Monthly Archives: October 2017

My Favorite Vegan Sandwich

I love to eat! Food is delicious and comforting and there is nothing quite like a good sandwich. If you are looking for a bite with texture, depth of flavor and picture worthiness this is the hot sandwich for you.

Favorite Vegan Sandwich


Bun (Check the ingredients to exclude milk or eggs)

Easy Peasy (Vegan) Pesto

Baby portabello mushrooms (Enough to fit on one hand)

1/4 Zucchini sliced longways

1/4 red bell pepper sliced into strips

1 small white onion

2 tbs Vegan Butter (cut in half)

1 tbs of Olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder

Sea salt and pepper to season

To Prepare

In a hot cast iron skillet add 1 tbs vegan butter and olive oil. Sautee all the veggies until the edges are caramelized. While veggies are cooking butter the potato buns. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the veggies, stir then remove veggies from heat. Place buns on the hot skillet and toast.


  • On the bottom bun, spread Easy Peasy (Vegan) Pesto Sauce.
  • Top with your cooked veggies.
  • On the top bun spread hummus and add chopped olives (they will stick to the hummus).
  • Put the top bun on the veggies and enjoy!

It will be messy but worth EVERY bite. K loves this sandwich even though he is a carnivore. How do you like it?

Easy Peasy (Vegan) Pesto

I love the fall and all that it brings especially the food! I love pasta and chili, hearty casseroles and fried comfort foods. Since changing my diet I have had to do a lot of exploring and experimenting. Let me say I am not a vegan. I don’t eat land animals or dairy, but I do eat fish, honey and occasionally eggs. My goal is to be my healthiest, best self.

It was easy to give up beef because I was never big on beef, I feel I have already had enough chicken to last a lifetime (I can hear my husband gasp in shock and disgust at that last part) and I equate eating pork right up there with buying diamonds and new smartphones. Along with this diet change, I have learned that just about any recipe that calls for one cheese can be swapped out with nutritional yeast. So if you already make pesto from scratch, save yourself the read and swap out the cheese. For everyone else here we go.

Easy Peasy (Vegan) Pesto

1 cup pine nuts

1 1/2 cups of fresh basil

1 tbs of olive oil

Juice from 1/2 a lemon or 3 drops of Lemon Vitality oil

1 tsp Sea Salt

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 tbsp of water

1 clove of garlic

Throw this all in the blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Some like it chunky but I like it smooth because I use it on my favorite sandwich here.

Use the sea salt, yeast, and garlic to taste. I tend to add a bit more lemon juice depending on the size of the lemon. Make it and let me know what you think!

Alkaline, Acid, Base

This weeks theme is color. Naturally, we will be doing some cool color based experiments. First up was “Alkaline, Acid, Base.” This experiment called for everyday things you likely have in your kitchen or can easily pick up. Purple grape juice, lemon juice, and baking soda. Grape juice is an indicator liquid meaning it is a neutral liquid that changes color when its acid level or alkaline level is increased.

Set up is easy. Take two glasses and put about 1/4 cup of grape juice in each. In one glass add the juice of one lemon. Note the change. The color of the juice should change from purple to red. In the next glass add about 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and stir. The grape juice will bubble and change to dark greenish blue color.

If you add lemon juice to the blue liquid the color will change back to purple. If you add baking soda to the red liquid it will also go back to purple. If you want to add another component to this experiment include ph test strips and add the lemon juice or baking soda using .5ml droppers measuring the ph after each addition.

Here is a video of us doing the experiment. Below are some questions to ask your student.

Alkaline, Acid, Base Experiment Video.
How do we use color to give us information? (Traffic lights, cooking, fashion ect.)

What color is the grape juice?

What do you think will happen if you add lemon juice? Baking soda?

What happened when you added the lemon juice? Baking soda?

How can we turn the lemon juice mixture back to its original color?

What is the ph of the grape juice?

What is the ph of the juice after .5ml of lemon juice?

How many ml of lemon juice did it take for you to notice a change in the color of the liquid?

What is the ph of the juice after .5ml of baking soda?

How many ml of baking soda did it take for you to notice a change in the liquid’s color?

This was a fun experiment for the kids and they really enjoyed watching the colors change.



Teaching Phonics to STEM Kids

Last year I tried to teach Summer to read. She hated it! “She will read when she is ready.” “Just keep reading to her, she will eventually like it.” None of these tips worked and despite the reassurance, I was sure my kinder who seemed to excel at math would NEVER learn to read.

Over the summer I was gifted a wealth of elementary curriculum and materials among them was a phonics program written by a former teacher. As Summer and I are working our way through the program her reading ability particularly her ability to sound out words has greatly increased. The foundation of the program is teaching the student onsets and rimes. By learning these parts of words students are able to use this information to sound out words. For a brain that likes to decode this is awesome!

“What in the world is an onset,” you say?

An onset is the first part of a word. So if we look at the word spot. SP would be an onset and OT would be a rime. Learning these common sounds allows students to be able to effectively sound out words like spring, SP-R-ING. SP is an onset, R is also an onset your student will learn and ING is a rime. Teaching students to spell this way allows them to decode the word using a formula they already know. I quiz Summer on onsets and rimes on a weekly basis.

I quiz Summer on onsets and rimes on a weekly basis. Usually giving her sounds to spell out while she eating breakfast or a snack. She thinks its funny as I try to “trick” her with new sounds. I typically work off of a list of common words alongside the program I was given but here is a list of common onsets and rimes here.


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