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“Let’s Walk!” Challenge for March

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Okay walkers, I have walked 46 miles this month! I am sure that there are walkers out there who can beat that total! Send me your mileage for February and we will see who walked the farthest this month. As was stated previously, a small prize will be awarded to the person with the most miles walked for the month of February.

Email me with your miles walked by March 5, 2021. Our February winner will be announced in an upcoming Mid-Week Update.

Our new challenge for the month of March is a Partner Walk! Keep track of your miles and we will find the pair of walkers that walks the most miles in the month of March. Be sure to snap a photo of the two of you walking together! At the end of March, I will ask for the number of miles you and your partner walked and the photo of you two walking. Again, winners will be announced in the Mid-Week Update and small prizes will be awarded to the partners that walked the most miles.

Download Record Sheet

Enjoy your walking! -Druhna Chris

VP Trish: Paczki!

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For years, I have wanted to make paczki. But, every recipe I found simply overwhelmed me. It takes lots of time for the dough to rest, rise, punch down and rise again and so on. I view quite a few Polish recipe Facebook pages and I found this recipe recently – just in time for Fat Tuesday!

The kids and I made these and they turned out quite well. Not as good as they should have because I didn’t have a thermometer (ordered one yesterday!), so I guessed with the warm milk for the yeast. This was also the first time I used a recipe calling for yeast; I usually avoid yeast! The best part of this recipe is that you bake the paczki instead of deep frying (all that hot oil around the kids scares me!).

John’s Babcia used to make paczki all the time and she never filled hers. When we made ours, we did not fill them either. As Ryanna said, these tasted like heaven.

Since you are stuck in the house, why not give these a try? Lots of fun and so good!

Paczki Recipe

Place 3/4 cup whole milk – warm (120-130*) but not too hot for yeast, in a bowl.

Add:

  • 1 packet or 2 teaspoons yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Let sit until bubbly

Add:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Using a mixer, beat all ingredients until the dough holds together, adding more flour when necessary.

On a floured surface, knead 5 minutes, cover with linen cloth or plastic and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll dough ½-inch thick. Cut circles using a 2 ½-inch round cutter, or water glass dipped in flour, until all dough is used.

Place paczki on greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm spot about 1 hour at room temperature, until almost doubled.

Bake for 10 -12 minutes in preheated 350-degree oven until nicely browned.

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in microwave and place ½ cup sugar in a brown lunch bag or bowl.

Brush each paczki while warm with the melted butter and place in bag to coat with sugar (you may use a cinnamon sugar mixture, instead of just sugar).

As I mentioned, I did not fill mine, but here is the recipe just in case you want a little more work!

While dough is resting, in a saucepan combine:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Stir in slowly:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk

Bring to a boil, stirring continuously for 1 ½ minutes.

Remove from stove and pour cooked custard in bowl and place in refrigerator to cool.

Let the paczki cool, then fill using a pastry bag with a long tip, pushing into the side. Squeeze custard filling in gently (the paczki will grow a bit when filled with the custard).


PFA’s “Let’s Walk” Program

As has been mentioned and promoted previously, the Polish Falcons offers a walking program for Members. Druhna Chris has made a few modifications and is strongly encouraging all of us to participate. With that in mind, Cupid (a bit early) brought Fitbits for John, Ryan, Ryanna and myself. It is lots of fun for the kids and it does help to get one moving.

Obviously, you don’t need a Fitbit; there are numerous free apps to use or one can continue to log miles. Whatever works! (Especially after eating paczki, we need to do lots of walking!)

2021 Walking Program Record Sheet

Our weather is interesting in that we are getting a fair amount of snow, it is cold, but there is often wonderful sunshine! Sun helps my soul so I have been trying to get outside during these bursts. The kids love the great outdoors so they are outside regardless of the temperature or the time of day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Keep warm and safe!

2021 Walking Program

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“Within a Healthy Body Resides a Healthy Spirit” – the Falcon Motto. I don’t know about you but with this crazy pandemic, my body has been making more trips to the refrigerator than anywhere else. In contrast, I know many people have been more active during this time, getting outside to walk or run. Either way, Physical Fitness is an important ingredient in the Falcon Recipe for a Healthier & Happier Life, and walking is a great way to improve physical fitness. So, we at Polish Falcons are inviting all of our Members to participate in this year’s Let’s Walk Program. Participating is easy, simply log your miles through the year and receive prizes! For program specifics and to download a record sheet (with bonus daily water tracker), click here. Questions may be directed to Druhna Christine Puskar by email to cpuskar@polishfalcons.org.

VP Trish: Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child!

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Years ago, when I first heard about the Elf on the Shelf, I was totally baffled by folks wanting to participate in this nonsense. I mean, it is Christmas time! There’s cleaning, decorating, shopping, and baking responsibilities added to our already overwhelming lives! Who has time or desire for something else to do!!??

