Southern Veteran’s Day

Late breaking update (9:25 CT): Valour IT has gone over $100,000! Woooo-hoooo! Wonderful! Still a little time left to get in those last minute donations. See how after the tablescape pics!

A couple of things to honor veterans. First I did a Veteran’s Day tablescape for Tablescape Thursday out by the herb planter.

Something simple
Something simple
A flag waving as the sun sets
A flag waving as the sun sets
The colors of the flag echoed in the place setting
The colors of the flag echoed in the place setting
Out near the herb planter
Out near the herb planter
On a quiet, peaceful evening
On a quiet, peaceful evening
Courtesy of those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our safety and freedom
Courtesy of those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our safety and freedom

This Thursday post is being posted on Wednesday night. Wednesday night is the last night of the Soldiers’ Angels Valour IT project fundraiser.

What is the Valour IT project?

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology supplied includes:

# Voice-controlled Laptops – Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.
# Wii Video Game Systems – Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).
# Personal GPS – Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

The experience of Major Chuck Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered serious hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important these laptops and other technologies can be to a wounded service member’s recovery.

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The Valour IT Project has raised almost $100,000 dollars so far! Let’s help them go over that tonight! Donate tonight at the Wharton Blog.

Today’s Lagniappe: World War I Cake
This cake is made with no milk or eggs. During WWI homemakers had to make do with what was available. This is an example of what how innovative one could be in the midst of war shortages.

2 c. brown sugar
2 c. hot water
2 tsp. shortening
1/2 to 3/4 c. raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. hot water

Mix brown sugar, hot water and shortening in a medium size saucepan. Add raisins, cinnamon, salt and cloves. Boil for 5 minutes after it bubbles. Remove from heat and cool completely (important). Add baking soda that has been dissolved in hot water. Then add flour. Pour in greased tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees 1 hour.



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11 responses to “Southern Veteran’s Day”

  1. Sue Avatar

    I think the red, white and blue for our Veterans was a good idea for this week. It may be “simple” as you say, but it says so much.

  2. Maryrose Avatar

    Wonderful table. We certainly don’t honor the veterans as much are we should. We owe them our lives and freedoms. Love your post.

  3. honeysuckle Avatar

    Your something simple means a whole lots to veterans who have memories to share. Such a great tribute with your IT campaign too. Thanks for thinking of others!

  4. Kelee Avatar

    Great idea for the table and the Valor project! Your blog looks great–so crisp!

    Thanks for stopping by….love your thoughtful comments.

  5. Liz Avatar

    That is an awesome cause! I love it when I see folks helping our Vets! Pretty table too!


  6. Katherine Avatar

    How neat to have a Veteran’s Day Tribute TT! It’s really nice! Thank you for thinking of our Veteran’s!


  7. Yvonne Avatar

    Thank you for honoring our national heros! Your tribute is thoughtful and lovely!

  8. LdyDy Avatar

    What a lovely tribute to our veterans. That little flag stood proudly! Hugs!

  9. ellen b Avatar

    What a great idea for this weeks table!!
    I’m looking forward to flying to Seattle on Saturday so that I can get my home there ready for Thanksgiving and have some fun with table settings. I don’t have anything this week as I’m busy getting ready to be gone from my sweet little condo in Southern California for a full 6 weeks!!

  10. nannykim Avatar

    Beautiful dishes, goblets, and I love the red, white, and blue and flag blowing in the wind.

  11. Sandy Avatar

    What a wonderful tribute and a beautiful table. Love those blue plates.

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