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Five on Friday Week 16

This gorgeous winter scene was taken in the UP of Michigan by my friend Bobbie Blackburn.

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 16! 

  1. Christmas Overalls-We finally got to wear are super cute matching Christmas Overalls to work this week. They are so super cute and comfy! We created quite a stir. Kids were popping into our rooms all day to see us. We have decided that we will were them every Thursday for the rest of December.

    Me, Heather, Katherine

  2. Board and Brush-Last Friday I got to hang out with some amazing friends at Board and Brush. We had so much fun personalizing our boards and creating something for our houses. I can’t wait to go back!

    Krystal, Me, Jessica

  3. Stocking Holders-I have had our Christmas stockings out for a few weeks now, but they were just hanging on the entertainment center handles and not looking very Christmasy. I am excited that this week our new silver snowflake stocking holders arrived. They look so much better and more festive. It is the little things.
  4. Holidays with my Class-I have said it many times, but I just love my class! This year they really wanted to celebrate Christmas. I set up a pallet tree in the corner of my room and Alice the Angel Bear showed up on Tuesday. Alice is just like the elves that are seen all over this time of year, but our classroom elf had to stay up at the North Pole to help Santa and sent Alice as a replacement. It makes me so happy that they are happy! 
  5. Comforting and Quick Recipes-I’m beat! It’s getting chilly outside tonight and the only thing I want is a massive grilled cheese sandwich and some yummy, spicy tomato soup. It’s a good thing I have everything in the pantry to throw together one of our favorites. Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup. I think you will like the recipe too.

 


 

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A Classic Winter Breakfast

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I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a large farm. It would start snowing before Halloween and the snow wouldn’t stop sometimes until April. Needless to say, I was always freezing. Mr. Teacher is always teasing me because I love the sun now. I soak it up like a lizard. I like to say it’s because I never warmed up and that is why I now live in Southern Florida.

Anyway, as a child my dad would make us breakfast on the weekends. Our favorite thing was always Old School Chipped Beef Gravy  served with 2 slices of toasted white bread that was broken into chunks in a big bowl with lots of freshly cracked black pepper. We would eat it in the living room while watching cartoons together.

To this day it brings back memories of being a little girl and the frigid winters up north. While it doesn’t always get cold down here in the sunshine state, I still make this breakfast a few times a year. I think you will enjoy it too.  When you want a hearty, filling, tasty, quick breakfast that will feed several people without spending a fortune, make Old School Chipped Beef Gravy.

 

 


 

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Five on Friday Week 15

These gorgeous flowers were on my desk on my birthday from Mr. Teacher. They are so pretty!

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 15!

My birthday was pretty great this year! I just want to say a great big thank you to everyone who made it special!

1.Birthday Flowers- I received some really beautiful flowers on my desk from Mr. Teacher. I LOVE getting flowers at work! It is wonderful to have them sitting on my desk and getting to tell everyone that Mr. Teacher is so awesome for getting them for me. I have been enjoying them all week and I will bring them home today to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

This was so fun and a great way to start our Thursday!

2. Two Birthday Cakes-At the beginning of every school year, we draw names for birthdays. We get a cake for that person and we have a little celebration during on of numerous meetings. It’s always very nice. Not only did I get to share a cake with everybody on the day of my birthday, my wonderful friend Beth got me another cake and pumpkin donuts to have today in a small morning celebration. Heather brought the Starbucks and Chex Mix. It was a sugary, fun filled way to start the day! 

3. Jingly Cat Ears-Heather and Katherine got me the cutest pair of red and green jingly cat ears. We have been watching numerous students at school wear various styles of cat ear headbands for weeks now and kind of making fun of the trend. It was hilarious to get a pair of my own. Of course I wore them all day! And I will also wear them tomorrow with my Grinchy shirt to celebrate Grinch Day. The kids really got a kick out of my cat ears too! 

