Monday, April 21, 2014

Join Me in the Pathways to Housing Auction




Pathways to Housing Auction





Please join me again to support Pathways through their yearly auction.

"Pathways transforms the lives of people experiencing mental health and other life challenges by supporting self directed roads to recovery and wellness in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, choice and hope.  Housing First: Our Housing First projects work collaboratively with state and local agencies to place people experiencing chronic homelessness into permanent, independent housing. Our support teams offer a range of services to assist people to reintegrate into their home communities and to sustain housing."

"Pathways Vermont was initially founded with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop Housing First services.  The Housing First model was developed by Dr. Sam Tsemberis in New York City during the early 1990s. Housing First differs from other housing programs in its belief that the first step towards resolving chronic homelessness is to immediately house individuals in independent apartments."


"All funds raised from the Auction for Access will go towards providing programming that supports self-directed roads to recovery and wellness in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, choice and hope. We envision a world where all will have access to compassionate care and services, without preconditions or judgement."
















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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Create Image Match Games for Better Learning by Jesse Bluma



How to Create Image Match Games for Better Learning






I want you to make cookies, a mole', or tomato, corn, and avocado salad with only written directions.  No pictures.  No diagrams.  No video.  How well could you successfully create the dish?

It is key to provide a variety of materials, images, and experiences to increase your learning, no matter if it is learning to cook, learning history, employee training, or anything else.  A diversity of readings, photos, videos, games, and spiraled repetition supports learning and discovery.  Keep this in mind when attempting to learn something and when planning to assist others.       

Education, learning, and discovery is vital to our personal growth and more.  As Thomas Jefferson stated, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

We remember and understand better when we see images of concepts, people, places, and ideas.  Tables, plots, maps, art, and videos increase our understanding and create new connections within our thinking.  This gives us the ability to group information, link to prior knowledge and skills, and better recall the information later.  

A match game is an excellent tool to increase understanding and provide better instruction.  A match game can be made for any topic, idea, or skill, including cooking, writing genres, safety, holidays, religious lessons, etc.  This is a fun way for teachers, parents, employers, and others to review items with their students, children, or employees.    



How To

Create an image match game by first providing a few picture clues of the topic and/or related to the topic.  Then provide four to five possible answers with the possibility of multiple correct answers.  Double check the answer(s) are correct.  Next, provide the correct answers for each.  Discussion is also key to reanalyze the images and understand the correct answer(s).  See "Match Game:  Medieval China, Japan, and Europe".









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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Spotlight Campaign: Masters of Self-Renewal by Jesse Bluma



The Spotlight Campaign




ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

 Our ideas, our creations, our spirit, and our great actions have always been key.  I know what it’s like to create something, the hard work it takes to accomplish goals, and to stand with others.  I know with my readers we share an elevated approach to food, information, and inspiration.  Liberating food and taste is the mission.  It is a holistic approach to living well and freeing our taste in food and much more.  Pointe Viven reflects my spirit and its clients.  It is a dynamic community of liberating food and taste.

 Over the years is has been terrific to meet, spotlight, and feature creators, doers, and inspirational figures.  I know no matter where I am, where I visit, and with whom I meet I will learn something and be re-energized by their endeavors.  Each month join me in spotlighting the famous, the not so famous, the local celebrities, and those you believe have earned a thank you, a congratulations, and the recognition.


Each month a new theme will be chosen, so be thinking of those people you know exhibit the traits.  Often the trait is something not so measurable, rather it is shown through the mundane, certain instances, and moments that surprise you.  This is your opportunity to join me and take part in the campaign.

In March we celebrated great generosity.  Those that exhibit the utmost in encouragement, kindness, sympathy, and turn it into action.  Those individuals making great strides in liberating their lives and the lives of others through generosity.


April:  This month we are spotlighting masters of self-renewal.  We are looking for those that perpetually learn, reform, and refocus.  Those that self-assess and model the best in conscious living.  As Psalm 51:10 urges,  "A clean heart prepare for me, O God, And a right spirit renew within me."  This month let us celebrate those individuals making great strides in liberating their lives and the lives of others through renewal.  Tell us the person you wish to spotlight and why.








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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tutti-Fruitti Jelly Bean Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Tutti-Fruitti Jelly Bean 
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies



Enjoy these ample size cookies topped with Tutti-Fruitti Jelly Belly beans.  An excellent choice for parties, dessert buffets, baby showers, and Easter.  Created with organic and quality ingredients.


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pecan and Caramel Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Pecan and Caramel Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies






These cookies will battle for your attention.  Top with homemade vanilla bean ice cream 
and then enjoy these ample size treats at your next birthday, event, or holiday.  Created with organic and quality ingredients, including chocolate chips, caramel, and toasted pecans.  


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rosa Brillante | Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Rosa Brillante | Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies





Enjoy these ample size cookies topped with shimmery bright pink candy coated chocolates.  An excellent choice for parties, dessert buffets, baby showers, and Easter.  Created with organic and quality ingredients, including chocolate chips, sweet cocoa, crushed walnuts, and premium candy.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Raspberry Balsamic Reduction by Jesse Bluma



Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with 
Raspberry Balsamic Reduction





The hit of just the right amount of chocolate chips and raspberry.  These overindulgent cookies drizzled with raspberry balsamic reduction are perfect for your next birthday, event, or holiday.  Made with organic and quality ingredients. 


