Word Wall terms for Earth Cycles

We are about to start seasons, night and day, and moon phases in my class.  Here are some free printables for your word wall. 

Have a Fan"tache"tic Valentine's Day!

Check out this great FREE printable from Plumadorable.com.  Click HERE to be taken directly to their site and download the printables.

Valentine's Owl Miniatures Wrapper

These are so cute and so easy! All you need is a bag of Hershey's Miniatures, scissors, some glue or a tape runner, and color printer. Ha! As you will notice, the one I made is in black and white (below) or more on the gray side. My husband won't let me replace the color cartridge on our printer until the black goes out. UGH!!! So, I'm forced to show you an ugly, colorless version. But you can see from the picture how cute they will be.

On the printable, I even provided a 2nd page that is blank and could be used for any occasion. Enjoy!

Easy Bake Oven Recipes

If you have children or grandchildren with an Easy Bake Oven, they are gonna love this cute little recipe book.  It is free to download as a PDF file.  Before you print, set the printer layout options to "booklet" so that it will make a booklet that you can fold in half and staple along the fold.  I was getting tired of buying the expensive Easy Bake cake and cookie mixes.  These are real recipes that my 6 year old can't wait to start trying!

Free 8x10 Canvas

Free 8x10 canvas!  You choose the picture and only pay the shipping - Thanks Canvas People!  Click on this link to get the deal.

Menu Board

I am about to assemble my first Menu Board and I am so pumped.  All the pieces have turned out great so far!  To DIY, follow all of the links below.

1)  For the Menu Board Printouts, click on this link to visit the site I downloaded them from.  I printed on white cardstock and laminated them.  You could print them on some cute paper, if you prefer.  

2)  Ask a beer drinker to chug 7 bottled beers and save the bottle caps!  (I wouldn't recommend that you do this - you have some serious crafting to do here, so please stay focused.)  Glue the days of the week inside each bottle cap.  I tried a variety of adhesives (just to see what worked best - Super Glue Gel, Glue Gun, Gorilla Glue, Tacky Glue).  Honestly, for this step, I think any of them will do.

3)  I went to Wal-Mart and purchased some magnets in the craft section.  I didn't want the bottle caps to stick out much further, so I bought some thin ones (Magnetic Neo-Buttons).  And let me just tell you, these suckers are STRONG!  Several times, I accidentally let them get too close to each other or something metal and they forcefully attracted to it.

4)  Just to make the printouts a little cuter, I added some small bows and buttons with a glue gun.

5)  Finally for the envelope that will hold all of the menu items, I used this site.  I chose to print it on some pretty 2-sided paper.  After cutting and assembling the envelope, I cut off the top triangular part that would normally close the envelope.  I wanted it to be open with the menu item cards showing.
6)  Next, you will need to gather up all of your go-to meals (and maybe some new ones) and make printable meal cards.  Feel free to use mine below (word document).  I chose to use a font called Sweetie Pie, which is free and downloadable from DaFont.  It has some cute hearts that coordinate with the menu board print outs.  I am going to print each page of menu items on different colored cardstock and then laminate (ex: all chicken dishes will be one color, beef dishes another colors, fish/seafood, pasta, soups, salads, etc..)

7)  I'll add the final product as soon as I get it done!  Have fun!

Homemade Mushroom Soup

I just made this delicious soup tonight and it was too good not to share! It is great for these cold nights when you just want something to warm you up inside. I added some Rhodes rolls (which by the way are the best, just be prepared to start the rolls 4-6 hours ahead of time.) I used the rolls to dip into the soup...Yummo!

Here's the recipe:
Serves 2-3

about 2 cups fresh mushrooms - cleaned and chopped finely (I used a a 10 oz. package of Baby Bella mushrooms and an 8 oz. "box" of the regular white mushrooms)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic - chopped or minced (I used a garlic press because I hate getting my fingers stinky)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tbsp flour dissolved in 1 tbsp water (for thicker soup, you may want to increase the flour by another Tbsp)
Salt to taste (I used at least 1 tsp.)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Add butter and lightly sauté garlic on medium heat.
2. Add in mushrooms, thyme, bay leaf and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the moisture from the mushrooms disappears.
3. Add in chicken broth. Stir occasionally until broth boils, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes covered.
4 Add diluted flour in, and stir constantly (while simmering) until the mixture thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Taste and adjust seasoning.
5. Add milk and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer.
6. Enjoy!

Printable Vocabulary for Word Walls

I am starting to create vocabulary for science word walls.  Enjoy these for the time being and stay tuned for more free printables!

FREE Science Subway Art Printable

Check out the FREE printable science subway art I just made! Or if you prefer a black and white version:

FREE Printables Galore!!

Check out my Printables page. As I continue to find more great FREE resources, I will add them to the list. I want to personally thank all of these wonderfully, talented people for sharing these printables at no cost. Thank you!

If you have resources to share, please email me and I will get them added to the list.

New Beginnings

As I begin a new year, I want to provide a resource for busy middle school teachers, where they can come and quickly gather, print and find resources to use in the classroom. And because I am also a mother of 2 beautiful daughters, I know that working mothers also want to provide an organized, clean, fun household with delicious meals. I hope to do that with this blog. Any contributions from others teachers and mothers like myself are always welcome. Enjoy! The goodies will start flowing soon!