MUSHROOM SWISS BURGER SOUP: A SIMPLE PLEASURE

In times of uncertainty, such as during a pandemic, relying on wholesome, home cooked food is both comforting and nourishing. When I plan out our weekly menu, I plan a few quick meals for spontaneous changes in our schedule, work days that turn into work nights, and evenings when I do not have enough energy to prepare entire meals. On these evenings, soup helps fill in the cracks. A bowl of soup can help stretch leftovers (especially with a pre-teen in the house) and it can be partnered with a salad or sandwich for a meal … More MUSHROOM SWISS BURGER SOUP: A SIMPLE PLEASURE

CONFETTI SALSA: A CELEBRATION OF FLAVOR

“…And don’t you hearthe goldenrod whispering goodbye,the everlasting being crowned with the firsttuffets of snow? The pondstiffens and the white field over whichthe fox runs so quickly brings outits long blue shadows…”-from Song for Autumn by Mary Oliver I have always thought of October as nature’s last extravagant party before the mighty Michigan cool down. … More CONFETTI SALSA: A CELEBRATION OF FLAVOR

AUTUMN HARVEST: CREAMY CHICKEN SOUP WITH ROASTED JALAPENO

  “Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, … More AUTUMN HARVEST: CREAMY CHICKEN SOUP WITH ROASTED JALAPENO

Goal Setting: Making Human Connections in the Classroom — Glitter and Dog Hair

If you would have told me back in the middle of March when we closed up our school buildings due to a rising pandemic that our lives would still not be back to normal by October, I would not have believed you. Though, what does that mean anymore? While I admit that I am growing tired … More Goal Setting: Making Human Connections in the Classroom — Glitter and Dog Hair

VICTORY GARDENS AND QUARANTINE KITCHENS: Seeing the positive and feeling in control

“Victory Gardens showcase patriotism in its truest sense, with each of us taking personal responsibility for doing our individual part to create a healthy, fair and affordable food system.”-Rose Hayden-Smith As I sit at my computer to type this for a column I write for a local magazine, I am sure that I join many … More VICTORY GARDENS AND QUARANTINE KITCHENS: Seeing the positive and feeling in control

BEYOND THE WINDOW by Abigail McCabe (A Student’s Pandemic Journal) — Glitter and Dog Hair

The 2019-2020 school year marks my 19th year in the classroom as a secondary English teacher. I suppose this year due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, like teachers across the country, I can now add Distance Learning Teacher to my resume. Though, I would prefer the title Distance Learning Encourager. I have always felt that the … More BEYOND THE WINDOW by Abigail McCabe (A Student’s Pandemic Journal) — Glitter and Dog Hair