Jueseppi B.:

Great gift ideas not only for teachers, but for anyone on your gift list. Ms. Rachel, I wish you & your family a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

Originally posted on Sunglasses Always Fit:

SEE! She's licking her fingers. gross.

SEE! She’s licking her fingers. gross.

You know the scene – it’s Christmas time (or “holiday tree time) and you want to show appreciation to your child’s teacher. You want it to involve your child, be meaningful, maybe even fun. You want it to be cheap. “A-ha! I will make her a dozen sugar cookies! My child and I will decorate them together! It will be an experience and she will see the time we spent on the cookies and feel appreciated!”

This is a very sweet idea. But…

I teach junior high Latin and Spanish, so I have roughly 130 students. At every holiday, my room is inundated with dozens of cookies. Some are the decorated sugar ones (which, let’s admit, aren’t ever tasty), some have nuts (cookie ruiners!), some have coconut (another ruiner!), some are from students whose hygiene habits I have serious doubts about.

I don't want to look like this. So I toss your cookies. I don’t want…

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Jueseppi B.:

This is a great video and beautiful painting, Check out PictureS web site. PictureS, I wish you & your family a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

Originally posted on PictureS:

Winter Woodland

Winter Woodland

Pardon the absence. The ‘day job’ has been all consuming in the last week. In these times of recession I’m not complaining, but it means very little time for anything else.

The last few paintings were produced as artwork for Christmas and/or greeting cards. In a way its good, occasionally (and ONLY occasionally), to have a purpose outside your own artistic self indulgence. Unlike most artists, I have absolutely no interest in trying to ‘make my living’ from my paintings. To do this would mean compromises, and to be commercially successful would possibly push the artist into following trends and fashions not in keeping with the preferred course. The starving artist in the garret is an image from a time when most of the population was also starving. Nowadays, the independently minded artist is the starving artist, not a good way to be working in any case. But…

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Jueseppi B.:

You can’t celebrate Christmas without great Christmas recipes. To Pease Pudding & Ms. Allison Pirrie-Mawer….I wish you & your family a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

Originally posted on Pease Pudding:

photo (1)I’ve had cake pops on my ‘to do list’ for a while and finally got the opportunity when visiting a friend down in New Plymouth the other week. She has two daughters who were keen to help make them and even more importantly eat them. It’s a fun activity to do with kids, fairly easy but a bit fiddly. For those younger than 8 years you will need to assist with the moulding of the cake balls and inserting the sticks into the cake pops gently so not to break the already moulded cake. The dipping and decorating is the easy bit and I would suggest letting them have ‘free reign’ on how they want them to look and not worry too much about the perfect looking pop for your blog!

The girls did an amazing job, we made a few Christmas pudding style pops and then the creativity started…

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Jueseppi B.:

Faux Spews does not qualify as a news organization. They’re strictly fantasy & entertainment.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

I wrote about this not so long ago here.

At that time I mentioned how President Bush actually started the precedent during his administration.  Apparently, Fox News never got the memo…

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First Family Celebrate Christmas In Washington (Photos) & Axelrod Shaves (Video)


By Jueseppi B.









Conan O’Brien hosts The Christmas In Washington Gala. Guest performers include: Demi Lovato, Psy, Diana Ross, Megan Hilty, Chris Mann, and Scotty McCreery.






U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia pose with children, dressed as elves, at the “Christmas in Washington” celebration at the National Building Museum in Washington.





U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as his daughter Sasha watches during the Christmas in Washington concert at the National Building Museum in Washington December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

























U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as his mother-in-law Marian Robinson (2nd L), and his daughters Malia (R) and Sasha, watch during the Christmas in Washington concert at the National Building Museum.

























David Axelrod Shaves Off His Mustache On Morning Joe.





President Barack Obama and Personal Secretary Anita Decker watch a video of David Axelrod shaving off his mustache, in the Outer Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



David Axelrod, who served as a senior adviser to President Obama’s presidential campaign, shaved his 40-year-old mustache off on Friday morning’s broadcast of MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe.” Axelrod promised to shave his mustache if he was able to raise $1,000,000 for epilepsy research.

Axelrod, whose daughter suffers from epilepsy, said he would shave his mustache only if he could raise the money in under 30 days.










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