I might have to try this one.
Originally posted on Sincerely, Alex.:
I am all about clean eating, but even I need a chocolate fix once in a while. Since I actually don’t crave sweets all that often (I’m more of a salty person), when I do eat sweets it’s go big or go home. I decided to go with a recipe I’ve made a few times before: it’s chocolatey, easy, and doesn’t require too many shopping ingredients. PLUS I had a fantastic Lindtt Fleur de Sel Chocolate bar just dying to be used.
Here’s my interpretation of these gluten-free DELICIOUS chocolate goodness brownies.
This looks good!
Originally posted on The Naturopathic Table:
This dish is the result of what I call the first battle of the refrigerator wars. Reminiscent of looking into a full closet without the faintest idea of what to wear, the refrigerator wars is the kitchen analogy. Why do I have so much food in the pantry and the refrigerator, but I have nothing to eat? The solution to this problem, which everyone faces, can be answered in a variety of ways. The easy solution is to go out to eat or make convenience food out of a box or a can. The overachiever will solve this issue by going to the store and buying all the ingredients for a recipe that is appealing during this desperate hour. The defeated solution is to not appeal to the appetite, and munch on whatever you can–a nut, a tortilla chip with ketchup, dry ramen, whatever. But the winner will conjure up a dish that is healthy and easy, yet appetizing and flavorful.
Originally posted on Economy:
Fewer and fewer people are feeling middle class these days.
The share of Americans who describe themselves as middle class has taken a tumble, while the percentage who identify as lower class has soared over the past six years, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center/USA Today. The share of Americans who consider themselves upper class has also shrunk.
This downward shift is likely due to falling wages and the weak job market, said Rakesh Kochhar, associate director for research at the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. The survey notes that median household income fell from $55,627 in 2007 to $51,017 in 2012, the most recent Census data available. And employment in middle-skill jobs increased only 46% between 1980 and 2009, compared to 110% for low-skill jobs, according to a New York Federal Reserve Bank analysis.
Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The school committee of Tobrtton, Rhode Island, voted 4-1 to delay Common Core testing.
The state education department insisted that Rhode Island educators were deeply involved in the creation of the standards.
“In its resolution, the committee states that that local school committees, teachers and parents were not involved in the development of the Common Core, a set of education standards developed the National Governors Association and the most of the nation’s state school commissioners.
The state Department of Education, however, says that several Rhode Island educators served on the national committees that reviewed the standards. RIDE also said that public meetings were held in 2009 and 2010, before the standards were adopted.”
While we are making so many changes to health care, it is important that people do not fall through the cracks. What about a family of 4 with income in the mid-30′s — how much can they really afford to pay out of pocket for health care? What other needs/wants will be sacrificed to pay for health care? http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140129-2000-in-danger-of-losing-health-care-coverage-because-of-rite-care-cutbacks.ece
Providence Student Union demonstrates against high-stakes testing by dressing up as guinea pigs and lab rats.
Interesting take on how hospice can inform a stronger spirituality and dedication to mindful living.
Originally posted on soulshinemoments:
My hospice internship has been good for me in a lot of intrinsic ways. Because I have had to confront my own death and dying beliefs and fears through helping others, I have sought my spirituality in much deeper ways than I have in the past. No better way to celebrate and appreciate life than to be reminded how temporary it is! I also feel and think about God in a much more real way than I have in years. I feel that He is omnipresent. I feel that life is valuable and meaningful more than my pre-hospice days.
Another thing I have learned about hospice is the amazingly beautiful mind-body connection which gets easily over-looked in our society. Many patients actually improve with hospice care because they get that extra attention and TLC and human touch that perhaps their life was lacking. I believe this attests to the fact that there is something deep within all of us, a human spirit, that must be tended to not only while in hospice, but always and in general.
While the fam was sick this weekend, I decided I was going to take it easy myself, too. I saw some really good documentaries via Netflix. One was called: Serving Life. It was about prison inmates who volunteered to service other prison inmates who were in hospice care. To see the humanity throughout that documentary was incredible.
Wish we had enough wind energy in the US to influence electricity prices…
Originally posted on GES-Blog:
Electricity prices in Europe dipped in December as mild temperatures, strong winds and stormy weather produced wind power records in Germany, France and the U.K.
According to Platts, a global energy information provider, energy prices across Continental Europe fell by 0.4 per cent in December 2013 compared to November 2013, when calmer winds and colder temperatures supressed wind power and boosted electricity prices.
The price decline was even more marked in Germany, where the average baseload price in December fell 10 per cent month over month.