Who stepped on the duck?

Originally posted on by 

Why are farts so funny?
We all break an occasional wind, just like we all walk, talk, sneeze, or sleep. So why is the fart such a hilarious moment that needs to be celebrated with snickers and high fives.
Belly-busting for busting tail.

I live with three men (two under the age of eight and one who should be old enough to know better), but for some reason if anyone cuts the cheese all decorum is lost. Even the stink-eye from mommy can’t bring them back from the brink.

Taco and chili nights are the best gas-producing dinners (unfortunately meals that I don’t have to threaten or bribe them to eat.) And now that we’ve entered into spring, the produce section is teeming with the green leafy veggies, those toot-fueling monsters. I admonish, “eat your greens,” but with my trepidation knowing what vapors lurk in their little bowels yearning to break free.

The only thing funnier than a fooster from my boys would be one from me.
High fives all around.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving cards

This time of year is getting busier, but it’s not as hectic as December.  For the past two years, I have sent out Thanksgiving cards.  They are two-sided.  One with a picture of the boys {or family} on our yearly family vacation and the other side with either another fun family photo {or a picture with Santa.}  This year, our Santa popped up at the mall on November 1.  I had a free afternoon with the kiddos and got a crazy one of the two of them.  They claim to be too old to take photos with  Santa, so I let them have a little fun with their posing.   Check out the results below.

Getting this holiday chore done earlier is great for me.  One less thing to stress about while preparing for the onslaught of Christmas to-do’s.  I even bought the stamps online at the USPS online site.  Check out their great holiday store here.  {I didn’t have to wait in line; who has time to go to the post office.  I work all day and can never seem to get there before it closes.}  The minimal shipping cost was worth the freedom from the hassle of standing in line while telling my kids not touch anything or anyone.

chef stamps

These are the celebrity chefs stamps that I chose for my Thanksgiving cards.

christmasthanks 20142 web

Here is the Thanksgiving side of my card.

christmasthanks 2014 web

Here is the Christmas side of my card.  Don’t worry, my younger son is only “smoking” a candy cane.  It’s likeness to anything else was unintentional.

I get them printed at a photo lab that ships overnight.  You have to have a photography business to use that one, but tinyprints.com {which is currently offer 30% off holiday orders} and moo.com {which is offering free shipping for a purchase of $40} have some really nice designs.

tinyprints

for TINY PRINTS click here

moo

for MOOclick here

 

Happy start to the holiday season.

SPL

 

Posted in boys, Ginger Hansen Designs, photography, thanksgiving, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s beginning to look like Christmas… and if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

So the retailers have been on the Christmas prowl since this summer.  I saw Christmas trees up in stores in August.  Back to school supplies in stores before school was even out and Christmas shopping in August!  No wonder there’s global warming; we can’t get our shopping seasons correct.

All that said, I am all about getting a jump on holiday shopping because I hate the stress of a crowded marketplace when I’m trying to find the perfect gift for my in-laws or my very-hard-to-shop-for, he-has-everything father, who’s birthday just happens to be December 25!

However, this year, I am trying not to sell my soul to the devilishly successful online marketplaces of Amazon, Target.com, overstock.com, etc…

If I can’t find it at a local retailer, I’m going to frequent sites with a good cause.  Sites that stand for something and give part of their proceeds to help others.  {Don’t be forlorn, big retailers actually do give back as well.  See here.}

So without further ado, I give you my current list.

noonday collection necklace The Noonday Collection:  Great collection of jewelry and accessories.  Their mission is to create economic opportunity for the most vulnerable artisans in the developing world.  Interested in the cause? Read more here.

sancutary eaarings International Sanctuary. This is a lovely collection of jewelry created by survivors of human trafficking in India.  Interested in the cause? Read more here.

ruhamah bracelet Ruhamah Designs.  The beautiful jewelry and accessories from this company are also designed and hand-crafted by Indian girls rescued from sex-trafficking.  Many of their survivors were SOLD as young girls and have never known life outside of prostitution.  Interested in the cause? Read more here.

indigenous poncho Indigenous Designs is a collection of Women’s and Men’s clothing.  Their goal is to support and preserve fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives, invest in natural and organic fibers and environmentally-friendly dyes, and spread the beauty of handmade, eco fashion.  Interested in the cause? Read more here.

