Hi blogging friends! I haven't posted much lately, but I'm hoping that changes. These past few weeks have been really busy and I haven't been very motivated to craft. In addition to this, I have had a bit of a job change....
Let me explain. I am a first year teacher and I began the year teaching ISS. For those of you who are familiar with this, it stands for In-School Suspension. I basically have been running a classroom where students come to as a consequence for breaking rules. ISS is a place that students don't want to go to because I make them work. It's not fun for them, I am very strict and they don't get very many privileges. I know I do my job well, because the students dreadISS, but its not the place for me. I became a teacher so I could enrich students' lives and be a positive influence on them. In ISS, I have helped and taught many students, but I haven't had the opportunity to have fun with my students simply because ISS is not the setting for that.
Well..... anyway, an opportunity presented itself as there was an opening teaching math and reading. The job is in my building and right down the hall. The position was for next year, so I applied to be transferred. My principal called me in last week to tell me that the job was mine! I was excited and then he asked if I would like to start TOMORROW!! I was blindsided to say the least. I accepted the position and spent all of last week trying to transition into my new classroom. Last week was super busy for me and I was really overwhelmed. This week is Spring Break, which I had originally planned to craft the whole time. I'll be spending this week reorganizing my new classroom and getting lesson plans ready before state assessments.
I'm really happy about this change, but overwhelmed by it all. I know my life is about to be busier, but I'm going to try to keep my blogging and crafting up. Crafting is one of my stress relievers, so I have a feeling I will be crafting a lot :)
I have lots of half-finished projects and hope to be sharing them with you soon. I probably won't get much posted until April rolls around. Please stick around and I'll get back to blogging more regularly.
Thanks for reading! I really do appreciate all my followers along with your inspiring and kind comments.
I found these yarn ornaments at Wal-Mart after Christmas. They were 75% off, which brought them to costing 25 cents each. Now, I'm not sure I would put these on my tree. I actually thought they were cat toys at first.
My room is purple and brown, so I used some purple spray paint to paint two of them purple. Ok, so actually my dad painted them. I was in the garage using his paint booth, and apparently was not doing it right. So, he did it for me. I think I will make sure to "do it wrong" from now on, so he'll do it for me. :)
The are kind of hard to see from the glare of the glass, but there are 2 purple ones and one brown.
I paid a dollar for the vase, a dollar for the candle stick, and 75 cents on the balls. Not to shabby.
I love me some ham steak and this is the bestest way to cook it.
I promise, try it, and you will love it!
Plus, it really doesn't get easier than this!
Crock Pot Ham Steak
1-2 pounds ham steak
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 cans green beans
Combine garlic powder, salt, pepper, brown sugar, vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Use this mixture to marinade the ham by rubbing it on both sides of the ham steak. Place the ham in a crock pot and dump any remaining mixture over the top. Drain the green beans and add them to the crock pot. Cook on low for 10 hours.
I put mine in the crock pot in the morning and when I get home from work its finished. The ham gets SO tender it just crumbles.
It doesn't look beautiful, but man oh man it is tasty!
Ok, so normally I would share a recipe on Tasty Tuesday, but I am really rundown and tired this week. I started a new workout program and it is kicking my butt. People always say that working out gives them so much energy, well that's not the case with me! I am drained.
Since I haven't cooked anything new lately, I decided to steal some pictures from my sister-in-law. They are a few of her cupcakes and not only do they look great, but they are tasty too.
My sister-in-law, Kaari, has found a recent hobby of baking and decorating cupcakes.
She wants to get into party/event planning, but is starting small. Right now, she is focusing on her cupcake skills, and she has skills! I am not nearly patient enough to do this kind of stuff, but all of hers turn out amazing. She has even started filling orders for children's birthday parties. I'm so happy for her!
I stole these pics off of facebook, so I hope she doesn't mind.
I just wanted to share some of them with all of you. :)
Mickey Mouse Cupcakes
These were "Scooby Snacks" for a kid's birthday party.
Cute little puppies.
These monkeys were for my niece's 2nd birthday.
I believe all of the next cupcakes were for the same party... basketballs...
Isn't she good?
I could never decorate like this, especially without gaining 15 pounds from eating all the frosting :)
I'm a preschool teacher working to juggle being a wife and mommy. My husband and I have been together for 10 years. We are proud parents to our little guy, Ollie. This blog is to document our perfectly organized chaos that we call our life!