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Five on Friday Week 10

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 10! 

1-3      Well the Hurricane Drive is over. I have been in distribution and clean up mode all week. We have helped so many in need! It was so amazing to see the faces of the people when they were told to just pick and take whatever they wanted or needed. The animal shelter and homeless shelter were also incredibly grateful!                                                                                                                                    I couldn’t get an exact count of all the items because I lost count when we got in the hundreds of each thing donated. Here are the estimated numbers: After helping numerous children and their families at school who took carloads of clothing, household supplies, bedding,strollers and more, we still donated 75 fifty gallon bags of clothes and shoes to the local homeless shelter. We donated 10 bags of bedding including sheets, comforters, and blankets to the homeless and Puerto Rico.  We donated about 1,000 lbs of dog food, cat food, cat litter, puppy pads, and dog bones to the Buckingham Animal Shelter. We collected 20 boxes of kids toys, 3 chairs, 3 car seats, 15 boxes of food, and 4 cases of water that will go to the Salvation Army. We collected dozens of packages of toilet paper, paper towel, diapers, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes to be sent to Puerto Rico.   A set of bunk beds and a twin bed was also donated to kids in need at our school along with gift cards so they could purchase something new and needed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you to my wonderful sister who runs the Gulf Coast Town Center Starbucks and who is sending these items to Puerto Rico for us. Thank you to my awesome neighbors who are in the process of dropping off the donations to the homeless shelter.  Thank you Sheri for calling all of the people in need and getting them to come to the school. Thank you Janet for dropping the pet supplies off at the shelter and picking up furniture with me after school. Thank you to my co-workers who have helped get stuff to the stage, collected items, encouraged others to help, and who have put up with me running on very little sleep. Thank you to my students for getting your families involved, for helping to get stuff organized in the morning before school started and while attending the after school program. Thank you Ms. S and Ms. Torres for letting me take over the stage the last few weeks. Thank you to the janitors for helping to set up tables and carry heavy items.  Thank you to Mr. Teacher for putting up with take-out food, me being over tired, and a slightly messy house over the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone who donated time, money to purchase gift cards and items, or items. Words can not express how much you are appreciated!!!!!  If I have forgotten anyone I am truly sorry, it was not done intentionally!!!!

This is me with my wonderful class and a few amazing co-workers along with the stage full of donations. Sadly not everyone could make it to the picture.

Please ignore my messy counter! OOPS!

These turned out great! They were also really easy. You’re going to love them!

4. Some gracious person donated 3 huge boxes of peppers to the food drive portion of my hurricane drive. I put them on the stage and asked everyone if they wanted peppers. Apparently many people are not huge fans of bell peppers. When none were taken by the needy families, I begged the janitors at school to take some, and I also convinced my dear friend Sheri to take a few too. It was Friday night at 5:30 and I still had about 50 peppers that I didn’t want to rot, so I decided I had better take them home and put them to good use. So Saturday I washed and prepped the peppers. I ended up with a gallon bag full of sliced and 3 bags of hollowed out ones to put in the freezer for later, I kept out a container of sliced for Mr. Teacher and I to eat this week. I also decided it was the perfect time to perfect my Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers which I did using the orange peppers to give them a Halloween touch. Here is what they looked like. I will post the recipe next week. 

5. Today is Friday. I am so happy that I can sleep in past 6 tomorrow! I am so happy that it’s Happy Cart Day at work and we get lots of coffee! I am so happy that I have the weekend to get caught up on housework, report cards, and sleep! 


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Five on Friday Week 9

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Welcome to Five on Friday Week 9!

  1. I am still super happy and flabbergasted by the outpouring of support and donations we have received to help those in need.  I will be posting the numbers of what was collected and where it goes next week. Below are a few pictures of the stage at my school. I can not say thank you enough to everyone who has helped promote, gather, and sort all of the items! 
  2. One of my dear friends and co-workers got me a Teacher Box from Penzeys. I wouldn’t have bought one for myself, but I thought they were super cool. I love the pins, the bumper sticker, and the book! They are now decorating the handle of my teacher work bag and the bumper sticker is on my computer. Thank you Beth! 
  3. I’ve discovered Penzeys Pumpkin Spice this week. I used it on top of Dave’s Killer ‘Raisin’ the Roof’ Bread that I had toasted and spread with cream cheese. I’m now addicted! The Pumpkin Spice is delicious and has a hint of vanilla,. It makes this breakfast bread even more special. I put my toasted raisin bread, cream cheese, pumpkins spice breakfast in my environmentally friendly Lunch skins. Also, If you haven’t tried Dave’s Killer Bread you need to! They are a wonderful company, doing wonderful things, and they have a wonderful product!

