Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday, Primarily Speaking & Bright Concepts for Teachers Giveaway, and Chicken Pot Pie!

That title is cracking me up, even as I'm writing this! 
Let me say that the only thing those three things have in common, at least as far as I know, is that they are in my blog post this morning!

I am in love with this idea! Linking back to old posts. I'm seeing some great stuff out there that I would have missed. Pretty soon I'm sure we'll be sharing our best tips & tricks for back to school.
I said it. Those dreaded words. Back to school.
It's almost upon us. (cue the lurky Jaws music here)
 I'm resisting the urge to do "schooly" things until after the beach, which is next week. Until then, my mind is still on sweet summertime! 

The post I'm linking is from last July when I made my FIRST item for TPT!
It's a set of customizable owl-themed I have, who has cards. They're still free in my store if you want to pick them up! 

Here is is:

I finally have my  FIRST ITEM for Teachers Pay Teachers! It's a set of owl-themed, customizable, I have, who has cards. These are cards that can be used in classrooms or as a game at home.

I must admit, it took forever, but I'm pretty happy with the results!

If you're not familiar with the "I have, who has" concept, I'll explain:

Each student gets one (or more) cards. On the cards will say I have (and a number), who has (another number). Let's say the student says: "I have 7, who has 9?" Another student will have a card that says: "I have 9, who has (another number), and so on...  It's a really fun game that can be customized to fit any set of numbers you're working with.

As I began to think, you could use this for all kinds of activities. Shapes, words, symbols, or animals. 

This is definitely not a teachers-only item. Perhaps you'd like it for your school-aged children to play at home or with a tutor or friend.

The best part is that it's FREE!

This is the first of MANY items I'll put on Teachers Pay Teachers. Stop back to my TPT store often!

I also just learned that it's International Blog Hopping Day! I've also posted my item in the FREEBIE section!

Follow The Famous Yellow Road
NEXT, I'm glad to say that I part of a FANTASTIC giveaway today that's being hosted by Jamie & Aimee at Primarily Speaking & Bright Concepts for Teachers. They are celebrating 500 followers!
Do the Hustle, ladies! :) Head on over & check it out! One of the prizes is an item of the winner's choosing from my TPT store.
Last, but certainly not least, I have a recipe that I tried out this week and LOVED!
It's a super-good chicken pot pie made with puff pastry. 
SO, SO delicous!
And since you BUY the pastry already made, it's even easier because, c'mon, I do NOT know how to make puff least, not yet anyway!
You guys, it was PRETTY! Golden, flaky, buttery...and that was just the top! 
It's not exactly a summer meal but we are unconventional in that way. I'm definitely storing this recipe away for a snowy night dinner. 
(My version is adapted from THIS recipe from Eat, Live, Run)

Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust
serves 6-8
3 medium sized carrots, chopped
2 large stalks celery, chopped
4 small red potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 quart chicken stock
6 T butter
1 yellow onion, diced
6 T flour 
1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) *You can also use chicken breasts but there won't be as much FLAVA! :)
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 sheets frozen puff pastry
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and take puff pastry sheets out of the freezer to defrost.
In a large pot, bring the stock to a boil and add the carrots, celery and potatoes. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Remove veggies and pour stock in a large measuring cup or bowl to save for later. 
Fill the pot up with fresh water and bring to a boil. Add chicken thighs and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. While the recipe says to let them cool, I just put on some rubber gloves & pulled the chicken apart I like rustic shreds rather than uniform cubes of chicken, but that's just me. 
Rinse that pot out, again! Medium heat, melt your butter, add onion and cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flour and stir constantly to make a roux. Cook for another five minutes, or until the roux begins to smell toasty and darken a little bit in color. That's the good stuff! Slowly stream in reserved stock while stirring to make the sauce (it will get thick!). Cook and stir for another three minutes then turn off heat and slowly stream in the cream. Stir until it's nice and smooth. It will come together, I promise! Add cooked veggies and chicken back to the sauce as well as the salt and pepper.
Pour pot pie filling in a large casserole dish that holds at least two quarts. Unfold defrosted puff pastry sheets and gently lay over the top. Brush top with a beaten egg for shine.
Cut small slices in the pie to let steam escape and then bake for 10 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 more. I ended up taking the foil off and putting it BACK in to brown up a little more before I served it. 
Enjoy! It's SO good!

Okay, so THIS is the last thing...I just want to say that I am SO humbled by the donations coming in from family & friends for my Donors Choose project to bring 2 iPads to my classroom! How wonderful to feel so supported in a dream for my classroom! We are over half-way there! This is so exciting!
If you haven't donated and would like to, enter code: INSPIRE at checkout and your donation will be DOUBLED! Incredible!


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  2. I just saw this was a Throwback Thursday post and had to delete my comment congratulating you on your first TpT product! Oops! Not my best close reading skills ;) I must say though, I am so glad they are still free because I love anything with a cute owl! Thanks for sharing!!

    Glad I came across your blog, too. It's so cute. Love the ladybugs!

    Mrs. Z & Company

  3. I love the little owls, and that pot pie looks AMAZING...yum!!!

    First Grade Wolves

    1. Hey Wallis! Seriously, TRY that pot-pie recipe! So good! I'm thinking about making it again this week! :)

  4. Alisha. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award for bloggers with less than 200 followers. Pop over to my blog to read about it.
    First Grade by the Sea

    1. Hi Pauline! Thank you so much for the nomination, but I have already accepted a Liebster award back in the spring. Again, thanks so much! :)

  5. Love me some Phish, too!

    Love the owls...I think I am leaning that way for my theme this year! I am your newest follower: I can't wait to read more!

    Bitty Bilinguals

    1. Hey Bobbi! Phish was SICK! The Sunday show is going in my top 5 list for sure! Thanks for following! :)

  6. Alisha, Congratulations! Last week I nominated you for the Liebster award, but I don't know if you saw the post on your facebook page. Check out my blog for more information.
    First Grade by the Sea


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