Shark Attack!

It’s teacher appreciation time again. My kids’ school does a staff breakfast each year to thank the teachers. This year they did an underwater theme. So, I made this watermelon shark. He really made a splash!

Also for teacher appreciation, the K-Kids group that my oldest is part of (it’s a children’s division of Kiwanis) do ‘secret pals’. The kids each choose a teacher or staff member (chosen randomly from a hat) and give a small thank you gift at least once a week for the month of May. At the appreciation breakfast the staff gets to find out who their secret pal is, and usually give a gift in return. This year we made a basket full of sunshine, filled with lots of yellow items (candy, pen, chips, juice, candle…), a bag of mint things (with a cute saying about how their involve-‘mint’ has ‘mint’ a lot to me), some homemade cookies (for making her one smart cookie), and a notepad and notecards (for a note-worthy teacher). She had such fun helping to put the gifts together and giving them to her teacher.
We also gave a gift to her regular teacher, as well as my son’s teacher. It was various types of popcorn and tootsie pops, in a popcorn bowl from the dollar store, with a card that said “For a POP-ular teacher”. I love doing gifts for others.

Once a Month Cooking

Have you ever done Once-a-Month cooking? The idea is that you do all your dinner cooking/prepping in one day and freeze it all. Then you have ready-to-go meals the rest of the month. It saves time and money, and it’s healthier than store-bought freezer meals. I’ve decided to give it a try. During winter I do a lot of crock pot cooking anyway.

I’m kind of a picky eater (thankfully my kids aren’t), and can’t always find recipes we will all like. Over on Pinterest I have pinned a bunch of crock-pot and freezer meal sites and recipes. I sifted through them and found 24 recipes that I wanted to do, including ones I do already. 2 of the recipes even made double, so at the end of the day I had 26 meals ready to go.

On Friday, with only 2 of my kids shopping with me, I bought what I needed. And on Saturday I prepped and cooked. I spent about 2 hours prepping/cooking and $180 on ingredients (thank you Winco). I got freezer bags and pans at our local dollar store, and labeled them with masking tape and a sharpie. The labels have the recipe name and cooking instructions.

Here is what I made (recipes linked):

For crockpot

Honey Sesame Chicken

Curry (mine)…no link yet

For Oven
Cheese Lasagna (basic)…no link
Baked Macaroni & Cheese (mine)…no link yet

And a bonus link! There are a few recipes in here that call for a ‘cream of –‘ soup. Instead of using a canned soup, I used this recipe, and will add water at the time of cooking.

Cream of “something” soup recipe

Halloween Food

 It’s Halloween, and I made some festive foods thanks to Pinterest. Sorry I didn’t remember to get a photo of this first one before I wrapped them up for travel to the school. They are just regular brownies, with some frosting decoration. My inspiration came from here.
For dinner we had some super easy to make Mummy Dogs.

And that wraps up my month of Pinterest challenge. Of course, I will still be doing more projects I’ve pinned, but probably not quite as often.