Monday, January 31, 2022

White Bean & Kielbasa Soup

white bean & kielbasa soup
This White Bean & Kielbasa Soup was soooo quick and easy. It was ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!

There are quite a few spices in this recipe that come together beautifully to make a perfectly seasoned soup. I’ve always loved smoked paprika so was really excited to see that listed as one of the ingredients. And yes…I am a kale lover so this soup was right up my alley. My kids, however, are not as big of fans although they do tolerate it as they know it is really good for them. They pointed out that it was really kaley 🙂 but they also said the broth was really good and ate it. So…👍

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Lemon Sourdough Cake

Super simple and delicious Lemon Sourdough Cake. I love that this cake isn’t overly sweet. It has a bit of a doughy texture yet it’s light and airy. Our whole family likes it and struggles with stopping after just one piece. It makes a 9×13 pan but it doesn’t last long in our house…a few days max and it’s already devoured.

3 Ingredient Easy Meatloaf

I’ve never been a huge fan of meatloaf but stumbled across this 3 Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe and thought I’d give it a try. I’m all for easy!

It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Dump the 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix them up. I used my potato masher to mix it up. LOVE this tool for browning meat so it worked wonderfully for mixing in the stuffing.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Quick and Easy Steak Fajitas

Quick and Easy Steak FajitasThese Steak Fajitas are so quick and easy that I’m not even sure it qualifies as a recipe! If you’re short on time but wanting to throw together a healthy meal, add this to your stash of go to recipes. You seriously can not get any easier than these Quick and Easy Steak Fajitas.

These are a go to in our house. I typically have extra tortillas on hand and I have a freezer full of venison so the steak is a quick grab. Onions are a pantry staple so the only thing I need to buy are colored peppers. I typically buy the three pack from Aldi or 6 pack from Costco. If I need a pepper for a recipe, I’ll have some leftover so…Quick and Easy Steak Fajitas gets added to the menu 🙂

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Chicken with Tomato Cream Sauce

Chicken with Tomato Cream Sauce
This recipe surprised me! I thought it would be just another chicken recipe that was ok but it was packed with flavor. This chicken with tomato cream sauce is a definite keeper for our family!

I chose to serve this dish over pasta. The sauce was a lot thicker than I expected so I thinned it with some pasta water…worked perfectly! The consistency was exactly what I was looking for and it still had a ton of flavor.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The BEST Dry Erase Erasers

I know you feel my pain! We use our dry erase boards ALL THE TIME which means we also use our dry erase erasers and markers quite frequently. Don’t even get me started about the markers. Seriously, they dry out way too quickly. Yes, some of that is operator error on the students part but some just get so light that I can’t even read what my students have written.

To make the situation worse, the markers don’t erase well…and that’s if the students actually have an eraser left to use that isn’t so full of ink that it smears more than it erases. Ugh! The erasers are gross…and they get gross quick. I was on a hunt for the BEST dry erase erasers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Chicken Sausage and Peppers

Chicken Sausage and Peppers
You’ll need about an hour from start to finish for this chicken sausage and peppers recipe, but if you have the time, it was worth the wait. So simple and just a handful of ingredients needed to make this healthy, tasty dinner.

It didn’t take too long to prep this meal. It’s the cook time that makes it lengthy. I’m lucky enough to have my son home so after I prepped all the ingredients, I left him post it notes with instructions (yes, that’s the teacher in me :)) on what needed to be done at what time so that dinner could be served at a decent time.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Quick, easy, healthy and filling…these stuffed sweet potatoes check all the boxes! Dinner can be on the table in 15 minutes and you only need 4 ingredients. That’s definitely a win in my kitchen!

I chose to use my air fryer to cook the potatoes to get that fluffy inside and crispy skin. Xander was recruited to put them in the air fryer so they would be done when I returned home from the girls’ practices. I prefer the air fryer over the microwave but when in a time crunch, the microwave works just fine.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)

beef stir fry
If you’re looking for a change from your traditional stir fry, give this Peruvian Beef Stir Fry a try. It is loaded with fresh veggies but has that kid appeal as well with the addition of the french fries. Before stumbling upon this recipe, I had never heard of Lomo Saltado. Now, my mouth waters when I hear it!

No Knead Sourdough Bread

No Knead Sourdough Bread

Looking for that perfect bread recipe to serve with dinner? This no knead sourdough bread recipe may become your new go to favorite! Since there is no kneading required and it requires very little effort. However, it does require some planning as the dough needs to be made the day before you plan to bake it.

The first thing you will need for this recipe is sourdough discard. I have a jar of sourdough starter that lives in my fridge (thank you Janinne). If you don’t have any YET, follow the directions here to make your own. Each week I take it out, make a new recipe, feed it, and put it back in the fridge to grow. We have “Sourdough Saturdays” so I remember to make a recipe using the discard each week 🙂

Teacher Tricks- DIY Containers

DIY Containers
Are you ready to switch up your theme in your classroom or just in need of some additional storage containers? These DIY containers are today’s Teacher Trick. These are the storage solution you’ve been looking for in your classroom.

