Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
On the 1st day Christmas,
The budget cuts began
So here’s some copy paper
Sorry it’s not a sedan.
For the 2nd day of Christmas,
We are busy, little bees…
You can correct our papers
With these 2 red sharpies!
For the 3rd day of Christmas,
I give you binder clips,
I’m sure it could be tempting
To use them on my lips!
For the 4th day of Christmas
White board markers come in four…
As my 3rd grade teacher,
You really help me soar!
For the 5th day of Christmas,
Some popcorn for a snack,
Sorry, that‘s all the food
I could fit in my backpack!
For the 6th day of Christmas,
Reminders you might need
To keep your day in order
Sticky notes to help you succeed.
For the 7th day of Christmas,
A package of multi-colored pens
In case to feel like writing
To some of your old friends.
For the 8th day of Christmas,
Here are 8 paperclips multiplied by 10,
I hope you are enjoying this
’cause it feels like I’ve just begun!
For the 9th day of Christmas,
I’ve brought you chewing gum,
It feels like Christmas break
Is never going to come!
For the 10th day of Christmas,
10 magnets I bring to you,
You surprise me every day
With all the fun stuff we do!
For the 11th day of Christmas,
Some pencils I hope you’ll need,
Hillview is so lucky
To have you here indeed!
For the 12th day of Christmas,
Some stickers to give you cheer,
I wish you a Merry Christmas
And a very Happy New Year!!
A Poem made Just for YOU!!
Working at a school
Isn’t always cool
Budgets getting cut
Feeling you’re in a rut
Always out of cash
Feeling like you might just crash
Maybe needing a little rest
Wanting always to do your best
Winter months get long and bleak
Thinking you could use a drink
I know you don’t think of Sonic
When you need a gin and tonic
But for a drink with lots of Ice
Take this card for a nice surprise
Sit back, relax and enjoy
It’s time for Christmas break, Oh Boy!
Then when you use a post it note
Or help a kid to find their coat
Know that I appreciate all you do
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!!!*
I had one just for post-its but I wasn't sure how much I liked it, but I'll post it in case anyone else does and would like to use it.
Post Its are a simple gift I know
But believe me when I tell you that its so
You are wonderful and Kind
I ask you for favors and you don't mind
Merry Christmas and have a really great Furlough!
Silly I guess, but appreciated. Post its are a real luxury, most teachers are using the back of cut up scratch paper. That's great and all but sometimes a post it is really useful!
I hope you enjoy!!!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
One of my favorite games is Cranium Whoonu, so I decided to make a Christmas version making cards out of my own Christmas words. This would be an easy and orginal Christmas game for you to play with friends and family. For instructions on how to play Whoonu click here:
Here is the list of words I came up to make cards out of:
1) Santa Claus
12) Peppermint Candy Canes
13) Fruit-flavored candy canes
15) Decorating the tree
16) Real Christmas Trees
17) Fake Christmas Trees
19) Cutting down your own tree
20) Ward Christmas Parties
21) Christmas Eve
22) Receiving neighbor gifts
23) Giving neighbor gifts
24) Peanut Brittle
25) Fruit Cake
28) Sugar Cookies
29) Making gingerbread houses
30) Seeing Christmas Lights
31) Putting outside Christmas Lights Up
34) Song “Jingle Bells”
35) Song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
36) Black Friday
37) Online Shopping
38) Shopping with Christmas Crowds
39) Picking out the perfect present for someone
40) Song “I'll be home for Christmas”
41) Song “Silent Night”
42) Song “Little Drummer Boy”
43) Song “Let it Snow”
44) Song “Must Be Santa”
45) Song “Deck the Halls”
46) Song “Santa Claus is coming to town”
47) Song “Away in a manger”
48) Song “Joy the World”
49) Song “Feliz Navidad”
51) Messiah/Hallelujah Chorus
54) Christmas Lights on Temple Square
55) Movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” New Version
56) Movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Old version
57) Movie “The Polar Express”
58) Movie “Mr. Kruegers Christmas”
59) Movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation”
60) Movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
