Mushroom and Spinach Egg White Quiche

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Yummy Egg White Quiche Recipe

HOORAY! I JUST FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE WAY TO USE UP EGG WHITES!

…and I had a lot of them. I should’ve taken a picture of the three cups of egg whites brimming over in my Pyrex. Kinda gross. Why so many egg whites? Because ice cream, my friend. Lots and lots of ice cream. Specifically, lots of “frozen custard,” which is just a fancy way of describing a method of making ice cream with egg yolks. Continue reading

Ways to Use Up Egg Whites

5 Great Ways to Use Up Egg Whites

Using up egg yolks is easy for me. Ice cream, creme bruleepastry cream… these are all some of my favorite things. I’m always left with a bowl full of egg whites, so I’ve had to find ways to finish off up to sixteen egg yolks at a time! Here are my favorite ways to not waste those whites. Bookmark or pin them so they’re handy the next time you need this! Continue reading

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: Book Review and Giveaway!

8/1/2014 UPDATE: And the winner is… Charlama C.! (Winner selected by Random.org.) Congrats!
Click here if you still need a copy! :)


Thanks, all, for participating!

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A week ago, one of my lovely blog readers reached out to me and asked me to read and review a book she had written on teaching kids how to understand and talk about their feelings. I liked it so much I offered to do a giveaway of the book on my blog! Just in case you were wondering, I was not paid to read the book, write the review, or host a giveaway.

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout

I am pleased to share with you Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings by Peggy Kruger Tietz. It is written in a simple, easy-to-read format with illustrations and stories for you to talk through with your child. As a parent and teacher, this is definitely a book I would want to read with children. It covers eight major emotions, offering short vignettes, examples, and simple discussion points that make for straightforward and effective lessons.

8 different emotions kids need to learn

I think people learn best when they have an experience to connect their new learning to. Since each of the eight emotions is introduced with a short story demonstrating that emotion, it gives the reader something to connect to. The author seems very familiar with the types of situations children experience and writes in a way that would be easy for them to understand. The repeated format of each chapter keeps it straightforward and familiar for kids who are reading it, and there is ample opportunity for discussion between the adult and child. I imagine you would learn a lot of interesting things about your students/child if you read this together with them and took the time to talk about times they experienced these feelings!

As a teacher, I often found that my students had difficulty articulating not only how others might feel, but even what they themselves felt. Sometimes this led to them not telling me that they were upset about something until the problem had unraveled into something worse. I think it would be great if kids were equipped with the vocabulary, language, and tools to be more introspective. I believe that going through this book with your children will help them understand themselves and others better! 

Don’t teachers cover this in school?

We do. I think this is such an important topic, and one that could not only help patch up hurt feelings, but perhaps prevent them in the first place! In school, we had a specific curriculum to address social and emotional growth in our classroom, but I know I’m not the only teacher who was hard-pressed to find time for it. I also tried to weave character education into other subjects and use authentic situations in our school life to coach them in this area, but it never felt like enough.

Even if I were able to cover it all, the results would pale in comparison to the rich one-on-one conversations you could have with your own child about the different emotions they experience.

It’s a nice idea, but… I don’t have time

For those of you thinking, “Sounds nice, but I just don’t have time to read a book with my kids…” First of all, I hear ya. They already have a bunch of books and you already don’t have enough time. But take heart! This one is only 40 pages! And I mean “only” in the best way possible. Like you “only” have to invest a few minutes each day for a few days to cover invaluable material that will benefit your child in the years to come. This book is practical, realistic, and doable! Plus, I definitely think this counts as one of the important things.

I think Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout is a really great tool for any educator or parent hoping to equip their children with a better understanding of their feelings. It will serve as an effective diving board for rich conversation and will offer you meaningful opportunities to get to know your child better and help them develop healthy emotional awareness!

Giveaway time!

Now you can get a copy, too! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Peggy will send a hard copy of the book to the winner! This giveaway is available to residents of the United States.

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Afraid you won’t win the raffle? You can also find the book here on Amazon!

Math Game: “99″

99 Math Game

This is probably the easiest, and arguably the most fun game of the bunch. This is always the first math game I teach, because students pick up on it very quickly and have a lot of fun. It leaves a good taste in their mouth for math games!

I should have introduced it first. Sorry. I started with my own personal favorite =P.

