Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
If you are visiting for the first time, you're probably thinking, "oh look...a cooking blog."
Not even close. In fact, I hate to cook.
As in loathe it.
I don't so much care for baking either. But, with 4th of July weekend upon us I feel it is my civic duty to share with you THE BEST STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RECIPE EVER!!
Don't get too excited. It's not like I'm about to whisper great gramma's secret recipe to you. This is just something that I discovered by accident.
Here's what you need to do.
Get some strawberries.
Buy a box of Bisquick.
Follow the directions on the box for making Strawberry Shortcakes.
When the good people at Betty Crocker instruct you to put in 3TBS of sugar substitute that with 1/2 cup of sugar.
Yeah, I know that makes it even less healthy, but whatever. I never claimed to be making organic health foods.
The recipe actually lists sugar twice. It calls for 1/2 cup to be mixed in with the cut strawberries to create that juicy goodness that you pour on top. It also calls for 3 TBS to be baked into the shortcakes.
Silly me mixed that up once.And much like the accidental discovery of penicillin, the yummiest shortcakes in the world were created.
Another tip from me to you...roll the dough into little balls instead of plopping them onto the pan.
Maybe someday my great grandchildren will whisper my secret recipe to others. For added Patriotic flair I suggest adding blueberries and one of those cute little paper flags.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
The end of the year is bittersweet.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Today was the day I dread each year.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
As I mentioned in my post explaining the What Are You Planning Linky Party (it's not too late...go post your list), I always make my summer to do list at the beach on Memorial Day Weekend (more on our beach fun later). So here are my plans for the summer:
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I live 1 mile from my school.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
You know how I've been hinting at something new that I've been working on?
Saturday, May 21, 2011
(reposted from May 2010 with new pics added)
Do you smell that?
Below is a thematic kit of activities I've developed to keep the kiddos on task.
- 28 page Memory Book ~ (click on the picture to see larger versions) These pages allow students to reflect on the past year. There are pages for the funniest thing that happened, field trips, favorite lunch, what they did at recess, what is popular now, and much more. Print them all out or select just the ones you want to include. There is even a blank template that they can customize (my kiddos use them to add in student teachers, aides and one child even created a page for each classmate). You can assemble the book using a binding machine or just staple it. What I do is copy the pages and 3-hole punch them. When the students finish writing and illustrating them, I give them the choice of binding the book with ribbons and pipe cleaners or putting them into folders with prongs.
- Top 10 list Template for each grade level ~ It reads, "The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About ___ Grade" and I've included a copy for each grade level starting with preschool. There is clip art on the side that the students can color or you could cut that off before photocopying and have your kids decorate the border themselves. These make a great back to school bulletin board for the fall (hello, timesaver!) and also a nice class book to have available to your new class.
- 3 different templates for letters to the child's future teacher ~ It's nice for the next teacher to get a letter from the student and the kids feel better knowing that their teacher knows something about them. I designed three versions of this so that it can be used by different developmental levels. There is one for students to just draw on, one with a headline/midline/baseline and one with smaller lines for advanced writers.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
When I was little, my mother used to make a culinary delight.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Did you hear that?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Way back when I taught first grade.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
D.J. #1: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
D.J. #2: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
D.J. #1: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that
D.J. #2: [mockingly] That blizzard - thing. That blizzard - thing. Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a "big blizzard thing!"
D.J. #1: Yessss, they are. But you know, there's another reason why today is especially exciting.
D.J. #2: Especially cold!
D.J. #1: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody's lips...
D.J. #2: - On their chapped lips...
D.J. #1: - On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
D.J. #2: Punxsutawney Phil!
D.J. #1: That's right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's...
D.J. #1, D.J. #2: [in unison] GROUNDHOG DAY!