Friday, December 29, 2017

Cold Day Recipe That Worked for Me

Baby, it's cold outside and something about having soup makes me happy on a cold day.  It's like a meal and drink all in one.  When my family LOVES something they always say "Write it Down, so you don't forget this" - but here's the problem with my recipes, it's always a little of this and a little of that - a little taste here and a little taste there!  So let's try to write this down before I forget.  Here's my little recipe of the Tomato Soup my family loves - even Jenna loved this and it has TOMATOES in it.  

Tomato Soup

1 Tbsp salted butter                                                            1 can tomato sauce

2 Tbsp finely diced onion -(I don't tell my family about this ;-)

1/2 tsp minced garlic                                            1 can Italian diced tomatoes

1 cup of heaving whipping cream                                  16 oz of chicken broth


and salt and pepper to taste.

Saute the onion and garlic in butter in a large pot. I love to cook them until they clear and little brown around the edges. 
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.  Add little salt and pepper.  Now for the fun part...I used a had mixer and blend the tomatoes together with this fun little toy...
Yes, I use this while it's cooking on the stove.  I continue to blend until the consistency is smooth and creamy.  No chunks.  Turn the heat down, cover the pot and let it continue to sit on low heat for another 20 to 30 minutes. 

Top it with parmesan cheese and a side of Texas Toast.  This yields 4 servings. 

Now, just a reminder...I make up stuff as I'm cooking so no 2 meals in my house ever taste the same but I promised my family that I would start writing them down.  I am by no means a "good cook" but every now and then I accidentally make something that everyone loves and later I can never remember exactly what I did.  So I just putting this right here for the fam.  Feel free to try it or stay far away from it.  Whatever makes your heart happy.

Tomorrow I will post the new Christmas morning casserole that I made this year - because again, the family said "write it down".  hahaha!   Do you prepare a breakfast for Christmas morning?   

Sunday, November 5, 2017

When Your Birthday Is GUCCI

I'm sure everyone knows how much I LOVE this guy right here.

Yea, he's pretty great!  So I wanted to make sure that I got him an extra special birthday gift.  He hasn't had new cologne in yeeeeeaaarrss.  So I thought he'd probably LOVE some new cologne.  His favorite cologne is Gucci Guilty.

If you know him then you know he's not ALL FANCY and he probably wouldn't want me to share that his favorite cologne is Gucci.  But it is.

So I'm super excited for him to open his gift.  He opens his gift before school and is thrilled.  He takes it out the box and it looks like this...

He laughed and said "this looks different than what I remember and well, the gold, that's a little over the top".  It was really GOLD and wherever you touched it you would leave finger smudges.  He did several spritzes and then a few more for good measure.

After a few minutes he came in to tell me that he googled women's gucci guilty because he smells to "florally".  Guess what google showed him....

So for Josh's birthday I got myself some new perfume.  It smells great!  I wonder if he'll get me some men's cologne for my birthday??

As part of his birthday weekend we thought an overnight camping trip would be fun.  You can imagine Josh's surprise when I woke him up this morning freaking out because Bean and I saw a wild hog right outside our campsite...

If you look through Bean's amazing ears you can see it.
I cannot believe this....I've never seen a wild hog.  Especially one this big!!!  After I woke Josh up to go with us I noticed my wild hog looks an awful lot like a COW!

What is a cow doing in our campsite?? Well, that's kinda funny. I hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend honey!

Monday, October 9, 2017

When the Teacher FAILS...

I don't know about you but I have been trained, trained some more and then trained again on Cultural Proficiency.  Let me tell you that I truly honor and value the differences within all the cultural communities that I serve. 

...but I'm here to share with you how in a matter of 30 seconds I completely ruined all training that I have ever been apart of.

Let me set the scene for you:

We are PUMPED, EXCITED and everyone is involved.  We are learning about common and proper nouns.  We are actually on day 3 of learning about common and proper nouns and the kids are really getting it and I am on that teacher high...just killin' the lesson.

Me: Okay class, raise your hand if you can tell me a common noun.

Student1:  baby

Me:  Yes!! (super excited and squealy teacher voice)

Me: Now, who has a baby brother or sister and wants to share their name?