31bits 31bits.com sells beautiful jewelry to support artisans in the developing world.  They receive a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty.  Interested in this cause.  Read more here.

coffee higher groung Higher Ground Roasters.  This coffee company’s mission began with an effort to purchase the best coffee available, and roast it perfectly.  They give back to the local and global community and support environmental preservation and conservation by purchasing 100% Certified Organic, Fair Trade, and Shade Grown Coffee.  Interested in the cause?  Read more here.

insulator_pic_1(1) HipCycle is an online retailer specializing in upcycled goods.  Their mission is to offer upcycled alternatives to traditional home decor, jewelry and fashion as a way to reduce global waste. They are trying to educate consumers on the benefits of upcycling.  Interested in the cause?  Read more here.

These are just a drop in the bucket of online retailers with a cause.  If you have a favorite, please comment below.  Happy shopping.

SPL

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VOKI

I’m trying out using a voki for my smartboard activities.  Here she is for now.

She’s a little stilted in her speech, but it could be fun.  I think the some students could benefit from listening several times.  She doesn’t get bothered by the repetition as much as I do.

We’ll see how it goes.

 

Posted in French class, Teacher technology | Leave a comment

Spring Break is over…

Image du Blog abenchaalors.centerblog.net
source  {Click the image for a near English translation.}

And now that Spring Break is over, I never seem to have enough time to do nothing.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New products at GHD

new ghd teach resources

Chutes and Ladders or Jeu de l’Oie in French

This is a French version of Chutes and Ladders, but I have also included a blank template for any language or class.
The French game contains infinitive cards that the students will conjugate on each turn.

jeu de l'oie web

New Freebie:  Customizable Free dice {to use with the jeu de l’oie game}

 

 

dice2 dice

 

Boggle in French

boggle en francais

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New no-bake Nutella cheesecake

I saw a recipe on Pinterest the other day for this no-bake Nutella cheesecake.  It sounded like a great pairing.  But, I can’t stand cool-whip.  It tastes like raw chemicals to me.   Yes, I’ve used the stuff before, but I’m trying to cut a lot of junk out of my life.  Obviously, that doesn’t mean cutting the junkfood out of my life; I’m making a Nutella cheesecake for goodness sakes  That’s not an essential, nutrition-packed recipe, now is it?

Anyway, I have amended the original recipe as follows and it is devine.  My kids loved it too.

no bake nutella cheesecake

no bake nutella cheesecake

 No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo crust

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 12 oreo {or oreo-like} cookies
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted

Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp crème fraîche {optional}
  • 4 Tbsp sugar

Garnish: {optiontal}

  • 1 Chocolate bar {I love the intense flavor of a 70% cacao dark chocolate bar, but you can use whatever is your favorite.}
  1. In a food processor, blend the oreos until they turn to a fine powder.   In a bowl, combine the oreos and the melted butter until they clump together.  Spread the mixture on the bottom of an 8″ or 9″ pie pan.  Make sure that you have a thin layer all the way around.  {My crust was thin and did not go up the sides of the pan.}  Set aside.
  2. In the same bowl as you made the crust, add the softened cream cheese and Nutella.  Mix with a hand mixer until well blended.  Add the vanilla and mix again.  Set aside.
  3. {You do not have to clean the beaters from the Nutella mixture.} In another bowl, whip the whipping cream, crème fraîche and the sugar to fairly stiff peaks.  Be careful not to make butter though.
  4. With a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream mixture into the Nutella mixture until there are no more white streaks.  It makes a lovely mocha-colored mixture.
  5. Add the Nutella cream mixture to the oreo crust.  Even out the top and chill about two hours before serving.
  6. If you’d like to make it fancy, grate a chocolate bar and sprinkle it on top.

