Friday, February 7, 2014

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Squidoo Club News: Who Won? Results from the Food And Book Club Quests

Posted: 07 Feb 2014 08:43 AM PST

ribbonwinnerLast month our Squidoo Food Club and the GoodVeg Club combined forces to create some yummy vegetarian recipe lenses.  After the deadline, we asked both clubs to vote and the winning lens, the lens that received the most votes, Vegetarian Pizza Your Family Has Gotta Love by 1angelsbestkeptsecrets, was posted as Lens of the Day last Tuesday, February 4th, 2014.

Some of the runners up included:
Creamy Broccoli Homemade Soup Recipe by susan-zutautas
Yummy Toasted Cheese and Mushroom Sandwiches by savateuse
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers by MareeT
Lowfat Chocolate-Zucchini Brownies with Applesauce Instead of Oil: Better Than You Might Expect by Ramkitten

You can see all of the delicious lens creations from this quest HERE.

The Book Club also celebrated with a vote and a  Lens of the Day on Thursday February 6th.  The winner from our Animal inspired book quest was, Inspiring love for all creatures – great and small by Hope.

 Runners up from the Book Club Quest were:
Charlotte’s Web! A Story About Friendship! by grammieo
The Wind in the Willows: An Enduring Favorite by Cercis
One Hen and a Small Loan Made a Big Difference in a Community and So Can You and I
by Ruthi
Animal Speak: The spiritual and magical powers of creatures great & small by Graceonline

You can see all of the lenses from this quest HERE.

If you’d like to join one of these, or maybe even one of our other fun Clubs, stop by All About Squidoo Clubs to learn more.

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Fabulous New Lenses Week of February 3rd

Posted: 07 Feb 2014 06:26 AM PST

Fused Glass Jewelry Making

1. Fused Glass Jewelry Making

I loved making fused glass jewelry. The adventure is in not knowing exactly what you will get. It is always an experiment. I have tried different things over the years and now I stick with the tried and true, but to begin with the thing that kept me intere…

Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves

2. Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves

Pancakes with a lot of love. There’s nothing better than waking up to a home- made breakfast. The aroma of freshly- brewed coffee and baked breads are heaven to the senses. Although breakfast can be anything from an omelette to a bowl of granola, noth…

What's Your Water Footprint?

3. What’s Your Water Footprint?

The US government estimates that every American uses approximately 80 – 100 gallons of water each day. But this number only accounts for the water we use for drinking, bathing, washing, cooking, watering our plants, and other activities that obviously use…

Clean-up with a Disco Sponge

4. Clean-up with a Disco Sponge

Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to disco? Think again! Folks that once cleaned up on the disco dance floor are now cleaning up with their disco sponges. That’s right, a disco sponge! I know that this ‘Paladone King Disco Washing Spon…

Art or Crafts, Process vs Product? Why Not Both!

5. Art or Crafts, Process vs Product? Why Not Both!

True confession: When I first ordered this book for my library, I kept it hidden behind my desk, marked Unavailable, while I pored over its pages, planning storytime activities, ignoring the pleas from passing mamas for a nice craft book. This was in 2007,…

Mardi Gras Fun for Kids Including Games and Crafts

6. Mardi Gras Fun for Kids Including Games and Crafts

Mardi Gras coloring pages, games, crafts, puzzles and more fun for the holiday that is also known as Fat Tuesday. I have lots of activities to keep the kids busy including some online fun. Learn how to make a float, decorate masks and more while enjoying s…

Kid Music Series: Sa'idi Dance From Ancient Egypt

7. Kid Music Series: Sa’idi Dance From Ancient Egypt

Do your children think that ancient Egyptians danced with angled arms and jutting hands and feet? I taught a unit on Egyptian dance and one of the first things we needed to do was explore the Western stereotype of the dance and why it was not authentic. Th…

Spicey Roasted Red Pepper Soup

8. Spicey Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A delicious Spiced Roasted Red Pepper Soup~A fantastic recipe for a cold winters day, Add some extra heat with a teaspoon of chilli flakes and serve with warm crispy bread.

Deborah-Diane is the “Biographer Bookworm” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 07 Feb 2014 05:50 AM PST

deborahdianeToday we’re happy to introduce you to Deborah-Diane. She’s our “Biographer Bookworm” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
My favorite way to learn about history is to read about the people who lived it. Whether they are world leaders or ordinary people who were living in extraordinary times, I have found that biographies can be fascinating. Biographies of all types of people, from the historic Queens of Europe to modern day movie stars, all contribute to our understanding of our own lives and the people who have lived before us.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
The first biography I remember reading in high school was about Anne Boleyn. I was so fascinated by her story, that I read several more biographies of her. Then, I read about other interesting women, including Zelda Fitzgerald, Hanley Hemingway, and Marie Antoinette. Later, I realized that when I read the Bible I am actually reading a series of biographies of everyone from the Kings to the ordinary citizens who lived in the Middle East over a period of thousands of years. These were real people who probably never realized that people would be reading about their lives hundreds of years later.

Who had the most influence in your life?
Authors have always had a magical influence on me. There is nothing I enjoy more than a well-crafted, well-researched book, whether it is a horror story by Steven King, a historical novel, or even a light-hearted romance. To take words and create a story, evoke an emotion or inspire me to think more deeply … this has always seemed like the highest form of creativity to me.

You can also find Deborah-Diane by visiting:
Biography Books I Love at Pinterest.

Deborah-Diane invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review These Biographies of Amazing 20th Century Women.

Review of the Day: Our Munchkin Nursery Projector & Sound System Is The Holy Grail For Baby Sleep

Posted: 07 Feb 2014 05:00 AM PST

Lens of the Day: My Passion For Travel Photography

Posted: 07 Feb 2014 04:52 AM PST

An Interview with William Leverne Smith: Back to the Homeplace

Posted: 06 Feb 2014 01:00 PM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 3.59.37 PMWilliam Leverne Smith is the author of Back to the Homeplace a novel set in 1987 small town America that deals with a family in crisis following the death of their matriarch. The family must travel to where they grew up…the Homeplace, in order to sort out family secrets and to find their legacy.

William was born and raised on a midwestern farm. He and his wife now live in a cabin in the Missouri Ozarks.

Squidoo lensmasters will recognize William as Dr. Bill (drbilltellsexcitingstories on Squidoo) where he likes to write about his other passion Family History and Genealogy.

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