I found a neat, older book called George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz. The whole book is about a little boy who is trying to find out what George Washington ate for breakfast. He goes to great lengths to figure it out. The book was fun to read with my little daughter and her reading group at school. We learned together that George Washington ate three Indian hoecakes each day for breakfast. Regardless of whether you have the opportunity to find the book or just to help your child use the internet to figure out what Pres. Washington ate, here is a fun idea for breakfast during Presidents’ Day weekend (or for George Washington’s actual birthday on Feb. 22nd). It is a breakfast fit perfectly to our first president!
Here is the link to the recipe for hoecakes from mountvernon.org.
We tried the hoecakes with yellow cornmeal and they were quite dry. So I think it must be important to use the white cornmeal that the recipe speaks of….Also, George Washington’s mother, Mary, was famous for her gingerbread. It would be a fun recipe to bake. Here is the link Layfayette Gingerbread.
I believe the United States was founded by our Heavenly Father. The Founding Fathers also believed in divine providence. “George Washington gave credit to God for the victory of the United States. In his farewell address to his army, he said: ‘The disadvantageous circumstances on our part, under which the war was undertaken, can never be forgotten. The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the [United] States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of a standing miracle.’ President Spencer W. Kimball said: ‘The Lord permitted these few poorly armed and ill-clad men at Valley Forge and elsewhere to defeat a great army, … a few against the many, but the few had on their side the Lord God of heaven, that gave them victory.’” (Ensign, June 1999, Preparation for the Restoration)
On Presidents’ Day we honor the men who have worked hard to lead our nation.
Another post that goes along with this one is Who’s Invited to Dinner.