Student1: Butterfly (loud and proud)

Me: Did you say "butterfly"?

Student1: Yes, butterfly. (in a soft voice, quiet voice)

Me: Well, that is a common noun but a proper noun for a butterfly would be the name of certain butterfly, like Monarch?  Now, what is your sister's name?

Student1: Butterfly

At this point another student looks at the above student1 and starts to comfort them.

Student2: It's okay, I think your sister's name is pretty.

Wait...why is this student comforting student1? What is going on? 

Me:  Your sister's name is Butterfly????!!!

What?!?! --Well, there goes my common and proper noun lesson and I fell from that teacher high real quick.

Me:  Ok, class....if your name or your sister's name is Butterfly then you must capitalize it because it is a proper noun BUT any other time we use butterfly we don't need to capitalize it.

Who would of thought "Butterfly" was a child's name???  So I am currently looking into more training as I handled that particular situation poorly.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Feeling LUCKY?!

I'm feeling Super LUCKY.  I guess I was ready to get home today after school because I apparently left in hurry. I know I was in a hurry because of the red and blue lights behind me as I was leaving my school.

And it wasn't this super cute guy.... I wasn't that lucky. ;-)

Ya'll to make it worse my registration is out.  I know it's out.  I know I need to take care of it.  I know.  I just keep forgetting.

So the officer asked if I knew that was a school zone...remember I just pulled out of the school so I'm still wearing my TEACHER BADGE.  Ugh....Yes sir, I'm sorry I think I was so focused on getting out of here.  (wait, what?! Why did I say that? What does that even mean?)

Now he wants my drivers license and I have no idea..........NONE.ZERO. why I have 2 drivers license but I do. One has my old address and one has my new address.  Guess what I CANNOT find my license in my purse that is as big as my the palm of my hand!!  How do you lose something in a wristlet???

Oh it gets better......because I am taking so long to find the correct drivers license he notices my registration.  He taps on the the window and asks if I realized my registration is out.  Officer, I'm so sorry,  my husband is a police officer and he would be so upset if he knew I was in this situation.  Yes!-I was going to take care of it.

It's about this time that I find my insurance in my wristlet in the middle of 5 tampons that all fall out on my lap in front of this officer.  Why do I even have these in here??  As I'm trying to push the tampons off my lap and unfold my insurance I notice that it is not the most current insurance.

Ya'll my face is so red and I can feel my body temperature rising to dangerous levels.  This is embarrassing.  I'm afraid he's about to take me to a mental hospital.

He then says he knows my husband....have a good day.  

Okay, if you've read this much and also think that I should be committed....I understand and you deserve a little FREEBIE for the time you've wasted reading this.

Click here for this FREEBIE
You can visit the blog that goes into a little more detail about how I use this...just click here.

Well, I guess you can say that I've had a pretty sweet day.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Well, we have spent the past couple of days getting things checked off our TO DO list.  My classroom is ready for future leaders, scientist, doctors and world changers.  Jenna thought I needed to do a room tour so if your curious and have the time then check out my classroom.


On Saturday, I volunteered my family to help with the school garden.  I LOVE the idea of our garden and haven't really utilized it like I should.  My plan is to change that this year.  We showed up Saturday ready to help but Josh is still recovering from a herniated disc and has only been walking good for about a week.  When we showed up someone asked him to use the auger....I knew there was no way he could do that so I was like...I'LL DO IT.  

Out of the 4 men that were there only 1 didn't have a bad back.  I had already taken charge of this gigantic machine but I was thankful for Jojo's help.  I didn't think I was that much of a help until this morning.  Oh, I helped.  My back says I helped and my arms say I was a huge help.  I. AM. SORE.

We decided to bring Brew with us and put her in her crate right inside the school while we were working.  No big deal.....until the entire campus gets an email saying there was a dog found loose in the school.  What in the world?!?!  Well, apparently our school secretary showed up and heard Brew and decided to let her out for some water.  She never saw us around the corner in the garden and assumed the dog was left.  Panic.  I was am I going to explain this to my brand new boss.  This was not going to be good.

