Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Buttermilk Raspberry Cake

Our family loves supporting local businesses. I also love for my family to be able to eat as many all natural products as possible. Lucky for us, there is a local dairy/creamery in Clermont, GA about 15 minutes from our house. Each week, I try to save $10.00 out of our grocery budget to spend on fresh lowfat milk, chocolate milk, ice cream, and eggs from this local business. On Friday, when we were out and about, we stopped by Mountain Fresh Creamery for our weekly shopping trip. After picking up our normal products, the cashier told me that they were giving away half gallon jugs of buttermilk, with any purchase because it was about to be out of date. Since I love being frugal, and especially love FREE, I took a half gallon of buttermilk and convinced myself we would figure out a way to use it.

This weekend I did a little searching for some yummy buttermilk recipes and one of the first ones to come up was this recipe for Raspeberry Buttermilk Cake. Since it was memorial day weekend I thought it would be the perfect treat, and baked up two batches over the weekend. We did add a couple of White Chocolate Chips in to batter, because I had them left over from a sale at Christmas. It turned out to be DELICIOUS, and we added a little sugar free cool whip on top and it made the perfect dessert!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A short little video of our six year old Hosea singing his new favorite song, he learned from his music teacher Ms. Paula at Preschool. He goes around the house singing this song all day long, and I thought it was too cute not to record. :)

Sea Animal Tiles for Kitchen

A couple weeks ago I decided I wanted to use the kid's hand prints on tiles to use for a back-splash in my kitchen. Since I'm staying at home this summer, and we didn't have any plans for yesterday... it was the perfect day to begin the project. I used navy blue and white, basic, kitchen tiles that cost .49 cents from Lowes and Crayola Kids Paint, and painted the kids hands to create different animals such as crabs, jellyfish, rainbow fish, and octopuses.

After each child made 4 tiles, I allowed the basic design to dry. While the kids took afternoon naps, I went back and added on some final touches like bubbles, grass, sand, eyes, etc. After the tiles dried, I sprayed them with a clear shellac spray to make them water proof! Now the tiles are ready for Derrick to hang them up above our stove in the kitchen! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teacher Portfolio Reflection

    I wrote this reflection for my Educational Portfolio Final Reflection and thought I would share...       

           The concepts of success and failure are important ideas in the realm of education. Our society measures teachers by the success of the students they teach. Students are judged by the level of success they achieve on standardized tests. A teacher may fail to make adequate yearly progress if her students fail to achieve on a particular day of testing. My education at Brenau, my experiences in the classroom at schools, and even my relationship with my own children has shown me that perhaps the ideas of success and failure are not as clear cut as we may like to think.
            Almost six years ago, I was one semester away from graduating with a Bachelors of Science from Brenau University and I made the choice to leave the comforts of home in order to gain an education, in the classroom of life, in a rural country in Africa. To many, this seemed like failing to succeed at my goal of graduating with a degree, so that I could become an educator. In reality, this life changing experience gave me a greater idea of what real success is. In Africa, I learned that education is a gift and that it comes with responsibilities; the responsibility to use your education for a greater cause than achieving the perfect score on a standardized test. I also learned, that as a teacher, I should see my student’s long term ability to succeed in anything they put their minds to, as the measurement of my success or failure as a teacher.
            As I begin the path to my future as an educator, my hope and desire is that I can define success and failure in a completely different way in my classroom. I hope that I can give a measure of success to every student, whether they have mastered every standard or not. I will have succeeded as an educator, if my students can walk out of my classroom with their heads held high knowing that they are smart, unique, special and that they hold the keys to a "successful future" inside of them. 
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