Saturday, April 13, 2013


I haven't had a lot of time to blog lately. my blog posts have been few and far between but I hope to have more time soon. There is so much I want to share!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Peanut Butter Goodness

Every once in a while we all get stuck on a flavor.  Something we already liked but all of a sudden can't get enough of...  Lately, thats been peanut butter in my case.

Being Lent, a lot of Armenians follow the traditional strict "vegan" diet and since the ARS is hosting the hokehankist (requiem services) this weekend at church, we had to make sure the coffee hour food was all vegan friendly.

Remember that peanut butter hankering I've been having? Well, I told my ARS cohorts that I was going to make peanut butter cookies! (Everything else was Armenian food, which I love, but remember, the hankering, plus who doesn't love peanut butter cookies?!) Now to find a recipe...

Well I found 2 recipes that I ended up trying out.

The first one was AWESOME. So good. Heavenly even. One problem... its crumbly as all heck... but HEAVEN!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies #1
yields ~26 cookies

1 1/2 c flour
1 c peanut butter
1/4 c oil
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Roll dough into balls then flatten with the prongs of a fork making a criss cross pattern.  Or if you're like me and my maker family, use a scoop to make even sized cookies. I used a 6 size scoop if that means anything to you... 

I think the lack of egg is why it was so crumbly. Very similar to an Armenian cookie called ghorebeh (also no egg, but it does have butter).  Anyway, I decided (with the help of my SnB friends) that while the cookies were delish (I made two trays, one plain, regular cookies, the second I made into thumb print cookies with strawberry jam - Peanut butter & Jelly cookies! Brilliant right? How did I think of that?! No clue!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies #2
(from Katie's blog)
yields ~12 cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter (or another nut butter)
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp flour (whole-wheat pastry flour or a gf mix)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar (coconut sugar)
2 tbsp applesauce
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
optional: tiny pinch salt  (Taste dough to decide.)

Mix dry ingredients very well. Then add wet and form cookie balls, again, I used a scoop to make even sized cookies. I used a 6 size scoop again, perfect cookie size . If you want soft cookies, fridge the dough for at least an hour ( I didn't, they were perfect). Then bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees for 8 minutes. They’ll look underdone when you take them out, but that’s ok. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from tray.

Both cookies were delicious, but we decided the second cookie was better for a big event, not crumbly but yummy none-the-less!

I would recommend either or both recipes for anyone who's interested... Test them out, hey're both fairly small recipes, then tell me what you think!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lost & Found

Where have I been?!

Stressed out under a pile of grad crap.. thats where!

I love what I'm going to school for, I do. I'm excited about it. I can't wait to teacher one day... wait. That day is tomorrow. Yea. You heard right. with three weeks left in the semester, the school I've been interning at asked me to be the long-term sub for this class. They had no one else but they wanted me from the get go (how sweet... I think.. )

Project due in my Content Area Reading class. Project due in Methods. Random crap due in Ed of Students with Special Needs... Yea. Great time to start working Full time!

I'm currently trying to script my first few minutes of the classes (apparently its all the rage - according to a book I read for class this summer). Might script the whole period.

As of tomorrow morning, I will officially be the teacher of 2 freshmen block Algebra 1 classes and an Algebra 2 class.  In Bridgeport. Third teacher they've had this year.

If you're the praying sort, pray for me? 

Friday, August 10, 2012


Its been a stressful few months with classes and whatnot, but I'm slowing trying to find ways to work on my bucket list of things!  Recently, I've finally started yoga classes.  Found that a classmate is a yoga instructor, and she teaches at my gym! What luck!  I've been going and its rough!  But I'm going to keep on trucking along!  All I know is that I leave with my hands hurting!

Right now I don't find yoga stress-relieving, but I know it will get there!  I'm wondering if I should purchase a yoga DVD to use on the other days of the week... Has anyone ever used a yoga DVD? How do you feel about it?

I need yoga because its good for ADD/ADHD and I am not interested in taking medicine for it (honestly I've tried and nothing seems to help enough to be worth the money and side effects).

Anyway, I'd love some feedback and advice!

Happy reading!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Creative Self Reflection

My Multicultural Education professor assigned a Creative Self Reflection Project due this past week.  She asked us to pick a medium that was not easy for us and do something a little different.  We had to talk about something that changed the course of our lives. Through a lot of thinking, I finally decided to write about when I moved to America. I wrote a poem.

