Monday, November 26, 2007

How do you know you are an elementary teacher?

This was on Minnesota Mom's blog and I just had to share it with you all. It's so true!!

Are you a true elementary school teacher?
1. Do you ask guests if they have remembered their scarves andmittens as they leave your home?

2. Do you move your dinner partner's glass away from the edge of the table?

3. Do you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you enter a theater with a group of friends?

4. Do you hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes?

5. Do you refer to happy hour as "snack time"?

6. Do you declare "no cuts" when a shopper squeezes ahead of you in a checkout line?

7. Do you say "I like the way you did that" to the mechanic whorepairs your car nice?

8. Do you ask "Are you sure you did your best?" to the mechanic who fails to repair your car to your satisfaction?

9. Do you sing the "Alphabet Song" to yourself as you look up a number in the phone book?

10. Do you say everything twice? I mean, do you repeat everything?

11. Do you fold your spouse's fingers over the coins as you handhim/her the money at a tollbooth?

12. Do you ask a quiet person at a party if he has something toshare with the group?

If you answered yes to 4 or more, it's in your soul -- you arehooked on teaching. And if you're not a teacher, you missedyour calling.

If you answered yes to 8 or more, well, maybe it's *too much* inyour soul -- you should probably begin thinking about retirement.

If you answered yes to all 12, forget it -- you'll *always* be ateacher, retired or not!


Easy Green Bean and Red Potato Side Dish Recipe

I made these yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws. They were delicious!

Easy Green Beans and Red Potatoes

6 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped
2 (15 ounce) cans of whole green beans
2 cups water
10 small red potatoes, cubed and boiled in 1 can of chicken broth until tender
2 tsps or 2 cubes of chicken bouillon
Black pepper, to your liking

Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add the bacon pieces. Fry for a few minutes, then add the onions. Cook and stir until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and add to the saucepan along with the 2 cups of water, cooked potatoes, bouillon and black pepper. Stir to blend, then simmer for about 20 minutes. If you wish to simmer longer, add more water to keep the vegetables from drying out.

Serve hot. Enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday, November 26, 2007

Good morning!

Today is a rainy day and my last day of Thanksgiving break. It's been so great being home with the kids, even though it's been very hectic.

Here's the plan for the week:

Sunday~ Thanksgiving at my in-laws (We had lasagna, roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggie blend, red potatoes and green beans (I'll post the recipe today, it was delish!), salad and Italian bread. We also had loads of desserts: gob cake, harvest pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, and jello.)
Monday~ Turkey Pot Pie , Salad
Tuesday~ Chicken Tacos with toppings and Mexican Rice
Wednesday~Steak Sandwiches, Oven Fries, and Baked Beans
Thursday~Spiced Pork Chops, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Green Beans
Friday~ Pizza and Wings
Saturday~ We'll probably just eat out....ds has a hockey game.
Have a week full of blessings!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Recipe: Twice Baked Potatoes

This is a popular side dish at our house. It's comforting and yummy. It goes great with steaks.

Twice Baked Potatoes

4 medium baking potatoes
1/2 cup dairy sour cream or plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Black Pepper
milk (optional)
2 slices American cheese, halved diagonally

Bake potatoes. Cut a lengthwise slice form the top of each baked potato; discard skin from slice and place pulp in a bowl. Gently scoop out each potato, leaving a thin shell. Add pulp to the bowl.

With an electic mixer on low speed, beat potato pulp. Add sour cream or yogurt, garlic salt and pepper (as desired); beat till smooth. If necessary, add milk to make desired consistency. Season to taste. Pile mashed potato mixture into potato shells. Place in a 10x6x2 baking dish. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Place cheese atop potatoes and bake for 2 to 3 minutes more or until cheese melts. Makes 4 servings.


Menu Plan Monday, November 12th

I'm posting early this week. Our goal was to eat in every day last week and we met that goal. My husband is so great about keeping me in the one day I wanted to order in, he came through with dinner. I'm going out of town for a few days this week, so the menu will be short and sweet.

Sunday: Mommy Chef's Chicken Manicotti, Garlic Toast and Salad

Monday: Ham Pot Pie and Rolls

Tuesday: Hot Dogs in Kraut with Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday: Steaks and Twice Baked Potatoes

Thursday: Pizza with the hockey team for dh and the kids

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: DH will probably go to his mom's for the day

I'll be home Sunday evening from my trip with my df, Karin. I'm looking forward to our time in the big apple. When I get home I'll be shopping for Thanksgiving dinner for my family.

Have a great week!


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Menu Plan Monday, November 5th

Hi Menu Planners!

I can't get over the fact that it is November already! Where has the time gone? I'm feeling very sentimental lately, amazed at how my children have grown so quickly. Our ds will be 9 yo on Tuesday. It seems like yesterday that he was just learning to walk. Now he skates and plays hockey. I'm so proud of him! Our dd is 2 1/2 and she is just blooming before our eyes....the drama, the endless chatter and the giggles of our little girl just light up our lives.

Here's our plan for this week:

Sunday: Spaghetti, Meatballs and Tossed Salad

Monday: Pork Roast and Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots

Tuesday: DS's 9th Birthday! He requested Chicken Soft Tacos and Nachos with Cheese. His

birthday cake will be Red Velvet with Homemade Buttercream Icing.

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Pepper Steak over Egg Noodles, Garlic Toast
Thursday: Cajun Chicken Pasta from Mommy Chef's Blog, Tossed Salad, Rolls
This dish is fabulous! DH requested it for a second time.
Friday: Homemade Pizza and Hot Wings
Saturday: BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers, Homemade French Fries, Baked Beans
I'm hoping to eat in every night this week! We're watching the budget and hoping to save some money by eating in.
Have a super week!