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Poke Salad Annie

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  1. A few more thoughts----- * Eating by the rainbow---include a food from each color---this helps to get all those needed fruits and veggie servings in for the day * Stock the pantry with a variety of grains and beans---try some new types such as farro, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar---also try some new bean varieties (Rancho Gordo has oodles) * Fill your spice cabinet with new and different spices than you've used previously---having these available makes following new recipes much easier * Pick out a recipe or meal you've enjoyed in the past, and work on making it vegan-friendly---you can do this with any cookbook * Buy a few new kitchen gadgets if you don't already have them, such as a bamboo steamer (cheap from the Asian market), microplane, wok (again, cheap at the Asian market), Lodge iron grill skillet (this is a workhorse in my home) In truth, I really have come to favor some of my own creations, but I will say that I have a 2" binder full of recipes I've printed from various blogs. Pinterest is another option, but be aware that you may find yourself going further and further down into the rabbit hole..... Some recipes we've loved over the last few years: * Vegan Richa's Buffalo Millet grilled sandwich (I make baked sweet potato fries as a side dish) * Oh She Glows Lentil Loaf (A staple around here, and the leftovers make great sandwiches, too!) * Heidi Swanson's Golden Potstickers (Who knew that yellow split peas could be so tasty? And we also adore her Red Lentil potstickers.)
  2. The Three Investigators series. I loved those books at that age.
  3. I follow a plant-based diet, and that is how I cook for my family as well. I've really had very few complaints about anything I've cooked, and this has been over a period of several years. When I first changed to this way of eating, I began reading vegan cooking blogs, and printed off a few recipes that seemed doable and tasty. With good results from that, I ventured further and began looking through some vegan cookbooks at the bookstore. My library doesn't have many vegan cookbooks, so I ordered a couple I thought might be helpful. Something I have discovered after buying a few cookbooks, and still following with various blogs, is that I enjoy coming up with and cooking my own creations. I think it takes a bit of time to feel comfortable with this style of eating and cooking. The best advice I can give is to simply gather some interesting ingredients and play with some food! Shop at various international markets for exotic ingredients and have fun discovering new flavors that you and your family enjoy. Maybe tonight is Asian flavors, and tomorrow is an Italian theme. Next week could be set aside for a Middle Eastern meal. One more thing I enjoy doing is taking something I have enjoyed eating at a restaurant and recreating it at home. I use all kinds of proteins: beans, tofu, tempeh, dried gluten cubes from the Asian market, homemade seitan, tofu skins, etc. Chickpeas have been a favorite for me lately. I love to make a bbq chickpea salad. Taco-flavored chickpeas are tasty too. I really think you can do anything with chickpeas flavor-wise. Just use your imagination. If you are cooking with tofu, make sure to buy the extra firm grade, then drain and press it well. I like to make tofu kabobs with veggies and cook them in an iron grill skillet. I also like to cook tofu steamed Asian style with ginger, green onions, soy sauce and some olive oil. It is prepared the same way that fish is steamed, only I use tofu instead. It is delicious! I serve it with rice, and some kind of green vegetable. One of our favorite meals is honey-baked lentils (I use maple syrup instead of honey), a platter of roasted veggies, tossed salad with lots of fruits, and steamed rice. There are never any leftovers from this meal. It is so good! Have fun playing with your food! Try new ingredients and interesting recipes. Buy lots of new and exciting spices.
  4. Bumping this older thread up to ask....... I found a set of The Child's World, edited by Esther M. Bjoland, yesterday at the thrift store. I only bought one volume, People and Great Deeds. They are going for 35 cents, so for that price I guess I should hurry back and get the other volumes, right? Has anyone else seen this set before or used it?
  5. I wanted to add that the text I linked to earlier, Illustrated Lessons in Composition and Rhetoric by Erle E. Clippinger is available at for anyone who cannot access Google books.
  6. I posted the link to a very old writing instruction text in this old thread. Is this somewhat similar to what you are describing as following the progym?
  7. Thank you. I guess it is hard for me to let go of going from one worksheet to the next (MEP--I am teaching the lessons on the dry-erase board first). We have been working in another text at night (60's math), and this has been working okay. I really would like to pick up CSMP again, as it was very fun and enjoyable, but I'm trying to figure out how to make all of this work in the way you've described. Editing... I had hoped to have a math-rich environment here as well. That was part of my plan originally. I'm not pulling it off as well as I'd hoped, though.
  8. This is very interesting to me. I'd like to know more. Do you have a particular scope and sequence you are following? We've had to drop a couple of other things we were using for math, as time has been our enemy lately. I'd really like to pick them up again. Are you doing something on some kind of schedule at all? Is it following in a sequence through each program?
  9. How wonderful! I know you must be very proud of her. I have looked at TT many times, and it looks like a great program.
  10. ElizabethB, you are such a sweetie and a treasure to all of us here! (hope I spelled sweetie correctly) Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing it with us.
  11. Hope your new Bible Study was a wonderful way to start the day! :)

  12. Colleen,


    I am trying to PM you about writing, and I can't figure out how. When I hit submit message, it doesn't show up in my sent messages. If it did send, then I sent it twice by mistake. Can you let me know if it went through?

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