In my classroom, I like everything to have a place. If not, it winds up on the floor! I can’t tell you how many pencils find their way to the floor and go unclaimed each day! To help combat this problem, I try to provide storage solutions for my students so that all materials have a designated place.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup
A cold day calls for some soup! A hot, delicious bowl of Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup fits the bill. Instead of heading out (or ordering in) for a tasty bowl of their veggie packed soup, stay in and make it yourself.

Although I used nearly all of the ingredients in this recipe, my version of this soup was a lot thicker and more veggie packed than the recipe as written. If you prefer a more brothy soup, follow the recipe more closely than I did.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Celebrating Birthdays in the Classroom

Back when I was a student, celebrating birthdays meant bringing in homemade cupcakes to share with the class. Now, celebrating birthdays in the classroom can no longer involve food, let alone homemade baked goods. So what’s a teacher to do? How can you help your kiddos to feel special on their birthday while keeping to a budget and without the celebration interrupting your classroom schedule too drastically?

Let the Celebration Begin

In my classroom, our celebration begins when the “birthday slide” appears on the smartboard.

Classroom Birthday Celebration

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Easy Way to Organize Recipes

If you are looking for an easy way to store, organize, and quickly locate your growing collection of recipes, I have a solution that I stumbled upon years ago. When I first started to LOVE to cook, I would find recipes in cookbooks. Locating the recipes I previously made was tough…and there was storage issue because cookbooks aren’t exactly small. Now I have completely shifted gears and have turned to an app to assist in helping me to organize recipes.

There are many recipe keeper apps available. When I first decided to give digital storage and organization a try, I tested numerous apps (just the free or trials so I could see which best fit my needs). The clear cut winner for me was Recipe Keeper.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Chickpea Pasta with Beef Ragu

Chickpea Pasta with Beef Ragu
For dinner tonight, I served a delicious, quick and easy Moroccan spiced pasta with beef ragu recipe. The recipe called for beef ragu but I substituted venison instead to make it a bit healthier. The pasta was a hit and Xander went back for seconds 🙂

My girls do not like raisins so I didn’t broadcast their addition to this recipe. They didn’t even know there were any in this pasta until they had nearly cleaned their plates. Lexie was on her last bite and noticed one on her plate. They added a nice texture and sweetness to the dish and after she noticed it, she actually continued to eat it with her last bite. The raisins really fit in well with the flavor profile so I would keep them in this recipe even if you’re feeding someone that typically doesn’t care for raisins by themselves. Just my two sense 🙂

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If it was up to me, we’d have soup multiple times a week. Perfect meal on a cold evening but…my kids are not soup lovers so it’s a treat for me to actually enjoy it for dinner. Tonight was a treat since I got to have a big bowl of this tasty Butternut Squash Soup. Most times, I’ll make a batch of soup over the weekend and bring it to work each day for lunch. Butternut squash soup has always been one of my favorites. I love the creamy texture. Lexie says it’s like baby food but I totally disagree. I’ve tried numerous squash soup recipes and thought that this one was pretty good. It have a good amount of flavor and spice. The grilled cheese with apple slices sold the kids on this dish!

Strategy to Check for Understanding

Looking for a quick way to gauge your students level of understanding in the classroom without disrupting the flow of your lessons? This strategy to check for understanding will become your new go to! It’s easy to teach the kiddos, can be immediately implemented, is flexible enough to be used in a variety of situations, and it’s QUICK & QUIET! Watch the video below to find out how you can gauge the level of understanding of your ENTIRE CLASS in a matter of seconds. Seriously…this is a game changer!

That’s it! Such a simple strategy that is so effective! Heard it, Know it, and What? You will love it and your students will too!

If you’d like to purchase the posters shown in the video, please click on the link below to be directed to my TpT store. Enjoy!

Monday, January 17, 2022

Chicken Enchiladas - Quick & Easy

I was off work today so added a recipe for some Chicken Enchiladas that I thought may take a bit more time. I ended up making it earlier in the day, covered in and placed it in the fridge, then had Xander put it in the oven so it was ready when we returned home from practice. Worked well and honestly, the prep wasn’t that long. It’s a pretty easy recipe and WOW was it delicious! I took one bite and had to stop to savor the flavor. It was so yummy!

Edible Cookie Dough

Edible Cookie Dough

Lexie decided to make an edible raw cookie dough recipe this afternoon (the green chunks are not celery…they are Frankenstein Reese’s Peanut Butter cups 🙂 ). I asked her take some pictures so I could share her recipe. After an eye roll, she proceeded to make her treat. Much to my surprise, she airdropped me photos when she was done. Lucky you…now I get to share! This is a good one for the kids. Kenxie can make this by herself too and it makes a fairly small batch so…they can each add the mix ins that they want. No arguing needed 🙂

My Favs

Here are a few of my favorite things…Enjoy!

