Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Beef {Recipe}


Let me preface this post by saying, this dish was sooo sooo good!

Ok.  Now that that's out of the way, let me begin again.  I've been longing for a taste of something very flavorful.  Not necessarily spicy, but just flavorful.  And that's what I love about so many ethnic dishes (different from the dishes I grew up eating; they are flavorful in a different sort of way).  So...of course, I perused through Pinterest and found a dish that sounded perfect for me.  Plus, I wanted a slow cooker dish so that I wouldn't have to spend a terrible amount of time creating it.  I found, a farmgirl's dabbles' Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Beef recipe.

You can visit her site for complete instructions, but I'll provide a pictorial view of the creation of this dish.

 * The original recipe calls for this dish to be cooked on high for 4-5 hours.  I chose to cook mine on low for about 7 hours (I cooked it overnight) and then on high for an hour or so after I returned from work.  I also had to add additional salt to the dish after I had shredded the beef and cooked the remaining dish on high.  Superb!


Back to School!

Hello all!  It's Back to School time.  I know some do not return to school until after Labor Day, but for the rest of us on a traditional calendar, school is already in session.

I know I've been missing for a while, but if you recall, I mentioned that my middle school closed and I was relocated to an elementary school.  With that being said, I had to start over.  After I returned from Belize, I immediately had to return to work (off the clock).  Unfortunately, those two days I had, I was not feeling well and so I accomplished nothing.  The first Teacher Workday was on the following Monday and Open House was on the following Thursday, so in essence, I had four days to create a classroom learning environment.

I know there is a lot of empty space, but I prefer using more of my wall space to display anchor charts that aide instruction or student work.  Ready to see?  Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that now I'm teaching 5th Grade Science and I am so excited!

I took these photos on the afternoon of the first day of school.  This is my first time teaching in a 1:1 technology environment.  In other words, all students have access to their own computer.  We're using Chrome boxes for now.  So, I'm going to have to tweak my instructional practices a bit to incorporate cooperative learning opportunities, hands-on labs, and technology.  I accept the challenge!


5 Tips For Getting Kids To Clean Their Room {Guest Post}

Making your kids clean their room almost always turns into a war. You go through all the stages – from calmly reminding and bargaining to yelling and threatening. The result is frustrated parents, unhappy children and messy rooms. Obviously, the old method doesn’t work. Kids will be even more persistent to do the opposite to what they are told. So what can a parent do in such situation?

If you don’t want your kid’s room covered with dirty piles of laundry, food leftovers and garbage, then you need another strategy.

Understand Their Logic
As it happens with most kids, they don’t clean their room because they simply have more exciting things to do.  It can be anything from going out, pursuing a hobby or simply watching TV. Some children may get so involved in a certain activity that it’s the only thing they want to do, like video gaming for example. Consider the situation from their perspective. If you are faced with the choice to engage in something you like versus the boring cleaning chores, which one will you pick?
Sometimes the refusal to clean up their room is a matter of power struggle. Older children and teens tend to develop a more rebellious attitude. The more you try to control them, the more motivated they feel to resist than to clean.

Start Young
If you want to teach your child cleaning habits, then do it from the early age. Involve your kids in the cleaning chores. Choose tasks that are appropriate for their age. Toddlers and younger children can be very helpful. They can collect their toys and putting them in the box. While cleaning and organizing together, you also help them develop their motor skills.

Make It Fun
When it comes to kids, the key to fostering certain behaviour is by making it fun. Turn cleaning into a game. In this way you will establish positive association with these tasks. Instead of considering household chores dull and boring, they will find it entertaining. You can do this by turning domestic cleaning into a game. Be creative. Set a timer and see who will finish their tasks faster. You can go with the tried and tested method – positive reinforcement. For every job your kid completes, they will get a reward.

Give Them Some Autonomy
Kids, especially older ones value their private space. You need to respect that. Let them take care of their own place without intervening. This will make them feel more responsible for their room. If they are not cleaning their room, you should not do it for them, at least for a while. Most kids go through the messy phase and eventually overcome it. There is no need to overreact.

Take a Broader Look
Your child’s lack of cleanliness may be part of a larger problem.  If it is combined with other behavioural changes like low academic performance or socializing issues than you need to consult a professional.

Find more cleaning tips at: Useful Carpet Cleaning In Wimbledon

Guest post by Ella Andrews.