Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's for Dinner?

Ham, Cheese and Fried Egg Panini

Breakfast for dinner is an oldie but a goodie.  This sandwich could really be served for any meal.  If you don't have a panini press, I'm sure you could use a skillet. Just try and smash the sandwich so it flattens.  And, the addition of the dressed salad greens? Divine!  A bonus is having you 8-eight year old son make the salad and the dressing.  Just for the record, my children did not have salad greens on their panini. They wouldn't want me misrepresenting them!

Ham, Cheese and Fried Egg Panini
Williams Sonoma, serves 4

1 T + 1 t oil
12 oz. thinly sliced Black Forest ham
4 baguette pieces, 6" long, halved horizontally
8 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated
2 T + 2 t Dijon mustard
1/2 t minced shallot
1/2 t honey
2 t Champagne vinegar
1 T olive oil
2 c mixed salad greens
4 eggs
2 T chopped fresh chives

Preheat panini press, if using.  In large skillet, warm 1 t oil and brown the ham slices, turning once, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to plate.

Lay baguette pieces, cut side up. Sprinkle about 1 oz. cheese on each bottom half; arrange ham on top, dividing evenly.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Spread 2 t mustard on top half of each baguette; cover each sandwich with the top half.  Place sandwiches in preheated panini press; close lid. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is toasted, about 4 minutes. Transfer to plate.  Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk shallot, honey and vinegar.  Add olive oil in slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified.  Add salad greens; toss to coat well.

In large fry pan over medium-low heat, warm oil. Fry the eggs until desired amount of doneness.  Open each sandwich and top with 1 egg. Sprinkle with chives. Arrange dressed salad greens on top, dividing evenly.  Close sandwiches and serve immediately.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BWise School Supply

Are you familiar with BWise School Supply?  Located in Arroyo Grande, BWise is a great place to purchase math manipulatives, curriculum not carried in our book store and other wonderful and fun teaching/learning materials.  Karen has a great offer for our families and teachers--read on to find out what it is.

1314 E. Grand Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Open for 11 years.

Having been a dream of mine for many years prior to opening, providing materials for our teachers, parents, and students has been so enjoyable.

We have been through rough times in the last couple of years, but we are trying to keep our chins up and change some things to better serve us all in these tough economic times.  We will continue as long as we have the support of our customers and WE THANK YOU!

Please visit our website at when you have time.  There is NO SHIPPING on items we don’t have currently in the store for our local customers.  We do our best to provide what people need and we are very willing to order.
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Thank you, Karen!  Additionally, BWise is offering all SLO Classical Academy teachers, parents and students 25% off for the entire month of March 2012!  Just mention our school blog to receive your discount.        

Monday, February 27, 2012

Magical Moments

A couple of weeks ago, if you had walked into the girl's bathroom you would have seen this:

Notes of affirmation posted on the mirror for everyone to take.

Some of the younger girls on campus were inspired by Operation Beautiful and recreated that at SLO Classical Academy.

Let's take a cue from these young people and practice this at home. What about encouraging notes for the kids on their bathroom mirror or in their lunches?  Or, in the medicine cabinet or the car for your spouse?  

Thank you, girls for your kindness. Happy Monday!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Free Friday

It's Friday!  This short week seemed to fly by.  Since it is Friday, we'd like to remind you to be Free by Five o'clock and turn off your electronics.  Before you log off, we'd like to congratulate the McCabe family for being our winner from our What's on your night stand: Couples Edition drawing.  Please let us know if you'd prefer a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Congratulations!

Have your kids hit the neighborhoods asking for support for our Runaissance? This weekend would be a great time to help our school.  If every student raises $131 we will reach our goal and earn $32,000 for this year!  Take a look at the creative way one family is going about it.  Is your family using a unique way to help raise money? Let us know!  Thank you to all of our families for your support that comes in so many ways--financially, volunteer-time, and for being dedicated partners with our teachers.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Q & A with Troy

Our Associate Director, Troy Wathen, answers some commonly asked questions about SLO Classical Academy's unique program.  If you have family or friends interested in learning more about how our school works and what makes it special, these are great posts to refer them to. Better yet, invite them to attend a Campus Tour (the third Wednesday of every month) or attend a Parent Preview Night.  

