Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! The holidays are fast approaching and I am so excited! I can't wait for the full weekends that come with Christmas! I have my calendar all filled up with going to get our tree, Christmas dinners and parties and baking - lots and lots of baking!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Children's Day Journals

Through this student teaching internship, I've realized how much I love the students' journals. I don't know if this applies to other grades but I love first grade journals! My students write in their journals about once a week and they are always their best writing samples! I get to see such wonderful glimmers of the writers they will grow into and I get to see the very best of them as little people - their heart, their imagination, their sense of humor... their journals are always the highlight of my week!

On Tuesday, I put this prompt up on the board-

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Apple Hand Pies

I have not been great at getting new recipes up lately and I feel so bad! I really do try to get at least recipe up a week, but it's a struggle - my weekends are full of lesson planning and other course work. I am really hanging onto to this being my last week and a half of students teaching. Once I'm done, I will have much more time to spend in the kitchen and I am so excited to get some new recipes up!

Last weekend, I made these fabulous hand pies and today, I'm sharing the recipe with you! I'm typically pretty transparent about how difficult recipes are and I love sharing quick & easy recipes with you. This recipe, is not one of those recipes. The hand pies are not difficult to make but they are long to put together. That being said - the end product is so worth it! The little pies were so delicious and they were so impressive to serve to guests! I found this recipe on Oh Sweet Basil you can find the original recipe HERE.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top 5: My Crazy Habits

Today, I'm sharing five of my crazy habits. Let's be real, there are probably way more than five crazy things that I do! A friend suggested a post like this after noticing some of my crazy habits and I thought it was a great idea! Here is a little bit of my crazy...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Music for Monday: Fire Away

As I sit down to write this post, all I can think is when can I share Christmas music? I've been listening to Christmas music since early November - maybe even the end of October! And I am so ready to share all of favorite with you! I think I'll wait for December before I break out the Christmas music though! For today, I'm going to talk about my favorite Chris Stapleton songs!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites: Short & Sweet

Yesterday, I had a 14 hour day at school (a regular teaching day + parent-teacher interviews) so I don't have much to say, other than - I am so glad it's Friday! I have a couple quick favorites for you today...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Quilting with Quiltologie Mini Mania

I've talked about sewing woes before (maybe I should not call them woes and just call them challenges). I've always loved the idea of sewing, I've just never been able to 'get it.' That is, until very recently when I picked up a little quilting kit to help me get started! When I was in the States most recently, I was at Joann's Fabrics and found a little quilting set called Quiltologie by Mini Mania.

I started working on a mini quilt and I was impressed to discover how much support Quiltologie offers. (I realize that this sounds like a brand deal, but I promise, it isn't! I just really love them that much!). The instructional manual is so easy to understand and really walks you through every step of the process. If at any point I get stuck or confused, there are YouTube videos that accompany each project that I can rely on - so helpful!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Orange & Blueberry Loaf

I'm back! I still feel a little foggy, but I think I'm on the mend! I am so excited to be sharing a delicious loaf recipe with you today. This loaf is so easy to put together but so delicious! It's the kind of thing you could whip up before some guests arrive - it comes together so quickly. The longest part is waiting for it to come out of the oven!

A Takeover by the Bean

Today, I am not blogging - I just couldn't do it! I got home from my classes yesterday and I really just wanted to lie on the floor, I felt so sick. I am so lucky that the Bean my mom and said they would write a blog for me to post. I have to say, I was thrilled until I found out what the Bean wanted to post about... SLIME! ugh! I am not a fan of slime. And by not a fan, I mean, there is pretty much nothing I dislike more, but the Bean loves it! So, I tucked myself into bed at 7:00 and my mom helped sweet Bean write a blog about slime. Enjoy...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Music for Monday: Guiding Light

Happy Monday everyone! I hate that Monday gets a bad rep! Mondays have the capacity to be good, right!? I hope that this song brings a little happy to the start of your week!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm always tired when Friday rolls around, but I am especially tired this week because of the time change! I have never ever been affected by the time change, but this year, it got me good! I have just not been able to get used to the time difference - I'm crashing earlier than ever and waking up bright and early and exhausted. I cannot wait for my inner clock to reset and get used to this darn time change! Despite being tired and a half, there were still so many good things this week...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

What if Kids Were in Charge?

