Pear Granola Breakfast
Can you tell report cards were due Friday night? The lack of blog posts means that instead of writing entries while Serafina sleeps and AAM watches sports, I was writing brilliant thoughts about the young minds of America. At the close of each trimester, I am always surprised at the amount of grading and report card writing I need to do. Teaching history has amazing perks, like fantastic introspective conversations about the world and human nature, but it has a serious downside- grading essays. Over the years, I have altered my approach to assigning and grading work, but nothing can eliminate the fact that I will have a serious amount of grading to do at the end of a trimester. Additionally, my school does in depth evaluative report cards, as opposed to giving students evaluations with a numbered scale. We are encouraged to write a detailed analysis of what the student is doing well, and sandwiched in there is what they need to improve. I love the idea and I believe in the goal of providing students with concrete information on what they can do to improve, but man it can make for a pretty painful week in report card writing.
During this time, I usually abandon cooking and grocery shopping. We eat the basics: bean burritos, pasta with peas, and even some Amy’s frozen pizza. Luckily, I tried to keep around some foods that are perfect to cook for Serafina (carrots , parsnips, beets, peas, and pears). Last night, as we finished our third to last baby cube, I realized it was time to steam/roast/microwave her food and set aside. There is a new batch of foods listed in the blog’s baby food section.
So this morning, she and I shared a breakfast of roasted pears–a basic recipe of peeling, cutting out the seeds, and roasting in a pan at 375 for 30 minutes. While her pear baked, in a separate container I baked oats, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, in cinnamon and butter (vegans use a butter substitute), I sprinkled oat cereal on hers, and on my pear breakfast I had my more adult oat cereal: granola (for those making baby food, please remember that granola is not suitable for babies under one).