Must Try! Home Cooked EASY Baked Salmon

Must Try! Home Cooked EASY Baked Salmon

Whether you’re ready to sit down for a family meal, or you want to surprise your Valentines date with a homemade recipe, you’ve got to try this Salmon recipe!

Ingredients

The Process

  1. In a medium glass bowl, prepare marinade by mixing garlic, light olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator about 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes until easily flaked with a fork.

We hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think of the recipe! Do you have a cooking tradition for Valentines? Let us know on Facebook!

Are Movie Theaters Going Out of Style?

Are Movie Theaters Going Out of Style?

More and more today entertainment is being consumed in a variety of different ways. It’s great for the average consumer! We get more entertainment for much less cost.

Mediums like Youtube, Redbox, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and more have truly taken over the movie space due to their mass volume of content and cheap pricing. Cinema attendance is hitting all-time lows with the sharpest decline in attendance by younger audiences. Mainly from ages 14-24.

So are there really any good reasons to go to the theatre anymore? We think that there really are a few good reasons left to spend a bit extra to attend the cinema.

The Experience

Whether you’re on a first date, or just a night out with the friends, movie theatres have always provided a great option for relaxing get-aways. The feelings associated with going to the theatre are still special to many, and it can be a great experience sharing that feeling with the younger generation. For many, this alone justifies the extra price of attending a showing.

Modern Theatre Evolutions

To combat the falling attendance numbers, theatres have been focusing on improving the “theatre experience”. Giant, comfortable chairs, ordering food from your seat, huge screens, and enhanced sounds systems are just a few of the thing you can’t get inside your house. When viewing a powerful movie, this can make a world of a difference when it comes to the experience.

Rule Enforcement

Movie theaters have been getting better and better at creating an immersive movie experience. When you’re in the cinema with a great sound system, a comfy chair, and a wide screen, a ringing cell phone, or a crying baby can truly ruin the moment. In contrast to the home, at a theatre employees are there to enforce rules and make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Let us know what you think on Facebook! Do you enjoy the theatre? What could they do better? We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog!

 

A Family Favorite Fried Chicken Recipe

A Family Favorite Fried Chicken Recipe

Down here in Texas we do fried chicken right, or we don’t do it at all. Try this easy recipe and you’ll have a new family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (about 3 pounds), cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • vegetable oil
The Process
Step 1

Pat the chicken dry. Combine the salt, flour, black pepper, and cayenne in a large, shallow bowl. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Set aside for about 15 minutes. Pour the buttermilk into a second shallow bowl. Dip the chicken in the buttermilk, then again in the flour mixture.

Step 2

In a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven (preferably cast iron), heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil over medium heat until the temperature registers 360° F on a deep-fry thermometer.

Step 3

Carefully place the chicken in the oil, using tongs. (Add the pieces slowly, so that the temperature does not drop, and work in batches to avoid overcrowding.) Fry the chicken until golden brown, turning once, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Check for doneness by piercing the meat; the juices should run clear.

Step 4

Drain the chicken on paper towels set on a wire rack. If desired, the cooked chicken can be kept warm in an oven set on low.

We hope you enjoy!

A FREE Way to Further Your Child’s Education

A FREE Way to Further Your Child’s Education

The Arts!

You may not be aware of this, but our Woodlands community actually has the nation’s largest public art collection for a town of its’ size. And that’s NOT including our famed Waterway Arts Festival!

The Woodlands Art Council continues to find more ways to get the community involved in the art world, as is a HUGE reason that so many creatives choose to have a place in the area.

So what does this mean for you?

It means you get all the benefits of living in a smaller/less populated town, but all of the culture and art that comes with living in the big city!

So what does this have to do with education?

Just like a young boy at his first baseball game, inspiration often comes through experience. When children are exposed to things like sports, movies, or the arts, you may find that they are inspired to participate in those activities. That is why you see so many kids choosing to be in whatever field their parents were in. They were exposed to the activity and were inspired enough to want to make their own mark on it.

When a child goes out and sees a public sculpture at the Woodlands Arts Festival, you may find yourself at the dollar store buying them some sculpting clay the next day.

Studies show that children who work their creative muscles often perform better in multiple areas of development. As outlined in a report by PBS, skills such as motor skills, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and academic performance are enhanced and are directly correlated to participation in creative activities.

Even schools are starting the process of curriculum changes for the incoming generations. Many educators are shifting focus from traditional math and reading to put more of an emphasis on creative endeavors.

The Arts are simply another great reason to become a part of the growing Woodlands Community. If you are considering the area as a place to build a new family, keep the arts and cultural exposure in mind! If you already live in the community, get out and check out some of our public arts!

Bring your kids, and maybe stock up on some paper and crayons. Be sure to explain to them the importance and influence of art, and encourage them to create some of their own.

 

Private vs. Public Schools: The Most Important Factor

Private vs. Public Schools: The Most Important Factor

When considering whether or not to enroll a child in public or private school, many consider money as the most first and most important factor to consider. Many parents are willing to pay extra in order to get the “benefits” that private schools offer. But we are here to argue that money should NOT be the first thing a parent considers when deciding where to place their child. Public and Private schools each offer different benefits that we believe simply caters to the learning personality of a child. Private and Public schools should NOT be a divide between those with money and those without as much.

Public and Private schools each offer different benefits that we believe simply caters to the learning personality of a child. Private and Public schools should NOT be a divide between those with a lot of money and those without as much.

If you’re considering enrolling your child in private schools, you should know that one out of every ten students are doing the same thing! Private school classes almost always consist of much smaller class sizes than the typical public school. This results in more one-on-one time with the teacher, as well as overall higher average standardized test scores.

However, when it comes to extracurriculars, public schools generally have private schools beat. Public schools generally have much better sports programs and may have special education programs that private schools do not.

The private school class is perfect for students who may be intimidated by large crowds. Children who tend to be introverted can thrive in an environment where social anxiety is much less prevalent.

Public school skip the private school tuition but have larger classes and less teacher-student time. While this may seem like the worse option when it comes to staff quality, ALL teachers in public school must be certified by the state in order to be a teacher. This is NOT true with private schools! When private schools may have their own internal rules for hiring, they are not required by law to have a state certified teacher. 

Public school is great for the student who thrives in the crowd and a high-energy environment. They have the potential to make lots of friends and participate in just about any after-school activity.

Before you enroll your kiddos in school on the terms based on money only, think about what environment your child thrives best in. Remember your children are the sole factor when it comes to deciding where they will go to school. Consider their personality to be the main factor and they will love the school you pick for them!