How is the SLO Classical Academy hybrid model different from a traditional 5-day classical education program?

Both options for classical education have benefits and can meet the needs of individual families differently. In becoming part of the SLOCA community I have noticed a few real strengths of our hybrid program. First, the whole family learns together. Because of the homeschooling component, parents are learning right alongside their children. Even when I was at a five-day school, I believed that classical education was for the whole family. Here it is more easily realized because the model requires it. This is strengthened even further by the fact that all the children are reading the same literature and history at the same time. This has the potential of making dinner discussions even more fruitful as the family is able to discuss common ideas and virtues from literature and history. Second, the hybrid model encourages self-directed learning because students are not bound to a fixed schedule of time with the teacher. Self-learning is truly the most fruitful style of education for long-term retention of ideas.

Don't forget today is the last day to enter our drawing for a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon.  Just leave a comment on our What's on your nightstand? post and tell us what you're reading!  No need to login, just click "Anonymous" and leave your name in your comment.  Results tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's for Dinner?

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

I saw this salad in the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit and knew I had to try it.  I am so glad I did!  The flavors are fresh and unique in this salad. I promise you, serve this salad and you will be the belle of the ball.  It takes a lot of chopping, but it's worth it.  To save time, buy a bag of cut kale and remove the tough ribs and then chop. You can then chop it more finely, if you prefer or leave it as is.  Don't be afraid of the raw brussels sprouts--they taste like cabbage.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad
Bon Appetit, Nov. 2011
serves 8-10

1/4 c fresh lemon juice
2 T dijon mustard (I like the grainy kind)
1 T minced shallots
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/4 t salt
2 bunches of kale (Tuscan), thinly sliced
12 oz. brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
1/2 c olive oil
1/3 c almonds with the skins
1 c Pecorino cheese

1.  Combine the lemon juice, mustard, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper and set aside.  Mix the thinly sliced kale and brussels sprouts in a large bowl.

2.  Place 1 T oil in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat.  Add the almonds and toast for about 2 minutes until fragrant and brown. Sprinkle lightly with salt. 

3.  Slowly whisk the olive oil into the dressing mix. Add the dressing to the salad and season to taste.  Garnish with shredded cheese and chopped almonds.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Parent Perspective: Typer Island

Today, we hear from Cade Newman. Cade and Joy are a Track A family in their fourth year at SLO Classical Academy. They have 4 kids: Eli (Intermediate), Abraham (Kindergarten), Esther (4 yrs. old) and Ezra (1, waiting in S. Korea).  Cade is also a member of the Board of Directors.

A couple of years ago, my son Eli saw me working with Pages and wanted to create his own page for the Belgian Bearded chicken he was going to get.  After he found enough information to create his page, he soon realized that the majority of his time was spent pecking away at the keys, one finger at a time.  So, he asked if I could teach him how to type, to which I responded, “I’ll bet there’s a good program to help you with that.”  Thinking back to my Cortez Peters days, not wanting my son to have to endure the sound of his voice, I set out to find an alternative.  After an exhaustive search (about 10 minutes), I came across Typer Island, read the reviews, hopped on Amazon and placed my order. 

It was simple, engaging, and effective.  And he didn’t have to listen to that really annoying voice.  What I appreciate most, is that Typer Island has the student master the home keys before moving on.  And if he gets to play some games along the way to improve his speed and accuracy, so be it.  

Final analysis:  Great value and a good skill.

