Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
1 lb Chicken, boneless, skinless
1 each Green Bell Pepper
1 each Red Bell Pepper
8 each Mushrooms
1 each Red Onion
8 each Cherry Tomatoes
2. Pour marinade into large bowl
3. Cut chicken breasts into one ounce portions
4. Cut bell peppers and onions into one square in pieces
5. Place chicken and vegetables in the marinade. Marinate for 45 minutes
6. Build kabobs by stringing chicken and vegetables onto the skewer
7. Each skewer should contain 4 pieces of chicken
8. Heat oven to 350 degrees
9. Place kabobs on a cooking sheet, spray with PAM
10. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is done
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I remember on the weekends, Mom would always make us something special like French Toast. However, our French Toast wasn't as heart-healthy and calorie-friendly as these from Wellspring Camps. It just goes to show, fun food doesn't have to be fattening. Check them out!
4 Tbs. egg whites
2 tsp. skim milk
Dash of vanilla
Dash of nutmeg
Mix wet ingredients in a shallow bowl. Lightly spray skillet and heat on stovetop at medium heat. When skillet is ready, lay bread slices in bowl one at a time so that each side is coated with mixture and place on skillet. Turn bread over after a few minutes (as soon as toast is browned) and heat second side until it is browned. Serve with maple syrup and fat free vanilla yogurt.
Only 7 cal and 0g fat per slice, (add calories and fat for the bread you choose to use.)
Friday, March 26, 2010
Looking for a healthy meal that your kids will actually eat? Check out Wellsprings Camp, chicken nugget recipe. Try em tonight :)
12 ounces Chicken Breast, Boneless, Skinless
1 cup Cornflakes
1 tsp Paprika
½ tsp Italian herb seasoning
¼ tsp Garlic powder
¼ tsp Onion powder
½ tsp Salt
1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces
2. Place cornflakes in plastic bag and crush by using a rolling pin
3. Add remaining ingredients to crushed cornflakes. Close bag and shake until blended
4. Add a few chicken pieces at a time to crumb mixture. Shake to coat evenly
5. Lightly spray a cooking sheet
6. Heat oven to 400 degrees
7. Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet so they are not touching
8. Bake until golden brown, about 12-14 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (3.25 ounces)
27 grams Protein
3.13 grams Fat
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Worried Your Kids are going to be Inactive over Break?
Wellspring Camps, the leading weight loss organization for young adults and families across the U.S., knows how common it is for kids to run back to their televisions and junk food during their spring and summer vacation time from school. But these unhealthy and inactive habits can cause health problems among kids, so how can you help prevent them from becoming couch potatoes during their breaks?
Wellspring has developed some helpful, fun tips to help keep your kids staying active, and eating right while they are home for break!
Plan a fun activity: With the beautiful warm weather, the spring and summer seasons are the perfect time to engage in outdoor activities. Whether it’s participating in a game of soccer, or going for an exciting hike in your local park, these activities will keep your kids from lounging around the house.
Keep junk food out of the house: It is always important to limit your children’s junk food intake, but while they are home from school, their access to it becomes greater. Try to resist purchasing any unhealthy snacks that may sit in your cabinets during their time off. By not purchasing these items, your kids will have limited access to junk food!
Prepare a healthy snack or meal: Everyone knows it’s hard to feed children a healthy meal they will actually enjoy, but Wellspring has developed a plethora of delicious, healthy meals that every kid will enjoy! Teriyaki chicken kabobs, chicken nuggets, and even French toast, can all be enjoyed with their improved recipes! Visit http://www.wellspringcamps.com/delicious-lowfat-recipes.html for more recipes!
A healthy kid is a happy kid, and by following these simple tips, you can help keep your kids active and healthy during their spring and summer breaks! For more information on staying healthy, or on Wellspring Camps, please visit http://www.wellspringcamps.com/.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Check out A Talent For Quiet - it won both New Covey awards!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Children's Book Examiner
by reviewer Lori Calabrese gave Rainbow Nights a wonderful review
Children's Books Examiner rates:
Cover of Rainbow Nights by Sally M. Harris Illustrations by Kit Grady
March is Small Press Month, so throughout the month, I'll be highlighting books from small presses.
In Rainbow Nights, a little girl ends her day and lays her head to rest. But Dreamland awaits and "Dreamland's like a vacation. Every night's a celebration."
The little girl finds there are so many things to do in dreamland-- you can use your imagination to raise honey bees, plant a patch of perfect peas, ride a rocket ship, or fly to the nearest star. She finds Dreamland's busy with swirling colors and flashing lights, tuba music and rainbow nights.
