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Cheers to Our Great Educational System

I am probably not being the nicest person at this moment, but it is necessary. If we discuss the educational system, here is a perfect example of the limited knowledge straight from the top. What am I referring to? It is none other than our brilliant Vice President Joe Biden.
I am unsure if Mr. Biden did not feel like explaining a term, during his speech, or if he just did not know what the definition was. The term was “Depression.” Mr. Bidens’ words to define “Depression” were this,

“What is depression? *pause and half sigh* It is depression…”-Joe Biden

Now, I do not know about you, but I was taught in school that you cannot use a word to define itself. It would have been better for Mr. Biden to explain that he did not have enough time to give the definition rather than use the term to define itself. For the masses, I will give the definition of “Depression.”

Anyone can view the definition in any reference materials( aka thesaurus and etc) and dictionaries. There are multiple definitions of “Depression,” however Mr. Biden was referring to the definition of the word used in political matters; economic depression.I will use the dictionary as well as my own explanation of the term.

Dictionary:

“In economics, a depression is a sustained, long-term downturn in economic activity in one or more economies. It is a more severe downturn than a recession, which is seen as part of a normal business cycle.

Considered a rare and extreme form of recession, a depression is characterized by its length, and by abnormal increases in unemployment, falls in the availability of credit, shrinking output and investment, numerous bankruptcies, reduced amounts of trade and commerce, as well as highly volatile relative currency value fluctuations, mostly devaluations. Price deflation, financial crisis and bank failures are also common elements of a depression.”-Wikipedia

My explanation:

The deficit, which is the money we owe to the world; the difference between income and expense, plays a huge role in economic depression. The government printing massive amounts of money to pay that debt is what causes inflation. Inflation is what raises the costs of goods and services. This makes your income worth less. Basically, costs go up, values go down, and things fall apart. Try looking at a car that used to cost $10,000 a few years ago. When inflation hits, now that same car today will cost you about $32,000 give or take.

There is your education Ala Jennifer for the day.

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Jennifer

1 Wikipedia®. “Depression (economics).”  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 15 Oct. 2009.
19 Oct. 2009. < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_depression >.

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October 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week”

Welcome to this weeks Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week.” We’re going to take a look at some seafood recipes.

Recipe:

Shrimp Gumbo

2 lbs. fat(preferably rendered bacon grease)   1 lb.okra
1/4 lb bacon cut into small pieces                 1 can Contadina® tomatoe paste
2 large onions chopped                                2 Tbsp Gebhart® chili powder
3 cloves garlic                                             3 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 cup chopped celery                                   Bay leaf
1 small green pepper chopped                      salt and pepper
2 Tbsp Worcestershire® sauce                     1 pkg shrimp

Cook bacon in a large pot. Add onion, garlic, celery, green pepper, and okra. Cook until tender.
Add Worcestershire® sauce, chili powder, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and tomatoe paste. Add
a small amount of water (you can add more if you want it to be more juicy) and Bay leaf. Add
shrimp (if you want, you can also add crab or any other seafood you wish). Simmer and serve
on cooked rice.

Today’s Topic: Let’s take a look at how we come about being able to have seafood. This is for all the fishermen who catch the seafood people love to eat. This week, we’ll discuss about lobster, shrimping, cray fishing, crabbing, and cage fishing. I remember growing up how my aunt and uncle had crude wooden cages, that we tied ropes onto, so we could toss them over the docks hoping to catch cray fish or shrimp. It was interesting to sit and watch at first. We were taught how to make sure the cages were solid, then how to bait them, and finally how and where to place them in the water so we would catch the . While waiting on the pots, we would have our fishing poles going. The part we always complained about was having to clean and prepare our catches.

Of course, there are those of us who were great at “hand” fishing I used to love going to the ocean and hand catching crabs, horseshoe crabs, and various fish. If I knew exactly where to look (up and down the creek), I could catch cray fish by hand as well. Lobster and shrimp I never did though and I do not know of many who could catch shrimp by hand or if it has ever been done. I was also taught how to catch tadpoles by hand as well, even though they are not in this category. I have not done this type fishing for many years because it became illegal to fish like this unless you are Native American. I am unsure if that law is still in effect though.

