Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pancake Crazy + Leg Workout

I am obsessed with pancakes. I literally make them almost every Saturday AND Sunday. We had breakfast for dinner tonight!  I love trying different types of recipes for pancakes and have found a recipe base of 4-5 different types that I regularly make. Your traditional flour and egg pancakes aren’t generally that good for you so I try to find protein pancakes or other pancakes that have more staying power and healthy ingredients so I’m not hungry again 5 minutes after eating them. However Austin doesn’t eat the healthy pancakes so I always use a traditional pancake recipe and make him separate pancakes every time (annoying, but I love pancakes so I do it).

Traditional Fluffy Pancake Recipe: Makes 4-6 medium pancakes

1/2 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Milk

1 tbsp butter/shortening

1 egg

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tbsp sugar

Mix dry, then mix wet. Make pancakes on a 350 degree griddle. Yum!

I also have a couple of ‘healthy’ pancake recipes from different blogs that I’ve found. I rotate the pancake recipes depending on how I feel.

My absolute favorite, via Peanut Butter Fingers: Almond Butter Pancakes

Another close runner up, from Chocolate Covered Katie: Apple Pie Pancakes

These are yummy and really rich: Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie pancakes

Bahhh now I want more pancakes 🙁 Is it Saturday yet????
Tomorrow I am going to be pretty sore considering I crushed a pretty serious leg workout. I can already feel them starting to turn to jello. I again modified this workout from one I found online on

Leg Workout

-5 mins sprint on treadmill

-Squats with 2 15lb dumbbells- 2 sets of 12, 1 to failure

-Lunges with 2 15lb dumbbells- 2 sets of 10, 1 to failure (each leg)

-Split Squats with 2 15lb dumbbells- 2 sets of 10, 1 to failure (each leg)

-Straight Leg Dead lifts- 60lbs- 2 sets of 12, 1 to failure

-5 min run on treadmill

-Jump Squats- 2 sets of 20, 1 to failure

-Hamstring ball curls-3 sets of 20

-Crunches on exercise ball-3 sets of 20

-Leg lifts- 3 sets of 10 on each leg

Going to be sore tomorrow!


Jello Arms Workout

Today I did an arm workout at the gym. I usually find a routine that I like on Pinterest or another blog (Blogroll coming soon!) and then modify it to what my gym offers and what I know how to do safely without hurting myself. I took a workout that I found online on and modified it a little bit. I find when I JUST do strength exercises I’m not getting enough of a workout. I like to sprinkle short bursts of cardio in between a strength workout I find to get my heart pumping so that at the end of the workout I feel like I actually did something. This is what today’s looked like:

Bench Press- 2 sets of 10 (just the bar) 1 set to failure

Incline Flies- 2 sets of 10, 1 set to failure

5 mins on treadmill- sprint

Seated Dumbbell Press- 2 sets of 12, 1 set to failure

Dumbbell Side Laterals- 2 sets of 12, 1 set to failure

5 mins of treadmill-spring

Triceps Extension- 2 sets of 10, 1 set to failure

Bench Dips- 2 sets of 10, 1 set to failure

Needless to say my arms felt like jello after. When I got home I whipped up some Prograde Workout. This is a supplement I take before and after working out. It’s a great supplement if you’re looking for something to take before and after workouts (it’s not just protein). The brand is pretty legit and it doesn’t have a lot of unknown ingredients in it.

Yum! Yay for my first workout post.


**Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert on fitness or have a medical background in physical fitness. I have worked out for about a year and a half and am still learning. The views I express on this website are based on my own experiences, and should not be taken as medical advice. I cannot be held accountable for injury you may experience while trying any workout.


Turning what you love into what you do

Welcome to my new blog! I’ve decided to change my blog over from Blogger to WordPress. After researching more about blogging I have come to the conclusion that WordPress will be better for me in the long run. Here is a quick and easy article on how to change your blog from Blogger to WordPress, if you’re interested.
This is my first post on the new site, as well as my first (sort of) non-teaching related post. Well….it’s still sort of teaching related. But it makes a good segue way. In my district, we have an elective called ‘Creative Explorations’ that every teacher is required to teach. It is a class that is basically open to us as teachers to ‘do what we would do if we had more time’. Its purpose is to allow students to delve deeper into a concept or a lesson and allow teachers to do those sort of fun, creative, time consuming projects that we would like to do if we had more time in the curriculum. When I found out about this class, I was dumbfounded over what I should do with students. I had to come up with an idea fast…with little prep time (I think I found out about this class about two days before I was going to be teaching it). Other teachers were doing seemingly amazing and complex technology integrated projects. The advice from my mentor was “The thing with CE is that you need to make it something you and the kids enjoy…or you’re going to end up dreading it everyday”. Hmmmm….

