Category Archives: Do

Rock the Guac!

Recently I have been making a lot of guacamole with a new recipe that I created myself.  It includes avocados, diced onions, garlic powder, chili powder, cilantro, and salt.  I did not start putting in chili powder or garlic powder until my friend Jeremy, who grew up in Southern California, suggested I might add some.  I did, and it tasted ten times better.

image1Some restaurants or stores make their guacamole very chunky, and some make it very smooth; I like to make mine with small chunks of avocado, but not so big that you are just eating avocado with seasoning.  A note about the salt is that you should always make sure whether or not your chips are salted, or else the salt in the guac might be underwhelming or overwhelming.

Everyone likes their guacamole differently, so the trick to a good guacamole is tasting as you go.  Adios, and good luck with your guac-making!

Wishes and Dreams for Kids with Cancer

IMG_8043.JPGTonight, my school’s Y3 Council came together for a community project benefitting One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation.  We made Wish Boxes which are metal boxes with a pen and paper inside so that the pediatric patients can write hopes and wishes for their future.  While making them, all of the Newton Montessori School students got to include their own wish for the patient’s future.  Although none of us had met the children getting the boxes, we thought hard about what we would want to receive if we were in that situation.  It was delicate, because you don’t want to say anything that would be wrong, but it also felt good inside because you knew that you were giving it to someone who would gets lots of joy out of it.

One of my fellow students, Miki, came to the community service event and made a wish tin for her friend in Israel who has cancer.  Hers was extra good because of all of the extra love that was attached to it.

IMG_8042.JPGIMG_8040.JPG

Snow Day Bakin’

This year for Christmas I got loads of cake decorating type presents, so I asked my mom if I could make her a birthday cake. When she said yes, I asked my friend Isabella if she wanted to bake it with me because she is a great baker. We had a snow day so she and her sister, Ava, came over and we baked and made fondant decorations. We decided to make a nature inspired cake with a waterfall and cherry blossoms. The hardest part was when we had to ice it because we couldn’t get it to smooth correctly.

I think that the cake looked great for our first time ever doing it.

IMG_7983.JPG

Traveling in Tobyland

This weekend I was thinking about my future and into my mind came the Toby Hotel, which is a land, air, and sea operation which involves five star cruise ships, five star airplanes, and five star hotels. Everyone of the Trifecta will have unique factors but will still have some similar elements.

The first part of the operation is land. These hotels will have locations in Tokyo, NYC, Rio, LA, France, Boston, and Milan. When you walk into the hotel there will be ceiling high waterwalls on either side of you and then a table with seasonal flower arrangements and huge chandeliers. The best rooms in the hotel are the four ones on the top floor. They each have four bedrooms and bathrooms, a lounge with floor to ceiling windows, and a dining room with fabulous views. On the second to top floor there is a big pool with rivers leading to hot tubs. There is also a gym with 360 views and 3 different restaurants.

The airplanes are decently small but are very luxurious. When you board the plane you are gifted with designer toiletry kits and pjs made of the finest Italian silk. The airplane has ten guest suites which are all lined up along the perimeter of the cabin, a bar and a lounge. Inside the guest suites There is not only a seat but a seat and a bed, there is also, a tv, storage drawers, vases of fresh flowers, and a table for dining.

The last part of the chain are the cruise ships. There are family cruise ships and then the adult only cruise ships. On the family cruise ships there is a Flowrider which is a surf imitator, Three pools and then one adults pool, seven waterslides, four dining halls which include a formal dining room, an around the world rotating buffet, a desert hall which include a make your own cupcake bar and a sweet crepe bar, the last dining hall is a theatre dining room which is where you eat and watch shows depending on the night like how on Monday it is a Broadway musical and on Thursday it is figure skating. The ship also includes a grand promenade lining the inside of the ship. On the adults ship There are three restaurants inside the ship and then one restaurant on the top deck, also on the top deck there are five jacuzzis with rivers flowing between them. There are three decks with rooms and the higher deck you are on the fancier the room. The fanciest room onboard includes a full king bed, a full living room, a bathroom adorned with a massive jacuzzi style bathtub, A hollywood style vanity, and buttons to do things such as: summon a hairdresser, makeup or nail professional to fix you up. The room also includes a barbie style closet stocked rent the runway style, and a dining room with ocean views, but if you are going to be dining in your room you are going to need a fabulous room service menu which includes food styles from all around the world.

Be sure to book now because reservations are going fast!

Thanksgiving Costume Party

This year my family hosted Thanksgiving at our house. While we were planning logistics and the menu, I had the idea of doing a Thanksgiving Costume Party. I first polled some of the group for interest, and then sent out an email making sure that everyone would come in American history attire.

12308276_10208072983802626_3130054332369235936_nWe had a great diversity of costumes including Typhoid Mary (my mom, because she was the cook!), Eleanor Roosevelt (my grandmother in a second hand mink at all), Sacajawea (my other grandmother with a feathered cap), Mr. Rogers and Charles Lindbergh (my two grandfathers).12250051_10208072983762625_8411954437110262272_n

I chose to go as Walt Disney because of his great imagination.  One of the things I like best about myself is my great imagination, so I couldn’t think of a more perfect costume for me. 12193861_10156219639870013_5367460334026554601_n

Circle the Elephants

At my school on the first Friday of each month we have a period called “Focus Friday”.

During Focus Friday the students go to the activity they signed up for the week before. Some of the activities are things like watercolor painting, logic puzzles, and origami. My teacher, Ms. Devon, calls it Circle the Elephants because, in olden times, when the traveling circus came to town, they’d find a place to perform and “circle the elephants” and all the townspeople would do something different for a change.

The reason I like Focus Friday is because you get to take some time out of your usual schedule and do something different, too. I like anything that is out of the ordinary!

Barbie with a Brain?

20barbie1_opener-superJumboA couple of Sundays ago, the New York Times Magazine arrived with a picture of Barbie on the front.  Naturally, I was intrigued, so I read the article.  The new Barbie called “Hello Barbie” is fully quipped with 8,000 lines of script and a wifi transmitter inside of her necklace.  This doll is catching the firefly of artificial intelligence that engineers have been chasing since dolls first said “Papa” with reeds and tubes.  Think about how cool it would be to have a doll who could actually talk to you!