So she closes her eyes and dreams pleasant dreams because soon she'll wake to greet the sun.
The rhyming text makes this a beautiful read-aloud for bed. Children will be excited to drift off into their own dreamland as they experience the vivid colors and wild imagination of Rainbow Nights.
Author: Sally M. Harris
Illustrator: Kit Grady
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (October 31, 2009)
When did you start to seriously illustrate?
My friend, Mary Jean Kelso, asked me to illustrate a children’s story called The Christmas Angel in preparation for self-publishing. So I took my time and finally finished the project in 2005. Unbeknownst to me, Mary decided to submit the story (now illustrated) to Guardian Angel Publishing and surprised me with the announcement that it had been accepted. Shortly thereafter, Lynda Burch, the publisher, asked me if I would like to illustrate another story, The Magic Violin. Thus began a great relationship with Guardian Angel Publishing and an opportunity for me to use my illustrating skills that I had meant to pursue many years earlier.
What is your favorite media to draw in (oils, pastels etc)?
a. For my illustrations, I work primarily in gouache, ink and colored pencil.
b. For my fine art pieces, I can work in all media.
Tell us about the process of illustrating for a publishing company?
a. The publisher sends me a manuscript. Right now I only work for Guardian Angel Publishing which is keeping me plenty busy.
b. I read the manuscript and decide if I would like to do the illustrations. (So far I haven’t turned down a story!)
c. The publisher then informs the writer and sends a contract for us both to sign.
d. The publisher tells me the timeline for each book.
Generally how long does it take to illustrate a book?
About 30-45 days. The fewer words, the more illustrations and therefore more time.
Do you have total freedom in what you draw, or are there guidelines?
I have total freedom usually. I do sometimes discuss ideas with the publisher. And I get ideas from the authors before I start, but I have the final say.
Any advice to give struggling artists/illustrators?
Work constantly, study other artists’ work and never give up.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I really enjoy what I am doing and I love working with Lynda from GAP. Every now and then I take a break and do a fine art piece. My newest piece, “Whatcha Got?” is being submitted to an all-women’s western art show in Pendleton, Oregon.
Check out KC's web sites at:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
"Tiny Angel" is a book for tweens and deals mainly with the issue of bullying. When my main character, Macy Carver, moves to a new town, she gets tormented by the class bully, Kenny Thompson, because she's is overweight, wears glasses and is smart. Her guardian angel, Jody, comes to her rescue and shows her how to make friends and be a friend.
Where did the idea for Tiny Angel come from?
You do both writing and illustrating, which do you like better?
Is there an advantage to being able to do both?
How long did it take from idea to finished product?
Any plans for future books?
Any advice you can give struggling artists or writers?
Anything else you'd like to add?
Check out Nancy's web sites at; http://nancycl.webs.com,
Monday, March 15, 2010
Guardian Angel Publishing has many talented writers, so let’s take some time to find out all about the, person behind the talent.
Tell us about your book.
The Peril of the Sinister Scientist is about Joshua, who thought he was cloned from the blood on the Shroud of Turin because a scientist who had worked on that experiment twelve years ago is stalking him. Problems with friends and enemies at school and his active imagination get him into all sorts of trouble as he tries to figure out who he really is.
Did you always want to be a writer?
When I was a toddler my parents told me I should become a song writer because I was always making up rhymes but I didn’t consider becoming a writer until I was old enough to read. I’ve been a book-a-holic ever since and write partly to give back some of the things I’ve gotten from books.
Where do you get your ideas?
I have no idea! Ideas are everywhere and not having any is the only thing I can’t imagine. My mother used to tell me I had too much imagination but I don’t think there’s such a thing.
I read that you had a conversation with Koko...tell us about that.
My husband was a Sign Language interpreter, and worked at the California School for the Deaf, and we had a deaf dog who had learned to understand about 350 signs. A linguistics professor friend told us about a woman he knew who was teaching ASL (American Sign Language) to a gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo and arranged for us to meet her.
I was hoping our dog could meet the gorilla but her trainer, “Penny” Patterson, said gorillas are terrified of dogs because they are prey animals and likely to be eaten by canines in the wild.
