Fried Green Tomato BLT

I have been gardening lots lately and I bought a tomato plant from the grocery store. It finally bore fruit. I could not wait for it to ripen so I harvested the tomato while it was still green. I then fried the tomato slices and added it to a sandwich. I used the recipe above from the magazine, The Pioneer Woman.

The sandwich turned out great! I made slight changes to the recipe, but it turned out awesome. First, I fried some turkey bacon. After, I toasted bread in the toaster. Then I fried two eggs and added salt and pepper to the eggs to give it some flavor.

After frying the eggs, I decided to work on the fried green tomatoes. I mixed cornmeal, cornstarch, and eggs for the fried green tomatoes batter. I added a little bit of water to the batter to make the consistency not as thick. I then sliced the green tomatoes and dipped it in the cornmeal batter. Then I fried the green tomatoes.

Now that everything was ready, I put mayonnaise on the bread, the turkey bacon, fried eggs, and the fried green tomatoes. It turned out extremely yummy. I ate the sandwich with a side of anchovies dipped in vinegar. It was a very delicious dinner last night. Thank you garden for providing me with a very yummy green tomato ūüôā

Gardening Tip: Label your cups when planting new seeds. I have labeled my cups GN for Genovese Basil. I could not remember, which ones were the Sweet Basils, but I would have labeled them SB to stand for Sweet Basil. Later on I tried to spell out the names, but you can labeled your plants however you would like to. I have used plant labelers or just carving inthe names onto the styrofoam cups 

Color Idioms

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua class,

The lesson for today is color idioms. Here is a lesson I found on Instagram. I love idioms. What are idioms?

According to the dictionary, idioms are:
a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., rain cats and dogs, see the light ).
Idioms are expressions. They are often used by English speakers and are understood by most English speakers. It is different from its literal meaning. They are figurative expressions. Here are examples of color idioms.

Color Idioms

blue blood– from a Royal family

be green– to be immature

blue ribbon– of superior quality

be in the red– to be in debt

black market– somewhere where goods are sold illegally

the green light– permission

have the blues– be sad or depressed

see pink elephants– to see things that are not really there

red carpet treatment– to receive special, Royal treatment

grey area– something not clear; undefined

green belt– an area of fields and trees around the town

paint the town red– go out and celebrate

The Silent Letter P

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua class,

Lesson for today. In English, there are some words that have silent letters. One of them is the silent letter P. Here are examples of words that have the silent letter P.






a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.

“he was overthrown in an army coup”

a notable or successful stroke or move.

“it was a major coup to get such a prestigious contract”




 a closet with shelves where dishes, utensils, or food is kept also : a small closet



  1. lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs ( double pneumonia), one lung ( single pneumonia ), or only certain lobes ( lobar pneumonia ).



  1. not genuine; spurious or sham.

“we are talking about real journalists and not the pseudo kind”


2. a pretentious or insincere person.



  1. a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.



  1. relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance.

“psychic powers”

  1. relating to the soul or mind.

“he dulled his psychic pain with gin”


a person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium.



  1. the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.
  2. the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group.

plural noun: psychologies

“the psychology of Americans in the 1920s”

  • the mental and emotional factors governing a situation or activity.

“the psychology of interpersonal relationships”



  1. the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means.



  1. relating to, denoting, or suffering from a psychosis.

“a psychotic disturbance”


  1. a person suffering from a psychosis.



an edible soft fruit related to the blackberry, consisting of a cluster of reddish-pink drupelets.

the plant that yields the raspberry, forming tall, stiff, prickly stems (canes).

English Lesson: In or On

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua class,

How is everyone today? Our lesson for today is the usage of the prepositions on or in. You can use on or in to tell someone what kind of vehicle you are riding in.

I am on a bus.

I am on a plane.

I am on a train.

I am on a ship.

I am on a tram.

I am on a bike.


I am in a car.

I am in a taxi.

I am in a limo.

I am in a truck.

The rule for using in or on a vehicle is that if you can walk onto the vehicle and stand up inside the vehicle you say on. If you cannot, then you say in.

Here are some more example sentences using on or in.

You are on a bus.

You are on a plane.

