New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference 11-14 & 11-15-08

Friends: I arrived in East Brunswick, New Jersey on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Hilton Hotel for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference. After signing books at the Libraries Unlimited booth, I went to dinner with Debby Laboon (Libraries Unlimited’s Authors Respresentative) and Anne Scharff (Greenwood Press’ Sales Representative). We met Judy […] Read More

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Dianne Performing Scared Silly at Audubon Elementary – Friday, October 31, 2008

Friends: I had the pleasure of performing at Audubon Elementary in Kenner, Louisiana. I performed at the school last year and many of the students remembered me! When they saw me, they began singing my song “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam.” My “Scared Silly” show began with grades 3-5. The school was celebrating a Fall […] Read More

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 – Cooking Brings Us Together

Friends: It’s been a few days since my last blog. I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen with my 8 year old daughter, Eliana. What a delight she is. I love being around her – her enthusiasm is contagious. Since we began her blog, Eliana Cooks! A Creative Kid in the […] Read More

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September 13, 2008 – Eliana Cooks! A New Blog for Young Chefs

Friends: Today, my 8 year old daughter, Eliana, and I set up a new website/blog for her called “Eliana Cooks! A Creative Kid in the Kitchen.” The blog features recipes, reviews, and fun information about food for young chefs. Since Eliana was 4 years old, she has expressed interest in becoming a chef. When she […] Read More

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Organized and Energized! Part 4 – The Kitchen and the Dining Area

ORGANIZED AND ENERGIZED! PART 4 – THE KITCHEN AND THE DINING AREA By Dianne de Las Casas The Kitchen The hearth has always been the heart of the home. People gather where food lives. This room probably gets the most traffic each day, especially if you have children. The kitchen is also a room that […] Read More

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Yummy in My Tummy!

Friends, Today, I laid down for an afternoon nap (what a luxury). My husband, Antonio, awoke me with a surprise dinner! He grilled New York strip with a homemade spicy Latin rub topped with a garlic herb butter, sauteed spinach, cheddar-stuffed grilled poblano peppers, and ripe roma tomatoes. All of this was finished with a […] Read More

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