Change of Plans

November 12th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time

More homeschool ice skating today! Except today we found the equivalent to training wheels for beginner ice skaters.

Training Wheels for Ice Skaters

We had another little lesson this week from a very sweet instructor. (But would have preferred Sk8ter Gurl Hollyz or Ice Dancing With The Stars Cindy – sorry ladies, we had to settle.)

Homeschool Skating

And within 10 minutes, she was off and running. Errrr, skating.

Now She's FAST

From the ice rink we skid home for a fast, late lunch and then off to the gym for homeschooling Phys Ed.

Homeschool Gym Class

Look at all those little homeschoolers! They look so… so… NoRmaL! Go figure!

Kick Ball

Maxine watched. And snacked.

Watching Snacking

She worked on her sorting skills, separating the evil walnuts from her precious raw cashews and raisins (how dare I!) and very thoughtfully leaving them “for Ava” in the hood of Ava’s coat. Such a good sister.


Snacked up, she’s off!

And She's Off

Running her solo homeschooled gym class for toddlers.

On Her Solo Homeschool Gym Class

I had a big dinner planned for tonight but after a day full of comings and goings,the very last thing I felt like doing was slave over the stove. Instead I just did a little indentured servant over the stove and borrowed an idea from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan – hummus quesadillas. Except I added cheese and totally de-veganized this. Just call me this Eat, Drink and De-Vegan.


Pan misto‘d with olive oil, a whole wheat tortilla smeared with a couple tablespoons homemade garlic hummus, then sprinkled with 1 oz of shredded Organic Valley chedder cheese.

Topped with a couple handfuls of fresh spinach.

Add Spinach

And another whole wheat tortilla. Grilled on medium for about 5 minutes on one side before flipped to the other side for another 5 minutes.

Spinach Hummus Stack

Yeah. Let’s just say this rocked and totally kicked the ass of any fancy schmancy dinner I had in mind.

With Salsa

550 calories all together, subtract 80 if you opt to go the vegan route. Serve with salsa. And drool.

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18 Responses

  • Bernadette says:

    Ava is quiet the fashionista with that hippie headwear she’s got goin on!! So adorable!! And dinner….looks pretty tasty! Every time I see a quesadilla it reminds me of the line in Napoleon Dynamite when his grandma tells him to go make himself a dang quesadilla…

    Have a great evening!

  • Cindy says:

    Alison…Skating AND quesedillas….Why did you not call me!


    I have a pic of Kyle with the wheelie bar! I need to go dig it up!


  • janetha says:

    wow that ice skating trainer thingamajig is awesome! so funny with the walnuts. i would have picked out the evil raisins 😉 the quesadilla? GOURMET!

  • Mama Pea says:

    That, my dear, is damm close to a crack wrap.

  • maria says:

    The quesadillas look wonderful!

    And your ice skating adventures makes me very sad that there’s no nearby rinks in Japan. I skated for the first time in forever last winter and I would love to do it again. Such a fun experience!

  • BEst line of the day:
    Eat, Drink and De-Vegan.
    Love it!

    I made quick n dirty quesadillas in the gasp, micro. 2 shells, cheese and random pepper and veggies in the middle, heat for 45 seconds. Hub’s dinner done. Love those nites. And he loved it. I repeated it 3 more nites til quesa shells were gone LOL Never made the blog b/c it was just too lame. Yours at least is pretty and stove topped.

  • Whit says:

    Look at all those little homeschoolers! They look so… so… NoRmaL! Go figure!

    LOL!!!! Love it!

  • Tay says:

    Yummm I loved hummus heated up. Especially in a wrap and grilled on the foreman. Deeeelcious.

  • Fallon says:

    I love hummus quesadillas!!!

  • libby says:

    Sounds like a fun day. LOVE your dinner – definitely going to steal this idea :-).


  • Erica says:

    Looks like a totally delicious dinner to me :) Nothing like a good quesadilla (especially when it contains hummus). You do all sorts of fun stuff with your kiddos- what a good mama!

  • Holly says:

    ahhhh i love the skating pics…brings me back to the ol’ days :)

    for some reason, i have a fascination with veganizing non-vegan things and de-veganizing vegan things. talk about want what you don’t have…i am the queen of that.

  • Oh my word…I totally would have de-veganized that wrap as well…haha. Everything sounds absolutely *perfect.* 😀

    I love the homeschooling groups you and the girls go to…they look like so much fun!! 😀 I haven’t gone ice skating in ages, but the cold weather is making me think its about time.

    Oh, and thanks for the “welcome back.” It’s great to have the chance to be blogging again. 😀

  • Lizzy says:

    yes i drooled. OMG what a great idea for a quesadillas. i’m wondering though did the hummus get real hott and gooey and get all over the pan? I seriously want one of these soooo much!

  • I love the quesadilla. I think I know what lunch is going to be! :)

    That’s so funny that Maxine picked out the walnuts. I used to not like walnuts at all, but my mom put them into everything since they “are so good for me.” It took me years to like them, and now I love them…

    Have a happy Friday! :)

  • Jennifer says:

    Ok…I would have been Maxine’s sidekick in picking out the walnuts. (haha) I’m not a big fan of them unless they are baked in something.

    That thing that Ava used to help her skate is cool! Does she like ice skating? That is something I always wish I had done as a child and I think I just might have to look into some place locally for Alyssa. :) I’ll live my dream through her. :)

    Those quesadillas looked soooooo good! You come up with the most creative and delicious recipes.

    • Alison says:

      Yes, she definitely likes and counts the “number of sleeps” until it’s time to go skating again. The skating rink is very close to our new house (less than 5 minutes) and she likes talking about that too!