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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Book Review : An illustrated Guide to Mythical Creatures by Anita Ganeri & David West

I recently received An illustrated Guide to Muythical Creatures  from Hammond's Langenscheidt Publishing Group  for review.

The book takes readers on a fantastic journey into a mythical world,  enhanced by the magic of 3-D computer generated art—the kind used by Hollywood’s top special-effects experts—by noted British illustrator David West.

West creates a visually stunning universe, much like what audiences will see in the upcoming movies Where the Wild Things Are and New Moon.  Some of the pictures very much seem computer generated, and others are stunning in appearance (such as the chimeras).


The text by Ganeri is wonderful and very interesting. Selections include Dragons, Flying Creatures, Half Human-Half Beast, Water Beasts, Giants, Chimeras, Shape-Shifters, and Ghouls. A glossary explains some of the terms as well.  The Chimeras and Half Human sections include info that I wasn't even aware of (What is a the animal that has  the head of a fox, a greyhound's chest, a lion's body, back legs and tail of a wolf and eagle's claws on its front legs called?  Answer: an Enfield)  !

The book will appeal to both boys and girls. The publisher says the book is aimed at ages 9-12, but I would say it is suitable for ALL ages and would be a great reference book for kids and adults. I know I will be keeping my copy in our historical reference section at home ! 


This would be a great Christmas gift for kids that have a thirst for unique knowledge, and for adults who love mythical creatures!






Disclosure: Hammond's Langenscheidt Publishing Group 
sent me this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.I was NOT compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product  

Friday, October 30, 2009

On the road part 2

Talladega looks like the biggest RV park you've ever seen due to race sat/sun....weather turns humid as soon as we hit MS state line...then we hit severe storm...some welcome home huh????

ADULTS only- Halloween libation???

I came across this in an email and thought, hmmmmmm

Mix according to directions below and THEN add some chopped ice ala granita,
and woohoo, we've got a Halloween libation for mom and dad, safe at home,
for when the kids are all tucked in!

Go ahead- you earned it!!!

Kahlua Cognaccino from Saturdays Surf in NYC

Source: The Secret Recipe Forum- http://www.recipesecrets.net/forums
Posted By: drinKay

Tried this recipe at Saturdays Surf in NYC -- it's a creation from
mixologist Julio De Los Santos and it uses new Kahlua Coffee Cream.

1 part Kahlua Coffee Cream
1/2 part Amaretto
1 part Martell V.S. Cognac

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into
a flute dusted with nutmeg.

On the Road part 1




On the road AGAIN....have I mentioned how much I hate that song? No? I do.Lol....o'dqrk 30 when we left so no pix of NC or SC, just GA and Al welcome centers as we near the end of visual beauty of fall foliage... SIGH....

Halloween Recipe Weekend: Hot Dog Mummies/Shrimp (chicken) Hand Pie

 We're on vacation, so i'm going to give you a couple of simple Halloween recipes this weekend!

For the kids:
This is an oldie but a goodie- my mom used to make these when I was growing up, and they are a super filling snack for kids to eat BEFORE going out to trick or treat tomorrow- keeps them from gorging so much on candy while out or when they get back!

AND you can make them bite size by cutting crescents in half and using the cocktail weinies!




Ingredients:

1 can of refrigerated breadstick dough OR flat crescent dough
1 12 pack of hot dogs
mustard
sliced cheese-optional


                                                           Instructions:

1. For each mummy, separate one breadstick from the roll and use kitchen shears or a knife to slice it in half lengthwise to create two thinner strips.OR cut crescent dough into 24 strips.

2.Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need all of both strips. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog. You can add half a slice of cheese before wrapping around the hot dog if you like.

3.Bake the mummies on a cookie sheet at 350º for 15 to 18 minutes or until the breadstick wrapping is golden brown.

4.Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Add yellow mustard eyes just before serving. Makes 12 mummies.



For the adults:

Madewood Plantation’s Shrimp or Chicken Pies Madewood Plantation’s Shrimp or Chicken Pies

October, 2002, Louisiana Cookin' magazine, October 2002
Servings:  Serves 24
  • 24 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • ½ cup (1 stick) margarine
  • Two 8-ounce bags of frozen chopped seasoning vegetables (onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic)
  • Three 10.5 ounce cans cream of shrimp soup or cream                 of      chicken soup
  • 3 teaspoons Louisiana hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cream sherry
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana seasoning mix
  • ½ corn starch, if necessary
  • 2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp or 1 whole 3- to 4-pound chicken, boiled and de-boned or rotissiere chicken, shredded
Instructions:
If you wish to serve some now and some later, these delicious little pies may be individually wrapped and frozen before baking.



