Thursday, June 20, 2019

Asian Quinoa Salad

Summer is my favorite time to make fun quinoa salads. So easy to toss veggies with the grain, add dressing, and have a nice cool tasty meal for a few days. I've been working this one out for a bit and it hit the spot. Lots of crispy veggies, some nuts, a creamy tangy dressing, and perfection!
It reminds me of a slaw meets a sesame noodle type dish. Any heaviness of the nut butter based dressing is lost in the mix of veggies and quinoa. I can even see this being good warmed up, too.
You can easily boost it as a meal by adding some salmon or chickpeas tossed in or on the side. Serve as a side. An easy lunch. This was so easy and has so many possibilities. I made it even easier to throw together by buying pre-shredded cabbage and carrots! 






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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

End of a Year!

you're a firework...
let it shine...

{Firework -- Katy Perry}

Another year is through.
At 12pm today, I say goodbye to 32 third graders and send them off to summer vacation.
This was quite the year and these kiddos kept me on my toes!
It's hard to recognize this group when I think back to the crew that sat before me on day 1.
They've matured, learned so much, gotten taller, and grown in many other ways.

I say every group is a special group and one of my favorites. And once again, this group will forever have a special place in my heart. They were hilarious, cheeky, curious, and had more energy than I have ever seen. We channeled it all into a year of learning and laughing.

But now...it's time for summer. Some downtime. Some working. Some gearing up for some minor changes in the year ahead!




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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 24

The Good:
My latest read - super good!

The Random:
I looked down at Trader Joe's on Friday and saw this staring back...

The Fun:
We wrapped up our huge Native American unit on Friday with a museum. The kids beamed with pride sharing their reports and artifacts with the parents and other grades!



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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Scav Hunt Sunday: Skylight and Succulents

Window:
 Love the sunrise through the skylights at my gym.

J is for:
 ...jersey! Even Mrs. Mallard gets into the spirit when teams are in the playoffs!

Letters:
 Fun letter blocks at a local shop.

Minimal:
 Simple succulent shelves at By Chloe.

Repeat:
June skies reflecting in the Longwood area.


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

June Randoms v. 1

tulip fields...flowing fountain...three swans
art fair...boston skyline...moody sky
letter blocks...city reflected...minimal shelves
garlic cloves...porch garden...public garden
park art...bruins spirit...orange paint
skylight sunrise...boston pride...stunning sunset
monthly donut...isis bloom...latest read
alium bloom...innovation stairs...dewey square
little bee...special projects...farmers market


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Things My Third Graders Say v. 28

me: where is your kippa
kid: in my lunchbox 
me: why
kid: it's hungry 

me: weather is determined by...
kid 1: meteorologists 
kid 2: god
kid 3: scientists who think they're god 
me: yes, but no...

me: food that is fresh is...
kid: organic
me: i was going for unspoiled but that works too

kid: i'm not savage...yet
me: bad use of yet

kid: i'm going to write with my ear
me: no
kid: what
me: see don't damage your hearing further
me: stop playing bumper study shields.

kid 1: what does it mean to produce pigs
kid 2: it's called fakin'

kid 1: what's a top knot
me: like a bun
kid 2: no more like a hipster

kid: why are our words weird 

kid 1: wow native americans hunted a lot of meat
kid 2: because meat is amazing
me: it's been a long week
kid: it's monday

kid: guess what
me: your face
kid: i have been a bad influence on you

me: the word is urgent
kid: don't cry for me urgent-ina 
me: wow

kid: i held a worm
me: i hope you used soap and water after
kid: on my hands or the worm

me: they ate succatash 
kid: you said a bad word
me: how about...
kid: your mom

kid: were JFK and Ella Fitzgerald related

kid 1: is an eyelid a real thing
kid 2: blink you just saw your eyelid
kid 1: no i saw black 

me: the font needs to look like normal writing
kid: it does...like normal death writing
me: no

me: ok you motley crew
kid: we're not moldy 
kid 1: is jk rowling still alive
me: yes
kid 2: she's like 58
kid 3: that's old...it's almost 60

kid: which side is the bright side
me: it's not a place it's a thing
kid: but where is it

me: how'd you know that
kid: it got memorized in my brain

kid: poptismism 
me: optimism?
kid: no peptosism
me: pepto bismol? 
kid: no peptimisticom 
me: i'm optimistic you will get this! 

kid 1: i am getting vulgar fractions
kid 2: it's using bad words?
kid 1: i'm confuzzled 
kid 2: is that confused and fuzzy at the same time

kid: ugh
me: what
kid: i'm ughing because this is boring

kid: i heard a study that said any music can help us focus
me: do you have a request
kid: beasty boys

kid: the pueblo hunted cantelope
me: i think you mean antelope

kid: i quit
me: you can't quit yet 
kid: why
me: you need to give two weeks notice first
kid: are there two weeks of school left
me: yes
kid: i give my two weeks notice then i am quitting

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Allium

My all-time favorite flower is most likely allium.
How can you not love tall purple puffy blooms!
The Public Garden is always the best place to find a sea of blooms.
Every path ends in a burst of blooms, standing tall, bright and vivid!
One of the best parts of spring!



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