Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Black Friday!

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If you are like me, you are lounging on the couch, delightfully enjoying a nice cup of coffee on Black Friday.  I must say, I have been tempted to brave the traffic and noisy crowds to get that 8 foot tall, pre-lit $200 Christmas tree for $69 but sanity soon creeps in. The reality is that I would be sitting at traffic lights for hours, dragging my six-year-old from store to store, pouting endlessly about why everything was out of stock!  No thank you!  A teacher should enjoy days like these dressed down, using the bathroom as many times as possible, and watching sappy holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel. We may even bake some cookies today if I can manage to get off of the couch! 
The best part of today is being able to work on resources for TeachersPayTeachers.  I have been wanting to "catch up" on creating resources that I can use in my classroom and share with other teachers.  Now that report cards are complete, papers are graded, and the holiday break has begun, I am so happy to return to my favorite hobby. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEE making resources for TpT and my students get so excited when we have new activities to try out! I bet yours do, too!  Because I just spent yesterday at the beach...I am feeling super relaxed and I want to do something nice for other teachers.
Photo: Happy Thanksgiving everyone.......I am extremely thankful for my view!
So, I am throwing a BIG Black Friday Sale on my TeachersPayTeachers store! Woo hoo!  This way, all of you can scoop up some resources for your classroom. I have reduced everything at 20% OFF so you can get as much as you need!  Happy Thankgiving/Black Friday/Early Start to the Holidays!!!
Enjoy time with your family, relax, and stay safe this weekend! 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Apple Rings and Autumn Things

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There's nothing like a warm slice of apple pie in the fall to start off your day.  Of course, I didn't make a pie (um, I'm a teacher...who has time?) but I did make a quick and easy apple pie ring for my family. 
To make, all you need to use is:
1. a can of refrigerated crescent rolls 
2.  apple pie filling in a can 
3.  cream cheese (reduced fat is my fave) 
4. cinnamon 
5. butter 
6. powdered sugar
7. vanilla
Mix a bar of cream cheese, about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla in a bowl until creamy.  Arrange the crescent rolls in a circle of triangles with the larger part of the triangles connecting. (This looks like a sunshine with a hole in the middle.)  Spread the creamy mixture on the large part of the triangles in the circle.  Add apple pie filling on this part as well.  Bring the points of the triangles over the mixture and seal on the inner part of the circle.  Note:  there will be openings where the mixture is...don't worry, it won't run!  Bake according to directions on the rolls and you will have a delicious, sweet treat for your family!
I am hoping this lovely breakfast will inspire me to make some Thanksgiving resources for TpT!  I have already started working on one that I hope to finish today.  Here is an example of what I am working on.  The second two pictures below link to what you see.  Enjoy these FREEBIES!  Just click and they are yours!  FYI...the first one is just a pic of the cover. :)
Have you picked up my other Thanksgiving resources on TpT?  I know I am biased, but they are darn cute!  They've both gotten great reviews so I know you'll be pleased!
I am such a fan of seasonal books to go along with these activities!  These are some of my favorites!
Also, if you didn't know already, I blog over at:
I still enjoy posting resources for all ages since I have taught every elementary grade!  All Things Upper Elementary gives me a chance to blog about the grade I currently teach which is 5th. My latest post over there, however, applies to all ages.  It is about increasing student engagement and there is a FREEBIE for you to use in your classroom!  Go ahead and peek, the free resource can be used in any classroom upper elementary or not!  Let me know what you think!
I am heading off of here full of an apple ring and ready to create an autumn thing!  Okay, I confess.  Perhaps I had a tad too much coffee this morning!  I'm off to finish that resource above and don't worry, you'll be the first to know when it's done! 
Happy Fall!  Love and Hugs,