4. Thoughtful Gifts-There were so many thoughtful gifts this year. My mom got me a pretty new Alex and Ani bracelet to add to my collection and my most favorite Zesty Bread and Butter Amish Pickles. I received several new shower gels, body spays, and lotions, and some awesome, new, and desperately needed, spatulas that say “For the love of food” on the bottom. I even received a few gift cards which were a wonderful surprise.

5.Favorite Gift– In case you didn’t know I love spicy food and I am collector of hot sauces. I think we probably have about 30 kinds in the refrigerator at any given moment. My favorite thing was a glass gallon jug of Garlic Tabasco Sauce with my name printed on the label from Mr. Teacher. This hot sauce is amazing!!! I can’t ever seem to find it anywhere though. Now I have a whole gallon to enjoy.  I will have to figure out some way to pour it out of the huge bottle. Any ideas? I want to save the bottle too. In addition, he also got me a small bottle of Raspberry Chipolte Sauce to try for something different. I’m not ashamed to say I shook a few drops into my mouth as soon as I opened it and it was delicious! 


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Happy Friday! Merry Christmas!!!

And thank you everyone again for making my birthday special!

 


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Five on Friday Week 14

This beautiful winter sunset was taken by my friend Bobbie Blackburn in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 14!

  1. Thanksgiving Break- It has been no nice to have a break from work. I was exhausted. I am so grateful to have gotten to sleep in and get stuff done around the house.

    Mom’s favorite apple walnut salad with honey mustard dressing.                                                       Try our family favorites here: Cran-Apple Relish
    Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

     

    Cran-Apple Relish

  2. Thanksgiving Dinner-Mr. Teacher and I celebrated Thanksgiving at my sister’s house in North Port along with the rest of the family. We ate a ton of yummy food, drank wine, and played with my nephews. It was a good day.   We planned really well this year, and there was just enough for everyone to take a little home and not be stuck with a thousand leftovers. Then we came home and ate our tiny bit of leftovers while  watching Christmas movies.
  3. Decorating for Christmas-I just finished decorating the house for Christmas. I am super excited that I get to use my new battery operated timer lights for outside. I used them to decorate my new pallet tree Mr. Teacher made for me and the bushes. Now I will not have to be home to plug the lights in as soon as it gets dark and I won’t have to remember to unplug them when I go to bed. The lights run on batteries and were on sale on Amazon.

    Don’t mind the mess, this picture was taking mid-decorating. This is so cute!!!

  4. Holiday Movies-I have been watching Christmas movies for the last two days while I cook and decorate. I’ve gotten six in so far. Tonight I think it will be time for some National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Elf. I can’t wait!!! Mr. Teacher and I can watch the movies and eat this entire basket of nuts that I just put out. It always reminds me of going to my Grandparent’s house and eating nuts at their bar in the rec room while spinning on the bar stools. Memories!!!!

    Just like at Grandma and Grandpa’s!

  5. Shopping-Black Friday is here and if you haven’t already gone out to shop you can do most of your shopping online from the comfort of the sofa in you pjs. That’s what I did. I am super happy to say that I just have to wait for a few boxes to arrive because I am all done shopping for Christmas. I even got everything wrapped! I will not be stressed at Christmas! Now I just need to get my baking and Christmas cards done.

 

 

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Are you crazy about cranberries? I am!

I love this tart berry that is bursting with holiday flavor. I purchase several bags as soon as fresh ones become available and use them in all kinds of ways.

I make a tradition Holiday Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Jelly with Orange and Ginger. These sweet tart, ruby red sauces are the perfect thing to pair with your holiday turkey. They are also fabulous over cheesecake or mixed with sparkling wine.

Cranberry Jelly with Orange and Ginger

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

If you have a little Holiday Cranberry Sauce leftover simply mix it with some horseradish to give your leftover turkey or roast beef sandwiches a little zip.

Cranberry Horseradish Sauce add zip to sandwiches.

Bake this Cran-Apple Relish with some brie for a festive and easy appetizer.

