Movie Night for Teachers

Put down your blueberry muffin and run to your favorite video rental place.

Ask the friendly worker there for Stand and Deliver.

Invite all of your teacher friends to your home, get your bowls of popcorn, and watch the movie. Some of your older learners should watch Stand and Deliver, too.

Let the discussion flow. Trust me, it will.

Rest in peace and thank you, Jaime Escalante (December 31, 1930 — March 30, 2010).

Make music with BallDroppings!

When you click on the link for BallDroppings, you get a black screen.

Use your cursor to draw lines on the screen. The balls drop on the lines to produce music.

More lines, more music!

So now I have the first notes of Mozart’s Symphony Number 40 in Gm. Help, please, which lines do I draw next?

Variations: see the bottom of the screen and click on the + and – buttons.


P.S. Kim Komando says BallDroppings works in Firefox and Chrome, and it works for me in Safari. Internet Explorer wouldn’t cooperate.

Muffin Tin Meals

I have many muffin tins.

Too many, some might say.


But wait! Brilliant idea from Muffin Tin Mom: serve meals or snacks or desserts in muffin tins!


That’s right, just serve your meal in muffin tins. If you don’t have muffin tins, or if you want a change from them, use silicone baking cups. Or ice cube trays.

Need inspiration?

I know, I know, many of us do this anyway with our bento. I just never thought to eat my snacks out of muffin cups. I’m starting with my mini muffin tins tomorrow!


Vegetarian at IKEA

I’m moving to Singapore! To eat at IKEA!

During each week in March, the Singaporean IKEA served local vegetarian meals! Yay!

Will April recipes be vegetarian, too? I hope so!

If you happen to be near IKEA in the UK, please pick up a vegetarian pizza slice for me, because I’m curious: do I have to assemble it myself?

School is out!

I noticed a huge difference in my older students’ energy levels on Wednesday and Thursday: they were deliriously happy, energetic, and goofy the way I am when I drink coffee.

What was going on?

Ohhhh…school is out! Yay!

Next year I will remember to be deliriously happy, energetic, and goofy, too. Adults shouldn’t be too serious on the last day of school, right?


Quiet Time Plain Muffins

Eat blueberry muffins when you have someone to talk with.
Eat plain muffins when you just want to sit quietly and think.

I’ve been making these all week. Suggestion: add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavor.

What you need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or 2¼ cups pastry flour, sifted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (or 2 medium)
  • 8 tablespoons butter or oil

What you do
1. Turn on your oven to 204°C (400°F) and prepare your favorite muffin cups (silicone, paper cup liners, or butter and flour…what do you use?). Skip the oven step if you are making microwave muffins.

2. Melt the butter, then set it aside to cool. Don’t let it solidify.

3. While the butter is cooling, in one bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. In another bowl, combine the milk, egg, sugar, vanilla and butter.

5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly add the liquids.

6. Mix together…but don’t overmix. Can you count to 20? That’s how long you want to mix the batter. It’s okay if you see a few clumps of flour. Magic in the oven makes the clumps disappear.

7. Let the whole thing sit for 5 minutes. Just long enough for you to clean up and for the various ingredients to meet each other.

8. Pour the batter into your muffin cups and bake according to the muffin cup size.

9. Poke something in the muffins (not your fingers, please) to check if they are done. A dry center means you can take the pan out of the oven.

10. Try to let the muffins cool, then take one and curl up on your favorite chair and enjoy the quiet.

[Shhh….thank you!]

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