It’s mostly addition, doesn’t require too much strategy, and is closer to a normal “just for fun” card game than any of the other games. This is nice when you just want a low-key game! This is also the math game I most often see my kids choose to play on rainy day recesses or Choice Time. It just requires one deck of cards and a little bit of math know-how.

The hardest thing about this game is probably learning the special card values. I would recommend printing up the printable/instructions, then you can just set it out and refer to it whenever needed. Read on to learn this easy and fun game! Continue reading

Tyranny of the Urgent

Tyranny of the Urgent

This is probably the most influential book that I have never read.

The text on each page measures about 4 x 5″ and there are 29 pages. 26.5 if you don’t count the title page and publishing information. That makes it what, 3 pages long in a Word document? And yet it continues to sit, patiently on my nightstand, laughing ironically at me as I continue to pass it up for lesser activities.

But maybe it’s more powerful unread. Ever since my friend Jason mentioned this pamphlet in college, the simple title has put its hands on its hips and given me the know-it-all look several times, especially lately.

Phones, perhaps are the most notorious. Continue reading

An Alternative (and Easier) System of Consequences

Another system of consequences 1

I’m a firm believer in consequences. Children should know that certain undesirable behaviors will result in consequences, and well, you can read my detailed thoughts on that topic here.

Have you read that post? Because if you have, then you’ll probably agree with me that it’s pretty long, and not the easiest thing to implement. I really do believe it can be extremely effective, but it takes a thoughtful plan and a lot of consistency, and I’ll be the first to admit that consistency can be hard!

Maybe you’ve been with me for a while and you read that post back in May, and now it’s July, and you’re thinking, “Oh man. I totally meant to try it, but… well, the end of the school year came… and graduations… and summer camps… and Grandma’s… and vacation and… ah what summer is half over?! It takes too much planning and now it’s too late…”

No, no, my friend. It is not too late.

Maybe that was too big of a project and you weren’t ready to commit to something so involved. Okay, no problem. I am still all for the cause of parents training their children up, so I have an easier alternative for you. It is still very effective (I wouldn’t share it otherwise!), and I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t share it with you sooner. Maybe because that post was already 23 pages (…size 12. Times New Roman font. Without the pictures. Yeahforreal.). Continue reading

Math Game: “42″

42 Round 3

This is a simple addition game called 42. It’s great for younger and older kids, and again, offers opportunity to dig deeper and think about adding and subtracting in a fun way! While it seems very simple at first, it actually gives opportunity for rather complex thinking and many mental math calculations.

I recently shared some of these math games with a neighbor, and she said she couldn’t really figure out one of the games just by reading the directions on my blog. It got me thinking that I should probably just make videos of me teaching/playing them. Personally, even I don’t like reading through instructions to learn a game and would much rather have someone just show me. So I’ll try to go back and add videos for the last three games I posted (in addition to making videos for the future games). Here’s the first!

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Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Pops!

Frozen PB and Banana Pops Recipe

Yeah, I totally just added “breakfast” as one of the categories for this treat… and why not? Peanut butter? Bananas?? Sounds like 2/3 of a complete breakfast to me!

This is a similar concept to the chocolate-dipped frozen bananas concept I posted yesterday, but smaller, cuter, and stuffed with peanut butter! I also made my own “magic shell” this time with chocolate chips and a little bit of coconut oil. Overall, it’s a little more work, but it makes a much prettier result, don’t you think?

Frozen PB and Banana Pops, Pipe some PB

Slice bananas and pipe some PB onto half of them. I find a piping bag quicker, cleaner, and easier than spreading peanut butter on with a butter knife. Of course, a butter knife totally works! Continue reading

Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas Recipe

Frozen Bananas Yum Yum

Frozen Bananas. The very thought of them makes me feel summer sunshine, vacation, and strolls near Laguna Beach. They always felt like a splurge, but never one that I regretted. They are incredibly easy to make, though, so no need to splurge! Now you can bring this carnival treat home to share with your friends!

I wonder if this is a SoCal thing, because when I made these for my NorCal friends, most of them had never heard of it before. Regardless of where you live, they’re a tasty summer treat and really easy to make. As an added bonus, kids will have a lot of fun poking, dipping, and eating these as well! Not to mention that they’re pretty healthy for you– bananas, nuts, and a leeeetle bit of chocolate. What’s not to love?

There are only three ingredients:

Frozen Bananas Continue reading