Spelling Battleship

I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program. More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in…

Upcycled American Flag Mirror

My grandma, which you may have realized from previous posts, loves the American flag. She has an entire craft room that is dedicated to Americana decor. I had found a mirror at a thrift shop in Logan, Utah that was pretty basic. My intentions were¬†to paint it like the American flag for my grandma. I…

Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

I told you that I have an insatiable sweet tooth already, which I’m sure you’ve long since realized. And the pumpkin! I long for the fall season mainly because of pumpkin everything. I take every chance I get to incorporate pumpkin into my cooking and baking – I just love it THAT much. Chris and…

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

I saw a recipe on Pinterest that caught my attention this weekend. I love pumpkin, and with fall approaching, I thought it was the perfect timing to try this cookie recipe out! The combination of pumpkin, cream cheese, and the cinnamon sugar topping made for a delicious treat! Pumpkin Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles Prep Time: 1…

Coffee Table IKEA Hack

When Chris and I first got married, we headed to IKEA to check out some options for furnishing our very first apartment. I LOVE IKEA and was so excited to take a trip to Sandy, Utah and take Chris on his very first IKEA experience! We picked up a variety of things, one being the…

Chicken Tikka Masala

This is one of my favorite recipes, one I come back to time and time again when I’m in the mood for Indian food – which is always! Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe from Allrecipes.com Ingredients 1 cup yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 2…

Upcycled Metal Cabinet

This summer, I’ve been helping my grandma reorganize the sewing room in her house. In her sewing room were two old, beat-up metal cabinets full of craft supplies.  Here’s the before:  We didn’t want to get rid of them due to their functionality and storage space, but we also didn’t love them. You know what…

Buttermilk Corn Bread

I first had this cornbread at my aunt’s house, and it is completely to DIE for! It is, hands-down, the best cornbread I’ve ever had. Even with doubling the batch, it’s gone before you know it. (I would highly recommend doubling the batch. You won’t be able to keep your hands off!) Here’s the recipe:…

Minnie Mouse Apron

I saw the cutest Disney-inspired aprons on Pinterest, and wanted to try my hand at sewing my own. With the help of my grandma and a similar pattern, we set out to make the first one, Minnie Mouse. I found the perfect fabric at Joann’s Fabric. Once I purchased my fabric, I was dying to…

Wax Museum

For our last writing project, I decided to get a little bit more creative. While I was at Edith Bowen Laboratory School, the fifth grade teachers, Joan Kyriopoulos and Jan Farmer, had their students participate in a project termed the Wax Museum. I loved the idea and decided to incorporate it into my own classroom….

Baby J’s Quilt

I can’t even begin to tell you how much has been going on this summer, hence the very infrequent blog posts since school got out. The weather has been beautiful, hanging out with friends and family, working, and I’ve been doing long-awaited craft projects.  This leads me to one of my latest ventures: a baby…

Kandinsky Murals

For art, we channeled Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract, color-rich murals. His works were greatly influenced by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Here was our inspiration: For this project, I gave each of my students a white piece of card stock. With the paper vertically on their desks, they measured 2 3/4 inches across and…