Random, but awesome

May 30, 2012

IMG_5149So Monday was a random day in my classroom. During math, a student puts up his hand. “Miss Wiebe, I have a question.”

Me: “Yes?”

Student: “What did you have for dinner last night?”

Then later, during science, another student asks me: “Have you ever seen the music video for Call Me Maybe?”

Totally random right?! On the one hand, you can choose to be annoyed be statements like that, when you’re trying to teach something, you’re running behind, and feel like there are a milling things to do. On the other hand, you can just choose to smile and laugh at the randomness even when you’re stressed to the max.

This post, much like my class, is also random but awesome (RBA).

RBA Thing #1: Asparagus season is in full swing here in southern Ontario, along with rhubarb and strawberries starting now too. This makes me incredibly happy, and loads of fresh, seasonal, delicious dishes are coming out of my kitchen. Asparagus is getting steamed, grilled, thrown in pastas, salads and just about everything I can think of. The season’s not long, and I didn’t like it as a child, so I’m getting in all the asparagus I can.


RBA Thing # 2: Flax oil in a spray bottle. So I dumped out the remainder of my spray butter. Not only does it contain vitamin A palmitate (aka potato), I just had a feeling it wouldn’t be naturopath-approved. Winking smile Then I filled the bottle with flax oil. Perfect for misting over veggies, salads, and great for using on popcorn. Makes getting in those omega-3s and healthy fat way easier.


RBA Thing # 3: Almond flour banana cupcakes! I made these from this recipe a few weeks back (I used cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder) when we had guests over for dinner. Instead of the whipped cream icing called for in the recipe, I made a drizzle by melting some of my homemade Nutella with milk. Result? Awesome! We all know how good banana and Nutella are together, and these cupcakes were no exception. Best of all? They didn’t taste like they were “special diet” banana cupcakes – they totally had all the flavour and moistness of regular banana cake/bread. LOVED THEM. So far, I’m finding my almond flour experiments to be a success.

I could share more RBA things, but, well, I’ve got report cards to write, and mental breakdowns to have, and more random things to hear from my students. I’ll be back. If you’re still here – thanks for reading!

What RBA things have happened to you lately?


  • HELLO DEARY! Glad you’re still here!

    Mental breakdowns?? What the heck is going on??

    RBA for me? “Do you want to see pictures of my hardwood floor?”

    Ummm….OK? ;)

  • Shana says:

    Great idea with the spray bottle! Do you like flax oil? Im still trying to decide which oil to try next. Flax or walnut? Help!

    • Hilary says:

      Well…flax has all those omega 3s, I’m just using it ’cause my naturopath recommended it. But really I like both…walnut is pretty tasty though. If you really want to taste it though, you need to use it in simple preparations and not mix it with much.

  • Maren says:

    That is such a good idea putting the healthy oil in the spray butter container! I’m flabbergasted I haven’t thought of it before. Kids say the weirdest stuff… I work at a children’s theater (on and off) and it never fails some kid will say the strangest thing and it cracks me up.

    • Hilary says:

      Yeah, the flax oil in a spray bottle would totally help your healthy fats goal…it makes it so easy to just add it to anything.

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