Buffalo Chicken Pasta

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Well as promised on my Facebook page, here is the recipe for Buffalo Chicken Pasta. I made it for dinner on Saturday night and I finished eating the last of the leftovers today. I love cooking for a crowd, but when there are only two of us, this recipe makes for good leftovers, too. I took it for lunch today and my fellow teachers were looking envious of my delicious lunch. 🙂

So I have included the link to the fabulous blog and blogger who created the recipe. It was probably the tastiest meal I’ve ever made, and it felt awesome to make the sauce kind of “homemade,” too. Kris loved it as well!

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Adding the scallions and red pepper flakes were the perfect topping on the dish. See the pictures for more details, as well as the process of making the sauce.

Tomorrow night we are having Parent Teacher Conferences at our school, so I won’t be making anything yummy for dinner. I will probably be picking up Subway and then I have a church choir rehearsal after conferences are done! Busy night! Enjoy your day and if you have any tips about Parent Teacher Conferences, please post in the comments!

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Sweet & Sour BBQ Meatballs

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Do you like barbecue? Do you have a crockpot? Do you have three hours to do other things in your busy life while this delicious recipe simmers away in the crockpot?

If you said yes, you have to try this super easy recipe. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it was so yummy! The hubby has requested it to be added to the dinner menu again soon!

You will need:
Swedish meatballs, frozen (I used half of a huge bag from BJs)
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup honey BBQ sauce
1 large jar grape jelly

That’s all you need! Dump it in crockpot, cook on high for 3 hours, and it is ready. You may want to alter the ratio of bbq to honey bbq, depending how sweet or savory you want the meatballs to taste. Great dish for a party, a football game at home, family get together, potluck at church or work, etc. I ate them without rice the first night and then with rice the next night. Half of a bag makes a ton of meatballs, and there are only two of us, so it is a good thing the recipe was fantastic and will make for great leftovers. I adapted this recipe from scouring a lot of different Pinterest pins about “sweet and sour meatballs” and “jelly meatballs.”

Do you have a go-to potluck recipe?

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Snow Day #5… Calls for chicken noodle soup!

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Well I am on my fifth snow day right now. I cannot remember getting this many days off in the past decade – from high school, college, or my teaching career – let alone a single school year. I am not complaining! I do miss my students though, and we had a lot of fun things planned for today — computer lab, our weekly DARE assembly, new math lesson, compare/contrast lesson about the Olympics (see one of my previous posts for that freebie link)… But these things will have to wait. I have an entire pile of papers to be graded sitting in our home office, waiting for me, as well as some reading I should be doing for my night class tonight!

Today will also include making sweet and sour meatballs… Recipes and links to come soon! Right now I will leave you with the pictures from my delicious and super easy chicken noodle soup. I could not have made it at a better time either because I have been sick during my 4 day (now 5 day) weekend with a horrible cold. I got the recipe from Pinterest and followed the link to a woman’s food blog. She is a busy working mother from Canada who finds time to make amazing meals — check out her blog, she is awesome!!

Maija Moments Blog

Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

The only thing I would say about the recipe is to add more chicken broth. Mine was a little light on the broth for my first time making it, or perhaps I put in too many noodles…. Gotta love the noodles though! Enjoy!

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The Olympics in Room 27

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As promised, I have included a picture of the Olympics booklets we were working on in class. Great creative writing and social studies activity! And even better – it was free! The students loved coming up with new games (water volleyball, hopscotch, hula hooping, etc.) and making up their own rules to the game. Starting tomorrow, we will work on a compare/contrast nonfiction text about the Olympics and Paralympics. Links are included below. Enjoy your President’s Day holiday, teachers!

Make your own Olympic game booklet

Compare/contrast

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Happy 100th Day!

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Just a quick entry with some pictures from our 100th day of school! It should have happened last Thursday but the snow days pushed us back. The students loved their treat and our place value chart was a great tie in for math and the 100th day. I usually like to have the students bring in 100 items, but we are so busy this month it just didn’t happen. I know early childhood educators love to incorporate fun activities for the 100th day, including making paper “100” decorative eyeglasses. If we have time this week I found a great TPT free item to use to teach writing for grades K-3:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/When-Im-100-100th-Day-Writing-Activity-196585

Cute coloring page:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100th-Day-Coloring-Sheet-FREEBIE-514883

Enjoy your week!!

