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Friday, October 17, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

What was Christopher Columbus' Name?

# There are, we have come to realize, many misconceptions about Christopher Columbus from when we learned about him in school. When he set sail, plenty of people believed the earth was round, and he did nothing to further prove the point. He never set foot in North America. He certainly wasn't a hero. And, it turns out, we don't even know his name. But he did sail the ocean blue in 1492, so there's that.

While Columbus is associated with Spain, he was actually Italian, and born with the name Cristoforo Colombo. And his Spanish name was Cristobal Colon. Christopher Columbus is just an anglicized version of the original name. Oh, and as long as we're talking about stuff that wasn't the actual name, let's talk about Columbus' ships. Kids are taught in school that Columbus sailed the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But the Nina and Pinta were actually nicknames, one of which was not the kind you'd want those aforementioned kids at school to be using. Nina is harmless, but Pinta means "the painted one" or "prostitute." We should really rework those textbooks.     

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meatball Sandwich Casserole

You will need:

! bag of frozen meatballs
1 jar of marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce if there isn't any marinara on hand
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Italian blend cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 loaf of fresh Italian bread, sliced

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 400. Place entire bag of meatballs in pot with sauce ( add garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste) and cook over medium heat until warmed completely through, about 10 minutes. Stir as needed to keep meatballs from sticking to pot. Once heated through remove from heat. Place meatballs in the center of a 9x13 baking dish, layer mozzarella and Italian blend cheeses over meatballs topping off with the Parmesan. Take the slices of Italian bread and line the pan all the way around with them so that they are kind of keeping the meatballs toward the center of the pan. The bread slices will be standing up in the pan as shown in the picture. You have creative freedom here with the bread...you can lightly butter and garlic the bread prior to placing it in the pan if you prefer or even brush lightly with olive oil and garlic. The choice is yours.

Place in oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!

A side salad goes nicely with this quick meal!



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Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

Thief of GloryThief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ten year old Jeremiah Prins is a boy coming of age in a time of war.

The year is 1942 when the Japanese Imperialists invade the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah has to take on the responsibility of taking care of his younger siblings when his father and older step - brothers are separated from the rest of the family.

Jeremiah, his younger siblings and mother soon find themselves in a JappenKamp where there is starvation, brutality, and sacrifice. Jeremiah draws on all his courage to care for his siblings and for his troubled and frail mother.

He is surprised by what he learns about his mom and her sacrifices while living in the camp.

Life only becomes tolerable with Laura, his boyhood infatuation turns into a friendship that they both draw strength from.

This book was a wonderful read, I loved the story line and I was surprised by the camp and the horrendous things that happened there.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and Her JoyJars by Erik Rees

Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and Her JoyJarsNever Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and Her JoyJars by Erik Rees
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jessica Joy Rees was diagnosed with an inoperable and incurable brain tumor at the age of eleven.

This book is told through the eyes of her father, Erik Rees.

Jessie never focused on herself as she was battling this horrible tumor, instead she focused on other children fighting cancers by making JoyJars - packages filled with toys, games, crayons, and LOVE!

NEVER EVER GIVE UP! (NEGU) was her favorite saying and it became an international movement.

This book was so heartbreaking to read about this most precious little girl, who should of had a long healthy life, but was taken to soon.
I actually cried when I looked at this sweet girls pictures and read her story. What an inspiration she is for all.

I tried to put myself in Jessie's family shoes and I could not even fathom how they got through.
My heart goes out to them, even though Jessie is now an angel in heaven and in no more pain, I pray no other families have to go through this pain.

Did you know that childhood cancers are the least studied and there is less awareness out there about them! This needs to change! With more studies and information we could maybe find a cure.

If you would like more info on the Jessie Rees Foundation, please visit www.jessie.org or https://www.facebook.com/JessieReesFo...

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National Angel Food Cake Day

By: Debbie Macomber

Wednesday, October 8, 2014



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Friday, October 3, 2014

Our Book Giveaway Reminder!!

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It is located at the top of our blog.
One lucky winner will receive a hardback copy
I will pay for the shipping.
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