Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Women on Wednesday: I was raised to believe that EXCELLENCE is the best deterrent to racism or sexism...


'I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
And that's how I operate my life.'

– Oprah Winfrey


KRUSING AMERICA wins Best Documentary Short at The SanDiego International Kids' Film Festival!

The Award for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 
goes to…
KRUSING AMERICA


HERE ARE ALL THE WINNERS!! 
Congratulations!!



SDIKFF Mission Statement:
The San Diego International Kid's Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education. Supported by many across the world, the festival supports the entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, and gives young, aspiring filmmakers a channel to communicate to an international community. The resulting collaboration produces a unique multi-cultural experience, engaging young viewers with positive media, as a diverse education.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Travel Tuesday: EXPLORE THE WORLD! Airbnb not just for vacationers now for Businesses Travelers/Companies


I travel the world on a regular basis but after awhile I just can not stay at another hotel, order room service or eat out, anymore. So I started staying with Airbnb long before anyone else did. It changed my travel experience: I met new people, stayed in off-the-beaten-path places, learned and experienced so much more than just traveling from point A to point B. For me, it really is the only way to travel. 

Much of my experiences with KRUSING AMERICA were similar to staying at an Airbnb – that personal connection to the place and people became the heart and soul of the series I created.  Learn more about Airbnb below. 

What exactly is Airbnb?

Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Through their experiences on Airbnb, guests and hosts build real connections with real people from all over the globe.

We specifically created a secure payment system to ensure that money is fully collected and safe. Once a reservation is completed, both guest and host can review each other to build a reputation in the community.

Check out our comprehensive Help Center for information about hosting, traveling, and your account: www.airbnb.com/help

And now, Airbnb isn't just for vacations.
According to CNN: The online home-sharing company announced this week that it is taking its business travel program global and adding new features, making it easier for employees and company travel managers around the world to book lodging, submit bills and keep track of corporate expenses.

Airbnb said business travelers will be able to easily set up accounts and expense trips directly back to their companies. Businesses will be able to catalog current and upcoming trips through the new interactive platform.

"Our employees worldwide appreciate the choice and flexibility that Airbnb listings provide them when they're on the road — whether for conferences, meetings, or team offsites" said Darragh Ormsby, Google's global travel manager, in the statement released by Airbnb.

Airbnb's business travel program grew 700 percent since its launch last July, with more than 250 companies having joined the service, according to reports.

Airbnb is also giving out $50 in Airbnb credit to business travelers of companies who sign up with the program between now and September 1.

From: http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/20/news/airbnb-business-travel/

Monday, August 31, 2015

Media Monday: KRUSING AMERICA wins Best Documentary Short at The San Diego International Kids Film Festival!

The Award for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 
goes to…
KRUSING AMERICA


HERE ARE ALL THE WINNERS!! 
Congratulations!!


SDIKFF Mission Statement:
The San Diego International Kid's Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education. Supported by many across the world, the festival supports the entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, and gives young, aspiring filmmakers a channel to communicate to an international community. The resulting collaboration produces a unique multi-cultural experience, engaging young viewers with positive media, as a diverse education.

For more on SDIKFF: http://sdkidsfilms.org/Home.html

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Saying: The Biggest Adventure You Can Ever Take is to LIVE the Life of Your Dreams!


This is my Birthday weekend and my Docu-Series KRUSING AMERICA
has been winning so many awards: 25 Awards in 3 months! 
I am living my dream – are you?!

Linda Kruse
KRUSING AMERICA Creator


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Study: Lee & Marie's Cakery Part 2 - Unique Mission / Employment Opportunities for Autistic Adults @leeandmaries

Continuing from my Foodie Friday Post from yesterday - Lee & Marie's Cakery is known as having one of the best Key Lime Pie's in Miami. The brainchild of social entrepreneur and philanthropist, owner Andrea “Andy” Travaglia Lee & Marie's has a menu of freshly made items including a roster of scrumptious cakes, cookies and confections, all based on the availability of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch in L&M's production kitchen. But one of the most unique aspects in the production kitchen is the second part of the mission that L&M's was conceived with:

First, Lee & Marie's Cakery created a much needed neighborhood bakery that offered a creative and delectable twist on American bakery classics.

