Back to School……Back to School…..

‘Tis that time of year again! I got a lot accomplished this summer: gave birth, finished potty training my daughter….you know, the usual.   Thanks to Pinterest I got a lot of fun projects and recipes under my belt as well!  Here are my last 2 pins of the summer!

The Nap Mat:  Since my daughter is a giant and doesn’t quite fit in a Pack-n-Play anymore, she needed a new place to sleep at the babysitter’s.  The Babbysitter showed me a pin for this Nap Mat as a solution to our napping dilema.  So cute!  It was fairly easy, although I unsuccessully tried to “Courtney-ize” it by thiking I’m smarter than the tutorial- which I wasn’t.  If I make another, I probably won’t add the velco so the foam can be removed.  It wasn’t a pretty sight…..   No pics of my Sweet Clara using it, but she is loving it! Here is the tutorial picture, though.  Very Similar.

Egg Muffins:  In my quest to eat less carbohydrates I ate a lot of egg whites this summer.  With two crazy girls to get ready in the morning I did not want to make eggs every day, but didn’t want to give into cereal’s temptation.  This pin solved my problem!  What a great idea and so yummy!  I cooked a bunch of these suckers on Sunday and I can reheat them every morning and eat on the way to work!  Here is my variation and the websites pic.

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1 carton Egg Whites

1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh spinach, chiffonade

Mozzerella Cheese

Salt & Pepper

Mix together and pour into greased muffin tins.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.


August 14, 2012. Family Life, I love my job!, Recipes. 2 comments.

Pin #9: Welcome to Mrs. Dameron’s Room!

I haven’t created any new Pinspirations in a week or two because I’ve been busy (*cough*…..lazy).  Actually, I have been spending many an afternoon looking up new ideas and buying fabric.  I found a Fabric Outlet with $1.99 knit and I’ve been gathering ideas of what I can make so I can buy all the knit I need in one shopping trip.  Many a day dreaming session has been spent thinking about the projects I’m excited to start….a Nap Mat for Clara (I’ll post in a few days),  too many dresses and tops to count, Halloween costumes (so excited to make 2 coordinating costumes this year!) and of course…..CHRISTMAS DRESSES!  I know with school starting back I won’t have as much time to get crafty- because I’ll be teaching the future of America how to indeed be crafty themselves!  There’s that dreaded word……school.

Since school is starting back whether I like it or not, I have had many thoughts on how to dress up my room.  It is shockingly my 6th year of teaching and I have barely changed a decoration since I first moved in.  I have been eyeing some black and white chevron fabric for new curtains, and searching for cheap wall decor ideas.  I like my students to feel comfortable in my room,  but also inspired by pretty things.  One way I thought I could welcome my new students and let them know that the space they are about to enter can be a home away from home was with a wreath.  I have a zero dollar budget for room decorating, so I scrounged through what I had in my craft closet.  I amazingly found a letter “D” on clearance for $.64, revamped a grapevine wreath I have never used and was inspired by these sweet felt flowers.  Welcome to Mrs. Dameron’s room…….. when you enter this room you are safe, you are noticed, and you are loved.

July 29, 2012. I love my job!, Interior Design. Leave a comment.

A Glimpse Into the Past

For the past 2 weeks my Fashion Design students have been researching and creating presentations on a particular fashion decade.  This is one of my favorite projects to facilitate and to grade.  The girls have so much fun looking through websites to find examples of Fashion Icons, Make Up and Hair trends, and are even inspired to dress in reflection of their time period.  I always have to break up the fights over who gets the 60’s and pull teeth to get anyone to research the 90’s!  Come on, the 90’s were a terrible decade for fashion……… which makes it all the more fun to look at!

This year I have the special treat of bringing in an actual vintage dress from 1950 to show them.  My grandmother has been divvying out her prized possessions to any grandchild who will take them off of her hands, and of course is always taking requests.  My latest plea was to own her stunning pink floral chiffon dress.  Even as a little girl I saw the absolute beauty of this simple little dress my grandfather bought her when they were first married.  Always a tom-boy, my grandmother claims to have only worn it once (maybe!).   I certainly got more use out of it than she did, since I insisted on playing dress up in it every time I spent the evening at her house. 

I’m inspired to keep a few of my favorite garments as keepsakes, no matter how out of style they become.  Who knows, maybe one day my grandchildren will argue over the right to inherit my “Softball Babes” uniform t-shirts.  But, probably not.

September 21, 2011. Fashion, I love my job!. 1 comment.

Safety 1st!

Before we let any student get their grubby little hands on our kitchen equipment, we…well, teach them why their hands shouldn’t be grubby!  The last 2 weeks I have said the words, “Trichinosis” and “Staphylococcus” more times than I can remember (the kiddos love it when you say big funny words).

As Home Cooks, there are a few essentials that we all need to remember.  We get into the groove of how our own kitchens run, and we can sometimes overlook dangerous violations of safety and sanitation.  So, as a reminder to keep our families and  friendly patrons safe, here are few friendly reminders from my lesson plans this week. 

1. NEVER thaw meat in a warm water bath.  OK, I admit I am guilty of this one when dinner needs to be made in a pinch.  But, bacteria breed like bunnies between the temperatures of 41*-135*, and putting frozen chicken in a sink full of warm water for an hour is just asking for it.

2. NEVER leave food at room temperature for more than 2 hours.  This is an important rule to remember with the holidays coming up.  The same principle of the “Danger Zone” as mentioned in #1 applies.  Only, after 2 hours the bacteria have grown SO MUCH that it can be almost impossible to get rid of them, even after re-heating.  Don’t let grandpa talk you into taking a nap in front of the TV after lunch, get your booty in the kitchen and pack up that turkey!

3. NEVER throw water on a grease fire.  Don’t tell me you’ve never had a little grease fire before!  And if you haven’t, you will!  I’m astonished by the number of students who look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them not to throw water on it.  Scary.  Basically, water and oil don’t mix and dousing water on the fire will throw the flaming grease all over the kitchen. Bad news.  Suffocate the flames with a lid or cookie sheet, then throw on Baking Soda.  Not salt, not flour…Baking Soda.  If you want to ruin your pans and cook top, try the salt or flour.

Happy & Safe Cooking!

September 15, 2011. I love my job!. Leave a comment.

“Do they still teach Home Ec?”

“Why don’t they teach kids that in school?’  A question I hear often on TV or in random conversations about the life skills most adults think kids aren’t getting in their education.  BUT WE STILL TEACH THIS STUFF!

In the late 90’s, Home Economics got a much-needed makeover.  The general, “Home Ec” classes where students (primarily young ladies) learned the basic skills of managing a home was written into the history books.  Now, FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE (FACS) consists of over 15 specialized classes that prepare students to live healthy, balanced and successful lives.

FACS focuses on vocational skills and career preparation, much like it’s predecessor, only in cotemporary objectives.  No more FAMILY MEALS,  but CULINARY ARTS prepares students for a career in the hospitatilty world.  Bye -Bye SEWING  class, meet FASHION DESIGN & MERCHANDISING!

The purpose of this blog is to educate readers on the reality of what REALLY IS being taught in schools, and how it can be applied to everyday life.  I’m taking some of my weekly objectives and showcasing how students are being taught important life skills everyday in their FACS classes.  Not to mention, discussing how I am applying these lessons to my personal, everyday life.  “WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS?” is a phrase I rarely hear in my classroom, because it’s obvious that you can (and will) need to know these skills!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you keep checking up on what’s happening in the FACS classroom!

July 28, 2011. Tags: . I love my job!. Leave a comment.