Happy Birthday USA!

Today is the United States of America’s  239th birthday. I read an interesting article from NBC News. Here are some interesting facts from the story.

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I Love the USA! I like the Fourth of July because I get to spend my time eating at our annual cookout and watching fireworks. I love to do special crafts or cook special deserts on holidays.  When i craft and cook, I do it better than Martha Stewart! Just kidding.

Today I made some firecracker cookies. I found the recipe on the Cookin’ Cowgirls blog. Stephanie Hann is the blogger and she now has a business selling hand made jewelry.  Talk about coincidence, Stephanie is from Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The same state as I! Please check out her blog here.

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Firecracker Cookies
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Ingredients

1 box french vanilla cake mix, 16.25 oz
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C red sprinkles
1/2 C blue sprinkles

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Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the sprinkles. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. The cookies will be very soft at first. Cool and enjoy!

Remembering 9/11

On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists who were members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes full of people to use in their suicide missions against the United States of America.  This happened a little over a year before I was born.  My mom and my dad and my grandmas and my older sister could all tell me where they were and what they were doing when it happened.  My brother was too young to remember it.  Two of the planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.  One of the planes crashed into the Pentagon – a government building in Washington, D.C.  And the last plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.  These terrorist attacks on the United States are called 9/11 because September is the ninth month of the year and they happened on the 11th of the month.  The terrorist attacks are called suicide missions because the people who are doing them are willing to kill themselves in the process of carrying out their mission, which is basically committing suicide.  Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks of 9/11.  The Twin Towers were completely destroyed when they were hit by the planes.  They crashed to the ground and killed so many people, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters who were racing into the buildings to save people.  So many people lost family members and friends.  It was very sad and very scary.  I wasn’t even born yet, but I don’t like watching shows about it and listening to people tell what happened on that day.  George W. Bush was the President of the United States when this happened.  After 9/11, America entered into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to fight terrorism and we went looking for Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader who was responsible for planning the attacks.  America didn’t find Osama bin Laden and kill him until Barack Obama became president.  Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  I think that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or which country you live in, there is never a good reason to commit terrorism.  Even if you don’t like the United States, killing innocent people (kids and parents) to prove that you don’t like us doesn’t make sense.  It’s what starts wars and gets even more people killed.

To everybody who lost somebody on September 11, 2001, I hope your sadness today is less than it was thirteen years ago.  And I hope that you are comforted by the fact that people will never forget what happened on that terrible day.  I also hope that you believe and know that one day you will get to see your loved ones again.

Tribute in Light Column at Ground Zero

Tribute in Light Column at Ground Zero courtesy of History.com

9/11 Attacks – Facts & Summary