Greetings friends and welcome in to this edition of Zero528.
This weeks exciting blog brings many likes together – breakfast, log cabins, and the CCC. Add some of this music and the experience is complete.
Log cabin is loose term generally considered to define a quaint rustic structure consisting of a variety of materials including round or hewn logs, clapboard siding, mortar, rock, and/or some combination of these natural materials.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
This blog entry is devoted to the unheralded feats of natural resource improvements implemented across the United States by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) – one of the most creative and successful New Deal programs put into action by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on the heels of The Great Depression.
While the CCC is widely known for their conservation efforts, they unquestionably contributed the lion’s share of manual labor necessary for the construction of a multitude of various types of park buildings and structures.
CCC projects included administrative buildings, equipment and maintenance buildings, concession and refectories, bathhouses, picnic shelters, outbuildings, signs, bridges, dwelling complexes, garages, drinking fountain “bubblers,” water supply pump-houses, and fire lookout towers.
Original designs were simple in form and functionality yet durable and sensitive to the regional characteristics, heritage, and local materials available at each site. Naturalistic effects were incorporated to give the structures the appearance of having sprung naturally from the ground (McClelland, 1998).
The largest group of structures was constructed by the CCC or the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Each man-made feature quaintly nestled within the boundaries of national, state and local parks and national forests, grasslands, and monuments, provides enjoyment even if examining original blueprint and design layouts.
Having developed the concept of a ‘master plan’ for each specific site, landscape architects, designers, planners, and engineers enlisted from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service collaborated on the design details of the CCC projects.
Log Cabin Flapjacks Recipe
The word ‘flapjacks’ conjures thoughts of an innocent and bygone era and images of a warm down-home breakfast deep in a backwoods log cabin somewhere in rural America.
Get ready for a real treat… oh joy!
- 1 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer combined with 2 Tbsp. water
- ½ cup (4 oz) unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk-Original
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Bob’s Red Mill Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda
- 1 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Cane Sugar
- In a Small bowl, combine ‘egg’ replacer and water, applesauce, and almond milk. Set aside while preparing the remaining ingredients
- In a Large bowl add the dry ingredients and mix together before adding contents of Small bowl. Mix until incorporated, but be careful not to over-mix. Over-mixing causes the gluten in the flour to activate and this will result in hard, chewy flapjacks
- Spread a small amount of organic coconut oil into Lodge Cast Iron griddle and heat to medium (350°)
- Once the batter is gently mixed and the griddle heated, pour batter into desired size flapjack – the smaller, the easier to flip
- Flip the flapjacks when the edges begin to dry and bubbles appear in the center
- Once flipped, allow to cook for a few more minutes
- Set on cooling rack and serve
Makes 22- 25 silver dollar-sized flapjacks
- Krema/Crazy Richard’s Crunchy Peanut Butter
- warm maple syrup (no high fructose corn syrup)
“Enjoy and keep a good thought!” Bob P.
Credit where credit is due:
All images and photos © 2016 R.L. Peterson except where noted
Recipe adapted from runningveganrecipes
McClelland, L. F. 1998. Building the national parks: historic landscape design and construction. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
Weslager, C. A. 1969. The log cabin in America: from pioneer days to the present. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, N.J.