Saturday, December 31, 2011

How I Spent My Winter Vacation - Linky Party!!!

Clutter-Free Classroom is having a Linky I'm linking up!!!  I have been having a great time reading all of the posts made by all of the other teachers that have linked up.  Man, some of yall NEVER stop!!!  Apparently, most of you have a totally different 2 week Christmas break than we do.  We just finished our first week, so I still have over a week to go!  Our kiddos actually do not go back to school until Jan. 9th!!!  Yep...I'm smiling over here about that!!!  The teachers go back on the 6th, but it is a meeting kind of a day...and some time in our classroom! :) 

So, what have I done on my first week off for Christmas break...NOTHING FUN!!!!  I have been in the emergency room twice, the 24th and the 26th, and had a small "surgical" procedure on the 27th!  Since then I have done nothing but lay around because I have had NO ENERGY...due to the fact that I am now anemic!  I came very close to having to have a blood transfusion on the 27th, so now my body needs to recoup!!!  Sitting around doing nothing is great for blog hopping and spending lots of time on Pinterest searching for great ideas!!!

Ok, so my first week of break was REALLY I am hoping to get things accomplished this coming week.  My plans are to...WORK ON MY NURSERY FOR MY NEW GRAND BABY!!!  Yeah!!!!  It's something I've been "planning on" since this summer...and I still have not gotten around to doing it. I sit here writing this blog, my awesome hubby and our new "son" (a totally different story), are beginning to get things going for me by moving furniture so we can begin the process!!!  In order to set up my nursery, I have to rearrange 3 different rooms in my house!!!  NOTHING I do is uncomplicated!!!  I guess I should take some pics and post them so that I can actually prove that I am getting things accomplished!!!  This will be a week of             decluttering, rearranging, and then heading back to the classroom to get ready for the second half of the school year!

Better than pics of my rooms is a pic of my adorable granddaughter...Raylie Anne!!!  I wub her soooo much!!!  She will be 3 months old on Jan. 3rd!  I think I could start a blog just about her!!! 

If you haven't already linked up to this cute linky party, head on over there to let us know what you have been doing on your time off!!!

I also want to give a shout out to a NEW BLOG..."The Best Endings: A Blog all about Books".  Erica, from "The Honey Bunch", along with a lot of other great contributors...have started this awesome blog about books...and they make me feel horrible!!!  Why???  I NEVER READ!!!!  Well...books that is!!!  I use to read all the time when I  was a young girl, a teenager, and even as an adult...until about 10 years ago.  Now, I don't know when I could ever find the time to actually sit down and read a book.  My ADHD brain just has not been lending itself to that type of activity!!!  I guess I really need to try to start doing that again!  Yall go check out the new will really enjoy it!!!


Friday, December 30, 2011

YEAH!!!! I LOVE THE WAY MY NEW RECIPE CARDS LOOK!!!! I did a trial post with one of my recipes that I included for the linky parties, and I really like the way it showed up on my blog...all interactive with music and everything.  I said that I didn't think that you would be able to print the recipe card, but I'm not so sure about may be able to!  When you open the recipe card, there are buttons for you to be able to save it or print it.  I am on my laptop, so I haven't tried to print it out.  If somebody happens upon my little blog and opens up one of my little recipe cards and actually prints one out, please let me know if it worked!  :p  I will now post my other two recipes on cute, little, interactive recipe cards!!!  This is fun!!!

Trail Post for Recipes!!!

I just noticed how my recipes ended up looking when I posted them to my blog.  I tried to use the cute little recipe card that somebody made on GoggleDocs...but I am Goggledocs illeterate and could not figure out how to get my recipe on the card.  I found a cute little site...that I'm sure many of you already know I put my recipe on a little recipe card so it would be easier to make out.  Unfortunately you won't be able to print out the cute little card b/c I am using the free version of smilebox!  I don't think too many people look at my blog anyway, so this is probably just a little experiment for me!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Omgosh...if yall knew how many times I have tried to make this post, yall would all think I am nuts and that I have NO BUSINESS having a blog!!!  This is why it has taken me so long to get my blog going, but since my New Year's resolution is to become a better blogger, I will continue to attempt this post until I have accomplished it!!!