Cran-Apple Relish with Walnuts has been a family favorite for over a decade. We put it on top of crackers with cream cheese or goat cheese. (Hint: Mix cream cheese with goat cheese. You won’t have to spend as much money on goat cheese and you will still get that great flavor.) We also use this on top of baked brie. It makes perfect appetizers!

All of these delicious cranberry creations can be served on toast or bagels for a festive breakfast as well.

If your crazy about cranberry, give these easy recipes a try today!


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Six on Saturday Again

 

This gorgeous leaf picture was taken in the UP of Michigan by my friend Bobbie Blackburn.

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So usually I do a weekly post on 5 things that made me happy. This week, was of course insane again, so instead of 5 on Friday, I am doing 6 on Saturday. Next week I will be back to normal, hopefully!

 

      1. 2 More School Days Until Thanksgiving Break-Well we made it through another full week. The kids and the teachers are all in need of a break. Monday and Tuesday will be filled with fun Thanksgiving division and a moon phases project with Oreos. I think will also have to watch some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving during lunch too. We will stay busy, but we are ready for 3:20 on Tuesday!
      2. Pallets-I am so glad that I have several wonderful helpful parents in my class this year. One of them scored our class a bunch of free pallets that we can use to make awesome planters and benches in the school garden. I can’t wait until after the holidays to get started on creating things with the kids.

        Oh the projects we can complete! Thank you Dawn!!!!!

      3. Date Night Last Saturday-Mr. Teacher, our friends and I all really enjoyed our dinner out last Saturday at the Rodizio Grill. We stuffed ourselves on their huge sides bar that had everything from basic salad to shrimp chevichi. Then we tried 14 different kinds of meat including chicken hearts, rattlesnake sausage, and frog legs. It was a wonderful night out.

        The picture is a little fuzzy, but we had a wonderful time!

        Rodizio Grill

      4. Christmas Overalls-After dinner we decided that we needed to go to Target. What else would 3 couples of thirty somethings do on a Saturday night after drinking 3 bottles of wine do? Heather had found these absolutelly adorable overalls. We all decided we needed to purchase them to wear at school during the holiday season. They are so cute and comfy!

        Yes, I’m wearing a birthday hat glittery hat and yes, I am still finding glitter everywhere.

        We can’t wait to wear these to school!

      5. New PJs-As embarrassing as it is,  usually wear a pair of of holey leggings and an old t-shirt with the arms cut off to bed and around the house. It’s very comfy and if I am cooking and something gets splashed on me, I don’t worry about it. So needless to say, some of the shirts were looking a little ragged. I decided to splurge and order a few new pairs of pajamas from Victoria’s Secret. I love them! They are adorable and comfortable too. I will have to be careful when I cook in them but oh well. At least I don’t look completely homeless. You can see them pattern here along with Baby Tootsie who decided to snuggle with mommy. 
      6. Onion Wraps-I am happy that it is almost Thanksgiving and I just got home from crazy, packed Publix with all things I need so I can start prepping for our family’s dinner. One of the things I will start making is Onion Wraps. They are a family tradition. We don’t do holidays without them. They are only 3 ingredients and super easy to prep ahead of time. If you make them with low-fat cream cheese they are too horrible for you either. We all love the crunchy spicy onions, with the creamy cream cheese, and the salty dried beef. My mouth is watering already. I just might have to make a few to tide me over until Thursday. You can find the recipe here too. Onion Wraps.

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Happy Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Thanksgiving Salad

I truly can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I was talking with my sister last week and it hit me that we need to put together our yearly family Thanksgiving potluck right away. We do nearly the same thing every year so the plan comes together pretty quickly.

I am usually in charge bringing a few things, one of them is always the dinner salad. We have learned to forgo the traditional veggie tray for a quicker and more pretty option. In addition, with all of the heavy foods on the table for dinner we like to have a change of pace and add in a salad. Over the years I have made several salads that are really yummy, but my mom’s favorite it my Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. So this year, that is what will be on our Thanksgiving table.