You are on a train.

You are on a ship.

You are on a tram.

You are on a bike.


You are in a car.

You are in a taxi.

You are in a limo.

You are in a truck.


Tell me what kind of vehicle you have ridden in recently. Give me at least two sentences.

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English Class: About the Corona Virus Pandemic

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

How are you all? I just wanted to give you all an update about the Corona Virus Pandemic.

We are still on lockdown here in Red Bluff, CA. I think it might be ending soon because supposedly some states like Georgia are opening back up. Here in Red Bluff, most places are still closed.

Here is the latest on the news.


According to CNN:

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned a second wave of the coronavirus this year could be worse because it will coincide with flu season.

‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,‚ÄĚ CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Washington Post.
‚ÄúAnd when I‚Äôve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don‚Äôt understand what I mean.‚ÄĚ (- A quote by Dr. Robert Redfield.)

Here are some Corona Virus vocabulary I found online:

Note: Affects is spelled incorrectly. It should spell a-f-f-e-c-t-s, not a-f-e-c-t-s.

Affect is a verb. It means to have an effect on or make a difference to.



English Class: About Making Hot and Sour Soup

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

Today, I am going to make hot and sour soup so I went to the grocery store to buy ingredients. I went to FoodMaxx to get the hot and sour packet for the flavoring. I also got a can of bamboo shoots there. Then I went to Raley’s to get tofu. Afterward I went to Walmart to get a pack of carrots.

Here are some cooking verbs for today.


Cooking Verbs and Example Sentences


Example: Cut the carrots.


Example: Grate the ginger.


Example: Peel the cucumber.


Example: Chop the celery.


Example: Boil the water.


Example: Fry the egg.


Example: Slice the apple.


Example: Stir in the sauce.


Example: Bake the pie.


Example: Cook the macaroni.


Example: Pour the batter.


Example: Whisk the egg and flour with some milk.

The Ingredients for My Hot and Sour Soup:

1 hot and sour soup packet


carrots thinly sliced

bamboo shoots thinly slice

2 eggs


Here are the ingredients chopped up and ready to be cooked.

How to Make a Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup:

  1. Boil the hot and sour soup packet’s contents in water.
  2. Add thinly sliced carrots and bamboo shoots.
  3. Add one egg.
  4. Serve.

Note: You can also add pork. I don’t have pork today to add to the soup, but in the future I will be buying 2 Bud’s BBQ country pork and putting in bits of those. Country pork is my favorite.

Here is how my hot and sour soup turned out:


Use any of the cooking verbs you learned today to make five sentences.

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The Verb to Make


Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

You use the verb to make to talk about what you have been creating. Since Red Bluff has gone on lockdown I have decided to spend my time cooking. Recently, I made candied yams.

Make- Hacer

Infinitive: to make

Past: made

Past participle: made



I make baskets.

You make baskets.

He/she makes baskets.

We make baskets.

They make baskets.

Yo hago canastas.

T√ļ haces cestas.

√Čl / ella eso hace cestas.

Hacemos cestas.

Hacen cestas.



I made hats.

You made hats.

He/she made hats.

We made hats.

They made hats.

Hice sombreros.

Hiciste sombreros.

Hizo sombreros.

Hicimos sombreros.

Hicieron sombreros.


Present Continuous:

I am making a pie.

You are making a pie.

He/she is making a pie.

We are making a pie.

They are making a pie.

Estoy haciendo un pastel.

Est√°s haciendo un pastel.

√Čl / ella est√° haciendo un pastel.

Estamos haciendo un pastel.

Est√°n haciendo un pastel.


Present Perfect:

I have made bread.

You have made bread.

He/she has made bread.

We have made bread.

They have made bread.

He hecho pan.

Has hecho pan.

Ha hecho pan.

Hemos hecho pan.

Han hecho pan.



I will make cards.

You will make cards.

He/she will make cards.

We will make cards.

They will make cards.

Haré tarjetas.

Har√°s tarjetas.

√Čl / ella har√° tarjetas.

Haremos tarjetas.

Har√°n tarjetas.


Future Perfect:

I will have made a studio.

You will have made a studio.

He/she will have made a studio.

