Desperate Housewives‘ leading lady, Gabrielle Solis, gives some beautiful advice to her daughter, Juanita, in a recent episode. Juanita feels that she isn’t attractive and wants to use makeup, her mother tells her that she doesn’t need makeup and asks her to promise that she will be:
“brave and funny and creative” as she wants her daughter “to be more than just a shell, I want you to have the whole rich gooey center.”

What wonderful advice – and very timely. A great new site has just been launched this week for tween girls (Juanita will have to wait as the content is for 8-14 year olds).

Tell the tween girls in your life to visit

When does Juanita get to wear makeup? Mom says that she can wear it the day she realizes that she doesn’t really need it. :)

This is a very sad day.

The little town I live in can no longer afford to have recycling bins due to the recycling market’s decline.

This is the worst possible time in history to stop doing something that does so much good. How very sad.

Adding insult to injury, my son is TD (typical developing) and therefor cannot attend preschool in my town. Even today he told me he wanted to go to school. I’m not looking forward to the fall when his friends all go to school and he gets left behind.

If he did have a development problem, he would be able to attend as the school has 8 spots for children with special needs and only 4 spots for TD kids. We left the glorious city of Chicago, with its ridiculous waiting lists for preschool, only to find that we are on a waiting list here. Grrr.

NCLB has always been a joke. Of course children with special needs should get priority, but not providing services to typical children is over the top.

At least for now, my children will grow up in a world where those that are typical stay home, while their recyclables fill a landfill.

This is a “sponge” cake recipe. I think it tastes best around the 2nd or 3rd day.

12 eggs (separated)
1.5 cups sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 orange
3/4 cup cake meal
1/2 cup potato starch

Beat egg yolks well while adding sugar and juices.
Add cake meal and starch

Beat egg whites stiff (until white peaks)
Add 1/3 of whites to the first mixture

Fold in the balance of the egg whites while adding to 13×9 baking pan lined with baking/wax paper.

Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

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