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Another article came out about me in the Tennessee Valley Parents magazine and the contest I won at Chef Steps in Seattle…

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Hi my name is Abishai.

Today I am going to talk about and tell you how to make a good pot of oatmeal. Normally, I make a pot of oatmeal for our family of six, and it usually feeds us for one week. We all really, really love oatmeal, even my little sister Astrid. She gobbles that stuff up. Well, that is enough stuff about me.


Here is my recipe for scrumptious oatmeal…


  • Water-12 cps
  • Salt-3/4 tsp
  • Oatmeal-8 cps
  • Cinnamon-1 ½ tsp
  • Brown sugar-3 ½ cps
  • Vanilla-2 Tbs
  • Milk-2 cps


  1. Fill a big pot with all your water. Remember, this is for six people.
  2. Put it on to boil and add the salt.
  3. Pour the oats into the boiling water.
  4. Add cinnamon and allow to cook. Then add milk and let it finish cooking.
  5. Add brown sugar and stir. Then take it off the heat.
  6. Add vanilla and stir. After that, your DONE!

Serve the oatmeal and let the rest cool a little bit before you put the pot into the fridge.

Options for enhanced oatmeal are endless. Really, you can put virtually anything in it. My list only begins with…

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Apples
  • Cinnamon apples


So there is your recipe for perfect oatmeal and ways to make it even better by adding some pizzazz to it.

Hi my name is Abishai.

Today I am going to talk about me being able to cross something off my bucket list. At Taco Bell they have a “Taco Twelve Pack”, and usually I share one with my dad and brother. We each get four tacos.

Not today though!

Today, I crossed eating a “Taco Twelve Pack” off my bucket list. I, Abishai Powers, ate an entire one of them solo.


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My family nickname is Pig, but, wow, to be completely honest, by the time that was over, I felt pretty sick. I had never eaten so much food at one time before. It was invigorating. My colon was very energized by it, though, because I had to go three times that day.

So, that is the story of me eating a “Taco Twelve Pack”. Hasta la vista, bro-migos!

Note from Dad- As soon as I saw this title pop up in an e-mail newsletter, I sent a note to Sharon Gibson and told her that we wanted to try it for the boys. We’re big on making cooking a big part of our homeschool. It’s a great way to learn practical math and science skills and also teaches the boys a useful craft. I keep telling them that when they get older, a great home-cooked meal from a guy will really impress any prospective wives. Even better, we’ve worked through several of Homeschool Legacy’s Unit Studies in the past and love them. I highly recommend them for your homeschool. In addition to the fun the kids have with them, my wife and I enjoy teaching through them. This one was no different, except for the bonus that we had some really great meals from it.

If you want to try out this or any of the Homeschool Legacy studies, you can find them at their main website HERE or at many of the homeschool conferences. I’ve bought books from them at both.

Alright, enough from me. I’ll turn it over to my son.


Cooking Up History with the Founding Presidents

This unit study tells the history about the first four presidents, their wives, and their favorite desserts. It also shows you the recipe to make those desserts.

Me and my mom read Cooking Up History, and the first lesson was George Washington. George Washington was a very interesting guy, especially since he was the first president and a general in the Revolutionary War. He is awesome, and his favorite desert was cherry pie. So, me and my mom made the pie, and it barely made it past dad. He loved it!! (Note from dad- I ate about 80% of the entire thing.)


Though I do not like cherries, it was pretty fun to make. I got to roll the dough and everything. I also poured in the pie filling. We also learned about Mr. Washington’s wife. They had a fairly confusing relationship because they were seldom together. It was pretty cool to hear that Martha helped the injured at Gen. Washington’s military camp.

The second president we learned about was John Adams. He and his wife were the first presidential family to move into the White House. The funny thing is that they moved into the White House while it was still being built. They stayed in one of the only rooms that was finished, and Mrs. Adams did not have a clothesline so she hung them in one of the unfinished rooms. The most absolute coolest thing is that John Adams had a pet alligator. My dad and I think that he got it because they did not have a Secret Service yet. We do not know for sure yet though.


We are not done with the book yet, but we are looking forward to finishing it, and I can’t wait to make more desserts. I highly recommend this to other homeschoolers. It is very fun and tasty at the same time.

That’s all folks!



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About a month ago I stayed at a hotel, and I love continental breakfasts, but Marriott has the coolest waffle maker. When you make the waffle it imprints the Marriot logo on to the waffle. I personally think that is just awesome and I really want one that imprints my name in the waffle.

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You’ve just read your way into Abishai’s Food Lab. I am Abishai Powers and this is a brand new recipe I created for Mexican Meatloaf Sliders. I was inspired to create this to fulfill a bucket list goal for me and my dad. He talks to us a lot about what he learns from Tim Ferriss, and we want to meet him. I find that some of it goes over my head, but dad helps us understand how to take what we need to learn out of all the jumble of what everyone wants to make you learn.


