Traveling with my children led me to write Freaky Foods From Around the World - Platillos sorpredentes de todo el mundo. I think my boys would have found these maple leaves fascinating!
I am so excited to be releasing (this spring) a new book on the Mesquite Tree. The cover has been changed as well as the text. I believe this book will be a valuable supplemental teaching tool for educators on the food web of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mohave Desert. Filled with science and relevant to many cultures!
Kefir is a fermented drink that has been consumed for thousands of years. It originated in the Caucasus mountains in the former Soviet Union where the drink was fermented naturally in bags made of animal hides.
No, I do not have a goat-skin bag, but I do have a nice pitcher that I fill with milk, add Kifer grains to, and store for up to 24 hours, mixing with a wooden spoon a couple times throughout the process.
Why, you ask, do I choose to drink fermented milk? The person who sent me these specific grains has been incorporating different grains for several years and claims that these grains have up to 70 different probiotic bacteria and yeasts.
What is the health benefit? For me it aids in digestion (keeps me regular), and boosts my immune system. Keeps those colds and flu at bay!
I drink a half cup to a cup of Kifer milk (which is has a thick milk consistency or a watery yogurt consistency) every morning and every night. It has a fizzy quality and is a bit tart. If I want it sweetened, I add a natural sweetener or add fruit.
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
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I love to explore different cultures and this week I sampled a tamale from a Guatemalan cook. My family uses corn husks as a wrapper and a masa made through nixtamalization (soaked corn in a alkaline solution = hominy). I believe this tamale was also made with the same type of masa but the filling was a bit different as it had bell pepper, pork meat, and seeds. This tamale was very, very yummy and large enough to share with my willing husband! Go forth and explore!
Visit my website at www.brainstorm3000.com to learn more about different cultures.
When food is strange and quite unknown and not familiar like our own, don't squirm around making funny faces, because food comes from different places. That's why it's different!
Si la comida es nueva y algo extraña. Y que no es igual a la acostumbrada. No se agiten ni pogan esa cara. Porque la comida de otras partes les parece rara. ¡Por eso es diferente!
Happy Holidays from Brainstorm 3000!
Ever wonder how authors create book characters? This character's name is Lucas from Lucas and His Loco Beans and Freaky Foods From Around the World - Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo.
I began writing about this character when my son Lucas was 10 years old. Lucas is now 24 and towers over me! The characters remain ageless, yet we continue to age! But like us, they too get to celebrate holidays.
We wish you peace and happiness.
I love when I come across a children's book with an empowering message. I Don't Matter is about a young boy who feels less-than. Although those around treat him with respect and love, he sees his cup half empty. That is, until his friend makes him rethink his situation. He finds that he is important to many people in his life and is empowered by this knowledge.
If you see a child (of all ages) struggling, this is the perfect gift for him/her. The text is bilingual (English/Spanish), and although simple to read, its message is powerful!
Another WELL DONE to Georgette Baker for a lovely book.
Publisher and author, Ramona Moreno Winner, donated 3000 copies of her award winning, bilingual (English/Spanish) book, The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera to Education Begins in the Home. The books were donated to Edward Becerra, the organizing force behind this wonderful movement of promoting literacy, on October 3, 2016.
Education Begins in the Home is a program whose mission is to help the literacy level of elementary school students, as studies have shown that reading at this level is key to a student’s success in school overall. Falling under the umbrella of Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit corporation 501©(3) whose cause is promoting reading as a means of improving lives, both professionally and personally, Education Begins in the Home will make these books available to students in the county of San Diego, and children attending Latino Book and Family Festivals throughout the United States.
The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera is a wonderful story on respect; a story that has been retold over the years throughout different cultures. Diego, the main character in the book, is thrilled to have his grandfather come to live with his family. He now has a partner in crime! When having to care for Abuelo becomes stressful for the parents, they begin to treat him poorly. Diego makes his parents realize that how they treat Abuelo now, is how they can expect to be treated when they grow old and are in need of care.
“I have been involved with the Latino Book and Family Festival since 1996 and a member of The International Society of Latino Authors for two years. Since 2003, my children’s books have been awarded various International Latino Book Awards through Latino Literacy Now. I am a strong supporter of cultural learning and the promotion of literacy programs.” Says Mrs. Winner. “It is with pleasure that I donate copies of The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera for distribution to students who could otherwise not afford them. I challenge other publisher to do the same.”
Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, is the president of Brainstorm 3000, a publishing company located in Goleta, CA. You can view Ramona’s other titles at www.brainstorm3000.com.
Three days of signing books, meeting people, presenting workshops, sitting on author panels, and reconnecting with friends.
I presented a workshop on How to Incorporate Cultural Learning into Daily Curriculum. I had a room packed with teachers K-12. We had a great time!