What typing program does your family use?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Magical Moments

Happy Monday! We have two Magical Moments to share with you today. Our first one comes from Track A Intermediate teacher, Amy Stith:

Pope Paul III

Sometimes the kids surprise me when talking about complex historical events.  We were talking about the Council at Trent, and how important Martin Luther’s courage was to our history.  We were talking about how one person can make big change, and in this case Luther made the Catholic church stop and think.  One of my students raised his hand thoughtfully and said, “STAR”.  “Hmmm?  Does he think it’s science?”  I thought to myself.  I asked the student to explain.  He said, “Stop, Think, Act Right.” He continued, “Martin Luther made the church stop, think, and act right.”  Wow!!!! He got it!  Just when I think these topics are over their head, they completely blow my mind.  Good job, parents.  They are listening.

Isn't that part of what we aim for--for our students, our children to make connections between history and their lives today?  Thanks for sharing, Amy.

Our second Magical Moment is a Lego video retelling Henry VIII's marriages.  Isaiah (LMS) and Quinn (Intermediate) Keech, independently decided to turn their weekly narrative into a series of scenes.  Thank you, boys!

Don't forget to tell us what you're reading and be entered into a drawing for a gift card from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.  Drawing closes Thursday!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Free Friday

It's Friday yet again!  Before you log-off and Free yourself by Five o'clock in preparation for the long weekend, check out this free online Constitution 101 course given by Hillsdale College.  Looking ahead to next year, we will be studying the birth of our nation.  How fitting to get a head start by refreshing our own memories about our Constitution.  Class starts February 20th!

What will you do over this long weekend?  The elephant seals are still on the San Simeon beach and Saturday at 10 AM there is a guided rookery tour.  Saturday night at 6:30 PM there is a guided night hike at Lopez Lake highlighting owls in the park.  There is also a living history day at Spooner Ranch House and a Gray Whale talk at the Oceano campground.  What a rich community we inhabit!  Whatever you decide to do--enjoy a relaxing, recharging time with family and friends.  Happy Weekend!

photo by Joy Newman

SLO Classical Academy is not affiliated with Hillsdale College.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Created to be with Family"

Last week, our Associate Director, Troy Wathan shared with parents and community members why classical education is desirable.  Although a classical education is not new, our hybrid program at SLO Classical Academy is unique and others have taken notice of this model.  

While some education reformers are focusing on performance-based incentives and curriculum changes, others are trying to shift the very structure of schooling.

Students traditionally attend school from September to June, five days a week, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with occasional holidays and shortened days. New “time-oriented” education takes many alternate forms, including homeschool co-ops, online learning, hybrids of different instruction types, and boarding schools. Some reduce lesson time, while some expand it.

 Click here to read the rest of article and read what our Director, Susie Theule and Martin Indvik, acting president of SLOCA's Board of Directors, had to say about our hybrid model.

photo by Trina Dart

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's for Dinner?: Parent Perspective

It is easy to forget that fruits and vegetables have a particular season since we are able to obtain anything at any time.  There are many benefits to eating seasonally (such as teaching delayed gratification) and since we live in an agriculturally rich area, we can even eat locally as well.  Today, Sarah Ritter offers us her family's perspective on eating locally.  Sarah and Matt Ritter are in their second year at SLO Classical Academy. They have two children: May (Primary) and Abel (Jr. Kindergarten).

I did not pay attention to the seasonality of produce until my early twenties when I first started growing my own food and shopping at farmers’ markets.  The process of planting during the correct season carried over to eating foods during their growing period, whether I was growing myself, or buying from the market.  During the year, our meals range from food bought at the farmers’ market (I try to make it each week!), to food from the grocery store, to a meal coming straight from the garden.  Our meals are a reflection of how much time I have on my hands to get seeds in the ground or to make it to one market or another. 

I enjoy choosing seasonal produce not only for the freshness, but also to support local farmers and reduce the amount of energy used to transport food to my table.  There are some foods that cannot be grown nearby that we still indulge in- bananas, chocolate, or the occasional coconut.  But if it can be grown closer to home, I would rather wait with anticipation until the first peas, asparagus, tomatoes, or cucumbers hit the shelf or ripen in the garden.  It gives me something to look forward to throughout the year!

