My husband loves to fish. He waits all winter for that first nice day where he can get out on his own and get some fishing done. Well now he has a new fishing buddy....Jack. Jack is getting just as into it as my husband. So last night they grabbed their poles, loaded the wagon and headed down to the nearby pond.
Jack got his first fish of the season.
Hopefully it's his first of many this season.....Have a great Wednesday.
Reese's is my all time favorite candy. I could eat them all day everyday. So when I saw this post from Something Swanky titled "100 ways to eat a Reese's, I knew I had to share. I never knew there were so many desserts using my favorite little treat.
Be sure to check out all the recipes HERE, and have a great Thursday.
I am so happy to get out with Jack and ride bikes, play with bubbles and go for walks. That also means many more pictures to come. It is so hard to get a picture of Jack but he managed to stop moving for a second so I could snap this.
Usually when I think of slow cookers, I think of cold, winter days. Well I saw this recipe over at Six Sister's Stuff and thought let's try it anyway. So yesterday on a warm and sunny Monday I made this slow cooker tamale pie. And you know what? Slow cooker are also good on warm, spring nights! My husband said this was amazing. The cornbread topping makes it taste just like a tamale from your favorite Mexican restaurant. It's also great for your working moms and those with little time to cook. You can get the very tasty, very simple recipe HERE.
To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original Crayola crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the Crayola Experience, the worlds only interactive Crayola family attraction. The new Crayola Experience features four large floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that your kids will love! They focus on the magic of color and the encouragement of creativity in children, and it will be opening this May
This seems like a place Jack would LOVE! Bes of all, right now, you can enter to win a three-night all expenses paid stay for four to celebrate the birthday and the Grand Opening in May 2013! Sounds like so much fun, I know I'm entering!
To enter, visit Crayola's Facebook page and click "enter here"! Good luck!
disclosure: Crayola provided me with the information
For National Library Week, TeachHUB.com and Clever Girls Collective are proud to present the world's First Ever Infographic Made By Kids! For more information about TeachHUB.com, please visit their website.
I don't know if you all know this, but I am a special education teacher. Because of this, I am always on the hunt for the most new ideas, current practices and lessons that meet the common core. I look on pinterest, blogs, message boards...you name. it! We now I found a great new site with all of this along with ideas and techniques to use in the classroom. TeachHUB is the newest place for teachers to go for up-to-date education information, a place to share ideas and "borrow" others, and where you can go to find professional development of your choosing.
TeachHUB's mission is to improve the quality of education by making available the most current, complete and affordable resources for all K-12 Educators."Built by Teachers, for Teachers, we offer free lesson plans, the latest in education news, professional development and real teacher blogs plus the tools and applications modern Educators need to maintain a level of excellence in their classrooms." TeachHUB.com provides the latest in education technology, news and tools. It's a great free resource for all K-12 teachers.
My favorite part? I really like that on the home page, they list the top 7stories using pictures. This way I can see at a quick glance the newest topics being featured. It's quick and easy to find what other educators are interested in and checking out.
Recently I administered a survey to my students asking them varied questions about what they know about reading, who their favorite characters are, and what do they know about certain library topics. The kids loved that they were filling out a "survey", and I loved the answers to "what does your teacher do over the Summer?"
Check out the first infographic made by kids:
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My relationship with pinterest is like a marriage. At times I can't get enough of it and want to spend all my time with Pinterest, and then other times I need my space and have to get a little "me" time. Well right now I'm in my "Can't get enough of" phase, and I think you should join me. You can check out all my boards and my obsessions with desserts and Adam Levine.
Even though Jack is eating solid foods, he is one of the pickiest eaters I have ever seen. No meat, no cheese, and he has to inspect everything! Trying new things is an even bigger struggle; I am hoping that this is just a stage and he will soon grow out of it.
Freshfoods Baby Food Maker is an all-in-one steamer, blender and food processor
so that you can make your own, homemade baby food from scratch in one convenient
appliance with minimal effort. Since I’ve always been one to make as much of my
own household items from scratch as it is, making my own baby food was always
something I’d intended anyway. But this food maker simplifies it so that even
the most novice of mommas can whip up good-for-you meals for their babes,
With the food maker, you can make up to four meals at a
time and select whether you want smooth or chunky texture. The machine itself is
pretty small so that it’s quite manageable (as compared to my regular food
processor). You steam (if necessary) and blend in the same container so it’s not
very messy at all, and clean-up is simplified. Plus, if you want to steam two
different foods at once, there’s a separate steam compartment so that you can
multitask without hassle. Once you set the choices, it only takes about fifteen
minutes or so to steam the veggies and then a couple more minutes to puree them
and you have fresh, whole-foods dinner ready for baby.
What's great about this maker is that it works great for toddlers. I can blend up fruit, and sneak in those veggies to make sure he is getting all he needs nutrition wise.. I’ve already tested it out by steaming sweet potatoes and apples and making "apple sauce". I've also make smoothies with spinach mixed and Jack loved them both. The best part was that it was SUPER easy to make and even easier to clean up! I can even steam veggies for my husband and I!
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Spring Break is over now and I am back to work. The countdown is now on for Summer break. We didn't go anywhere, but we still had a great time....bowling, museums, seeing friends, and just relaxing. I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted but I did want to share a few Easter time pictures. Jack loved the Easter egg hunts..even in the cold weather! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and have a great week ahead.
I can't believe Easter is here already. I can't believe it's still FREEZING outside in almost April. But I AM so happy I have a week off for Spring Break. We have no plans except to relax and have fun. I am hoping to take some pictures and post a bit more this week.
I thought I would share a few of my favorite Easter finds around Pinterest. I am going to try out the homemade Reese's tonight, the are my all time favorite candy!
I never was a big bowler growing up, but I would do it now and again. When I did bowl, I was awful. For about the past year or so though, Jack and I have become expert bowlers. In the summer we would go every other week or so, and now it's every month or so. Jack has a ball and I am ready to join a league!! We went with my family over the weekend, and had a blast.
I love birthdays. I think that it is a great time to celebrate and have a great time. And what better way to celebrate than with cake. Well ChapStick has won my heart, and come out with limited edition cake batter and velvet cupcake Chapsticks. The best part is you will not have to burn off the calories after! The cake-inspired flavors moisten your lips with the sweet flavors of velvet cupcake and cake batter flavors. They are both so good, I can't decide which I like better!
You can find these limited edition chapsticks at Walmart, CVS and Walgreens nationwide for a limited time. Pick one up for your favorite persons birthday or celebration and use the back of the wrapper to personalize it as a sweet gift. Make that small sentiment extra special with yummy chapstick. They are such a cute little addition to gifts or for party favors! I am obsessed with these soft and sweet chapstick flavors.
March is almost here, which means the start of Spring, but over here we are still dealing with some wintery, cold weather. What's better to end one of those days with a nice warm bowl of soup. I have never made Chicken Tortilla Soup, but saw thought I would give it a try. This recipe is great if you are short on time (about 45 minutes to make) and is one of the best Chicken Tortilla soups I have tasted (my husband agrees). The best part are the garnishes at the end....avocado, tortilla strips, cheese...perfect!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 lb, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 can (10 Oz. Can) Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 cups Hot Water
1 cans (15 Oz. Can) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
FOR THE GARNISHES:
Diced Red Onion
Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.
Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and and cook 3-4 minutes or until pepper are tender. Add the rest of the spice mix, stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.
Pour in Rotel, chicken stock, tomato paste, water, and black beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
Ladle into bowls, then top with tortilla strips, sour cream, diced red onion, diced avocado, salsa and grated cheese. Enjoy!