Wednesday, June 11, 2014

She's A Grand Ole Flag

Celebrating National Flag Week

Honoring the red, white, and blue.

Patriotic holidays and the colors of our country's flag

have always given me a sense of pride and happiness.

I'm proud to be American!

As an elementary teacher for 30 years,

patriotism was an important component

throughout the year's curriculum.

It wasn't an isolated unit, 

but rather a theme that was woven into

various activities and integrated across the curriculum.

I believe it is important to teach children respect 

for our country's flag and other patriotic symbols and .   .   .

That instilling patriotism at an early 

age enables young children to understand 

the responsibilities of good citizenship.

It makes my heart sing to drive 

through my neighborhood and .   .   .

See families proudly 

display the flag of our country.

It reminds me that the US is a country united, 

one of liberty and justice for all.





If you are an American,

pay tribute to our flag this week.

"She's A Grand Ole Flag"

Flag Day ~ June 14

All photos were taken by me and enhanced through the Waterlogue App.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Chipotle ~ Mystery Ingredient Club

Mystery Ingredient Club

It's our 4th meeting, and

decided to put a little spice in this round of fun.  

~ Chipotle ~

Chipotle comes from the word, chilpoctli

when means "smoked chili."

This unique flavor comes from smoke-dried jalapenos.

It's used in many Mexican dishes because the smoky flavor 

and heat of the peppers is perfect for Mexican food.

I live in Texas where 

hot, spicy Mexican food is a staple, 

and one of my favorite dishes is blackened fish tacos 

with spicy chipotle aioli.  The hot days of summer, I prefer

a lighter dish, so I've opted to share a fish taco salad.

  It's got the flavor without all the calories.

Layer your bowl with crisp salad 

greens topped with brown rice.

Next add a layer of salsa made with 

corn, black beans, red peppers, garlic, and onions.

Top that with blackened fish and chopped 

avocado with just a squeeze of lemon.

You can find a printable recipe here for

Spicy Fish Taco Bowls.

My twist on this recipe is to add

a drizzle of Chipotle Aioli.

 It gives it that extra kick 

and yummy flavor.

We can buy Chipotle Aioli locally,

but you can easily make your own.

Check out the links below to see

what other members cooked up 

with the mystery ingredient.

Previous Mystery Ingredients 

You can click the title to go to the original posts.

# 1 ~ Meyer Lemons

Cooking With The Meyers

#2 ~ Creepy Sprinkles Lab

Happy Owl-Ween!

#3 ~ Chocolate

A Little Heart on the Side

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