Once you begin to take notice of what time of year certain crops grow, and observe the culinary changes of winter, spring, summer, and fall, it will become second nature as to what foods you reach for no matter where you are buying your produce.  If you have doubts, ask the farmer or take a peak at the label and you will get a quick answer!  Here is a website with decent seasonal descriptions, although I noticed some items that have a bit longer season, at least in SLO’s climate.  It will give you a general idea about some common foods that you might be using in your kitchen. 

Happy cooking!

Thank you, Sarah for sharing your perspective on fresh, local eating.  Sarah has also shared this recipe for baked kale chips from  that may be fun for the kids!

Baked Kale Chips
Adapted from a bunch of inspiring places

1 bunch (6 oz.) kale (she used Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale but curly varieties work as well)
1 T olive oil
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Wash and dry kale.  Remove the stems and tough center ribs.  Cut into large pieces and toss with olive oil and salt.  Arrange kale in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until crisp. Place baking sheet on a rack to cool.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What's on Your Nightstand: Couples Edition

SLO Classical Academy took to the streets, er playground, to ask a question: What books are on your night-stand?  In honor of Valentine's Day, it is couples edition today.  We also asked these couples to describe their favorite date night.  

Tim:  ESPN Encyclopedia; Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure; The Giving Tree; Dave Ramsey
Karen: The Pursuit of Holiness; Teach Me Your Ways; Parenting the Hurt Child; The Open Adoption Experience; Classical Education; Bon Appetit

Tim and Karen Weaver are a Track B family in their second year at SLOCA.  They have three kids: One child, Ben is a current SLOCA student and another, Alexia, is a future SLOCA student. Their favorite date night is sashimi at Kai Lana or Toshi followed by cribbage at Bru.

Eric: Season of Life; The Love Dare; Kids are Worth it!; The Heart of a Father
Lisa: Sophie's World; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; The Mission of Motherhood; The Ministry of Motherhood; Sarah's Key; Voice in the Wind; Gaia's Garden

Eric and Lisa Boyd are a Track A family in their sixth year at SLOCA. They have three children: Autumn (Upper Middle School), Evan (Intermediate) and Neilani (2 1/2 years old.)  They love hiking together or grabbing a cup of coffee.

Aaron: Big Sur and the Orange of Hieronymus Bosch
Lindsay: Born to Run; Reiki and the Seven Chakras; The Lacuna; Plan B-Further Thoughts on Faith

Aaron and Lindsay Wolf are a Track A family in their first year at SLOCA. They have two boys: Ben (Kindergarten) and Ronan (2 years old).  Their favorite date places include Novo, Luna Red or trying any new restaurant in town.

Thank you everyone for sharing! Aside from reading history and literature with your student, tell us what you're reading and be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Magical Moment

photos by Trina Dart

We had over 100 grand-people visit our campus last week during our Grand Days on Wednesday and Thursday.  The feedback coming back from them was nothing short of fabulous!  For many it was an opportunity to see that the education you have chosen for your children is a valid method, that our teachers are made from quality stock, that our administration is organized and well spoken-- it was a way for them to understand why SLO Classical Academy is so very special.  One grandfather's feedback was that he will do everything that he can to ensure that all three of his grandsons are able to complete their education here-- even help with tuition.  After seeing how different things are here, he really comprehended how a SLOCA education will impact their lives forever.

Double click to view the collage larger

photos by Trina Dart

Our next Community Tour is Wednesday at 10AM.  Share the news of our rich learning community by inviting a friend, neighbor or co-worker.  Happy Monday!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Free Friday

Phew! It was a full week at SLO Classical Academy!  Registration for next year is in full swing; our Classic Story Hour was Wednesday; Grand people in our lives attended Grand Days; and last night Troy Wathan taught us all more about Classical Education.  Many thanks to all the helping hands, seen and unseen, that make such amazing events possible.  Life in our thriving community is vibrant and full!

Since the weekend is here and it is our goal to be Free by Five, how about some suggestions for Valentine's Day fun?  Turn off your electronics and craft or cook together.

