Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Eve of Thanksgiving

Got ahead on the Thanksgiving menu, and decided to make my smashed potatoes tonight. I am so excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow and am so grateful to have two of my siblings to spend it with. Wish I could be with the rest of the family though.

5 lbs of red potatoes, 2 1/2 sticks of butter, 1 head of roasted garlic, cajun seasoning (tony sacheres), milk, salt, pepper, and a couple of hours later, you've got yourself a heck of a lot of delicious smashed potatoes.

Other items on the menu:
green bean casserole
honey glazed ham from costco
corn bread stuffing
Judy's rolls
and turtle brownies

I really want to make this pie crust, so we'll see. Probably won't happen...
It's supposed to be the best!

All Butter, Really Flaky Pie Dough

Makes enough dough for one double-, or two single-crust pies.

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces, 16 tablespoons or 1 cup) unsalted butter, very cold

Love you all! And Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sumo bots!

Here is a video of my middle schoolers' sumo bot unit.
The kids went gaga over the sumo bots-- they absolutely loved them!

It was my mentor's first time doing sumo bots with his students, but figured he would give it a try since he has me as his student teacher.
We taught them basic circuiting and construction and then we had a tournament for all of the teams.

Some other things I am teaching to my classes:
-Lego Robots
-Hydraulic Arms
-Mass producing toy cars
-Making pens on wood lathes
-Penny hockey boards

and the list goes on and on...
and yes it is quite overwhelming,
but I am learning so much as a teacher every day.

8 more days until I am done with school forever!!!!