Miss Patterson did meet with us and left us in front of Koko’s cage. A man was in the cage with Koko and she didn’t want him to leave so she slammed the door shut and climbed up on top of his head so he couldn’t scold her. I asked if he wanted me to get someone to let him out and he said someone would be there soon, but that it was hurting his neck to have Koko on top of his head. She was only about a year old, but weighed quite a lot. I told her in ASL to get down, but she refused by turned her head away. When she looked back at me I asked her politely to give the man a hug, so she climbed down and did so and he was able to hold her.
That wasn’t much of a conversation, but it was one I’ll never forget.
About a year later after Koko was no longer there we happened to go back to the zoo and all the gorillas were signing to the people watching them, “Want food.” Apparently so many people who knew ASL had visited Koko and signed to the other gorillas that they had learned those signs.
Mending a Gutenburg Bible? How did that come about?
I was working part-time in a library and one of my tasks was mending books. I got to be so good at it that the head librarian asked me to mend the Gutenberg Bible. I used Elmer’s Glue and mended it like any other book, but it was a thrill to touch something so precious.
Once at a book fair a dealer in antique books asked to touch my hand since I’d touched the book Gutenberg himself had handled. And now my book, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist, is available on Kindle. I wonder what Gutenberg would think of that. He’d probably love the idea.
Any advice for struggling authors?
Rejections prove you’re really an author, so don’t let them discourage you. But don’t expect getting published to be easy, either. Writing is a profession and, like any other profession, requires a lot of training. Read books, attend conferences, join a critique group, and keep trying.
Any thing else you'd like to add?
Thank you very much for interviewing me.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The times are changing. Between video games, movies and the internet it’s no wonder our kids are reluctant to read – why should they when fast-paced entertainment is so close at hand? It’s not like when we were young. I remember when the “Atari” system was the newest, hottest thing to hit our televisions.
The competition is tough and a lot of kids view books as “school work.” So what’s a parent to do? Here are few tips that may help you get their noses back into a book;
1) Visit your local library and visit often.
· Once here encourage your children to get his/her own library card.
· Most libraries have programs, like family book clubs, or clubs specifically designed for kids, take advantage of these.
· Be a part of your child’s search and discovery and help them choose appropriate books in the genres they like best.
2) Read out loud with your kids everyday:
· Experts recommend 30 minutes of reading each day. This could be done at night before bed with a book that is too long or at a higher reading level.
· Choose a genre that your children enjoy or want to explore more in depth.
3) Be a role model:
· Show your children that you too want to read more…and do it!
· Make a family-friendly place in your home with no outside distractions (ie television, computer) and use it for reading.
4) Make it fun;
· Books don’t have to be a bore. Make a family game or challenge from reading.
· Dedicate one night or dinner-time talk to what your family is currently reading.
· Encourage your kids to explore new subjects and talk about what they’ve discovered.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to encourage a love of books in your family. Does your family already love to read? Let me know your tips and I’ll post them up.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
According to National Statistics (http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp)
• The average student learns about 3,000 words per year in the early school years (8 words per day).
• Five to six year olds have a vocabulary of 2,500 - 5,000 words.
• More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level - far below the level needed to earn a living wage.
• Approximately 50 percent of the nation's unemployed youth age 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
• 44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.
It’s sad to think in this day and age that some people can’t read and that some of our children may be slipping through school without obtaining basic reading skills.
So what can we do?
• Start your kids young. Babies love to be read to so get a book and have some fun - Sing, laugh, make silly voices all this will start baby on the path to reading. It’s never to early to start
• Board books/bath books are simple ways to teach your little reader how to hold a book, turn the pages and get a feel for being a reader.
• Encourage your toddler to point out objects, repeat words and talk about the story
• Talk about the book with your young reader. Ask them questions about what was read or what they think is going to happen next.
• Tell stories of your family heritage or even vacations you once took.
Help guide your little ones into the world of literacy and imagination. And remember…reading isn’t only fundamental, it’s fun!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Guardian Angel Kids March issue is packed full of fun things to do, like games, puzzles and coloring pages. Plus, each month this exciting magazine will have featured stories, poems and articles to get your child’s imagination sparking.
That’s not all! Come meet our mascot, GAK, an angel gecko whose job it is to make sure your child’s online experience is always safe and enjoyable.
Check out this months issue at; http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/ and be sure to pop by the recipe page – it’s Gecko Mousse.
Guardian Angel Publishing believes in changing the world and what better way than investing in children – your children, one book, one magazine…one page at a time.
