Monday, November 30, 2009
1 cup brown rice
1 1/2 lb squash, seeded, stemmed, & diced into 3/4-inch pieces...about 6 cups
6 oz. spinach (about 10 cups loosely packed)
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
1 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
3/4 tsp turmeric, ground
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
1 tbsp safflower, sunflower, or peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
-While rice is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine broth, coriander, cumin, turmeric, salt, and cayenne. set aside.
-When rice is about 10 minutes from being done, in a large skillet or saucepan with a tight fitting lid, warm oil over medium heat. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add broth mixture, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to low, cover and cook until squash is tender.
-Remove lid and add spinach, 1 handful at a time, stirring after each addition until wilted. Serve curried squash-spinach mixture over rice.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yesterday I saw how speech therapy goes beyond the /s/'s and /r/'s. I sat in IEP (Individualized Education Plan for children receiving services) meetings all day. (The meetings are held annually to talk about the child's goals, progress, services, and what needs to happen for the child to succeed. Parents, principal, psychologist, and any special service as well as regular ed. teacher participates)
It was a humbling experience for me. So often I get caught up on, "these crazy parents, don't they know any better - no wonder their kid is in special ed.!" And - These poor kids, they have no love at home. When in reality, these parents are doing the best that they can with what they've got. I met three women who truly love their children with all of their hearts. The first mother works during the day and her husband works at night so someone can be home when the boys get home. But, when she gets home, her husband has already left for work. The second mother is recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life of being a single parent while still trying to provide for her sons. The third mother has 4 sons, one (the one the meeting was held for) was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the beginning of last year. He had surgery back in April, during surgery, he suffered a stroke. Since April, he has been receiving chemo. Her husband also has cancer and is in & out of the hospital. She shared that their marriage is on the brink of collapsing.
All of these mothers needed a compassionate listening ear. I was reminded that everyone has a story. I could have judged these mothers for not going over their sons' homework with them, or not providing whatever, I, the 22 year old inexperienced girl, thought should be provided. If I had given a judgemental air, chances are they wouldn't have been on the same page as me; I would have gotten no where.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sorry there is no picture this week...Hopefully next week!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I have hit a wall. I am exhausted. I am tired of everything...I'm tired of school, work, tutoring...etc... Earlier today I was yearning for my PUC days. I think the reason why I have become so tired is because everything in my life is so routine...or at least planned. Nothing seems to be spontaneous anymore, but there seems to be no room for spontaneity - my days are filled to the brim...It seems a little ridiculous to "plan" spontaneity in. And then when I think of what happened this weekend - my brother spontaneously surprising me - I wonder if that is really my problem at all... What I do know is - I want out of Loma Linda as soon as possible!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, October 2007
I made a few of my own adaptations to this, using only milk and no cream (to me, it makes no difference to me in dishes like this, so I figure I’ll give my arteries a break), and doubling almost all of the spices. Oh, and I added bourbon, but you probably anticipated that.
1 1/2 cups whole milk (Or 1 cup heavy cream plus 1/2 cup whole milk)
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Gourmet’s Instructions: Whisk together pumpkin, cream, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, spices and bourbon, if using, in a bowl.
Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have sort of had the past two days off. On Mondays I typically have class from 8:00-10:00am and then again at 3:00. I usually work during that time and study too. But this week because we had a test, I was out by 8:30. I went to the gym, ran errands, and came home and worked around the house. I felt like I was finally catching my breath! I also have a break between class & tutoring. During that time I normally go to my room and relax a bit or study, but because I lost the keys, I went to the craft store!
I am most likely going to put a table like this in the room.
I really like the crisp, clean, simple design of this room - it seems to put together both the reading nook as well as craft space.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I thought this was so neat. I love mixed media art. Ah, there is so much I want to play with. Happy November!