Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh, Oh... It's Magic!

My college professors always preached that teaching was equally a science and an art.  I have come to terms with this idea through the last two years and I can say with 100% confidence that teaching ten year olds the week before Christmas is definitely an art.  It's all about survival, ladies and gentlemen!  

Today I decided to try an experiment I saw on Pinterest... and, it's magic.  Everyone likes a little Christmas magic, right?  

Start with a plate of milk.  (Skim milk works best.)  

Drop about four-five drops of food coloring into the center of the milk.  

Then, take a dropper and drop a single drop of dish soap into the center of the dye.  

Annnndddd.. Instantly:  

BAM!  You can only imagine the shrieks that occurred in Room 209 after this.  

Now to make this even more festive, I had each child cut out a coffee filter snowflake and dip it into this magical liquid.  Now our snowflakes turned out a littttle more brown, but here's the jist:  

Now, watch the magic for yourself:  


Saturday, December 17, 2011


I frequently tell my roommate Rosie that I could eat salsa with a spoon.  And.. confession, sometimes I do.  A fellow fifth grade teacher makes THE BEST salsa in the world.  It's delish.  Yesterday, I decided to give it a go.  And let me preface this recipe with the fact I had to text my mother in a frenzy so she could go over the difference between diced, minced, chopped and sliced.  (Her response:  Just cut it all the same!)

12 oz. can sweet yellow corn, drained

15 oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed

1 c. grape tomatoes, sliced
14.5 oz. can Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
1 bunch cilantro, minced
1 red onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large avocado, diced 

1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. olive oil

Basically chop everything up and mix together.  

Now, next time I make this.. I promise not to forget chips at the grocery store and cause myself to make an extra trip to the store.  Classic mistake.  

In other news:  Three more days of school and eight days until Christmas!  

Now.. All I need is this wrapping paper to wrap all my gifts!  Ha!! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Techin' it Out

A great resource for all, 
and to all a good night!  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

One day!

If I were a baker, I would make this for you Mason.  But since I'm not... Here is a picture:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

I got my computer back!  After one shot hard drive and one hefty check I got my baby back.  Oh happy day.  Now to catch up with all the blogs, videos, tv shows, and pins.  Woooooo.