Needless to say there are different levels of this fishing from safely exploring to deadly. All of them allow for people to enjoy the fine seafood quisines.

Here is one type of commercial fishing, King Crab, which is relevant to our topic check it out on YouTube:

World’s Deadliest Catch: Full Tank:

Deadliest Catch – How Crab Pots Work

Feel free to check out the other videos for this series.

Country Patriots

Jennifer

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The “Art of War”

To begin this discussion, I am going to use this phrase,

“There are no innocents in war.”

Now, the people on the outside of the military “machine” will be coming un-glued. I happen to agree with this phrase. When the military is hindered by the masses screaming about the “innocents” they cannot perform the job set before them. Obstacles and road blocks can mean the difference between life and death on the field. To those who came un-glued about the phrase used, let me clarify the phrase a bit more by adding that there are casualties of war; not innocents. It is their side versus your side. Casualties of war are very disheartening, but it is a fact of war.

History tends to repeat itself. If we look at past wars, note how they all ended up. The military has things moving at a decent pace until the bean counters and public become involved. After that the wars drag out and become worse, with nobody really winning. To be at war is to lose from the start. If you cannot handle the war process, then you should not go in to begin with. War is very ugly and messy. When a soldier leaves to go to war, they are never the same. It does not matter who is at war or if it is man, woman, or child in the war. The reality changes and scars everyone forever.

Let us look at it this way. If you play a video game, sure you can kill everything in sight and it’s cool and sometimes funny, right? Well, war is no video game, so just because you can push buttons and use a controller does not mean you know what it is like to be in war. Even the gang bangers who cowardly shoot another and run, or torture, think they are tough and know all about things. They do not have a clue, but they are closer than a video game player. In war, not only does one have to face down an enemy, sometimes hidden, but the smells associated, the grueling time spent in combat mode, the sounds, screams, the visual images burned forever in a person’s mind, and way much more are what military personnel have to deal with. The psycological damage is immense for all.

Military personnel have to train and prepare for everything. It is their only means of survival. When war is declared, military is sent out on a mission. If they cannot complete their missions, the war will fall and become disasterous. I am dedicating this blog to all of the military personnel who put their lives on the line so the citizens can enjoy the freedoms held so dear. Anyone who disrespects the military ought to be ashamed of themselves.

When speaking of the casualties of war, I now turn to victims. The enemy does not see women or children as victims, but rather as weapons to commence their attacks or shielding. Our country, fortunately, is not like this. These cowardly type combatants will strap bombs onto young children and send them out promising they will be doing the greater good. They have been raised to believe this. When they are not using their women and children as bombs, they will strategically place them in areas they know will be attacked. Then everyone believes that it is the military’s fault and they are monsters. It is the cowardly combatants who are the monsters, not the military.

The military is just like everyone. They do not want to kill and they will try to avoid it if possible. However, if it means killing another to save many, they will not hesitate. Many of the combatants cannot be reasoned with. This is what mainstream does not seem to understand. Do you really believe that the plane hijackers who flew into the twin towers would have been able to be detered from their mission? Do you believe they felt for any possible women, children, or good people in those buildings, the pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania? The bean counters most likely would say yes. The true answer is no. The passengers who fought back could be considered as military heros for their roles in trying to deter the take overs. They were definitely brave heros.

In closing, people need to learn exactly what the “art of war” is. Do some research and see what is involved on every level. Remember this when the military return home. Try to understand what they have been through for you to be able to go about your every day life. Please show the troops respect because you know what? They deserve respect. They do not deserve the jeers and being denied access or being spit on or ignored. Here is something for everyone to ponder. Where would you be if there was no military to protect the citizens and fight for what is believed?

Country Patriots

Jennifer

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week”

Welcome to yet another Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week.” Right now I am offering up some older recipes which we all can remember growing up, but I will also add in some more healthy foods; including some diabetic recipes, recipes for individuals with food allergies, and etc.

