April 3rd

Remember that spring is here even though the weather isn’t dependable.  Today we are having a beautiful sunny day but that could change by afternoon. Students are returning from spring breaks and now the long hall till the end of the school year.

Here is one of my monthly poems from a book I’m working on for parents and teacher’s that I haven’t discussed much. I hope you enjoy it.

“April”

April flowers

Lots of showers.

 

Birds singing,

Grass growing.

 

Tulips blossoming,

Crocus coming.

 

Gardening has begun,

Springtime hopefully has come.

 

Sun peeking through,

Making a smile for you.

 

Laughter fills the air,

People coming out to share.

 

People outside walking,

Neighbors having time talking.

 

Springtime is best of all,

Bringing mother-nature’s call.

 

New birth is finally here,

Celebrating life with a cheer.

 

Love is in the air,

Music singing everywhere.

 

Beauty to behold,

Spring is like a piece of gold.

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Remember the First Week of April is Library Week and Read a Road Map Week. Combine them by having your children use a road map to get to the Library.

Once in the library make it a family time when everyone checks out a book to read.  If you don’t have a card, ask the librarian to help you get a card. Remember to respect the books and always return them so that someone else will have the benefit of reading the book.
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National Days

April 3rd is Tweed Day.   Like many non-traditional holidays, the origins of this particular holiday are unknown.  But what makes this special day a bit more unusual is that no one is quite sure what the annual event celebrates.

Boss Tweed

Some believe Tweed Day recognizes the infamous senator-turned-crook, William “Boss” Tweed, who was born on this day in 1823.  Considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, he was the wealthiest and most powerful politician at the time.  Even to this day, Tweed is still considered one of the most notorious politicians in American history. It is estimated he stole up to $200 million of public money, which was a heck of a lot of dough back in the day. He endured several stints in the slammer, and died in jail in 1878.

Tweed Fabric

For some, Tweed Day celebrates the rough, woolen twill material often used in apparel and accessories originating from Scotland.  Rumor has it  Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones, frequently wore tweed.

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April 3rd: National Rainbow Day

http://photos.nj.com/4504/gallery/april_3rd_national_rainbow_day/index.html

Check out this site for beautiful photos of this natural phenomena that we have through mother-nature.

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The only reference that I found to Read a Map was in regards to April 5th Monday and since this year Monday doesn’t fall on the 5th I guess you can choose which day you want to read a map. However, Monday sounds like a good way to start off the week. Plan a road trip, then throughout the week take it following the map directions, keep a trip log to check at the end of the week.  For those of you who use technology remember they don’t always take you the shortest or most logical route. Sometimes you end up where you don’t want to be.

Wherever you go enjoy your journey.

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Celebrate National Chocolate Mousse Day with A Guilt-Free Mousse

http://www.edgesanfrancisco.com/style/food_drink//131038/celebrate_national_chocolate_mousse_day_with_a_guilt-free_m

 

House Foods Chocolate Mousse
House Foods Chocolate Mousse  

NEW YORK, NY – Chocolate mousse is often a decadent, luxurious treat saved for those rare occasions where calorie counting has an off-day. This year, indulge the craving – guilt-free – on National Chocolate Mousse Day (April 3rd) with a delectable recipe from the premiere tofu brand, House Foods America (www.house-foods.com), tofu specialists since 1983.

While traditional mousse and pudding recipes often require large amounts of whipping cream and butter (ingredients heavy in calories and high in fat content), House Foods America provides a healthier alternative for you to celebrate National Chocolate Mousse Day, a recipe with full-on decadent flavor (and extra protein!) without the empty calories.

House Food’s Soft (Silken) Tofu – a unique, flavorless ingredient that can truly transform itself into any flavor or texture – delivers a smooth texture that, when blended with semi-sweet chocolate, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom, creates a luscious dessert that tastes just as decadent as the traditional version.

Add your own personal twist to this recipe by considering some of the suggestions below:

· Top the pudding with toasted slivered almonds or other nuts, coconut shavings, or cocoa powder

· Replace the 1 tsp. ground cardamom with 1/2 tsp. chili powder for a spicy Mexican Chocolate Mousse

· Add a little agave nectar for an even sweeter pudding

This quick and easy recipe is ideal for satisfying any sweet tooth.
House Foods Chocolate Mousse

Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 15 min

Top the pudding with toasted slivered almonds or other nuts, coconut shavings, or cocoa powder.

Ingredients:

1 package 14 oz. House Foods Soft Tofu

≤ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup of milk (can substitute coconut milk)

1/2 tbsp. vanilla

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cardamom (optional)

Directions:

Open the tofu package and strain water.
Remove House Foods Soft Tofu from package and blend in blender until smooth.
With the stove on low or simmer, melt the chocolate-chips and milk in a pot stirring until smooth.
Add in House Foods Soft Tofu mixture and stir until it is blended evenly with the chocolate.
Stir in vanilla, cinnamon (and cardamom – optional).
Quickly remove from heat, cool and set in fridge until becomes thick like a mousse.
(Prefer a pudding to a mousse? If so, serve immediately after it has had a chance to cool out of the fridge.)

 

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Remember whatever you do today enjoy the fact that spring is here. Look for Nature in its beauty. Take a walk and capture photo’s, fresh air, and the happiness of being outdoors.

Until next time 🙂

 

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