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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Educational Adventures For Children By Wendy Nystrom




Join James, Syvok, thirteen Yule Lads and, of course, Matthias as they cause a ruckus, create laughs, and create a Yuletide that you and James will always remember.



Tomfoolery and 13 Yule Lads of Iceland (James and Syvok)



Thirteen Santas! How neat! thinks James and Syvok as they set off on their third adventure. Little did he know the mischief these Yule Lads were capable of getting them all into



What could be more exciting than a thrilling trip to the intriguing country of Iceland, with thirteen Icelandic Santas! The story starts with James reading a book about Iceland, and then his friends, Matthias and Syvok, and the cute glittering Dragonets visit his room. Soon afterward, they start their exciting adventures.


It is cold and dark, but the darkness does not scare the friends from flying north to frigid Iceland, which has a long list of Christmas traditions. From the first chapter, the author takes readers on a gripping ride. Readers quickly learn about the thirteen brothers (Santas) and what part they play in Christmas celebrations.



Just wait until they meet the Spooky Old Hag and her dragons, which will give readers goose bumps and chills! Do you really want to know what they eat for dinner? Well, I will keep this a secret for a while ...



Wendy Nystrom has created a fine story, which reminds me of old Christmas tales, where anything can happen. The Christmas Cat is interesting, and the dragons are just waiting for our heroes to make a wrong step. Luckily for the little adventurers, there were good Santas to protect them from the evil Old Hag.



Readers will love this book because, through the amusing adventures, the author introduces them to the beautiful country of Iceland, and they can easily learn about its traditions and culture. If your children like to read old stories with a modern twist, this book is definitely a great read.



Educational adventures for children  





 




Below you will find each of her books, synopsis for each, buy links, awards, and ways to connect with Wendy on social media, follow her work on her website, and other outlets.


Wendy Nystrom is a published author with Anchor Publishing Group, a wife and mother of three wonderful children. Wendy grew up in St. Paul, MN, and has lived at different points in her life in Minnesota, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, West Virginia, and Iceland. She currently resides in Michigan (USA). Wendy is an avid reader of many different genres; she love adventures, and devotes some of her time to being active in schools, the local library, and other community projects. She earned a BA in Geography concentrating on Urban Planning at Texas State University. Wendy began writing children stories in 2005 while living on the wonderfully imagination filled island of Iceland. Her writing paradise is sitting around a campfire deep in the mountains with a huge moon above with the mountain outlined all around while a story teller weaves a tale of adventure with a splash of fun as a pebble skips across the water.


Wendy's first children's book is James Saves the Moon.


James Saves the Moon: A young precocious boy finds himself on a true adventure in the beautiful mountains of Iceland when he climbs out his window one night in an effort to touch the moon. He starts out on a mission that ends up so much more. He meets a magical friend, named Syvok, who shows him the way and introduces him to trouble and keeps him safe all at the same time. He also meets Matthias, a majestic blue dragon who flies them anywhere they need to go. With the help of his new friends James not only gets to touch the moon, but ends up having to save it. James is returned home with a souvenir magic, incredible memories, and promises of more adventures with his new friends.
Awards : Readers Favorite 5 Star
Click the link to buy James Saves The Moon





 Wendy's second children's book is


James discovers a footprint walking along the shoreline. His special rock glows, and his heart fills with anticipation. He is going to see his friend Syvok again! What awaits him now? As he looks to the beautiful mountains, Icelandic excitement grows. Syvok appears at James' window and they take off up the mountainside. With just a little fairy dust and magic a door opens where James finds himself face to face with a huge Troll. Helga introduces herself and they become quick friends. James soon discovers that Helga has been tossed out of her home because of a mistake she made. He embarks on a mission to find a way to help Helga get her old job back and win back the hearts of family and friends without getting tossed into the icy cold realms Himself.
Awards: Readers Favorite 5 Star




Wendy's third children's book is


What do you get? A lot of fun and Tomfoolery I'll bet! The Thirteen Yule Lads of Iceland are much different than the Santa Claus we know. They are mischievous, troublesome, funny, and full of curiosity. Much like James! When James visits them in their home with Syvok, he almost gets eaten by their mother and is taunted by the Christmas Cat. They know right where they are going to come when they visit town during the 13 days of Christmas. James finds out that the Yule Lads make the noisiest ever houseguests when they come to stay. They clang pots, slam doors, and even bring their own lamb. However, amidst all the ruckus they create the most joy and fun for the holidays.
Awards: Readers Favorite 5 Star


"Amongst The Clouds: James & Syvok Adventure 4" is in the works!



Wendy Also has an Urban Fantasy Short in an Anthology:


 




 The story is told by a dragon named Blaze who belongs to an old secret society
made up of paranormal beings and humans to stop the dark one.
* A full novel is in progress based off this short story! *

Click the link to buy "Paranormal Days Gone Awry."




