Archive | December, 2007

How To: Use a Knife

18 Dec

As many of you know, my family and I rarely eat out. It is just too hard to find food that tastes as good or is better for you at any restaurant than what we can make at home. It just doesn’t seem worth it to us. But we know of so many people that don’t cook at home. They are dependent on dining out, fast food, and prepackaged and prepared products at the grocery store. This is just so unnecessary. Cooking at home is easy and fun, once you get over the initial learning stages. Cooking at our home is usually a family event too. Everyone can get involved. The older kids are learning how to season, chop vegetables and use the stove, while the younger ones wash vegetables, put ingredients on the table, throw away or recycle the waste, and help mix and stir.

One thing that seems to stop everybody in their tracks is using a knife. Yes, it takes some practice; but what doesn’t? And in this case, learning a new skill help you live a much healthier and more satisfying life.

I found this handy mini-video on how to use a kitchen knife. It’s very short and demonstrates clearly the basic method for cutting virtually anything.

So let’s all stop avoiding the kitchen and get in there and whip up a delicious meal. You can do it!

Where have I been?

16 Dec

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this blog. I took up a part time job to help pay the bills here at home. Transitioning from a full-time stay-at-home mom has been awkward, to say the least.

Some good news though. I am getting ready to launch a couple of new sites. (Once I figure out the technical stuff).

The first one is very dear to my heart. Blankets 4 Babies is something I’ve been wanting to do for years and finally decided to just go for it. My goal is to give a homemade blanket to babies of young parents. I was a single mom and I know how invaluable it is to find help in unexpected places. This is my gift to those who helped me when I needed it most.

The second is directly related to Parenting & Education. Everyday Parent will be my new e-magazine providing information on schooling, parenting, homelife, and health. I’m looking for contributers to help me fill in some content, but essentially, once I can get the site working it’ll be full steam ahead.

Anyway, I’ve been really busy. I’ll be sharing the results with you all as soon as I can.

Woe Is I Jr. – Patricia T. O’Conner

6 Dec

Here is a great little book to help explain all the weird little quirks of the English language. We got it for #1 to learn the basic rules of grammar. It is very easy to understand and is filled with modern examples (unlike those outdated grammar school books with Dick, Jane, and Spot). Skrek, Harry Potter, Harriet the Spy, The Series of Unfortunate Events and many other contemporary stories are used throughout the book as examples. There is also a fair share of burp jokes, comics, and silly riddles that kids love.

I loved the book, but I’m a bit of a grammar junkie. However, my son said it has helped him to finally “get” some things. The English language is filled with annoying little peculiarities like “i before e except after c”, when to use “I” or “me”, subject-verb tense agreement, and many others. Ms. Conner’s use of plain English and witty examples clears up the confusion.

I’m going to have to list this book as a “must read” for kids and list it with the Great Books, 4th-8th on the sidebar. Check it out.

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