Thursday, April 2, 2015

mini spinach frittata recipe

We used cupcake papers for these -- made them really easy to handle & serve
Mini Spinach Frittatas
  • 6 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  1. Mix together spinach, ricotta, sour cream, and cheeses.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, hot sauce, cumin, salt, pepper, and lemon pepper.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the spinach mixture.
  4. Spray a muffin tin lined with cupcake papers liberally with cooking spray. (Nothing sticks like eggs can.) Add the mixture to the muffin tins.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes, then take out of the muffin tins. I like to serve with more Parmesan cheese.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

In this week's Washington Post: PA allocates 33% more state and local funding per pupil to richer districts than poorer

by Emma Brown
Children who live in poverty come to school at a disadvantage, arriving at their classrooms with far more intensive needs than their middle-class and affluent counterparts. Poor children also lag their peers, on average, on almost every measure of academic achievement.
But in 23 states, state and local governments are together spending less per pupil in the poorest school districts than they are in the most affluent school districts, according to federal data from fiscal year 2012, the most recent figures available.
In some states the differences are stark. In Pennsylvania, per-pupil spending in the poorest school districts is 33 percent lower than per-pupil spending in the wealthiest school districts. In Vermont, the differential is 18 percent; in Missouri, 17 percent.
Nationwide, states and localities are spending an average of 15 percent less per pupil in the poorest school districts (where average spending is $9,270 per child) than they are in the most affluent (where average spending is $10,721 per child).
“What it says very clearly is that we have, in many places, school systems that are separate and unequal,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in an interview. “Money by itself is never the only answer, but giving kids who start out already behind in life, giving them less resources is unconscionable, and it’s far too common.”
In Pennsylvania, for example, millions of dollars in state budget cuts to education during the past several years have contributed to a funding crisis in Philadelphia, a high-poverty district where many schools don’t have full-time counselors or nurses, and where parents contribute funds to help buy such essentials as paper.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

In today's NYT: No rest for the working in the service sector

by Stephen Greenhouse

On the nights when she has just seven hours between shifts at a Taco Bell in Tampa, Fla., Shetara Brown drops off her three young children with her mother. After work, she catches a bus to her apartment, takes a shower to wash off the grease and sleeps three and a half hours before getting back on the bus to return to her job.

At Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, Ramsey Montanez struggles to stay alert on the mornings that he returns to his security guard station at 7 a.m., after wrapping up a 16-hour double shift at 11 p.m. the night before.

And on many Friday nights, Jeremy Little waits tables at a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery near Minneapolis and doesn’t climb into bed until 3 a.m. He returns by 10 a.m. for the breakfast rush, and sometimes feels so weary that he forgets to take rolls to some tables or to tell the chef whether customers wanted their steak medium rare.

“It makes me feel really tired,” Mr. Little said. “My body just aches.”

Employees are literally losing sleep as restaurants, retailers and many other businesses shrink the intervals between shifts and rely on smaller, leaner staffs to shave costs. These scheduling practices can take a toll on employees who have to squeeze commuting, family duties and sleep into fewer hours between shifts. The growing practice of the same workers closing the doors at night and returning to open them in the morning even has its own name: “clopening.”

It’s very difficult for people to work these schedules, especially if they have other responsibilities,” said Susan J. Lambert, an expert on work-life issues and a professor of organizational theory at the University of Chicago. “This particular form of scheduling — not enough rest time between shifts — is particularly harmful.”

The United States decades ago moved away from the standard 9-to-5 job as the manufacturing economy gave way to one dominated by the service sector. And as businesses strive to serve consumers better by staying open late or round the clock, they are demanding more flexibility from employees in scheduling their hours, often assigning them to ever-changing shifts.

Workers and labor advocates are increasingly protesting these scheduling practices, which often include giving workers as little as two days’ advance notice for their weekly work schedule. These concerns have gained traction and translated into legislative proposals in several states, with proponents enviously pointing to the standard adopted for workers in the 28-nation European Union. It establishes “a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours per 24-hour period.”

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sisterhood's dinner at the LifeCenter

Many, many thanks to Sisterhood for January's dinner at the Life Center in Upper Darby!! It went great.  Here are pictures.

Monday, January 19, 2015

NBC story on Chester's Children's Chorus!/news/local/Local-Choir-Set-to-Sing-at-Gubernatorial-Inauguration/289082671

The link above will take you to NBC's story today on the Chester's Children's Chorus.

Pix from MLK Day 2015

Great day -- wonderful volunteers, adorable children playing together, the cookies were delicious, the crafts projects came out great, and the Chester Children's Chorus left us all lifted to the sky.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

MLK Preparations 2015 -- conquering ice

Many, many thanks to the intrepid souls that braved this morning's ice to set up for MLK day.  Frances Sheehan heard on the radio how people should stay home today except for emergencies, and she thought, well, we're expecting 100 people tomorrow (between volunteers, guests, and Chester's Children's Chorus members -- this is an emergency!!).  So out she came.

By noon, the tables were set, mac and cheese and veggie soup were ready to heat and serve tomorrow, and bins and bins, and bins of books were sorted by age-group and temptingly displayed.

Thanks so much!!