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Thursday, December 12, 2013

All the Presidents' Menus: What First Families Eat on Christmas













COURTESY OF  Adrienne crezy
Filed under:  top-story
 
People are strangely fascinated by what other people eat, and even more so when that other person is the president. Here are 10 Christmas dinner menus from presidents past and present.

First 1790 - GEORGE WASHINGTON

Christmas at Mount Vernon was no small affair. In addition to  Washington's super-tasty eggnog, the first president served onion soup, oysters, broiled herring, Yorkshire pudding, roast suckling pig, turkey with chestnut stuffing, boiled beef with horseradish sauce, Virginia ham, lima beans, acorn squash, baked celery with almonds, hominy pudding, candied sweet potatoes, cantaloupe pickles, spiced cranberries, and mincemeat, apple, and cherry pies. There were more desserts, including blancmange, jellied plums, snowballs (whatever those were), ice cream, and plum pudding, plus an assortment of fruit, nuts, cheese and egg-free alcoholic beverages.

Second 1887 - GROVER CLEVELAND

After a hearty breakfast of oranges, boiled rice and salt mackerel, Grover Cleveland and his family and guests were treated to an elaborate dinner menu featuring oysters on the half shell, game soup, boiled fish, roast goose, applesauce, potatoes, parsnips, turnips, more boiled rice, stewed onions, lobster salad, duck, plum pudding, vanilla ice cream, coins pie, salted almonds, various fruit, candies and cookies, and coffee. The White House Christmas Plum Pudding recipe is a monster of culinary proportions: it begins with a cup of beef suet followed by at least 16 more ingredients, 12 steps of preparation, four hours of boiling, and then to top it off there's a brandy sauce that recipe calls for "a piece of butter as large as an egg." Though he never found himself stuck in the presidential clawfoot tub, it might be worth noting that President Cleveland was quite large.

3rd 1907 - TEDDY ROOSEVELT

Whatever else the Roosevelts were planning for their Christmas feast in 1907 they probably did not expect the shipment that arrived from Helen Longstreet. She hand-fed a pair of possums for months - "mostly persimmons" - for the sole purpose of gifting them to the president and his family. Longstreet, a postmistress in Gainesville, Georgia, wrote on the box "These o'possums surrendered near the Wren's Nest, Atlanta, smilingly for both contending for the honor of furnishing the Christmas dinner for the Prince and his American family." It's hard to imagine anyone would get away with the shipment of animals or that "American Prince" line today without a surprise visit from men with badges, but it's a sweet story, if you're into eating possum.

4th 1941 - FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT

As the United States celebrated Christmas for the first time as combatants in WWII (while still climbing out of the Great Depression), the dinner menu at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was pared down a bit to reflect the country's wartime sacrifice. FDR and guest of honor Winston Churchill dined on clear soup, thin toast, turkey and dressing, and beans, and of course the Christmas plum pudding made an appearance as well.

5th 1947 - HARRY S. TRUMAN

The Trumans served what was probably the first roll-free White House Christmas dinner: the menu was "minus bread or rolls and butter, in keeping with the national food conservation program," and included only tomato consomme, curled celery, assorted olives, roast turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry jelly, mashed potatoes, asparagus, the now-infamous plum pudding, fruit salad, and coffee.

6th 1960 - DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

Details are scant about the Eisenhowers' holiday menus, but one is known fact: In 1960, the family received a 42-pound turkey and a gallon of oysters for the affair, courtesy of a Mr. Arthur Briscoe. To put that bird into perspective, the average 5-year-old weighs around 40 pounds.

7th 1973 - RICHARD NIXON

Things were not looking great for Nixon's presidency in 1973, what with that whole Watergate thing. The Nixons had a very small, private dinner in 1973 with just a few family and friends, some turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce. Eight months later, Nixon became the first (and only) president to resign the office.

8th 1993 - BILL CLINTON

Since the Clintons were already in the practice of hosting Christmas dinner for both their families, they put out quite a spread to include everyone's favorites: turkey and ham, bread stuffing and cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli, ambrosia, and cranberry mold, giblet gravy and relish tray with green onions, watermelon pickles and olives, and pumpkin, pecan, apple and cherry pies. And on top of all of that, champagne, wine, eggnog, syllabub, and sweet potato punch (from a recipe clipped from an Arkansas newspaper).

9th 2007 - GEORGE W. BUSH

The Bushes and enjoyed relatively low-key Christmas lunch at Camp David in 2007. On the menu? Turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, fruit salad, Parker House rolls, pumpkin and pecan pies, and red velvet cake.

10th 2012 - BARACK OBAMA

Last year, the Obamas celebrated in Hawaii with steak, potatoes, green beans and pie. This year's menu will be slightly more traditional, though just as simple: turkey, string beans, dressing, and mac and cheese.



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