Celebrate National Popcorn Day! Make Popcorn Balls.

Sunday, January 19th is NATIONAL POPCORN DAY.  popcorn

Why not celebrate one of our favorite snack foods by having the kids make up some popcorn balls. Here is an easy recipe for MARSHMALLOW POPCORN BALLS taken from the I (heart) Eating website:

https://www.ihearteating.com/easy-popcorn-ball-recipe/

Ingredients

1 bag natural microwave popcorn*

1/4 cup butter

10 ounce bag mini marshmallows

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pop popcorn according to package directions; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter.
  • Continue cooking until butter begins to turn golden brown.
  • Add marshmallows, and stir constantly until marshmallows have melted.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  • Add popcorn, and fold into marshmallow mixture.
  • When mixture is cool enough to handle, lightly spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Scoop about 1 cup of the popcorn mixture and smoosh it into a ball.
  • Place on a sheet of waxed paper, parchment paper, or silicone baking mat to cool.

Notes

*Or about 9-10 cups of popped plain popcorn
**You can press candy pieces into the outside of popcorn balls.

***Nutrition values are estimates.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1popcorn ball: Calories: 131kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 23g (8%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 2g (10%)Cholesterol: 12mg (4%)Sodium: 63mg (3%)Sugar: 16g (18%)Vitamin A: 140IU (3%)Calcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg (1%)

Popcorn balls with M&M's on the outside

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HAPPY POPCORN DAY!

One Resolution For the New Year:Help Teachers Serve Those Underserved.

As students get back into the school routine after winter break, many classroom teachers might be struggling to help the most needy in their schools. You can help those underserved students, and the teachers who serve them, by donating school supplies.

DonorsChoose.org is an organization that empowers teachers in public schools across the nation to request materials and experiences greatly needed in their classrooms. Recent statistics indicate that 81% of all public schools in the US have at least one teacher who has posted a project or request on its website. Most of the schools who participate have more than half of the student population coming from low-income families. Requests can be as simple as paint to freshen up a classroom, mulch and topsoil to create a garden space, art supplies for a classroom, and more.

I donated to a classroom in MI asking for funds to purchase high interest Chapter Books for its students.

Feed  the hunger for knowledge by making a classroom teacher’s job a bit easier. To learn more: http://www.DonorsChoose.org

Book Giveaway: ROOSEVELT BANKS, GOOD-KID-IN-TRAINING by Laurie Calkhoven

Writing and Illustrating

Laurie Calkhoven has written a Chapter book titled, ROOSEVELT BANKS, GOOD-KID-IN-TRAINING illustrated by Debbie Palen. Vivian has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Laurie and Debbie!

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Reviewing Great KidLit Books: How Did I DO in 2019?

In January 2017 I began the year with a personal challenge to write a review for KidLit books from authors I admire. You can read about the original challenge here: https://wordpress.com/post/darlenebeckjacobson.wordpress.com/4428

In 2018, I bested the original count and posted 18 reviews of children’s books, and gave away 3 of those reviewed.  You can see the titles for that post here: https://wordpress.com/post/darlenebeckjacobson.wordpress.com/4946

Well, in 2019, I am thrilled and excited to say, I have written and posted 31 reviews for PB, MG, and YA books and gifted 9 of them in various give-aways. ( These give-away books are indicated by a red asterisk) Here is the list of the wonderful books I reviewed. All these titles are by authors I enjoy and who deserve recognition for their amazing writing for children.

