Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday Favorites

Here are the "trys" of the week!

First a couple of pencil holders for my classroom.  Created out of used and cleaned soup cans and leftover scrapbook paper and stickers. (Yes, I know... you have the summer OFF... WHY are you thinking about school?!? - Because that's how I am!  I actually started in April thinking about this coming school year, changes I wanted to make, new things I wanted to try, etc.)

One of the things I sold (and it feels like anything not nailed down might end up sold pretty soon! LOL) was my bedside alarm clock!  What?!  I know... but I had found a great alarm clock app for my iPad to use when I travel.  I got to thinking why not use it at home as my daily clock since I usually plug it in at night to charge, it shows not only the time but the temp and weather too, and with a touch in one of the corners it becomes a night light!  So... to help with this, I found this idea on Pinterest to hold my charger for the iPad onto my bedside table!  A leftover binder clip from when I made the kids' summer journals... and voila!

And finally... Taco Pasta!

Brown 1 pound ground meat (we used turkey) and 1 white onion, chopped, in a skillet.

After browning, add in one packet of taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water, bring to a boil, turn down heat, and simmer 3 minutes.
Then add the following...
1 cup sweet corn
1 can black beans
1 cup shredded cheese
1 cup salsa
Mix and serve with a bowl of chopped tomatoes and sour cream.  You can also add tortilla chips and/or lettuce if you'd like. (Not the most gorgeous of meals... but it was TASTY!  And we had LOTS left over to refrigerate and freeze for two more meals!) 

And anything that can get THIS ONE to clean his bowl... yeah... it's a KEEPER! :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

Macy - 5

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But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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