Let me just say.....I LOVE my new boss.  Love her.  I sent an email to her to explain and beg forgiveness.  She basically thought it was a funny story and said bring her anytime you want. Oh my....yay, for not having to find a new job. ;-)

We got up early this morning to finish working on the TO DO list with making play dough on the top.  

I need play dough this week for a lesson BUT I think it is also a great activity for kids the first couple days of school.  It keeps their hands and minds busy while you are greeting new students and handling paperwork.

This recipe is SUPER EASY and cheap.  

We are all set for play dough for the first day of school.

Next, I needed to get in the garage and finish up a few crafts that I started.  One of the things that Jenna wanted before school started was a Praise and Prayer board.  

She loves it and has already started using it. ;-)

A few fall porch signs because fall is my favorite.

I also decided to make Josh's coffee can for his class match his classroom theme.  That's really important.
A think a thin blue line coffee is more appropriate.  Of course he needs a sugar jar to match...

I have a feeling he is so happy that I save jars and cans.  

While I was cleaning jars I thought I'd try out a couple of teacher treat jars too.

The glare on the jars kind of throws of my color but I think they turned out cute and will make a nice teacher gift filled with chocolate.

Finally, I planned our dinners for the first week back to school.  

Other than all our first week jitters I think we are ready to get this school year started.  Have a sweet week!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sharing Some Winning Dinners

I think some of our sweetest times together are at the dinner table.  It's not all magic and rainbows every night at dinner and sometimes we sit there in silence.  There is just something important about sitting at the dinner table together thatI LOVE and feel in my soul that it's important for families to do no matter what the topic of conversation is.

I'm always looking on Pinterest for ways to turn 2 ingredients in my cabinet into a magical feast for the family.  I don't always save my recipes on boards and I usually change things in the recipe based on what's in my pantry.

Dinner usually goes something like this....Look in the pantry and fridge...okay, I have sausage and I go to Pinterest and type in:  sausage and broccoli recipes

I go through and find the recipe that sounds good and make it.  Some nights it's success {{BOOM}} -everyone's impressed and some nights it's {{WOW}}-that was interesting, let's not do that again.

The first WINNING recipe from this week is....

Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper

Click {{here}}
Click the link for the recipe BUT here is how I changed it to make it work for us:  

First, I used Alfredo Sauce from a jar.......I know some of you are cringing but that's just how we roll sometimes.{{and honestly, I have craft plans for those jars}} I only used about one-fourth a cup of sauce and mix it with the noodles  and then added the chicken. 

Second, I cut up half of a red bell pepper, sauteed it in olive oil in my chicken pan and added it to the top of our noodles.

It was a WINNER!-even Jenna loved it although she didn't have the bell peppers. ;-) her loss.

Dinner #2 this week was.....okay, first I have to say that the name sounds NASTY...and I'm not sure why I picked this to cook BUT so glad I did because it's a new family favorite.  So just don't focus on the name.  

I think I chose it because I had chicken and cauliflower.  Just call it chicken casserole because you are going to want to make this for the fam. It was Jenna's favorite this week.

Here is how I changed it to make it work for us:

First, we were out of verde salsa so I just used red salsa.  So basically mine should be called Red Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Casserole.  Longest name ever.

Second, I didn't use cilantro....I didn't have any.  

Trust me ya'll it was good.

Dinner #3 this week...I feel like I should get some kind of cooking award or homemaker award.  I'm killing' it.  

I don't know about you but I love some breakfast for dinner.  This was good and it made enough for breakfast too. Double win.

Here's how I changed it:

The recipe says 15 was still like egg soup.  So I cooked mine for 30 minutes and it was perfect. I added a little maple syrup to the top of mine and again, it was a WINNER!!  So yummy.

Oh and I just thought you'd like to see my cute little treasures from Magnolia Market and a sneak peek at my latest project I'm working on.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Get a Job

Do your students have jobs? I'm talking about classroom jobs...

I think classroom jobs are IMPORTANT and CRITICAL in the community building within a classroom.  The classroom is NOT just yours (teachers) it's ours (teachers and students).  If the kids have a job or responsibility they will learn to appreciate and take care of their areas, which only lessens some of the jobs that the teachers have.

