Friday, November 29, 2013

Green Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Did you survive Black Friday??? I did...I spent time with my family today and didn't do a lick of shopping! How was I supposed to walk around with all that food in my belly?!? Speaking of food...I know my family has dishes that are the comebacks...the staples...the traditions...the expected whenever we get together. Here's my favorite that I learned when I took a cooking class back in 2006.  I don't know the source and I can't find the original whoever, wherever made family LOVES this!

Green Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

equal parts spinach & romain
thinly sliced red onion
finely grated swiss cheese
candied almonds
for the candied almonds:
2-3 Tbs. sugar
small bag slivered almonds
Sprinkle sugar in frying pan over medium heat.  When sugar starts to melt, stir in almonds.  Keep stirring until sugar is all melted and almonds are evenly coated and slightly browned.  Empty almonds onto plate to cool.  When cool break apart into pieces and sprinkle onto salad. 
for the poppy seed dressing:
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 Tbs. sugar
3 Tbs. vinegar
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1/4 cup salad oil or olive oil
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. grated onion
Mix together then toss with salad ingredients.Wait until serving time to pour dressing onto salad or greens will wilt.  Add almonds last so they will stay crunchy.
And just in case you didn't get enough shopping in you can participate in my favorite kind of shopping...ONLINE shopping!!! Check out my TPT store for cyber Monday and Tuesday and enjoy 20% off on the products pictured below!  

Enjoy your weekend! Apple on!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and a Sale (soon!)

Just a quick post tonight to wish my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! And to let you know I'll be having a sale! Please enjoy 20% off of the products pictured below on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd.

Apple on and happy shopping!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

My Truth Monday- Dream Vacation

Hey everyone!  It's time for "My Truth Monday!"

What about your dream vacation?  If you don't should cruise!  It's amazing!  I'll be back later this week with a recipe for you! Happy Thanksgiving! Apple on!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Flashback and a Freebie

Happy Friday! The past couple days have been cloudy and chilly but very welcomed! This weather made me reminisce a little about my teaching days. I was always busting out the snowmen and winter activities right after Thanksgiving and would use them all the way until February.
 Freebie Fridays

This worksheet can be used to create 3 addend equations.  I would provide three dice or dot cards for any students that needed help creating equations. The students need to add three numbers together on the snowman body parts to make the total on the hat. Here's an example...

That reminds me...and brings you today's Friday Flashback...earlier this year when I was teaching in Tucson it did snow. You can read about it here!


Thanks for reading! Apple on!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Leftover Turkey and R-Controlled Vowels

My hubby bought a deep fryer last week.  I have been telling him, "NO WAY!" for years but he convinced me with two simple words...turkey fryer. I caved.  I like turkey anyway but I LOVE fried turkey even more. So on Sunday, a couple days after said turkey fryer arrived, we fried up an 11 pound turkey just to test it out. It worked great and we ended up with plenty leftover turkey. What do you do with leftover turkey?  My family usually made turkey sandwiches or turkey soup but I am going to show you something totally different!

Thai Turkey Pizza
recipe adapted from Budget Bytes

pizza dough (not pictured)

For the sauce:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4cup hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp. siracha
1 inch fresh, grated ginger
1/4 tsp of fresh garlic
1/4 cup hot water

For the toppings:
1 medium to large turkey breast (cooked and cubed)
1 - 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small green bell pepper, sliced
2 green onions, sliced

More toppings after pizza is cooked:
chopped parsley
chopped peanuts
Parmesan cheese
remaining peanut sauce (thin it out with more water)
sweet chili sauce (not pictured)

You can use whatever pizza dough recipe you would like.  The original recipe from Budget Bytes calls for naan bread but I chose to use this recipe to make a quick pizza dough from Sugar Dish Me

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
(if you have a pizza stone let
that preheat in the oven)
Make the dough.
Make the sauce.
 Roll out the dough.
Spread the sauce.
Put on the toppings.
 Bake the pizza for 15 minutes.
Top with chopped peanuts, parsley, Parmesan cheese, remaining peanut sauce, and sweet chili sauce.
Cut and EAT!

 Now isn't that something different for Thanksgiving leftovers?!

I've added another set of fluency pages.  This one includes sentences as well as words.  Click the picture to see!

Frame form - The 3am Teacher
Fonts from - Mrs. Leeby and Kevin and Amanda

Thanks for reading! Apple on!

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Truth Monday

Over at "Sunny Days in Second Grade" I read about Denise's holiday disasters...and now whenever I think about sweet potatoes I'll be thinking about her story.  Hilarious!

For my holiday disaster...I don't recall the holiday but I do recall we were at my mother in law's house and the kids in the family were making dinner for the parents.  I was making some packaged potato au gratin...not hard to do...just follow the directions.  Well it turned out really watery but it tasted fine until...I went to season it with a little pepper. The lid popped off and the entire contents of the pepper shaker dumped into the potatoes. Well my husband's family was so nice and ate them anyway but I did notice them stifle a few coughs from eating all that pepper. So that's my holiday food disaster...what's yours?  Can't wait to hear it!

I updated one of my TPT products and added a new one this past weekend. Click on the pics below to check them out. You can see some other updates that I mentioned Friday here.

Chevron background from - Graphics from the Pond
Fonts from - Mrs. Leeby

Frame from - The 3am Teacher
Fonts from - Mrs. Leeby and Kevin and Amanda
Thanks for reading!  Apple on!

