Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Rant & Last Minute Crafts

Well friends, today was a school-free day.  I got my hair did, braved the crowded aisles at the grocery store with my hubs, and spent FOREVER in the kitchen.  I kid you not, I spent two hours making a recipe that I found on Pinterest, only to throw the entire thing out.  {Usually, I find lots of yummy recipes through Pinterest, but  my husband summed it up best with this statement: "Ohhhh yeah. Amanda, that tastes like failure."}  So needless to say, that recipe won't be making a comeback anytime... ever.   Don't worry, the recipe is no longer pinned on my board.  Rest assured.  Beyond all of that, I baked a ton of cookies.  I am still not done.  Or even close.  I wish I had a personal chef... or that the cookies would just bake themselves, but I will totally be baking again tomorrow.  Bleh.   That's what I get for procrastinating.   So, you're probably wondering what any of this has to do with teaching.  It really doesn't have anything to do with it.  At all.  Ha! I just needed an audience for my Christmas rant, and you are lucky enough to be reading this.  :)  Besides, maybe this post will help dispel the urban legend that teachers live in their classrooms.  Okay, maybe we kind of do.  Kind of.  Part-time.  Again, a loose connection to teaching.  Done.

This, however, does have a direct correlation to teaching.  Okay, maybe just holiday art projects.   If you're looking for a few quick ideas to do with your kiddos next week, here's a few projects our fabulous art teacher did with our third graders.  They are simple... but CUTE ideas!  I know that I will be trying to fit in a few more craftivities during our final days, but we still have our weekly test and spelling test.  I'm going to have to get creative about how I'm going to make this happen...if I have any creative juices left after I bake myself into a stupor tomorrow.  :)  Happy weekend, friends! 

By the way, if you want to enter to win the assessment recorder from Learning Resources, this is your last chance.  I know I'm a little late, but I will draw the winner tomorrow.  :)  It's 10:43 here, and I am exhausted.  B.E.D.  T.I.M.E.


  1. Welcome back! Your post cracked me up; SO sorry about the recipe. Oh, and we cranked out many, many cut outs today and they're sitting there ready to be frosted . . . . if you were closer, I'd bring some by so you could be done.

    I do have this amazingly easy recipe for turtles if you want to switch gears and dip some - here's a link to the recipe:

    The Corner On Character

    Cheers, Barbara

  2. I LOVE the failure quote. It is still making me laugh. Your kitchen looks gorgeous!

  3. You never know until you try something right??? lol. Love the mitten craft!! So cute!

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. lol.. My husband says things like that to me too! lol...and I'm loving your's amazing how just adding a little bit of color can do so much for a piece of art...I may have to do those on Monday or Tuesday :)

    ♥ Jen Ross
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  5. ps....loving your pampered chef stack racks! :)

  6. Good thing I don't cook or bake - I'd be hearing that quote all the time. It made me giggle but I'm sure you were frustrated beyond belief!!! UGH!

    On a bright note - love your mitten...adorable!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade