This week’s healthy lunches: seasonal veggie and chickpea salad!
Ingredients:
- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans/whatever you call them
- 1 bell pepper (any color, or more than 1 if you really love bell peppers) In the photo I actually used gypsy peppers because that’s what came in our Farm Fresh to You box last week
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes or whatever other type of tomato you like/have
- 1 cup corn (I used frozen corn because I am lazy. If you have the time and energy, corn from the cob would be amazing)
- olive oil and vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar because I am currently in love with it)
- whatever seasoning you like (I used garlic salt and oregano, mainly because I couldn’t get the wrapper off the new bottle of thyme. Yeah.)
- any type of vinaigrette you like (We picked up a champagne vinaigrette today at the store. Because champagne.)
Directions:
Cut zucchini and bell peppers into similar sized pieces (so they cook evenly, yo), then saute with olive oil. Add vinegar here if desired. I desired. I love it. Add seasonings here.
Cook until all pieces are soft.
While veggies are cooking, dice tomatoes, thaw corn, and rinse chickpeas.
When veggies are done, mix everything together in a large bowl. If eating right away, mix in your favorite vinaigrette. If storing for lunches for the week, add some white vinegar or olive oil, then add the dressing in the morning before taking to work.
Can be served on fresh spinach or other greens for a more filling salad.

This week’s healthy lunches: seasonal veggie and chickpea salad!

Ingredients:

- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans/whatever you call them

- 1 bell pepper (any color, or more than 1 if you really love bell peppers) In the photo I actually used gypsy peppers because that’s what came in our Farm Fresh to You box last week

- 1 medium zucchini

- 1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes or whatever other type of tomato you like/have

- 1 cup corn (I used frozen corn because I am lazy. If you have the time and energy, corn from the cob would be amazing)

- olive oil and vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar because I am currently in love with it)

- whatever seasoning you like (I used garlic salt and oregano, mainly because I couldn’t get the wrapper off the new bottle of thyme. Yeah.)

- any type of vinaigrette you like (We picked up a champagne vinaigrette today at the store. Because champagne.)

Directions:

Cut zucchini and bell peppers into similar sized pieces (so they cook evenly, yo), then saute with olive oil. Add vinegar here if desired. I desired. I love it. Add seasonings here.

Cook until all pieces are soft.

While veggies are cooking, dice tomatoes, thaw corn, and rinse chickpeas.

When veggies are done, mix everything together in a large bowl. If eating right away, mix in your favorite vinaigrette. If storing for lunches for the week, add some white vinegar or olive oil, then add the dressing in the morning before taking to work.

Can be served on fresh spinach or other greens for a more filling salad.

I am out of grading shape

And my attention span is nearly nonexistent.

Self-Care Sunday

I think this should be a thing.

After being sick for a week I’m on the mend, and I boarded the self-care train these last 24 hours and recommend you join me. Here are some ideas:

- Go find a new bath and body product that you absolutely love using, and USE IT. My new favorite is Soap and Glory’s Rich and Foamous body wash. It has a sweet and nutty smell that you’ll love if you like the nutty Body Shop body butters (my favorite is the cocoa butter one). When I feel exhausted or icky, this just makes getting in the shower worth it.

Take a bath  and do all the things you never have time to do in your morning shower. Exfoliate (here’s my favorite scrub). Moisturize. Soak. Relax. You can light candles. You can use bath salts (actual bath salts, not the terrifyingly synthetic drugs). You can drink wine. You can read. Whatever your heart desires. 

Use a face mask. I’ve only recently started using face masks, but they’re so awesome. I bought this one at Target, and it’s super affordable, and makes my skin feel like new. I use it in the middle of the week, or if I don’t have the energy, then I just use it on the weekend. Would be great to put on if you’re taking a bath. :) I was always weary of face masks because I have generally awful skin, and I thought a scrubby mask might make it more irritated. But, when I started researching I realized that there’s a mask for every skin type and every skin problem. There are cleansing masks, exfoliating masks, calming masks, any kind of mask you want exists. Treat yo self.

