Recipes

Baking Gingerbread Man Cookies

Every year, I do many activities with my first grade students based upon The Gingerbread Man story.  We read many different gingerbread man books, write about decorating a construction paper gingerbread man, and even perform a gingerbread man readers’ theater for the kindergarten class!  But never have I actually made gingerbread cookies with my students (or ever, really)! I thought…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Coworkers

It’s December!  I hung up the Christmas lights in my classroom last Tuesday, but I made my class wait until today to turn them on!  Since I love Christmas lights, I think it actually may have been more difficult for me to wait than for my students! I am excited to start thinking about Christmas.  I love picking out our…

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Home & Garden

Essential Oil Facial Toner

Previously, I wrote a post about homemade facial cleanser using essential oils.  To accompany that, I created a facial toner recipe for oily skin. I had purchased some essential oil toner from a company, and I really liked using it!  But when I ran out, I decided to look at the ingredients, and figure out my own (much like I…

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This Thanksgiving…

As probably all of you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  A day devoted to food, family, and football.  But it is really so much more than that.  While we should be thankful all year round, it is easy to get caught up in life and forget.  And when I say “we,” I can really only speak for myself. I have always…

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Recipes

Garlic Bread Chicken

Last fall, my husband, dad, brother, and uncle traveled to Colorado to go elk hunting.  My mom, aunt, and I all took turns making a meal for the three of us to alleviate some of the pain of only cooking for one person. When it was my aunt’s turn, she made an open-faced sandwich that she had years ago at…

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Home & Garden

Homemade Applesauce

I have been waiting for this day for quite some time now…it’s applesauce day! Well, technically yesterday was applesauce day.  I had been accumulating apples throughout the week.  First from my Nana and Pap’s apple trees, and then from the farmers’ market.  My Nana and Pap’s trees produced apples like crazy this year!  Which is funny, because last year they…

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Fall Medley Tenderloin

A few weeks ago, we took a short vacation with some good friends of ours who have a timeshare at Massanutten, Virginia.  Since we were staying in a house with a full kitchen, we made many of our meals at home, rather than going to restaurants for the entire trip.  The winner of the weekend was definitely this fall medley…

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