Yohanna diligent at work!
Yohanna diligent at work!
But the second and most important mission embraces a cause close to Andy Travaglia heart, providing support and employment to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In tandem with the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Lee & Marie's provides employment opportunities for autistic adults, helping to guide them on a path to greater independence and an enhanced quality of life.

According to Andrea Travaglia, Everyone seems to know someone affected by autism - it affects one in 88 children; and actually one in 54 boys. It is the fastest growing, serious developmental disability in the U.S. Unfortunately, once an autistic youth reaches adulthood, their treatments are reduced drastically and they age out of the system. The uncertainty of their future, coupled with the 90% unemployment rate in the community, has motivated Travaglia in creating businesses that not only employ these individuals but also help nurture them through adulthood. 

Opening the bakery has given me the opportunity to educate my customers, employees and industry leaders on the many benefits of hiring adults with autism. They are extremely diligent, creative, and genuinely thankful for the opportunity to work. Collaborating firsthand with ‘our adults’ has given my business a unique insight into their world! – Andy Travaglia

Deliciously Timeless: http://www.leeandmaries.com

********************************
We’re committed to building a better future and highlighting the best of the best of us. 
We're always looking for great places and great people to feature on this blog…
Please send a message

CONNECT with us, JOIN the conversation, 
SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel to see more!

Thanks for watching and subscribing, 
Linda Kruse
KRUSING AMERICA
Creator / Producer / Director

FOLLOW us on Twitter @KrusingAmerica  @lindamkruse   @AtticusProd
LIKE us on Facebook

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Foodie in Miami: Best Key Lime Pie – Lee & Marie's Cakery / Deliciously Timeless with a Unique Mission! Part 1 of 2 @leeandmaries


Key lime pie at Lee & Marie's
I love when I research something for one reason and come across an entirely new and better find! I was looking for my usual Friday Foodie post but something that would be special to Florida as I am traveling this week; not only did I find an amazing Key Lime Pie at Lee & Marie's Cakery in Miami but also an owner on a unique mission. Lee & Marie's provides employment opportunities for autistic adults, helping to guide them on a path to greater independence and an enhanced quality of life. Absolutely prefect to highlight in my KRUSING AMERICA blog! 
Read on to learn more:

Lee &Marie’s Cakery, a dynamic bakery/cafe hybrid or Cakery dishes up delicious baked goods, sandwiches, salads and other mouthwatering delights. Located at 40 South Pointe Drive on South Beach, the indoor/outdoor 50 seat cafe is the brainchild of social entrepreneur and philanthropist, owner Andrea “Andy” Travaglia.

_DSC0011
Lee & Marie's South Beach Interior
Named to honor the recipes of Travaglia daughters grandmothers, the quaint, homey shop serves breakfast and lunch daily, with a menu of freshly made items including a roster of scrumptious cakes, cookies and confections, which changes day-to-day based on the availability of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch in L&M's production kitchen, housed in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, FL. 


Read tomorrows Saturday Study & Learn Blog post (8/29/2015) and learn what the dual mission of this amazing Cakery is all about. 

Deliciously Timeless: http://www.leeandmaries.com


If you can't make it to Miami and Lee & Marie's Cakery here is an 
EASY KEY LIME PIE RECIPE - 

Sandra's Key Lime Pie


INGREDIENTS
1(8 ounce) package cream cheese
1(14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
1⁄2 cup Nellie & Joe famous key west lime juice
1 9-inch graham cracker crust





DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat softened cream cheese until creamy.
Add sweetened condensed milk and beat to incorporate.
Add egg yolks and beat well.
Add lime juice and beat till combined.
Pour mixture into pie crust and spread with spatula until evenly distributed.
Place on cookie sheet and then into the oven and bake for 10 min.
until the filling begins to set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack at room temp.
Then place in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Two works better.
Cut into 8 slices and serve with a generous helping of whipped cream.


From http://www.food.com/recipe/sandras-key-lime-pie-57679