Seriously, kids need responsibility and by given them a job in the classroom you are helping them to understand the importance of everyone working together to make a classroom run smoothly.

I've made a list of jobs that my students will have the opportunity to work throughout the year. These are jobs that my classroom needs. I know every classroom is different so some of these may not work for you but they are EDITABLE.  Just type in the name of the job you want for your kids.

On each job sheet I list the responsibilities of that particular job.  For example, The Absent Work Manager, is a very important job if a student is absent.  Their job is to put the WE MISSED YOU folder on that absent student's desk.  Throughout the day they will make sure anything that is passed out is put nicely in the folder for the absent student.

Pick it up {here}

How do you display your class jobs in the classroom?

My student's lockers are in the classroom so I will put small magnets on these job cards and place them on each locker.  They will be responsible for that job for the entire week and on Friday my Teacher Secretary will rotate them for the following week.

It's a job WELL DONE!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sew....I DID it!!

For the past 2 years I have looked at seat pockets and thought I'd really need like to have some of those beauties for the classroom.  I've also thought there is no way I can pay that much for those.  

I've sewn something once before so I thought "I really think I could do this."  Well, just as summer is wrapping up and I am running out of time to get things done I've decided to start this project.
You're not allowed to examine them closely AND honestly, they are a hot mess.  I'm praying they last at least half way through the school year.  If you think they look like a mess I will tell you it's "Shabby Chic". 😉

I used Archer All Stars video to help me as I went through this little project.  She has a video that walks you through how to do this but on a smaller scale.

If you're dying to take on this project yourself I say "Go For It"!

Hopefully you can use what I did and didn't do to help you.

I didn't practice on scrap material first....dumb.  So after I messed up 2 pieces I got smart and thought....I should practice on scrap.

I actually had scrap material in the colors that I use in my classroom so since my practice seat pocket turned out nice okay it is now on my teacher seat.  I think it will make a great sub seat pocket filled with all the little things that a sub may need, for example: nurse slips, behavior tickets, treats, timers or anything else that is small and helpful. ;-)

I would not recommend using regular fabric material for the students.  I just don't think that they will last or be durable enough.

I purchased a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot to use as my student seat pockets.  It's thick and strong and exactly what is needed for kids.

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I just purchased ONE and really needed TWO.  The second one I bought was from Wal-mart and I don't think it feels as strong as the Home Depot material.  So I may regret this by Christmas if they even last that long.

I cut my pieces 19 inches in width and 36 inches in length.  I folded one pocket to be 10 inches deep and the pocket that sits on the chair to be be 8 inches deep. I ironed my pieces and pinned them before I ever started sewing.

The plan is for the students to use these for their journals and folders.  I will update later in the school year to let you know how they go.

Have a sweet day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

A SPECIAL Note from Your Teacher

Do you leave notes out for your kids?  Do you need something for a Back to School goody? Are you students anxious about a test coming up?

I've made an editable DONUT WORRY note to leave for you kids.
You can get it {{here}}

You could add little donut erasers with the note.  I found my donut erasers at the Dollar Tree but I'm sure you could find them on Amazon - and of course, real donuts would be a sweet treat to have as you reviewed for an upcoming test, a treat at Meet the Teacher Night or just a reminder to Not Worry-They've Got This!

Have a SWEET day!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

You Say it's Your BIRTHDAY....

How do you celebrate birthdays in your classroom?  

Silly straws for the win from Dollar Tree!!  Plus, I have always made a class book with my kids and I decided to give a fresh, sweet new look.

Every student gets a page the morning of the birthday student's special day.  This is the morning work for the day ;-) . My birthday student gets to decorate the cover.

The kids love reading the sweet birthday messages from their classmates AND it's a sweet keepsake to go back and revisit.  PLUS, it's free! 
I like to give my birthday student a little treat like a pencil or silly straw.  This year I found silly straws at the Dollar Tree, six for a $1.  Woot! Woot! But I think the birthday book would be just fine.  
A lot of my kids would keep these in their desk or backpack and pull them out to reread throughout the year.

You can pick up the tags and book {here}.

Have a SWEET day!