Month: April 2014

The comma is mightier than the pen

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If you have been an avid reader of this blog, you have probably noticed my use of commas. Or, maybe, you haven’t paid any attention to them at all. According to this article from Huffington Post, one man discusses how commas may be a thing of the past in our life time.

Really? I can hear the screams of English teachers and professors around the world! One example the article gave was this statement: “Let’s eat, Grandma”. Now, let’s see how it would sound without the comma: “Let’s eat Grandma”. Well, that doesn’t sound right. The comma is mightier than the pen (corny, I know :) ).

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I know my comma placement might not always be 100% accurate. However, I feel that my placement of the comma gives my reader an understanding of content. I think if commas were eliminated it would be extremely hard for me to understand the meaning of the written text. So, to the mighty comma: Keep calm and carry on!

Here is one more corny comma picture:

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Hehe! It got a chuckle out me me ;).

What are your thoughts on getting rid of the comma? Comment below!

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Rainy Day Poetry

Rainy days are so cozy and lazy. They always feel like days where you can recharge your batteries. On this rainy day, I remembered a poem I use to do with my students in class. April is poetry month and I use to love delving into poems. I loved opening their eyes to the different interpretations. (Due to all of this Common Core nonsense, I am not even sure if they still have time for a poetry unit. So sad.)

Here is one of my favorite poems:

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April Rain Song by: Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

 

It just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling when you read it. And Langston Hughes was an amazing poet! Here is one more of his poems:

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Dreams by: Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Hopefully these poems will get you through this dreary day. And if you happen to be part of a beautiful sunny day, I hope these poems add to the beauty of your day :).

Let me know your favorite Langston Hughes poem. Or any poem that inspires you :).

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Sometimes it is the little things :)

I will start by saying I am not the neatest person in the world. I don’t know how people keep their homes looking like museums and they have kids. I envy those people. I wish I could keep my house neat. It is by no means dirty. There is just stuff, namely baby toys, everywhere. Sigh. How I long sometimes for those Saturday mornings pre-baby when I would clean and organize the whole house in 4 hours.

There are somethings that I do try to keep as organized as possible. One of those are my kitchen cabinets. Thank you to the person who invited baby proofing because my cabinets are one of the few places he can not destroy! The other day my husband was the best husband ever: he emptied the dishwasher after the cycle was done. He is the best since that particular day had seemed like a very long day! I had no energy after my little one went to bed to empty a dishwasher.

When I was making my son breakfast the next morning I opened the cabinet door and this is what I saw:

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Now I appreciate his effort, and I know you are all going to think I am crazy, but everything is out of order. Big plates are mixed in with small plates. One style dish is mixed in with other style dishes. Mugs are all over the place. Yes, I definitely get bothered by little things like that. It bothered me so much that after breakfast I had to fix it. This was my finished piece:

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To some this may not mean anything. To me it is everything. Am I a tad overboard? Possibly. But in the end it comes down to one thing: I love my husband for cleaning out the dishwasher!

 

Mrs. Z’s Quick Kitchen Tip Friday!

You know what today is: Mrs. Z’s Quick Kitchen Tip!!

How many of you enjoy eating cheese? I will be honest and say that I love it! I can eat cheese and olives with a nice glass of wine all of the time. However, I am quite sure the popular cheese brands are not non-GMO friendly.

Well, Mrs. Z is here to save the day! I was shopping at Fairway the other day and saw a for sale sign for cheese. What I found got me so excited. The brand of cheese on sale was called Rumiano cheese. On further inspection of the package, I found the Non-GMO Project verification symbol on it! I nearly jumped up and down in the dairy aisle.

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For an 8 ounce package, Fairway charges $5.99. It is on sale for $3.99 until May 1. I bought two packages and I plan on buying more next week.  I went on to the Rumiano cheese website and they also sell their cheeses online. They charge $3 per 8 ounce package. Shipping was $3.95 for me. So, it is cheaper to buy it in the store. However, it is a great option for those who don’t have access to the cheese in their own supermarkets.

As far as the taste, the mozzarella is so creamy and tastes fresh. The Rumiano mozzarella is harder and not flimsy like other brands. I have yet to taste the Cheddar that I purchased. I am sure it is just as great!