I guess let me know what you think. She actually loved it; she asked me to read it twice.  I never learned how to write a poem before, but I understand theres no rules... Anyway... enjoy:

Little girl
Just 5 years old
Had two homes all her life
An apartment in Queens, New York
And one in war torn Beirut
One without her father
But also without fear
The other one with her family
But also full of tears
And then one day
her mother said
Enough’s enough and moved
To the land of the free
And the home of the brave
Where cars don't go boom

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Understanding by Design: Algebra

For my Secondary Curriculum class.

Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


 I've been MIA lately because Grad classes are kicking my butt!

Anyway, I've been cooking a lot and informed that I've been posting my food porn to facebook.  I realized maybe I should post some to the 'ol blog!

My parents spent over a month in Armenia, and so I wanted to feed them something they may not have eaten - American food. I made ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, fattoush salad (Middle Eastern, yes, but my FAVE!), and a pasta salad (no mayo).  It was so good. Mr John McCain, GOOD JOB! Yum!! Yes, it is apparently John McCains Ribs recipe and one I will certain use again!

John McCain's Rib Recipe

4 lbs of ribs (I used ~3.25 of pork, but beef works too)
2 T garlic powder  
2 T kosher salt 
2 T black pepper (I used about 1.5 T as out black pepper is fresh ground and strong) 
3 lemons, juiced 

The Directions

I used a smallish crockpot and cut the ribs into pairs, and all of ribs fit comfortably, but I maybe could have squeezed in another pound. Cut the ribs however you like to fit your crockpot. In a small bowl, combine the dry spices.
Rub the rack of ribs with the dry mixture, covering all sides of the ribs. Put them into your crockpot. If you have extra seasoning, pour on top. 

Squeeze the lemons on top of the ribs. 

Cover and cook on low for 7-10 hours, or on high for about 5. The meat will be more tender if you cook it on low. 

I think I cooked mine about 9ish hours and O. M. G.!!!

Let me know if you try and and tell me what you think!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Philosophy of Education

We had to write a Philosophy of Education for our Education in the US class... It's something that will change a lot in my lifetime and I'm sure a lot in the next year, but for now... here it is... enjoy:

My philosophy of education has changed a lot in the last couple months, and I expect it to change a lot more as I learn and grow first as a student of education then as an educator.

Besides teaching content, I have to be a good listener, an analyzer of students and assessments; I have to be nonjudgmental, encouraging, and the guardian of students while they are in my care. As the teacher, I should be full of constant energy, giving my last class as much excitement as I gave my first. I should constantly reflect on what did and didn’t work in the classroom. I need to find the best ways to teach all students, not just lecture at the students but also realize that students are individuals and learn in different ways. The students should be interested in the topic and excited to be learning new content.

I will outlaw certain words from my classroom: smart and dumb will be number one and two on that list. The classroom should be a safe environment where students can express themselves and ideas they have or ask questions for clarification without fear of being belittled or picked on by other students or by teachers. I believe caring has an important role in the classroom; students should be nurtured by the teacher but by each other as well. Students should also be teachers to their peers as this helps ingrain the lessons learned. Students should not be in constant fear of a pop quiz and they shouldn’t be afraid that if they don’t test well, they’ll fail a class. I believe assessments should be a tool to help the teacher teach, however I believe there are better ways to evaluate how much a student is learning; my job will be to figure that out for each student.

I do not believe the classroom is four-walls within a school; the classroom is all around us in the real world. If I want to make a lasting impression while helping the students really understand a concept, I can’t let the four walls of the school hold me back. Sometimes lessons may have to be taken outside to make a point. Whenever possible, lessons should be related to the real world. Making something real, showing why it is important to know it and how it will be used in “real life” helps students want to learn.

As the years pass, learning becomes more about applying lessons to the real world, and as the world gets more technologically advanced, our students need to realize the importance of computers and technology at an earlier age. Classrooms should be outfitted with whatever technology they can afford: smartboards, desktops, calculators and tablets. Learning should include programs that are online to engage different learning styles. Some students may learn better with a program like Khan Academy while others do fine with lecture and discussion.

I believe collaboration between teachers is important, not just for the teachers but also for the students. If it takes a village to raise a child, the same can be said to teach the same child. Someone with more experience may have ideas on what has worked in the past, while someone with less experience may be more able to think outside the box. I believe learning is a forever process, not just for the students but for teachers as well; the teacher should always be a student too. Most importantly, I believe my role as a teacher is always changing; its fluid and can’t be put within certain constraints.