Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Free educational resources: cultural

Another great resource that is not very pinnable is OpenCulture.com
This is a listing website with outside links to a large number of websites that offer educational material related to cultural studies for free. I'm particularly interested in the K-12 language listings.

free educational resources, languages, movies, books, MOOCs

They say:
"What is Open Culture’s Mission?
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Some of our major resource collections include:

Free books, journals, and catalogues from The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or "The Met", in NYC, has made available a large collection of printed materials about art history and specific collections spanning decades. This new catalogue is searchable on-line for free. Some of the works are available for free in their entirety, others are just a preview of what can be purchased. Click the image to be taken there.

Free on-line art books: history, artists, eras, museum collections 

(screen capture from metmuseum.org because they don't have a very pinnable website. Can you imagine!? LOL!)

They say this:

"MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program with 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades.
MetPublications includes a description and table of contents for most titles, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards, and links to related Met titles by author and by theme. Current book titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book. The full contents of almost all other book titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF. Many of these out-of-print books will be available for purchase, when rights permit, through print-on-demand capabilities in association with Yale University Press. For the Met's Bulletin, all but the most recent issue can be downloaded as a PDF. For the Met's Journal, all individual articles and entire volumes can be downloaded as a PDF.
Readers may also locate works of art from the Met's collections that are included in every book and periodical title and access the most recent information about these works in Collections.
Readers are also directed to every title located in library catalogues on WATSONLINE and WorldCat.
Please check back frequently for updates and new book titles.
MetPublications is made possible by Hunt & Betsy Lawrence.
For questions or to report issues, please contact metpublications@metmuseum.org "

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tandoori Beef Curry

Tonight's Curry Beef is a good example of my cooking "method". I make changes and substitutions to almost every recipe and I don't usually measure anything. However, I have it fresh in mind and my husband wants me to make the dish again, so I'm including my notes
This is the recipe that I looked at and then modified greatly.
>What it says---------------------------What I used/did
>1.5 C milk---------------------------1 can coconut milk
>6 whole cloves----------------------4 large whole cloves
>2 garlic cloves----------------------6 garlic cloves
>2 large onions-----------------------half an onion
>2 cinnamon sticks------------------some ground cinnamon
>2T fresh ginger---------------------some ground ginger
>1.5T curry--------------------------1T Tandoori Spice Blend (which contains ginger and cinnamon already, so I didn't add a whole lot more in the above steps)
>3 tomatoes, red pepper & [mango] chutney-------------------I didn't have mango chutney and I was  going to skip the tomatoes and red  pepper until I remembered I have  mango salsa sooo... I added about 0.5C mild mango salsa and 0.25C apricot preserves
>Brown meat chunks 7mins each batch------------------------------In reality the browning only took about 2mins per batch, but keep the batches fairly small so the oil stays hot and you don't toughen the meat
The rest is the same

As for method, I chose to caramelize the onion, add the garlic for a few minutes then added everything but the browned meat and let that come to a simmer then I added the meat and juices and continued the directions.

This is not my dish, HAHA, but it most resembles it. Travel Blog Source

This is the spice blend I use, it is not too spice-hot and all my family likes it. I have to admit though, mine is quite old and has probably mellowed over time.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Filipino BBQ

Here are some sources to use for making your own Pinoy Barbeque Sauce
This one is the closest to what I actually did

Here are 2 more good references

I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces, marinated over night and then baked, with the marinade, in the oven.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 New Year's Eve Stemmed Glass Tags

Here are 12 different circular tags for your stemmed glassware. Print on card stock and cut as shown below. You may need to cut the center circle a bit bigger than I have drawn depending on your particular stems. Write the owner's name in the blank space if you have more than 12 guests - or so no one has to remember their color after a few glasses of bubbly ;)

Labels for wine glasses or champagne glasses 

Cut the wine glass tag like this to leave space for writing a name. 
You may need to cut the inner circle a bit bigger. 

(there are 2 different pages of the same style label/tag, I just named them that way to aid in internet searches - SEO is not my strong suit LOL!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I'm not a very demonstrative person, which has its pros and cons, but I do try to live by this statement. To look for the good, to find the silver lining. I am always thankful for the big things in life: my family, friends, the good roof over my head, the conveniences that we are afforded due to effort & circumstance and the beauty of nature. But to get specific, at this moment I'm thankful for hot cocoa to warm cold snow-drenched babies, the snow holding out long enough for us to clear the garage of our "nice weather" projects so we can park in it, and the new windows that hold the heat so much better than the old. 
Being far away from my parents and siblings is hardest during my mother's favorite holiday.
Therefore, I am also thankful for the generosity of new friends who have invited us into their home for Thanksgiving dinner. Words fail me, as they so often do, but I'm very touched to be included with their family. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Layered Drinks

I found a similar composite image on Pinterest, but it was not linked to the the original source. In this case it's not to hard to find. Katrina of In Katrina's Kitchen is the source for this fun drink, but for my own purposes I still wanted the images put together. Be sure to check her blog for tips to get it to come out looking just right.