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Thursday, December 31, 2015

I'm COOKING! I KNOW..DON'T FAINT! :)



I got a new present for Christmas..

 a PRESTO SPIRAL VEGETABLE SLICER!

Here is the one I got...3 blades is enough for this chef!

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799

 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

from AMAZON.

So...gotta try it!
I AM NOT A COOK!
ok..I said it...I do not "enjoy" cooking.
BUT...
This looks fun!

I had heard of
ZOODLES
but I admit...
I had to google it to find out WHAT THEY WERE!

Zuchinni Noodles!
I LOVE zuchinni.
I love noodles!

YES!

Here we go!
Yes. I took it out of the box. 
Directions for potatoes are on the box.
I started there.

Idaho potatoes and sweet potatoes.
YUMMY!

Baking these as we speak!
They smell like french fries!
Yummy!

Next....
ZOODLES!
Hook up a zuchinni & turn the handle!


Yellow and green squash!

I did a little research...
found this wonderful site!

http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/11/sunday-night-pasta-how-to-make-non.html
I learned I need to "sweat" the zoodles and then stir fry them "al dente".
( WOW...new vocabulary!)




And voila!

My new favorite pasta "ish"...

A little homemade spaghetti sauce...
HUBBY makes it..not me!

AND  I am in HEAVEN!

I may cook this way more often!
Happy New Year!
Here's to eating HEALTHY!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Clean up, Clean Up...Everybody Clean UP!

Can you hear the song?
Here's a link to help you...



My NEW YEAR'S Mantra!

CLEAN UP!   CLEAN UP!

I LOVE to start the NEW YEAR with cleanliness!
NO ...I AM NOT  OCD ( quite the opposite ).
I like to start the year off with a clean slate...doesn't always stay that way!
:)

So here I  go!


MY Closet! 
ICK!

Keeping these...pants together..skirts...etc
Hubby even did his shoes! :)

Pile to GO!
Cleaned out my closet...found my LOST slippers!
YIPPEY!


Pile of unneeded hangers!
Gave some of them away with donated clothes.
Kept some...yes..I got rid of the WIRE HANGERS!
HAHAHAHAHA
So I am DONATING 2 bags of 
"UNUSED" clothes & shoes
( Doesn't fit, holes, haven't worn, aren't going to wear...)
to Goodwill.

Have you tried this COOL  closet  trick?
Take ALL of your hangers and turn them 
BACKWARDS!
As you wear something...
turn the hanger forwards.
Next year...
ANY hanger still turned backwards...
YOU HAVE NOT WORN IN ONE YEAR!
DONATE IT to someone who will!


The Christmas Decor!
I LOVE my Christmas tree.
I turn on the lights, sit in the dark, and watch it twinkle!

But...it has been up since November.
( Yes, before THANKSGIVING!)
I didn't have Thanksgiving at MY house..so..
UP WENT THE CHRISTMAS DECOR!

Makes me happy!

But...Time to "CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP!"


Gma loves help! Such a decorator!


It takes a LONG time to put ornaments away!
You have to touch each one...remember when or where you got it...
the memories are sometimes OVERWHELMING..
Sniff..sniff..giggle..giggle

We started this years ago...
When we travel, or have a special place...
we buy an ornament.
BUT...NOT ALL PLACES HAVE ORNAMENTS!
so...
we buy a KEY CHAIN...write the date or special place
and hang it on the tree!
Our tree is about remembering the fun times TOGETHER!

Newest member of my snowman ornament collection.
Don't forget the year!



Little sister got married last year in HAWAII!
We were ALL there!
So FUN!
This is why we keep things!

My hubby made these in PRESCHOOL!
Circa 1965-66
They take their VIP place at the TOP of the tree!

and last...

ME!
I don't make New Year's Resolutions...
I don't need ANOTHER thing to worry about!

But..
I have changed my eating habits!
( Lost 15 pounds on the way )
My new favorite "treat"...

APPLES & Peanut Butter!
But wait!
 Isn't Peanut Butter FATTENING??????

Here's my SECRET..
Slice apples ( I buy mine pre packaged & sliced ). :)
Put them single layer on a plate.

Put 1 Tablespoon ( Yes I measure ) peanut butter in a small zip-lock bag.
Close bag. Microwave PB ( mine about 20 seconds).
Snip ( tech term) the corner off of the bottom of the PB bag.
DRIZZLE over apples!
It's like FROSTING the cake!
Every apple has PB!
Lick your fingers clean!
YUMMY!

3 Weight watcher points! YESSSSS!!!!

So...I am beginning my
CLEAN UP 
mode.

I should start on the kitchen cabinets, or the bathroom.....

I think I hear 
APPLES & PB
calling me!

Happy New Year's,  my friends!


Nibits for Newbies! 12.27.15

If it's SUNDAY..
It's time for...
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES


Today's  TOPIC :

January  Lesson  Plans!

I know....NOT YET!
Let me have a few more ...days...weeks...hours!

But...alas..the time has come...

LESSON  PLANS!

My teaching partners and I start with a pacing guide 
(Made by my wonderful grade level)

That "GUIDES" us with ELA & Math curriculum by the month!


My "cool" partner LOVES to do this...color coded!
Blue is ELA & Green is MATH.
Then she adds holidays, testing, assemblies, minimum days, etc.
LOVE HER!

We do this for the quarter.

We try to stay within 3-4 days of each other.
(NO PRESSURE!)

Then I get out my trusty 
KRISTA WALLDEN
Creative Clips
CALENDAR!

LOVE IT!


Get out my FAV Flair pens...and
GET ORGANIZED! 
( This one is for me...NOT kiddos...I put everything ON this calendar!)
It stays behind my table.
Then...
on to MY daily lesson plans...



Last...run any copies I need
Put together my SMALL group lessons...
and 
ENJOY!

I try to do one month at a time.
Some months are easier than others.

No...I do not run copies for the month.
One week at a time.
That way if I get behind...
NO WASTE!

Hope this helps!

HAPPY NEW  YEAR!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Getting Ready for JANUARY! and a FREEBIE!

I know...
Christmas isn't even here yet,
 and I said the "J" word!

"JANUARY"

Enjoy  your  Christmas vacation.
Relax.


You have earned it.


BUT...
JANUARY will be here before we know it.

What will YOU be teaching when we go back?
We will be working on close reading, reading/writing goals, 
winter ( weather, seasons, animal adaptations ), and 
of course....PENGUINS!

And.... place value, time, addition with regrouping, and measurement!

All of this within the  requirements of our curriculum and Common Core standards!
Just wanted to let you know...
I can help! :)

Just a SNEAK PEEK  at what's available in my TPT store:



Working on PLACE VALUE?
This is a GREAT bulletin board too!






4 ELA centers... All in ONE!





ELA and MATH Centers! YAHOO!










All Common Core aligned! :)

I have more....just want to help YOU get ready for the NEW YEAR!

















WOWZA!

Here is a FREEBIE FOR YOU!
Merry Christmas!

 Click on picture

Merry Christmas my FRIENDS!
And 
A HAPPY NEW YEAR!