Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Book Study – Sophie Scott goes South


I never intended to make this blog into a ‘teaching’ blog.

But seeing as I post all of the resources I make for Teachers pay Teachers on my ‘Teaching Ideas’ pinterest board I figured that I may as well post them on here too.

I’m not sure how many of you are teachers at all, but I thought I what the heck!

My newest creation is for a book that was nominated for  The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week Awards, Sophie Scott goes South.

It is a fantastic book about Sophie Scott and her adventures from Hobart to Antarctica.  Sophie Scott goes South is written by one of my favourite children’s authors Alison Lester.

I won’t give too much of the story away, but here is a link to Book Depository where you can pick up the book extremely cheap.  They have free worldwide shipping too which is great!

Click on the picture below to go to my TpT store to buy the unit.

Sophie Scott goes South - Literature Unit

Sophie Scott goes South – Literature Unit


And so this is Christmas – Part 2


Today is Boxing Day (WOOHOOOOOOOO)…which is feel is the equivalent of Black Friday sales.  I have chosen to avoid them this year.

I have finally mustered enough energy to write the 2nd post of the 2 part holiday special.

Taking up where I left off, bought some Egg Nog last year, never having had it before and it turns out that I love it! So this year I bought some more, this time they had cinnamon flavour available too…now i didn’t like this as much as the regular Egg Nog, but all can be forgiven.  I have used these in a couple of recipes in the last couple of weeks.  First I made this Egg Nog Coffee Cake through a link to Mandy’s Recipe Box.  Now I did a couple of things different.  I used a tub of plain chobani 0% yoghurt instead of the sour cream, and i didn’t realise at the time I made it you are supposed to put it in the fridge for a while.  I wanted cake then and there so that didn’t happen….It still worked fine and was a hit with everyone!

Egg Nog Coffee Cake - pre baking

Egg Nog Coffee Cake – pre baking

We made these tiles a couple of days before we closed for the holidays.  Now the idea for these are all over pinterest.  I used Mod Podge to seal them then sprayed them with a can of acrylic to make sure they were fine to use with water as coasters.  The washi tape was on sale at Officeworks, I think I got it for about 70c -90c from a bin near the registers.  The red stars on the white background were much more popular than I anticipated!  Here is a couple of shots of the final products.

Here is a list with links to a few of the other recipes that I have used over the last few days

Maple Cinnamon Nuts

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Martha Stewart – Classic French Toast

Ice-cream Christmas Cake

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins (we did ours in a loaf tin though)

Raspberry Frost Sodas

A couple of non consumable links are my present wrapping idea and my gift tags.  The gift tags that I used were just so cute.  They are from over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. And there are so many more styles than the ones I used.  I also use washi tape and brown paper to wrap my presents.  I don’t have a link to the exact site where I got the idea from, here are 2 website that have similar ideas.  The first is Curbly and the wash tape idea is at number 2 and the second is this photo over at Flickr.

So between all these ideas and the gift tags this was the end product.

My gift wrapping for 2013

My gift wrapping for 2013

I’m not sure where we would have been without Pinterest this year.  It has certainly made this holiday season MUCH MUCH easier.

So from my family to yours, I hope you have had a very merry and blessed holiday season.


And so this is Christmas


Merry Christmas everyone!

Celebrations are well underway in Australia the Turkey is in, the Plum Pudding is getting re-boiled and we are just waiting for the rest of my siblings to arrive for present opening.

So while we are waiting I will fill you in on all the things that I have be doing at school and pinning in the last few days.

My Aunt from North Queensland has been visiting all of our family down here and stayed with us for a couple of weeks, so we cracked out a few choice recipes that she had never had.  Quinoa is one of those things that my Aunt had never had before so I made a Summer BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad from over at How Sweet It Is.  I used a smoked BBQ sauce by Masterfoods for the dressing.  It was amazing and my Aunt really loved the salad so I am really glad that we opened her eyes to the world of Quinoa.

BBQ Quinoa Summer Salad

BBQ Quinoa Summer Salad

Now i’m not sure if I found this on Pinterest of if this is something that I posted myself.  During the last week of vacation care I introduced the kids to and their Hour of Code.  This project is all about introducing children to computer science and the beginnings of JavaScript.  Some of the older boys really enjoyed it, especially because they got a certificate at the end, the younger kids I think just wanted to certificate.  I found some other great tutorials that I actually completed, and it was super fun.  I think I really love computer science!  This is the snowman that I drew using JavaScript with a tutorial from the Kahn Academy.





Everyone is here so I will continue the extensive list of things I have done in the last week later during everyone else’s snoozy bear time later this arvo..

Christmas Freebie – for Teachers


Greetings everyone!

This post comes to you in the middle of cooking and burning the sushi rice for our Christmas lunch tomorrow.

Here is a quick freebie that I have up on Teachers pay Teachers at the moment.

My kiddos love playing hedbanz, so I made some extra ones for them for during these 1st two weeks of vacation care, because lets face it , the cards that come with the game are a little random especially for a bunch of 5 year olds.

So here is the link to the freebie I hope you will pop over and download it.  If you are not a member of TpT here is a link to sign up at.


Christmas is coming to Town


Things have been so busy since my last post.

We have finished school for the year, nearly finished the 1st 2 weeks of vacation care and Chirstmas shopping craziness is in full swing.  At about lunch each day I’ve had enough and think about going home.  Today its 12:13 on the apple clock and I am just about done…and so are the kids!

About a week ago the kiddos decided they wanted to do some cooking so I found a nice easy recipe that we could crack out without tooo much hassle.  These cookies came up while I was trawling though pinterest the other day and caught my eye with their pop of christmas colour.  They are from over at Parent Pretty and look amazing! (and they were so simple).

I thought it would be easy enough to find a small packet of Christmas m&m’s but no 😦 I had to buy the MASSIVE tub of full sized candy.  Not that i’m complaining or anything :).

We made them up and they were just as fantastic to eat as they were to cook.  They were chewy if you left the just the right amount of time and they were crunchy if you left them just a little longer.  They looked really oily during the mixing process, but in the end it seemed to kind of absorb it.  They were a lot less oily then I had imagined they would be.

Here is a quick photo to finish off with before my computer goes to ‘sleep’

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Enjoy and look out for a Christmas Freebie this afternoon 🙂

Elf Antics


Our Elf, North, has been up to more antics during the last week.  While I have taken photos of most of them the one that I missed was him sitting in the sleigh with the reindeers.  This week North has been hanging in a sign, having hot cocoa in the dolls house and fishing off the exit sign above one of the doorways.  I have been using instacollage to make my cut photo collages of his antics.  I love that you can change the colour of the background and the text and the size of the boarder and just about anything!

Photo not currently available.  😦

Elf Antics

Elf Antics

Our other fun craft of the week has been putting the kids names in lights! The pin I found went over to this blog here.  It is such a cute and easy idea especially with the little kids.  I just googled christmas lights outline to find a suitable shape to use, unless you are super creative and can draw your own.  The kids coloured in the lights in Christmas colours, multi coloured and patterned.  They looked amazing! Here is one of the light strings that one of the 3rd grade kids did.

Name Light Strings

Name Light Strings

I think I have some more to put up, but we had our last day of school for the year yesterday and I am pretty sure I was still drunk at lunchtime today!  I will save that for a post for tomorrow.