Friday, February 28, 2014

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Interview with Lindsay Clendaniel: Scoop Adventures

Posted: 28 Feb 2014 07:45 AM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 10.44.04 AMIf you’re a lover of ice cream, like so very many of us, then Lindsay Clendaniel’s upcoming book, Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country, will be a treat to read. Clendaniel, who also runs the absolutely delightful Scoop Adventures blog, took some time out to talk with us about her book, which is a labor of love for a foodstuff that she has thoroughly adored since childhood.

Review of the Day: Bring in Wood Easily with a Log Carrier

Posted: 28 Feb 2014 06:22 AM PST

Lens of the Day: Look What I Made for My Yard from Concrete-Garden Statues

Posted: 28 Feb 2014 05:22 AM PST

An Interview with Emily Von Euw: Rawsome Vegan Baking

Posted: 27 Feb 2014 12:21 PM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 3.20.50 PMSo, you’re like so many of us — you’re interested in eating healthier food, but you just don’t know how to get there. Emily Von Euw’s first cookbook, Rawsome Vegan Baking:An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes, is a fabulous way to get started — even if you only end up on her excellent blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life and find some fabulous vegan recipes there. We had the opportunity to catch up with the utterly charming and not-completely-100-percent raw Emily. Find out a little bit more about her book, blog, recipes, and the ingredient she just can’t do without.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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10 Tempting Snack Ideas: Lenses from our What’s Cooking Quest

Posted: 27 Feb 2014 08:14 AM PST

Are you looking for something super to snack on right about now?

Whether you’re yearning for something sweet or savory, here’s 10 terrific recipe lenses from last week’s What’s Cooking at Squidoo Quest that’ll satisfy those cravings pronto.  Take a look!

Olive Tapenade

1. Olive Tapenade

I serve tapenade quite often when entertaining and it’s always a huge hit. It’s easy to make and can be prepared several days in advance. If you prefer to cut some steps from the instructions, all ingredients can be placed in a food processor and…

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

2. Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

This recipe, is from my daughter- in- law Tricia, she works a full time job, takes care of a baby (our granddaughter) a husband (our son) and still finds the time to come home from a busy day of work and whip up this delicious sweet treat. Cream cheese cre…

Spinach Balls

3. Spinach Balls

Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables so I’m always on the look out for new ways to fix it. This caught my eye for it’s bite- sized cuteness! How about a few of these cute Spinach Balls, pictured here with spicy mustard, for a healthier snack…

Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Cookies

4. Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Cookies

One of the advantages of living in a big city like Tokyo is the easy access to the best foods from around the world, especially when it comes to decadent sweets. Looking for the best french pastries and English scones? They can be found practically everywh…

Make Your Own Snack Crackers

5. Make Your Own Snack Crackers

I love a good cracker. You know the crunchy, buttery kind. MMM! I having been a Wisconsinite all my life, and I love cheese. Sharp cheddar has always been a favorite, but Colby Jack is also wonderful. Cheese and crackers are a holiday favorite, an anytime…

Bread Bowl and Dip - A Fun Way to Snack

6. Bread Bowl and Dip – A Fun Way to Snack

This is a great snack that my mum used to give us as kids which also went down a treat at parties. Coming from a large family this was a very economical way of feeding the masses and us kids especially loved it because we got to tear away and eat pieces of…

Grilled Cheese & Mango Chutney: The tastiest snack

7. Grilled Cheese & Mango Chutney: The tastiest snack

The easiest, tastiest snack ever – mango grilled cheese This is a complete treat and is best reserved for calories- are- no- object days. Although I could eat this on every day of the week, it’s something I try to keep away from if my skinny jeans are…

Endive with Blue Cheese and Dill - A Fresh Foods Snack to Beat the Chip Craving

8. Endive with Blue Cheese and Dill – A Fresh Foods Snack to Beat the Chip Craving

Here is a fast, easy, full of flavor wholesome snack that is palate satisfying and also takes the cruchy- crave away. I like to have it as a snack, but it can compliment just about any meal. My Aunt Rosemary served this years ago once when we were all visi…

Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

9. Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

A fun chocolaty cereal snack for kids; even adults. This is a fast and easy snack to make. It required no baking in the oven. On one of my sleepless nights I was watching a foodie channel on my Roku called ifood. tv when I came across Chocolate Cornflake C…

Omelet with Polenta Snack Recipe

10. Omelet with Polenta Snack Recipe

I believe that in one of my previous recipes I have already mentioned that I love eggs. They are a versatile ingredient and can be used in numerous ways in a multitude of dishes. Omelet is traditionally a dish associated with eggs, and probably one of my f…

athomemomblog is the “Happy Homeschooler” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 27 Feb 2014 07:32 AM PST

1014130_10151724911205281_443325507_n1Today we’d like to introduce you to athomemomblog.   She’s our “Happy Homeschooler” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
There’s so much to cover in the homeschool niche. Before this, I’d done a few lenses on home education, but I’m really looking forward to focusing a lot more on curriculum reviews and activity lenses. My kids are in Grades 2 and 3 now, so we are getting into more advanced lessons.

