Craft,Grow,Cook


Vegetable garden
April 11, 2010, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Grow

Well, I’ve been busy trying to plant things again.  I’m no expert but I really enjoy working around my garden and adding flowers to places (such as the mailbox).  I left the back open area of the mailbox open and planted marigold seeds.  My yard seems to be overrun my dandelions, rabbits and stray cats so I spoke to a yard care person and put up a fence around my little vegetable garden.  The lettuce is doing well and I would hate to lose what little bit I have to bunnies.  Well, back to lesson planning!  Oh, and I notice that most people have really nice pictures, which is really awesome, but I choose to use my I-phone, it’s just easier!



Side Garden
April 3, 2010, 12:34 am
Filed under: Grow

My side yard pretty much consisted of dirt, a rusty air conditioner unit and weeds.  Now, thanks to a little hard work it will (over time) become a cute little garden.  I planted Azalia, Rock Cress(violet and magenta), Creeping Phlox,and Veronica ‘Christy’.  The Iris and Peony were there from last fall so I just did the weed fabric around them.  I finished it all off with some beautiful red mulch and viola, a full-sun, side garden!  Whew!   Two more days left before the end of Spring Break, then back to the teaching grind.  Hope everyone has a nice Easter.



Diet Coffee Cake
April 1, 2010, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Cook

Alright, summer is just around the corner, time to count calories.  I made a nice Angel Food Cake the other day and now I’m moving on to bigger, better things.  I would also like to showcase my new favorite kitchen gadget.  It’s sort of like a spatula with a built-in knife.  It makes perfect squares!  Ok, time to enjoy this lovely 75 degree weather by mowing the lawn.  It’s been a great Spring Break.

Ingredients

  • 1  (8-ounce) package low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup  butter or margarine, softened
  • 1  cup  sun crystals (zero calorie sweetener)
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1/4  cup  1% milk
  • 1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 1 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  seedless raspberry low sugar preserves
  • 3  tablespoons  powdered sugar

Preparation

Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla, beating until smooth.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to cream cheese mixture, beating at low speed until well blended. Spread batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Dollop with preserves, and swirl with a knife.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake begins to leave sides of pan. Cool slightly, and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into squares.

Found this one on Southern Living, of course I doctored it to be lower in calories.  It still tastes great!



Easter Baskets II
March 25, 2010, 9:31 pm
Filed under: craft

Ok, these Easter baskets left something to be desired.  I think using all one colored yarn might have looked better but honestly I don’t think I’ll be doing this one again.  1 more day until Spring Break, yesss!



Easter Baskets
March 23, 2010, 12:41 am
Filed under: craft

Today my class worked on our Easter Baskets, what fun!  To cut down on the mess I used butcher paper and taped it to the table (place mat style).  In order to locate the finished product (via names) and to keep the balloon from falling off the various plastic tubs, I used masking tape.  I only had a few different colors of yarn but all thicknesses worked well.  I may have to go over a few of them tomorrow and fill in some holes but all in all, the kids had fun getting their hands dirty.  I’ll add pictures of the finished product on a later date.  I’m thinking a handle made out of pipe cleaners or something similar.  Who knows?!?



More signs of Spring
March 21, 2010, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Grow

Ahhhhh, there is nothing like having open windows on a 70° day.  The cats were so happy!  I took a few snap shots around the yard in case it snows tomorrow and everything dies (hopefully not). Oh and I was able to fill my square foot garden with dirt, soon we should have lettuce.  Now time to lesson plan for next week, five days ’till Spring Break…help us all!



Spring Chicks
March 19, 2010, 5:33 pm
Filed under: craft

Hello!  Today we read the book, “From Egg to Chicken” and of course all my little country kids already knew a lot about this topic.  Afterwards I had them each make three baby chicks out of their handprints.  One student was absent so disregard the large gap in my bulletin board. 

Oh, and if you happen to count my projects and are wondering why I only have six kids in my class please note that I’m the remediation teacher.  I also tutor kids during the school day in grades 1-5 ( I have about 78 kids in my program).  There has been talk that I might move into a first grade position, but who knows in this economy.