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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Braided Spaghetti Bread

I LOVE this recipe!  This recipe came from a teaching friend of mine!  She is addicted to trying lots and lots of Pinterest recipes. (Which is good for all of us at school…she tries them and then she gives us the low down on how they actually turned out!)   I am sure that is where this one originally came from.  You can check her out over at Cooking With The Clouds.  She writes about her adventures in the kitchen! (This recipe and very detailed directions can also be found here.

This picture does not even begin to describe how great this meal is!  I am really not a spaghetti girl!  But add the bread and all of the cheesy goodness and YUM!  Need I say more?


Braided Spaghetti Bread

1 Loaf Rhodes Bread Dough or 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
6 oz spaghetti, cooked
1 cup thick spaghetti sauce
8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 –inch cubes
1 egg white (I used butter on top of mine instead of the egg whites.)
Parmesan cheese
Parsley flakes

Lay out dough several hours before you plan on rolling out your dough.  The dough is frozen and needs to thaw out.

Spray table or place dough on parchment paper.  Roll out dough until you get a 12x16 inch rectangle.

Let dough set for about 10 minutes.

Cook spaghetti, drain and let cool.

Mix in your spaghetti sauce. (add meat if desired)

Unwrap dough.

When the spaghetti has cooled off, place the spaghetti lengthwise down the center of the bread.

Place mozzarella cubes on top of the spaghetti.

You will now cut 1 1/2 inch strips down both sides of the bread.  You will then criss-cross the sides, alternating one over the other to make a braid.  (left over right, right over left)  Tuck the ends in.

You can use the egg wash or butter on top of the bread.  Sprinkle with parsley flakes and parmesan cheese.

Bake 350 for 30-35 minutes or until brown.

Slice and serve! 

I would LOVE to know if you try this recipe!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Life’s Craziness!

WHEW!!  Snow, Parent Teacher Conferences, Valentine’s Day & My Anniversary…Oh MY!!

We started the week off with a nice 1 of snow.  The roads stayed pretty clear so we did have school on Monday.  That meant that the kids were much crazier than usual. 

Tuesday was our Valentine’s Day parties at school!  Yet another very busy and crazy day!  Plus, I had Parent/Teacher Conferences until 7:00.  I got home to enjoy what was left of Valentine’s Day and my 8th Wedding Anniversary! (such the life of a teacher) 

My wonderful husband and I did get to hang out and run around by ourselves on Saturday.  My parents came up and took care of the kiddos for the day!  So nice to enjoy time by ourselves once in awhile!  We rarely have sitters, so the kids are usually always with us.  The kids were super excited when they found out that they were going out to dinner with only their Mimi and Pappi!  NO parents to ruin the fun!  J and I were excited to enjoyed a nice quiet dinner at a small local Chinese restaurant!  (with no kiddos constantly asking to “play” our phones)

That pretty much recaps my crazy week!  So excited to have Friday off! (teacher-flex day!)  Maybe I can finish up a few of my many projects!



Tuesday, February 7, 2012


I can’t believe that I have not posted in a while.  I really think I kind of needed a little break!  But now I am back and ready to move forward!

Here’s a little Kindergarten humor for you!

As most of you know..I spend tons of my time with 5 year olds.  We are currently learning about Arkansas.  I was reading a book and telling them that the Arkansas state beverage is milk.  I followed that up with…”You know milk comes from cows, right?”  Most of them did say yes.  I had one that said, “How do they do that?!?!”  Another responded..Umm, yea!  “It comes from their gutters!” 

Of course, I had to chuckle!  Never a dull moment in Kindergarten!

I am going to try to post a fun and educational activity each week that you could PLAY or PRACTICE with your child/children.

I found this one on Growing Kinders.

This is played like you would play hangman.  Only, using snowman pieces!   I have been playing this whole group with my Kinder kids.  They LOVE IT!  I have been using past and current sight words as my mystery words.  The words are short, but some of them are really getting good at using our word wall to help them figure out the mystery word.

Here is a pic. of the snowman that I made. 


Let me know if you play this game with your kids and if they enjoyed it!

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