Homeschooling can be really confusing when you’re starting out. There are so many curriculum options and everyone has a different opinion on what you should do, so it can be very overwhelming. I’m hoping to make the process a little easier for new homeschoolers and encourage those who have been at it for a while. There are some amazing homeschool parents already on Squidoo, so there’s really a great community here.

One of the most important things we can teach our children is how to learn and homeschooling really lets you do that. While there’s a time and place for memorization and copywork, I think the best thing you can do for your child is to show him how to use a dictionary, encyclopedia and the internet. With those tools, your kids can learn about anything they want. I’m constantly surprised at how much learning my boys do outside of school hours. When you homeschool, kids tend to have more time to pursue their interests and exercise their imaginations, so it’s important to show them how to do that.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I was homeschooled myself and had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the whole idea as a teen. When I was pregnant with my first son, though, I just knew that it was what I wanted to do for my own kids. So it didn’t take very long . . . by the time my son was born, I had nearly convinced my husband that it was a good idea to teach our kids at home.

Who had the most influence in your life?
I’d probably have to say my mom. She’s an amazing person. She’s done so much in her life that has inspired me. Apart from homeschooling four kids, she fed us almost entirely from her massive garden and cooked on a wood cook stove for much of my early childhood. She’s now a weaver with her own studio and just a really inspiring and encouraging woman.

You can also find athomemomblog at the following sites:
The Happy Homeschooler
Happy Homeschooler on Pinterest

athomemomblog invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review 50 Books for Beginning Readers.

Lens of the Day: Recovery From Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted: 27 Feb 2014 05:20 AM PST

Review of the Day: A Bridge Too Far – a World War 2 epic

Posted: 27 Feb 2014 04:00 AM PST

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Spring Is Coming! Share Squidoo.

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 06:15 AM PST

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Review of the Day: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 05:30 AM PST

Lens of the Day: Beading Jewelry 101

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 05:23 AM PST

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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melissamio is the “Everything Baby” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 09:00 AM PST

squidoobioToday we invite you to get to know melissamio. She’s our “Everything Baby” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.

The Everything Baby topic is very expansive and includes anything from parenting, baby products, conception issues, baby how to’s and more. Anything and everything baby is fair game!

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I fell in love with the idea of babies as a child. My favorite game was playing house and pretending to be a Mommy. I fell head over heals with my topic when I met my first baby.

Who had the most influence in your life?
My parents have had the greatest influence in my life without question. They’ve taught me to be who I am and have given me a great life. My “idol” outside of my parents would be Judge Judy.

You can also find melissamio at the following sites:
Melissamio's Squidoo Lenses
On Pinterest

melissamio invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review All Time Best Children’s Books.

Review of the Day: Door Monkeys To Help With Childproofing

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 05:30 AM PST

Lens of the Day: Miyako Odori: My First Time at the Japanese Theater

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 05:18 AM PST

Remember Harold Ramis

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 11:10 AM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 2.07.37 PMThe original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis died to day at age 69. As a fan of just about everything he wrote, directed, produced or acted in I am profoundly affected by his passing. So in honor of an amazingly talented and funny human being I created this list. Share your own memories and stories.

We’ll miss you Egon!

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Kick start your Monday with a Quest about something you love!

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 07:13 AM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 10.02.06 AMEvery week our Squidoo Contributor’s create passionate lists of the things they love. Many of the books, movies, music and games may be things that YOU love too.

We love these lists because they create community by bringing together like minded people. *So…what’s your poison?

Dystopian Novels
Vegan Cookbooks
Favorite TV Dads
Anti-War Music
The Best & Worst Superhero Movies
Classic 70′s Movies
Biographies for Kids
Health and Aging Books
Best 80s Comedy Movies
Gaming Hardware
Banned Books
British Fiction
Disney Movies

and more!

Our 100 Squidoo Contributor’s are out and about in the community searching for lenses in there niche to show off on social media and blogs.

So do try a review lens about something you care about. You may just find yourself featured and that’s a win-win situation.

Bonus Tip – Share a story, experience or why you’re passionate about the book, movie of music you’re reviewing. Summaries are boring, stories are magic!

*If you know what movie has the line “So…what’s your poison?” review it then send it to me at for a feature!

Have fun!

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Oh, the places we’ve been: Giants share their favorite travel destinations

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 06:26 AM PST

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday, we invite you to take a tour of the world through the eyes (and lenses) of some of our Giant Squid lensmasters. We received each of the following in response to our weekly Giant Squid Storyteller quest.  The topic was “favorite travel destinations”.  I can’t stress enough that they appear in no particular order.  Each of these lenses equally deserve the top spot.  Enjoy!

