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text 2017-03-16 18:50
Big Library Read: Starts Today
Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani

This year's selection for the global buddy read, today thru March 30.  Public libraries using overdrive for ebook loans will have this 100% available to every member reader for free.


Join the discussion!  Hear the author interview!  


Source: biglibraryread.com
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review 2017-03-14 15:57
Gives new meaning to "What's in the fridge?"
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast - Josh Funk,Brendan Kearney

A few weeks ago, I read a book called Dear Dragon which was about a pen pal relationship between a little boy and a dragon but they had no idea they were writing to someone of a different species. The illustrations were on point but it was the storyline that had me looking to see what else the author had written. (His name is Josh Funk by the way.) Turns out he had another book by the snazzy title of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast (with a sequel called The Case of the Stinky Stench due out on May 2nd). This book has fantastic illustrations by Brendan Kearney which truly bring the fridge food to life. If you're reading aloud to pre-school age children, I highly encourage you to have the kids make predictions and point out their favorite (and least favorite) food items. Otherwise, this book might be a bit of a daunting read-aloud because there are quite a few challenging words (and lots of them) per each page. It follows our two main characters, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, on an epic quest to reach the last drop of syrup remaining in the syrup bottle. Lots of ridiculous rhyming, competitive taunting, and delicious food items abound. 9/10 for frolicking foodie fun.


Note: If you do decide to use this as a storytime read-aloud and/or you utilize this in a lesson I recommend you check out Josh's website which has a free downloadable activity kit to complement the book.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-03-13 00:52
Fox News Total Lie about Food Stamp - Fraud Sparks Rare Retraction Request from Federal Government


But Fox News' Mission of Yet Again Demonizing the Literally Life-Saving Food Stamp Program Was Accomplished


Fox News' Abby Huntsman this week delivered an entirely false story about food stamp fraud to "Fox & Friends" viewers, sparking a rare request from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for the right wing cable news giant to issue a retraction. As NCRM reported, Huntsman told viewers that food stamp fraud is at an all-time high and totaled about $70 million in 2016. That would be 0.09% of the total amount of food stamps issued annually, an incredibly low number, actually, but false nonetheless. Fox News also lied; claiming food stamp fraud was at the highest level ever. It's actually not, and it's actually decreasing.


Huntsman did not respond.


So, not one word of the report was true, including the fact that the USDA hasn't issued any numbers on the SNAP program for 2016, or 2015, or 2014, leading to our tweet to Huntsman:


In fact, as Mother Jones' Kevin Drum – who first reported that the Fox News report was a lie – notes, there are no published numbers on food stamp fraud past 2011.


RELATED STORY: Fox News Is Asking if the Food Stamp Program That Helps 44 Million Americans Should Be Ended Because of 0.09% Fraud


“We are not quite sure where this came from,” a spokesperson for the USDA, speaking about the fraudulent statistics Fox News reported, told The Washington Post's Erik Wemple. “We saw that there was as story on Breitbart. We have not issued a report on this recently. There is no new rate that we’ve published. So we’re not quite sure why they’re so interested in stirring this up.”


Wemple reports that the Agriculture Dept. requested a retraction from Fox News, which is rare, and even morerare, Fox News pulled its original report and issued the retraction.


"The statistics reported Tuesday in a 'Fox & Friends' segment about 2016 food stamp fraud were incorrect," Fox News Insider, where the original report was published, noted. "The latest USDA information, from 2009 to 2011, showed $853 million in fraud, or 1.3% in those three years. Nationally, food stamp trafficking is on the decline."

Huntsman also issued a rare on-air retraction.


Fox News' report also was based on the "question" that perhaps the food stamp program, SNAP, should be eliminated, because of fraud.


That suggestion is on its face insane. The amount of food stamp fraud is so minor compared to the number of people it serves (44 million) it barely is worth reporting, especially since it's decreasing, not increasing. Also, 45 percent of food stamps go to feed children, not adults.


But Fox News' mission of yet again demonizing the literally life-saving food stamp program was accomplished; given more people likely saw the initial report and not the retraction.

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review 2017-03-11 16:56
Aliens, Werwolves, Vampires, War and Love
One Fell Sweep - Ilona Andrews

4.5 Stars
Fun, adventure, blood, heads on stakes, stinky aliens, amazing woman power, hot vampire and one sexy werewolf what more could you want ? Well, no worries if you do there is so much more.
Dina, the innkeeper has some difficult guests. They have needs that may cost her everything. She can not turn away and steps into a dirty war zone. She has so much against her, but she has several strong allies backing her. Her collection of friends, frenemies and family make a strong force. Sean the werewolf who left and came back changed, really impressed this reader once again. Sean is a dream man who can turn into your four legged pal at a twitch. (Bonus) Her quest to save her guest, save her Inn and save her family all crash and smash at the same time. It's a stressful ride, I think I gained a new gray hair.
Thanks Andrews, for a massive cliffhanger. I'll be mashing the events in my head over and over waiting for the next book.
There is something about this author pair that make me want to draw, paint or just doodle while I'm reading or listening to their books. They are so visual, even this unartistic soul reaches out to it.
I really want to hear this series on audio.

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text 2017-03-11 14:35
Delectable Delights — Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner


Over on herding cats and burning soup, Anna does Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters; where she shares about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.


I thought I would also share my kitchen creations or disasters with you! HelloFresh has become a godsend for me when it comes to cooking. I love the easy of deliver, all the ingredients included, all packaging is recyclable, and I get to try some new things too.


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Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner





Roma Tomato
Italian Seasoning
Mozzarella Cheese
Orzo Pasta
Chicken Breast
Panko Breadcrumbs
Parmesan Cheese


Wash, Dry & Cut Produce – Preheat oven 450. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch thick rounds, cut tomato into wedges then toss zucchini and tomato w/ 1 TBSP olive oil and Italian seasoning. Season w/ slat and pepper. Chop mozzarella into 1/2 thick cubs. Halve lemon.


Roast Veggies – Place veggies on baking sheet. Roast 20min.





Cook Orzo – Once water boils, add orzo. Cook until al dente, 9-11min. Drain and return to pot. Squeeze in juice of half the lemon. Add salt and pepper.


Cook Chicken – Cut three quarters of the way though each chicken breast. Open like a book. Season on both sides with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Heat olive oil in pan then add chicken cook until done.



Broil Veggies – With 5min left on veggies, remove baking sheet. Heat broiler to 500. Sprinkle veggies with panic, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. Broil until  cheese is melted and panic golden brown about 3-5min.



Finish and Eat – Plate orzo and top with cheesy roasted veggies and chicken breast. Pour over any juices from plate and squeeze remaining lemon.



It was mouthwatering.



Want the recipe? Check out HelloFresh Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops!




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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/03/delectable-delights-winner-winner-chicken-orzo-dinner/#comment-93018
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