Saturday, January 21, 2017

Do Anything

Have you ever just thought about what you would do if you could do anything? No restraints. If money is not an object. Where would you go in the world? What would you do with your time? Who would be with you?

Such a fun way to daydream!  Often, my family and I have discussed other places we might like to live than the central valley of California. We all love the mountains, with tall pine trees, windy roads and the pine-needle bedded trails. It is calm. Quiet. Not rushed. Peaceful. 

When we have time to travel, not for a family or work event, we usually choose a mountainous region. There is just something about being in a cabin with a roaring fire, board games, a good book and even better glass of wine, surrounded by your family, THAT makes my heart sing. 

A longtime favorite of ours has been Hume Lake Christian Camp. My husband and I began our life as a dating couple with youth group trips in high school. We continued after we were married with couples' retreats. I have attended with groups of friends and my sisters on womens' retreats.  My daughter and I now enjoy Mother-Daughter camp. My son attends camp now with his youth group. It is such a lovely place. Touched by God. Peaceful. Invigorating. Restorative. Blessed. We have such great memories there.

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Hume Lake, CA

One of our newly discovered favorites is Lake Tahoe. My husband and I had an anniversary trip there a few years ago and fell in love with the deep blue lake and beautiful terrain. We knew we had to bring the kids someday. Someday is quickly approaching. We have plans to go. To unwind. To relax. Hiking. Driving. Biking. Kayaking. Napping. Perhaps boating. To disconnect so we can reconnect. 

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Lake Tahoe, CA

I think that may be why we all enjoy those family times. To reconnect. Now this does not mean that we always love hanging out together and life is just "peaches and cream." We are a very normal family. Arguments, disagreements, pet peeves, annoyances. Especially having both a daughter and son. Very different but very similar. Typical sibling rivalry. Joyously bonded and very protective of each other. One of the best things we like to say is that we have raised children who are also friends. Who both love the mountains. And the quiet. 

So...my "do anything" list I guess is this: 

  • To always travel with those I love
  • Making the most of the time I have with them
  • Enjoying nature with them 
  • Enjoying the beautiful Earth God gave us
  • Loving every minute of it!

-Susan

 Thanks for sharing!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Delicious Easy Chicken Bake

My daughter sent me a recipe she wanted me to try. I watched the video on Instagram, amazed at how a visual helps, and went shopping. 

Here is the video to this Recipe on Food Videos and DIY on Instagram @foodydiy! This is a great profile to follow as there are literally hundreds of easy recipes!!





Directions for Easy Chicken Bake

Ingredients:

Chicken tenders (or breasts cut into strips)
4 Baguettes (makes 8 servings)
Flour (I use gluten free)
Seasoned bread crumbs (can use gluten free)
4-6 Eggs (beaten)
Mozzarella Cheese 
Butter
Chopped/Minced garlic
Basil or Rosemary
Olive Oil
Oven at 375

1. Begin by setting up your breading station. Flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs in separate bowls. 
2. With a large pan, heat Olive Oil, generous layer (about 1/4 inch in pan)
3. Bread chicken breasts. Layer flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs.
4. Place chicken into the pan and cook each side until golden (chicken must fully cook)
5. Hollow out each baguette. First cut off the ends of the baguette, and cut them in half. Using a bread knife just inside the crust, carefully remove the inside of the bread, leaving a hollow tube.
6. When chicken tenders are complete, place one tender inside each bread tube.
7. Add a slice of Mozzarella cheese next to the chicken inside the bread tube.
8. Mix olive oil and minced garlic. Brush over the top of each bread baguette. Lightly garnish with chopped Basil or Rosemary.
9. Place on a baking sheet and bake the baguettes for approximately 30 minutes covered (aluminum foil). Remove the foil after 30 minutes and continue for an additional 5 minutes.
10. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!!

My family loves this dinner! Makes for great leftovers the next day. While I use gluten-free flour and bread crumbs, this is for me. My family gets the baguettes and I have the chicken over a salad. Works well for differentiating a meal that everyone can enjoy. 

Like this recipe and post? Please share and comment!
Thanks,
Susan

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cue Rockstar Admin 2017

If you have not been and you are a leader in education-you need to sign up!!

It has been an inspirational rush to learn new tips, tricks and ideas using technology in education and leadership. At this CUE Rockstar Admin camp, there are so many educators leading their students, schools, and districts into the future through critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creating.
 

There have been such a plethora of RESOURCES at this CUEROCKSTAR ADMIN conference that it will literally take me weeks to work through them all, but what exciting research! 

Leading learning should be our primary focus as site leaders in education. If I can learn and teach others, they can utilize those tools in their classrooms, engaging students in meaningful ways. My school district has 1:1 devices K-8 and Google Suite for staff and students. With these tools in place, our goal is learn how to capture student imagination and expand their thinking in more meaningful ways. Continuing to learn as educators keeps our skills sharp, opens our minds to new possibilities, and helps us connect to peers and colleagues worldwide. Such an exciting time to be in education!! 

I will have the opportunity to share more nuggets of new knowledge in the near future, but here is a brief summary of  My Hero's Journey and my big takeaways. 

Here are some of my new tools!!!




And still just scratching the surface...More to come!


Happy Tech-Learning in 2017! Go-Lead-Do!

"BOOM!!"

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Learning Leader - One Word 2017

Enjoying some time to work on my blog at the CUE Rockstar Admin camp in Del Mar, CA! 

One Word Challenge ~2017~

POSITIVE

Too many times people notice what is wrong, why isn't this the way it should be. It is my goal this year to make sure that I will see the positive. Sure, the negative will be there. Problems happen. A parent at school may get upset. A teacher may have a difficult situation or a frustration that to them is paramount at that moment.

I want to remember to respond positively. With optimism. With grace. With kindness. Use a negative or difficult situation to learn from. Reflect upon. What else should we be doing about this? How can we correct this now? What do we need to be aware of or change in the future? What reparations are needed now? Who has been offended? How can we restore that relationship? 

Perseverating on the negative breeds more negativity, discontentment, anger, frustration. Our days should be filled with positives. Many will say that it takes 4 positives to counteract a negative, others say it takes 10. Like toothpaste out of a tube, once a negative thought is shared out, it cannot be taken back, only cleaned up.

Speak positively. Share positive thoughts. Praise positivity.

So can what we say and think and do be POSITIVE?? Yes!