The salad is inexpensive and quick to throw together. It is pretty to look at and even more delicious to eat. It also can be made the night before and travels very well. I like that since we will be driving to my sister’s about an hour away on Thanksgiving Day. I am sure that you will love this salad too. Here is the recipe-Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. 


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Six on Saturday

This gorgeous leaf picture was taken in the UP of Michigan by my friend Bobbie Blackburn.

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So usually I do a weekly post on 5 things that made me happy. This week, was of course insane, so instead of 5 on Friday, I am doing 6 on Saturday.

Next week I will be back to normal, hopefully! 

 

      1. 7 School Days Until Thanksgiving Break-Well this week was a little crazy at work and I am super glad that today is Saturday. My fellow teachers and I are exhausted. We love our jobs, but we haven’t had a day off in weeks. We have done report cards, and interims, and clubs, and after school, and school programs, and pictures, and book fairs. The list in never ending! My friend Jenny pointed out that we have only 7 more days of teaching before we get a small break for Thanksgiving. I am ecstatic! I can’t wait for a few days of relaxation and Thanksgiving is one of my very most favorite days of the year. Image result for image of teachers needing a break
      2. Stranger Things-Well Mr. Teacher and I completed season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix. We did limit ourselves to only 2 episodes a night, which was very hard to do If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend doing a refresher of season one first. I really wish we would have done that, but we were so excited to finally watch season 2. It was awesome! Now we have the long wait until season

    1. Groupon Deals -We love Groupon and get discounts on all kinds of entertainment, restaurants, and items all of the time.  A few weeks ago we bought a Groupon for a new Brazilian Place called Rodizio Grill at Coconut Point. I just got another deal for Tijuana Flats this morning which I know will come in handy on busy nights. I hate paying full price when you save money! Check out Groupon if you haven’t  already done so!
    2. Date Night-We shared the Groupon information about the Rodizio Grill with a few of our friends and tonight we all get to dress up and have nice dinner. I am very excited to try every type of meat and yummy looking item on their side bar. Plus each couple gets a bottle of wine with the Groupon, it was a very good deal and we get to enjoy some much needed friend/couple time. Rodizio Grill
    3. Publix Deals-I love to go grocery shopping most days. It is relaxing to walk down the aisles inspecting the fruits and vegetables, and talking with other costumers and employees. I enjoy trying the food samples and getting recipe ideas as well. My favorite thing about Publix though is the weekly BOGO sales. I always check them out on Thursday via the app. I get even more excited when items I need are BOGO and have money back on IBOTTA or Checkout 51. This week Publix had some awesome deals to help you get ready for the holidays. I stocked up on BOGO peanuts, grape jelly, Ferrero Rocher, bacon, and pork chops. BOGOs are great!
    4. BOGO Pork means Smothered Pork Chops-I love this simple and yummy pork chop dinner. After a crazy week and getting pork chops on sale, I decided that these pork chops would make the perfect Friday night meal. You can check out the recipe by following the link. I know you will love them as much as we do.                                                                 
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Happy Saturday! 

 

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Five on Friday Week 13

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 13! 

 

    1. The weekend is here-Well this week was a little crazy at work and I am super glad that today is Friday. My fellow teachers and I have been dealing with pre-Halloween excitement, Halloween candy overload, then sugar crashes, all on top of the book fair being in the media center selling dozens of little trinkets and invisible ink pens. I also did an owl pellet dissection in small groups with my class. They LOVED it!!!! I was super grateful to have a few wonderful parent volunteers. It’s been fun every everyone this week, but I’m exhausted! I can’t wait to sleep in past 6 on Saturday!
    2. Free pickle buckets-So it was brought to my attention that my school garden would be torn up over our holiday break. I have several plants that were killed in the hurricane, but even more plants that I have planted in tire flower beds that were thriving. In order to save the plants and to be able to continue to keep the garden growing, I was tasked with finding planters without spending any money. I happened to be driving through a parking lot this week that has a McAllisters when I saw a man pushing a cart filled with buckets. I was instantly inspired. I quickly drove over to the man, who turned out to be the manager of McAllisters. We struck up a conversation and he offered to save all of the pickle buckets for me. The buckets are white and will make excellent planters. Best of all they are FREE!

