Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chihuahuas Like Cheese

Chihuahuas Like Cheese
Written by: Janice Kingsbury
Illustrated by: Rachael Haffey
2015: Outerbooks Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 13:9780692378915

Audience: Pre K-Grade 3, or story-time/family reading.

‘Chihuahuas Like Cheese’ is a delightful story about dogs, adoptions and living happily with a life time supply of cheese.

This story is about one little Chihuahua named Bogie who finds himself homeless, staying in a shelter. Rescued from the shelter, his foster mom tries to have him adopted by nice people at the PetSmart adoption day. But Bogie has other plans.

Bogie comes to his foster home and doesn’t want to leave. Even though he’s the smallest, he lines up for treats with the other dogs: Beau, Lexi, Beemer, Jack, Rascal and Hannah. While the other dogs sit for their treats, Bogie feels too small at the end of the line. So he jumps up and down. He gets so into jumping around, he missed the cheese.

For a while Bogie feels sad. He hides under blankets and doesn’t play as much with the other dogs. One day, Bogie notices something out of the ordinary. He barks. He brings attention to events that have gone terribly wrong.

To find out how Bogie becomes a hero, read ‘Chihuahuas Like Cheese.’

Illustrations of dogs and all the action colorfully represent the story.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Creating a Better Team or How to Make Cheesecake

Many hands make for light work as the elders used to say and they were right. The more people involved in a project, the faster it goes and the better it can turn out. 

This weekend we baked cheesecake. There were three of us. The boss read the directions. The cook placed all the items in logical order and helped the apprentice learn by doing.

  • Shopping – we picked up the ingredients that we didn’t already have available.
  • Crust – Following the directions for a graham cracker crust, the crumbs were made the butter softened, and we mixed, mixed, mixed.
  • Pie Crust – Pushing the mix into the pie pan and up the side of the pan required a light touch and patience.
  • Filling – Placing all the ingredients into the blender, mix on high then voila.
  • Baking – 350 for nearly an hour, until it’s not jiggly. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 Reasons to Eat Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a vegetable from the gourd family. The vine produces a cylindrical vegetable which have culinary uses. The three main varieties of cucumber are for burpless, pickled and slicing.

Cucumbers have been grown for consumption for at least 3,000 years in Europe. In fact, cucumbers are mentioned in Gilgamesh. The gourd became popular is France and England during the Dark Ages.

With 8 calories per ½ cup of slices, these vegetables should be supremely popular with dieters. With only nominal amounts of vitamin A, the cucumber has 65 mg potassium

A multitude of health benefits credited to cucumbers including:
  • Helps stabilize blood pressure
  • Reduces diabetic tendency
  • High silica for silky hair
  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Prevents headaches
  • Promotes digestion
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces inflammation / gout
  • Relieves joint pain 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thank you A to Z

Thank you to the A to Z organizers and volunteers for another interesting challenge. 

Thank you to the bloggers, I loved reading your stuff. 

Thank you to the readers who read. 

A special thank you to the readers who comment, I often wonder if anyone is reading my posts. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts. 

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