Random is as random does

I don’t get to post as much as I’d like to these days. Full time student with life happening kinda makes you prioritize a little differently each day. I know that I am grateful, I understand that the struggles in my world are what people all over this planet would laugh at and call “luxury problems”. Each of us– in our own quest for harmony in our private existence can quickly forget of the struggles of even the people standing next to us. Today I’m going to stop and look around and see if even briefly, I can improve my world by improving the world of someone else. Care to join me?

To Break or Not to Break (Bread)

We live in the modern age and most of us are perpetually in a hurry. So how do we build strong Family Dinner Cartoonbonds with our family? Eating dinner together is what most of the top results from a Google search on building those bonds will return. The question remains. Is it actually the meal or could it be parents taking the time to be more involved in their kid’s lives that makes the difference?

A University of Florida article called “The Importance of Family Dinners” says that families may not be aware of the benefits that can come from family mealtime. It also states:

Research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has
positive effects on child development. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity,
substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.

In my experience, the deciding factor is parental involvement at a deeper level, not necessarily trying to force everyone’s schedules to meet at the same time each night. In her article “Why We Don’t Need Family Dinners”, Lisa Hefferman said this about trying to coordinate the nightly activity:

We had family dinner almost every night at ever-changing times. Dinner at our house could be at 5:15 or at 8:45, with huge complaints all around about not being hungry yet or being starved by a mother who is waiting for a father to return.

Authors Ann Meier and Kelly Musick state that their research shows that the benefits of family dinners aren’t as strong or as lasting as previous studies suggest. They add that their findings suggest that you shouldn’t get down on yourself for not being able to corral everybody for dinner. Instead, just finding different ways to connect that will benefit you all is just as helpful. Engage each other and value the time together. That is what makes the difference.

I suggest taking interest in the things that your kids like. It may not be easy, but it will earn their respect. I like to let my kids tell me something I know and act like I didn’t know it. It helps them to feel like a productive member of the family, and sometimes they surprise me with things I don’t actually know!

A parents work is never done.


Listen to what Earthly Delights says about creating your own Vanilla Extract:

Why would you want to make your own vanilla extract?
Well, it’s less expensive, for one thing.  For a modest investment, you can make enough high-quality vanilla extract to last you for years.

Why would you want to make your own vanilla extract? Earthly Delights Blog says:
Well, it’s less expensive, for one thing. For a modest investment, you can make enough high-quality vanilla extract to last you for years.

Shopping For Everyone! Web Accessibility makes it happen.

Web accessibility means that the Web can be used by all people regardless of disabilities. accessibility problems don’t always mean physical disability. It could be you wanting to hear a list of items for sale on your favorite shopping site, or a friend trying to interact with a small screen in a bus moving along a bumpy road.

Let’s face it, we need web accessibility standards. I’m a supporter of it, and I think you should be too.

Make Your Own Flavored Syrup!

This is the second in a series of three articles about just a few of the things I’ve created in my culinary adventures. You can read the others too!
Dairy Free Cream of Asparagus and Roasted Pepper Soup
Salty, Savory, Sweet, What do I recommend?

I love flavored syrup, making it is quite simple really, and always much better than store bought because you can add the love that a machine can never get into the bottle. I make all of my own flavor extracts, but that’s a topic for another time. If you don’t make them I recommend starting with a really good pure vanilla extract.

What you need:

  • 2 cups organic evaporated cane juice
  • 1 cup purified water
  • Vanilla extract
  • kosher salt

A few easy steps and you’re good to go.

  1. Add the water and sugar to a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract. (more or less to taste.)
  3. 1/4 Tsp. Kosher salt

Heat until sugar is fully disolved, cover and let cool. That’s It!
I store mine in the fridge so it will keep longer.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the syrup.

Please check out my other articles in this small series
about a few of my culinary motivational drivers!