61) Story: A Christmas Carol
62) Movie: Frosty the Snowman
63) Movie “Home Alone”
64) Movie “Elf:
65) Movie “Christmas Story”
66) Book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
67) Getting up early on Christmas Morning
68) Sleeping in on Christmas Morning
69) Building a snowman
72) Christmas Morning Breakfast
73) Christmas Dinner
74) Being with family on Christmas
75) Family Christmas Parties
76) Opening presents
77) No school over Christmas break
78) Nutcracker Soldiers
83) Movie “The muppet Christmas Carol”
84) Movie “Miracle on 34th Street”
85) Movie “The Santa Clause”
86) Movie “It's a wonderful Life”
90) Christmas Color Red
91) Christmas Color Green
92) Christmas Color White
93) Christmas Color Silver
94) Christmas Color Gold
95) Writing letters to Santa
96) Sitting on Santa's Lap
97) Leaving cookies for Santa
98) Baking Christmas Treats
99) Christmas Caroling
100) Shopping Early
101) Shopping last minute
102) Sleepover by the Christmas Tree
103) Wrapping presents
104) Hot Chocolate
105) Hot Apple Cider
107) Getting toys for Christmas
108) Getting Video Games for Christmas
109) Getting clothes for Christmas
110) Getting jewelry for Christmas
111) Getting movies for Christmas
112) Gingerbread Cookies
113) Shortbread Cookies
114) Candy Cane Hersheys Kisses
115) Mint Truffle Hersheys Kisses
117) Chocolate Chip Cookies
118) Pomegranate 7-Up
120) Christmas Art Projects
121) Pumpkin Pie
122) Apple Pie
123) Listening to Christmas Music
124) Fuzzy pajamas
125) Warm socks
(I know some of the numbers are messed up-but if you are like me you have a million things on your Christmas to-do list and I don't have time to fix it- You get the idea)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
To see an example go here or just go straight to the site here.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Now you have to understand that my boys (including the one I'm married to) don't take to green foods very much. I usually make them eat three each, and they gag it down and get it over with. But last night they all loved it and asked for me. Miracles never cease. I also heard that roasting cauliflower with ranch powder is awesome too. I will have to try that.
The best green beans ever
Fresh green beans, ends snapped, and snapped in half
Freshly ground pepper
Coarsely chopped salted almonds
Preheat oven to 450. Spread beans on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to evenly coat. Bake for ten minutes, then add almonds and roast for another 4-5 minutes.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Mango Sticky Rice: One of our good friends (and one of the best cooks I know) writes the food blog Salt and Flattery. He did a post on Mango Sticky Rice that looked soo good. But it was a little too extensive for me (and I couldn't find Thai sticky rice or have a bamboo steamer) So I did what we did best around here and simplified. It turned out pretty darn yummy. I would be curious to see how my simplified version compared to his. Here is my version:
Mango Sticky Rice
1 Cup Thai Jasmine Rice (Found in the Asian Section)
1 Can (14 oz) Lite coconut milk
A little less than 1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 mangos, peeled and chopped (I used frozen that I thawed)
Mix the coconut milk, sugar, and salt and add enough water that it makes 1 3/4 cup liquid. Bring to a boil in a saucepan and add rice. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes without removing the lid. Stir in mangos and serve.
I thought it was delicious. My husband thought it was like dessert rice. Half of the kids liked it.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Yes, you heard me-homemade!! Who knew?? We learned this recipe at a church meeting a few months ago. I recently ran out of the store bought stuff and decided to give it a try. Then yesterdays dirty clothes got to be the lucky ones to give it a go. And yes it worked. Everything was clean.
And the best part is that it is stinking cheap. I haven't calcuated exactly but it has to be way less than a penny per load. I don't know how widespread this recipe is online, but I still had to share it with you. I heard that the 18-kids and Counting lady uses this stuff to do her laundry. It really only took about 10-15 minutes to make after you have everything gathered.
