Today's brainstorm did indeed take place in the shower, but it was one of the few times I hadn't brought my pen and paper into the bathroom. Thankfully, it wasn't too hard to remember... We've been struggling in our homeschool this year. My son isn't enjoying the free flow approach that has been wonderful over the last few years. But, he also doesn't want a lot of structure (nor do I!). I've been a bit at a loss for what to do about this. He is struggling to get his work done each day, and really hates the writing projects that I've had him doing. For social studies, neither of us is inspired by any curriculum or materials that we've looked at, and the same is true for science. In the past, neither of us had interest in unit studies, but I think we are going to give them a try...and, we will incorporate writing into the studies.
In addition to unit studies, we are going to alternate social studies and science. We will start by trying every other week, but may adjust depending on how well this goes... I'm going to give JP the option to choose which we start with. Once he has chosen, I'll be giving him a list of ten topics to choose from, and then we will pull together materials, and if it is practical, will plan a field trip too. I'm also going to ask that JP take notes so that he can fashion a report of some kind on each topic. For some topics, it might be a straight essay style report. For others, he may build a model to go with a shorter report. We'll see...maybe he'll do a lapbook type of project for some topics. I see this evolving as we go along. I also see it being much more interesting than the approach we've been using! Wish us luck!
(Amended: we are changing our math curriculum too!)
On to the recipe...while looking around for recipes a few weeks ago, I came upon a broccoli-garlic-pasta combination that seemed so yummy and easy that I just had to try making something similar! I'm so glad I did! This version is not vegan but is dairy free. It would be very easy to make it vegan by just omitting the sausage.
Broccoli Sausage Cheezy Pasta
1 pound pasta
2 cups of broccoli florets, or bite sized pieces of broccoli
4 inch piece of sausage, cut into a dice
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
salt and pepper to taste
Cook your pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, steam your broccoli (I did it in the microwave - just put it in a microwave safe bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover tightly with cling film/saran wrap. Microwave for about 2 minutes.). Also, while the pasta is cooking, cook your diced sausage.
Drain your pasta, and return it to the cooking pot (or put it in a large serving bowl). Add the steamed broccoli, cooked sausage, olive oil, and minced garlic. Stir to evenly distribute everything. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Stir well to distribute the nutritional yeast as it tends to clump up when it gets moist. Taste, adjust the salt and pepper, and serve hot.
On another note...if you haven't seen the notice already, we are closing our Etsy shop on December 15th. We need to focus on other things right now...I hope to reopen our shop over the summer. So, from now until the 15th, we are offering two deals:
- 25% off our entire shop with coupon code SHOPCLOSING at checkout.
- FREE US Priority shipping on all orders over $25 (after discounts) to US addresses.
Visit our shop at http://maleaab.etsy.com for stationery, art cards, and more! Great stocking stuffers for Christmas and little treats for other winter holidays, or just because!