Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year 2020 from J.Q. Rose! Goals?


from J.Q.Rose

Have you figured out one big thing you want to accomplish this coming year? Run a marathon? Write a short story? Get first place in a solo competition in singing or playing your instrument?

You can do it! Go for it, GRRL!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Please leave a comment below 
to let us know what your goal is for the year. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Gift Idea for the Holidays: Recipe for Puppy Chow

Christmas candle ring
Photo by J.Q. Rose
Hello and Welcome! Today, besides writing my blog for you, I am in the midst of planning a Christmas gift for our neighbors. Not any huge gift like a TV or cookware. No. We just exchange cookies or handmade gifts. I'm having fun putting together some treats. In fact, I had so much fun making up Puppy Chow, I decided to share the recipe with you. 

First of all, Puppy Chow is NOT for puppies. No. It's actually Puppy Chow for People. Er, no wait, that's not quite right either. It's a treat for people, but named Puppy Chow because...Hm, you know I don't really know why they call it puppy chow.
My daughters, granddaughter, and me!
My daughters and I made it when they were kids and now they make it with their kids.

Let me just give you the recipe, so you can make it. When you taste the sweetness and creamy flavor of peanut butter-chocolate, you won't care what the name is either.

Ingredients to make puppy chow for people
Puppy Chow for People

1 12 oz. box Crispix Cereal, Rice Chex, or Corn Chex
2 ½ - 3 cups of powdered sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ c. margarine

 Melt peanut butter, margarine, and chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave on high for one minute. Stir. Heat for 30 seconds more.

Pour mixture over cereal in a large bowl. (This is the most difficult part of the recipe. Covering all the cereal with the thick chocolate is difficult. I gave up stirring it with a spoon. Instead I buttered my fingers and tossed it together. Be careful. It is hot. Later, a friend suggested wearing gloves and spray them with oil. Either way, I think the kids would have fun trying to mix it with their hands. Of course, watch out they don’t lick the sweet chocolate off their hands while stirring!! It is tempting.)

Put powdered sugar in a paper grocery bag and add cereal mix. Shake till well coated.

You may store in a tight container or plastic bag. 

Maybe you can make this treat and give it to your family and friends for Christmas. 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Trivia Game Time: What is Author Sarah J. Hale's Connection to Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving Day in the USA
November 28
Image by Sabrina Ripke from Pixabay 
The USA celebrates Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 28.

Our nation has celebrated this traditional event since 1863 after Abraham Lincoln signed the declaration establishing the day as a national holiday. Before this, only Washington's Birthday and Independence Day were national holidays.

I have a question for your Thanksgiving Day guests and family. Who influenced the President to consider declaring a national Thanksgiving Day? The New England states celebrated Thanksgiving, but it was not a holiday in the rest of the country.

Writer Sarah J. Hale is credited for influencing President Lincoln's decision. She was a persistent woman, writing to five presidents asking for the holiday. She began her campaign in 1846, but it wasn't until 1863 when she finally convinced Honest Abe to support legislation to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

The new national holiday was considered a day that could unify the nation after the horrendous Civil War had split the country. Not only achieving recognition for Thanksgiving Day, but also Sarah's legacy is seen in her support of establishing historic sites and in her belief for higher education for women, establishing a college for women, Vassar College.

The idea of educating women was not a popular idea in the mid-1850s. She also was the editor of an influential magazine, Godey's Lady's Book.

 And one more item for your trivia game on Thanksgiving Day. Sarah J. Hale wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary's Lamb," which is now known as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Can you think of more questions about Thanksgiving to ask in your Trivia game? Please share in a comment below. Thanks. Oh, and don't forget to include the answer!!

 Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from J.Q. Rose

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Veterans Day: Thank a Vet: U.S. Navy Pilot Captain Rosemary Mariner and U.S.Army Infantry Officer Captain Kristen Griest

Veterans Day Honoring Veterans
of the U.S. Military Services

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor veterans who served in the U.S. Military. This date also marks the end of World War I when the armistice with Germany was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day! Check out the jobs featured in Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

Today is Labor Day in the USA! How are you celebrating this day that recognizes all the men and women who contribute their skills, time and effort to our country and make our lives better?

We cooked cheeseburgers on the grill, and had sweet corn on the cob, green beans and potatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, watermelon and BROWNIES. YUM!

What job do you want to do when you grow up? What's your dream job?

The Girls Succeed! Stories of Behind the Careers of Successful Women features amazing women in all kinds of jobs.
Can you figure out what job each woman in the picture has?
Answers below.

These smart, talented women share their stories with you. Find out who helped them along the way and the obstacles they had to overcome to achieve their dream job.

Click the links below to download this interactive eBook packed with inspiration and entertainment for Middle Grade girls. A reader's guide is also included. 

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Answers to the women and their jobs.
Top row L to R--horticulturalist (she works with plants and flowers). horse trainer, bike racer, chef, technology expert,
Middle row L to R--medical doctor, chef, professional clown, author and artist, teacher,
Bottom row L to R--social worker, scientist, truck driver, professional clown (she spoofed us and got in here twice!!) and minister

Friday, July 19, 2019

50TH Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Trailblazer: Poppy Northcutt

50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!
July 20, 1969-July 20, 2019

INCREDIBLE.That's the only word I can use to describe the accomplishment of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Mission to the Moon! In the 1960's President Kennedy declared America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.The plan to land a man on the moon, let alone by 1970, sounded like such a fairy tale. 

Trying to achieve such a goal sounded foolish given we had nothing to go on about space and rockets and lunar landers and even if a human being could live in the environs of outer space. Everything was just one big fat question mark. Only brilliant, courageous, determined, hard-working men and women could pull it off. AND they did! For all of us! We couldn't take our eyes off our TV's watching NASA's every planned step that would land us on the moon. 

Frances "Poppy" Northcutt was a part of the team on that mission to the moon in the 1960's. As the first woman engineer to work in NASA's Mission Control, her job was to calculate the return-to-Earth trajectories.  In the video below, Poppy talks about how the simulations with the astronauts in the capsule located in the building, not in space, tested everyone with training exercises. She was actually surprised at how well the actual Apollo 11flight went after having worked through so many possibilities of failure.
Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

The moon landing is one of the most significant events in the 20th century and one that brought all Americans together cheering for the amazing outcome of Neil Armstrong actually climbing down the 3.5 foot long ladder to leave his footprint on the moon's surface. Next, astronaut Buzz Aldrin joined him on the ground and planted the American flag.


Apollo 11 mission control's Poppy Northcutt on being "part of history," 1969

Congratulations to those who made this what seemed an improbable mission a reality! Congratulations to the NASA Team USA!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Image by Ernesto Rodriguez from Pixabay 
What a time! We were thrilled and excited when Team USA played all the way to the win on Sunday, July 7 in Lyon, France. Both teams were fierce players giving it their all, but at the end of the game, Rose Lavelle blasted the soccer ball past the Netherlands goalie to win the game--USA 2 Netherlands 1. 

Rose has played soccer ever since she was in grade school. Her dream was to play in the World Cup and she did it! Did she ever!

Take a peek at Rose Lavelle's journey playing soccer. The support she received from her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, led her to achieve her dream and her place in the history of Women's U.S. Soccer.

YOUTUBE VIDEO: The Journey: Rose Lavelle
Video produced by U.S. Soccer

You can achieve your dream too!
Dream BIG!!!
Painting courtesy of Julie McKendrie
What is your Big Dream? Share it below in the comment section below. Thank you.