Friday, October 28, 2011

Miss Liberty By The Numbers

The Statue of Liberty was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. Today marks the anniversary of first dedication of Lady Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886. Some trivia I found interesting
  • It took 210 crates to ship the statue to America
  • In 1982-86 the statue's structure, exterior, heating elevators were renovated in a 31 million project
  • 2011 celebration Oct. 28th kicks off a yearlong 27.3 million renovation
  • Weight in copper 62,000 LB. steel 250,0 00 LB. foundation 54 million LB.
  • 192 steps to the pedestal
  • 354 steps to crown
  • Island Home officially named Liberty Island in 1956
  • Seven spikes in the crown represent Earth's continents and seas
  • 25 windows in the crown
  • Distance between the eyes 2.5 feet-nose 4.5 feet-mouth 3 feet
  • Height of the statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet and 6 inches
source: Library of Congress,U.S. National Park Service

Follow this link to Halloween party recipes.
I posted a picture of one of recipes a pumpkin cheese ball that was quite easy to assemble. I thought it quite clever using a broccoli stalk for the pumpkin stem.
Pumpkin Cheese Ball/Bowl
2- (8-ounce) blocks extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

· 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

· 1 (8-ounce) container chive-and-onion cream cheese

· 2 teaspoons paprika

· 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

· 1 broccoli stalk

· Red and green apple wedges


· Combine Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients in a bowl until blended. Cover and chill 4 hours or until mixture is firm enough to be shaped.

· Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth entire outer surface with a frosting spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips.

· Cut florets from broccoli stalk, and reserve for another use. Cut stalk to resemble a pumpkin stem, and press into top of cheese ball. Serve cheese ball with apple wedges.

· Note: To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap without stalk, and store in refrigerator up to 2 days. Attach stalk before serving.


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