Valentine’s Day and the Olympics

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Hello blog readers! Sorry I have not been on here blogging much lately! Those snow days two weeks ago really put me behind, and I have been using the weekends to lesson plan and complete coursework for my Reading Endorsement, which is through the Master of Education program at Baldwin Wallace University.

We have been having a blast in Room 27, learning about the famous Olympic athletes and the new events this year in the Sochi Olympics! There is a website I will include at the bottom of this post with a fantastic site for Olympic information and videos of the new sports! The students in my class are just soaking up the information. We made a KWL chart about our Olympic knowledge, and even though my students were only 5 years old last time a winter Olympics came around, and only 3 and 7 years old for the past two summer Olympics, they knew a lot of facts! We also read two stories in our basal reader about the games, as well as an article from our weekly Scholastic News. I’m going to include the picture of our KWL chart in here, and look for a picture of the students’ “create your own Olympic books” later this week. They are still perfecting and coloring them, so they are not ready to share yet.

This week is going to be super busy and it is a short 4 day week for us, with a 4 day weekend (President’s Day) and another 4 day week next week. Tomorrow is our 100th day of school — I always bring in two donut holes and a pretzel stick to form the number “100” — and Thursday is our Valentine’s day bake sale/classroom party. We don’t do much for parties, we might have some snacks and if student pass out Valentines that is okay with me. We are also going to learn about how Valentine’s Day originated, so we are keeping it educational! 🙂 Great tie in for reading and social studies. I will include the link below (paid resource on TPT).

What fun things do you do in your classroom for the 100th Day, Valentine’s Day, or President’s Day? Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to teach about Black History Month, too! Share your ideas in the comments and have a great week! I hope to post more great things on here this week, including some yummy recipes!

Olympic websites:

http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/olympics/winterolympics.htm

http://cybraryman.com/olympics.html

Link to the Valentine’s Day reading passage:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Non-Fiction-Common-Core-Read-and-Write-Activities-February-1017605

Super Bowl Recipes

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Today’s post is about Super Bowl Sunday! We had friends over to the house and had a lot of great food on Sunday. Although the game was a little boring, the team I was rooting for won, so it was a good day!

Among the dishes I made, here are some pictures and the recipes. I will need to abbreviate the chili recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook because it is too long to type in detail, and I made some alterations to it anyway. The chili will feed a lot of people — I made an extra batch the day before the Super Bowl to take to church for the annual chili cook-off!

This chili is vegan and vegetarian. Prep time: 30 min. Cook time: 3-6 hours, depending on the heat of crockpot.

Heat in skillet on stove:
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic (I just used the dried kind in the pantry)
3/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. chipotle in adobo (you can find this in the international aisle at grocery stores, it is in a small can and the peppers are kind of dark red/brown. I usually put in 3 peppers because I’m not sure how you would only measure 1 tsp. as Gwyneth instructs…)

After you heat this on the stove for about 10-15 minutes, transfer it to the crock pot. Add to crock pot:
14 oz. black beans, drained/rinsed
14 oz. red beans, drained/rinsed
14 oz. white beans, drained/rinsed
28 oz. diced tomatoes in their juice
Pinch of coarse salt
3 T tomato paste
14 oz. water (just fill one of the empty cans to measure it)

Put your crockpot on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours and enjoy! Such an easy and delicious recipe.

Other recipes: ham and cheese sandwiches
http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/07/13/ham-and-cheese-sliders/

There is a pic of mine included, and they were so tasty! My mom made them for the family holiday party and they were a huge hit then, too! However, I did not get a pic of the buffalo chicken flatbread pizza that I made. Recipe:

http://www.inspiredtaste.net/18318/cheesy-buffalo-chicken-pizza-sticks/

And no, I did not make the ice cream cake! Gotta thank the grocery store for that one. Have a great day, hope you enjoy recreating these recipes in your kitchen!