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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Teaching kids Christmas spirits - Sunday School

We use this at our Christmas eve mass

Theme : Empowering our kids to help the less fortunate using the power of Jesus love in their hearts.

Children liturgy topics

  1.  Less fortunate kids's bedroom around the world showing

Source of pictures to be printed :

Method :

o   Show them picture from kid from USA (Jaime, aged nine, New York, U.S). Ask them “Can u spot what you also have in your room?.  “ Jaime is very lucky like you…. He has a nice warm bed , soft toys, tables,  etc.. “.

o   Show them picture from  Brazil (Ahkôhxet, aged eight, river Amazon, Brazil ) . “Now look at him, that’s where he sleeps, what is he missing? “ “ I wonder if it’s nice to sleep in on top of wooden rack” “ I wonder how he feels “. “ I wonder if his parents have money to buy him all the nice things that we have” “

Note : Only show no more than 3 pictures, as we want the kid to have a connection to the less fortunate kid. ( In grown-up word, instead of providing us with statistic e.g 1 billions kid live in poverty, we tell 1 story, the aim is to humanize the story”.

 2. Being in the less fortunate shoes

Method :

a.      Split kids in 2 group; Group 1 get loolies, Group 2 no loolies.
b.      Ask both group how do they feel? Ask both group how do they think the other group feels?
c.      Ask Group 1 to share . Stressed that “It is hard to share something that you really really want, but when we have love of Jesus in our hearts, we can have the power to share what we have / to help others”

Note : Group 1 shall consist of younger kids below 5+ years.  Younger kids will need some encouragement from adults / carers to give out their candy
Group 2 consist of older kids, we want to them to truly feel what is like being in need ( be in a less fortunate shoes) . Older kids have the capacity to understand the concept of compassion.

d.      After the loolies are shared, Stressed that “ there are many children in the world who can’t get what they want like candy, toys, food or even mommy dady” “ Just like sharing our candy, even when it’s hard , with Jesus power of love in our heart, we have the power to help”.  “ With our power who can we help” .  

3.      Kids fundraising  and Christmas present ( money box)

Method :

o   “Today I’m going to show you, how we can use our power to help”. “ It’s fun for you too, you get to play shop with real money” “ You’re going to sell cookies”, “ All the coins collected will used to help a kid like Ahkôhxet. “We’ll put all the coins in this jar ,then we can send it to help other kids like Ahkoyxet”.
o   Give them their charismas present ( money box) . We use a take away container and asked the kid to decorate their money box and asked them to write a message to themselves that will remind them that they have the power to help
o   I wonder what else can we do to help “ I wonder how can we raise some money” “ Maybe you can do some chores at home, then get money in return, and you can give your money to help “

“ Once you collect the coins, you can put it your money box “

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to separate alphanumeric in cell in Excell( just get the number)

How to separate alphanumeric in cell in Excell
Microsoft Excel offers the user a wide array of options for creating documents to hold data for timetables, financial sheets and many other types of information data sheets. Within these data sheets, a user can also assign functions to make math, financial or basic data entry tasks easier. The program also features customizable User-Defined Functions (UDF). These functions can be created using simple codes and will enable a user to accomplish a task that may otherwise be tedious to perform manually.


o    1
Open Excel by clicking the "Start" button at the bottom right-hand corner of your desktop and selecting the "Microsoft Office" folder. Inside the folder, click "Microsoft Excel."
o    2
Open the Visual Basic for Application (VBA) window by holding "Alt+F11" on your keyboard.
o    3
Type a code into the window labeled "Book 1 -- Module 1 (Code)." There are many codes that can be input. Some are more complex than others. See Resources for a guide on how to create codes. For now, here is a simple code that will allow you to view the URL used in links throughout your table:
Function OnlyNumber(xstrIn)

Dim i As Integer
Dim strReturn As String

For i = 1 To Len(xstrIn)
If IsNumeric(Mid(xstrIn, i, 1)) Then strReturn = strReturn &
Mid(xstrIn, i, 1)

OnlyNumber = CLng(strReturn)

End Function

Just copy/paste this code into the "Book 1 -- Module 1 (Code)" window.
o    4
Hold the "Alt+Q" keys to close the VBA window.
o    5
Hold the "Shift+F3" keys while in your Excel workbook window to open the "Insert Function" window.
o    6
Click on the drop-down menu next to the phrase "Or select a category," and choose "User Defined" from the list of available options.
o    7
Select "LinkAddress" from the area underneath the phrase "Select a function." The function you created will be added to the first cell that is selected on your workbook.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Make Salad in a Jar for an Easy Grab-and-Go Lunch That Stays Fresh for Days [Food]

Make Salad in a Jar for an Easy Grab-and-Go Lunch That Stays Fresh for Days [Food]:

Here's an ingenious way to make sure you eat salad everyday: Make jars of salad on Sunday night that you can just grab to bring to work. If you layer the ingredients correctly, the salad stays fresh for up to four days.