    I used organic low-fat cream cheese to add a bit of creaminess and extra protein.

    Lunchskins are awesome! They come in all sizes and have lots of fun patterns.

  4. I have been waiting impatiently for my DNA results to come back from Family Tree DNA. They finally came back last night and revealed some surprises. I can’t wait to do some research this weekend! I can’t wait to further explore my families history.
  5. I am so happy that Tijuana Flats is close to my house and offers a teacher discount on top of their weekly deals. After this very busy week, I’m beat and too tired to cook. They made my night a lot easier! Mr. Teacher and I both had a big beef burrito with black beans, guacamole, queso, chips, and an assortment of hot sauce for the grand total of $17. Sometimes you just need take-out.


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Crock-potting Indian Style

I love my crock-pot dearly. I also love my friends, helping to improve recipes and Indian Food. I recently had the opportunity combine all of my loves into creating this easy throw together, knock-out, flavorful, Crock-Pot Indian Butter Chicken. This recipe comes together in minutes and will rival that of any restaurant.

Let me go back to the beginning, Mr. Teacher and I had our good friends over for dinner and we were discussing food. Our friends had been excited to try a crock-pot butter chicken recipe, but they were very disappointed in how it turned out. They said it was missing something and couldn’t figure out what it was. Well I took it as a challenge. They sent me a copy of the recipe and I went to work trying to make it better.

A few days later, I thought I had it. I made a big batch of Butter Chicken and it was FABULOUS!!!! I brought some left-overs to work the next day for Heather to try. She agreed that it was delicious. Now I get to share this easy recipe with you!

My recipe features fresh and flavorful spices from Penzeys. They are wonderful and I think really make the difference in this dish. I put the links to several of the spices I used below if you would also like to try them and I strongly encourage you to do so! I also lightened the original recipe up by removing over half of the butter, using low-fat coconut milk, and fat-free Greek yogurt. Trust me you will not know that the fat is missing!

If you have a recipe that you think could be improved, email me or comment below. I love a good challenge and I would be glad to help you out as well.

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Fall is Here

Fall is here and nothing says fall more than food featuring pumpkins and squash.

While I love all sorts of pumpkin treats from pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin spiced coffee, sometimes I want my pumpkin a little more savory. This pumpkin risotto is the perfect thing for chilly fall evenings. It’s fancy enough for company and yet easy enough for a yummy weeknight meal. You can find the recipe here: Fall Pumpkin Risotto .

Acorn Squash is one of my favorite things to eat in the fall. This Curry Roasted Acorn Squash is the perfect fall side dish. Your house will fill up with the delicious smells of the curry spices and the sweet smell of the roasted acorn squash. This is a very easy dish that comes together in minutes, is low-fat, vegetarian, and full of flavor. You can find the recipe here: Curry Roasted Acorn Squash.

 

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Five on Friday Week 8-The Gift of Giving

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It’s time for Five on Friday where I post a list of the top five things that spread some joy this week. If you would like to spread some joy and help people directly affected by Hurricane Irma, please email me! 

I know I usually talk about food and products that I really have enjoyed over the week, but lately I just can’t get away from Hurricane Irma and her aftermath. I want to help! I want to make others safe and comfortable again. Here is a copy of what has been shared on Facebook around Lee County and with parents at the school where I teach. Please feel free to copy and share it as well. I know there are so many in need right now all around the world, but one small donation can really help! 

HELP NEEDED!!!

Hello Friends. We have quite a few families at my school who have lost everything as a result of Hurricane Irma. Lots of our students are now living in hotels or with family or friends because their own homes are uninhabitable. Several of our parents now have no income because of the devastation Irma caused our area.

We are collecting items at school to give to these families with the hopes of alleviating some of the burden and challenges these families are facing. Specifically we are asking for donations of clothing & shoes (all sizes from infant to adult), bedding, household items, diapers, and children’s toys. Think of everyday items that are needed to take care of you & your family… these are the things that are desperately needed!!

