Math IS Real Life: October 2018 Edition – missing my teaspoon…

This It’s the first Wednesday of October which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!

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 A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by MissMathDork,


A few years back, my husband’s friend gave him a recipe for a Cajun stew.  While we did like stew, we liked the dry spice mix that went in the stew (below) even better.

We use this mix A LOT but ran out at some point and for whatever reason haven’t made a batch in a while. Since fall is finally starting to settle in and we’re starting to make heartier soups and stews, I decided it was time to make more spice mix.  While at the grocery store I picked up a new container of each spice so that I didn’t have to go back out if we were missing something at home.

However, I wasn’t planning to not be able to find my measuring spoons when I got home… so I improvised.  As you can see from the recipe, it’s mainly a 1 to 2 ratio maintained throughout. See as how I had new containers of each spice, I just decided to make a LARGE batch to get us through the winter.  I traded out the teaspoon for a condiment container (I think it’s 2 oz) and followed the directions as if it said “condiment container” instead of teaspoon.

Which made a HUGE amount of goodness – about 3 cups total. (Working backwards, it must’ve been a 2 oz container — for a total of 23 oz which just under 3 cups)

Have you ever changed the measurement, but kept the recipe the same?  Much faster than doubling or tripling!


  Don’t forget to check out the other MIRL posts below!  Check back over the next few days – more will be added!!

Categories: #mirl, computation and estimation, geometry and measurement, hands-on math, and math is real life.

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