Friday, November 15, 2013

I'm Addicted

Earlier this week someone contacted me on Teachers Pay Teachers...they wanted me to make something for them...EEEEEEK!!! I was so excited!  So I made a power point that includes words with short vowel, blend, and digraph sounds.  I had been researching around about how to make my products more appealing.  So I took the leap with this new product and now I am addicted.  I have updated all of my other phonics power points...and a few other things. Now I'm not saying my addiction is a bad thing but somebody around here better get the dishes I think I'll take the weekend off...maybe. I've had this freebie on my blog before but with my updating addiction I added three more worksheets for you! Click the pic to go get yours!

And to check out the other victims of my updating addiction click on any picture below and it'll take you right to it!

Frame from - The 3am Teacher
Chevron backgrounds from - Jonathan Pearson
Fonts from - Mrs. Leeby and Kevin and Amanda
Have a great weekend!  Apple on!

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Truth Monday

I want to start with saying how grateful I am for the Veterans of this country. I believe that this nation and all the freedoms we enjoy are blessings from our Heavenly Father! I am awed and humbled by the brave men and women who have fought and the ones who will continue to protect the United States of America. Happy Veteran's Day!

I'm linking up with "Sunny Days in Second Grade" to tell you about my celebrity crush!

Now it's your turn!  Who's your celebrity crush?  Apple on!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps and a Question

Hey everyone!  I hope you are having a great week.  I can't believe how fast this week has gone!

Remember how I told you here that I have been cutting back on the WAY back. My dear friends Kim and Chelsie (follow her at To Second Grade, With Love) taught me this low carb recipe about four months ago. I have made it probably once a week since!  My husband has a general dislike for lettuce and salads but he will devour this every time. And this recipe seriously takes only 20 minutes to make.  Gotta love that!

You are only seeing a half recipe in the above picture. It's just the two of us so we don't eat much...or we shouldn't that is!

Heat olive oil and cook ground turkey with onions. I like to use dehydrated onions...mostly to be sneaky because I love onion flavor but my other half hates biting into onions. If you love fresh onion, by all means, use it!
 Make sure you keep chopping up the turkey as you cook it.

Sprinkle in taco seasoning and water.

Watch out for that steam!  Sometimes the taco seasoning just isn't enough flavor for me so I also like to add some oregano, garlic powder, and a touch a cumin. But go easy on the extra seasoning you just need a little bit to make the flavors pop.
 Let that simmer for five minutes and then your almost ready to eat! So easy, right?

Get your recipe here!
 I like to have lots of toppings on mine.  I have one warning for you...this meal is a messy one! Sometimes those lettuce leaves don't cooperate but if that's the case then get a fork and your taco becomes a salad but don't tell my husband :)

I have a question for do you have your students "draw" a place value model?  I'll show you what I used to have mine do.

 This is a sample from my comparing two digit numbers power point that I have been working on.  Right now I am trying to access clip art of base ten blocks that I am allowed to use in a power point. 

You can see that I used to have my students just draw sticks to represent the tens and dots to represent the ones.  It took alot less time than them drawing a rod or trying to draw a cube. So back to my question... 

How do you have your students "draw" a place value model?

Thanks for reading! Apple on!

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Truth Monday

This week's "My Truth Monday" from Sunny Days in Second Grade is all about how you became a teacher! Go and link up!  It's awesome to get to know everyone out there in teacher blogland!

I'll be back later this week with a super easy AND healthy weeknight recipe for you!  Apple on!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Currently

I am in love with Farley's monthly Currently!  You should go and link up too!

Listening- My husband plays games online with know like battlefield something or while he talks online and plays...I blog! We decided to share an office because we are hoping we'll need room for a baby someday in the room that was previously his office.

Loving- I live in southern AZ. Now I will totally sport a sweater and boots to the local Wal-mart even if its 80 degrees outside this time of year.  Next weeks forcast...below 70!  YAY!

Thinking- I teach Sunday School every week and really need to get my lesson planned for tomorrow :0
I have been working on the Comparing Number power point and have ran into lots of little snags which is making it take so!

Wanting- I have been eating less carbs lately and boy is it hard for me!  I would love to just indulge and eat a donut and have some hot chocolate (along with that much anticipated cooler weather).

Needing- My best friend is getting married as I have mentioned in previous posts.  Both my hubby and I are part of the wedding...which is a week away!  I gotta get laundry done and get packing!

A Yummy Pin- Homemade Naan from Budget Bytes which is an awesome place to look for low budget, well explained recipes. I must be craving carbs to show you this.  I love Indian food and Naan is so yummy. I made this Naan last night and had just one...or two :)


I better get to that Sunday school lesson...Apple on!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Next Up...Turkey Time

I can't believe it's November! October just flew by for me! Anyone else feel that way?!

Freebie Fridays

My TBA Friday Freebie is a turkey two digit plus one digit number counting on worksheet!  My students had a great time with this last year...I hope yours do too :) click the picture to get your copy.

This is Dr. Steeley's custom made sign!  I loved her color choices and it was really nice to get my craft on.  You can visit her at her blog A Little Red Wagon.  I've seen her do a couple of awesome posts about her favorite pins from Pinterest...I love it!  Congrats and I'm glad you love your sign!

I might be back this weekend for another post...if not...I hope you all have a great weekend! Apple on!