Sunday, August 30, 2009


I inherited a classroom from a teacher who has retired. I spruced it up quite a bit. Here are some photos for show and tell!

Before: An ORANGE bulletin board wall.

Chalkboard (bleh!)

Hooks for their backpacks!

My desk/storage area.

After: Colors!!! (Class jobs and Behavior tickets...Beware of the RED ticket!!)

The other half of the bulletin board and my desk with a little more color and life to it. 

Reading table, sink, etc. 

Classroom Library

Chalkboard, bleh! Who uses chalk these days anyways? We put an order in for a WHITE board, but they wouldn't just take this down and put the new one up...I would have to change my entire room around, and I don't have the time or energy for that. Chalk it is. BLEH!
*Rumor has it they make white boards that magnetize onto the chalkboard...I'm on the lookout!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Yum Yum!

About a week before I got my job I spent a day in the kitchen making meals that would be easy to freeze in anticipation of the chaos that would come during the first few weeks of school. I baked banana muffins, made the stuffing for manicotti, (so all I have to do is boil the shells and stuff em!), and made a huge casserole of enchiladas. My hair dresser (do we still call them that?) is Hispanic and gave me her family recipe for these babies. They're really too good not to share, so enjoy!

She refers to this as the "Easy Version," you can be the judge of that...

1 Rotisserie chicken (Costco has huge ones for $5) 2 cups milk
2 Cups Mexican style cheese Corn tortillas
1 Can Cream of Mushroom soup Vegetable oil (for frying)
1 can Cream of Chicken soup Green Chiles 

Deep fry the tortillas. I know, I know, not the most healthy thing in the world, but I think it's what makes them so delicious! Place 6 on the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Mix soup, milk and green chile, (this makes the sauce). Take all the chicken meat off of the bones. Layer chicken, sauce and cheese. Then another layer of tortillas, chicken, sauce and cheese. Repeat until you run out of ingredients. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until bubbling. Uncover (add more cheese on top if your heart desires, mine usually does!) and bake for 10-15 more minutes. Let stand for 10-15 minutes so everything firms up a bit and serve! Enjoy!!

This is what mine looked like before I put it in the freezer...Obviously the baked version will look different. 

Grab 'n' Go Strawberry/Peach Snack Bars

This recipe I just tried yesterday and I got it from the good ol ABQ Journal. 

1/3 cup Orange Juice 1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
2 T corn starch 3/4 C Flour
2 T, plus 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, divided   1/2 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C frozen or fresh strawberries 1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 C frozen or fresh peaches 1 large egg, beaten

In medium saucepan, whisk the orange juice, cornstarch and 2 T of the brown sugar. Add the strawberries and peaches, then stir over med-high until mixture is simmering and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Heat the oven to 350. Coat a 7x11 in baking dish with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, remaining brown sugar, butter and baking soda. Mix with a fork until the dough is crumbly but beginning to hold together. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture. Mix the egg into the dough remaining in the bowl. Transfer the dough with the egg to the prepared baking dish and press it evenly over the bottom. Spread the reserved fruit filling on top, then sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over it. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbling. Transfer dish to wire rack to cool, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 bars. 

The bottom layer of dough.

The End! 

*These were advertised as, "Grab 'n' Go" bars, but Ryan and I had them for breakfast this morning and they would be a bit hard to eat on the run. We needed forks. :) 

The Red Front Door.

I don't know what it is about a red front door, but I have always wanted one. As the summer wound down, Ryan and I made our way to Lowe's to buy the perfect shade of red paint for the turquoise front door. After priming the heck out of it and literally 8 coats of red later, it was complete. We were pretty pleased with how it turned out. What do you think??


During: (The hubs multi-tasking on the phone)

After!! Please visit us soon!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?" Matthew 6:25-27

This summer Ryan and I have prayed over this verse during my search for a teaching job. There were over 30 resumes sent out and 4 interviews. It was stressful at times for sure, but the Lord has provided. I got a third grade teaching position at Hubert Humphrey Elementary School and I'm thrilled! I've started to set up my class (more pictures to come), and met most of my students Friday afternoon at "Meet Your Teacher." Pray for me as I start this new year at a new school. May God get the Glory, even in public school! :)

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!!

Ryan turned 27 this year and we had an ice cream social with some close friends to celebrate!