I have never been a part of a linky party before, so I thought this would be a great way to get my New Year's resolution going!  This first linky party I happened upon was TBA's Holiday Recipe Swap.  My recipe for this linky party is a tried and true recipe from our church recipe book!  I hope all of you enjoy it as much as we do!  I can really hurt myself eating these potatoes because they are sooooo good!!!

                                                         Cheesy Potatoes

1 bag Ore-Ida frozen hash browns,                                  1 1/4 sticks Margarine, melted
shredded                                                                             1/2 Onion, chopped finely
1 (8-oz.) Sour Cream                                                           8 slices American Cheese
1 can Cream of Chicken soup                                           1 cup Corn Flakes, crushed fine

Pour frozen hash browns into large greased baking casserole dish (9x13).  Salt and pepper lightly.  Add chopped onions, mix well.  Pour 1/2 melted margarine over frozen hash browns.  Set aside.  In large saucepan, stir in Cream of Chicken soup over medium heat.  Add cheese, mixing well.  When all cheese is melted, remove from heat.  Add sour cream, blending well.  Pour this mixture over potatoes in dish and mix well until all hash browns are coated with the cheesy mixture.  In a small bowl, mix remaining margarine and corn flakes until well coated.  Sprinkle over top of potatoes.  Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes.


The next linky party I happened upon was the Cookie Exchange at Klinger Cafe'!  The cookies I am adding to this cookie exchange come from another Souther Gal...Paula Deen!!!  Yall, these cookies are TO DIE FOR!!!  Everytime I make them, everyone gobbles them up!  I can't wait for yall to try them out for yourselves!

                                            Paula's Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies 

1/2 cup (1stick) butter, softened              1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup vegetable shortening                  1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs                                                        1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup buttermilk                                     1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour                     2 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal (not instant!)
1 teaspoon baking soda                           1 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt                                       1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder                       1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Brown Butter Icing:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie cheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

2.  Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar at low speed util fluffy.  Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is light in color.  Add the buttermilk and mix to combine.

3.  Sift togethr the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.  At low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients.  Using a spatula, fold in the oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, and vanilla, blending well.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

4.  While the cookies are baking, make the icing: In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.  Remove the saucepan from the heat; stir in the sugar and vanilla.  Stir in enough water (3 to 4 tablespoons) to make an icing of drizzling consistency.

5.  Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool.  Drizzle with Brown Butter Icing while the cookies are still warm.

Makes about 5 dozen

Go check out the rest of the delicious cookie recipes at the Klinger Cafe' Cookie Exchange!


The last linky party I am linking to is Rowdy in First Grade's Holiday Recipe Linky Party.  This is a recipe that I just got right before Thanksgiving from a girl I teach with.  She made this for our Thanksgiving meal with the teachers at school!  It is DEICIOUS!!!!!!  I made it for Thanksgiving for my family, and they requested it for Christmas!  If you like artichokes, I know you are going to LOVE this!!!

                                                      Artichoke Dressing

3 jars quartered artichokes--drained                               1/2 cup olive oil
2 can French style green beans--drained                       1 large onion finely chopped
1 cup parmesan cheese                                                    4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs

1.  Saute garlic and onion in 1/4 cup oil
2.  Mix in green beans and artichoke hearts until well mixed
3.  Add 1 cup bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
4.  Add remainder of oil (1/4 cup)
5.  Spread into pan
6.  Top with remainder of bread crumbs (1/2 cup) and pats of butter
7.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes of until brown


I hope yall enjoy all of my recipes and the wonderful recipes you can find on all of these pages!!!!  I'm definitely going to be using some of these recipes for my New Year's Eve party!!! 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Craziness I am a TERRIBLE blogger!!!  Even though I have not been posting to my own blog, I can promise you...I have been VERY BUSY following all of my favorite blogs and getting lots of ideas for my classroom!!!  You guys are awesome!!!  I am so thankful for discovering the world of teachers' blogs along with a lot more really helpful information out there on the world wide has made this school year so much easier for me!  There is absolutely NO WAY I can catch up on everything since my last post, so I won't even try.  I did want to post pics of my door for the Christmas door decorating contest we had at school.  My class won first place...they were very proud!!! (Thanks Pinterest!!!)  We made tissue paper trees and some adorable elves riding on reindeer! 

I have TONS of cleaning to do today, and I still have to do some Christimas shopping.  I pray everybody was a wonderfully blessed day today and remember...Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!  Keep Christ in Christmas!!!