At least once a week, I have my students write in their journals. Usually the journal prompt is subject matter related but because we are between terms, I gave them a fun one on Tuesday! This is what I put up on the SMARTboard...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Top 5: Quotes Edition #8

Every 2 months or so, I share five of my favorite quotes. I love scrolling through quotes on Pinterest and I love compiling my favorite here! You can follow me on Pinterest if you are interested in seeing more of my pins, but here is a quick wrap up of my favorite quotes as of lately...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Party Games: Song Synonyms

Happy Tuesday! I have to admit - I spent way too long looking at the title of this post! And I'm still not sure it's spelled right! The name song synonyms has way too much going on for me to keep up with! It is much easier to say the name of this game than it is to spell it and I promise, you will have a blast playing!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Music for Monday: This is on me

When I find a song that I love, I typically play it over and over again (and then once more!). I wish I were kidding, but I really do play songs on repeat. Especially if they're soothing! I think I've mentioned this before - I love the lull of soothing songs. This is totally one of those songs. It's so easy to listen to and oh so soothing!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Favorites: Hello November!

Happy Friday, everyone! Typically, I do a pretty go job of keeping track of my favorites during the week. I keep a little post it note in my planner and every time something great happens, I write it down. This makes writing this post on Fridays so much easier! Well guess what!? Yesterday, I checked my planner and my post-it was blank! How do the weeks go by so fast? Here are my favorite things from this week...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Another Teacher Freebie :)

Last week, I shared a worksheet that I used with my first graders during our counting on unit! This week, I'm sharing a worksheet I am using during a little story mapping unit!

Just like the last worksheet that I made, I looked everywhere for a resource that I could use. By everywhere, I mean Teacher Pay Teacher and Pinterest :). I found so many great resources, but I wanted to combine some of the ideas that I saw. So, I made my own! In case you are in a similar situation as I was - here is what I ended up making:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Baking Powder Biscuits

I shared a recipe for biscuits last year (HERE), and I am still a big fan of that recipe but I was looking to make a few changes - 1. I wanted fluffier biscuits in the end and 2. I did not want to use vegetable shortening! I really (really) dislike using vegetable shortening. In fact, this summer, I wrote a post dedicated to things I hate about being in the kitchen (HERE) and at the very top of that list is dealing with vegetable shortening!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Craft

I did this fun little craft with my first graders on Friday to get our classroom Halloween ready and it worked out so well! There is not much going on in a grade one classroom on Friday afternoons. My kiddos are exhausted from the week, so I typically organize a little craft or game (preferably educationally oriented) for Friday afternoons. This past Friday, the anticipation for Halloween was high and my class was rowdy! It was a loud and busy day but as soon as they got going on this craft, I put some Halloween music on and they were quiet as can be! Here is what we did...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Music for Monday: We Found Love

Happy Monday! It is starting to get chilly around here and I am loving every minute of this Fall weather! As of today, I only have one month left of student teaching. And while I am so looking forward to having a little bit of free time I am also really dreading leaving my students! I am definitely going to soak up every little bit of teaching in the next month!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Favorites: these are a few of my favorite things :)

The weeks are just flying by. It feels like I just sat down to write last week's Friday Favorites! While time is flying, the days are busy and long! I know I've already mentioned how difficult teaching is, but I have serious respect for teachers! Teaching is no joke! It is so enjoyable but it is exhausting! I have five weeks left of my internship, I know the weeks will continue to fly by at lightning speed and before I know it, it will be Christmas!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Teaching Freebie :)

More teacher talk, today! On Tuesday, my cooperating teacher and I were browsing through Teacher Pay Teacher (because neither of us can get enough!) looking for 'counting on resources'. We found some great teaching tools, but there were very few application/reinforcement worksheets - ugh! So we discussed what we needed our students to do and I offered to make a little worksheet! I have had so much fun downloading new fonts and I was so excited to put them to use!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Connected in the Classroom: Apples, Apples, Apples!

Yesterday, I talked about Spatial Relationships in the first grade and today I'm talking about apples! This lesson started as a poem - my cooperating teacher showed me a poem and then all of a sudden we had such a fun lesson about adjectives and graphing!

