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i’m baackkk

it’s been way too long. i’m sorry. school and work have just completely taken up all my time. i will be back soon, i promise (uh oh.) i’m still cooking (as much as possible) and will be sharing more goodies along with all the past that i’ve missed posting about.

meanwhile i figured i’d share what i cooked for dinner tonite; baked quinoa, chickpea, veggie burger with a kale & cauliflower salad.

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the end is near

my ASL class has been extremely eye opening for me. i really enjoy it. i have no background in a second language and this one is starting to grow on me. i took spanish for 9 years in school and always did well but never practiced it outside of school so i’ve forgotten how to speak it in conversation. 

i still don’t know if i want to actually go the full mile to become an interpreter, but part me of believes that is because i really don’t want to take the electives that come along with getting a degree in something. MATH is a killer; the killing point. i haven’t taken a single math class in almost 9 years, and i’m just not cool with having to take them just because i HAVE to.

anyways, i have an A in the class as of now, and over the next 2 weeks i have to write a paper on a deaf experience of mine. lastnite, my classmate haley and i went to the palm beach county association for the deaf to play bunco, a dice game. i was so nervous all day not knowing what to expect when we got there. i’ve heard from other classmates that the deaf are very welcoming and help you when they find out you are in the beginning stages of learning ASL. as soon as we got there we were welcomed. they pulled up a table for us and we got instructions and started playing the game. some of the deaf people spoke along with their signing and were easy to understand, some spoke and i had no idea what they were saying, and others didn’t make a sound. 

during the intermission, dessert was laid out for us. while we were eating, a woman came up to us and asked us if we wanted anything to drink. we asked her where the water was and she said it was $1.00, but we had no cash on us. she disappeared for a second and when she came back she had water for us. she wanted to cheers us and when she did, she touched her hand with ours and said “hearing people clink their glasses because it makes a sound, but when the deaf cheers they touch hands so we can feel it rather than hear it.” it melted my heart. it was so beautiful the way she explained it.   

i really enjoyed myself and am so glad that i went and finally got my first experience out of the way. next time i will be a little less intimidated. i really have come to find out that the only way you can really learn ASL exceptionally is by immersing yourself in the deaf community and by asking a lot of questions. 

i also have to write a story and sign it on film for my teacher. i’m just glad i finally am where i am and i’ve decided to register for ASL2 for the winter semester.

i just wanted to express myself in here so one day i can look back and see if i actually went through with the full program or not.

oh, and i was also called a NERD lastnite. i found out it meant “not even related to the deaf.” 


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quinoa chicken parmesan

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8 servings
prep and cook time 1 hr
ingredients:
  • 2 tbs of coconut oil and 1 tbs of butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 hot pepper, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme and oregano, chopped
  • 1 lb chicken (breasts or tenderloins), cut into bite sized pieces
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 36 oz of tomato sauce (typically a can and a half)
  • 1 cup quinoa (yields 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh mozzarella and parmesan
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs chopped chives

 

directions:

  1. saute garlic, onions, hot pepper, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cut up chicken in coconut oil and butter for 5 minutes on medium heat
  2. cook 1 cup of quinoa (add into 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes)
  3. add in tomato sauce to the veggies and chicken and simmer for 15 minutes
  4. add in basil and 2 cups cooked quinoa
  5. put half of mixture in baking dish(i used an 11″x7″. 9×9 would work well too)
  6. top with mozz and parm cheese
  7. add remaining mixture
  8. add the rest of the cheese and top with breadcrumbs and cut up chives
  9. cover and bake for 15 minutes on 375′ f
  10. uncover and cook 10 more minutes with the last few under the broiler to brown