Recipe:

Kissed Peanut Blossoms

1 pkg Hershey’s® Kisses               1/2 cup shortning or Crisco®
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour               1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp baking soda                          1 egg
1/2 tsp salt                                    2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar                1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup packed brown sugar           1 small custard cup granulated sugar; set aside

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients with electric mixer or by hand (electric mixer is best); except the small
custard cup of granulated sugar. This will be used to roll the peanut butter balls in before baking. Shape the batter into 1 inch
balls and roll them in the sugar dish, that was set aside, until covered. Place the cookie balls onto an ungreased cookie
sheet, and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes (or until lightly tan). Cool for about 1/2 minute and place a Hershey’s® Kiss
in the center of the ball, pushing down slightly. NOTE: The Hershey’s® Kiss will melt a bit so after it is placed, do not touch it or
it will lose its’ shape. If you attempt to place the Hershey’s® Kiss too soon after baked, the kisses will melt too much. Leave
cookies to cool completely before placing them into containers. – Yields approximately 48 cookies. You can also leave the
Hershey’s® kisses off the cookies for just plain sugar peanut butter cookies.

Today’s Topic:

Online fun for the older kids aka adults. If you want some hassel-free fun to pass a bit of time, drop on into Adult Swim on Cartoon Network’s website. Not only can you see some of what they offer for the older kids on T.V., but they also offer forums and some wacky gaming that requires no downloads and you can play without having to log in. It is better to join the site so you can get updates and also save your gaming scores and much more. They also offer a bit of shopping. The link to Adult Swim gaming is
Adult Swim Games

I will show some screen captures of one of their games called, “Meowcenaries.”

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Jennifer

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Latest Blurbs on Health Care Reform

This post is going to be quite short. I know you’re all most likely cheering about now…heh heh.

The latest conflict, mentioned earlier today, is that health care coverage is going to be treated like a form of tax evasion. What I mean by this, is that if anyone is caught not holding a health care policy, is that the individual will be incarcerated the same as if they were caught evading their tax responsibilities. This conflict is being associated with the Bacus Bill. If this goes through, there will be much trouble in our country.

The original intent was to levy fines for lack of obtaining health care insurance. Now it seems that would not be enough of a punishment. I would honestly hate to see what happens to those who cannot obtain health care insurance. The jails and prisons in the United States are already over-loaded, so I am wondering how they intend on carrying this out, if the Bacus Bill  passes. Again, I feel the need to state that nowhere in our Constitution, is the Government granted the authority to mandate that an individual MUST obtain health care insurance. To penalize individuals for lack of health care insurance is absurd and against our own laws. Unless this Bacus Bill does not pass, it seems the penalties will become mandated law.

As daunting as the task may seem, we the people need to gain access to these documents and read what is being proposed. If things are not clear enough to understand then we need to ask for an explanation. When things effect us, we have the right to know what is coming at us so we can be prepared.

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Jennifer

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Continuing Education Woes

Parents are, once again, up in arms at the latest educational happenings. As I stated before, I believe the video speaks for itself. This principal/teacher, supposedly having graduated from a Law University, should have known better than to create this conflict. Our public schools are not even allowed to sing Christmas songs or pray, but this is saying it is alright to praise Obama. We currently also have around 10-12 people up in arms about our “Pledge of Allegiance” because of the phrase “Under God.” These people are also up in arms over the words used on our monetary system, “In God We Trust.” Where are they now when Praising Obama is commencing in our schools?

If you listen to this video, sure it seems really cute, you begin to see a pattern emerge. I am not saying that Obama himself is responsible for this video, but it is about him. I will just touch on a few more items regarding this video before I digress. People claim they do not want religion in the schools, but both songs have religious tones to them, with Obama as HIM instead of God or Jesus. Would this not say then that religion is being brought into our schools thus committing a conflict of interests and a bit of hipocracy?

The first song’s lyrics, which I am touching on, are as follows:

“Barack Hussein Obama, he said red, yellow, black or white, all are equal in his sight…”

Well, if we all remember back to when we were little attending Sunday school, there was this little song we used to sing called, “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” The lyrics included were as follows:

“Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red and yellow Black and white, They are precious in His sight…”

This sounds a bit eerily similar does it not? Now I will make a final note on the second song in this video. Listen to the music without the lyrics and you will hear a very familiar song. This song, originally written in 1855 by William Steffe, is called, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” There have been many revisions to lyrics in this song over the years by many people. It was an American abolitionist song which was sung as a campfire spiritual. During the American Civil War, it became a popular song for the military. Well, before I get in too deep here, allow me the duty to show you this controversial video which is having massive lash-backs.

