Saturday, December 27, 2014

Delicious December

To my faithful friends - I hope you had a unbelievably amazing holiday and are now enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation.  I am on vacation right now and wanted to pop in for a quick second and join my blogging buddies for this month's edition of Weekend Warriors.  

We decided that this month we would stick with what comes along with the holidays and that is FOOD!!!  I don't know about you, but I've been eating NON-STOP since Halloween!  Guess I'll be joining the millions of other people with the New Year's Resolution of losing that extra weight.  At least I had fun doing it - right?

So I'm going to share a super yummy, super easy, crowd pleasing recipe with you today.  This is my go-to item to bring to get togethers, make for parties, etc.  Everybody loves it and it is SOOOO easy.  That is what I need in my life right now, so I was thinking that maybe, possibly you did too.  

I discovered this taco dip recipe during (wait for it)...............

Home Economics in high school.  LOL!!  No lie!  

I don't even remember if we took someone else's recipe and modified it for an assignment or if our teacher gave us the recipe, but I do remember writing it down and NEVER forgetting it because I loved it THAT much!  I know there a gazillion variations of a layered taco dip, but this one is my favorite because it's so simple.  

So here it is:

I'm sorry I don't have any pictures for you, but I promise that people WILL eat it and they WILL love it!  And if for some reason I'm wrong, then more for you.  #winwin

I didn't want to leave you with only one take away for the day so I wanted to share a few of the recipes I have found on Pinterest and actually tried out for my family and loved.  If you click on them they will bring you right to the pin.  




BTW I do eat other things for dinner besides chicken but I haven't found any great recipes that I've tried out yet.  These pins are all on my Favorite Recipes board on Pinterest if you are looking for more ideas.  I can't vouch for them all yet, but boy do they sure look yummy!  

I hope you are able to find more tasty items from my friends below.  Thanks for checking in this month!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Hey, hey!!! 
Did you stop by because you saw the word FREEBIES in my title???  
I don't blame you - freebies are FUN!!!  

So I'm not going to take too much of your time today - I'm just going to get right to it!  Then of course you should check out the other freebies in the link-up by clicking the picture above to go to Primary Powers.  

My freebie for you today is part of my Animals in Winter unit.  I'm sure you are in the middle of a Holidaze right now in your classroom, so I wanted to give you something that you could use after the holidays when the dust has settled and the Christmas cookies have all been eaten.  

This freebie has some fun, easy printables for you to use when teaching about Animals in Winter.  To grab your freebie, click on the picture below.

If you want to check out the whole unit (which is one of my favorites!!!), click HERE.  I just sent out for my copies of this unit so I can be prepped and ready for the new year.  

Happy downloading and of course, Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bloggin' on my Birthday and a Giveaway

Hello friends!!!  I'm just soooo happy you're here because today is my BIRTHDAY and I want to share it with YOU!!!!  

I figured a quick, Five for Friday post and a little giveaway was the perfect way to do that.  (Although I am posting this before linking up with Doodle Bugs because I have big plans later for my birthday and won't be able to link up until after that.)

So here are 5 things I've been up to lately...

This week we started learning about Reindeer - one of my favorite units for this time of year.  I love it for many reasons.  First of all, it is a great way to include some aspect of the holiday season without making it seem like you're just teaching fluff.  The nonfiction and fictional literacy activities included are full of the rigor your administrators would want to see.  No fluff here!  Second, it is a high interest topic and helps keep the kids motivated to learn when that is SO not what they want to be doing during the month of December.  And finally, if you cannot "celebrate" Christmas in your classroom, this helps you bring a little bit of it in without overstepping those lines.  

Here are a few pictures of what we started this week:
This is our chubby reindeer (must've eaten too much turkey for Thanksgiving) we used this little guy to get our minds thinking of what we were about to learn.
Turns out they didn't have a whole lot of prior knowledge about reindeer besides Santa's reindeer.  Lots to learn here!  So we started gathering information with our mini-reader and some fact cards.  

 While we were reading we had to stop to discuss some new vocabulary that came up along the way.

We also sorted these Reindeer facts and opinions as one of our centers this week.

Next week we begin our informational writing and a cute Reindeer craft to go with it.  Tons of Reindeer fun!!!  If you want to check this newly updated unit out, click HERE.

If you visited my blog the other day for my December Currently post, you may have seen my picture of us getting our Christmas tree.  Well, we had a blast decorating our tree that night while listening to Christmas carols.  Truly one of my absolute favorite things in LIFE!  Just LOVE!  I literally went to bed with a smile still on my face.  

Unfortunately, my smile was stolen in the morning when we woke up and our gorgeous tree had fallen right over and was lying there on the floor amidst broken ornaments.  I was so sad!  I'm pretty sure I just stood there with my lower lip sticking out pouting and speechless for a good couple minutes until I realized that my daughter was just looking at me and waiting for my response.  
This isn't our tree of course because I was too much in shock to take a picture.  Just a visual to illustrate my story!

In honor of my fallen Christmas tree I have a quick, new Christmas tree math activity and craft.  This was actually a Facebook Fan Freebie last Christmas and I had a request to put it up for I did!  Some of you may have already gotten this as a freebie, but if you missed out last year then you can now grab it at my TpT shop.  

I had my first observation of the year this week.  This is my 13th year teaching and I still get butterflies in my stomach when I am about to be observed.  This one was announced, which I guess is better since you know when they are coming in.  But at the same time, it is also more stressful because you have that much more time to think about it and overthink it.  So it is now over and I just have to wait to hear how I did.  Fingers crossed!  Click on the picture below for an interesting article about classroom observations if you're interested.  I just liked this picture :)

 And finally, I promised a little giveaway as my gift to YOU for my BIRTHDAY!!!  The giveaway will be announced this evening on my Facebook page.  If you don't see my posts in your feed, you will want to change that so you don't miss any future giveaways and freebies.  Go to my Facebook page and click the arrow next to LIKE.  Then click Get Notifications so you don't miss out!  

So thanks for stopping by and checking out my Five for Friday.  And thanks to Doodle Bugs for hosting this fun linky each week!