Scotland Tours and Scotland Vacations

1. Scotland Tours and Scotland Vacations

Hi as the United Kingdom Travel Contributor on Squidoo I am spoiled for choice when it comes to places to visit however I can honestly say that Scotland is my absolute favorite destination. Apart from its astonishing beauty I have very personal reasons for…

Vivre le France

2. Vivre le France

And maybe I can’t say that since I married a Frenchman and we visit his Family at least once a year. Having a native to hang out with could color my opinion some. But I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the countryside, the history, and the f…

Charleston South Carolina Fun

3. Charleston South Carolina Fun

We’re lucky enough to have family living in Charleston. My wife’s mother, brother, and sister live there so it gives us a reason to visit. If we didn’t have family living there I don’t know if we would have ever thought to vacation ther…

Flagstaff - Hub for Scenic Beauty

4. Flagstaff – Hub for Scenic Beauty

Hop, skip, or jump to many different scenic wonders, from Flagstaff, Arizona. You might say it is a sleepy little college town, but it’s close to everything you might want to see if you like scenic locations. The college population probably causes the…

Exploring London Through Blue Plaques

5. Exploring London Through Blue Plaques

You can’t stroll very far in Central London without spotting a Blue Plaque on the wall. It’s easy to walk on by, but take a second to have a look up at the Blue Plaques and you’ll learn plenty of history and add some fun to your visit. The B…

When Going Home Means Finding It Gone

6. When Going Home Means Finding It Gone

I had only a few hours to spare, going home just a few days for the funeral. In the morning, after breakfast, I got in behind the wheel, my Flip video recorder in my pocket with the sole purpose of taking a look again for the first time in forty years and…

Myth and Faith Come to Life at Ise Grand Shrine

7. Myth and Faith Come to Life at Ise Grand Shrine

The gravel crunched under my feet and cleanest, purest air filled my lungs, I made it at last to the shrine of shrines: Ise Jingu or Ise Grand Shrine. My anticipation before this experience was overcome only by the peace I felt at the end of the day. Ise G…


8. Cemeteries

My favorite ‘go to’ place is the cemetery. Any cemetery. As for my favorites, I am torn between two cemeteries. One is the Bay Fortune cemetery in Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island. The other is the People’s Cemetery in Crapaud, Prince Edwar…

Ancient Places and Sacred Spaces

9. Ancient Places and Sacred Spaces

My Sweetling and I had always wanted to travel to Israel and that dream became a reality for us in 2010 and again in 2012. The first time we went was in the fall and the second time around it was spring. Each time was as unique as the first and I would go…

Terrific Toronto

10. Terrific Toronto

I’ve been to Toronto 4 times, over 10 or 15 years. I think the first was around June 1996, the 2nd I think I went was ’98 the 3rd I forget what year it was 2001 & 2006 the last so far. The first time I ever went Mom and I were supposed to go…

That Amazing Life Lesson on a Brewery Trip To Old Amsterdam

11. That Amazing Life Lesson on a Brewery Trip To Old Amsterdam

I am travelling back in time again with this lens, to bring you all yet another slice of life when I was young and fancy free, and when the world- wide web was not even a twinkle in someone’s eye. It is summer, 1975, and I am not long since arrived RA…

Yosemite - my favorite vacation spot

12. Yosemite – my favorite vacation spot

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know about Yosemite. We camped there when I was small. We stayed in the housekeeping cabins as teens. I camped there with my children and stayed in the housekeeping cabins too. My husband and I have camped th…

My Cameron Highlands Highlights

13. My Cameron Highlands Highlights

Situated somewhere near the centre of Malaysia, high in the Titiwangsa mountains are the Cameron Highlands. Situated at up to 1500 metres above sea level they were developed during colonial days, offering a cool respite from the heat and humidity of this t…

Adventures in Paradise - My Visit to Honolulu in 2013

14. Adventures in Paradise – My Visit to Honolulu in 2013

Every year I pack up my suitcase to fly to my second home – the place where childhood memories were made and where most of what I call comfort food can be found. That place is called Honolulu. Honolulu is the state capital of Hawaii and is the most populat…

3 Big Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

15. 3 Big Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Yens’ might as well know it now – I’M a Pittsburgher! When my husband, daughters and I come to Pittsburgh, we come to visit family. That alone is a pleasant, loving and sometimes crazy time! But one summer, I think it was 2006, we all decided to…

A Visit to the Vanderbilts - An Original Tale Set at Biltmore Estate

16. A Visit to the Vanderbilts – An Original Tale Set at Biltmore Estate

Visit Biltmore House and Gardens through the memories of an imaginary pair of teenagers who visited in 1905. Not only do they give vivid descriptions of the estate, they also encounters a bit of a mystery. Enjoy! The night in July 1905 was warm and damp as…

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Strategies for a Great Day

17. San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Strategies for a Great Day

I love the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Excuse me, the ‘San Diego Zoo Safari Park’. (They changed the name in 2010, but I keep forgetting. ) The Safari Park is located in Escondito- 40 miles away from the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, which has th…

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Lens of the Day: The Reality of Mental Illness

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 05:27 AM PST

Review of the Day: Superman: The Movie (1978)

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 04:00 AM PST