Sunday, April 13, 2014

On the Menu: Almond-Crusted Cheesy Squash Casserole

I am so excited to share this recipe with you all! I recently put this dish together one night when I decided to mix together a few ingredients I had on hand. The outcome was surprisingly tasty! So after a couple of trial runs (to make sure I wasn't just lucky the first time) I think it's safe to pass along. ;) This will definitely be a favorite dish at our house this summer!
1-2 eggs
1 cup almond flour (or almond meal)
2 medium-sized yellow squash
1 tomato
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
shredded cheese (use as desired)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Slice squash into relatively thin slices.

Make an egg wash by beating eggs until the whites and the yolks are well blended.

Dip each slice into the egg wash. Then, place the squash into the almond flour, flipping it to coat both sides in the flour.

Place each coated piece along the bottom of a baking dish, lightly coated with cooking spray. Create one layer across the bottom of the dish.

Continue the process to create another layer of squash.

Slice the tomato, and spread the slices evenly across the top layer of squash.

Bake, covered, for 15 minutes.
Uncover, and sprinkle garlic powder and sea salt evenly across the top of the casserole.
Continue baking, covered, for an additional 15 minutes. 

Uncover and sprinkle cheese on the top of the casserole.
Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is thoroughly melted.

Scoop out a serving, and enjoy!

If you try my recipe, please feel free to share your thoughts. I would love to hear about your experience. I hope you enjoy it! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday: April 11, 2014

It's been a couple of weeks since I have linked up with my five. This week has been particularly busy for our classroom, and I am excited to be able to share some of our recent busyness here. :)

This recent art activity has been a great opportunity for the students to demonstrate what they have learned about the water cycle so far. I am still beyond grateful for the use of the water cycle song, because it has made the process of learning those long words so much easier for my little firsties! (If you missed my earlier post and are interested in using the water cycle song with your students, you can just click here.)

This simple science experiment has been a wonderful way for our students to make observations of the water cycle in action. Simply put a little water in in a zip-lock bag and tape it to a window. Over the next several days, students can see the process of condensation as "clouds" form along the plastic inside the bag.
I found this neat observation page somewhere in my filing cabinet (don't you love it when you stumble upon an already-made activity?) and we have used it to record our observations throughout the week.

As we transitioned into a plant theme, these lovely flowers have provided a great thematic activity that incorporated word work into our centers.

Yes, we have also included a seasonal (all seasons, that is) activity in our plants study. This window pane craft has been one of my favorites lately. Each student created one tree that depicts each of the four seasons in the different parts of the window pane. It was a bit challenging for them to compartmentalize each season onto different sections of the same tree, but I think their final projects turned out well.

In other news, my brother-in-law is getting married tomorrow, so we are getting ready for a lovely wedding weekend. These little rehearsal dinner accents have been in the works at my house for a while now. I can't wait to see it all come together. :)

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All About Plants: What is your favorite?

We are transitioning from a weather/water cycle theme to focus on plant life cycles as well at this point. Similar to our study of weather, I love the opportunities for real-life application with this topic. Plants are starting to bloom all around us, and those little inquisitive minds love knowing the hows and whys of this world around us.

We began our plants study with a little class survey to determine our favorite types of plants. I am so grateful to The First Grade Parade for providing the materials for this activity. My graph was not nearly as cute as Cara's, but I tried! ;)

Each student selected his/her favorite type of plant and colored the clip art graphic.

Then, they added their own graphics to the graph in the appropriate column.

This is our finished graph! Isn't it colorful?!?

Our results were consistent with flowers, trees, and fruits being favorites, but vegetables trailing in last. I think those results are definitely accurate!

I am so grateful to The First Grade Parade for sharing this wonderful resource! If you are interested, you can access the same materials here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shapes and the Trapezoid Dawg

We have been talking about shapes in math lately, and I thought I would pass along a little favorite friend of ours: the "trapezoid dawg." This video is narrated by second grade students, so some of the terms are a little over my first graders' heads. Nevertheless, what they do understand is the way shapes are brought to life in this little demonstration.

We even took time to create our own "trapezoid dawgs" and shape scenes. They really embraced this little activity. Here are some of our "trapezoid dawg" art samples.

The "Trapezoid Dawg" video is available on both YouTube and TeacherTube, so hopefully you will easily be able to access it at your school if you choose to share it with your students.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Little Bit of Sports Spirit on Etsy

I love receiving e-mails, comments, and special order requests for any handmade item, but wreaths are probably among my favorites. There's just endless possibility for variety and creativity in wreaths. I am a little ashamed by the very, very gradual (ahem, slow...) start with our Tally Tales Etsy store. Nevertheless, slowly but surely, we are building up our assortment there. It seems like I stay busier with special-order requests than anything else, but I'm always happy with that as well! :)

Lately, I've added a few school-spirit, sports-themed wreaths in our Etsy store. These are intended to add a spice of sports-fan spirit to any setting - a home, classroom, or a tailgate! 

Of course, any of these can be special-ordered to fit specific school colors or sports; these have just been my recent favorites. You can now find them in the Tally Tales Etsy store.