Cut-Mix-Heat Recipes, Guest posts around the web, Lifestyle, Media

Quick Ricotta Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I love pumpkin pies but I never have time to make them. Here is a super quick recipe that requires minimal effort and preparation. I shared it on Lifehack.Org here: http://www.lifehack.org/502458/quick-ricotta-pumpkin-pie-recipe All you will need is a pie crust, pumpkin puree, creamy ricotta and sugar. Let me know if you are planning to try it… Continue reading Quick Ricotta Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Cut-Mix-Heat Recipes, Guest posts around the web, Lifestyle, Media

4 ideas to spice up your cup of green tea – just in time for the dropping temps

I'm a huge fan of green tea and I am constantly on the outlook for new tea flavors. I also love spices (but not spicy food :)). Actually tea and spices make a perfect combo, especially as the temperatures start to drop and all of us need a little extra help warming up. Some spices… Continue reading 4 ideas to spice up your cup of green tea – just in time for the dropping temps

Art, Drawings, Lifestyle, My Toronto

October’s Portrait

  Yesterday we painted October's portrait at the 4 Cats Studio at the Toronto Junction Triangle (1615 Dupont St.). The studio is pretty easy to get to by TTC. It's full of samples of previous students' work. There's lots of light, but the place still has an ambient feel to it. The theme of the art… Continue reading October’s Portrait

Cut-Mix-Heat Recipes, Lifestyle

Cut-Mix-Heat Slow-Cooker Apple Spice Chicken

If I had to summarize my cooking strategy, it would fit into 3 words: Cut-Mix-Heat (where the last step is optional). I'm a graduate student working at a couple of jobs. I don't have time or energy to dedicate to complicated recipes. But I love eating at home, and the comfort of having a fridge… Continue reading Cut-Mix-Heat Slow-Cooker Apple Spice Chicken

Guest posts around the web, Media, Relationships

4 Ways to Help Kids Express Their Emotions

Emotions are so tricky! Here are several ways to help kids learn about their emotions. In short, always try to knowledge child's feelings, identify their emotion and model an appropriate reaction for them. Read more at Lifehack.Org: http://www.lifehack.org/482331/4-steps-to-teach-kids-about-experiencing-and-expressing-their-emotions

Lifestyle, Relationships

New Year’s Eve traditions

Growing up on post-Soviet space, I am used to New Year’s Eve being the main holiday of the year.  My favorite New Year’s Eve celebration tradition is placing jewelry at the bottom of a champagne/wine glass, letting it sit there throughout the holiday dinner and finishing the drink when the clock strikes midnight and make… Continue reading New Year’s Eve traditions

Lifestyle, Relationships

On feeling like an Alien: a portrait of a modern teen according to modern literature and media

Recently I stumbled upon a popular novel intended for teens and once again felt like I have spent my high school years on a different planet. According to many modern novels and TV shows life of a teenager is composed of alcohol poisonings, giving in to peer pressure to have unprotected sex under the influence… Continue reading On feeling like an Alien: a portrait of a modern teen according to modern literature and media

Lifestyle, Relationships

The days when miracles are bound to happen

There are certain days when miracles WILL happen. Not "might", not "likely" but "WILL."  These days often either coincide with national holidays, or occur somewhere in the neighborhood of these holidays. New Year's Eve and Christmas Eve are among those days, and Valentine's day is no different. I am not saying that all of us… Continue reading The days when miracles are bound to happen

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

“Last Friday Night” – the Tolstoy style

No matter how wild your Friday night was, I bet you [hopefully] can’t beat the characters of L. Tolstoy’s War and Peace in rowdiness.  Have you ever drank a full bottle of rum in one go while sitting on a windowsill, or tied a policemen to a bear and let both of them swim in… Continue reading “Last Friday Night” – the Tolstoy style

Lifestyle, Relationships

Forgiveness and the ones who really need it

I get really surprised when people threaten their peers with a phrase “I will never forgive you.” Do we really forgive for the sake of the person that has offended us? Imagine that every time someone tells you something unpleasant or offensive, they throw a heavy “rock” at you.  The rock can either hit you… Continue reading Forgiveness and the ones who really need it