My focus during this lesson was on the adjectives used in the poem and in the song. And eventually on the adjectives they would come up with on their own. But you could adjust these objectives to fit your students - you could focus more on math than the language arts. There is just so much you could do!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Connected in the Classroom: Spatial Relationships Lesson

This week is all about teaching resources. I have two fun lessons to share with you this week - today, I'm talking about positional relationships and tomorrow, I'll be talking about a fun apple lesson! On Thursday, I have a worksheet to share with you! I'm teaching grade one, so all of these resources are catered to a grade one audience, but I'm sure you could make some little tweaks to change the grade level a little! :)

Also, I should note that this lesson aligns with education standards that are specific to the area of my teaching. If you are teaching elsewhere, you might need to make changes to better align the sontent with your curriculum.

Let's start with the objectives for this lesson. Here is what my students were expected to accomplish by the end of this lesson:
- Students will be able to understand and use positional words appropriately, in various contexts.
- Students will complete the individual cut and paste activity.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Music for Monday: Collide

Growing up, I was a huge Hilary Duff fan and I would be lying if I said I didn't still love her! I don't listen to her music as often as I used to, but I will always love it because it's so familiar to me. I didn't only listen to Hilary Duff music - no! I did it all! I watched her movies, I listened to her music, I watched her Disney Channel show, I even wore clothes from her clothing line! I was Hilary Duff crazy!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites: is it Christmas yet?

This Friday could not come soon enough! I need a little weekend in my life! I only have six weeks left of my teaching internship - how is that possible? It is going by so fast! As much as I am exhausted, I will be so sad to leave my kiddos!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

I know I've been a little Pumpkin Spice crazy lately, but 'tis the season, right? I promise I'll lay off the pumpkin spice once Christmas rolls around, but until then it's all pumpkin spice, all the time! I made these pumpkin spice snickerdoodles, thinking they would be good but they were way more than just good! They were so light and fluffy with such a perfect subtle pumpkin spice flavor! I delivered these to a few different people and I got rave reviews all around! Two or three people told me that they don't like pumpkin spice but they loved these cookies!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sewing Tips?

Yesterday, I talked about sewing eye pillows & today, I'm asking (or maybe begging? 😉) for some sewing help! I am pretty decent crafter, but I just have never been able to get the hang of sewing! I have way more busts than I do successes. But I would like to tip this ratio towards more successes with your help!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DIY Eye Pillows

I mentioned these eye pillows on Friday. Today, I'm sharing the step by step process that went into make these eye pillow. Before we start, I should mention - this is a super easy sewing project! I mean, we are just sewing 2 rectangles together then turning them right side out. I am definitely not a sewer extraordinaire and I am open to any tip you have to share with me!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Music for Monday: Ed Sheeran Covers

I've professed my love for Ed Sheeran before but I particularly love his covers of other artist's songs! I love when he takes a well known song and adds a little Ed Sheeran charm to it!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites: halfway through October

Happy Friday! I can hardly believe how quickly we are cruising through the Fall! My family is starting to talk about Christmas cards, Christmas parties and family photo sessions! It is crazy to think that all of this will be happening in just a little over 2 months!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Trader Joe's Haul

Haul posts are so outside of my wheelhouse, but I'm going to try today! I will not promise to be any good at this - I am so not a Trader Joe's guru! I'm just going to share what I love to get at Trader Joe's!

I should also preface this post by saying - I know that we bought a ton of cookies and we went a little overboard with pumpkin spice everything! While it is fun to go a little wild sometimes, we do not do this with our weekly groceries! This grocery trip is really just a fun 'in moderation' kind of thing!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weekend Recap

This weekend, my family went to Vermont to enjoy a little down time, a little shopping and some delicious food! Here is a little look into our weekend!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Salad

I am so happy to say that I love posting on my blog. Of course, some days it's harder to get content out than others. But for the most part, I absolutely love posting every weekday! While I am always excited about the recipes that I post, I am particularly excited about today's recipe! If you're a regular reader, you've likely realized that I have major love for Mandy's (a local salad restaurant)! I mean, I could eat there everyday! Today, I'm sharing a copycat version of their October Salad!

