Friday, October 21, 2016

Substitute Teaching 3rd Grade Religion Class

This week I was asked to substitute teach 3rd grade Religion class. I quickly made some store-bought chocolate covered graham crackers into little Rosary cookies with some icing dots and a little cross. October is also the month of the Rosary.

The lesson was on Luke 18:9-14 which is the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. I found this word search on the internet.

I also found this coloring sheet. At first the children thought the man on the floor was the Pharisee.

Then I took some snack sized Hershey bars and made them into little take home treats.

I wrapped the candy bars with some blue wrapping paper and put a little "Be Humble" sticker on each candy bar. To be humble is really what I wanted the kids to understand from the parable.

I love 3rd graders - they are so smart and fun!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Candy Corn Balls

These little candy corn balls are simple to make and really cute to make for classroom or team treats.

When buying the Christmas ornaments to put the candy corn in - buy the plastic ornaments instead of the glass. The little silver top can be taken off and filled with candy corn.

I used this mini candy corn to fill the plastic balls and I bought it at Target.

These candy corn balls can be used to decorate a chandelier or staircase. 

I don't like Halloween decorations that are bloody and scary. I prefer pretty and playful decorations.

The entry way hutch - this year I am all about the orange! Last year I only bought white pumpkins!

I am loving the orange coordinating with the blue this year! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Keychains for Meals on Wheels

I made 50 of these little beaded pumpkin keychains for Meals on Wheels. They were a lot of fun to make!

I made them whenever I sat down to watch television.

I ordered a 50 pack of little pumpkin key chain kits from oriental trading and each kit came with the cord, keychain loop and beads.

Each kit also came with an instruction sheet.

Aren't these cute? Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Preparing to Teach 4th Grade Religion Class

Some items that I am bringing to substitute teach 4th grade Religion class this week. The Mother Teresa peg dolls and Mother Teresa candy bars.

Coloring sheet and pencil cookies. The kids loved the pencil cookies.

Another coloring sheet - with my favorite quote from Mother Teresa.

Monday, October 10, 2016

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Hershey Bars

Tomorrow I am substitute teaching a 4th grade Religion class. I am going to teach the kids about Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  Tomorrow I will post the coloring sheets that I printed out with everything that I am bringing to the class room.

So I made the kids these Hershey Bars with my favorite quote from Mother Teresa -"Do small things with great love." I was able to print out these cute little tags from she actually used them for cupcake toppers. And her blog has so many awesome ideas for Catholic mothers.

I took some Hershey bars and wrapped them with white wrapping paper.

I cut out the quote and taped it to a blue scalloped circle. Then I taped the circle onto the white wrapped Hershey bars.

We should all try to "do small things with great love."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Give Thanks Wooden Signs for Meals on Wheels

I am planning on bringing both Thanksgiving and Halloween treats to Meals on Wheels mid October. However, I decided to start backwards and work on the Thanksgiving treat first.

I bought 50 0f these little wooden signs at Hobby Lobby and decorated them with Sharpie pens because they don't bleed or smudge. Noelle had to help me finish this project!

Coloring 50 little wooden signs is a lot.

Now, I just need to start working on my Halloween Meals on Wheels craft.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Salad for Dinner

Dinner tonight was a salad with some leftover chicken. This is such and easy salad to make!


Spring mix or baby spinach

Chopped Granny Smith apple (s)

Candied pecans (buy from Trader Joe's)

Crumbled Gorgonzola

Finely chopped red onion

Leftover chicken, sliced


1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

3/4 cup canola oil

1 tablespoon dijion mustard

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons sugar

salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl combine the spring mix, apple, gorgonzola, pecans and red onion.  In a small jar combine the vinergrette ingredients. Shake the jar and add a little dressing to the salad. It is unlikely that you would use all the dressing - unless you are making salad to feed 20 people.

Warm the leftover chicken and place the chicken slices on top of each salad plate.

This is also a lovely lunch to make when you like to have a nice lunch for friends.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake

I love Pineapple Upside Down cake! It is a wonderful treat. And so simple to make. Tonight I made the cake in my fluted bundt cake pan.


3 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 pineapple slice  from 20 ounce can (reserve juice)

6 maraschino cherries

1 box yellow cake mix

1 cup pineapple juice (from pineapple can)

1/2 cup canola oil

3 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the melted butter into a 12 cup fluted bundt cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter.

Place pineapple slices over the brown sugar. Put a cherry into each of the pineapple slices.

In a large bowl combine the yellow cake mix with the pineapple juice, canola oil and eggs.

Pour the cake mixture over the fruit and bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the 350 degree preheated oven.

The cake should be golden brown and a toothpick inserted should come out clean.  Cool the cake in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place a plate over the bundt cake pan and turn the pan over onto the plate.

This cake is so easy to cut into slices! Enjoy!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

St. Teresa of Calcutta Peg Dolls

Tomorrow (Sunday, September 4th) Mother Teresa will become Saint Teresa of Calcutta. This year when I am asked to substitute Religion class I am going to bring each of the kids a St. Teresa peg doll and then I will teach the class about her life.

These peg dolls are so fun to make and I find it relaxing to paint them. I bought the wooden peg dolls at Hobby Lobby - I have the app on my phone so I awlays have a coupon!

First I painted the body white and the head in flesh color. I marked the area on the head with a pencil that I wanted to paint white.

It took two coats to cover up the flesh colored paint.

Once the paint was dry I used a blue sharpie for the stripes. And painted two flesh colored hands.

Using a fine tipped black Sharpie I drew the eyes, mouth and a tiny rosary.

I hope this post inspires you to make your own St. Teresa of Calcutta peg dolls!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blueberry Muffins - Bursting with Blueberries

I love making homemade muffins! And blueberries were on sale this week 99 cents for a container. I bought quite a few containers!


5 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup sour cream

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

4 tablespoons turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.

Add melted butter to a large mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar, sour cream and egg until the mixture is smooth and combined.

Stir in baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Gently fold in flour and blueberries.

The batter will be thick. Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups and sprinkle with the tops of the muffins with the turbinado sugar.

Bake for 22 -25 minutes. Test the muffins with a toothpick and make sure that the toothpick comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Then you can enjoy them while warm!

I might have to buy more blueberries this week and make some more muffins to enjoy over Labor day weekend.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pencil Cookies - A Back-to-School Treat

These cookies were so easy to make! Probably because you start with a store bought wafer cookie.

I bought my wafer cookies at Target. But I know they also carry them at grocery stores. Be sure to buy the vanilla flavor for this project,


Vanilla wafer cookies

Pink chocolate disks

White chocolate disks

Mini chocolate chips


Cut one side of the cookie into a point with a sharp knife.

Lay the pointy side of the cookie facing down on a large piece of foil or wax paper.

Melt some pink chcocolate disks. Put the melted chocolate into a zipper top bag and snip off a tiny corner and pipe the erasers.

Then melt some white chocolate and put it in a zipper bag and snip a corner. Pipe the white point and while the chocolate is till warm add the mini chocolate chip. 

Let the cookies dry and then they can be stacked into a box.

These were so simple to make! And while I was making them I thought they would be cute made into candles to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Blaise. They would also be cute made into ties for Father's day. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful school year!