1. Remove the puff pastry from the freezer and allow to come to cool room temperature. 

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

3. Melt the margarine in a medium size skillet over medium heat and sauté seasoning vegetables until they’re honey-colored. Add the soup, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sherry and dry seasoning mix, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. If sauce is too thin – you don’t want it to be runny – mix the corn starch with ½ cup water and add while the sauce is still hot, stirring until mixed completely. 

4. Let the sauce cool, add the shrimp or chicken pieces, then divide among the pastry sheets; fold into triangles as turnovers, and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Gently poke a few holes in the top of each pie. 

5. Bake until nicely browned, about 30 to 35 minutes.
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN 
HALLOWEEN NIGHT TOMORROW!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Skytop orchard....APPLE time!





Last day of touring in NC and we spent the morning at Skytop Orchard. The storm had dropped 99.5 % of the apples, so little picking. But hayride, made for us apple cider donuts, feeding animals, pumpkin house & playing among the trees made up for it! We can't wait to come back!!

Book Review: When Everything Changed by Gail Collins


When you think Hachette Publishing, you don't automatically think of hard hitting historical books. BUT I think that is about to change with the release of When Everything Changed by Gail Collins!

Picking up where her previous successful, and highly lauded book, America's Women, left off, Gail Collins recounts the vast change women have experienced since 1960. A comprehensive mix of oral history and Collins's keen research, this is the definitive book about five crucial decades of progress, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone this beloved New York Times columnist is known for.

Having been born in the latter half of the 60's (no I am NOT telling WHAT year!) I was shocked to realize just what was going on for WOMEN when I was born! It was shocking to think how different things have become for my daughter all these decades later! it astounded me that a woman could not go into a city court to pay a ticket WITHOUT being in a skirt! the judges sent her out to get a skirt on, even though she had a respectable job as a secretary, she had to send her HUSBAND in to pay the ticket (which wasn't even hers)- even though HE was in pants..... WOW, i can NOT even fathom that! And yet, this happened just a couple of years before I was born!

The interviews with women who have lived through these transformative years include an advertising executive in the 60s who was not allowed to attend board meetings that took place in the all-male dining room (think Mad Men and you've got it exactly!) ; and an airline stewardess who remembered being required to bend over to light her passengers' cigars on the men-only 'Executive Flight' from New York to Chicago.I found that the personal accounts help to make the author's point more than anything she herself proposed!

I grew up knowing my mother WAS making strides for me, and in many ways I took things for granted because of things she and her peers did to help break down the walls holding women back. When I went to apply for college I only had to consider financial means and the ability to get picked. I didn't have to deal with quotas or professors afraid of having too many women in their classes: "Hell yes, we have a quota [7%]" said a medical school dean in 1961. "We do keep women out, when we can." . Can you imagine? I can't. We were brought up to know that we did NOT have to get married, that we could go get the education our mothers fought for and THEN decide  if we wished to get married! Such a changed form the 1906os when at a pre-graduation party at Barnard College, "they handed corsages to the girls who were engaged and lemons to those who weren't."

In 1960, two-thirds of women 18-60 surveyed by Gallup didn't approve of the idea of a female president.
And now we have had not one but TWO women running for President. they may not have won, but they RAN. Men I know, who were never pro-women ticket, even decided to vote for them. What a wonderful change!

Until 1972, no woman ran in the Boston Marathon, the year when Title IX passed (requiring parity for boys and girls in school athletic programs) and also the year after Nixon vetoed the childcare legislation passed by congress (as they wanted to keep women HOME raising the kids, not working!). I grew up being able to play on teams with boys (soccer, baseball) and knowing other family members being able to play hockey with the boys. When Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in 1973, it drove home to me that women were just as good of athletes as men, and deserve an equal chance.

The cataclysmic change in the lives of American women is a story Gail Collins seems to have been born to tell. Gail joined The New York Times in 1995, as a member of the editorial board, and later as an Op-Ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times’s editorial page. Before joining The Times, Ms. Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International. Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains.

