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Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles

Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles
When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try.  I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house - to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again.  And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up.  Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator. I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable...

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Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Since I am not at work all day, I am spending a good portion of my time trying to be efficient so that I can be more "emotionally available" to my family.  One strategy that seems to be working well is to spend some time early in the week prepping a ton of veggies so that most of the heavy lifting is done prior to the dinner time crunch. This week, I got a lot of knife skills practice (which is GREAT for my Rouxbe cooking class!). I diced a butternut squash, cut kale leaves into ribbons, halved...

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Who’s Your Daddy?
I believe that one of my greatest contributions to the classroom was that I was maternal.  I was filled with passion for what was right and would act like an agitated Mama Bear if I felt like someone was doing wrong by my students.  Maybe I'd get upset because there was disrespect in a relationship between two students; sometimes students were treated as if they didn't matter; and often, their health was ignored by others who should have been making it a priority. Now that I am no longer in...

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Lesson Plans Aren’t Just for the Classroom

Lesson Plans Aren’t Just for the Classroom
It has finally come and gone - the start of the new school year. And for the first time in several years, I didn't return to the classroom with my children and former students.  After losing my job, I wasn't sure how I would handle the transition.  But I am handling it.  Because I have to. Of course, I couldn't resist thinking about what I would have done on the first day of school with my students.  How would I have inspired them or lit the spark to encourage them to try harder than ever...

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Life Has No Reset Button - So Organize the Kitch...

Life Has No Reset Button – So Organize the Kitchen
When life feels out of control, I like to purge.  It somehow gives me the sensation that I am in charge.  Of something.  But usually not the things that matter.  It makes no difference, though - it still leaves me feeling somewhat more satisfied. Lately, I can't escape the feeling that I am caught in a cyclone.  Our son's transition back home started smoothly, but is rapidly leading back to where we began.  My daughter's riding instructor asked her how I was coping, and she replied that...

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Plant-Based Diet Myths Debunked: Protein

Plant-Based Diet Myths Debunked: Protein
Just ask any vegetarian what they hear the most after telling somebody that they don't eat meat.  I am not a betting gal, but I'd put money on this:  "How do you get enough protein?" All joking aside, you do not have to eat meat in order for your body to get enough protein.  I thought it might be helpful to share the basics of how proteins are built and what they are used for in your body. Some basic biology vocabulary: Mono = one; Poly = many Monomers are single units (like train...

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5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch

5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch
This has been a time of great transition for our family.  We have gone from the hectic schedule of a busy school year to the relative ease of summer, jobs are in transition, and our son has returned home.  We were sorely in need of a family vacation...and while most people consider a trip to the lake or beach to be an ideal destination, we had something else in mind.  We yearned for something adventurous, but also easy.  I didn't want to worry about making meals (or even a week's worth of dinner...

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Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish

Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish
My first Rouxbe assignment was to make my "go-to" plant-based dish.  I know it sounds odd, but I don't really have a specialty.  I usually do a little-of-this and a little-of-that (although I do make a mean coconut macaroon...)  So, I decided to keep it simple and make a summer quinoa salad.  This dish represents how I like to cook - with fresh ingredients that I already have on hand.  Quinoa, filled with protein, serves as an ideal canvas to combine with cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives,...

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Rouxbe – Starting My Online Culinary Education

Rouxbe – Starting My Online Culinary Education
It's hard to believe that I ran a successful mobile cooking school for children without having attended culinary school.  Of course, you have to remember that the number 1 priority of working with children is, in fact, liking  children. And it doesn't hurt to be an experienced educator, who's goal is to make learning feel like playtime.  But I digress... After my involuntary hiatus from the classroom this coming school year, I was given the opportunity to participate in the Professional Plant-Based...

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Challah, Our New Family Tradition

Challah, Our New Family Tradition
It has been said that when I put my mind to something, I resemble a dog on a bone (figuratively, I hope!). I ponder, I mull, I research, and of course, I turn to social media for advice. About a week before our son was due home from residential treatment, I wanted to come up with some new ways for us to spend time together and to develop traditions in the kitchen. He is a major holiday lover, so I decided that there wouldn't be anything better than a weekly celebration that would bring our family...

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