Current GAP Books
A BEAUTIFUL DAY
A BLESSED BETHLEHEM BIRTH: as told by Abraham and Anna Mousenstern
A BRAINY REFRAIN : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
A DUCK AT THE DOG POUND
A HORSE OF COURSE
A NECKLACE FOR JIGGSY
A POCKETFUL OF MANNERS
A SHORT TALE ABOUT A LONG TAIL
A MIDSUMMER'S DANCE
A STAR IN THE NIGHT
A TALENT FOR QUIET
A TODDLER'S ABC OF BLESSINGS
ABIGAIL PLATT'S CUSPIDS
ABC's OF HEALTH and SAFETY
ANCIENT SYMBOLS, ARTWORK, CARVINGS AND ALPHABETS: SYMBOLOGY WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
AND THEN MAMA SAID ... IT TAKES TIME TO LEARN TO READ
ANDY & THE ALBINO HORSE
ANDY & SPIRIT GO TO THE FAIR
ANDY & SPIRIT IN THE BIG RESCUE
ANDY & SPIRIT MEET THE RODEO QUEEN
ANGEL IN A BUBBLE
ANGELS DO THAT
ANGELS WATCHING OVER US
ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP
AS I WATCH
AVA'S SECRET TEA PARTY
BABY JESUS IS MISSING!
BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER
BLUE DINOSAUR'S FRIEND
BOBBY COTTONTAIL'S GIFT
BURGHER AND THE WOEBEGONE
BUSTER BEAR & UNCLE B
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE Free eBook
CAMILLE'S JOURNEY: A Christmas Musical & Play- Playbook, Master w/Scores, CD
CATS OF MANY COLOR
CHASING A POT OF GOLD
CHASING THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE
CHESLEY'S CRAZY HAIR
CHESTER, THE WATCHCAT
CHIP'S SHARING DAY
CHIZZY'S TOPSY TALE
CINDERFELLA & THE FURRY GODMOTHER
CIRCULATION CELEBRATION : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
CLIP-CLOP, TIPPITY TAP French Vocabulary on the Farm
COLOR ME HAPPY!
CURLEY, THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE
DIENTECITO Y EL ATAQUE DE LA PLACA Spanish Edition
DIENTECITO Y EL CASTILLO DEL PELIGRO-Spanish Edition
DIENTICITO Y LA PLACA PELIGROSA-Spanish Edition
DILIGENCE THE DRAGON
DOES HEAVEN GET MAIL
DOGGIE DAY CAMP: VERB AND ADVERB ADVENTURES
DOTTY'S TOPSY TALE
DOWN BY THE SHORE
E F G H I J K L
EL PRIMO DE EBENEEZER Spanish edition
ELLIOTT & ANASTACIA
EMILY, THE BRAVE
FLUTTER BUNNIES-FOSSIL OF FORTUNE
FRANKIE'S PERFECT HOME
FRANK'S LIVING ON THE MOON ADVENTURE 1
FREDERICO, THE MOUSE VIOLINIST
GILLY, THE SEASICK FISH
GIFTS FROM GOD
GOD LOVES YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE
GROWING UP DREAMS
HOPE, THE ANGELFISH
HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS THE BIG D
HUMBERTO, THE BOOKWORM HAMSTER
I DON'T WANT A HAIRCUT
IF I COULD BE ANYTHING
I RIDE MY BICYCLE BK1 Free eBook
I RIDE MY BICYCLE BK2 Free eBook
ITCHA ITCHA GOO GOO BLUES
IT'S BIRTHDAY TIME, JAKE!
I SEE SEASIDE BIRDS
JORDIE'S SCHOOL DAY ADVENTURE JP's HALLOWEEN PARADE
JOURNEYS OF HOPE "A STAR SHALL LEAD THEM"
JOURNEYS OF HOPE "PEARL OF WISDOM"
JUST THE THING TO BE
I AM ME
KATRINA AND WINTER: PARTNERS IN COURAGE
KITTY KERPLUNKING: PREPOSITION FUN
LAST PAGE IN THE DIARY
LEARNING YOUR ANIMAL ABCs WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
LEARN THE BASICS OF COLOR WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
LEARNING TO COUNT 1-10 WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
LIDDIL GETS HER LIGHT
LILLY LOLLER'S ALWAYS LATE
LILY & THE CITY OF LIGHT
M N O P Q R S
MAMA GRIZZLY BEAR
MARTA'S GARGANTUAN WINGS
MAYBE WE ARE FLAMINGOS
MEET ME AT THE PARK
MICE IN MY TUMMY
MICHAEL'S NEW NEIGHBOR
MISTER TOPPER, THE POTBELLIED PIG
MUSCLES MAKE US MOVE: : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
MY COPAN ADVENTURE
MY GRANDMA'S KITCHEN RULES!
