Unplugged & Giving More Than 40%

What a crazy week this has been already. I am leaving tomorrow morning for a 2 1/2 day camping/hiking/educational experience with about 50 students. We will be rained on, cold, and possibly snowed on. It is going to be exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting. I am really looking forward to this trip!

Unplugged

While I am away I won’t be using a computer, phone, or any other technology. The goal is to learn about the river we live on, look at the impact the communities have on the water quality, and hear the stories of those who live there. We will be unplugged and engaged in nature. This is something that most teenagers don’t have an opportunity to do. I love my job! Continue reading

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No Need to Knead Bread

When I started baking bread last year I absolutely fell in love with no knead bread. I am a big proponent for making everything we eat from scratch, as much as I can at least. The idea of whole food has a huge following and it makes sense. Eating food that isn’t processed and is an ingredient itself. Makes sense right? So why is it so hard to do? Cost and convenience is why my family had always turned to a grocery store loaf.

Bread 3Bread has been around for thousands of years. Leavened bread was actually created by pure luck! Bread was originally composed of just flour, water, and salt. Pretty simple! When exposed to yeast the bread begins to bubble on the surface and when baked the bread rises and has the fluffy insides we have grown to love.

Bread takes time and requires kneading. While no knead bread can take 12-18 hours to make, it requires little effort on your part. Simply mix flour, water, yeast, and salt together and let the dough rise for 12-18 hours. Once the rise is complete you toss it into a dutch oven and bake. It forms a crunchy crust on the outside and a warm fluffy center on the inside!

Here is my favorite recipe: Continue reading

What Are You Thankful For?

It is a rainy day on the East Coast where I live. Spring break just ended and I’m currently watching the students shuffle in slowly, resuming their normal activities. 11 weeks until summer. Yes, I keep count. You don’t? This is my 5th year of teaching science. My specialty is Chemistry. When I completed my Masters, I was told that most new teachers quit by year 5. New research shows that this might not be entirely true anymore. I definitely fit into the “not quitting anytime soon” category. Reflection

I’m sitting at my desk, watching it rain, enjoying my coffee and english muffin, which I tracked, and I am reflecting on how lucky and happy I am. I might be over weight and not the healthiest right now, but I am alive. I have a home. I have food. I have friends and I have love. I am happy. What more could I ask for? Other than a million dollars and Ryan Reynolds to come visit my classroom. Continue reading

Accountability – Owning Up to Your Mistakes

WeightYesterday was weigh-in day and just as I expected, I gained 1.8 pounds. Does this bother me? Yes, but I know exactly why this happened. I was lazy, didn’t get my steps in at all, and I didn’t track all week. I didn’t take care of myself the way I have been since starting Weight Watchers. In my mind I was driven to change what I was doing, but I kept making excuses for myself and for my actions. Yes, I was on Spring break and I felt like this vacation was my chance to relax a bit. The disappointment I have in myself after this gain is because I relaxed too much. I should have used this vacation to recharge my motivation and get back in the game. Continue reading

Join the Spring Cleaning Challenge!

I have been sitting on my butt and being lazy while on spring break. With one week left in my break I feel it is really time to do some cleaning and get ready for the last marking period of the school year and jump into Spring and Summer.

I have been looking around for a home organization challenge that fits my family’s needs and home. What I have found is great, but too generic for us. I need something that fits my home.

I have established a timeline beginning tomorrow. The first task will be tackled tomorrow. Here is my timeline: Continue reading