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Jennifer

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Political, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Indoctrination

Indoctrination, in its’ simplest form, is the process of convincing; teaching repetitively, the ideas, attitudes, thoughts and methods, of another by impression or by force. Indoctrination happens on a regular basis and is usually benign, however there are times it becomes dangerous. I will give a few examples to explain the indoctrination process. I am leaving the variables out of this topic and sticking to “within the normal” limits. If I was to delve into the entire subject, I would have a new book written. Broken down even further, indoctrination is a “re-programming” of an individual’s mind.

When people go to “church,” they listen to a minister, preacher, cardinal, elder, or whoever the person is that speaks. They repeatedly teach the people to worship the higher power and do good things in the higher powers’ name. They also tell people to believe and have faith; spread the Word of the higher power and the higher power’s greatness. The people believe and have faith and follow the behaviors. This is indoctrination in a benign sense. Some of the Church goers rituals, is to sing song, tithe(give money to the church), pray, witness, and influence others. Recruitment for military personnel is also a form of indoctrination. These type groups try to instill good morals and values and they help others.

When indoctrination becomes dangerous, people get hurt or killed. Take cults, Charles Manson and the Manson family, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Regime, and Al-Qaeda, for instance. These people are manipulated into warped mental states of mind that they eventually begin to believe as truth; reality.

One well-known cult is Jim Jones and the “People’s Temple Agricultural Project” commonly referred to as just “Jonestown.” Jim Jones was responsible for the “purple poisoned Kool-Aid®” in the late ’70’s. Jim Jones had convinced 909 people to ingest cyanide in a “revolutionary suicide.” Only 2 people survived, but the total deaths, when the murders are factored in, from that group tallied around 918; coining it the “Jonestown Massacre.” If you ever hear the phrase, “Don’t drink the purple Kool-Aid®.” This incident is what is being referred to.

Charles Manson and the Manson family, a quasi commune, were responsible for heinous attacks and homicides amongst other crimes. The phrase commonly associated with Charles Manson is from the Beatles song, “Helter Skelter.” Charles Manson began as an extremely dangerous individual, indoctrinating others into his beliefs and behaviors. This breeds an explosive combination.

Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Regime is another example of an explosive combination, but on the military side. Hitler’s platform was his book, 1“Mein Kampf,” which was his autobiography combined with his political ideology. Hitler used his platform to spread his antisemitism and militaristic beliefs, convincing many to follow him. The Jewish Holocaust is what is mainly associated with Hitler, and his regime, as well as the invasion of neighboring countries in his quest to “rule the world.” The result of his actions set forth in motion World War II.

Al-Qaeda is yet another group of radical Islamic individuals who are extremely dangerous. They have pledged their loyalty to Osama Bin Laden. They receive military style training to carry out their missions. Their main belief is that “All infidels must die.” They train their Jihadists from very young ages as well as using recruitment of others, to believe that suicide bombing and killing anyone who is not like them is justified in their higher powers’ eyes. To further sweeten the deal, suicide bombers are promised that when they die, they will be rewarded for their efforts with “72 black-eyed virgins” in paradise for martyrdom. An interesting read for excerpts from the Koran, is “The X-Rated Paradise of Islam.”

Indoctrination, just as any other subject, has both good and evil. It is extremely easy to become sucked into the throws of indoctrination, whether accomplished slowly or forcefully. If you, the individual, think you are immune and strong enough to resist, think again. When an individual begins to believe nothing can touch them, that becomes the most dangerous time for that individual. As a friend pointed out, “T.V. commercials are a form of indoctrination. How many things did you buy just because you saw the ad on the T.V.?”

1 Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Germany: Zentralverlag, 1936.

** For more information online, check: Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

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Jennifer

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Terrorism

Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. Because the term terrorism is politically and emotionally charged, it is difficult to accurately describe it. Terrorism has been around for centuries, but has recently been brought much more attention than ever before.

