A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1—Beloved Mutts comic-strip illustrator McDonnell brings children a story about how even the most perfect things can sometimes become…well, messed up. Louie sets out to tell his happy tale about skipping and singing when suddenly a jelly blob interrupts his cheerful narrative. This is soon followed by a peanut butter (“AUGH! The chunky kind!”) mess. Louie is horrified that someone would treat his story so carelessly. As the mess builds, Louie becomes more and more anxious, until a really big mess causes him to give up. “I’m just a messy old book…no one will ever want, Continue Reading
Building A New Wardrobe In The New Year We are living in a convenient time for fashion. We can easily look great while still being comfortable and practical. We no longer have to spend $300 on a pair of Citizen jeans, and pair them with pointy toed heels.Who can run after their kids in stilettos? This is why it is so important to find comfortable, practical pieces. I call these pieces the “Bones of Your Wardrobe.” Just like our body’s bones, everything in your wardrobe can be built off three essential items. What are the “Bones”? How do you wear them for all occasions? The Legging Leggings are coming back into Continue Reading
Cabbage Kimchi Ingredients 1 head Chinese cabbage, sliced 8 cups water 1 1/4 cup coarse sea salt 1 extra large green onion sliced 1 brown onion sliced half a daikon radish sliced Kimchi sauce 1/2 onion thinly sliced 3 tbsp minced garlic 2 tbsp minced ginger 1/2 korean pear grated 2/3 cup Korean chili flakes 3 tbsp anchovy or fish sauce 2 tbsp sugar 2 cups water Directions Dissolve the coarse sea salt with 8 cups of water in a large mixing bowl (or in the sink) Add the sliced cabbage and toss to mix Soak the cabbage for at least 2-3 hours in the salt water solution, until they soften (Toss every 30 minutes) In another bowl, make the kimchi sauce Continue Reading

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