MY BROTHER THE FROG
MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND
MY TOOTH IS LOOSE : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
NO BONES ABOUT IT! : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
NO MORE GUNK!
NOTHING STOPS NOAH
O CHRISTMAS TREE
OLLIE OAK SAVES THE DAY
ON THE GO WITH ROOTER & SNUFFLE
ONE IN A BUZZILLION
ONE LARGE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH TO GO
ONE NUTTY FAMILY
ONE FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS
ONE NOBLE JOURNEY
ONE PELICAN AT A TIME : A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill BELLA & BRITT BEACH SERIES
POODLE & DOODLE
PRESTON, THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PIG
PROFESSSOR HORACE, CRYPTOZOOLOGIST
PUT IT BACK, JACK
RACHEL SERVES A STEW
RIBBERT'S WAY HOME
RILEY'S HEART MACHINE
RUTHIE AND THE HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND
SARAH'S SOCKS MY WORLD OF AUTISM
SCAREDY : A CLOUD AFRAID OF THUNDER
SEA TURTLE SUMMER: BELLA & BRITT BEACH SERIES
SEYMOUR THE SEMI - SPACE TRUCKIN'
SH SH SH LET THE BABY SLEEP
SHAPING UP THE YEAR
SIGNS OF TROUBLE
SLIME AND ALL
SMILEYTOOTH AND BUSHWHACK PLAQUE
SMILEYTOOTH AND THE CASTLE HASSLE
SMILEYTOOTH AND THE PLAQUE ATTACK
SECRET SERVICE SAINT
SPARKIE: A STAR AFRAID OF THE DARK
STAY AWAY FROM ELECTRICITY FREE eBook
STELLA, THE FIRE FARTING DRAGON
STOP THAT PUDDING!
STILTS THE STORK
SULLY'S TOPSY TALE
T U V W X Y Z
TACONI & CLAUDE: DOUBLE TROUBLE
TALES FROM INDIA: CHARACTER COUNTS! RESPECT
TALES FROM KENSINGTON FOREST
THAT'S A LOT OF LOVE
THE ADVENTURES OF CHICKOLET PIGOLET: THE BRIBE OF FRANKENBEANS
THE ADVENTURES OF CHICKOLET PIGOLET: MURMUR ON THE OINK EXPRESS
THE ADVENTURES OF ANDY & SPIRIT- Book 1 Tweener
THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT
THE CAT CAME BACK
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL
THE CLOWN AROUND KIDS
THE DOLL VIOLINIST
THE FIRST AMERICANS
THE GOLDEN PATHWAY
THE JUMBO SHRIMP OF DIRE STRAITS
THE LEGEND OF LUMPUS AND OGOLS
THE LITTLEST COWBOY
THE LONELY LIGHTNING BUG
THE MAGIC VIOLIN
THE MILK HORSE
THE MISADVENTURES OF ROOTER & SNUFFLE
THE ODD CHICK
THE PERIL OF THE SINISTER SCIENTIST
THE PLUMBER AND THE WISHING WELL
THE POTTY TRAIN
THE SAD LITTLE HOUSE
THE SISTER EXCHANGE
THE SKUNK'S GIFT
THE SOGGY TOWN OF HILLTOP
THE TURTLE WHO IMAGINED
THE WATER CYCLE: WATER PLAY SERIES bk 1
THE WEAVER ANOTHER WEAVER TALE
THE WISHING WELL ANOTHER WEAVER TALE
THERE'S A BEETLE IN MY BED
THERE'S A SPIDER IN MY SINK
TODAY I AM A PENGUIN
TOO MANY KITTIES
TROUBLE FINDS ROOTER & SNUFFLE
TUCKER'S TALE: The story of a rescue dog
'TWAS THE YEAR CHRIST LEFT CHRISTMAS
VIVIEN'S BEACH DREAM
WE'RE BROTHERS AND SISTERS: THE BOOPLES
WHAT IF THE MOON...?
WHAT IS THAT THING?
WHAT IN THE WORLD SHOULD I BE?
WHERE IS SALAMI?
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! AUTOMOBILES 1
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! BOATS 1
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! BUSSES
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! EMERGENCY VEHICLES
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! HOT AIR BALLOONS
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! TRACTORS
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! TRAINS 1
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! TRUCKS 1
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