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Monday, August 12, 2013

Poem Taste: "Summer Storm"

A storm is brewing
Palm trees bend with the fierce wind.
Clouds darken the sky.
Walking through the summer rain,
I come out barely scathed.

[Alyssa Scheidemann - 2013]

Monday, February 27, 2012

"Wanderlust" (2012) - Movie Review - Happiness Comes From Within and Love

Happiness. Everyone wants it and they think certain items including technology will bring them happiness. People think money will bring them happiness - a great, secure job, and by buying certain items like the nice car, the huge house, the latest technology. But if you look closely to the reality, you will find that real, great relationships with people with love are what matters the most. Sharing great moments with people makes you enjoy life together, and from that happiness will come from within.

In the movie "Wanderlust", the two main characters, a New York couple, George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) think having great jobs and money will give them the perfect life and bring them happiness. They lust for the perfect life. The same day Linda's job 'choice of the year' doesn't work out, George loses his good job he hated. They find they must move temporarily to live with his brother, who has a good job, a nice house, a nice car, and a family.

It is the great, real relationships that count in life and determine the level of enjoyment in life. The director did a wonderful job illustrating in "Wanderlust" to show that money does not actually bring you true happiness but sharing great moments with people you have great relationships with. The grade I would give this comedic movie is an A.

You can read my full movie review article on the movie "Wanderlust" at Hubpages under the "My Hubs or Articles" section.

Friday, January 27, 2012

"Water For Elephants" - Movie Review - The Possible is Not Always Impossible

Have you ever wanted anything so much that you were willing to do whatever it took to get there even though it seemed impossible? What seems impossible, with a lot of effort and hard work, can be possible. Even if life strips you down to nothing - no family, no friends, no home - completely nothing; just the clothes on your back, you can build your life back up to where you want it.

That situation is shown in the movie, "Water For Elephants," which was originally a book. Even books, like movies, can teach us lessons and ideas towards positive views of life. The movie version of "Water For Elephants" does a wonderful job depicting the situation of building yourself back up from losing everything in your life.

This movie is a must see with a great portrayal of the situation, from the wonderful directing from Francis Lawrence to the amazing acting and cinematography of the film. Overall, the grade I would give this movie is an A.

You can read my full movie review article on the movie Water For Elephants at Hubpages under the "My Hubs or Articles" section.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Raspberry and Tomato Salad

Who doesn't love a nice simple salad for a meal? Salads are a great way to eat light but yet feel full.
One day, I wanted to make a quick salad for lunch, but I also was feeling very creative. I went through the fruits and vegetables in my fridge, and found whatever I wanted to try in a combination of a salad. I didn't want to make it too complicated because I just wanted to make something easy and quick to eat… and something that would be healthy too.
My family started getting me hooked on raspberries and I wanted to find some way to include them in a quick meal I created. This Raspberry and Tomato Salad is the result of that creative meal. I added up the amount of calories and found it to be quite healthy after all. I decided to share the recipe to my creative salad with all of you. Hope you enjoy it!

You can read my recipe and full article at Hubpages - either through the "My Hubs or Articles" section or here: Raspberry and Tomato Salad

Overall, I hope you enjoy this salad I have created. Mangia, Mangia. Buon appetito!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins - one of the most popular favorites for a type of muffin but yet difficult to find a decent recipe. It is also one of my favorite types of muffins.
One day, I was craving chocolate chip muffins but I wanted to try to bake them myself. I searched online trying to find a decent recipe. I came across a recipe that included brown sugar and decided to give that recipe a try. Those muffins ended up being the worst muffins - and worst item - I have ever baked my entire life. That's how terrible the recipe was. Plus I am not fond of using brown sugar at all! The recipe, needless to say, did not work for me at all.
After coming up without any good results for other possible recipes, I decided to take matters into my own hands and figure it out on my own, with my own "trial and error." I started using my Strawberry Cinnamon Muffin recipe as a basis. After lots of trial and error - and getting better and closer to figuring it out each time over months - I had eventually cracked the code to amazing chocolate chip muffins!
I decided to share my recipe with all of you!

I hope you enjoy the muffins as much as my friends, family, and I do! Happy Baking!

You can read my recipe and full article at Hubpages - either through the "My Hubs or Articles" section or here: Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Strawberry Cinnamon Muffins

Recently, this past week I decided I was going to bake some kind of strawberry
muffins for the first time ever. It started with first thinking about and
craving chocolate chip muffins from the grocery store bakery and thinking how
long it's been since I've had them. Soon I got an idea to try to bake them
instead, so, I looked up recipes. As I searched for recipes, I came across a
morning muffins recipe with strawberries, cinnamon, bananas, nutmeg,
blueberries, and nuts. Being the baker and cooker that I am, I love to
experiment and change up recipes, curbing them to what I like. In that muffin
combo, I don't like blueberries, nuts and nutmeg, and didn't have any bananas
lying around, so, I cut those ingredients out. I put the strawberries and added
a bit more cinnamon than I probably should have. But it was definitely worth it! The result was Strawberry Cinnamon Muffins! They are healthier than chocolate
chip ones and they turned out delicious!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (2011) - Movie Review - Laughter is the Fountain of Youth

Pirates, British army, Spanish army… and oh yes, we can't forget mermaids! All three of the former are after the proposed Fountain of Youth in this movie. But, what this movie doesn't mention as part of the recipe on how to find and use the Fountain of Youth is the ingredient of laughter. The new "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is an adventurous movie where once the journey begins you never want it to end.

The grade I would give this movie is an A.

You can read my full movie review article on the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Hubpages under the "My Hubs or Articles" section.