The more I thought about her advice, the more I started to think about what I loved to do and how I could incorporate it into the classroom. A thought that immediately came to mind was cooking. I don’t have an FACS classroom so I knew that I wouldn’t actually be able to cook. I figured there was still a way to integrate my love of cooking into this class. So what I decided to do (and what I’ve done) is have a creative menu and restaurant design course.  We basically have a group of students for rotations 10-12 35 min periods. So in 10-12 classes students come up with a restaurant concept, find specific, recipe based meals that they will have on the menu, design the menu, create descriptions for their menu using given vocabulary and then make a menu on Microsoft Publisher. After they’ve done all this they pick a recipe to share with the rest of the class and bring in. This project isn’t necessarily English-related, but it can be considered interdisciplinary- they have to price our their menu, write descriptions using vocabulary, be persuasive when writing descriptions, and be tech savvy while using Publisher. The kids love the project and better yet- I do not dread Creative Explorations. The time flies because I am able let my love for cooking and food shine through my teaching.

This week ends this rotation of students and they are *supposed* to be bringing in food tomorrow. I say that because last time most of the kids forgot- lol. So I decided to make a little something of my own….which brings us into the non-teaching part of this post. I have been finding different low-fat baking substitutes on Pinterest and decided I would try one out and have my students be guinea pigs……..

This is the easiest cake recipe in the world! And it’s way better for your than the traditional eggs/oil combo. The result is fluffy and cake-y- obviously not as thick and rich as the traditional but still yummy!
All you need:

Everything you need!

One Box Yellow Cake Mix

One cup unsweetened Applesauce

One cup water

Mix cake mix with water and applesauce until combined. Pour into your pan of choice, and follow the baking instructions for the pan on the back of the box.

Cake in the oven! Yum!

Then make your frosting:


One container fat free whipped topping (like cool-whip)

One box sugar-free fat-free chocolate pudding

One cup fat free milk

Whisk together pudding and milk until it starts to set. Then fold in the whipped topping.

After cake has cooled, frost with topping and enjoy! Hope my students enjoy this tomorrow.

On an end note, turning what I love into what I do is what I accomplished in my CE class, and what I’m trying to accomplish with this blog. I know that it may take a long time to get it to be what I want it to be. But that’s ok. Time spent doing this is time better spent than turning on the TV or wasting away on Facebook. Thanks for reading and hope you’ll stay for the ride!


ELA Common Core Bulletin Board + Expanding my Blog!

I am lucky and blessed enough in the school district I’m currently in to have a special ed co-teacher who works with me as well as an amazing teacher assistant. I wanted to share the great work she did on a bulletin board for (Thanks, Becky!) Although I consider myself very thorough as a teacher, I sometimes am not the most organized or most artsy-creative person in the world. That’s where my co-teacher comes in! I wanted to design a bulletin board that reminded students how to build an argument according to the common core- making a claim and using evidence to prove it.

I have also been teaching my 8th graders strategies I learned from the book Writing Analytically by David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephens (a book we used for professional development in the district I was in last year). This asks students to look for repetitions, binaries and anomalies in order to analyze a text. Believe it or not, the 8th graders are doing a great job with it.

Cooking adventures- healthy ‘pepper pasta’

Lately I have really been thinking about expanding my blog from just teaching ideas to a broader view of my daily life including recipes, food, fitness information and workouts. I know there are a million blogs out there, but I enjoy doing it and want to weave writing (why I became an English teacher in the first place) into my life. It is a goal I have set for myself and I don’t want to give up on it just because ‘there are a million blogs out there’. I am really having a tough time thinking of what to name my blog! I want it to let readers know what I’m blogging about- cooking, working out and teaching. I think I can appeal to more people and get more people to read my blog if I also blog about these things. In the past year I have been teaching myself to cook as well as adopting a healthier lifestyle and I want to incorporate those things into the blog.

My first 5K

I am having such a hard time thinking of something..but when I do be prepared for my blog to be changed from just lesson plan ideas to a place where you’ll find recipes I try out and workouts and ideas for health and fitness.

Any ideas for a blog name?!?!?