Lifestyle, Relationships

Anti-Hipster-ish and Un-Cool Statements, Lara Fabian and Thanks to the Readers

I have not been posting for the last month because of intense grad school schedule, but I have noticed that you, my readers, have been looking at my page. Thank you, all, for not forgetting about me! Let’s have a healthy and happy New Year! I have been observing the following tendency among my fellow… Continue reading Anti-Hipster-ish and Un-Cool Statements, Lara Fabian and Thanks to the Readers

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

Collected Curiosities: Darwin, Banksy, Tstar Nicholas II, etc

 Darwin said that men endowed with mathematical talent "seem to have an extra sense" (Lecture at the Fields Institute) --- Banksy trouble: According to a group of my friends I was the last person (if not on the entire Earth, than in North America:)) who did not know the name of a graffiti artist Banksy.… Continue reading Collected Curiosities: Darwin, Banksy, Tstar Nicholas II, etc

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

Ai WeiWei, the ‘martyr’ of the Chinese political regime

“I don't like anyone who shamelessly abuses their profession, who makes no moral judgment." Ai WeiWei ‘s opinion published in Watts, Jonathan (11 August 2007). "Olympic artist lashes out over PRC propaganda". The Taipei Times. Taiwan (ROC). Retrieved 6 July 2008.           Today is the last day of Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition at… Continue reading Ai WeiWei, the ‘martyr’ of the Chinese political regime

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

Collected Curiosities: Mendeleev, Kafka, tango, etc.

Mendeleev published his periodic table in a textbook. In fact, his periodic table was intended to be a pedagogical tool to help his students understand the material better. (A Well Ordered Thing by M. Gordin) When the studies of autism just emerged, researchers thought that autism in a baby is strongly correlated with the high… Continue reading Collected Curiosities: Mendeleev, Kafka, tango, etc.

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

Cambridge’s Pedagogical Intricacies

Andrew Warwick, the author of Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics, is a senior lecturer in the history of sciences at the Imperial College in London.  Warwick started the research project presented in Masters of Theory in the mid-1980s during his doctoral study period at the Department of History and Philosophy… Continue reading Cambridge’s Pedagogical Intricacies

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

Collected Curiosities: Whig History, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, etc.

Composer Igor Stravinsky was a son of a talented singer.  He realized that his calling is music early in life, but tried to make a career as a lawyer (concert brochure) Read a piece where a blogger complained about her sandwich being too chewy.  Maybe I lack sense of humor, but is it really a valid… Continue reading Collected Curiosities: Whig History, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, etc.

Lifestyle, My Toronto

Megapolis surprises: a Hungarian church

It is unbelievable that such beautiful buildings can be found right in the middle of the city on a tiny side street, hidden in between town houses.  This is a Hungarian christian church that I spotted yesterday in a small neighborhood right next to the University of Toronto campus. This tiny church definitely has a… Continue reading Megapolis surprises: a Hungarian church

Art, Creative writing, Lifestyle, Photography, Relationships

The Monster of Gratitude

As he sat at the table in front of me, I could see the heavy monster of gratitude sitting on his shoulders, squishing his breath out and leaving him speechless. It is easy to deny the fact that gratitude is all that is left in a relationship.  Gratitude is a ‘big’ feeling. It tricks you… Continue reading The Monster of Gratitude

Lifestyle, Relationships

“Love Has Gone By As an Elephant”…?

“Love has gone by as an elephant” – I was sure that these are the exact lyrics of a popular Russian song until I was almost 10 years old. Interestingly, back than I did not notice anything strange about this phrase.  Most children, including myself, have seen elephants walking proudly, but slowly and heavily along… Continue reading “Love Has Gone By As an Elephant”…?

Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

“Heroes” for their time

Classical literature is not very popular these days, probably because it is based on an “old fashion” life style.   New generations are always hunting for new ideas and revolutionary ways of thinking. Inventing these new ideas, however, requires a lot of intellectual effort.  Making that effort is a hard thing to do.  Consequently, the newest… Continue reading “Heroes” for their time