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Monday, November 5, 2018

Ohio Buckeyes

National Ohio Day is observed in November. The day recognizes the 17th state to join the United States Known as the Buckeye State was the first state to enter the country from the Northwest Territory The state where prehistoric remains of a civilization that created mounds to where modern day presidents have been elected is all a part of Ohio.

  • Ulysses S. Grant (18th President)
  • Rutherford B. Hayes (19th President)
  • James A. Garfield (20th President)
  • Benjamin Harrison (23rd President)
  • William McKinley (25th President)
  • William H. Taft (27th President)
  • Warren G. Harding (29th President)

  • Past civilizations of Kickapoo, Erie and Shawnee all populated the area where Ohio is. One of the reasons may have been the 312 miles of Lake Erie  shoreline. The shoreline still means great things both economical and recreational for Ohio. Considered a natural resource the Lakes consumable food and water are considered as invaluable.

    The state of Ohio was named after the 'Ohio' river' It is nicknamed the Buckeye State as there are buckeye trees that are commonly found throughout the Ohio River Valley

    Ohio was not only the first state to issue a speeding ticket but to also have the first stop lights. But that is not all that they may be famous for as they are also

    • Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio
    • Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio
    • First soccer specific stadium in U.S. in Columbus Ohio

    In honor of Ohio the Buckeye State and the anniversary of their statehood I share a great buckeye recipe to celebrate

    1-1/2 cups peanut butter
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
    1 tablespoon shortening
    Optional: 1/3 cup crushed cookies, like speculoos cookies

    Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper and set aside.
    Add the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix until combined. Gradually add the sifted confectioners’ sugar, blending until combined.
    Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on the cookie sheet so they don’t touch.
    Add toothpicks into the center of each ball. Place in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
    Remove from the freezer. Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for about 20-seconds until melted. Stir to make sure the chips are completely melted.
    Place the crushed cookies in a shallow bowl. Add another sheet of parchment or waxed paper to another cookie sheet.
    One at a time, dip the balls into the melted chocolate, so just a portion of the peanut butter is exposed at the top, and let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. If the balls begin to soften so it’s hard to keep the toothpick in the center, you can freeze them again for 10 minutes or so until firm again.
    If using the crushed cookies, dip the balls into the cookie crumbs after coating in the chocolate. Place on the cookie sheet.
    Carefully remove the toothpicks and use your finger to smooth over the hole.
    Refrigerate until the chocolate has set.

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