Soft homemade bread sticks

I have a picky eater, so I spend a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen and creating new recipes.  She loves bread so most of the foods I make for her are made with whole wheat (or corn) flour, eggs, and kefir/yogurt.  This morning I didn’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen so I decided to make these breadsticks.  They’re soft, delicious and really easy to make. You can serve them with cream…

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Parent Involvement in Children’s Education (PART 1)

Focusing on: Language and Communication One of the questions that I’m very interested in and researching in Master of Education program is related to the benefits and impact of parent involvement on student achievement.  If you search scholarly articles, you’ll find numerous studies that demonstrate how parent involvement can positively impact academic achievement.  For example, Epstein and Sanders’ research study of 2000 found a strong correlation between parent involvement and students’ scholastic achievement.  So, what’s the problem,…

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Garlic in History

Garlic plays an important role in our nutrition. I add garlic as a flavouring agent to most of our dishes, including: pasta sauce, stuffed peppers, baked fish, cabbage rolls, etc. Very rarely do we eat it as a vegetable, unless with our all time favourite red pepper salad. If you haven’t combined fresh garlic with roasted red peppers, give it a try and see if you like it. I find it delicious, but maybe that’s just me.…

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The Benefits of using a Slow Cooker

This is not an ad. It’s a word of advice from one busy mom to you - whoever you may be. If you have an unused slow cooker at home you might consider giving it a chance.   I’m not a medical expert or a nutritionist, but I’m a very busy person who likes to serve healthy meals to my family. I’ve learned that cooking foods longer and on low temperatures helps meat and vegetables retain nutrients and…

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To Frame or Not to Frame

If you purchased a stretched canvas painting you can display it right away, even if the sides of the canvas haven’t been painted. (To paint the sides or not: Some artists paint them, but others prefer not to. Leaving the edges unpainted suggests that the work can, but doesn’t have to, be framed. Some artists never paint to the edge of the canvas. They even leave an unpainted border around the front of the painting. It all…

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On Poetry and What it Means to Me

For me, poetry is about symbolism. In painting we use different techniques and colours to represent something and in poetry we use symbols to convey information. Poetry is also about brevity: using fewer words to communicate something.  Usually, when I write poetry, I don’t worry much about the form, meter or rhyme scheme, unless I write children’s poems.  The most important thing for me is communicating my idea. However, when I write poems for children I pay closer attention to the rhyme scheme and the…

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Christmas Tree Decorating – Why do you do it?

Decorating a Christmas tree is a tradition and an activity that my family enjoys participating in, but that's not the only reason why we do it. (Taking it down is a different story. Sometimes, as late as February, when everyone is tired of “looking at” our beautifully decorated tree, my husband or I undertake the monotonous task of taking it down.) Every evening, when we go for our routine walk, we admire all the wonderfully decorated Christmas…

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Using Technology in the Classroom – Not for Everyone

As a teacher I’ve often spent (wasted) a considerable amount of our in-class time reminding students to use technology responsibly. Teaching in a modern world comes with its challenges. Using technology in the classroom is not only recommended, but it’s preferred by many teachers and encouraged by school boards. In fact, I can’t remember a single job interview where I wasn’t asked the famous question: “How would you use technology to help students achieve their learning goals?”…

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How to encourage children to read more?

If you have a reluctant reader at home, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help him/her develop a reading habit. As a teacher, I’ve met a number of students who didn’t enjoy reading. I’ve experimented and tried a number of methods to engage students and encourage them to read more. Here I’ll share some tricks that work for me and I hope you’ll find them helpful. IDENTIFY YOUR READERS Walk into a grade 11 English…

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I Want My Kids To Remember This

When I think of my childhood, I remember spending many happy hours in our dining room. I don’t have many memories of our family eating meals together, unless on special occasions. I guess our parents didn’t live by design, back then. Today, when most parents work 9 to 5, it makes perfect sense to have meals together and always at the same time. Where I come from, we followed a more relaxed schedule. I had school in…

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