Sunday, December 2, 2012

Currently and Pretzel Bark

My life has been hectic lately and I didn't even know it was December until I saw that Currently was up on Farley's blog.  CURRENTLY!  How can it be December already?  Where has the year gone?

Currently from Thinking Out Loud, random acts of kindess, Pinterest, and Christmas

RAK...In my job, I actually work at two different elementary schools.  Four days a week, I spend at one school (home-base school) and one day a week at the second (they are in two different towns but same district...small town life).  Once a week, the teachers from that school (there are only four of them...really small town life) come to our weekly meeting at my home-base school.  Who is with the students while their teachers are gone?  Each teacher has an aide that takes their place and makes sure the kids are still learning.  Without them, we could not have our weekly cluster meeting.  This is our second year to be doing this, and I haven't shown them any appreciation for taking over the teaching responsibilities.  I am going to make a small gift basket for each aide and give them this month.

WANTING...I went to my favorite bookstore in Memphis tonight for the first time in a looooong time.  I forgot how much I love the smell of new books because I have been buying my books through my kindle and iBooks apps.  There is something about opening a new book for the first time.  I smile each and every time.

LOVING...I am not gifted in any way in the art of using the kitchen :) Honestly, I can't cook or bake, so I need simple recipes in order to make anything.  I finally decided to try something from all the pins I have on my cooking Pinterest boardsalted caramel pretzel bark and it was GOOD!  I was completely surprised when it came out and my husband ate it.  That is always the test.  He is such a picky eater.

Thinking Out Loud toffee pretzel bark recipe

So, for my wonderful followers, I created a step-by-step picture guide for Toffee Pretzel Bark.  I changed the name because as soon as my husband tasted it he said, "this is good toffee."  Looking up the difference between toffee and caramel (cooking newbie here), the recipe is really having you create a toffee because there is no milk (or any other liquid involved).


  1. Hey Jana!
    Wow!! 2 different schools?! In one week? First time I've heard of that :) How many people live in your town? That's a great idea to give back to the aides..I'm sure they are going to feel special and appreciated!! Great job on the baking!!
    Teaching in Paradise

  2. Courtney,
    In my home-base town there are around 2200 people and the second town has around 700 people.

  3. Yum! That looks fantastic. Thanks for the easy to follow directions with pictures-gotta love pictures!
    I have yet to get a Kindle due to that same fact. I love books in my hands...I like flipping pages and placing a cute bookmark made by my daughter in it.
    Off to explore more of your blog.
    Happy Sunday
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  4. I completely agree with you about the smell and feel of a new book. We are glad we found your blog, we're your newest followers!

  5. Charlotte,
    You're welcome for the directions. I love being able to take a ton of books with me where ever I go with my iPad, but books will never be replaced in my house. I own two copies of my favorite series, digital and hard copy.

  6. Your pinterest success looks delish!! And I don't have a teacher aide, but I will be giving a small gift to every one of them in my school because they are so important!! :) I am so glad I found your blog.. I am your newest follower!! :)

    Laura Love to Teach

  7. Welcome Jayme and Val & Laura! Thanks for following!

    Jayme and Val - I love that you had your students brainstorm a list of RAKs. I love the ownership that brings.

    Laura - I sent $5 to help. I hope you are able to give that family a fantastic Christmas.

  8. The Toffee Pretzel Bark looks yummy! I will definitely have to check out the recipe when I have some extra time! I can totally relate to the small town town I live in is huge (for's around 4500 people)...but the school I teach at is in the next town (population of approx. 250), 10 minutes away, enrollment of only 100 students K to Gr. 8. Good luck with your gift baskets! Your teacher aides sound great, and I'm sure they will feel appreciated with your special gift!

  9. That is so nice of you to think of the aides like that. I am sure they will appreciate it greatly. :)
    Teaching in Room 6

  10. Thanks for stopping by, Tammy! I have never meet someone who teaches in a smaller school than I do. Only 100 students! We have 500 students PK-12th grade with two elementary school and one high school in the district.

  11. Stephanie - Thanks for stopping by. Feels like a celebrity commented on my blog :) I don't think aides are appreciated enough for what they get paid and what they have to do.


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