• Confessions

    Career Change

    I became a public school teacher 6 years ago. It has been a hard 6 years.  To tell you the truth, I think I’m a decent teacher. I build real, trusting relationships with my students, work tirelessly to differentiated my lessons and have produced great test scores. But am I happy teaching? No. I am expected to take students that are mostly below grade level and get them to grade level in 8 months.  It’s exhausting. Being the shoulder to cry on for a student whose parents are getting a divorce is exhausting. Telling students over and over the importance of respecting one another is exhausting. Planning lessons that are…

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    Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Vegetable Chili

    Vegetable Chili Now that the weather is getting cold, it’s 100% appropriate to make one of my favorite foods: chili! While I love a good meaty chili, this one is different because it is vegetarian. Don’t worry, the absence of meat does not take away from this dish. It’s hearty, full of flavor, and truly satisfying. Print Chili Vegetable Vegetable chili is one of my favorite winter foods! Hearty, full of flavor, and truly satisfying. Course dinner, lunch Cuisine American Keyword chili, vegetable Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes Servings 6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons oil 1 yellow onion diced 1 red bell…

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    Dessert,  Recipes

    The Best Chocolate Cake

    The Best Chocolate Cake The first time I made Ian Garten’s chocolate cake, I about died and went to heaven. But since I have really high standards for chocolate cake, I tweaked it a bit. I’ve been baking my version of her chocolate cake for years, and each time I make it people always exclaim how much they love it. The two secret ingredients are buttermilk and coffee. They cause the cake to be extra light and moist. An added bonus is the frosting. It’s not too sweet or buttery. It’s just perfect. Print Recipe: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake The best chocolate cake recipe is here! It's moist, chocolatey, and downright…

  • donut with chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles from parsons bakery
    Friday Feature

    Parsons’ Bakery

    Parsons’ Bakery This past weekend, the four of us went on a drive to Bountiful. Why in the world would I go to Bountiful? Well, it was to stuff my face with all things sweet from Parsons’ Bakery. Even though it was only the four of us, I bought enough to feed a family of 10. I’m one of those people that once I started ordering, I can’t stop. Owen requested a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Shocker. The toddler wanted the most colorful item in the case. Even though the plan was to sample the goodies at a local park, Owen demanded to eat his on the drive…