a special reason or occasion you can tell us about? Wherever Bob and I have lived we have planted a tree. We haven't planted one yet, but probably will at this new location. I just think it is a good thing to do, it beautifies, helps with pollution, and God's creation.
3. Does the idea of roaming around the countryside (preaching or otherwise) appeal to you? Why or why not? No, not really, okay then, why am I a Methodist who use to be circuit riders roaming around the countryside preaching and planting new churches? Good question. I have an old homebody spirit inside of me is the best reason I can give.
4. Who is a favorite "historical legend" of yours? Why do people like to ask if you have favorites, then you have to make a choice and commit to that choice and there are so many choices, oh my, how does one make one? I would have to go with Annie Oakley; cause she was a woman, a heroine, a straight shooter and a cowgirl, and I wanted to be one!
5. Johnny Appleseed was said to sing to keep up his spirits as he traveled the roads of the west. Do you have a song that comes when you are trying to be cheerful, or is there something else that you often do? "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine....".

And the bonus question is....can you sing the Johnny Appleseed blessing? You bet I can, its my kids favorite presently;
The Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me
The things I need
The sun, the rain and the apple seed.
The lord is good to me

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