Leonel and Drew's Pioneer Spirit Project

Lonel's Journal,

March 25, 1821

Well over there in the west there is a promise of more land. And in the west I can find a lot of gold. And I can sell that gold and get a lot of money. Today was a very hard day for us, we had to cross a lake and it was hard to cross that lake with a wagon.

Sincerely Leonel

Drew 's journal

july 3,1846

Today I overheard Mama talking to pa about moving west. She says it will be hard going into a new world without any friends. Papa says it will help spread out the U.S's population some, and besides, we'll be with others along the way. Ma thinks it will be dangerous and risky and we all agree. She also says no pets  but the Chicken are allowed, I ask her about the family cow, but she doesn't answer.

Until next time,                                                                                                                        Drew Blackwell

Leonel's journal

february 23, 1792

Dear journal,

those buffalo almost teared the wagon apart. we almost ran out of food. And my mom almost died of hunger. we almost died of quick sand. Our horses almost jumped off a cliff and almost died. It just had been a horrible day for the  all of us.



1 3/4 c. (16 oz. can) unsweetened red pitted cherries
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. almond flavoring
12 (1 gram) pkg. Equal
3 pkg. (2 1/2 tbsp.) plain gelatin
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 c. boiling water
12 (1 gram) pkg. Equal
1/3 c. lemon juice
12 (2 1/4 inch) graham crackers
3 tbsp. sugar
1/4 c. melted butter
2 lb. part skim milk ricotta cheese
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
12 (1 gram) pkg. EqualDrain cherries well, reserving the juice. Add water to the juice, if necessary, to total 1 cup liquid. Set the cherries aside and mix the juice with the cornstarch, stirring until smooth. Cook and stir over moderate heat until mixture is clear and thickened and the starchy taste is gone. Remove from the heat, and add almond flavoring, 12 packages of Equal and cherries and refrigerate until needed.

Stir the gelatin and 2 tablespoons sugar together to blend well, add the boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Add 12 packets of Equal and lemon juice and set aside a few moments until it begins to thicken.

Crush the graham crackers and place in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan along with 3 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Mix with your fingers to blend well and then pat evenly in the bottom of the pan and set aside until needed.

Drain any excess liquid from the cheese but do not press it to remove any further liquid. Place the cheese in a bowl along with the salt, vanilla and 12 packets of Equal. Mix lightly until smooth. Add the gelatin mixture, which should be syrupy, and mix until smooth.

Pour the cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust and refrigerate until thick. Spread the cherry mixture over the filling.


cheese cake