I really think ALL girls should have to read this book in junior high or high school i think it would be an eye opener to ALL of them, who have been born with SO many rights and equalities that their grandmothers had to fight to win for them! If you teach or home-school your children the examples used in this book are noteworthy and bring history alive for children! Get your copy today and give it to all the girls in your lives!


Disclosure:  Hachette Publishing sent me this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.I was NOT compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giveaway/CLOSED: Autographed Copy of Slice by Five for Fighting

Ever feel you're having one of those months?

Yup, count me in, October has been one for me! I've missed out on some emails that apparently went out into the blogosphere to somebody, but not to EITHER of my email addresses! So, suddenly with the 3rd email shows up, I'm like oh-oh and slapping my forehead.

Case in point- I never got the email confirming I could
giveaway an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the Five for
Fighting SLICE CD, besides getting the review copy! Well,
color me badd (yeah that was a badd 80's reference-
go look it up you youngsters!) and give three cheers
because you've got another giveaway to enter!

You can check out my original review HERE

Then come back and enter enter enter!

              Giveaway:

1 autographed copy of SLICE cd by Five for Fighting




Main Entry:

Go to my review page and check out the links to sample the songs on the new cd,
and then come back and  let me know which one is your favorite!

Make sure I have an e-mail address, with your comment, so I can contact you, if you win!

If I don't have a way to contact you, you will forfeit your win!

Requirements: must be over 18, resident of US .

Extra Entries:

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- Subscribe to the blog (1 entry)
(Please note I use Feedburner, which means you MUST click on the link in the email sent to you to ACTIVATE the subscription, or this entry will NOT count)
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Contest will end on November 10th, at midnight. Winner will be picked by Random Number (random.org) on November 11th, and emailed. As soon as winner's info is received from winner, One2One Network will be forwarded their info, and they will mail CD to them!



Disclosure: One2One Network  sent me a digital download of this cd, at no cost to me, for review purposes. I was NOT compensated in any other way, nor told HOW to rate or review this product!

Chimney Rock Park






A day spent enjoying Chimney Rock and the surrounding river area. Check out Last of the Mohicans for close ups of Hickory Nut Falls.
Darling daughter now addicted to waterfalls; course she rode uo the 1.5 miles in a backpack!

Toddler Tales; Fun on Vacation





Kudos to the Hendersonville NC Salvation Army for putting on a cute pre-Halloween party!! No costume but fun was had trying games like big girl!

Wordless Wednesday

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOR OVER 75 MILES....

Halloween Quiz-Disney Style- ANSWER

From yesterday's quiz question:


Answer: Captain Nemo played the same organ on his submarine in the 1954 film, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fun for me and you....




So Plan D....
mom n dad get 2 antique stores, darling daughter
gets TOY store and Hands On Kids Activity Center......Hendersonville NC is a wonderful place!!!

Rain, rain, rain, rain................


RAIN,rain, go away...it''s hard to take pix of waterfalls thru the car window! Onto plan D for the day...

Mailbox Tueday: Disney Does it Again- Digital Books!



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Dive into an ever-expanding library of over 500 books--featuring beloved Disney and Disney/Pixar characters--that grows with children's abilities and interests. Easy-to-use, built-in reading help and engaging, exclusive features make Disney Digital Books feel more like play time than story time.

Dictionary feature shown in a Cars digital book
The Magic Pen
Click to hear words aloud, see definitions, turn pages on screen and highlight words while reading!
Story-Builder activity shown in a Disney Fairies digital book
Story-Builder Activity
Create original books full of Disney characters, and print them to share or read again later.
www.DisneyDigitalBooks.com Register now to sample 7 books, including 1 Look and Listen book plus 1 Story-Builder activity. No credit card required!


Register now to sample 7 books, including 1 Look and Listen book plus 1 Story-Builder activity. No credit card required!

www.DisneyDigitalBooks.com Get 3 separate child accounts and a parent account with your subscription!


Get 3 separate child accounts and a parent account with your subscription!
Mickey Mouse stands in front of a Mickey & Friends digital book

Halloween Quiz-Disney Style

 

Question: The organ located in the Haunted Mansion's ballroom is a prop from which 1954 Disney film?


Answer  - tomorrow!

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