Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dead Sea Scrolls at The Franklin Institute

A couple of weeks ago, John and I spent the day at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
We picked a beautiful Monday just after the kids went back to school to avoid crowds.
The main attraction was The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition created by the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collection of the Israel National Treasures.
Photos of the scrolls were prohibited and the above section was shown on a large screen.

Two thousand years ago, in the Judean desert, on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, a group of people placed their religious writings in eleven remote caves. They were first discovered in 1947 when a Bedouin shepherd boy stumbled upon a hidden cave, tossed a rock in and heard a pot shatter. Thousands of parchment fragments, remarkable preserved, were found by archaeologists over the next eight years, including some of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible.
Above PHOTO BY DARRYL MORAN/THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE. The Dead Sea Scrolls are on view in the circular display case seen here.
The exhibit contains over 600 artifacts telling a story of life and faith in ancient Israel. There are pieces of royal architecture,  the pottery of kings, and ancient stamps and signatures pieces.

How amazing to see the many artifacts of pots, coins, weapons, jewelry and other pieces displayed. 
The top center photo are perfume and cosmetic pieces

The bottom left is a pottery incense alter

bottom center: John in front of The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. It is located in the rotunda of the museum. The centerpiece of the memorial is a dramatic 20-foot high marble statue of Benjamin Franklin. Sculpted by James Earle Fraser, the statue weighs 30 tons and sits on a 92-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble.

bottom right: driving through Philadelphia

The Biblical era is also known as the Iron Age in archaeology covering 1200 - 586 BCE.
The exhibition features a large collections of the 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls from this era, containing some of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible. Pieces include text from the books of Genesis, Psalms, Exodus, Isaiah. There are remains of religious articles, weapons of war, stone carvings, textiles and beautiful mosaics along with everyday household items such as jewelry and ceramics covering the period from 1200BCE to 68CE.
 It was awe-inspiring viewing the many artifacts as far back as the 9th-8th century BCE

center bottom photo of 1st century BCE-1st century CE inkwell

I didn't get a photo of my own, but there was a large, three-ton stone, thought to have fallen from the Temple during a battle in 70CE,  from the Western (or Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem. Prayers can be written on slips of paper and placed in a crack or container that will be sent by Curators to Jerusalem.  There was also a screen with live feed of the Wall in Jerusalem (see center, left in photo above). Touching the stone was quite an experience.Another attraction at The Franklin Institute is the heart, a walk-through exhibit just as blood travels through a heart.  I remember this exhibit when I was a child on a school trip!
We strolled through some other areas throughout the day including the Blackholes show at the planetarium and ended our day together at an Italian restaurant near our home.

When we purchased our tickets we also purchased a pair for Abbey and a friend.  The friend wasn't able to go and the expiration date was nearing so Abbey and John went this past Sunday.  The crowds were so large that the five-people deep group barely moved through the exhibit.  It is sad that Abbey didn't get to experience all that was there to see.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oatmeal Sweet Potato Muffins


For breakfast, snack or when you want a hearty treat with the goodness of sweet potatoes and an oatmeal crumb topping. 
Oatmeal Sweet Potato Muffins


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Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 (15 oz) can sweet potatoes (yams), drained and mashed or 1 cup fresh sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup skim milk
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Crumble Topping
1/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. light margarine, melted
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
In a bowl, mix together oatmeal, flour and sugar. With a fork, mix in margarine and vanilla until crumbly.
Directions for muffins:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in sweet potatoes, brown sugar, oil, milk, egg and vanilla, just until well moistened. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Sprinkle with Crumble Topping. Bake 15-20 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

Nutrition (based in 18 muffins per recipe): Per serving: CAL 158.7 (29% from fat); FAT 5.207g; PROTEIN 2.343g; CARB 26g; CHOL 11.84mg; SODIUM 81mg
calories for 12 muffins 240

by Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission spokesperson, Holly Clegg

NOTES:

  • I made 12 muffins and baked 25 minutes.They were average sized muffins so I assume the 18 per the recipe would be very small.
  • After scrubbing and pricking sweet potatoes, I bake them in a 400 degree oven on a baking dish lined with foil until the sugars ooze from the slits from the knife (45-60 minutes). When cool enough to handle, I remove the skins and mash the potato with a fork.  I measure 1-cup servings and spoon into pint-size freezer bags and press flat; then freeze.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

With the GrandKids this Week

No more training wheels for Caleb.
We found a bike at a yard sale this weekend so this little guy could ride at our house too.
 His steering needs a bit more practice but he was loving it!

 Homemade chocolate pudding with lots of whipped cream for Jared's after school snack
 This was Noah's birthday weekend celebration with Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop.
He scrolled through my blog recipes and picked Lemon Tartlets to bake together. A quick trip to Produce Junction for fresh lemons and he was ready to proceed.
 Last night we went to a ball game that started out sunny and hot.  By the 5th inning the sky darkened, the wind picked up and we headed for the car as a storm was moving in.  The game was called shortly after we left so we made the right decision to leave when we did.
Caleb also stayed over earlier in the week and we met up with Jamie at a playland.  Cambrie was happy to see her brother and Chloe was happy to engage in conversation.
We completed a four foot floor puzzle and then measured to see who was bigger. It is a reversible puzzle so next time we will work on the other side.

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