I hope this quick kitchen tip was helpful! And here is to non-GMO cheese eating!

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A great healthy eating article!

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Hi everyone! On my quest to bring to you ideas for a healthier eating lifestyle, I came across this wonderful article. I follow 100 Days of Real Food‘s blog and it is one of my favorites. Lisa Leake, the creator of the blog, makes eating simple and wholesome extremely easy! I had mentioned on a previous post that my family and I try to eat as little processed food as possible. However, it can be a daunting task. Also, prices of all natural foods are pretty steep.

One of 100 Days of Real Food’s team bloggers, Kiran, wrote an honest post about how she tries the best to feed her family natural foods but at the same time is realistic that some foods are just hard to change. It was such a welcoming read to hear that someone else is going along the same path and feels the same way.

I highly recommend you take a look over at the 100 Days of Real Food blog. Tell them Mrs. Z sent you :). Don’t forget to share this with all of your friends. And remember: any change to natural eating is a step in the right direction :). You are all doing a super job!

What do you think of this quote?

 

As far back as I can remember the written word has always been magical to me. I find it so fascinating how people can weave ideas together with the words of their choice. There are so many wonderful books to be read in this world.

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You know all of those high school books that most people dreaded reading? Well, I lived for them. True story. Think of those famous titles: Fahrenheit 451, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird. I even enjoyed the Shakespeare plays. James Joyce was another favorite. I do remember my professor who taught us about James Joyce. That is another blog entry in itself ;).

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One novel that is still my all time favorite is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I have read it seven times in my life. It is just the way the author describes the characters and the events that draws me to it. You can get lost in that book and be transported into early 1900’s Brooklyn, New York. This quote was written by Betty Smith. It always stayed with me.

“There’s a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly . . . survives without sun, water, and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it.”

There are so many things to discuss with this quote. I’ll let your mind wander and decipher it as you please. It leaves me in awe every time I see it.

If you haven’t read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I highly recommend it. If you have, try picking it up again. And let me know what you think of this quote. I’d love to hear other’s interpretations.

Here is another quote by Betty Smith. Pure magic:

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Sesame Street (a new critique)

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I am sure all parents out there of little tykes know that Sesame Street is a staple in their  home.  If you are a parent-to-be, this will be your new favorite show (either by choice or by force 😉 ).  I have written about Sesame Street previously. (You can read about it here if you haven’t already.) Today I want to add on to my critique.

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Believe it or not, after watching Sesame Street hundreds of times, I saw the segment Birdwalk Empire today. It is very loosely based on the show Boardwalk Empire. I have never seen Boardwalk Empire, but I have heard great thing about it. On Sesame Street, the segment has two groups of “mobsters”: The Quackers (which are a group of ducks) and the Cluckers (a group of chickens). They meet on the boardwalk and have a disagreement about the way they walk. The part that had me rolling (yes, I do laugh quite frequently at this show) was when the leader of the Cluckers sees the leader of the Quackers. He says, “Well, well, well. Isn’t it Clucky Luciano”. For those who may not understand, it is a joke on the mobster Lucky Luciano from the early 1900s. There were plenty of other funny lines, but this one stuck out to me.

Here is the segment if you would like to watch. I have to commend the writers on Sesame Street again. Not only do you keep my son actively engaged during the show, but you keep this momma wildly entertained. Kuddos!

What is your favorite Sesame Street segment? Comment below!

Mrs. Z’s Quick Kitchen Tip Friday

 

Here is my quick kitchen tip of the day. I use my grilled cheese maker all of the time. However, my waffle iron has been used maybe three times since I have been married.  So,  I can do one or two things:

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1. Make waffles more often. I really should since it is so easy to do. Sometimes the thought of having to clean up afterwards just turns me off.

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2. Or, I can use the waffle iron as a grilled cheese maker!. The picture this link shows makes the sandwich look ooey gooey! The link also says you can use it to make calzones. This is a very good idea!

There are other ideas on the page, so feel free to browse. Have fun making some yummy grilled cheese on your waffle iron!

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