The First Juneteenth
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.
The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
—General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865
Old Fashioned Tea Cakes
Screenshot This! Associate Justin Bass, Advertising Coordinator—CRM Email, shares his family's recipe for Tea Cakes. Think a sugar cookie with spices.
Mama Dixon's Tea Cakes
- 1 1/2 stick of butter
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Soften butter in microwave or pan. Do not melt completely, just enough so the butter can be mixed. Blend together butter and sugar then add vanilla and eggs.
Grab a separate bowl
- 2-3 cups Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar/butter mixture. Roll out onto lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutter and bake. Makes about 12 to 14 tea cakes. You can add chocolate chips, nuts, or other ingredients. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Homemade Red Drink/Soda
Strawberry Ginger Ale Recipe
Yield: varies based on taste
- 2 ounces chopped peeled ginger
- 8 ounces chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 cup water
- 12 ounces sugar
- 1 quart chilled sparkling water or club soda
- Combine water and sugar over medium heat and bring to a boil; stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved
- Add ginger and strawberries
- Simmer for 10 minutes then remove from heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour
- Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on the strawberries and ginger to get all the juice and flavor—discard remains
- Chill syrup in a covered bowl or jar until cold
- Mix syrup with sparkling water or club soda to taste (start with 1/4 cup syrup per 3/4 cup club soda then adjust to taste).
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