Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Hello all, hope your having a great week so far!
A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of receiving a nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award, & I’m wholeheartedly honored to receive it. I was nominated by the lovely Katie Lou who writes over at A Mother's Love, please go check her out! She writes a great deal about Mental Health, some really empowering stuff!
Created by Okoto Enigma, the Mystery Blogger Award, is this cool award for bloggers with innovative & intelligent posts. She writes that,
Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma
A huge thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this ingenious award! With each nomination, it is required by the nominated blogger to answer a couple questions from their nominator.
The rules for this award are as follows:
- Put the award logo or image on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you & link their blog in your post.
- Name the creator of the award & link their blog.
- List the rules.
- Answer your nominator’s questions.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 people.
- Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
- Share links to your best blog posts.
- Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- What made you start your blog, & what makes you stay?
- If you had to write about one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
- Where’s your favorite place to write? (Mine is Costa & outside on warm summer nights )
- If you could be anywhere in the world, doing anything, with anyone, where would you be, what would you be doing, & who would you be doing it with?
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Give your child a chance to feel like an important member of the ground personnel that helps guide air traffic at our airports & learn a whole host of skills while he's at it! All you need are some simple materials & a chart of aircraft marshall signals to practice directions, geometry, and following directions.
What You Need:
Paper towel cardboard tubes
Orange construction paper
Printout of aircraft marshaling signals diagram
What You Do:
1. First, your child gets to make orange wands for aircraft marshalling! Have him cover two cardboard paper towel tubes with orange construction paper. Trim the paper with scissors as needed, & then glue it to the cardboard tubes.
2. While you're waiting for the glue to dry, your child & his friends can review the aircraft marshalling signals below. These are the real signals used by aircraft marshallers at airports!
3. When the wands are ready, your child & his friends can practice the marshalling signals. When they feel they have memorized them, they can play a game.
4. One game idea is for one child to be the marshaller & the other child the airplane. The airplane should follow the marshalling directions given by the child with the orange wands.
5. If you've got more than two kids to keep busy, you can use the wands for a version of Simon Says. The aircraft marshaller with orange wands is “Simon.” Simon gives his directions as marshalling signals, & the other children must follow. For more complexity, Simon can add verbal directions also such as “180 degrees” or “90 degrees” as he directs others to turn right or left. This game reinforces direction & geometry lessons!
Friday, 15 September 2017
- 1x lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper, to taste
- ¼x Cup Olive Oil
- 5-6x Roma Tomatoes, diced
- 3x Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1x Handful Fresh Basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
- ¼x Cup Unsalted Butter
- 8 ounces Spaghetti Pasta
- Cover the chicken with plastic wrap & pound each piece to an even thickness, about one inch or so in the thickest parts (this just helps it cook faster & more evenly). Remove the plastic & sprinkle each piece of chicken generously with sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
- Prep the tomatoes, garlic, & basil & set aside. Make the pasta according to package directions.
- Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet until a drop of water sizzles across the top. Add the chicken & pan-fry for several minutes on each side - the goal here is to get the chicken cooked AND get a nice browning on the outside. When the chicken is done, set aside.
- Give the oil a few minutes to cool, add the tomatoes, & return to heat (if you add the tomatoes to the hot oil it will be a splatter-fest). Simmer to cook the tomatoes down into a chunky-sauce-like-mixture. Add the garlic & butter & stir to combine until the butter is melted. Add the chicken back in to soak in the sauce for a few minutes.
- Just before serving, stir in the basil. Top servings of pasta with the chicken and the sauce.