las recetas

recetas

 My future sister-in-law recently gave me a Spanish textbook that belonged to her brother called, Sol y sombra.  I was honored to have this book to add to my collection and have truly enjoyed reading it.  It’s an older textbook, published in 1972, but I love the teaching method.  This book contains many stories, articles, etc. that are separated by difficulty level. Each story contains cognates of English words, and the grammar becomes progressively harder as the reader progresses through the book.

In the second level, I found an article that contained a couple of recipes, with illustrations of all the ingredients.  I pondered this article for quite a while, and decided that I could do something similar with my students.  So, right now I have students thinking of their favorite recipes, which we are translating into Spanish, collecting, making copies and redistributing.  That’s right, a recipe exchange, in Spanish!  And it’s a great opportunity to teach the commands! 

So, if any of you out there would like to contribute to our recipe exchange, that would be great!

Una canción

patio

el patio de mi casa

el patio de mi casa es particular,
cuando llueve, se moja como los demás

H I J K L LL M A

que si tú no me quieres,
otro niño me querrá

H I J K L LL M A

que si tú no me quieres,
otro niño me querrá

chocolate, molido

Corre, corre que te pío

a chupé, a chupé

sentadito me querré

una crucigrama

puzzles

 

Para la Navidad yo hice una crucigrama especial.

Hay varias palabras para todos los días de festia del año y las cosas que comemos y tenemos para celebrar.

¡Espero que disfrutélo!

¡Felices Fiestas!

 

los días de fiesta

 

Gracias a mi familia, mis amigos y mis clientes

Lately I’ve been running around like a crazy person.  I guess sometimes that happens.  You know, when you feel like you’re balancing 100 things at once and there’s not quite enough time in the day.  Or when you on your way to an appointment in rush-hour traffic and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Yep, those kind of things definitely happen.  And boy am I thankful for the people who understand that sometimes things are just out of your control.

And I’m very happy to announce that we’re adding some new ‘thing-balancers’, helpers, hard-workers, and all around great new tutors!  Kim Sanchez (whose bio you can find on the “Spanish” tab) is observing some sessions this week and will be joining to help out with our Spanish clients soon!  Mai Silvius (her bio is under the “German” tab) is willing and ready to take on some new German students.  And Jingya Zhang (our Mandarin tutor) is now available through Skype.  And for those of you who were wondering, we’re all available through Skype for online sessions so we can help you no matter where you are!

In addition to our great new tutors we are also adding Note-taking, Study-Skills, and Time-Management Classes to help all you “100-things-at-once” balancers out there!  You never know, but sometimes it helps to just sit down and get an outside perspective! I know sometimes we all feel like were running at 80 mph with an empty tank, but there are people out there who love, support and understand you.  And sometimes all we need is a little acknowledgement and a ‘thank you.’  So, I want to say, ‘thank you’ to all of you out there.  Thanks for your support and business.  And all you blog followers, thanks for reading the musings of this native SC girl, living and working in the big-city, growing her business one step at a time!

I wanted to share with you the thanks and appreciation I’ve received in the past couple weeks and I want to thank those people in return.  First of all, thank you to my wonderful fiancé for my “Welcome Home” sign after my trip up North and back.  And thank you from the bottom of my heart to a former student who took time out of his busy day to write to me.  That meant more than you know!

 Thank You Letter

¡Gracias a todos y que tengan una buena semana!

el otoño

Fall is almost here!  As the all-knowing Google tells me, the Autumnal Equinox is this Saturday, September 22.  However, when I was talking to my mom the other day on the phone she relayed the same information….”Megan, Saturday is the first day of Autumn.”  But what I heard was, “Saturday is the first day of Awesome.”  And I replied, “I like that, how long is Awesome?”  Anyway, that made for an interesting conversation.  But I’d have to say that so far, Autumn is pretty Awesome!  Coming from a die-hard Summer Girl that says something.

Right now, here in the South it’s still warm (about 80 degrees during the day) and there’s just the slightest chill in the morning.  And the air smells great!  Yes, I’m aware that sounds strange, but it’s the same way in Spring….then it’s reviving and creating new life….now it’s refreshing after the heat of summer.  Anyway….I hope that whenever you are you are enjoying the beginning of Autumn!  And just as a ‘refreshing’ reminder…we’re here if and when you need us!

 

¡Chau Chau!

una receta al azar…

To digress, just a little from the norm I thought I would include something new and a little random…

Rosquillas cocidas sin gluten
(Gluten Free, Baked Doughnut Holes)

 

Baked Doughnuts, adapted from this recipe:

1 1/3 cups warm milk, 95 to 105 degrees (divided)
1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
A pinch or two of nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

To make this recipe Gluten Free and a bit more healthy I changed a lot of things….

I used gluten-free flour and rice cereal

Substituted rice milk for milk

Did not use eggs

And cut the shortening with applesauce

When using the applesauce, make sure you don’t use too much…otherwise, you’re doughnut holes will be spongy!

 

I hope you enjoy it!  And let me know about your adaptations!

Chau Chau!

But my hands are blue…

I’m sure at one time or another we’ve all seen and episode or two of Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”  And they really do have that innocence and ability to come out with whatever they may be thinking at the time.  And although many of us may want to speak what is on our minds, we’ve learned (at least some of us) to filter or tone down what we say.

Fortunately, children don’t worry about such things and I’ve learned over my experience (albeit limited) that children are honest, blunt, and very creative.  I thought I would share with you some of the little morsels I’ve heard along the way….

Question:  What do our hearts do, why do we need them?

Answer: Because if they stop (your heart) you die.

Question: Why is it good for us to exercise?

Answer:  So we can sit down and watch TV all day.

Question: Do we know why the dinosaurs are extinct?

Answer:  Because at first there was a lot of water.  And the dinosaurs kept drinking all the water.  And Jesus came and told the dinosaurs, “Stop drinking all the water!!!”  But the dinosaurs didn’t listen and Jesus got really mad and he came and killed all the dinosaurs.

Question: What is this (pointing to the CD-Drive)?

Answer: A cup holder.

 

I guess the message here is: Kids can be kids.  And why shouldn’t they be?