A favor and a new recipe

So, I’ll admit the obvious – it’s been a while since I posted.  Like, months.  Sorry.  We moved, had summer break, started school, and now it is March 8th already.  I’ll promise to do to better.

Now, onto my favor.  When I am not at home cooking and spending time with my family, I’m a middle school teacher.  I teach 4 Family and Consumer Science classes and 2 reading enrichment classes.  I’ve applied for a grant through Farmer’s Insurance but can only be awarded by getting a certain amount of votes.  Right now, our number of votes isn’t looking very promising.  The money from the grant will be used to purchase reading material for our reading enrichment classes.

This is where I need your favor – go vote for me and my school!  Click on this link : http://www.thankamillionteachers.com/vote-for-a-proposal/

My last name (obviously enough) is Soll and my school is New Providence Middle School.  Our school has very low-income students and a large percent of the students have parents in the military.  Our school needs all the support we can get.  You have to provide your e-mail address, but you will not get any type of spam and junk mail.

After you have voted, please pass this along to everyone you know.  You can vote once everyday until April 1st.  Every single vote matters.

In return for your vote, I’ve provided the recipe to my new favorite dressing.  It can also be used as a great pork chop marinade.

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Dressing

1 t ground sage

1/2 t salt

1/4 t pepper

1 garlic clove

1/2 c water

1/2 c brown sugar

1/4 c balsamic vinegar

2 T soy sauce

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat and stir until sugar is fully dissolved.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

I hope you will enjoy this dressing over a nice salad while you vote for my grant!


Green Smoothie Success

imagesAs a teacher, you know you have had a successful day when your students have learned something new, enjoyed learning it, and want to go home and share their new knowledge with their family.

Today was a successful day.

The students in my Family and Consumer Science class made (and enjoyed) green smoothies.  Out of my 78 students, only 8 really complained about the smoothies and didn’t like them.  The rest were pleasantly surprised.  Many of them are planning on going home and making more of them.  Here’s the recipe that my students used.

Banana Berry Green Smoothie

1 cup spinach

1 cup water

1 cup orange juice

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries

2 bananas

We were able to make the smoothies b/c 5 teachers loaned us their blenders.  It will be great if I don’t have to worry about borrowing blenders once I have my next group of kids.  If you’d like to help out the class, then check out my project on donorschoose. org to donate money and help us get some blenders.


Cooking Up Something Good

This year I’m teaching a Family and Consumer Science class at my school.  The kids are loving the class and have already begun to start cooking some of new foods at home.  I mentioned drinking Green Smoothies a week ago, and, needless to say, my students thought they sounded disgusting.

I’ve decided to spend a week going over fruits and vegetables in detail.  I want to have the students make a few different kinds of Green Smoothies to prove to them that they are delicious.  At this point, I do not have any blenders for my classroom, so I am having to borrow blenders from coworkers.

I will get a new set of students in about 6 weeks.  I’d love to have some blenders that are solely for my classroom by that time.  I created a project on http://www.donorschoose.org in order to, hopefully, get enough money donated to purchase these blenders and some hand mixers as well.

For this first week, http://www.donorschoose.org will match any donations that are made.  You can click on the link below to find out more information.


My students and I would greatly appreciate any donations!


Teaching Students How to Cook

One of my dreams has come true.  Next year I get to teach a middle school cooking class.  I have taught 7th grade English for the past 4 years, which has been great.  However, I was offered a new position where I will be teaching 3 reading intervention classes and 3 cooking classes.

I’m very excited but hesitant at the same time.  Change can be good and scary.  There are still many different kinks and questions to work out and answer, but I feel confident that the class will  be great.  One of the biggest kinks that I’m dealing with now is funding for the class.  This is a new class for our students, and I am starting from scratch with a very small budget.

If you’ve read much of my blog, you know that I enjoy cooking from scratch.  However, starting a new class from scratch with very little money isn’t very easy or enjoyable.  To help fund the class, I created an account on http://www.donorschoose.org.  I’d love for you to check it out to find more information about the class and what is needed.  The link to my account is http://www.donorschoose.org/mrs.soll

If you do decide to help fund the class, you will also receive personal photos and letters from my students.

Although Soll Mom’s Real Food was intended to focus on the cooking that I do at home, I plan on providing updates and  posting photos of the students learning how to cook.  I am also going to create a separate blog for the class that the students have to keep updated.

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”  My hope is that by getting my students involved in the kitchen, I will be able to make a difference in their lives.  Even if you can’t support the class through donations, I hope you will decide to follow the blog in August once the class gets started.