We are also collecting pet food, pet toys, litter and puppy pads for Lee County Shelters affected by Irma.

In addition, we are doing a non-perishable food drive for the Salvation Army in Lee County.

You may also send gift cards and needed items will be purchased for those in need.

Anything at all that you can do to help is greatly appreciated !!!!

PS… any items that are not used by our Gateway families will be sent to help with the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Here is what is spreading joy this week! 

  1. Back to work-I have truly missed the kids in my class. I am so happy to be back to work and teaching. Even my kiddos who were affected by the hurricane and lost everything are back more ready and willing to learn than ever! We have a lot of stuff to fit in, but we will somehow get it done.
  2. Make-up days-I am grateful that the school board of Lee County approved days for making up the time we were off from the hurricane easy to manage. We thankfully will still have a holiday break, and a spring break.
  3. The gift of giving- I am truly excited that I get to teach the kids in my class what if feels like to help others and to give not only of gifts, but of time and energy. Yes, I had students in my class whose families lost it all, but even those kids are willing to help others. Yesterday was the first day of our clothing, personal items, household goods, pet food, litter, pet toys, puppy pads, and non-perishable food drive. My students eagerly helped to unload cars of donations. They helped carry boxes. They help organize the items. They just want to make the world a better place. I am very proud of them and I can not wait to see what happens over the course of the next week.
  4. and 5.The snowball effect-I am so thrilled beyond belief of the outpouring of support I have already received for this donation drive.  What started out as a non-perishable food drive has turned into a drive to help 4 different charities simultaneously, all of them local and with all of the unused items being sent to help others in Puerto Rico.  Word is spreading about this drive thanks to my wonderful family, friends, and co-workers who have posted and shared this information on Facebook, told their churches, friends and families.If you are a teacher in another state and would like to involve your students in  It is wonderful to have everyone coming together for a common goal.

 

The hurricane was awful, but at least it is bringing people together and bringing out the best in each of us. If you would like to help the Lee County Animal Shelters,Lee County Salvation Army, or The families of children in Lee County Schools please email me and I will get you the information. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Five on Friday Week 7ish

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Welcome back to Five on Friday where I post a list of the top five things that made me happy during the week. I know it has been three weeks since I have posted this, but I am finally back! 

 

  1. Disney with family- My mom’s birthday is in September. She requested months ago that we go to Disney for 2 days to celebrate. We did 3 parks in 2 days. We rode every ride! We stayed open to close both days and spent 1 night at the All Star Movies Resort. It was really fun to go with my nephews who are just about 3 years old. They like to ride the rides now and we were having a blast dancing and singing while we waited in line. I am a little sleepy, but it was worth it!

Riding Small World

2. Matching Shirts-My mom has always wanted up to wear matching shirts with our names on them when we go to Disney. We have lots of tee shirts that are the same, but nothing with names. I thought it would be the perfect surprise for our trip. I had everything all planned out, then Irma hit. The shirts I ordered didn’t get here in time, I didn’t have access to my friend at work who was going to help me, and I certainly wasn’t going to bother someone about making the shirts after a hurricane. We also didn’t have internet so I couldn’t print anything off of etsy. I had to have them for mom’s birthday! So, I decided to get creative. I ordered some supplies from Amazon (Thank God you can shop on your phone!) and set down to work with what I had. I don’t think they turned out half bad and mom loved them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Back to work-I am excited to go back to work tomorrow. The students do not come back until Monday, but we have a day to plan and get stuff back together before their arrival. I have missed my class!

4. Inspiration at Epcot-I love bao buns! I have had them numerous times out in restaurants and Epcot has this really yummy version with duck in hoisin sauce featured in their China Booth during the food and wine festival. They were so yummy I just wanted more, but I didn’t have any room in my belly and today I am back home. So as tired as I am, I decided that I would try to duplicate the recipe at home today with what I had in the fridge and pantry. I was not about to go to the grocery store. I didn’t have fresh cilantro or green onions for the top, but I did have hoisin,pork chops, and a hundred spices to work with. So I found a few recipes for the steamed buns, figured out a dough that would work, created a steamer out of a metal strainer and stock pot, and blended up some 5-spice powder. I would say that they turned out pretty well! I’m going to perfect the recipe in the upcoming weeks and I will have it up soon.