Julia writes on the Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body blog that the most important part of the layering is keeping the dressing and the salad leaves from touching. She layers her ingredients with the dressing on the bottom, then onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, quinoa, and spinach. Naturally, you would adapt her salad recipe to your own tastes.
Adding to the convenience of this Secret Recipe Club recipe: When you're ready to eat your salad, just shake the jar up.

Comfort in Cookies

Comfort in Cookies:


I love having cookies around. Whether I need a little pick me up or just a quick sugar fix. Having cookies handy is comforting. And knowing I can have one and be good or eight and feel good, cookies equal comfort for me.

And chocolate cookies. well they just make it all even better.


Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.

Uh huh. That’s the stuff.


I found these dark chocolate chips at the grocery store and had to use them right away.

I guess they’re new from Nestle. It’s about time they joined the party. I love dark chocolate.


Oh, I forgot. The cookies are kissed with peanut butter, too.

Yes. Yum.

Start out by creaming the butter, sugar and peanut butter.


Add the eggs and vanilla.


Beat it all together.


Add whisked cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt to the creamed mixture.


Then add in those dark chocolate chips and stir it all together. Oh yeah.


Take the cookie dough and roll into small balls roughly 1 1/4″ in size.

Place on parchment paper and bake away.


They’ll be on the smaller side, but they’ll bake up nice and thick.


And oh so good.

Help. Me.


If you’re a nut lover, you can also roll them in chopped pecans right before baking.


Just like so.

I baked some plain and some with pecans to play.


But, I like the plain ones better. Plain, slightly under baked and warm – right out of the oven.

Hard to resist. Basically, I like to torture myself. Then I can seek comfort with more cookies.

It’s probably good to be alone when you take them out of the oven. No one needs to see that behavior.

Just curious. Raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten an embarrassing amount of cookies before they can even cool.


Dark Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, slightly softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

10 oz. dark chocolate chips

chopped pecans, optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, soda and salt using a wire whisk and set aside.

  • In another bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy.

  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until combined.

  • Stir in dark chocolate chips.

  • Roll cookie dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. (If desired, roll balls in chopped pecans.)

  • Place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.

  • Bake 10 minutes.

  • Place cookies on cookie rack to cool.

  • Makes about 30 2-inch cookies.


baked pumpkin and sour cream puddings

baked pumpkin and sour cream puddings:

pumpkin and sour cream pudding

Sunday night, I emailed off 497 pages containing 80,392 words to my editor (846 photos had been sent over before the weekend), went to bed at 2 a.m., woke up at 6 a.m. and a few hours later came home to a completely empty apartment and two entire hours to myself — two hours to nap or just stare slack-jawed at the ceiling fan and think about nothing for a while — and decided instead that I’d had enough of this pumpkin-free November I’d been having and went back into the kitchen to make pudding. That’s normal right? That’s what normal people do, right? Wait, don’t tell me.

the line-up

can also mix by hand

So, a manuscript has officially been delivered, a whole 6 hours in advance of its deadline. I am the eternal college student, apparently, though if you’d asked me 18 months ago when I was going to finish my book I could have probably told you right then “Five minutes before it is due.” I’m classy like that. I would hardly say that the cookbook process is finished — we’re still ironing out some kinks, there’s copyediting (I can’t be the only one who pities the copyeditor who must deal with the madness I pass off as grammar, right?), some reshoots, they’ve been kind enough to offer me design input though they’ll probably regret it when they see what bad taste I have… I won’t bore you with the details. But for the most part? I’m back! Whee! And there’s no place else I’d rather be.

for silky smooth pudding

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How to Turn Your Webcam Into a Streaming, Motion-Detecting Surveillance System [Video]

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