1.  Valentine Bookmarks :: Martha Stewart 
2.  The Write Stuff pencil toppers :: 30 Handmade Days
3.  Cupid's Creme Brûlée :: Hostess with the Mostess
4.  Candy heart garland :: Lollipops
5.  Origami heart garland :: How About Orange
6.  Lollipop flowers :: Martha Stewart
7.  Scratch off Valentines (adaptable for your needs):: The Dating Divas

Whatever you choose, enjoy the weekend!

SLO Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned sites.

Thursday, February 09, 2012


We asked our teachers to tell us about a teacher in their own lives they would never forget.  Today, Denise Indvik, who teaches our Track B Jr. Kindergarten shares memories of her favorite teacher.

I was just thinking about my favorite teacher last week and wondering what had become of her.  I was almost tempted to have someone try to find her on Facebook for me so I could tell her how much I appreciate her!  Her name was Mrs. Deborah Cope, and she was my fourth grade teacher way back in the late 1970s.  The reason she stands out from other teachers I enjoyed during my schooling was her unwavering celebration of good literature and reading.  I have no memory of reading anthologies, abridged stories, or language arts textbooks in her class.  Instead, I remember signing up for a "literature conference" on the chalkboard, which meant that when it was my turn I would sit next to her at her desk and spend a good long while telling her all about the latest book I had finished reading.  She would thumb through the book, and ask me sincere questions about the characters and their adventures.  The pleasure of reading a great book was truly celebrated in her approach to teaching, and I would delight in the chance to tell her that my number one goal as a homeschooling mom and teacher was to convey that love of books to my own children and students.  Thank you Mrs. Cope! 

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.  ~ Goethe

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

What's for Dinner?

The Noble Pig is a food blog I stumbled upon some years ago. I have tried several of her recipes and loved them all. I had never made short ribs before trying this recipe and I will warn you, this takes a little time.  Oh, but the end result--tender, succulent short ribs, meat falling off the bone and a delicious sauce.  Mashed potatoes would be a wonderful side. Perhaps this is just the ticket for a special Valentine's Day meal. Put the kids to bed early, light a few candles and enjoy a home date.  

Root Beer Short Ribs
Noble Pig

4-1/2 lbs. beef short ribs
salt and pepper
3 T vegetable oil, more as needed
2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1" wedges
3 large celery stalks, cut into 1-1/2" pieces
2 small carrots, cut into 1-1/2" pieces
1 head of garlic, sliced in half crosswise
10 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
1 rosemary sprig
1/2 t ground cumin
2 whole star anise
3 1/2 c beef broth
2 c root beer

1.  Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper.  In an 8-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil on high.  In batches, brown ribs on all sides, about 20 minutes total.  If oil gets too dark during browning, pour off and add more oil but do not wipe pot clean.  Transfer the ribs to a plate and pour off all but 2 T fat from pot.   Add onions, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, cumin and star anise. Cook scraping up any browned bits, until onions are soft, 5 minutes.

2.  Return the ribs to the pot and add broth and root beer. Bring to a rapid simmer, cover and place pot in oven. Cook until meat can easily be pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 3 hours.  (To store, refrigerate up to 4 days.)  With slotted spoon, transfer ribs to large straight sided skillet; discard solids by straining liquid through a fine-mesh sieve.  Skim off fat from cooking liquid.  If you have time, place liquid in the refrigerator for a little while, making it easier to discard the fat.

3.  Boil liquid and ribs over medium-high heat until liquid is reduced by half, about 20-30 minutes.  While boiling, periodically spoon liquid over meat, until ribs are glazed and sauce is thickened.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  (You can cook the short ribs up to four days ahead. Refrigerate, then skim, strain and reduce the cooking liquid before serving.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

What's so great about Classical Education?

Track A & B Kindergarten class
Pageant of the Masters

Parents at SLO Classical Academy have been enjoying the rich benefits of classical education for over six years now, but even with the experience of this education, some may still benefit from looking into this question with greater depth. Others may have heard of SLOCA from friends or neighbors and are curious to find out what we mean by classical education. On Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM, SLO Classical Academy will host a talk for parents and guests on the benefits and beauty of classical education. Our Associate Director, Troy Wathen, will provide an inspiring picture of a tried and true form of education re-purposed for this modern age.