Go shopping and if you’re on a budget, buy one thing on sale that you love. Just the time spent wandering a store you love can be a relaxing endeavor. Or if you have more time and cash, try a few new things. I spent way too much time and money in Sephora today, and while I left with a few products I wanted/needed, I also tried new things and left with samples. I love samples. Perfume samples. Eye cream samples. Foundation samples.  Because they’re free! And hey, maybe pick up an amazing product that isn’t super expensive but that you can’t wait to use. Today I got Boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge to help take care of my face. :)

(Disclaimer: If you go to Sephora, and people help you with samples, ask for a survey link and their name. They do not get commission, and the way they get recognition for their excellent customer service is through this customer survey. So. Get the link. Get their names. And take that survey. Include their names in the open comments section. They deserve it.)

Self-care is so important, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Also, beauty products aren’t just relegated to women who wear a lot of make-up. Make-up is just one small corner of the Treat Yo Self Beauty World - embrace the lotions, the fragrances, the cleansers, the sponges, the creams, and sprays that the beauty world has to offer! You deserve it.

(Second disclaimer: men are allowed to do all of these things too. You can use face masks. You can use body washes. And you can take baths. It’s all awesome. Join us!)

mscarmenb:

lilmsawkward:

lilmsawkward:

I’m gonna cry

Still crying

thinking of my students. I hate when this happens to them. How do you fix or alter this mid-project?! It’s kinda my feeling that you can’t. Instead just help the group kiddos think of a backup plan while prodding/understanding & responding to the weak link. 

I just stopped assigning group projects. I hate them. The kids hate them. And is it really a valuable assessment of each kid’s ability? Not usually.Instead, my students collaborate all the time while learning skills. They form arguments together. They discuss high level questions about the book/article we’re reading. They sit in groups and talk all the time. They collaborate.But when it comes to the assessment, they’re on their own. No one is let down, and their grade is theirs.

mscarmenb:

lilmsawkward:

lilmsawkward:

I’m gonna cry

Still crying

thinking of my students. I hate when this happens to them. How do you fix or alter this mid-project?! It’s kinda my feeling that you can’t. Instead just help the group kiddos think of a backup plan while prodding/understanding & responding to the weak link. 

I just stopped assigning group projects. I hate them. The kids hate them. And is it really a valuable assessment of each kid’s ability? Not usually.

Instead, my students collaborate all the time while learning skills. They form arguments together. They discuss high level questions about the book/article we’re reading. They sit in groups and talk all the time. They collaborate.

But when it comes to the assessment, they’re on their own. No one is let down, and their grade is theirs.

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teachingtoday:

Guys- this year my classroom has…nothing. Nothing to make it special. I am spread very thin financially right now and cannot afford to spend my own money on classroom decor and furnishings. Over the past few years I have built up my classroom library and established reading workshop in my…

Charity Miles

strangenewclassrooms:

So I just got this app. It’s pretty cool, you take your phone with you when you run, walk, or bike. This app tracks your miles and donates to a charity of your choice (and boy, do they have quite the list) based on how many miles you do. ( $.25/mile for walkers & runners, $.10 a mile for bikers.)

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I’ve been sick all week, and generally unable to process anything on Tumblr but:

- My classes this year are fun.

- I got to tell their parents at Back to School Night that I love their kids, and that I know what I’m doing.

- Year 4 is magical. I’m serious.

- Even though I don’t teach AVID, I’m getting more involved in supporting my AVID students and the teachers who teach the elective classes.

- Kids who didn’t have a place at school have found it in yearbook, and I’m just so happy to watch it happen.

- My formerly-scared yearbook editors are leaders this year. Legit leaders.

- I realized this morning that mollyrockstar, whose posts I regularly fangirl over, actually teaches a few minutes from my house. WHAT ARE THE ODDS. Also, she has a gofundme for her school, and I can legit vouch that they need it. Hubs teaches in the same district at a similar school.

- This month, I was able to stop paying the $900 a month in benefits that my district charges for TWO PEOPLE (we moved back to the hubs’s district benefits, which are FREE for both of us), and therefore got a $1,000 increase in my paycheck (yay for raises and steps on the salary schedule). Hell. Fucking. Yes.

- Three-day weekend.

hbcreative:

#FERGUSON

     I won’t soon forget the events that took place in #ferguson…will you?

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mpalka:

Hey Freshmen, listen up to this voice. 

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"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’"

Toni Morrison (via algandarsmanor)

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