Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

If you do not know what someone wants for Christmas, get them food.

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This seems to be the general consensus of most Americans, and  I believe that it usually works well.  As a teacher, my mom received piles of cookies, cakes, and treats from her students, and my family never complained about this multitude of desserts.

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One of our favorites, chocolate covered pretzels, is the inspiration for today’s recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • sweetener to taste
  • handful of pretzels

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water and vanilla to a boil.
  • Stir in oatmeal and banana.  Return to a boil and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener.
  • Reduce heat to medium.  Cook until you are pleased with the consistency (probably around five minutes).
  • Transfer to a bowl.  Stir in pretzels.
  • Eat immediately (no one wants soggy pretzels!).
  • Enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Educational Games for Middle Schoolers

Top Ten Tuesday: Educational Games for Middle Schoolers

As an education major, some of our required assignments are nothing more than gathering materials to use in our classrooms.  In the present age, a list of web-based games is considered a necessary material.  Here are ten of my favorite games that I have found this year.

English:

  • Analogies – Students must determine which word correctly completes the analogies.  Words will only appear twice, so they need to think quickly!

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  • Guess the HomonymSum Some students have a hard thyme time trying too two to determine the write right  homophone or distinguish between homonyms.  This game can help.

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Science:

  • Food Chain Game – As students learn about all the components of a biome’s food web, this game can help them review and practice putting producers, consumers, and decomposers in order.

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  • Photosynthesis Respiration Game – This game leads students step-by-step through the process of human cell respiration and plant cell photosynthesis.  Students must truly understand both concepts to successfully play the game.

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Social Studies:

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  • America on the Move – Perhaps the greatest evidence of our world’s advances is in the realm of transportation.  America on the Move provides three different games that help children learn about the history of transportation.

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Math:

  • Fruit Shoot Fractions – This game, reminiscent of Fruit Ninja, requires students to “shoot” the answer to a fraction addition problem.  Because there are many levels, students of many different grades can play the game.

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  • Pre-Algebra Addition Shootout – Children who love soccer will enjoy choosing their goalkeeper, jersey color, an skill level before solving a variety of simple algebraic equations.

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Health:

  • Arthur’s Lunch-o-Matic – This tray needs some Vitamin A!  Students must choose the food that fits the cafeteria worker’s description.  The game will help children learn the benefits of eating a variety of foods.

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  • Blast Off! – Children’s bodies are just like rocket ships–they need fuel!  In this game, students fill their plate with a wide variety of foods to get enough fuel for an active day.

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Chunky Black Bean Dip

Chunky Black Bean Dip

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Beans, beans! The magical fruit–the more you eat the more you…

Uh, let me try again.

Beans, beans! They’re good for your heart–the more you eat the more you…

Well, you get the idea.

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When I visited Honduras in 2010, we ate refried pinto beans at every single meal.  I love beans, but after 21 meals of refried beans on hotdog buns (breakfast), refried beans with tortillas (lunch), and refried beans with rice (supper), even black beans would have been a welcome treat!

At the end of the week, they took us out for a special meal.

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You would never guess what they stuffed in these papusas.
I must say, though, that my nails were extremely smooth and shiny by the end of that week.  Maybe beans truly are magical.

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Chunky Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup pre-made salsa
  • chopped green pepper (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)

 

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture becomes the desired consistency
  • Eat and enjoy!

 

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Adios Oatmeal!

Adios Oatmeal!

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I am terribly sad.  Have you read the latest news?

A group of research and food scientists recently proved that excessive oatmeal consumption leads to multiple health issues.  Raw oatmeal is high in phenol.  Phenol causes blood concentrations of avenanthramides to soar.  Oatmeal also contains a lot of beta-glucan, which causes hyperinflamation and necrosis.   Because it is full of water-soluble fiber, oatmeal porridge scrapes intestinal walls, leading to significant internal bleeding.  Oatmeal also abounds with B-vitamins, which directly affect sleep patterns.  Despite the recent health-food-oatmeal craze, oatmeal could possibly be one of the most dangerous foods in the world.

With all due respect to my beloved oatmeal, I will never be eating it again.  Let’s take a moment and reflect on some of the delicious oatmeal recipes I have enjoyed in the past.

Banana Cream Stovetop Oats
Banana Cream Stovetop Oats

 

Apple Pie Oatmeal
Apple Pie Oatmeal

 

Gingerbread Latte Oatmeal
Gingerbread Latte Oatmeal

R.I.P dear oatmeal.  I will miss you!!

 

P.S. April Fools!!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Health Helpers

Top Ten Tuesday: Health Helpers

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I know.  Your day starts at the crack of dawn and you don’t get a break until your head falls onto the pillow in the early morning hours.  Exercise is not something you have time for.  Here are some suggestions to live a little healthier in your hectic world.

Top 10 easy ways promote healthy living today:

  1. Go for a run/jog/walk during your lunch break.
  2. Eat oatmeal for breakfast.  If you want a new, flavorful recipe, check out theoatmealartist.com.  My favorite is the Overnight Orange Dreamsicle Oatmeal recipe.
  3. Do a pop song challenge on the Blogilates YouTube channel.
  4. Carry (and drink from) a water bottle.
  5. Enjoy my Peanut Butter Paradise Pudding recipe for a snack today.
  6. Choose poultry, nuts, or beans as your next source of protein.
  7. Spend the afternoon outside.
  8. Clean your kitchen.
  9. Do ten burpees RIGHT NOW (if you are at work, stretch out your arms and legs).
  10. Smile, laugh, and embrace life.