I spend great deal of time writing about educational technology and showcasing resources I have created for the k-12 audience. Mostly because I love digital innovation, so I jump at any excuse to tinker with a new gadget. Even more than that I love creating new materials with bright colors and peppy text. You can’t take the elementary school teacher out of me even if you tried. However, a large component of my nine to five job is working with adult learners. Professional development was also the topic of my undergrad research project, and I design a fair amount of professional learning experiences for mature learners. This week I decided to share some of that knowledge as I discuss professional learning. So I took a break from app reviews and learning resources to talk a little about how adult learners can access learning in non-traditional environments. Below you will find a copy of my article for the Yellin Center Blog. Enjoy!
It has been awhile since I brought you a new recipe. It isn’t that I haven’t been cooking. We have actually had countless dinner parties in the intervening time between food centric posts. My culinary silence is merely due to the fact our life has been bananas, and I haven’t had the moments to sit down and pen out the meals we have concocted. So I figured I should rectify the situation promptly and bring you a new, simple, no bake treat to enjoy!
For those of you who haven’t jumped on the fitness bandwagon yet, it is the Crossit Open right now. Every Saturday the Comp team at CF NYC does their open workout publicly so spectators can come ogle at their impressive skills (and cuteness). The team has been doing a secret santa for each other each week. Before the weekend they draw names and each team member gets or makes something small for the person they drew. This week Jay got our badass friend Kate, and since he was away all week I tackled prepping her gift. I have an out of control addiction to Quest bars which my wallet feels in spades. I have been seeing homemade versions Pinterest and figured this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at them. Unfortunately, the first couple recipes I tried didn’t quite work out- probably because protein power can be variable and finicky. I wound up augmenting and combining a bunch of the recipes, and also looking at the ingredients list on Quest Bars (where I learned I can pronounce only a fraction of them) to create these pretty awesome bars. The result were Quest-like protein bars that are not only Paleo but also comprised of ingredients that I can pronounce. Enjoy! Continue reading “Homemade Peanut Butter Supreme Quest-Style Protein Bars”
Clearly I am on a culinary roll this week. It is shocking what can be accomplished when I am facing of a daunting level of work, and thus in desperate need of a creative outlet. Today’s soup comes to you as an extra show of love for Jameson who has been so supportive and patient in the midst of all the crazy. Even taking the time to walk me around the Upper West side until 10:30pm last night as I breathed in the fresh air, cleared my head and tried to let go of the day. In the meal planning process I often tend to favor my dietary preferences, and rarely cook him anything with animal protein. So on days when I am feeling extra thankful for the emotional, physical and mental resource he is for me day in and day out, I tend to plan meals that have him in mind. What makes this soup extra special is that the chef can opt the meat in or out (or add it just to the carnivorous bowls at the end like we do), thus making it the perfect flex meal for differing palates and culinary restrictions. Meat or meatless you will still get ample protein from the black beans and the flavor isn’t hindered in either version. This is a substantial, hearty meal, so enjoy. Continue reading “Spicy Fajita Soup”