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.

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