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Cooking Playdate – Lemons Galore!

Cooking Playdate – Lemons Galore!
In the 7th grade, Kristin and I became instant friends. Perhaps it was our mutual love of animals (or Duran Duran!).  Despite the inevitable middle school girl drama, we remained friends throughout the years, and then lost touch after she moved to a different high school and we went away to college.  Fast forward many years, and we were reunited by chance - and this time, I plan to hang on. When I posted a message on Facebook about my bursting lemon tree and my interest in a cooking play date,...

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Growing Green Onions in the Kitchen

Growing Green Onions in the Kitchen
After teaching children about sustainable food for nearly 10 years, I have been hankering to grow more of my own food.  I have never exactly had a green thumb, probably because I am easily distracted and don't water my garden often enough.  Since I wont' be teaching full time in the classroom next year, I should have plenty of time to get outside, water my plants, and work on my goal of growing more of our own food. Since I am motivated by success (who isn't?), I thought I'd start with something...

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From the mouths of babes - Thoughts on Fast Food...

From the mouths of babes – Thoughts on Fast Food
Goodness knows, we have had challenges raising our 12 year old son.  But he actually listens to us, bless his heart.  And when he was given the assignment to write a persuasive essay in school, he chose the topic of Fast Food.  Despite his dyslexia, he worked his hardest - and this is what he created... FAST FOOD - CHOSE YOUR PATH: UNHEALTHY OR HEALTHY? What restaurants make healthier choices? Here in my essay are some  examples. Chipotle is an example of a place that does take care of...

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Promoting Stewardship – Trout in the Classroom

Promoting Stewardship – Trout in the Classroom
There are days when I act like a "traditional" teacher, telling stories (lecturing) or promoting literacy (encouraging students to use the text book), but most of the time, I like to use "out of the box" teaching strategies...like this: We worked with Trout Unlimited, an incredible organization to make this project come to life.  Not only did they provide me with a mentor (my very own former high school biology teacher!!!), but they provided all of the equipment, helped me to set up the tank,...

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New Beginnings…and Trout in the Classroom

New Beginnings…and Trout in the Classroom
I love teaching environmental science.  It is an opportunity to connect science to life.  Real life...so students NEVER have to wonder why the class matters. This year, I took a Project Wild workshop and got certified by the Fish and Wildlife Service to hatch Rainbow Trout in my classroom.  My mentor for this project is my former high school biology teacher, which makes the experience even more special.  He is currently a full time fly fishing instructor.  I realize that it seems a bit odd...

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Food Network is Looking for Kid Chefs - Casting ...

Food Network is Looking for Kid Chefs – Casting Now
If your child dreams of being on the Food Network, now is their chance!  The show Rachael vs. Guy is casting now for their second season and is looking for 8-13 year olds who have mad skills in the kitchen.  For more information, please visit their website Rachael vs. Guy.
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Cooking Play date Inspiration: Pad Thai

Clearly, things have been busy around here.  I just realized that I hadn't written about one of the big highlights from our Thanksgiving trip to visit family in Virginia.  We have never travelled cross-country over the "busiest travel holiday of the year" before, and to be honest, I wasn't not looking forward to the journey.  Most likely, my reluctance was from years of watching fear mongering news stations showing hordes of people stranded in airports,  but perhaps it was just because I like...

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The genetics behind taste – kitchen science

Cilantro. Most people either love it, or they hate it. I grew up with a mother who disliked it so much that she would often tell the waitstaff in restaurants that she was allergic to it, just so that it wouldn't accidentally end up as a garnish on her plate. Sadly, I inherited her aversion to the herb...and not just because I was influenced by her bias against it. As much as I adore Mexican food, you would think that I would look forward to a taco topped with a heaping mound of salsa fresca. But...

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Hospital Food – Not Ideal for Promoting Health

Hospital Food – Not Ideal for Promoting Health
Most of us have spent more time in hospitals than we would like - either as patients, or visiting loved ones.  Our most recent experience in the hospital was with our son, when he was being evaluated by a team of neuropsychiatric specialists in Utah.  It was the first step of our journey, before he went to his current therapeutic setting. He was very excited because he had earned the privilege of taking us downstairs to the cafeteria for lunch instead of having to stay upstairs and have lunch...

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Finding Hope After A Difficult Journey

Finding Hope After A Difficult Journey
When I sat down to write my most recent blog post, I was surprised to see that I hadn't written a post in nearly 7 months. The first excuse that came to mind was that I must have been too busy juggling my adjustment to a new teaching job with family life. But the reality is that I haven't wanted to write down the truth....the fact that life with our son, adopted as a baby from Guatemala 10 years ago, had become so disregulated that it became necessary to send him to a residential therapeutic treatment...

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