Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Diary of a Lazy Teacher: Meal Prep

So, in efforts to stay on track with my eating.....meal prep has to happen!

1. I love food, especially all the foods I DON'T need to eat.
2. Grocery shopping and having to skip the snack/cookie/baking/chip/soda aisles is just a few smiles short of fun.

So, midway through shopping I thought it was appropriate to snap a shot of my basket void of all the yummy sweetness that I crave...
With a few more items to round out my shopping, it was time to put them together; to avoid having what we have coined in the teachers' lounge as a "paddy meal."

CraftyGriffin's Back to School Meals (my attempt anyway)....
 So, when you have a fistful of Boston Market chicken left pack it! The mashed potatoes and mac and cheese I wanted are there in spirit. In reality, green beans and fruit will do. By the way, plastic cupcake containers make the BEST fruit containers! They're cute too:)

A chicken breast (size of my hand), with a side salad in container. Also, along with it I packed my "Passing Period Snacks." 
"I always have time to snack throughout the day!" Said no teacher ever. Hence, the PPS, passing period snack....the one you casually eat at your desk when the bell rings for the glorious 5 min. you have between classes:)

Spinach turkey wraps and fruit cup
Chicken breast and green beans
Passing period snack! Not just any apples, HONEYCRISP apples which are the best, hands down. Love them!
Along with setting up my meals, I also prepped my green smoothies. Picky little me, loves green smoothies! This is probably the only way I'll get that much spinach in my system. I usually drink one each morning with breakfast, or as breakfast. However,  when I'm in a frantic teacher rush, sometimes they don't get made. So, I pre-made them this time (mason jars are the best for this!), and they're cute, yet again. Couple ice cubes, TONS of spinach, 1 banana,  4 strawberries and blend, blend, blend. Yum! Now, I can grab and go.

Ta da! Lunch for the week. Not sure which one I'll take each day. Most likely I will treat my prepped meals like clothes. Whatever I feel like wearing that day gets worn (and sometimes my mind changes a couple of times). Nontheless, I have to admit mornings are much better when things are prepped:) Plus, I know that I'm getting a decent lunch each day. Here's to finding more healthy stuff to eat and planning ahead.

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)- "Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty."

Until next time...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Back to Blogging!

Hiatus....more like a sabbatical!

    It's been a while since I last made a post. More like 5 or 6 months ago. With the start of a new school year,  I guess I found myself too busy to blog! I kind of miss it, so I'm back in the saddle. Still an amatuer, but found it fun to do during my "30 before 30" challenge.  So, my break time has included teaching, teaching, bits of wedding planning, teaching, pinning about teaching, pinning about weddings, and teaching! 

Recently, I've packed up and relocated my classroom as my school has grown and moved into a larger building. I was not looking forward to the packing because I have TOO MUCH STUFF! I am definitely a teacher with hoarder tendancies, and my students sometimes recommend a teacher edition of the show just for me. I feel that I have a classroom at home and at school. You never know when you might need a thing or at least repurpose it, right?

Nonetheless,  I consolidated, threw away things, and still ended up with 17 boxes to move. Luckily, I didn't have to actually move a thing:) I love new spaces because it's like beginning fresh. I like starting anew, and what teacher doesn't need a refresher ever so often? So, the old ELA cafe has been revamped a bit to fit the new space. A little "Trading Spaces" episode  (remember that show?) of my own. Take a peek...

BEFORE unpacking...

More stuff...

Even more...

Blank canvas 1

Blank canvas 2
 My boxes to sift through...

AFTER unpacking.....
Love the "gem" shaped desks, but arranging was tricky...

My "Taste of Wisdom" wall. Afterall, my room is a cafe, but these will also serve as great starters for expository writing. I heart quotes!

 ELA Cafe's, Cafe Chill area. I was able to expand a bit in this new space. This is a privileged area, and my students know it. However, sometimes it's a great place for those "I don't know what to write, can't think of anything, how long does it have to be" kiddos. One time here, and amazingly, we want to work! Shocking! (insert sarcasm here). 

If you look closely, yes I was watching "I Love Lucy" episodes on my smart board while working. A little Lucy never hurts:)

Homework and Objectives board, better known as my "ToGo" and "Now Serving" board. 

My rules, and Language Lattes (synonym word wall (for when students need a better word when writing).

I had 3 extra desks I didn't really need, so the "Study Bar" was born as an extension of Cafe Chill.

Open for business:)

Daily Menu board and reminders. The whisk one of my students gave me for Christmas (We "whisk" you a Merry Christmas) came in handy:)

It may seem crazy to transition this way mid-year, but that's when you "Count it all joy" (James 1:2-3). Now that all is done, it's nice to have a bit more elbow room. Time to keep on, teaching on!

Until next time....