I’m reading The Strange Case of Origami Yoda with the 5th graders, and before the holiday break we learned how to make origami Yodas. I asked the students to write a New Year message in Yoda speak on their puppets so I could hang them up for January.
This was from a Food Network Magazine sometime last year. It was good but a little same-y. I’d completely forgotten I’d made it until I went back through my recipe photos from last year to see what I’d missed. And I only made it in December.
I feel like I’ve made a lot of variations on bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts with mustard and/or potatoes. It’s perfectly good, but I’m starting to get a little bored. This recipe was originally for chicken thighs, which Adam doesn’t like, so maybe that would have spiced it up. Read more on Mustard Chicken Breasts with Rosemary Potatoes…
I haven’t posted about school in forever. Well, it’s winter, so…we’re reading winter books in pre-k and kindergarten! It snowed this weekend, which makes this even more appropriate to post about. We are well into our novels in grades 1-6, we’ve been reading them since November. And I did a lot of various holiday stories with the little ones in the fall. Now it’s January, so we’re enjoying some snowy stories.
Yesterday we finally woke up to some snow, and now we’re waiting for Winter Storm Juno to pummel the Northeast tomorrow afternoon. My school district has already called an early dismissal for 1pm tomorrow, it’s going to be bad. But yesterday, with the 2 or so inches we got here by the shore, Hannah and I went out for a bit to stomp around in it.
Last year I got pretty good at cooking fish and adding it into my dinner planning. I cook shrimp all the time (the only shellfish Adam likes), but I really wanted to expand my skills and start swapping out red meat for fish where I could. We cut down on red meat a lot last year, which was way easier than I thought it would be. I’m kind of a raging carnivore, and I still eat it, but cutting back on it wasn’t hard. Read more on Eat More Fish!…
What a fabulous (and noisy) program. We all went to the inaugural show yesterday in Red Bank. The NJ Symphony Orchestra did a matinee performance for kids before their grownup show last night. This is the first event at Count Basie, but I think I’ve seen this elsewhere around the state. Maybe NJPAC?
Friday night was the 11th anniversary of my first date with Adam (which was also on a Friday). The anniversary must have fallen on a Friday before, but this is the first year I remember it.
So, Hannah spent the night at my mom’s, and Adam and I wandered around Manhattan in the freezing cold of January just like we did back in 2004 when we met. We are too old for stuff like this.
Man, last year was a stinker for reading. My lowest year to date. I was a bit busy juggling a lot of different things, but it’s no excuse! This year, I WILL do better. I have to break 100 at least, I mean seriously. I’m back teaching, which should spur me on. It’s kind of hilarious to see how my life has changed since I started this blog in 2008 and how that’s affected my reading.