We will have made a studio.

They will have made a studio.

Habré hecho un estudio.

Habr√°s hecho un estudio.

√Čl / ella eso habr√° hecho un estudio.

Habremos hecho un estudio.

Habr√°n hecho un estudio.


Past Continuous:

I was making candied yams.

You were making candied yams.

He/she was making candied yams.

We were making candied yams.

They were making candied yams.

Estaba haciendo √Īames confitados.

Estabas haciendo √Īames confitados.

√Čl / ella estaba haciendo √Īames confitados.

Est√°bamos haciendo √Īames confitados.

Estaban haciendo √Īames confitados.


Past Perfect:

I had made a bonnet.

You had made a bonnet.

He/she had made a bonnet.

We had made a bonnet.

They had made a bonnet.

Me había hecho un capó.

Te habías hecho un capó.

√Čl / ella hab√≠a hecho un cap√≥.

Habíamos hecho un capó.

Habían hecho un capó.


Future Continuous:

I will be making a lamp.

You will be making a lamp.

He/she will be making a lamp.

We will be making a lamp.

They will be making a lamp.

Haré una lámpara.

Har√°s una l√°mpara.

√Čl / ella estar√° haciendo una l√°mpara.

Estaremos haciendo una l√°mpara.

Har√°n una l√°mpara.


Present Perfect Continuous:

I have been making a Claymation.

You have been making a Claymation.

He/she has been making a Claymation.

We have been making a Claymation.

They have been making a Claymation.

He estado haciendo un Claymation.

Has estado haciendo un Claymation.

√Čl / ella ha estado haciendo un Claymation.

Hemos estado haciendo un Claymation.

Han estado haciendo un Claymation.




  1. a method of animation in which clay figures are filmed using stop-motion photography.

This is an example of a claymation. It is Wallace and Gromit.



Past Perfect Continuous:

I had been making masks.

You had been making masks.

He/she had been making masks.

We had been making masks.

They had been making masks.

Había estado haciendo máscaras.

Has estado haciendo m√°scaras.

√Čl / ella hab√≠a estado haciendo m√°scaras.

Habíamos estado haciendo máscaras.

Habían estado haciendo máscaras.


Future Perfect Continuous:

I will have been making soup for an hour now.

You will have been making soup for an hour now.

He/she will have been making soup for an hour now.

We will have been making soup for an hour now.

They will have been making soup for an hour now.

Habré estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Habr√°s estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

√Čl / ella habr√° estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Habremos estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Habr√°n estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.


Use to make in five sentences to tell us what you have made recently. Go ahead and pick out five different tenses.

Owl and Verbs Lesson


Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

For today’s class on WhatsApp, I used this photo for our verbs lesson.

This is a photo of an owl carrying out verbs.












Owl Lesson:

What is an owl in Spanish?

Owl is buho in Spanish.

B√ļho¬†es el¬†nombre com√ļn¬†de¬†aves¬†de la familia¬†Strigidae, del¬†orden¬†de los¬†estrigiformes¬†o¬†aves rapaces nocturnas. Habitualmente designa especies que, a diferencia de las¬†lechuzas, tienen plumas alzadas que parecen orejas (sus verdaderas orejas se encuentran al costado de la cabeza, a los laterales de los ojos) y presentan una coloraci√≥n amarilla o naranja en el iris. Debido a que sus ojos carecen de movilidad y solo pueden ver hacia delante, pueden girar la cabeza 270¬į.

Sentences using the owl photo:

The owl is sitting.

The owl hit the ball.

The owl wants to climb the mountain.

The owl is carrying wood.

The owl wants to fly.

The owl is swimming.

The owl wants to punch.

The owl wants to kick the ball.

The translation in Spanish:

El b√ļho est√° sentado.

La lechuza golpeó la pelota.

El b√ļho quiere escalar la monta√Īa.

El b√ļho lleva madera.

El b√ļho quiere volar.

El b√ļho est√° nadando.

El b√ļho quiere golpear.

El b√ļho quiere patear la pelota.


Use any of the verbs written above in a sentence.

For example:

The owl is climbing the side of a mountain.

The owl is swimming in San Jorge

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