If you are tired of education that is “data-driven” and taught to the test, this talk is for you. If you are asking the question, “will my classically trained child get into college?” this talk is for you. And if you just want to learn about this model of education that is growing in stature as others are in decline, this talk is for you. The folks at SLO Classical Academy are committed to opening our doors to the whole community for dialogue over compelling topics. Education is near and dear to our hearts so we look forward to this evening to share what makes classical education so great. We hope you will join us.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Magical Moment: Astronomy Enrichment

Today we hear from Jamie Foster, one of our instructors who has been with SLO Classical Academy since last November. He currently teaches 2nd and 5th grade math and Astronomy Enrichment.

This was a fun astronomy exercise we did (Astronomy Enrichment for Frago, Thursdays, 1245-230) on 12/1/11. We modeled the solar system keeping both distances and size of sun/planets in the same scale (usually one or the other is sacrificed in order to make it "fit" on a bulletin board or on a table). It took all the space between Room 20 and the far side of the baseball diamond (about 350 feet). The Sun was about an inch in diameter and the planets were the smallest dot a pencil could make at the top of its popsicle stick. The Sun was placed first, followed by Mercury at 3 feet, then Venus at 3 more feet, etc. out to Pluto which was about 350 feet from the Sun. In addition to simply observing and appreciating the entire solar system before them, the students also made angular measurements of the dots and the sticks from each planet to the Sun and vice versa (holding pencil points at arm's length).

Thank you, Jamie!  What a memorable exercise to demonstrate the solar system.  Just a reminder that Grand days are this Wednesday and Thursday. Are the Grand people in your life coming?   

Friday, February 03, 2012

Free Friday

Did this week fly by for you?  Phew! The weekend is here--time to unwind and relax.  Saturday, the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach is celebrating Western Monarch Day.  Or what about some poetry at the downtown Nautical Bean?   There are two featured readers and then an open mike.  Looking ahead, the PCPA theater has tickets available for Romeo and Juliet and Little Women, the Broadway musical.  Don't forget Coffee Talks, after drop off and Grand Days are next week.  Click here to RSVP.

Whatever your weekend holds, remember to be Free by Five o'clock and turn off your electronics.  Enjoy our beautiful spring-like weather by spending face time with friends, family or neighbors. Happy weekend!

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned businesses.

Thursday, February 02, 2012


Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting 
in a particular way.
~ Aristotle

This month's character trait is integrity--"having the inner strength to be truthful and trustworthy, acting justly and honorably, and being consistent in words and actions." (Taken from the SLO Classical Academy Character and Conduct Code.)

Consistency in words and actions--easy to say, hard to do, right? Let's challenge ourselves this month to live with integrity and be effective models for our children.  Let's encourage our children to practice living with integrity so they can, as Aristotle says, acquire this quality.  Let's pledge to look for integrity in the people of our history and literature and have discussions within our families about what integrity looks like.  Let's strive to change our corner of the world by raising men and women of integrity.

Semper discentes (always learning together).

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

What's for Dinner?

Let them eat cake!  Okay, my family isn't really eating cake for dinner (but that could be really fun).  I have been waiting for a nice rainy spell to share this cake recipe but the rain has been absent.  So, just because, here is a beautiful, rainbow cake recipe that is so fun!  Meg uses a Cool-Whip buttercream frosting. I found it super, super sweet, so personally, I would just make a basic buttercream or cream cheese frosting.

In case you don't want to click over: buy two boxes of white cake mix.  Divide the batter up evenly and using the gel icing colors (not food coloring) color the batter.  What makes this even easier is using the disposable aluminum pans to bake your cakes in.  Bake the cakes, level them with a knife, and layer with frosting, and frost the outside.  Basic buttercream frosting is softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  If you have lots of jars lying around, it's also fun to bake cake in a jar.

If you make a rainbow cake or cupcakes, snap a picture and send it in. Happy Wednesday!

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned sites.