I found the Fels-naptha and washing soda at Winco (our grocery store)
Liquid Laundry Soap
4 cups Hot tap water
1 Fels-naptha Bar
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
Directions: Grate Fels-soap and add to hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until the soap is dissolved. Fill one gallon bucket 1/2 full of hot tap water. Add soap mixture, soda, and borax until dissolved. Add more hot water to fill up 5 gallon bucket. Let sit over night. Then when cool you can add 10-15 drops essential oils per 2 gallons of soap.
I'm going to use a leftover plastic gallon ice cream bucket to fill up for easier use, then go back to the five gallon bucket to refill that. You might have to restir once in awhile.
Top loaders uses 1/4 cup per load.
Front loaders uses 1/8 cup per load.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Today's Project: This witches hat. (Sorry I was feeling to lazy to take pictures of the process).
I picked up a paper mache witches hat from our local craft store for $1.99. Then I ripped up some fabric scraps and used Mod Podge to glue them around the hat. Then I painted the base black and used tacky glue to attach a scrapbooking metal frame for the buckle. Makes me excited for Halloween!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Since this room is bigger than my daughters room and I had to paint anyway....I decided to move her over. I painted this yellow color.
But it needed a little decoration. So, I took these of these chargers ($1.99 each) that I got from the Hobby Lobby.
And then I cut some purple fabric scraps into strips.
And then I used Mod Podge to glue them down in a random fashion
Then I found a leaf pattern from my computer and cut out 5 leaves for each flower from heavy purple fabric.
I traced the plate and made a pattern so I would know where to place them around the center.
Then I used a paint roller to roll some fabric starch onto the leaf.
Then I pressed it onto the wall, slightly under the pattern and smoothed out. At this point you can use a sponge to spread more fabric starch onto the top of the leaf. (To remove the fabric from walls, just dampen and peel off)
And here are all of the petals:
Repeat for any other flowers you want.
To hang the chargers, we used Gorilla Glue to glue a teeth bracket to the back, then hung them on a nail in the center of the petals.
I'm happy with how it turned out. The flowers are big enough they take up an entire wall. I like the modern/shabby look of them.
Friday, September 17, 2010
We grilled chicken once and ate three meals off of it (and still have a little chicken left to freeze). We got Mexican, Italian and American out of it, so it didn't feel like we were eating the same thing every meal. And the best part of it, everyone liked all of them.
So, first grill ups lots of chicken. Some with instructions for the Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, and the rest seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
Ranch Chicken Pizza (I didn't use arugula)
Chicken Phillies Recipe (Sorry I couldn't find the source)
Turn your oven on to broil. Slice the chicken, peppers, and onions thinly and saute them in olive oil. Place on your hoagie bun, add cheese and broil about 5 minutes until cheese is melted and heated through.
1) Never park next to a "cargo" type van in a parking lot.
2) When you go out to your car, hold your one pointy key in between your index and middle, it could be a good way to poke an intruder in the eye!
3) If a stranger stops to ask for directions, etc, (even if it is a little old lady), at least keep arms distance away.
4) If you have GPS, don't label home "home"
5) Wasp spray can be used as pepper spray.
6) Change up routes and daily routines.
7) If someone throws an egg at your windshield, don't wipe it with your windshield. It will turn white, you will have to stop, and your attackers could get you. Instead drive the best you can until you can get to a public place and then stop.
8) Always lock your car while pumping gas. An intruder could get in on the opposite side of your car while you are pumping.
9) Sleep with your keys next to your bed, and then you can hit the panic button for your car and it will start beeping in case of an intruder in your home.
10) Strap your purse to your cart, so someone can't grab it easily.
11) Stay on levels 2-12 in a hotel. The first level is the most often broken into, the higher levels are harder to get to in a fire!
Hope this is a helpful. Have a happy and safe day!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Do you have any great organizing ideas for your projects to be?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This summer I spent more time enjoying summer than crafting, but I was feeling an itch to make something. And I keep drooling over the Waldorf dolls Lil Blue Boo keeps featuring. Having the "I'm too frugal I can make that myself mentality" can be a curse sometimes. Those dolls are expensive, but I learned why. I researched some sites online and attempted to make one. Not going to happen in this lifetime.