In one of my college courses, we were asked to do an assignment. The assignment was, “If you were going to commit a terrorist act, what would you do?” I will not go into detail of my assignment, due to the sensitivity of the material, but I have a reason to mention it. My reasoning is to explain how the average citizen thinks when they view the world around them. The views of the average citizen only go as far as their “own back yard” which means trouble and shows complacency. Every student in the class, except myself, had the same ideas, almost verbatim. They were concerned with a person attacking an elementary school or college campus.

My paper, however, was shocking to my professor. He questioned me about the paper after reading what I handed in. He was wondering if he had reason to be concerned about me because what I wrote scared him to death. I told him absolutely not and explained why. It took me a few times of explaining my paper before it sunk in. I merely put myself in the shoes of terrorists from what I researched and what has been shown. Then I put the details in place on how it would go down; if all went according to plan. I had been able to obtain information that the general public should not have been able to obtain, but this information is out in the open for all to see. In my opinion, it is government complacency which is a threat to national security.

Terrorists are not concerned with small acts that would barely show as a “blip” on the radar. Terrorists want to effect masses, sending the masses into a chaotic state. A terrorist want his/her acts to be grand enough to gain attention so it spreads like wildfire amongst the masses and gains worldwide media attention.

My professor askedme if I would have any objections to him sending my paper in to a government official he knew. I told him absolutely not. The government should be aware of what can potentially happen so they can protect us from these attacks. If I obtained this information then surely terrorists already have. Look at it this way, if you have a Microsoft® Operating System with holes for hackers to gain entry, would you sit idly by and do nothing? Absolutely not. You want those fixes and patches to correct the problem so your system is protected.

Administrations have used the term “We are declaring war against terrorism.” There is no such thing. You cannot declare was on an idealism. War can only be declared agaisnt a country or entity. Terrorism is a growing concern in this world. Just enough to breed fear until the next bout of complacency is done. This is also why I question the intelligence of the administration when it comes to the release of suspected terrorists and the closing of Gitmo. Another problem to consider is the release of the Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, receiving a compasion release from imprisonment due to failing health. Where was his compassion for the 270 people he murdered? To add salt into the wound of that release, he received a hero’s welcome when he de-boarded the plane in Libya.

The most recent arrests of 3 suspected terrorists in New York City; now 9 arrests with possibly 24 or more suspects still being sought after, which has been covered in the news, is also creating a stir of re-emerging terrorist attack threats in our country. They had been questioned by the FBI and denied any ties to terrorism only to be found to be lying later. When the text message “The wedding cake is ready” was intercepted, law enforcement realized that was the code for an attack being imminent. Not only was a text message intercepted, but hand-written plans for making explosives and detonators was also found. My concern is for the exposed agents and their families as well as a possible terror attack rising. I have only listed a few incidents in this topic even though much more is occurring.

One thing I can say on terrorist attacks is that if even one more attack occurs on our soil, vigilanteism will emerge. If the Government will not defend the people, then the people will step up to the plate. There are numbers of groups already active and on the move. They will not care or see if the people who “fit the profile” are innocent or not. The old saying “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck” is how they will see and react.

Country Patriots

Jennifer

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Political, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week 2

Welcome to our second Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week.” Today, we will get back into an older time.
Home-made items are becoming a thing of the past as people become too busy in their lives to devote
the time our Grandmother’s did to fresh home-made foods. Many of us enjoy fresh-out-of-the-oven baked
goods. The smells that wafted from the kitchens that made your mouth water can be relived in your own
kitchen. It is much more fun to do this as a family, a couple, or friends just hanging out-more of that darn
spending time together lol.

It is very important to have things in common with the people you surround yourself with. It is the “stuff”
memories are made of. In this day and age, we even have video and cameras to catch the mayhem!
Without further ado, here is this weeks’ recipe.

Recipe of the Week:

Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls/Sweet Rolls

5 1/2- 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided       1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk                                              1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/3 cup butter, melted                              2 1/4 oz pkgs quick rising active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt                                          1 cup water
2 eggs                                                   no-stick cooking spray (or butter on pans in thin layer or use Crisco®)

**glazing or filling will be discussed at end of recipe.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Mix well. NOTE: Tip for proper yeast activation-take
1 cup of warm water and empty the yeast pkgs into the warm water. Let the yeast sit until it gets to foaming. The
foaming means the yeast is activated properly and not killed. If the yeast does not activate properly, the dough
will not rise and your end product may come out like “hockey pucks.” Too much whipping may also kill the yeast.

