Happy New Year!

 A few sweet ideas for tonight...

cute stuff from Hostess with the Mostess
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A neat idea! 
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adorable...just add to a wreath you have already
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something for the kids...homemade crackers! 
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a countdown bag...
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finally....50 recipe ideas for NY Eve in one place
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Welcome 2012! Have a wonderful time celebrating
tonight with family and friends   xoxoxo


Happy New Year Subway Art

 Check out this cute printable from eighteen25.blogspot

these sisters have an adorable blog with tons of 
free printable to add to your holiday decor! 


InstaFriday Happy New Year

Happy Friday! 
I'm loving being off on winter break with my kids!

coffee and my kindle...

a cute little paper rose for gift tags...

a scarf I finished the other night...

our Christmas morning breakfast with overnight blueberry French toast

ice skating in old town...

dessert from Christmas day...

happy weekend and many blessings as you ring in the new year!!

linking up with...
life rearranged

10 Words to Stop Misspelling

Printing this out for all students to glue 
in their interactive student notebooks (ISNs)...


you can find it here with the entire list
happy spelling, correctly.
I know, I'm such an English teacher, I can't help it! 



Stickers, stampers, monograms....squeal!! 
I love these things, have since I was a little 
girl with a roll-top desk filled with the stuff...

I found these free custom monograms through The Thriftary's blog  

or you can click here to go directly to The Wedding Chicks' site and make your own

ADORABLE! Create your own stickers, cards, etc...


Crafty Community Giveaway

Pop on over to The Crafty Community
 enter to win a Hobby Lobby Give-away!!

Celebrating 100 followers means YOU 
could be a winner! 

TeeShirt Book Report

Looking for a creative book report? 
My students recently designed teeshirts for their book 
reports...they could either choose to design the shirt 
on poster board or an actual teeshirt.  
Depending on your language arts standards, you may set 
the requirements for each portion of the tee as you wish. 
This report required a picture representation and the title/author
on the front of the tee. The character's weaknesses 
went on the left sleeve, and strengths on the right sleeve. 

As an 8th grade standard my students need to identify 
whether the character is dynamic or static, but you can 
have your students include anything that fits your standards
on the tee.  
Students also needed to identify conflicts, climax, and 
figurative language. They really love the chance to be 
creative rather than writing up a regular old book report...
Need some more ideas? 
here's a few from their site...
22.MAKE LIFE-SIZED PAPER-STUFFED ANIMALS, PEOPLE, OR OBJECTS FOUND IN A BOOK. Cut out two large sheets of wrapping paper in the shape desired. Staple the edges almost all the way around. Stuff with crumpled newspaper, finish stapling, and paint.

23.MAKE HAND LOOMS AND WEAVINGS THAT PORTRAY A DESIGN IN A BOOK. Almost anything - from paper plates to forked sticks - will make a loom when strung with yarn, rope, or cord. Check art and craft books for directions. Then use the creations as wall hangings or mobiles.

24.CREATE BATIK DESIGNS WITH WAX AND OLD SHEETS OF TIE-DYE MATERIAL. When dry and ironed, use them for wall hangings, curtains, and costumes.

25.FASHION A MOBILE FROM ITEMS RELATED TO A STORY. The mobiles add color and movement to a room. Display them in the library, the cafeteria, the multipurpose room, or in the hallway.

26.MAKE A "ROLL-MOVIE" OF THE SCENES OR EVENTS OF A BOOK. Put a series of pictures in sequence on a long strip of paper. Attach ends to rollers and place in a cardboard box. Print simple dialogue to accompany the frames.

27.MAKE AN ANIMATION OF A SCENE ON AN ADDING MACHINE TAPE. To get animation, draw a sequence of pictures with each one showing a bit more movement than the preceding one. When this is rolled quickly, it gives the appearance of motion.

28.CREATE FILM STRIPS OF A STORY. Commercially produced materials is available with special color pens to make filmstrips.


Guadalupe River Bottom Pie

 My sweet friend, Isabelle, recently sent me this recipe for...
Guadalupe River Bottom Pie
...it was de-lish! This is a great dessert for New Years!!

Guadalupe River Bottom Puddin' Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 (3.9 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and nuts until crumbly. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until golden. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over crust. Beat together chocolate pudding mix, milk and vanilla until creamy. Spread over cream cheese layer. Spread remaining 2 cups whipped topping over pudding layer. Refrigerate 2 hours, or until chilled. Garnish with shaved chocolate before serving.


Baked Apples on Christmas Morning

 My mom always made baked apples on 
Christmas morning. Us kids, not knowing any better,
snubbed our noses at them. Now we are older, wiser...

You'll love this Great Depression Cooking video from Clara...
I'm hoping mom has some in the oven this morning!
{love ya mom!}

Hoping your Christmas is blessed and merry! 


Pinterest Meal Planning


I'm planning most of Christmas Day's food

For the morning...
Overnight Blueberry French Toast
breakfast cupcakes

When guests arrive...

delicious and healthy

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there will be the usual healthy veggie tray and random
appetizers of days gone by...ham, green bean casserole,
sweet potatoes, breads, and so on....

Then for dessert......
Devil's Food cake with chunky peanut butter filling
topped with ganache and salty peanuts~ heaven
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happy baking and wrapping on this beautiful Christmas Eve!
(all photo sources via links provided)

Christmas Eve

"For behold I bring you tidings of great joy..."  
Merry Christmas! 


Eve of Christmas Eve

 We have so much to be thankful for in our beautiful country! 
Please take a moment to visit Two Hoots & a Holler
and send some little prayers for baby Abi


You can add this button to your blog, spread the word
and support Mae and her hubby in this journey...

one last thing...
Last weekend our pastor was speaking on wealth. 
Do you realize how rich we are? We get to take 
clean drinking water and sprinkle it all over 
our nice green lawns in America. Amazing! 


Red Barn Candle Co.

OOOH how I love a great candle! 
I was so excited to receive this in the mail from 
 you can shop on Etsy for these yummy candles! 
I tried Buttermint...it's incredible! 
Amanda's blog is adorable, too:) 


Pinterest Holiday Nails

Yikes! I've gotta share this cute holiday nail idea 
I found on Pinterest...
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Here's my version...I had to add a quick coat of glitter polish, my 
lights were not as cute..
you can find the original tute at 
have fun! 

Free Printables JDC

 I'm swooning over Jones Design Cos 
sweet stuff! 
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Chalkboard Paint Charger Plate

Add a little chalkboard paint to a charger....

Don't make the same mistake I did and take FOOD 
to a Christmas party on one of these darling chargers
(sold all over and look just like plates!). Haha, in my 
defense I did have a sheet of wax paper between my 
cookies and the plate...but anyway, the warning is clear...

You will need a simple charger (sold all over and even at 
the dollar stores), chalkboard paint, and a foam brush...

chalkboard paint is available at hardware stores, Target, Walmart,
and even online from Barnes and Noble for a few dollars...

Americana Chalkboard Paint 2 Ounces-Black Slate

carefully paint the chalkboard paint in a circular fashion...

allow to dry overnight, and decorate with chalk
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Tip Junkie handmade projects


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