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2017, Where Have You Gone??

I am not a big New Year’s resolution person. It’s totally fine if you are, it just doesn’t ever workout for me. Except twice. In 2015, a friend and I made a goal to run 15 races that year. We finished on December 31, 2015…in the dark…but we did it! The following year, she and I ran a half marathon…

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What To Do With All My Leftover Ham??

My mom always makes ham for Christmas dinner. Ham is probably my favorite meat, so I am always a happy camper! But there is always soooo much ham left over. We only have 8 people come to our Christmas meal, so we don’t eat that much…not even my powerlifting brother can finish off all of the ham! I am certain…

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Stuffing Balls

Every year for Christmas and Easter dinner, my mom makes stuffing balls. I only recently began eating them. I am not a huge stuffing fan…I know some people who live for stuffing during holiday meals! When I lived at home with my parents, many times I would help my mom make the stuffing balls. I enjoyed chopping vegetables, so I…

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

I posted this recipe on my first blog site, but when I transferred my posts over to this website, this recipe did not come along.  But it is too good to pass up, so I thought I would write a second post about it! I love the combination of coffee and chocolate.  Mocha drinks are delicious, and so are cookies,…

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Every year, my favorite Christmas ornaments to make with my students are made from two simple ingredients: cinnamon and applesauce.  That’s it.  It’s pretty incredible how they set up, actually! Each year, we fill the rooms and halls with the warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon.  As we were making the ornaments this year, some of my former students walked by…

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Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Every year, I love making Christmas ornaments with my students.  First, we decorate our classroom tree, and then they take their ornaments home and decorate their family’s tree.  One of the ornaments we made this year were salt dough ornaments.  I do not do this activity every year with my students, as it depends on the amount of time we…

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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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