5. Generous and Kind People-I am so happy that people are willing to help with my upcoming Disaster Relief Drive that will benefit the animal shelters in Lee County. I usually do a food and blanket drive for the animals before the holidays, but right now they are in desperate need of help! I can not stand to see animals in need. It is so heartbreaking! My dear friend and co-worker Janet, got me a phone number today of a group that needs help. I contacted them and they really need cat and dog food, litter, puppy pads, and toys. My principal is also willing to help and for us to use our school as a collection area for the items. My wonderful sisters are already starting to stock up on stuff needed for this drive. FYI cat food is bogo at Publix this week!

Then tonight my sister had a friend of hers in Indiana that is also a teacher contact me. She wants her class to do a drive to help the schools impacted by Irma. This is so kind and generous as well! I will be working in the upcoming days to find out what is needed in the schools. I know our school wasn’t severally damaged, but others were. Supplies are expensive and teachers do not get paid very much money.

The hurricane was awful, but at least it is bringing people together and bringing out the best in each of us. If you would like to help the Lee County Animal Shelters or Lee County Schools please email me and I will get you the information. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Thankful on Thursday-Irma’s Impact

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Over the last week everyone in Florida has been under an insane amount of stress. We were scared for our homes, our pets, our friends, and our families. We have prepped and planned and waited for hours to find out when and where the worst of Irma would hit. We are grateful that it wasn’t worse. We are exhausted. We have been without sleep and without power. We have seen the worst of humanity with cruel individuals leaving animals out to die in the storm and people looting businesses and homes, but we have also seen people come to our rescue. We have seen neighborhoods come together to help one another to help humans and animals alike and that has been really refreshing.

Normally, I would post a recipe on Tuesdays, a blog post with another recipe on Thursday, and then my usually Five on Friday post, but needless to say this last week or so has been a little messed up.  Since I do not have wifi, I am using my iPhone as a hotspot just long enough so I can get this message out to everyone. I just need feel the overwhelming need to say I am thankful.

  1. I lost my precious kitty, Baby Turbo on Friday before the storm hit. I am thankful that I had his last few days on earth off from work. Yes, I was busy prepping,but we got to play and snuggle a few extra times because I was home. If you have been following me, you know he has been terminally ill for several months. His medicine quit working and his little heart just couldn’t take it any more. 
  2. I am thankful for the vets at Specialized Veterinary Services who quickly helped Turbo pass over without having to suffer any more.
  3. I am thankful for the generous and kind manager at Panera. I do not know your name, but when you saw that I was crying, you gave Mr. Teacher and I some free scones and that really did help. Losing a pet is hard enough. Losing a pet while prepping for a hurricane is worse!
  4. I am so very thankful that the hurricane was not worse. I know many lost everything, but somehow my family and friends made it out with minimal damages. We are all alive and will live to tell the tale of Hurricane Irma. I am grateful that we had time to prepare for the aftermath.
  5. I am thankful that Mr. Teacher is brave. He went out into the eye of the hurricane to unplug the drain so our garage and my car would not flood.
  6. I am thankful that Verizon is giving us free data for the next few days. It really has been helpful to stay connected and to be able to find numbers for people in need.
  7. I am thankful for my family and friends in other states that kept an eye on us and checked in on us to make sure we were all safe. They have also made sure we have had entertainment in the form of phone calls, funny jokes, and constantly playing Words with Friends.
  8. I am thankful for our family and friends here who have banded together to help others stay safe and be cared for, like my awesome sister who donated pastries to the first-responders yesterday from her Starbucks. If anyone in Florida can help these people out, please do so!
  9. I am thankful for the line-man and workers who have come to restore electricity and to try to reestablish some normalcy in our city again. This week has felt like a month. Also, if you can help these people out, please do so as well! Many people are getting power back, but some will be without it for another week or so. Patience is needed!
  10. I am thankful that we have been allowed to have time off of work to re-cooperate and to get our lives back in order. I miss my class and teaching, but this week has worn us all out to the max. I am hoping we won’t be in school until August of 2018 because of all the time we have had away from school. Fingers are crossed! We couldn’t go back to school right now anyway. Our building is flooded and there is no power. I am grateful it isn’t worse. Some schools have much higher water and received damage to their buildings.