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Coconut and Pistachio Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Coconut and Pistachio Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies 





Enjoy these sophisticated cookies topped with chocolate and sprinkled with crushed pistachios, then rolled in toasted coconut.  Order several dozen for your next party, event, or celebration.  Made with organic and quality ingredients, including chocolate chips, pistachios, cocoa, and shredded unsweetened coconut.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Let's Move: School Wellness Standards by Jesse Bluma








"First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed guidelines for new school wellness policies, which would ensure that foods and beverages marketed to children in schools are consistent with the recently-released Smart Snacks in School standards.  The bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act mandated that the USDA set guidelines for what needed to be included in local school wellness policies in areas such as setting goals for nutrition education and physical activity, informing parents about content of the policy and implementation, and periodically assessing progress and sharing updates as appropriate.  As part of local school wellness policies, the proposed guidelines would ensure that foods and beverages marketed to children in schools are consistent with the recently-released Smart Snacks in School standards.  Ensuring that unhealthy food is not marketed to children is one of the First Lady’s top priorities; that is why it is so important for schools to reinforce the importance of healthy choices and eliminate marketing of unhealthy products."  



While everything Mrs. Obama has stated about education, children, parents, and food policies may not be correct, we can agree that nutrition is essential for growth and development.  Those that oppose efforts to improve school meals may need to double check any hypocrisy.  Proposing individual responsibility while relying on schools to feed one's children is a conflict of principles.  Packing your child's lunch and showing them how to pack their own lunch is vital in the process of teaching personal responsibility.  

Great living and great eating does not require only eating raw broccoli and drinking blended kale.  Untamed thoughts and reactions to any discussion of nutrition, what students eat, and how schools serve meals does not aid our country or the case for keeping school meals to fatty pizza and insipid grated potatoes.  Liberating ones ideas, actions, and diet is a step in the right direction to living well, being well, and being personally responsible.

I want my fried food, cookies, cakes, and soda pop!  And no president's wife if going to tell me what to do!  That is excellent, cookies, cakes, and other treats are fantastic to enjoy.  Yet perhaps there is more to the story.  Will banning cookies and cupcakes from classroom parties end the challenges in education?  No, we all can agree on that.  Rather than seeing shifts in schools menu items as a Stalinist act, we need to see it as a reaction in an absurd situation.  Rather than complaining about school, rather than complaining about government overreach, rather that demanding the government get out of my personal business, Republicans and conservatives need to drop their expectations.  Expectations of any kind stand on week foundations.   Feed your children well and they will not be overweight, give your children tools and teach them right from wrong and they will know how to deal with pop culture, media, and drugs.  That is much better, although harder, than having absurd expectations that schools will never change their dietary menus.  Sometimes fried foods, cookies, cakes, and soda pop is more appetizing than facing reality.  Yet, personal responsibility demands it.   







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Birthday Cake Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Birthday Cake Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies




Happy birthday!  Enjoy these overindulgent deep dish cookies topped with the ultimate chocolate frosting.  Made with organic and quality ingredients, including chocolate chips, brown sugar, sweet cocoa, and crushed walnuts. 


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ocean Terrace and George’s Bar at the Cove Review by Jesse Bluma



Ocean Terrace and George’s Bar at the Cove Review





Growing up I remember spending summers in La Jolla and San Diego.  Sea caves.  Torrey Pines.  Carmel Valley.  This region of California has so much to offer.  Including great dining.

George’s is the namesake of George Hauer--waiter turned modern restauranteur.  “Very simply, George’s at the Cove is for people who believe in enjoying the San Diego lifestyle to its fullest. And that includes a great meal. If you want a fine dining experience unlike any other, a special evening awaits at California Modern, featuring unique tasting menus from one of San Diego’s most admired chefs. If you’re in the mood for a more casual dining experience try the Ocean Terrace, acclaimed as the region’s best rooftop dining, or George’s Bar, a relaxed setting where indoors and outdoors flow together.”


My Recommendations

1.  The Terrace and Bar is located on Prospect Street in La Jolla, California.  Public parking lots are located within a few minute walk of the restaurant.  Valet is also available.  

2.  Peak times occur during week days and nights, especially weekend nights.  You may wish to visit for brunch or lunch as soon as they open on a weekend.  Make sure to get reservations.  Also, make sure to specify a seat at the Terrace--it can get confusing.  Ocean view by day, ocean breeze at night.  A great spot for a date or drink with friends.

3.  I enjoy the Terrace seating that directly overlooks the ocean.  The bar seating can be fun as well.  

4.  Each time I have dined at Ocean Terrace I have enjoyed my meals.  I recommend the Grilled Faroe Island Salmon--farro salad, artichokes, cherry tomato, radish, corn, lemon-dill yogurt.  (Farro is a small, hearty, round wheat grain.)

5.  I also like the Blue Cheese Martini--American Harvest organic vodka, house stuffed 
blue cheese olives.  

6.  Afterwards you may wish to walk through La Jolla, enjoy some of the shops, sites, and people watching.  Or make a day of the beach.  Check out the other areas of San Diego as well.


The Terrace and Bar is located on upstairs from George’s fine dining restaurant.  

www.georgesatthecove.com






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