I had the pleasure of presenting to students of Carpinteria Family School and sharing my book, Lucas and His Loco Beans on the Mexican jumping beans. The students, grades K - 5, were very curious, not only about the jumping beans, but about writing and publishing.
I was impressed by the programming offered at this school. Well done, Carpinteria Family School!
Zoee - Thank you for the lovely drawing. I am glad you were able to see for yourself where the jumping beans grow.
Felicity - I would love to return to Colina School to read you my next book. I too enjoyed seeing the teachers eat crickets. Yum!
Matlyn - I enjoyed your drawing and how it had me standng in front of the computer. I am glad you could feel the larva wiggling inside the seed when you held it. Isn't it amazing?
Julius - Yes, the seeds do grow on bushes in the mountains of Mexico in the Sonoran Dessert. I am glad I was able to share the jumping beans with you.
Kiera - I hope one day you are able to travel to Mexico and see where the seeds grow. Mrs Norg is very brave to have tasted a cricket. It is fun to experience new things.
Lyric - First of all, what a lovely name you have. Yes, writing takes lots of practice and patience. It was my pleasure sharing my stories with you.
Savannah - I loved your picture of the mountains and cactus. You are correct, the seeds have little animals (insect larva) inside. Quite fascinating!
Jeremiah - Perfect! The jumping beans are NOT beans, so don't go eating one!
Charlotte - I also enjoyed showing you my pictures. It was great to be able to take you to the high Sonoran Dessert without having you leave the room. I am glad you like to write. I hope to someday read a book you have written.
Lukas - Did you know that your name, Lukas, means "bringer of light?" I loved your picture. I am glad you learned a bit of Spanish from the book.
Kyle - Nice drawing! I especially like the sun. It was my pleasure having you hold the jumping beans.
Ayanna - You are absolutely correct! Some animals go through a process of metamorphosis. It is pretty interesting. I am glad you like the book.
William - Your teacher is very special; not everyone would dare to try a cricket! Just like not everyone knows why the jumping bean moves.
Carlton - Bravo! With so many people in this world, it is good to know that we all do not eat the same foods. That would be pretty boring. Really nice illustration.
Jayda - You are so right. The seeds move when they feel warmth, when they hear noise, or sense strong light.
Zyion - I too would enjoy being invited to visit your school once again. It was fun for me to also share my slide shows with you and have you learn something new.
Scarlett - It was a pleasure visiting your school. I found all of you to be thankful, nice, and respectful as well.
Mason - Thank you for remembering that the larva is moving about in the seed because it is eating. Well done!
Aspen - Nice picture. I too hope to have several more books to share with you. I am glad you picked up new Spanish words. I am glad you liked going up into the mountains to learn about the jumping beans.
Darion - Now, you are one of a few people who knows what makes a jumping bean seed move! You are right, a larva. I enjoyed sharing my story with you.
Christopher - Thank you for the picture of me presenting. It was fun sharing the beans and books with you.
I had a lovely time presenting to the dual language students at Herrera Elementary on October 15th. The students were wonderful and I was received with unrivaled Texas hospitality!
Alessandra Moreno - I am glad the books make you laugh.
Ana Paula Munoz - I loved your school and sorry I did not bring live crickets!
Virginia Carrillo - Yes, they could call them "worm beans" however; since the larva is in a seed segment, they would have call it "larva seed."
Laila Gonzalez - When they prepare a skunk, they remove the scent gland so the meat is not smelly. Probably takes like beef.
Sidhartha Giner - Dicen que la tarantula tiene el sabor de cangrejo.
Femanda Chavez - Ojala comistes un grillo.
Gael YaHir Contreras - Hope you got your wish to see Mr. Reyes eat a cricket!
Jennifer Hernandez - Disfrute la visita.
Giovanni Alonzo - I am hoping you now know that there is a "larva" inside the seed segment. Eating insects is not for everyone!
Isabella Rascon - I loved my visit with your school.
Victoria Gonzalez - I hope you were able to sample a cricket.
Vivian Carrillo - Crickets taste like the toasted sunflower seeds. The trick to to make them crunchy.
Cinthya Ninez - Perhaps I will one day see your name on a book as the author!
Thelma - In some countries they eat grasshoppers, some crickets, some locust. All have protein.
I recently read Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk and found it quite entertaining. This children's chapter book takes the reader to another world where Jack and his sister, Lily, interact with animal characters, both good and evil. The story has an inspiring message and teaches children how to gather their wits when confronted with adverse situations. To boot, there is a music CD that accompanies the book. I can imagine reading a couple chapters each day in a classroom, listening to one of the songs, and having students write about the experience.