Archive for March, 2012

March 21, 2012

I love my Job & Ellen’s Dance Dare

I Love My Job

Yes, ok – there are times every day when I am frustrated and want to cry or scream but at the end of the day when I stop and think about what happened that day, it is usually a positive that ends up winning over the negative(s)!
My students are supportive of each other & love to have fun. They are extremely giving and strive to help their community. They are brave and not afraid to stand up for themselves or what they believe in.*
Ellen Degeneres is currently daring people to go up behind another person and dance without them knowing it. One of my co-workers heard this dare and decided to take it a step further and have one of our students dance behind our principal while he was talking during our daily Morning Meeting that we start the day off with. This teacher told all of the other teachers who then warned their students (the day before) what was going to happen so that the kids ignored the student dancing behind our amazing principal. You just need to see this to believe it…
 and that summarizes why I love my job РI have an amazing boss, great co-workers, and fun students!
* yes, every child is different and I know there are exceptions to each one of these statements – but I am making generalizations here!
I am grateful for each of my students and the lessons they teach me every day as I teach them. Sometimes they teach me patience, other times they teach me when to use commas or spell things – but I love them in their own individual ways!
March 15, 2012

Irish Potatoes

I had never heard of Irish Potatoes until I was a freshman in college. My good friends Bridget (yes, she is Irish) and Chelsea grew up near Philly and thought it was crazy that I had never heard of these things. They said “Irish Potatoes” I thought “the Potatoes my mom boils in with her Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day”. They kindly shook their heads and made sure we somehow got some of these delicious dessert. They are called Irish Potatoes because they look like potatoes – but they are really not Irish at all and a really more of a “Philly Thing” and have been a Philly tradition for more than 100 years. Not really sure where they got their start, but there is a little bit of information over at Wikipedia. One of the most popular places to purchase your Irish Potatoes (if you prefer that to making them) is from Philadelphia based Oh Ryans.

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March 12, 2012

Homemade Baileys

* only read on if over the age of 21 *

One of the greatest joys in my life is making things that others enjoy eating. I think it is especially fun to make my own foods that others would normally just buy (like ranch or hummus or iced coffee). Over the past few months, I have seen more and more buzz about DIY Baileys. I first tried to make this around the holidays but the flavor just wasn’t right so I figured St. Patrick’s Day would be the perfect time to make this for you all.

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March 8, 2012

Cream of Broccoli Soup

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner so I have a delicious green soup for you today!

This is a nice basic Cream of Broccoli Soup – it has all the flavors you would want and gets its thickness from potatoes that are cooked in the soup and then blended right in. If you are really watching your calories feel free to reduce the cheese or use reduced fat cheese.

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March 4, 2012

Solving World Hunger with the Hunger Games

I’m sorry, I do not have the solution to World Hunger here.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but am pretty darn excited about The Hunger Games coming to theaters at the end of this month. I know that it is not going to be as good the book by Suzanne Collins (when are the movies ever as good as the book!?) but I am pretty excited!

In the Hunger Games the Capitol controls all food and uses food as a way to control its people. Because of that control by those in charge – food obviously plays a large part of the books. Over the next few weeks I will be featuring some recipes from The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, so I hope you tune in to enjoy cooking your way through some of the highlights of the book.

Most people who are here reading this blog have the means to be able to feed themselves. Yes, times may be hard sometimes but we can find the way to make sure we are fed. Not all people have that luxury. One of my all-time-favorite websites is called Free Rice. The purpose of Free Rice (run by the World Food Programme, part of the United Nations) is to allow you to donate rice, 10 grains at a time, just by answering questions correctly. This is a win-win… you gain knowledge and help feed people around the world who do not have the luxuries that we do!

The World Food Programme and Feeding America saw the opportunity they had with The Hunger Games Movie and all three groups joined forces. Please join in with me in supporting these great organizations and donate a few of your precious dollars to help an organization that already helps so many others – lets “Team up Against Hunger

May the Odds be Ever in your Favor

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