  1. Stranger Things and relaxing-I am super excited to binge watch season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix with Mr. Teacher this weekend and relax. Last weekend was busier than we had anticipated. We had a great time at the Halloween party. Mr. Teacher doesn’t want his identity revealed, but here we are, all dressed up. We were Bob Ross and a happy tree with our pal Chippy. 
  2. Grilled Cheese-Today is actually National Sandwich Day. We celebrated early this week with this super yummy Brie, Cabot Sharp Cheddar, Granny Smith apple, and Dave’s Killer Raisin the Roof Bread. It was awesome! I will post the official recipe this weekend, I just honestly don’t have the energy to do it right now. I know you will love this comforting grilled cheese. 
  3. Anniversay-November 1 marks the 3rd anniversary of Mr. Teacher and I becoming an item. It’s been a wonderful 3 years and we are looking forward to many more happy years together. I would like to again thank our wonderful co-workers for hooking us up. You did a great job!

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Happy Friday! 

 

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Five on Friday Week 12

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 12! 

  1. Oktoberfest-We had a wonderful time at Oktoberfest in Cape Coral with our friends. We drank super delicious giant beers, pigged out on schnitzel, brats, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes with apple sauce. We also got black forest cake, apple strudel, and this fluffy almost marshmallow dessert too. We sang toasts,danced the Chicken Dance at our table, and tried miserably to say the name of the beer correctly-schofferhofer. It was a super fun and much needed day!

    Heather and I -PROST!

    Brats with spicy mustard and sauerkraut, giant potato pancakes with apple sauce, and pork schnitzel sandwich on rye bread with mushroom gravy, more sauerkraut, and German potato salad.

    Our dessert. Sorry, I ate the cherry from on top of the cake before the picture was taken. OOPS!

  2. Coffee-So anyone who reads this or knows me, knows that I LOVE coffee. It’s not just for the need of caffeine, it’s the smell and flavor. I love an ice cold coffee with coconut milk. I am totally addicted to Starbucks frappuccinos made with almond milk and cinnamon powder or just coconut milk. Mr. Teacher calls them my coffee shakes and I can drink a venti in about 2 minutes flat. SO GOOD! But now that the weather is cooler I am back to wanting my hot coffee again made in fancy French press that Mr. Teacher got me a few years ago for my birthday.   Well Mr. Teacher found this awesome small craft coffee roasting company called S&W Craft Roasting. Their coffee is AMAZING! They focus on single origin coffees. They’re super polite and helpful. Their website gives you information about the several kinds of coffee they offer. They have a sampler pack that you can try too. I have yet to try a coffee I didn’t like! The company was so kind and generous, that when I received my order this week, they had sent me a few extra kinds to try! I was so excited to get this yummy smelling box in the mail! This week I have been drinking Costa Rica Finca San Luis Black Honey and I absolutely can’t wait to try the rest.

    Look at all this amazing coffee!

    They even wrote me a nice note!

  3. Cooler Weather-Well it finally happened in Florida, it officially feels like fall! This morning it was actually chilly out. I got to wear a super cute long sleeved dress, my favorite burnt orange fringed cardigan, and my cowboy boots. I know I should’ve take a picture, but today was a bit crazy. I might even have to wear a hoodie tomorrow morning because it will only be 66 out. YEA!
  4. Halloween Party-I am really excited that we get to go to a Halloween Party on Saturday night. I can’t wait to play games, see everyone costumes, and hang out with our friends again. We are bringing Demon Eggs to the party. You can find the recipe here. It should be a spooktakular evening! I will post pictures of our costume next week.  
  5. Baked Apple Cider Donuts-Well I said I was going to post the recipe and I like to keep my promises. These donuts are YUMMY! I just bought more cider at Publix too so I can make us another batch. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

 


 

 


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