 

New no-bake Nutella cheesecake
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Scrumptious No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
Sarah Lucas:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Chocolate
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 12 oreo {or oreo-like} cookies
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ⅔ cup Nutella
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp crème fraîche {optional}
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Chocolate bar {I love the intense flavor of a 70% cacao dark chocolate bar, but you can use whatever is your favorite.}
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, blend the oreos until they turn to a fine powder. In a bowl, combine the oreos and the melted butter until they clump together. Spread the mixture on the bottom of an 8" or 9" pie pan. Make sure that you have a thin layer all the way around. {My crust was thin and did not go up the sides of the pan.} Set aside.
  2. In the same bowl as you made the crust, add the softened cream cheese and Nutella. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended. Add the vanilla and mix again. Set aside.
  3. {You do not have to clean the beaters from the Nutella mixture.} In another bowl, whip the whipping cream, crème fraîche and the sugar to fairly stiff peaks. Be careful not to make butter though.
  4. With a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream mixture into the Nutella mixture until there are no more white streaks. It makes a lovely mocha-colored mixture.
  5. Add the Nutella cream mixture to the oreo crust. Even out the top and chill about two hours before serving.
  6. If you'd like to make it fancy, grate a chocolate bar and sprinkle it on top.

no bake nutella cheesecake 2web

It’s worth making this mess

 

Posted in children, diet, food, Ginger Hansen Designs, home made, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Getting “high” in New Mexico

There is something strange about agreeing to get into a basket with your whole family to float about 2400 feet above the ground using only hot air to hold you aloft.  Who would have dreamed this up, you ask?  The French, of course.  Something completely impractical, but incredibly beautiful; that’s so French.  {and they’ve been doing it since 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers, French paper manufacturers, first put a sheep, a rooster and a duck into the air.  Read more about it here.}

Last week, we tried the virtually-perfected New Mexican version of the Montgolfier balloon.  It was fabulous.  We departed at dawn… literally dawn.
taos1
See the sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo mountains… It is beautiful.
taos3
Inflating the balloon. {We were reminded that this is not “blowing up” the balloon, because that’s an explosion.}
taos4
Another ballooner in the air with us. There were only two that day.
taos7
This is called a “ballooner” eclipse. The crew were always ready with corny jokes and “hot air” puns.
taos6
The boys loved the ride.
taos5
Pueblo Balloon Company in Taos, NM offers a great ride and brunch that starts at about 5AM and takes you along the Rio Grande Gorge. It was an experience that I can’t really describe. It’s definitely worth doing at least once in your life.
taos 2

Posted in boys, family, photography, photos, sky, travel | Leave a comment

Rock the Dad Shot


I’m back after a nice long break.  I’ve been devoting all of my free time to teaching these days.  BUT, school is out for the summer and I’m slowly finding my way back to the computer and to my old friends, Photoshop and Lightroom.

Anyway, I saw that the people at Rock the Shot are running a Father’s Day Photo Contest.  So, I picked this one of my husband and our younger son.  I love the “action” in this photo.  Even though they’re still, the lines of their bodies and the patterns in that awful couch at my grandparents’ beach cottage create wonderful movement and interest.

To see the other entries, visit the Rock the Shot site by clicking on the button or link below.

www.rocktheshotforum.com

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Who let that baby play with fire?

Well, it’s raining today because, if you haven’t heard, we have this hurricane thing coming.  {Even the astronauts are afraid.}  We still have power here in Norfolk and I’m going a little crazy in my house. Maybe I should clean something…. nah.
So, here are some photos I took the other day when we were playing with sparklers and long exposure.

Enjoy.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Who let that baby play with fire?
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
css.php