Cam & Mommy "At Work"

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 No comments

This little guy is being a rock star today, letting me get some writing and design work done on the computer. Nick and I reworked the upstairs a little bit, so now we have a family room complete with a couch and loveseat, television, and a desk and computer. It's the perfect place to hang out to relax or to get some stuff done. Cam seems to enjoy it, too! At this rate, I'm hoping to have some new resources posted by next week if the little man lets me get a couple of hours in every day.

Leftover Turkey Surprise

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 No comments
So we are all familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of a turkey dinner. But after all of the relatives have gone home and the football games have ended, what do you do with the leftover turkey in the fridge?

This past Saturday, my husband and I made a turkey dinner complete with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. (I don't bother making sweet potatoes or squash when it's just us because I'm the only one who eats it.) Even though I'm a big fan of a warm and filling meal like that, I think I might enjoy the week that follows even more. We've found so many dishes to make with the leftover turkey that I end up looking forward to those more than anything.

Turkey Sandwiches

This is probably the most cliche use of leftover turkey, but it's one of my favorites. Whether you're a cold turkey with Miracle Whip and lettuce on sandwich bread kind of person (like yours truly) or a hot turkey sandwich with gravy and cranberry sauce kind of person (like my husband), turkey sandwiches are yummy!

Turkey Soup

Growing up, my dad always made turkey soup with the leftover carcass and bones. I've started to do the same. Is there anything better than a nice hearty soup on a chilly fall day? I don't think so! One of the best things about soup is that you can customize it to your taste preferences. Like a lot of veggies? Add them! Not a fan of salt? Let people salt their bowls to their tastes. And if you're lucky, there will even be some left to freeze for quick meals in the future.

Turkey & Cheese Roll-Ups

Fast and easy are two qualities I appreciate in a dinner at least once a week (especially with a new baby in the house). Basically anything I can wrap up in a tortilla shell and cook is awesome. I personally like these baked in the oven, but others may enjoy them fried on the stove top in quesadilla fashion. It's up to you. All you need is cubed or shredded turkey, flour tortillas, your favorite cheese, and butter. I roll them up and bake them in a glass casserole pan, but like I said, folding them in half and frying them have the same effect. They take about 10 minutes of prep time and are sure to please!

Turkey Clubs

I challenge you to name a sandwich that isn't improved when bacon is added to it. Turkey clubs are on the top of that list. Fresh sliced turkey, thick sliced bacon, lettuce, and tomato... Mmm, mmm, mmm! I like mine baked with some kettle cooked salt and vinegar chips on the side. (And now my mouth is watering... Great.)

Fried Turkey & Rice

Another relatively easy meal calls for turkey, rice, and some vegetables (I personally like peas and carrots). I like this dish with fried chicken, pork, or ham, too. The nice thing is, it's versatile. I make rice ahead of time and let it cool before I fry the turkey and add the veggies and rice. And voila! It's ready to eat in no time - and it's another great meal for those cold nights when you need a nice warm meal to fill you up!

So when armed with a refrigerator full of Thanksgiving leftovers and posed with the ever elusive question, "What's for dinner?", hopefully you will have some new ideas!

Autumn Writing Prompts

Friday, October 21, 2016 No comments
Looking for some topics to write about in your journal appropriate for this time of year? Wanting to inspire your students to write something new and different? Here are some writing prompts with an autumn theme that might come in handy.

  • Autumn is a time when we are surrounded by many visual changes in our environment. Leaves are changing colors and falling off the trees, flowers and gardens are returning to the earth, and the wind is blowing cooler air to replace the warmth of summer. What changes do you see yourself going through this autumn? Are there any changes you hope to make this season?
  • Halloween is a popular holiday among children and adults alike. It's a day when we can dress up in costumes and pretend to be someone or something we are not. If you could take on any trait that you do not currently have for one day, what would it be? Explain.
  • With Thanksgiving right around the corner in the United States, it's a great time to reflect upon what we are each thankful for in our lives. Who are the people in your life you are most grateful to know? What are the things you possess that you appreciate most? What is it about yourself that you are happiest about?
  • Autumn's rainfall and chilly temperatures make spending more time inside inevitable. What are your top ten favorite indoor activities to do on a rainy fall day?
  • Describe the view from your window using adjectives appealing to your five senses. Be as descriptive as possible.
Have some great autumn-related prompts of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments!

Back in Action

Thursday, October 20, 2016 No comments
I'm hoping my "baby brain" is gone now and I can get in the habit of updating my blog again on a somewhat regular basis. I appreciate the emails I've received regarding suggestions for resources I should add to the site and/or create for lifelong learners to utilize. I will most certainly review your suggestions and add them when I get a chance.

Oh, did I say my "baby brain" is gone now? That's right! I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on August 24, 2016. Way, way, way ahead of schedule at 32 weeks pregnant! Even though he was early and a little peanut at birth weighing 4 pounds, 1 ounce, Cameron is absolutely perfect and healthy in every way. At eight weeks old, he's already close to 8 pounds and growing quicker every day. Nick and I are so blessed to be able to call such an awesome little kiddo our son.

Other than being a mommy now, I am planning on completing some projects I've been working on while I'm on an extended maternity leave from teaching. I'll post resources as I complete them and make them available for sale. As always, thank you for reading... I hope my resources continue to help in your learning and teaching endeavors!