1. HEDY LAMARR (PB) by Laurie Wallmark

2. THE DEVOURING LAND (YA) Josh Bellin

3. SEALED WITH A KISS (PB) Beth Ferry

4. SQUIRREL’S FAMILY TREE (PB) Beth Ferry *

5. RESCUE AND JESSICA (PB) Jessica Kensky

6. DUCK AND COVER (MG)  Janet Smart

7. FOLLOWING (YA) Jeffry W Johnston

8. FRONT DESK (MG) Kelly Yang

9. TEN RULES OF THE BIRTHDAY WISH (PB) Beth Ferry

10. HELLO LIGHTHOUSE (PB) Sophie Blackhall

11. THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY (PB) Hannah Holt

12. MR. REGINALD AND THE BUNNIES (PB) Paula Wallace *

13. BOB (MG) Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

14. GRANTED (MG) John David Anderson

15. NO PEACOCKS (PB) Robin Newman *

16. JAGGER JONES AND THE MUMMY’S ANKH (MG) Malayna Evans

17. NARCOSIS ROOM (YA) Louise Cypress

18. HOUSE OF EARTH, HOUSE OF STONE (YA) Joshua David Bellin

19. REMARKABLY YOU (PB)  Pat Zietlow Miller *

20. A BOX OF BONES (MG)  Marina Cohen

21. IN YOUR SHOES (MG) Donna Gephart

22. THE LAW OF FINDERS KEEPERS (MG)  Sheila Turnage

23. ASTRO PEA (BB) Amalia Hoffman *

24. I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS (MG) Lauren Baratz-Logsted

25. BEAUTY AND BERNICE (MG)  Nancy Viau *

26. A ZEBRA PLAYS ZITHER (PB) Janice Bond *

27. SOMETHING IS BUGGING SAMANTHA HANSEN (MG)  Nancy Viau *

28. ALL COLORS (BB) Amalia Hoffman *

29. THE SCARECROW (PB) Beth Ferry

30. THE JOKE MACHINE (MG) Theresa Julian

31. GOOD-BYE, MR. SPALDING (MG)  Jennifer Robin Barr

I read a total of SEVENTY books for children and adults and am pleased to have posted reviews for nearly half. The best way to share great books with others is to post positive reviews on Goodreads or Amazon. Won’t you join me in 2020 to spread the word about great literature for children and write a review for a book by one of your favorite authors?

Here’s a printable calendar to keep track of those awesome books and reviews:

https://www.redtedart.com/free-cute-printable-calendar/

The Joy of Giving Back Can Lead to Better Health.

This time of year we are often bombarded with mail asking for help for various charities. I know everyone has his or her own favorites. If you are looking for a different way to get your kids involved and to teach them the importance of generosity, there are some organizations devoted to health and well-being. Not only does giving to others make us feel good, it actually increases activity in the brain’s reward region.

Here are a few you might consider:

A TEN DOLLAR donation to the Pan Foundation will provide a day of medicine to someone in need. The organization also helps those with chronic, rare, and life-threatening conditions get treatment.  http://www.panfoundation.org

Your donation of TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS will teach one kid to cook for life. COMMON THREADS teaches families about nutrition and how to choose healthier food and cook delicious meals.  http://www.commonthreads.org

For FIFTY DOLLARS you can supply 20 US families with clean water.  WORLD VISION will deliver bottled water and filtration systems to US families who lack it. http://www.worldvision.org

May good health and prosperity be yours in 2020.

Book Giveaway – ODD DOG OUT

here’s a chance to win a fun new PB that celebrates individuality.

Writing and Illustrating

Rob Biddulph has a new picture book titled, ODD DOG OUT, published by HarperCollins Childrens Books. Rob has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Rob!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

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Did You Know These Ho-HO-Holiday Facts?

Most of us know that Christmas trees originated in Germany and that “White Christmas” is the most popular Christmas song. But here are some facts that might be new to you and your loved ones and perfect for sharing around the holidays.

TINSEL was invented in Nuremberg, Germany in 1610 and originally made of real silver.

Each year the folks from Oslo, Norway donate a Christmas tree to Trafalgar Square in London to thank the British for their help in WWII.

Rudolph the Reindeer was created by the Montgomery Ward department store to market holiday coloring books. The original Rudolph’s nose wasn’t red because that was seen as a sign of alcoholism.

 Celebrating Christmas was banned in England from 1647-1660 by the Puritans. In 1620, the Puritans spent their first Christmas day working. As late a s 1850, the holiday was not legal in New England so stores were open and children were required to attend school.

The Bicycle Playing Card Company manufactured cards in WWII that, when soaked, revealed escape routes for POW’s held in Germany. These decks helped at least 32 people escape from Colditz Castle.

Happy Holidays!