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    March 6, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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    I discovered the cooking website Isabel Eats this past week. Let me tell you, I’ve been looking for more authentic Mexican recipes for a long time, so I’m pretty excited — especially since some of her recipes have keto or paleo twists while still getting the spices right. This week, I’d going simple with her ground beef tacos and refried beans. Next week, I’m doing her shrimp tacos with creamy slaw!

    I’m out of the habit of marinating things, but I’ve been soaking beans for days in preparation, so I’ve got part of it right.

    Daughter Q. has been looking for a queso recipe. Californians don’t usually do lots of queso (but wow did I see it everywhere in Texas — you Texans seem to think queso is its own food group!), but she loves it. Anyhow, this one passed my real cheese test.

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    Scholé Sisters has a new episode out, this one featuring one of my favorite people, Karen Glass!

    This episode was all about motivation — how to (and how not to) motivate our students and ourselves.

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    I finished two 5×5 challenge books already this month! It feels like cheating because I’m pretty sure I began both of them in 2019, but I was still happy to fill in more of my chart. Here’s what I finished:

    Reforming Apologetics by J.V. Fesco

    I found this a little dry, but still highly recommend it. Fesko brings us back to our history and reminds us of a number of things we’ve forgotten, most important the concept of common notions. The idea that we do not learn truth from the Bible alone, but that nature also has something to “say” to us is important but sometimes neglected. Fesko corrects us for our good. If you’re confessionally Reformed and interested in apologetics, this book might be for you.

    Fahrehheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Oh so good. Loved this. I need to read it again. There was so much to it (even though it’s fairly short) and I feel one read didn’t do it justice. I appreciated the commentary on our relationship with books, what it means to know, why books matter, why slowing down matters — like I said, there was just so much. I missed reading this as a younger person, and that makes me sad because I know I would have loved it. But I’m thankful to have read it now and look forward to revisiting it soon.

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    This month in 2017:

    Kathy wrote this three years ago, but it’s still one of our most popular posts. Great to think about if you are looking for ways to hold your students accountable.

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    Podcast episode of the week:

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    This week’s links collection:

    • Teen creates site to track coronavirus, and millions of people are using it from Today
      • I thought this was pretty cool. Not sure exactly how he’s getting the data, but it was interesting to see a self-taught coder accomplish something like this.
    • Sanders: “Democracy means public ownership of the major means of production” from Daily Kos
      • My husband and I had both been under the impression that by “democratic socialist” Sanders meant a form of socialism in which the leader came to power through a democratic election. This wouldn’t be entirely possible here since technically our elections are republican and not democratic, but that is not the point. I thought “democratic” referred to voting.
      • Turns out, I was wrong: “Democracy means public ownership of the major means of production, it means decentralization, it means involving people in their work. Rather than having bosses and workers it means having democratic control over the factories and shops to as great a degree as you can.”
        • So basically mob rule, which is why our Founders rejected democracy in the first place. Shudder.

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  • Reply Laura March 14, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I make homemade refried beans. One of my favorite things to do with it is to put salsa, extra sharp Cheddar, and cream cheese in it, melt it, and eat it with tortilla chips. It is like a perfect mix of queso and refried beans! 🙂

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