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Rice krispie treats: Kidz In The Kitchen

Easy Peasy Yummy Rice Krispie Squares are brought to you by Tiffany and two-year-old Nathan
3 tbsp butter
4 cups mini-marshmallows
6 cups rice kripies
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Ahoy Me Hearties:
Fun Factor Pirates Adventure 3D Blacklight Mini Golf

Kathy Grant, reporting…

“Ahoy me hearties! Now that Kamloops’ newest attraction “Pirates Adventure 3D Mini-Golf” has been open for a couple of months the feedback from this undertaking has been overwhelming:

We came in and played mini golf twice last week with my 4yr old and he had a blast it was very fun… I love that you have so many games a child of that age can enjoy so much thanks for the great place 🙂 ~ Facebook Fan
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Fun Factor Pirates Adventure 3D Blacklight Mini Golf

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FREE MONEY? – I’ll take it!!!

~ By Kathy Grant, KG Creative Consulting (www.kgcreativeconsulting.ca)

With children come a lot of financial obligations for families: diapers, food, clothing, daycare, sports, treats, parties, gifts… the costs add up and feel like they are never ending! It’s a struggle for many of us to keep up with the demands of children, so at an early age it is important we begin to think about investing for their future so it won’t be such a hefty bill when they are ready for the next step. Like I was, you might be wondering where to start? My recommendation would to seek out many options to find the right fit for you but I would definitely suggest you speak with Karen Lanoue, a CST (Canadian Scholarship Trust) Representative.
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Water For Elephants:
(Mom is) Curled up with a Good Book

Book Review by Coreena McBurnie

My blog: Books & Other Creative Adventures

Book: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, HarperCollins, 2006.  335 pages.
Source: Purchased.

Water For Elephants is the story of Jacob Jankowski, now an elderly man, either 90 or 93, he is not sure, who is looking back at his time in the Benzini Brothers Circus during the Great Depression.  His parents have both been killed, he is penniless, and can’t face his final exams at Cornell University where he is studying to be a vet.

Jacob finds himself jumping on a train, which happens to belong to the circus, and gets hired on as the vet.  He finds that he loves the circus animals and stays on for their sake and for the sake of having a job at a time when hobos and tent cities are common.  He also finds that he has feelings for the beautiful Marlena, star of the equestrian show, but she is married to the simultaneously charismatic and cruel August.  Jacob lives the circus life, travelling by rail, tearing down and setting up the circus day after day.  He is a misfit trying to fit in among the misfits.

The book alternates back and forth between modern day Jacob and his life in the nursing home, expounding on how he is treated as less than a full person because he is old and between his life at the carnival, where again people are treated as less than human because there is a depression and money is tight and the show with its animals are more valuable than individual people.

It is obvious that Sara Gruen has done her research without being over the top – the setting feels natural, not forced or like she is giving a history lesson and the photos at the beginning of each chapter are a nice touch.

The characters are well developed.  I found that I really felt for them and that I could understand the pecking order in which they are stuck and the desperation of the depression.  The evolution of August and the unveiling of his cruelty was amazing.  And then there is Jacob, he is forced to grow and figure out what kind of person he wants to be, what he is willing to do and what he stands for.  I also felt that Gruen’s description of life in a nursing home were eerily real.  Probably the least developed character is Marlena.
The language in the book is incredibly rich, in fact, I stopped to savor several passages before moving on for their tantalizing description.  I loved the back and forth between present day Jacob and young Jacob and felt it was handled well.  In fact, some of the funniest moments are the elderly Jacob in the nursing home.  Here is an example of a fun passage that also has some great description:

“So what’s on the menu tonight?” I grumble as I’m steered into the dining room.  “Porridge?  Mushy peas? Pablum?  Oh, let me guess, it’s tapioca isn’t it?  Is it tapioca? Or are we calling it rice pudding tonight?”
“Oh, Mr. Jankowski, you are a card,” the nurse says flatly.  She doesn’t need to answer, and she knows it.  This being Friday, we’re having the usual nutritious but uninteresting combination of meat loaf, creamed corn, reconstituted mashed potatoes, and gravy that may have been waved over a piece of beef at some point in its life.  And they wonder why I lose weight.

I loved this book – it has an interesting and well developed setting, beautiful language and captivating story and I would highly recommend it to others.  It has also become a major motion picture.
One of the other things that compelled me to read this book is that Sara Gruen started to write is as part of National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.  I love NaNoWriMo and have participated myself twice and was happy to see that a novelist could participate and write such a successful novel.

Have you read a great book lately?  Feel free to pass on your latest and greatest read… elizabeth@kamloopsparents.com

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MommyKnows.Com:
Oh yes she does! Kidz in the Kitchen

When I saw this I started drooling and I (pretty much) have not stopped.

I just had to share it with you, with permission, of course!

MommyKnows.Com brings you this fantastic and totally genius treat!

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My rainbow cupcakes in a jar were inspired by this babble post, however, I just thought one pint jars were just way to BIG. My kids don’t need that much cake. So … using 4oz (125ml) jars … I present cupcakes in a jar!

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Make sure you have a helper.

{preheat oven to 350f}

You’ll need:

1 boxed white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 can of white frosting (I used Betty Crocker)
variety of Wilton icing colours
12 125ml (4oz) canning jars
Sprinkles

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