I know I am forgetting people and things that have happened over this past week. I am not meaning to do so, but my brain is tired. Next week I am hoping to return to my regular posting and get back on track. Hopefully next week will be better for everyone!

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Impending Irma

Since Hurricane Irma is heading right towards my lovey sunshine state, I decided to postpone my usual Thursday and Friday posts and give you a few last minute ideas to get you ready for the impending storm. I know my sisters, parents, and I were coming up with stuff all last night. I love that we can be on a group text when someone thinks of something! It makes everything so much easier!  Thankfully the school district let everyone have today and tomorrow to plan and prepare. I think Mr. Teacher and I are as ready as we can be! Now the watching and waiting begins.

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Here are a few ideas that could make life a little easier and less stressful in the coming days that you might not have thought of:

  1. Wash and prep all you fruits and vegetables now. If we don’t have water this will make cooking and eating much easier. I am thinking of it as getting ready for a big stay at home camping trip.
  2. Make your hamburger patties now too. Marinate your chicken and pork.  Again, think of it like prepping for camping!
  3. Don’t forget to stock up on paper towel, paper plates, plastic silverware, and cups. I forgot all of that and had to go back to the store today. No water=no washing dishes. UGH! But we got this!!! Get aluminum foil too. It will make grilling easier. Heck make some grill packets while your at it and pop those in the fridge or freezer.
  4. Publix has bogo sparkling water this week with no limit! Get a bunch!
  5. I decided to make a huge thing of sun tea in my big glass drink dispenser I use for parties. This can sit on the counter and will last a few days. It might be nice to have some variety in drinks. 
  6. I am in the process of brewing several pot of coffee to keep in the refrigerator. I need coffee and I like it cold, so I am making sure I will not run out. Starbucks also has VIA, instant coffee packets that you can stock up on as well. They easily mix with bottled water. Remember all Starbucks are closed in SW FL as of last night. Thank god! Since my sister works there. You can still get VIA at Publix, Walmart, or Target.
  7. I drink tons of sparkling water in 2 liter bottles, but any bottles will work. I got the bottles out the recycling bin, washed them, filled them with fresh water, and popped them in the freezer. I am grateful that we bought a chest freezer this summer! If you don’t have a chest freezer, your regular freezer will work for this too. My sister is also filling up cleaned out milk cartons and putting them in the freezer. I also have begun filling up every container with a sealed lid with drinking water. I am storing some in the freezer and in the pantry. My mom has even filled every Tervis in her house with water, or coffee and popped them in the fridge. She will be riding out the storm with my sister in North Port, but when she returns home she will have liquids. 
  8. Remove your ice from the ice-maker holder dish, no I do not know what else to call it right now, and put it in Ziploc bags in the freezer. Keep making ice until the power runs out or you run out of room.
  9. Fill up your top loading washer with water to use in case you need it to flush toilets. Also, fill up coolers, buckets, your bathtubs, and any other large containers you have to use to clean yourself and to use to flush toilets.
  10. Get baby wipes or other no water cleansing cloths. Get hand sanitizer for the bathroom too. I hate being dirty! Don’t forget to put a scented candle in the bathroom for light and to control smells.
  11. Wash all of your clothes, bedding, and towels. If we don’t have water, at least you will have clean clothes.
  12. Clean the floors too. You will be spending lots of time in doors in the coming days without power. I have 4 cats and cat hair can build up quickly!
  13. Get a stack of books you would like to read, board games, decks of cards, some scented candles, and don’t forget to chill your beer or wine so you can try to take your mind off the impending storm.
  14. Don’t forget to take pictures of the outside of your home, your cars, and your belongings. You will need that in case you have to file an insurance claim. Double check your coverage too and make sure you have your information if needed.
  15. Get out your old towels and blankets to use to block water from oozing in under your doors and windows. Even if they are hurricane proof and you have on hurricane shutters this can still happen.
  16. Make sure you have all your documents together, passwords, and valuables in case you do ultimately have to leave.
  17. Stock up on pet food, liter, treats and other things that will make your fur babies comfortable. I am moving the litter boxes from the lanai into the guest bathroom. If you are doing something like that, make sure your babies know where to go and give them time to get used to the new location. Get pee pads for your dogs too.
  18. Clean out your dishwasher and put family pictures, and valuable things in it. It won’t blow away because it is secured to the counter and cupboards. It is also water proof. I would do this for sure if we were leaving. My mom also took everything she didn’t want wrecked, put it in big rubber maid containers, and placed them under beds for safe keeping. The mattresses should protect everything in the waterproof containers if god-forbid, her roof blows off.
  19. I found this link last night on how to charge your phone with out power using a battery. You can follow the link here. Mr. Teacher and I will be staying fully charged by using potable batteries and the car chargers since we have a car in the garage.
  20. STAY CALM! STAY RESPECTFUL! STAY KIND!!!!! Some people are really losing their minds and their manners. we are all in the same boat. It is scary. The anticipation is awful. No one knows what will happen, but that doesn’t give you the right to be cruel, selfish, and mean. Right now we have to stick together!!!!BE SAFE! Stay in contact with your friends and family.