But, I still I had this itching to make a doll. So, I found a great tutorial on Martha Stewart. The doll instructions were very easy to follow. However, I found the clothes a bit challenging. (Don't let this intimidate you, as I am a very amateur sewer) So, I made an extremely basic version of the shirt which was supposed to have a collar, buttons etc.
It was good enough for my 15-month old. I love her long crazy hair. Maybe I will have to live my long hair fantasies through her. Now I've gotten it out of my system. Time to move on to other craft projects.
And to start saving for the real Waldorf doll.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Tuesday-Pizza with green salad (for me only!)
Wednesday-Greek style chicken sandwiches-roughly based on this, but I will have to tone it down for the gringos
Thursday-Loaded chicken baked potatoes *make extra shredded chicken for Friday
Saturday-Dry Rub Ribs-(have made these before-to die for!!)
Monday-Spagetti dinner fundraiser
Wednesday-Pulled pork or chicken sandwhiches
Thursday-Chili-roughly based on this
Friday and Saturday-possibly out of town
*Loaded Baked Potatoes
Bake your potatoes and add shredded chicken tossed in BBQ sauce, cheese, ranch, and green onions
Friday, August 20, 2010
Last night we had a fun activity at our monthly girls night. We did a taste taste for our refreshments. Here is how it worked: A few weeks before I sent out a list of assignments. Everyone had a partner and here is what we had to test ourselves on. :
1) Coke vs Pepsi
2) Same item from two different restaurants (They brought fried rice from Panda Express and a local Chinese place)
3) Same cookie bar recipe-one used imitation vanilla and one used Mexican vanilla
4) Blackberry Cheesecakes-one using Philadelphia cream cheese, the other using store brand cream cheese
5) Low-fat fruit dip vs. full fat fruit dip
6) Organic granola and milk vs. regular granola and milk
7) Whoopie pies-(different recipes-we had to guess who made which one)
8) Bakery brownies vs. homemade brownies
9) Crush Soda vs. Store Brand Orange Soda
When ladies I arrived, I handed them their quiz and we went around and starting tasting.
The options are endless. It was a lot of fun. Even Coke enthusiasts had a hard time tasting the difference when it was disguised and tasted next to Pepsi.
The four people who got the most right got some hand soap from Bath and Body works, and then we watched Dear John in our garage (since it was windy).
The next time you are in charge of planning girls night, bookmark this idea and see how distinguised your taste buds are!
Friday, July 30, 2010
On the Cooler
I'm sure you can't imagine
What it might be like
That this state of happiness
Just might take a hike
But someday soon, a fight will come
That makes you all amiss
And when it happens you might ask
Where is my wedded bliss?
So we're giving you this COOLER
To remember to be nice
But when your anger reels its head
"Chill Out" and put it on Ice.
Inside this cooler you will find
A few things you might need
Enjoy this gift made just for you
It will be fun indeed!
Inside there is a Towel, Excedrin, condoms, m&m's and a jar, breath mints, socks, ice cream toppings, lighter, leopard duct tape and a feather, and band aids and first aid tape.
Here's a few samples of the poems that go with each item.
Here’s a prescription
Written just for you.
In case of a headache
Just take TWO!
M&M’s and a Jar
It takes a year to fill this jar
Drop an M&M each time
The two of you get all caught up
And make those love bells chime.
They say it takes just 50 more
To take out every one
So set a goal and work real hard
Go Ahead…and have some fun!
Keep this in your bedside table
For clean up…just in case
You never know when you’ll be able
To make it past third base.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Today I went to erase it to start July, and the writing would not come off. I tried all sorts of soaps, cleaners, even vinegar. Nothing was working. Not even my Internet. But when it started working again, two clicks had my answer! And even better, I actually owned both items:
Spot Shot Carpet Cleaner
and a Magic Eraser (which I tried by itself earlier and it didn't really work).
But put them together and you have magic. Just spray with the Spot Shot and let sit for about 3-5 minutes. Then get your magic eraser damp and wipe away. Just like magic. Love it!