February 2009

I love this video.  I’m not sure if I’ve posted it yet, but if I have– well, it merits another go around.


I hadn’t been following the story of Nadya Suleman until my sister alerted me to it this morning.  In reading a quick news story on the topic, I found that a recent conversation about the Freedom of Choice Act shed some interesting light on the whole controversy.

So before we tackle the controversy of Nadya, let’s take a quick detour to look at the Freedom of Choice Act.  It can be argued that FOCA is not the imminent threat that so many believed it was, and that while we’re all fighting FOCA, other legislation is slipping by.  It just might be the old “hey, look over there!” tactic.  Even if this is the case, the language of FOCA is the fruit of our society’s mindset towards child-bearing, and it’s worth examining.

FOCA declares: 

    It is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.

Let’s break that first part down.

Every woman.  That means that regardless of age, race, creed, state of life, sexual orientation, economic standing, education, etc.

Fundamental right.  Words mean things, and “fundamental” isn’t just thrown in there to make the bill’s word count higher. “Fundamental right” is something we as humans are entitled to based on our innate human dignity.

To choose ….  The rest can go without explanation.

This reflects a very definite view of children.  They are not gifts, but rights.  I, as a woman, have a right — just by being a woman– to have a child.  It is not a gift given by God, but something owed to me.  Likewise, if I don’t want it, I can get rid of it.  Because it’s my right.

That means that children can be conceived or not conceived, carried to term or not carried to term.  It is the choice of solely the woman to decide.  For most, this results in the belief that a woman has a right to terminate pregnacy .

In the case of this California woman, she has chosen to conceive and chosen to carry the babies to term.  It was her body, her choice, her right.

So why is she being attacked?

We have created a society that views a pre-born child as the property of the woman carrying him or her.  So should we be surprised when Nadya Suleman was questioned about implanting eight embryos (instead of the usual three), she replied with: “Those are my children, and that’s what was available and I used them. So, I took a risk. It’s a gamble. It always is.”

Should we be surprised that Nadya’s reasoning for choosing to be a single mother of 14 kids was, “All I wanted was children. I wanted to be a mom.”  And so she did whatever she needed to do to satisfy her desire.

I know some women out there think she’s crazy for wanting to be a mom.  But I don’t think that’s a problem.  I think the problem is that children have become a commodity.  Something you have a right to bear or a right to terminate; to be had if you want them, aborted if you don’t.

She’s a product of our society.  And yet our society tears her down.  Why?  Apparently she made the wrong “choice.”

Can you tell I’ve been waiting for this day to roll around?

No, it’s not my birthday.  It’s World Nutella Day!  



I was going to post Nutella memories, because there are oh-s0-many.  But I decided it would be more fun to offer 5 different ways I’ve eaten Nutella in the past week to eat Nutella.

  1.  Nutella Cookies.  I made these last week to see if I liked them.  I used Giada’s recipe from her show on the Food Network, and frankly, I wasn’t too impressed.  I didn’t put a kiss on top of them or roll them in sugar, although I did end up rolling them in powdered sugar so they resembled Chocolate Crinkles. img_72801  I had read in the comments that they were hard, and I think that’s why I didn’t like them much– I like my cookies soft and chewy.  I had also read in the comments that the hazelnut flavor wasn’t prominent, so I added a heaping tablespoon of Fra Angelico liquor.  That didn’t even help much.  Next time, I’ll save myself the trouble and just eat the 1/2 cup of Nutella by itself.  
    img_7289 (I did have a leftover cookie today, and made it better by slapping a big glop of Nutella on top of it.)
  2. Nutella crepes (or English pancakes, whichever you prefer).  When I returned home from Rome, I felt like I had left a friend behind.  Two friends, that is– gelato and nutella crepes.  Luckily, my friend Alice told me it wasn’t hard to make crepes at home.  Unluckily for my waistline, I found this to be true.  img_7296  To celebrate World Nutella Day, I made Sister and I breakfast: crepes with nutella and strawberries (washed down with a cappuccino).
  3. Not to make this into a Rome-reminiscing post, but one of my other favorite ways to eat Nutella (that I still haven’t figured out how to replicate) is on Lebanese bread.  Their bread is similar to pita bread, but not as thick and bready.  There were always bags of it on the table at meals, and it was the perfect treat to slather some Nutella on a piece, slice up some banana on top, and roll it up.  Mmm, mm. 
  4. Fruit and Nutella.   The first time I lived in Rome, we decided that not all fruit should be eaten with nutella… pears, for example, got the thumbs-down.  But strawberries?  And bananas!?  Mmm, mm.  (My first nutella-banana crepe: on the steps over looking the Eiffel Tower.  I’m telling you, every European trip should bring Nutella along as a faithful companion.) img_7285
  5. It does just fine by itself.  Who really needs anything to accompany Nutella?  Does it really need an edible vehicle with which to get to your mouth?  Why not just go for it straight?  This is especially good when the Nutella has been somewhere cold, so it’s a little thicker — the consistency of fudge that’s falling in love.  (You know, just about to lose it’s firm, practical consistency, but not head-over-heels melted.) 

My mother’s additions:

  1. On saltine crackers.  At first I thought she was nuts… but she’s on to something.  It has the effect of giving you something with which to eat the Nutella, so you don’t look insane just eating it by itself on a spoon.  It also gives you a nice salty-kick– you can’t beat that sweet-salty combo.  Pretzels can do the same thing, but saltines are so thin and unassuming, they don’t try to take over — they let the Nutella do its thing.  Added benefit?  You’re not wasting fat and calories on the vehicle that’s only purpose is to get that Nutella into your mouth.
  2. with marshmallows.  I haven’t tried this, so we’ll have to take my mom’s word for it.  I believe she dipped the marshmallow in nutella and then microwaved it for six seconds?  Sounds good to me!

Happy Nutella Day, everyone.  By the end of the day, your jar should look like this:


I’d say that’s a sign of a productive day.


(A special thanks to Ms.Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso for this wonderful day!)

Here’s the lose-your-appetite quote of the day…

“[Abortion] rarely causes or exacerbates psychological or emotional problems. … The few women who do experience negative psychological responses after abortion appear to be those with preexisting emotional problems.”

From the mouth of soon-to-be Deputy Attorney General, David Ogden.  He also claims that evidence shows abortion is more likely to make women “experience feelings of relief and happiness” and says childbirth and childrearing or adoption may pose “concomitant (if not greater) risks or adverse psychological effects” compared to the effects of abortion.

Abortion hurts women.   But our soon-to-be Deputy Attorney General is turning a blind eye to the horrors, all in the name of “choice” and to gain the lucrative money and support from groups like Planned Parenthood.

Other Obama nominees to the Justice Department include the lawyer who helped Michael Schiavo kill his wife Terri and a former counsel to NARAL.

The Justice Department is supposed to enforce the law with fair, impartial administration.  As much as possible, it should be free from political bias.

It’s a slippery slope, folks.  And we’re no longer near the top.

(hat tip: CNA)

February 5th is World Nutella Day.  If you have a blog and want to participate, go here for instructions.  Even if you don’t have a blog, you can still join in the fun… just go eat Nutella!

I’ll have a full post on February 5th, but I wanted to get the word out so people could join in the fun!

Nutella crepeget ready, world! Nutella Day is coming!

And I need a crepe…

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