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Sewing for a Cause

The 8th graders are working on Chemo bag covers for #TeamMathias12 to donate to the children’s hospitals in the area.  There have been sit and sew sessions in the area, and while Mrs. Allen has not been able to participate in them, she wanted her students to participate in a sewing project that would benefit the community.  The students worked on sewing their shorts project, and when they finished the shorts, they used our left over fabric to make chemo covers for the kids.  They students really enjoyed making these for their classmates cause!  You can read more about the sit and sew efforts and get directions to make the bags at Sylvia’s Blog – and you can read more about what is going on with Mathias at his Caring Bridge page or on the Team Mathias Facebook page

Here are some of the bags that were sewn by the students in class.  It is great to know that we are helping with this cause.  Happy Sewing!


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Comfort food

We have come to an agreement here at school – WE LOVE COMFORT FOOD!  The warm and cozy feeling that it gives you – wanting to cuddle up under a blanket and sit by the fireplace while sipping on a cup of coffee or cocoa and maybe enjoying even a bowl of soup – One of my favorite soups on a cold fall afternoon is creamy potato cheddar soup.


One of my favorite recipes is from allrecipes.com The Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup recipe is simply delicious.  With a chicken stock base and heavy cream to thicken it up- I love it!  Add a little cheese *sigh* LOVE!!!  Cook it down for hours to thicken it up, and it just keeps getting better!


potato soup

Photo credit: Allrecipes.com user: abapplez Spotsylvania, Virginia

In addition to the potato soup, we all agree that homemade hot cocoa is the BEST!  Now I have a friend who takes chocolate milk from the grocery store, and heats it on the stove, then just add a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkle on top of it- Claiming it to be a secret recipe!  🙂  It is very good (especially when using fresh milk from the creamery, as it is so rich and thick)  And for goodness sakes – Trust me I am not counting calories on these foods, they are a “treat” to be consumed on an “occasional basis” not daily…  But they are so “Mmmm Mmmm Good”

The hot cocoa recipe that I love it also from Allrecipes.com (I always look for the highest rating recipes and then read the reviews about how people changed things and improved or changed it to their liking)  This Creamy Hot Cocoa recipe is delicious – But in taking advice from the reviews, I lessened the sugar that was added to it – It is VERY sweet when you make the original recipe, so less is better (in my opinion)  You can also make your own whipped cream, then grate some cinnamon on top for a little bit of color and flavor contrast



Photo Credit :  All recipes user: mominml from Moses Lake, Washington

So what are some of your favorite recipes  – We would love to hear from you – You can share them in the comments or paste a link in there as well.  We hope that you will try these recipes yourself at home, and be on the look out for some of the other fun things that we are doing in class – Coming soon – A healthy Halloween treat that all the little “ghouls” will love!

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Careful with that knife… No, really!

As most of my students and colleagues know, I dropped a knife on my foot on August 19, 2013… The first teacher day back to school, in the evening at my home while making salsa… Not only did it require stitches, but I was not given antibiotics, so it became infected and set me back for about 2 weeks until my family doctor gave me a script and fixed me up…

Yes, it was a very tragic occurrence… and trust me… if I had it to do all over again, I would rewind time and never have it happen.

Not only have I missed a TON of time from work, which I am not happy about (How is it that specialty doctors are only open until 4 PM daily?), but I have also had a heck of a time finding shoes that I can wear since it is now getting colder outside… I did manage to find a pair of Crocs that can be made into a waterproof boot so that my feet will not get wet in the winter, as the other sandals I had did not cut it for the rainy weather today…

So I mention this, not only as a reminder… But to also highlight that even though you think “That will never happen to me”, it most certainly can… I am living proof of the fact… So with that being said, here are a few tips to keep you safe with knives in the kitchen…

1. Always keep your knives sharp. A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. Dulls knives slip and cause injury… In my case, the knife was a SUPER SHARP, BRAND SPANKING NEW, Pampered Chef knife that plummeted off the counter and into my foot… Not a good thing…

2. Keep knives away from the edge of the counter where they could get knocked off… I was in the process of making salsa and put the knife on the edge of the counter on a cutting board, and I bumped the cutting board, making it and the knife fall off onto the floor. 😦

3. Do not put knives into soapy water, as you cannot see them when you are washing things, and the last thing that we want to have happen is for you, or anyone else to reach into the water and come out with a cut, or even worse, one less finger.

4. When knives are not in use, keep them in their safety collar/sleeve or in a knife block. Knives will lose their edge if they are just thrown into a drawer and we do not want people reaching into the drawer and grabbing these. (This brings back memories of being at a friends house when I was a child. Their nephew who was about 2 would open drawers and grab inside, not being able to see what was in the drawer… We almost had a huge injury, but thankfully someone saw him opening the drawer where the knives were stored, and those knives were re-located to a much more “Kid-friendly” location!

5. In the event of an emergency caused by a knife… GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM – NO OTHER PLACE!!! Make sure to get antibiotics and follow up with your doctor quickly… You do not want to get an infection and end up with bigger issues…

While my foot has finally started to heal, it has been a huge inconvenience in my life – Please, please, please – be sure that you are wearing shoes in the kitchen (even if you are not using a knife) as there are lots of things that could hurt you… hot water, ovens, etc… it is not worth it.

Just my two cents… hopefully this helps someone in the future… I don’t want to hear about any of my students, co-workers or friends ending up in the hospital over a “little knife” incident.

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