Well! A few years ago, Mimi (Ryan & Ryanna’s other grandmother) decided that this is a wonderful thing; Fisbee arrived at their home. When I would go down there, the kids would be so excited to show me what Fisbee had been doing. Ryanna would take my hand and lead me to Fisbee! The excitement and the joy! The kids decided that I needed an Elf and sure enough an Elf arrived at my home.

All of a sudden there was an Elf who needed a name; the name Sparkle was chosen. Sparkle jumps from location to location and periodically brings a gift (like their hats for the Polar Express!), but usually she just hangs out. On December 6, she ran into St. Nicholas! Some days, she leaves us a note. Ryanna finds it interesting that Fisbee writes like Mommy and Sparkle writes like Nonni!! Wonder why?

Sparkle also doesn’t make messes and misbehave. I mean, the Elf flies back to the North Pole every night to report to Santa, so why would she be naughty! Plus, she helps! When I purchase wrapping paper, there is no need to hide it because Sparkle takes it up to Santa! Sparkle is also a baker (she is mine after all!).

Ryanna expected Sparkle to have a new outfit this year and sure enough she did. Notice her pretty plaid skirt, her fuzzy vest and of course, her footwear!

The greatest joy of all is seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child! The Elf is a perfect example!


I am trying to get into full swing with my baking, using some of my typical recipes but I thought I would share this one:

Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Beat until creamy:

  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ cup sugar

Add:

  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

Add:

  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh if possible)
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks (same aisle as chocolate chips)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Using a scoop, please cookies on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes.

Generally, I chill my cookie dough; this is one that doesn’t need it (think it is because of the corn syrup?).


Looking forward to sharing the oplatek with many of you during our Virtual Oplatek.

Please encourage the younger Members who are graduating next year to visit our website regarding information on our Scholarship Programs. Our program is funded by donations from Members, and they want to see their kindness go towards helping a Member on their road to a higher education.

Czolem!

VP Trish: Sweet Potato Crunch

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This recipe is one that my grandmother always made; I thought she created it. I have shared this with many, giving my grandmother, Jule credit for it. Finally one day, I asked her how she came up with it, to which she replied, “I didn’t, I found it in a cookbook!” I was so amused, all this time bragging about her culinary expertise! But seriously, it is really good for those of us who enjoy sweet potatoes!

Cook 2 pounds of sweet potatoes (I used canned, as did Jule).

After cooking, drain, mix and mash. Then add the following:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg

Pout this mixture into a 1 ½ quart casserole dish.

Mix:

  • 1 cup graham crackers (broken into small pieces)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Sprinkle on sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes!

It is fabulous!

VP Trish: Flowers, Fraternals & Snickerdoodle Bread

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It’s getting dark way too early for me!

It is that time of year when our days are getting shorter. But as much as I love the summer, I truly enjoy all four seasons. My flowers are very happy with the slightly cooler temperatures (although, it is going to be in the 90’s today and tomorrow!). Pretty soon, I will be decorating for Fall and Halloween but just not yet!


It doesn’t take much to motivate me to bake, but here is another recipe I recently found. If you are a fan of snickerdoodle cookies, you will love this!

Snickerdoodle Bread

Beat:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar

Add:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Mix together, then stir into the wet ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom (this is an extra spice I add when using cinnamon)

Stir in:

  • one package cinnamon chips

Grease loaf pans, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (you may also make muffins which I tend to do!)

Bake: 350 for 35-38 minutes


What are Fraternals?

The Polish Falcons of America is a Fraternal (501(c)(8)).

Fraternals are nonprofit organizations that offer fraternal benefits and highly regulated financial products to Members. We are benevolent organizations that, because part of our operations exist in the business world, must meet contemporary business operation standards as well. Our services, products and personnel must be high quality according to accepted business standards, so that our organizations may serve as good stewards of our Members’ funds.

Lodge System – Polish Falcons calls ours, Nests.

Fraternals must have a type of lodge system that holds regular meetings and through which most of the local work of a fraternal benefit society is accomplished. The lodge system serves as the foundation for a representative form of government, also required under law. In addition to sound insurance management, we must be able to demonstrate ongoing fraternal and benevolent activities. Our Nests and Districts do a wonderful job helping within our communities.


National Convention 2020

If your District hasn’t had their Plenary Meeting regarding your National Director, please do so soon. This meeting must be held by September 21, 2020. The National Convention will be held on November 21; obviously virtually.

Each Nest is entitled to one Delegate for every fifty Members or a fraction thereof and two alternate Delegates duly elected by a majority vote on a secret ballot at a special meeting of the Nest at least 60 days prior to the Convention. This must be held by September 21 also. These Delegates are in addition to the Nest Executive Officers.

A Delegate to the Convention:

  • shall be a benefit Member in good standing
  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 18 years of age
  • shall have been a Member of the Falcons for at least one year
  • shall have been a Member of the Nest he is representing for at least one year
  • shall not be an officer, delegate, representative, agent or employee of any other fraternal doing a life insurance business
  • may be a benefit Member of the Legion of Honor

Keep safe and healthy!

Czolem!