In a small saucepan, heat milk, water, and 1/3 cup of butter until warm-butter does not need to melt entirely. Add milk mixture
to flour mixture. Add eggs. Blend at low speed of electric mixer, or by hand with a spatula, until moistened. Beat 3 minutes on
medium speed, or really fast by hand. By hand only, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
NOTE: Soft dough is dough you can knead by hand; not too dry. If it sticks to your fingers too much or looks wet, when
you attempt to knead the dough, add more flour. If it is too dry and crumbly, try adding some warm milk or warm water.
It is best to err on the wet side.

knead soft dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic- approximately 5-8 minutes. place dough in greased bowl, turning to
grease top -take approximately 1 tablespoon of softened butter and coat the inside of the bowl. You may also use no-stick cooking
spray or Crisco®. Cover; let dough rise in a warm place until it becomes light and double in size, about 30 minutes. NOTE: Timing
varies for this process so this would be a great time to share a beverage and some conversation and prepare any
toppings and grease the pans.

Grease 2 13×9 inch baking pans with no-stick cooking spray or butter or Crisco®. After the dough has risen, punch it down and
divide it in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat each half into a 12×9 inch rectangle. Brush each part with half of the melted
butter and filling over the dough. Starting with the shorter side, roll up tightly and pinch edge to seal. Cut each into 12 slices and
place in prepared baking pans. NOTE: An east solution to clean cutting the rolled filled dough-take 2 sticks or pencils, take a
piece of heavy thread, wrapping both pencils with the ends of the thread. roll excess thread around each pencil. Slide the
thread under the rolled dough and cross the thread until the dough is cut using the thread like a pair of scissors.

Cover the trays or just stick them in the oven with the oven light on; and let the dough rise until almost doubled; about 15 minutes
-again timing will vary.

Once the buns have almost doubled, remove the trays from the oven and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. (I find 350 works just as
well with my oven). Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and drizzle glazing over hot rolls or leave them without
the glazing. Cool slightly and remove from pans.

Filling and glazing:

There are quite a few fillings and glazes you can use. Before baking your rolls/buns, you can sprinkle sugar over the tops or leave them
plain if you do not wish to use glazing after cooking. Here are a few ideas.

Glazing:

1) Plain icing glaze:
1/4 cup whole milk, 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract, 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture. Whisk
slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Drizzle over rolls/buns.

2) Orange glaze:
1 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 cup fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons finely grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons butter
Combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Add lemon and orange juices slowly and stir until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Cook,
stirring frequently, over low heat until thick and glossy. Cool; drizzle on rolls/buns. Recipe can be doubled.

3) Lemon glaze:
2/3 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh, 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
Put the sugar in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and rind. Whisk together until smooth and well blended. Drizzle over rolls/buns.

Fillings:

1) Prune/peach/apple/pineapple/or any fruit you like:
Approximately 4 cups of chopped/diced fruit, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water-more if necessary to make a spreadable paste
Cook over low heat so you do not caramelize the mixture until it becomes a paste. Cool.

2) Cinnamon nut:
1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons butter, softened
In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon.

3) Poppy seed:
1 cup ground poppy seeds, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup raisins, 1 tsp Vanilla extract
Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool. You can add crushed graham crackers after this mixture is cooked and cooled.

Today’s Topic: Finding inspiration and sticking to your dreams is the topic. This video sums it up. The cute animals add to everything. This was a very well done compilation by you2byou2byou2b on YouTube.

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Jennifer

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Education Woes

Parents are in an uproar over a certain video being used in the public schools. I figured this would be an introduction to education and parenting. I will try to address this video in depth at a later date. I felt it was necessary to bring this video to everyone’s attention though. I personally am not too keen over this video’s lessons and mis-statements. The movie is called, “The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard.” Tides Foundation is responsible for the publication of this movie…and no I do not mean the laundry detergent…without further ado, here is the seemingly benign movie:

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment