Celebrating Five Years on Twitter

twitterI opened my Inbox last night to discover a notice from Twitter about my 5th “Twitterversary.” (Has it really been five years?) I got an account on January 12, 2010, with little expectation of ever using this social media platform. After attending a political conference that summer, I began to tweet more. Little did I know that within five years I’d have a decent following or that I’d be teaching fellow activists how to effectively tweet about conservatism.

Here are some of my most popular tweets:

Everyone assumes that I only tweet for a living. (Quite the contrary.) Twitter has enabled me to share my perspective on issues, promote friends/like-minded people, promote my organization’s events, and articulate conservatism in 140 characters or less. It’s a powerful platform, so never discount its value.

Because of my tweeting, I’ve been featured in Drudge Report, Twitchy, Politico, National Review, and other outlets. Use Twitter well and you shall be rewarded!

If you’re not already on Twitter, I recommend you sign up. Happy Tweeting!

Refreshing Orzo

Gabriella Hoffman:

Orzo is AMAZING! Great side dish for any meal. Read Anna Maria’s write-up about it on A Taste of Patriarchy today! #SpreadTheTaste

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Do you like orzo? Are you looking for an orzo recipe that’s got some color and nutrients in it? Check out this recipe I whipped up recently. It’s really easy to make and makes you feel less guilty for eating pasta with the greens its got in it: spinach, green olives, and green onions . Who says conservatives can’t be for healthy eating, creative cooking, and getting their products from places like Whole Foods? ;) In fact, the orzo featured in this recipe comes from Whole Foods, but you can find orzo anywhere you go really.

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Hope you try this recipe in your kitchen! Feel free to modify the ingredients to your taste, since we conservatives are about choice after all, but of course not in the way how liberals talk about choice. :)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package of orzo
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of manzanilla olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of spinach, chopped

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Planning to Travel in 2015? Visit Lithuania

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Who else is digging the love Lithuania is getting lately from travel blogs and similar publications?

The Baltic nation of Lithuania has a special place in my heart. For those who know me personally, I often boast about my Baltic roots and showcase delicious food from my ancestral homeland. I can’t help that I appreciate my Lithuanian roots! (Last Friday marked 29 years since my parents and relatives left then Soviet-occupied Lithuania for the U.S.)

For those of you shaking your head questioning whether or not Lithuania is a real country: Yes, it’s a real country with a rich history. It’s also a freedom-loving, rebellious, deeply Catholic (socially conservative) country giving Russian oligarch Vladimir Putin massive headaches. (And rightly so!) Moreover, I’m proud to say that my Lithuanian heritage has tremendously aided me in advancing conservatism.

What is Lithuania known for? In short, basketball, beer, and beautiful women. The first written mention of Lithuania dates back to March 9, 1009. It’s also the largest and most populous of the Baltic Republics. Additionally, Lithuania was the first Baltic Republic to declare its independence from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990. (How cool is that?)

Need a reason to visit the Baltic Republic?

Lonely Planet listed Lithuania as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2015:

Rebellious, quirky and vibrant, Lithuania (Lietuva) is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Though the country rarely makes it into newspapers outside its borders (and when it does, it’s for some basketball exploit), the southernmost of the three Baltic countries holds a bag of treats.

Lithuania joined Singapore, Namibia, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo, Serbia, the Philippines, St Lucia, and Morocco on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 list.

And Forbes also listed Lithuania as a top travel destination in 2015:

It’s also home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the old town of capital city Vilnius, a Baroque masterpiece and one of the largest old towns in Central and Eastern Europe; and the Curonian Spit, a 60-mile peninsula of spectacular beaches stretching south into Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Once heavily forested, it’s now the pride of the country and backed by Europe’s largest moving sand dune.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly caught the travel bug. Last time I was in Lietuva was in August 1999. (I was eight at the time.) Hoping to pay a visit in the near future, especially sometime later this year!

Would you want to visit Lithuania this year? Weigh in below!

Old Country Gefilte Fish

Gabriella Hoffman:

My dad submitted this awesome stuffed fish / fish patties recipe! Check it out.

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

This recipe submission comes from my dad Boris. He’s an avid fisherman and a great family man. He started cooking at a very young age, learning the flavorful, traditional recipes of his family and heritage. In fact, he taught me how to make many of those recipes.

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Here’s why my dad submitted this recipe to our site:

This recipe honors my mom and grandma, who often made this recipe while I was growing up. It is a true family tradition.

Check out the recipe below, along with the fish patties you can make from the remaining stuffing mixture!

Ingredients:

  • Whole fish [You can choose any type of fish you like. I used red drum (5 lb.)]
  • 5-6 slices of white bread
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 large carrots, sliced 3/8 in. thick
  • 2-3 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 medium-sized parsnip roots, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1…

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New Counter Cultured Article: Actress Katherine Heigl Tweets Support for Gun Use

Check out my latest article at Counter Cultured entitled, “Kudos to Actress Katherine Heigl For Practicing Responsible Gun Use.

Below is an excerpt:

Actress Katherine Heigl – best known for starring in 27 Dresses , Grey’s Anatomy, and The Ugly Truth – recently tweeted about her trip to the gun range to prepare for her role on NBC’s State of Affairs.

There hasn’t been much backlash for Heigl’s tweet. Surprisingly , this is not the first time Heigl has gone to the gun range. In 2010, she reportedly did some target shooting while preparing for her role in the film One for the Money.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Counter Cultured Review of ‘Unbroken’

I co-authored an article up at Counter Cultured called “‘Unbroken’ Film Channels Respect for Greatest Generation” with my fellow CC blogger Johnny Whichard.

Here’s an excerpt of the article:

The film “Unbroken” is captivating audiences nationwide and abroad. Since its Christmas day release, the film has generated nearly $88 million in ticket sales.

“Unbroken” follows the story of late World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who died last July at age 97. The film is inspired by the namesake bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand.

The film begins in Torrance, California, where young Louis Zamperini is disinterested in going to church and more interested in causing mischief. Much to the dismay of his Italian immigrant parents, Zamperini sneaks liquor and has run-ins with law enforcement. Though his childhood in Southern California was marked by delinquency, Zamperini would later turn his life around through running. With the loving encouragement of his brother, Zamperini trains into a powerful running machine. After years of persistent effort, Zamperini performs for the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. While he didn’t receive a gold medal, Zamperini broke a single lap record time and made a shocking comeback after trailing for much of his race.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Happy 29th Freedomversary, Mom and Dad!

On this day 29 years ago, my parents arrived in the United States in search of a better life.

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[Aren’t my parents adorable? They’ll be celebrating 33 years of marriage in April.]

I often brag and boast about my parents because, well, they’re awesome. Not only that, they are the best [naturalized] Americans I know! They came here virtually penniless from the now-defunct Soviet Union in search of a better life. (Soviet attitudes still thrive in Russia today.) Their first home, Lithuania, was sadly ravaged by Soviet policies. Thankfully the country is now free.

I recently watched “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984) which starred the late Robin Williams. In the film, there is a profound scene featuring a swearing-in ceremony for soon-to-be naturalized Americans. Here’s a relevant quote from that scene:

 …Today you will become citizens of the United States of America. No longer are you an Englishman, Italian, a Pole or whatever, neither will you be a hyphenated American. From this day you are no longer a subject of a government, but an integral part of the government, a free man. May you find in this nation the fulfillment of your dreams of Peace and Security, and may America in turn never find you wanting in your new proud role of citizen of the United States…

This scene will certainly have an impact on you. Becoming American used to be lauded. Now, it’s “xenophobic” and “insensitive” to suggest people should assimilate to the American way of life. My parents retain many aspects of Lithuanian culture, but understand that success in America comes with blending into society. Without a doubt, American citizenship is a great privilege. Cherish it more!

I’m proud to be a daughter of legal immigrants from Lithuania. My parents sacrificed so much to come here to achieve the American dream. My sister and I are eternally grateful to them for giving us a good life here in the U.S.

Happy 29th Freedomversary, Mom and Dad!