Foodie Monday: Coconut Macaroons & Other Stuff

It’s foodie Monday and I’m trying two new recipes today. One is a recipe for Coconut Macaroons. I’ve been craving these sweet, decadent treats for a while now. And, the other recipe is for a spicy crockpot chicken. I haven’t gotten to either, yet.

Spicy Crockpot Chicken. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

So far today, I’ve been cleaning out more of my files from the elementary garden club I taught for 15 years and files I saved from graduate school (2014-2018) in environmental education. I’ve decided I’m a paper hoarder! But, as I’ve written before, my files are virtually all I have to prove my identity as an educator. And, I’m not sure I’m done yet. I think If the right opportunity presented itself, I could still find myself doing community education. I am already continuing my school presentations – as last week was an environmental day at a local elementary school. Unfortunately, it was a virtual presentation again this year. But, they are hopeful that next year will be in person. Since I’ve always been told not to re-invent the wheel, I hate to throw out lesson plans or presentations that might still work. Of course, they would be revised and brought up to date but I’ve found that easy to do and certainly easier than starting fresh.

Forest behind Evergreen Elementary School. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015.

I also came across more student work that consisted of answers to some questions on what trees and forests do for us as humans. And bulletin board pieces when the garden club was at its fullest enrollment of 65 students were also in the batch of files I retrieved. The garden club was so large we had to split into two groups for a period of two years. This meant two meetings a month instead of one but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Finally, after lunch, I got around to making my recipes. The coconut macaroons are delicious – crispy on the outside and chewy inside. I had my doubts at first because the first batch really began to spread despite the fact I chose the recipe for its anti-spreading virtues that were touted. Despite their deliciousness, I’m not sure that they are any better than the macaroons I’ve made in the past that did not have the extra step of whipping eggs whites to stiff peaks. Have you ever made macaroons? Here is the recipe I used if you want to try. One macaroon has 16 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fiber. I’ve had two already. I guess I’m done for the day.

And, the chicken? It’s in the crockpot. I’ll have to post on that another time!

Ciao!

Mangia bene!

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