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Biography: Resources on Julia Child

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015

Julia Carolyn Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was born in Pasadena, California as Julia Carolyn McWilliams.  After receiving an education at both the Westridge School and Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Julia attended Smith College in Massachusetts. After college, she moved to New York City and worked as a copyright in the advertising department of W. & J. Sloane, an upscale home-furnishing firm. In 1937, she returned to California and spent the next four years writing, working and volunteering. In 1942, during WWII, Julia joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)and moved to Washington D.C., where she worked directly with the leader of the OSS, General William J. Donovan.  In 1944, Julia was assigned to a post in Kandy, Ceylon and then later to China.   It is in Ceylon that she met Paul Child, another OSS employee.  On September 1, 1946, Paul and Julia wed in Lumberville, Pennsylvania.  Their lives then took them to Washington D.C. and later to Paris, Franch in 1948. It is in Paris that Julia Child attends Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, studies under Master Chefs like Max Bugnard, and meets Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.  Together the three women, Child, Beck and Bertholle, write the world-famous cookbook  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.   This cookbook was first published in 1961. The Childs continued to move about Europe until they finally settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Julia’s first cooking show, The French Chef, debuted in 1963 and ran for the next 10 years. Julia Child spent the rest of her life cooking, baking, writing and starring in a variety of cooking shows. Julia went on to publish another sixteen cookbooks and starred in ten additional television series and specials. Julia Child’s kitchen which was designed by her husband, Paul Child, is now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C..  This kitchen served as the setting for three of her cooking shows. To learn more about Julia Child check out these great resources:     The Julia Child Foundation At the Julia Child Foundation, you can learn more about Julia’s life (through a great timeline) and her accomplishments. Julia Child at the Smithsonian  Virtually tour Julia Child’s kitchen (available in both flash and text versions) at the Smithsonian.  Here you can, explore her kitchen, learn more about the cooking tools and gadgets she used and read stories about her life. Go behind the scenes of this exhibit at What’s Cooking?.   Learn more about this kitchen’s journey and how it went from a simple kitchen in Cambridge to a full-fledged exhibit at the Smithsonian.  Listen to audio clips by Julia herself, as she talks about her kitchen in Julia’s Stories.    Visit the Project Diary section to learn more about:  Exploring Julia Child’s Kitchen, Talking with Julia, Packing the Kitchen, Curating the Collection and Creating an Exhibit. In the Resources section, the Smithsonian also provides a  recommended children’s book list, which consists of cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction cooking themed books.   PBS: Julia Child View (and print!) Julia Child’s recipes online. Watch full episodes, clips and more in the Julia Child Video Collection. The Julia Child Video Library includes episodes from: In Julia’s Kitchen, Baking with Julia (38 full episodes), In Julia’s Kitchen with Mater Chefs (37 full episodes), Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs (16 full episodes) Cooking in Concert Series, and The French Chef. Take a Julia Child quiz to find out “Which Julia Are You?”.   Amazon Prime...

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April Field Trips: William Sonoma Jr Chef Classes, LEGO Store & More (Free)

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015

Culinary Events & Classes @ William Sonoma Saturday, April 11, at 10 am Junior Chef: Lunch Box Lessons Saturday, April 18 at 10 am Junior Chef: DIY Homemade Drinks Saturday, April 25 at 10 am Junior Chef: Baking Bundts   Call your local store to register! Home Depot The following information is taken from Home Depot’s website: Saturday, April 4 (9:00 am- 12:00 pm) Learn How to Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand Come learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12 All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Register online at Home Depot. LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build! The following information is taken from LEGO’s website: Tuesday,  7 (beginning at 5:00 pm until supplies last) LEGO UFO Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Ask a Brick Specialist for details.   Lowes Kids Clinic The following information is taken from Lowes’ website: Saturday, April 11 (10:00 am) See It Grow Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, patch and more.  Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great kit! Register online...

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Audiobooks: Build an Audio Library using Audible© Sales & Promotions