Air Fryer

17 quart Air Fryer and Dehydrator

I know there’s a lot of hype about air fryers. I bought my first one back in 2016. My family quickly outgrew it…I couldn’t fit enough in the basket for a full meal. When my toaster broke, instead of replacing that, I opted to purchase this larger, upgraded air fryer to use as a toaster, air fryer, and dehydrator. Arguably one of the best decisions of my life! I use this for EVERYTHING! One of my fav recipes…core a few apples and slice using a mandolin. Lay slices on the trays (you get 5!) and cook for 1 hour at 215 degrees. That’s it! When you take them out, you have delicious, crunchy apple chips. Addicting…that’s for sure…and no added sugars or oil, just apples 🍎

Bag Clips

Oh my goodness! What did I ever do without these?!?! Time to ditch all of those plastic twist ties. Once we open any kind of bag in the kitchen, the plastic twist tie is tossed and replaced with this fancy contraption. I absolutely LOVE them!

Potato Masher

I think I’ve used it once to mash potatoes…but I use it all the time to brown ground meats. It breaks the meat up perfectly with little effort. A welcome addition to my kitchen tools!

Mini Utensils

These silicone mini utensils are wonderful! The perfect size for a small job. I no longer have my full size whisk falling out of a little prep bowl as I’m whisking together ingredients. Mine were an Aldi find but these ones on Amazon are quite similar.

Mini Crock Pot Warmer

This is a truly amazing little appliance! If you’re craving a warm lunch without the microwave line or trip to the teachers lounge, this is for you. I plug mine in an hour before my lunch and when I sit down to eat, I have a warm meal. It’s the little things 🙂

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sourdough Coffee Cake

We have “Sourdough Saturdays” at our house thanks to my friend, Janinne, who shared some of her sourdough starter with us. It lives and grows in our fridge all week long and then we decide which recipe we’ll make each week to use the discard. This week we chose to make a Sourdough Coffee Cake recipe. After we make the recipe, we feed it (flour and water) and back into the fridge it goes…until the next Saturday.

This week, the kids requested Coffee Cake and settled on this cinnamon flavored pan of yumminess. It’s an easy recipe that can be whipped up quickly. Pretty standard pantry ingredients too so no need to make an extra trip to the grocery store for specific ingredients. Kenxie joined me in making the coffee cake tonight.

Kale & White Bean Pot Pie

I made this Kale & White Bean Pot Pie recipe over the weekend so had a bit more time to prep and bake. I wouldn’t have the time to make it during the week, but it was worth the effort today 🙂 It was a tasty meal! One serving was plenty to fill you up and it was a healthy meal too.

My kids aren’t crazy about kale but said that it actually tasted really good in this recipe. I’m the complete opposite…I will steam a big bag of kale for the week and eat it as a snack or side with dinner. If I don’t have anything else handy, a plate of steamed kale with an over easy egg on top is a go to meal for me. Yum!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Mac and Cheese - Quick & Easy

I was looking for a quick and easy pasta recipe to give Lexie the carbs needed for a meet tomorrow morning so…mac and cheese it is 🙂 This mac and cheese recipe fit the bill and the kids all liked the pasta. I thought it was ok…didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. It was just an ok bowl of Mac and Cheese.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sweet Potato Hash with Chicken Sausage

Sweet Potato Hash
I picked this sweet potato hash recipe because knew I was going to be a little pressed for time for dinner tonight. This recipe was quick and easy to prep and cook. A bonus…it only has 3 ingredients! Yes, that’s right. THREE INGREDIENTS (and a little oil)! My shopping list this week only contained 16 items and that included 3 gallons of milk! I was able to get everything I needed for this meal at Aldi and felt pretty good about being able to prepare a fairly healthy meal with 2 of the 3 ingredients being fresh produce.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Asian Beef Bowl with Rice

This Asian Beef Bowl recipe is seriously QUICK and the flavor of the meat is absolutely delicious! I served it with cauliflower rice to add in some extra veggies but if you’d prefer the grain, rice would work well too. I know my kids would prefer it! It’s a treat in our house to have real rice 🙂 I also made a bag of Steamable Asian Veggies in the microwave to finish off the meal.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Chickpea Soup - Absolutely Delicious!

Chickpea Soup
I’ve tried a number of chickpea recipes over the past few months and they have all been pretty tasty but this one, WOW, this one is AMAZING! This healthy chickpea soup recipe is one of the quickest and easiest recipes I’ve made it a long time and it was absolutely delicious! I made a loaf of sourdough bread earlier in the week so I served this soup with the bread used for dipping.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Welcome 2022!

Out with the old and in with the new…we are ready for a fresh start in 2022! Join me on my new adventure as we tackle life together (virtually 🙂 )!