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.
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.
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.