As a homeschooler I always thought that my kids’ success and love was all I’d get as a reward for teaching. I had no problem with that. But I don’t only teach my kids. We participate in a homeschool group and one of my students nominated me for a Teacher of Excellence Award! It was awarded by the LDS Church in Yucaipa, CA. It was a wonderful night that I will always remember. Thank you Kaylie!
I have a cousin who calls these “Lazy Man’s Enchiladas”. She might be right. This casserole version is a lot easier than the real thing… but it tastes just as good! I usually make this when I have some leftover crockpot beans and baked chicken in the fridge. I take the leftovers from two recipes my family loves and make a third one!
½ c vegetable oil
2 C rice
1 c tomato sauce
1 can chopped tomatoes – drained
1 can broth
1 can water
1 t garlic salt
½ t season salt
½ t ground pepper
1 1/2 – 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken (I have used canned chicken in a pinch)
1 can of corn, drained well
10 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
Large can of mild (or whatever you can handle) enchilada sauce
Re-fried beans (homemade from leftover crockpot beans or a large can)
Shredded Mexican cheese
Olives – preferably sliced (optional)
Add tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, broth, water, seasonings, corn and chicken. Stir. Wait for it to boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand with the lid on for 5 to 10 minutes.
While it is cooking and cooling get ready to put the casserole together by cutting up the tortillas. When you are ready to start assembling, pour about a third of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of the 9×13 pan, spreading it evenly. Cover the bottom with about half of the tortilla wedges.
Pour another third of the enchilada sauce on top. Sprinkle cheese on top of that .
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, I LOVE spaghetti squash and I’m finding lots of different ways to use it. The one thing that people say when I suggest using this squash is they don’t know what to do with the leftovers. This breakfast dish would be perfect to use up those leftovers from dinner. Give it a try!
coconut or olive oil for greasing griddle
spaghetti squash (cooked) – about 1/3 cup per servingeggs
salsa, avocado (optional)
Heat up a griddle to about 300. Spread oil evenly on the griddle and then make your “nests” out of spaghetti squash – these are piles with an indentation in the middle to put the egg. Next get your eggs and crack them into the “nest” that you’ve created. Personally, I don’t like runny eggs so I “pop” them so they will cook completely. Don’t worry if the egg doesn’t stay completely contained in it’s nest. It isn’t supposed to. Once it looks like it has set completely on the bottom and is starting to set on the top, flip each nest, season to taste and add cheese if you’d like. Allow to cook through and then serve with salsa, avocado, yogurt, sour cream, whatever sounds good! Enjoy!
I love Friedman, especially this interview. He makes economics really make sense. Yes, this was made in 1979, but you’ll be surprised how relevant what he says it.
The kids all played in one room while the adults were in another. We adults recognized that it was better that way – the kids wouldn’t absolutely trounce us! It took us a little while to figure things out. The kids on the other hand were having a blast! They got right into trading, building, monopolizing and terrorizing! It got pretty loud there for awhile. They really were getting into it. Little did they realize they were learning too.
They were learning about supply and demand. For example, if only one person had bricks they were a rare commodity and VERY hard to find. In order to convince someone to give up a brick card you had to really entice them by giving them a good deal… maybe a couple of sheep cards.
And allocation of resources. They had to build their settlements in certain areas and expand in certain ways in order to compete and grow. If they didn’t have a settlement on an ore area, they better find someone who did or figure out a way to build one.
And all the stratigizing that went on! I heard one student say that as part of his strategy, he monopolized the brick areas. Another student used her roll of “7″ as an opportunity to extract concessions from other players (rolling a 7 enables you to place the “thief” on different locations which limits players’ access to resources).
With this experience under their belts, I’ll be able to refer to it later to draw analogies to different economic concepts. It will help make it more real… even though they thought they were just playing a game.
I just saw a music video that touched my heart. It really spoke of why I do what I do and why I teach my kids and others the way I do. I want to make a positive difference in the world and give others something to build on. I know I’m just one person. But I believe each and every person on this beautiful planet is here for a purpose. And that includes you and me.
The January 30th, 2014 edition of Time Magazine has a really interesting article about the new Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen. It you can get your hands on it, read it… and read it to your kids. Talk about it and dig deeper into the many subjects it can lead to.
I’m going to be using it in my current Economics class. Next week I’m going to be talking about different economic theories and the people behind them. One thing the Time article says about Yellen is that she is a “reform-minded Keynesian”. Do you know what that means? You should. It will affect your life and our economy.
This woman literally has the economy of the free world in her hands. It is going to be interesting to see what she does with it.
As you can probably tell, I REALLY like youtube. My posts have been predominantly videos lately. Sorry about that! I use my blog to help my students. They just have to go to one place and find all the videos I have suggested.
As a homeschooler, I tend to think out of the box education-wise. I have the opportunity to have my students learn the way they are predisposed to. I also don’t have to limit myself to school approved resources.
I have found, after giving my fair share of lectures, that kids really don’t want to sit there and just listen to me speak. They want it to be fun and applicable. Their generation is also VERY visual. Fortunately I have youtube as a resource. Sometimes we watch these videos in class… sometimes I assign them to be watched for homework. Either way, my students get to listen to someone other than me!
Check out this video. It is amazing!