Teacher Week: Make Ahead Meals

This is Deedee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.  When our Blog Hoppin group talked about ideas for Teacher Week... I jumped (or hopped) at the idea of doing Make Ahead Meals.

Let me tell you... I! HATE! TO! COOK!   HATE! IT!
Sadly, Mr. Wills does not enjoy it either.
But I love to eat!  So when I get busy, I tend to grab what is easy.
Easy and Healthy don't always go hand in hand.

I started to examine what I disliked so much about cooking.

Honestly, it is the planning.

I am not a sit-down-on-Sunday-and-make-a-shopping-list-girl.  
I am usually a I-am-at-the-grocery-store-what-do-I-need-girl. OR

Then I found this website.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Game! Changer!

Here is why...

First I can import the recipes I find on the internet into this website.  This is done by just clicking a tool on my toolbar... sort of like pinning to Pinterest.

My go-to sights are...

Then I can plan my meals for the week by dragging your saved recipes into the planner.  Takes like 2.2 seconds... for real.  This is a screenshot from my computer but I usually do this on my phone... in the parking lot of the grocery store.   Sad but true.

This is the cool thing...  IT! MAKES! A! SHOPPING! LIST! FOR! YOU!  As you put an item in your shopping cart, you can check off the boxes.  

This website does cost a little money, but I have save so much money because I am getting the right stuff.  I don't over or under buy.

So what is my FAVORITE make ahead meal?

Picture Source:  Skinnytaste
You can find her recipe by clicking below.

Skinny Slow Cooker Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork)

Disclaimer:  I am not a food blogger.  I have no idea how to photograph food.

So the night before I get started.  I pull the recipe up.
 There are just a few ingredients.
 I put the pork and the juice marinade in the fridge for the night.
 In the morning, I slide the crock into the pot and put it on low.  
When I get home, the house smells delicious!
 Then I cook some tortillas on the griddle.  It just takes a few minutes.  
I like to get the uncooked flour tortillas from CostCo. I find them in the refrigerated section. 
Add a salad and WAH-LA... Dinner is served!

We are busy!  Right?   Please link up your favorite make-ahead meals.  If you are a blogger, please be sure to add our graphic and link back to us.

If you are not a blogger... no problem-o.   You can add your favorite make ahead meals on our Facebook Page!

Teacher Week - 5 Fun Facts About Me!

Hey everyone!

My name is Susan Jones from Thank God it's First and I am SO excited to kick off Teacher Week 2105! We are just getting warmed up so let us know 5 fun things about YOU!

Here is a little about me!

I met my wonderful husband, Parker, 8 years ago in college when we were paired together for a public speaking presentation. We have been married for 2 years and we have one handsome son, Theo, who will be one in October! Parks started his own business, PJ's Design Laboratory, where he creates blog designs and does a lot of work with branding and creating logos for other online business! Theo spends most of his time crawling and eating and fighting naps just to drive us crazy ;)

Our story goes a little bit like this:
First comes love - oh, we were so young!

Then comes marriage:

Last, comes a Theo, in a baby carriage

To read more about Parker, Theo, and myself, I have a little family blog, Late Nights and Lattes, which I update about once a month!

That was us in February when we signed on our new home in Massachusetts! We got to move in this past April and *most* of the snow had melted, thank goodness! I was born and raised in Salem, MA and went to college at a state school only minutes away from my house. As soon as Parker and I graduated college we skipped town and moved to Las Vegas for 3 years. We L-O-V-E it there! The weather, the affordability, the restaurants, the everything. The only thing we were missing is family... which in the end, is why we packed everything up and drove back home to Massachusetts to settle down.

Wheel of Fortune!! If you've been a follower of my blog for the past few years then this isn't a new fact, but it's still fun nonetheless! Wayyy back in 2007 I was on Wheel of Fortune - Celebrity Week! My partner was Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor! I came in second place and walked away with $6100. It was the BEST experience I had in college and is such a fun story to tell. The other two celebrities on my episode were Paige Hemmis from Extreme Home Makeover and Allison Sweeney from Days of Our Lives and Biggest Loser.

A few more pics for fun:

Yep. I sure do! I wanted to teach first grade from the instant I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had always wanted to teach the younger grades and I vividly remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Erps, who I just loved. First grade seemed like a magical year and SO much growth happens. I knew I wanted to be a part of that special time in a child's life. I was very lucky to be hired for a first grade job in Las Vegas and it is where I have stayed for the past 5 years.

This year would've been my 6th year in first grade, but I actually decided to take a year or two off from teaching and stay home with my little man. My previous school is about one hour away from my house and had extended hours (kids were in school from 7:30-3:35), which meant I was away from about 6am - 5pm. It was an extremely hard decision, but I figured there wouldn't be a better time to take off than now! In a year or two, I will look for a job a bit closer to home... and hopefully continue teaching FIRST grade!

I went to 2 different colleges over 5 years (womp womp.. so much for transferring credits) and it wasn't until I transferred that I officially decided I wanted to become a teacher. My original career path was to be an event planner.

I let a lot of naysayers scare me away from teaching at first. I wasn't going to make enough money. There was too much stress. You have no control. The parents. The principal. Yada. Yada. Yada. I got cold feet and started my undergraduate career in a hospitality and tourism management field. I had fleeting dreams of organizing and running glamorous weddings and parties. Well, that only lasted a year or so before I realized that I didn't care what anyone thought.... I wanted to be a teacher and there was no stopping me!

So there you have it! Those are a few fun facts about me and I cannot wait to hear all about YOU! Link up your post below, write on our Facebook wall, Periscope yourself, or take a picture or two on Instagram (#teacherweek15)

Happy teacher week! :)

Teacher Week 2015 is Here!!

Heyyyyyyy everyone, teacher week is here and we are SO excited to connect with you all!

For years, I have loved linking up with Blog Hoppin' and reading all sorts of fun stuff about other teachers out there. It's nice to get to know one another, see where you work, and hear some of the things help get you through a tough work week.

That being said, we are back with another year - Teacher Week 2015! It starts in a couple days (Monday, August 31st) and I am here to outline how you can participate!

First off, here are the topics for the week:

and here are the individual buttons for each day explaining a little more:

This year we are making it even easier to participate! Here's what you can do:

1. Write a blog post
Each day this week a Blog Hopper will write a post sharing a little about them. At the bottom of each post you will be able to link up your blog post so we have one collective area to read all about one another!

2. Instagram
Don't have time to write a post?! Just share a picture on instagram, tag Blog Hoppin' (you can find us HERE) and use the hashtag #teacherweek15! Who doesn't love a good teacher pic!?

3. Periscope
Are you on it?! Such an easy way to share some quick facts about yourself or show off your favorite meal for the week! Just let your followers know you'll be participating so we can watch!

4. Facebook
Ok, so maybe you don't have a blog, but you have a great classroom picture you want to share or you want to let us know your favorite subject to teach and why! Head over to our facebook on the day you want to share and just leave a comment on our page!

So there you have it. 

Connect with us, celebrate with us, let us get to know you and let's all have a GREAT school year this year :)

Happy teaching!


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