See you after the storm!

 

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Fruit Tarts and Friendly Trades

 

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I LOVE fruit tarts! I could seriously eat them nearly everyday. They aren’t too terrible for you and they are filled with fresh fruit. They are super expensive to buy at the store and a much more cost effective option is to bake them yourself. Until I received these tart pans, I never could make them because I didn’t have the extra money to spend on the pans, but now that I have these pans, I am a tart making fool!

 

I am so glad that my very good friend Heather introduced me to her boyfriend’s mama.  When this lovely lady was cleaning out her house she stumbled across an assortment of kitchen supplies, including numerous tart pans, and thought of me. I decided to immediately put the tart pans to good use. I had an assortment of summer fruit and craving that would not quit. I will be paying her back for her generosity with some lovely tarts.

In my first attempt at making tarts, I created this recipe. If you would like the recipe for this delightful fresh fruit tart with almond cream, just follow the link here-Almond Fruit Tart.  The tart is packed with assorted summer fruit  and is as gorgeous as it is delicious. It is also gluten free. The tarts come together without much effort at all.

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Five on Friday Week 6

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Welcome to the 6th post of Five on Friday where I post a list of the top five things that made me happy during the week. It could be anything from a new kitchen tool, new product, new food, recipe success, or maybe just a life event. No matter what it is, I share it with you here every Friday.

  1. We get a 3-day weekend. Happy Labor Day! I am excited to have a little extra time to sleep and get caught up with things around the house. The first few weeks of school are exhausting! I know we had a 3-day weekend last weekend unexpectedly because of the rain, but I could use a little more time off. I hope this weekend is a sunny one too. Now if only I can get my lesson plans done before school starts tomorrow morning. Wish me luck!
  2. I ordered this new automatic laser light toy a few days ago. I got it in the mail yesterday and the kitties love it, especially my Turbo who is huge fan of chasing lasers. The toy runs on batteries. It’s really nice to get to play with my babies and not have to hold down a button. Plus this toy has an auto timer that shuts off after 15 minutes so I can set it before I leave for work too. 
     3. I am just so happy to be alive. I have a great boyfriend, wonderful friends and family, and  I’m healthy. I have a nice place to live. I have my sweet, snugly fur babies. I have a pantry and refrigerator full of food. Even though life can be stressful and busy, it could be so very much worse. I am so grateful to just be who I am and doing what I am doing. I am very lucky!

4. I just discovered that I could sign up for HBO through Amazon Prime. They offer a 14 day free trial. This makes me really happy and excited! Mr. Teacher and I waited to binge watch all of Game of Thrones Season 7. We don’t have cable, we just stream it. Since Sunday was the final episode of the season and we ended up having a day out of school on Monday because of major flooding in our area, we watched the whole season in 2 days. I don’t know how we are supposed to wait for season 8 to begin in 2019!  It’s a good thing Season 2 of Stranger Things and Season 3 of Outlander will be out very soon. If you would like to check it out too simply follow the link below.

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You can check out the recipe here-Peppery Greens with Mango, Black Beans, Avocado with a Honey Chili Vinaigrette.

5. Fresh picked avocados-A fellow teacher has a large avocado tree in her yard. She was very generous this week and shared her avocados with us. I used them to make this delicious and stunning salad for dinner. You can check out the recipe here-Peppery Greens with Mango, Black Beans, Avocado with a  Honey Chili Vinaigrette. 

I would love to hear your top five too.

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