July 17, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

I love breakfast foods and one of my favorites is my mom's blueberry lemon muffins!
I'm linking up with DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous for her What's Cooking Wednesday.

Here's the recipe for my blueberry lemon muffins:

 Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon peel
1 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
blueberries (about 1 cup, I used more here, it's really up to you)
** enough butter and sugar for dipping  

Directions:

 1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon peel in a medium bowl. Stir in milk, egg, oil, and lemon juice until dry ingredients are moistened.
2. To prevent blueberries from turning the batter blue, save a little flour and use it to mix in with the blueberries before you fold them in.
3. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. 
5. Dip muffin tops in butter and then sugar (If you want extra lemon flavor mix in some lemon juice with the butter).
6. Eat and enjoy!
This recipes makes 12 delicious muffins!

July 7, 2013

Picture Books for Character Education

DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous is hosting another great picture book linky party. This one is all about picture books for character education.
 
Here are some of my favorite books to address common character education topics:

Honesty

 

Taking Turns

 

Being Happy with Yourself

 

Accepting Differences

 

Turning Enemies Into Friends

 

Bullying

 

How Words Affect Others

 

Personal Space

July 3, 2013

Picture Books for Math

I'm linking up with with DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous for her next Picture Book Linky. This one is all about math picture books. I love using picture books to introduce or reinforce a math concept!


 

Fair Bear Share - I love all the MathStart Books by Stuart Murphy! This one is a great one to talk about place value.

Two of Everything - I like using this book for math and writing. This cute little couple gets a large magical pot that doubles anything you put inside. For math you can use it to talk about the concept of doubling and double facts. For writing you can have students write about what they would put inside the pot.

Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes - This is a fun story to read when you're learning about 3D shapes.

Full House - This is a great book to read to introduce fractions.

Check out all the other picture books for math!

July 2, 2013

Getting Acquainted Tic Tac Toe

I'm Linking up with Latoya from Flying into First for her Let's Get Acquainted Linky Party.

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I'm doing the diagonal from the top left to the bottom right.

I Went to ____ College and a Favorite Memory

I went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I started dating my now husband when I was a freshman there. We got married the summer before my senior year. Most of my favorite memories are our various dates, like going to the football games (Go Cougars!), Divine Comedy shows, bowling, and dinner at The Creamery.

My Favorite School Memory as a Kid

In fourth grade we did a huge unit on wildflowers. We make little books that had the names and pictures of all sorts of different types of wildflowers and we had to memorize them. My favorite part was going on a few trips to the nature trail behind the school to try to identify the flowers. It was so beautiful! There were trails and a steam and lots of flowers and wildlife. I grew up in southwest Washington so nature was a big deal!

Hobbies

I really enjoy reading. I'm not the type of reader who can read a few pages every night though. If I start a book you probably won't see much of me until it is finished. 

I love to make crafts! Most of them end up being crafts to make my classroom cute, but every once in a while I make something for my home. :-)

July 1, 2013

Giveaway Winner & A Freebie

Thanks for everyone that followed my blog on Bloglovin! If you haven't yet you can click here:
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The winner of my Bloglovin Giveaway is....
I've already emailed her and she gets to pick any 2 items from my TPT store.

I'm so grateful for all my followers though, so I decided to post a new freebie! I made a welcome banner to hang up for the new school year. Click the picture to download.