I have had this recipe on the back burner for a little while - I wanted to wait until October to share it but I was going to wait a little longer! That is, until I was talking to Hannah and she told me she hadn't had salad the whole time she was away (she's been away for almost 2 months!). How can this be!? I know that I can't send salad in the mail - but I must admit, I thought about it! This recipe is going up today to get some salad on the menu! For Hannah, yes, but for all of my other readers too! This salad is easy, seasonal and so tasty!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Music for Monday: Bon Iver

Today, I'm talking all about Bon Iver - I love Bon Iver, but I don't really venture away from my three favorite songs of his. I'm usually pretty good about exploring a wide variety of a singer's music, but with Bon Iver, I just listen to these songs over and over. I don't think I could ever grow tired of these three songs...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Favorites: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving


This week felt long - I only actually taught for 2 days, so I can't believe how tired I am! I think I feel more tired anticipating the long weekend ahead... Does that make sense? Canadians have a three day weekend because it's our Thanksgiving! I am so ready for a little down time!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gluten Free Apple Crumble

I've shared a recipe for apple crisp before, and that really is my go to apple crisp recipe! You can find it HERE. While that first apple crumble recipe is my favorite, it is not gluten free! Since my mom has gone gluten free, I've been on the hunt for good gluten free recipes and this is one! This recipe is completely gluten free and it is a solid apple crisp!

A couple of months ago, I posted about a gluten free strawberry rhubarb crumble. For this Apple Crisp, I just swapped out the strawberry rhubarb for apples! The crumble is exactly the same!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Quotable Kids

While I don't have any kids of my own just yet, I'm lucky enough to be able to work with kids everyday! I've been student teaching for a little over a month and my first graders say the funniest things! I started writing down the funny moments/quotes and I have quite the list to share with you today! I hope these kid quotes bring a smile to your face today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I don't think I had ever tried carrot cake in my life until last Saturday. If I had tried carrot cake, it just wasn't memorable and that is no way to bake! If I share something on my blog, it is honestly because I loved it and it left a lasting impression on me! I am so excited to say that these carrot cake cupcakes are so memorable and so delicious! The cake is so perfect and just flavorful enough! The cinnamon cream cheese icing compliments the cake so nicely making these cupcakes a perfect Fall treat!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Music for Monday: Just Breathe

One of my all time favorite movies as a young teenager was 'Life as we Know It.' I remember just wanting to watch that movie over that over! I think I loved it so much because the female lead runs a bakery and I loved getting to see a little behind the scenes into that world (even though it is scripted behind the scenes!). There is so much great music in this movie - but this song sticks out for me every time! 'Just Breathe' by Pearl Jam is used so perfectly to compliment a scene - the song really makes the moment.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Favorites: Fall, Fall, Fall!!

Happy Friday! It is finally feeling like Fall around here! The first couple days of the week were terribly hot, it was so nice to have a cool day yesterday! And I am so looking forward to more fall weather! Here are some highlights from my week:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

I made these muffins a couple of weeks ago - long before it was appropriate to be eating pumpkin spice everything! But I have been in the mood for Fall and these are so good! I found the recipe on a blog called Mom on Timeout - you can find it HERE.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

I had not ever tried a pumpkin spice drink until just a couple of weeks ago. I had a pumpkin spice latte, and it was ok. I think it was just ok because I am not a coffee person at all. It was good enough for me to want to have a Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate a.s.a.p.! After a little research, I made a Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and it was to die for! Here is how I make them...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Spice

This is the first week of Fall and despite how darn hot it still is outside, I am in full Fall mode! This is going to be the week of the Pumpkin on my blog - today, I'm talking about how I make Pumpkin Pie Spice. Tomorrow, I'm sharing my Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe and on Thursday, I'm sharing a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Muffins with a cinnamon sugar on top!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Music for Monday: Home Again

I think I've mentioned before that I love soothing music - I love music that kind of feels like you're being held. Does that make sense? This is totally one of those songs. The melody wraps me right up and I instantly feel like I'm sitting in front of a crackling fire with a hot tea in my hands! This song just makes me feel comfortable and 'at home.' So good!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites: Happy Fall!

Happy Friday and Happy Fall! I am so excited to write that! I can't believe Fall is here! And while I am beyond thrilled that it's Fall, it is still unseasonably warm around here! I am ready for some cooler weather! I had such a wonderful week and I have so many favorites to share today! Here are a few...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Homemade Hummus

I don't know if I've ever been as excited to post a recipe as I am to post this hummus recipe! Hummus is something that I really eat all the time - I love having it with pita and with veggies! It makes such a great snack! I'm so used to cooking and baking that the end product doesn't always excite me, but this hummus had me so excited! It was so fun to make and the end result packs a little more flavor than store bought hummus.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top 5: Quotes Edition # 7

When I was in my very first few days of having a blog, I was searching everywhere for things I could post about. One of my friends suggested I share my top 5 favorite things that fit under different categories. I have talked about my top 5 favorite...
Movies
Shoes
TV Shows 
Nail Polish Colors
& many others!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pear, Apple & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