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

  When I can’t find it for free through Overdrive, ClickIt or Hoopla Digital (three online digital subscription services I use with my library card), or I want to own a copy for myself, I turn to Audible. Last year we went searching for an audiobook at our local library and when they didn’t own it, I turned to Amazon and discovered Audible.  Previously we used our local library as our only resource for all of our audiobook needs.  Audiobooks are expensive, and we were interesting in purchasing them for reasonable prices.  Since we are frequent Amazon customers and Audible is an Amazon company, when I noticed the three month free Audible trial, I immediately signed up.  Here is what we discovered: What is Audible? Audible is a subscription service for audiobooks, audio magazines, newspapers, radio and TV programs.  They have over 150K titles as part of their collection.   How Audible Works:   Audible offers several different types of plans: Audible Listener Gold: 1 credit per month.  Cost:  $14.95 per month. Audible Listener Platinum: 2 credits per month.  Cost:  $22.95 a month. Audible Silver Plan:  This plan is bi-monthly. Cost: $14.95 every other month and receive one credit bi-monthly. Audible Listener Gold Annual:  12 credits all at once for $149.50.  No monthly charges, though you are still a member, until one year from when you began this membership. How Credits and Membership Discounts Work: Nearly every book on Audible is worth “one credit” with a few exceptions.  A rare number of Audible’s books are 2, 3, 4 or 5 credits.  These mostly consist of book compilations or courses. An example of this is a German Language course:  “German Phase 2, Units 1-30:  Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs.”  In comparison, the shorter courses consisting of 1-2 units are one credit. Audible Does Not Determine Credits Based On the Length of the Book.  One Credit Books Include:  “War and Peace”by Leo Tolstoy (61 hours and 8 minutes). “Complete Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (70 hours) “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkein (19 hours) “Watership Down” by Richard Adams (15 hours and 51 minutes) “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway  (2 hours and  30 minutes).   Acquiring Audible Credits: Upon enrolling in a plan you receive at least one credit (more depending on your plan) and are eligible to purchase books at the membership discount price.  You may also take advantage of their promotional sales. Depending on the plan you select, you receive at least one credit every other month (silver), one every month (gold), two a month (platinum) or 12 credits all at once (Gold Annual)(For Gold Annual you are given your credits and billed at the same time for the entire year — you are not billed again nor do you receive credits again until the following year).  Since one credit is worth the same as a book that costs $0.48 or one that is $48.95, it makes the most sense to always use your credits for the most expensive books. Choose A Device to listen to Audible: You can listen to your audiobooks via Audible’s free app on your smarthpone, Kindle, Nook, tablet, computer, mp3, or other device.  Once you’ve made your purchase, tell Audible where to send it and begin listening to your audiobook on your...

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PicMonkey.com: Photo Editing Software Review

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015

As a homeschooling family, we don’t just sit at home filling out endless pages in workbooks.  We build projects.  We explore the outdoors.  We travel (both in and out of state) and we go on countless field trips (the zoo, museums, parks, markets, etc.).  We pack a lot of things with us when we go out, like snacks, water, hats, Benadryl, Ibuprofen (that’s for me) and most importantly my camera.  I try to take pictures of everything we do and everywhere we go.   My job as mom and educator is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It’s all too easy to leave out a project or activity in our end of year summary if I’m not careful.  Taking pictures along the way is an easy way to document our homeschooling adventures. Needless to say I have countless photographs stored on my hard drive.  However more often than not, my photographs look sloppy, dull and boring.  This is because wrangling a wild boar would be easier than taking pictures of my children.  Just as soon as one of them stands still and smiles, the other one walks away or picks their nose, yawns, jumps, yells, cries, etc.  You name it; we’ve unintentionally captured it on film.  I’m so thrilled when I get both of them standing still and smiling, that I never even bother to change the camera settings or check the lighting.  I point.  I shoot and if I see nothing egregious, I call it a victory. Weeks later when I finally upload them to the computer, it isn’t a sense of accomplishment that I feel; it’s a sense of disappointment.  That is when I see the vacuum lurking in the background, my son’s dirty pants, my daughter’s mismatched socks and the chocolate on both their teeth.  As bad as these photos may seem, I know there is always hope for them with photo editing software like Picasa, Gimp and my new favorite PicMonkey.com. Picasa (put out by Google) is a great tool that I have been using for years.  It’s perfect for organizing photographs and photo editing.  I can crop, remove red eye, change color, change contrast, add text and more.  I can also alter photographs and artwork in Gimp.  Gimp is a powerful graphics editor that can be used for image retouching, editing, drawing and photomontages.  Both are great programs.  They have always done everything I have needed them to do and both of them are free.  So, why add PicMonkey.com to my photo editing arsenal? The answer to this question is simple… it’s easy to use and fun. Using PicMonkey.com was uncomplicated and amusing.  It’s a website that allows you to quickly edit your pre-existing photographs or create brand new graphic designs.  It’s the perfect place to turn your ordinary or less than perfect images into creative masterpieces.  Here’s a list of my favorite PicMonkey.com things. It’s Free All of your basic options and about half of the “extra” options are available at PicMonkey.com free of charge.  If you want to get fancier you can purchase the upgrades for either $4.99 a month or $33.00 a year.  All of the member’s only options (or Royale options as they are called) are depicted by a golden crown.  While the upgrades were really entertaining, I stuck with the free options.  Mainly because they are free! No...

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