Tim’s contest is the first time we had heard about ChefSteps, and we have really enjoyed their classes. Mom has made part of our homeschooling program and I couldn’t be happier. I watch shows like Masterchef Jr., and I want to be able to cook like that. ChefSteps helped me change the way we cook. We discovered that we like weighing ingredients instead of measuring them, because I too, hate doing all those dishes!

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Mom and I worked together on this recipe and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. My grandparents came over and helped us with the tasting. They gave it a big thumbs up!

The creation of this meal was the only way I could think of to combine the southwestern flavors I liked at Moe’s with the love I have for a good burger. Learning to make the bun was a totally new experience for me. There is a lot more precision required when you’re baking instead of cooking. We used the slider recipe from the ChefSteps kitchen and gave a small twist by sprinkling the buns with taco seasoning. It added a little pizzazz to the buns. Below are the ingredients for the burger patty…


1 lb. Ground Beef

1 lb. Ground Turkey

2 Eggs

1 cup​ Bread Crumbs

½ cup Diced Onion

2/3 cup Diced tomato

½ cup Diced Jalapeño

½ cup Diced Green Bell Pepper

¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 tsp Onion Powder

1 Tbsp. Sea Salt

1 tsp Seasoning Salt

½ Tbsp.Pepper

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  1. Mix the ground meat and egg whites together until well blended. Add Worcestershire Sauce, Bread cumbs, Garlic, Chili, and Onion powders, Pepper and sea salt. Mix with ground meat well and set aside.
  2. Mix together Onions, tomatoes, Jalapeño, and bell pepper. Add seasoning salt and mix well.
  3. Fold veggies into meat carefully but thoroughly.
  4. Make your patties to the size you want.
  5. Bake the patties on 350° for 15 – 20 min.
  6. Then drop them onto a preheated grill or pan and cook for 2 min on each side.

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You can always top your burger with the things you love. The choices I made were to use crispy turkey bacon and grated cheddar cheese as my bun protector. Keeping the patty juices from making the bun soggy. Top the patty with a slice of American cheese, because it’s my favorite, but my dad preferred the pepper-jack. Then we gave ourselves a nice helping of homemade salsa to give added southwestern Pizzazz.

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In a recent blog, Seth Godin said that “Just about everything tastes better toasted”. He’s not just talking about food. Seth says you can also toast ideas, services, products, and relationships. To toast means that you are putting in the effort to do something nice or special for someone or something. You are customizing what you do to fit a particular persons needs.


Let’s talk science. Seth said, “The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned foods their desirable flavor.” The reason toast turns brown is because the heat is melting the sugar, and when sugar is heated it turns brown. The hotter the heat the faster it turns brown. It is because of the Maillard reaction that things like hamburger buns and your everyday loaf of bread are brown. In the factory they bake them so that they taste better. The same concept is also applied on things like pork, french-fries, biscuits, popcorn, and tortillas. It’s just that you never think about it that way.


I enjoy making toast the old fashion way, in a pan, because I find it more fun than just popping something in a toaster and leaving it to the machine overlords. My brother, Benaiah, would rather do it with a toaster. He thinks that if you toast the bread in a toaster you can walk away and do other stuff. My brother also prefers toast over bread because he likes that it crunches in his mouth. I like toast because it brings a specialness to my plate that a plain piece of bread lacks.

That’s All Folks

Eggs-Charity WaterI wanted to thank everybody for helping with my birthday party that I gave away to raise money for Charity Water. We had a lot of fun at my eggstravaganza where I cooked for everyone to raise more money.

My grand total I raised was $772, which is way more than I raised last time.

Thanks so much to Eggs Up Grill for giving us all the eggs for the party!

Here’s a bunch of photos for everyone.

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Charity Water Donations

My big Charity Water Eggstravaganza party is tomorrow night, and I’m so grateful that all my friends, and family, and family’s friends, and people I don’t even know have given me money toward my clean water project.

I beat my last project by a whole bunch.

Because my dad talked about it on Twitter so much, a lady was nice enough to profile me on her blog at the SOFE Project, which is really cool.

The link to it is right HERE.




My dad posted a pic of me holding my new Rachael Ray cookbooks. Guess what? Rachael Ray’s team retweeted the post and even answered it back. That is so cool!

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My new books are Cooking Rocks and a 30 Minute Meals book for Kids.

(My dad said to tell you that the book links here are affiliate links that help pay for my college fund if you click them and buy.)

Don’t forget my charity water dinner party fundraiser I’m cooking for next week. You can find more info HERE.