This is a recipe that I found over the summer on The Roasted Root (you can find it HERE). I finally made it a couple of weeks ago and the bagels were so good! They were so messy - you will definitely need napkins on the table but they were absolutely delicious! I made a couple changes from the original recipe. Here is what I did:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Music for Monday: Burning House

It is officially Fall on Friday and you better believe I am counting down the days! I am all about crisp but sunny days and chilly evenings! Today, I'm sharing a song that I've known for a long time but I forget about it often - do any of you do that? Every time I rediscover it I remember just how much I love it! There are a few songs I do this with and I am always so happy to rediscover them!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites: a little bit of everything :)

I am so glad to see this week come to an end - not because it wasn't enjoyable but because I need a little rest! I am looking forward to this weekend! Keeping up with a room full of six year olds is no joke! This week was full of so much goodness, here is a little recap...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vanilla - Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes

Years ago (I think I was 14 or 15), I tried making marble cupcakes and they turned out terrible! Because of that major flop I have been so intimidated to try marble cupcakes again! I finally worked up some courage and tried them again 2 weeks ago and they turned out so good! Not only did they turn out well but they were easy as can be!

Everything about these cupcakes were half chocolate & half vanilla - I'll share every little detail about how I did that. But first - I finally have a great vanilla cake recipe to share! I have been on the hunt for one forever. I have tried so many that I just didn't love! You probably already know that I am madly in love with my chocolate cake recipe, because it's so reliable! I found away to transform my beloved chocolate cake recipe into vanilla cake! How amazing is that!? I was so excited! And I am so happy to finaly have a great vanilla cake recipe to share!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Party Game: Psychiatrist

Let me begin by saying - I am not crazy about the name of this game! It is a ridiculously fun & funny game, but I don't love its name! Bearing in mind that the name is all in good fun, and totally not intending to mock, here is how you play:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

I saw these burgers over the summer and I knew they would be a big hit in my family! They do not taste like a traditional burger at all - they are more similar to a fajita but in a burger bun... does that make sense!? They come together so easily and they make the most delicious dinner. The burgers are vegan and I was impressed to discover how easy yet tasty they were! I am most definitely not vegan, but I love to go meatless every once and a while!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Music for Monday: You Give Me Something

When I was looking for music for songs to add to my fall playlist on Spotify (are you sick of hearing about my favorite playlist ever yet!?), I checked the songs that are suggested to me based on my recent listening and 'You Give Me Something' by James Morrison came up first. I listened to it and loved it right away! The name James Morrison was so familiar to me, but I just figure out where I knew the name from! It turns out that he is featured on one of my absolute favorite Jason Mraz tracks - 'Details in the Fabric'!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Favorite: Waiting for Fall



If you couldn't tell by the title of this post, I am so ready for Fall! I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and I was getting so excited about all the Fall things! Here are five things that I am looking forward to...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

YULeat 2017

This past weekend, the YULeat festival was hosted at the Old port of Montreal. My family got tickets for my dad's birthday and we had so much fun! YULeat is an annual event that celebrates food - so guests just walk around and visit little booths or food trucks to try different food. Today, I'm recapping our day at the Old Port!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tea Pary Pinspiration

The Bean is turning 14 in March and I'm starting to think about her party. I know, I'm 6 months early! But I really do start thinking about her birthday around this time every year! I like to have an idea in mind so I know what we're working towards. I only do the major planning details around January (like invitations, guest lists...), but I like to start a Pinterest board and start looking around for some little things we may need much earlier!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pancakes (+Gluten Free Option)

When my mom went gluten free in January, I remember thinking 'now everything she eats will be gross!' So not true, but many things that are gluten free just don't measure up! And I still stand by that! Cooking and baking gluten free is hard and the end result isn't as reliable! I tried making a gluten free pie crust a few months ago and it was a major flop :( When I find great recipes that work just as well when they're gluten free, I get pretty excited! Good food is important in this house!

A couple of weekends ago, I went to an early morning yoga class and came home with a serious hankering for pancakes! I wanted the fluffiest pancakes and I wanted them fast! I found a great recipe on a blog called Mm Good, you can find it HERE. I made half of the recipe with all-purpose flour and the other half with gluten free flour. I felt it was my duty to try both - it's part of the job, right!? I am thrilled to report that I couldn't even tell a difference! They were equally as fluffy and they were both delicious!