Weekly Meal Plan September 21-25

Sometime within the first few weeks of school we have our “Meet the Teacher” night. It’s a time for parents to come into the classroom, see where their child spends the majority of the day and meet the people who they are partnering with for the success of their child.

What’s funny about Meet the Teacher night, is that there really is not much to talk about with new parents. You have a great time connecting with the parents of the kids you taught in previous years, but with new parents, the conversation usually goes something a little like this:

“Hi, we are_________’s parents”

“Hi, nice to meet you. I am Mrs. Skinner. Thanks for coming tonight.”

“So, how’s she (or he) doing?” is always the next question.

I used to stumble over this question a bit when I first started teaching, thinking that I had to share some groundbreaking information about their child the progress they were making,  but no longer.

“Well, we are only 7 school days in.” I usually start with “So we are busy setting routines and reviewing. So far so good.”

I like to have a little work on the desks so parents can get a sense of what we do in our classroom every day and usually I like to have some art up for the kids to share.

My friend Angie found this great project this year and shared it with me and I thought it was perfect for Meet the Teacher night!

Student Self Portraits

We started with a lesson on drawing faces and proportions and then the kids got creative!

Student Self Portraits

It is so fun to watch them work on this stuff and see how they view themselves.

Student Self Portraits

And let me tell you, they were so excited for their parents to see our room! The excitement at the end of the day once they were up was almost overwhelming.

I had a great turnout and met some incredible parents. Like I have said before, it is going to be a great year!

Here is what we are eating next week:

BorschtReuben CupcakesWonton SoupTacosFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Bacon
  • Beets
  • Beef broth x 2
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Dill
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Corned beef
  • Sauerkraut
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Ground pork
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Green onion
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Chicken broth x 2
  • Ground beef
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Taco shells
  • Taco seasoning


One of my friend’s at work brought me a whole bag of beets from her garden. Since our garden didn’t produce ANYTHING this year, it was nice to have some produce given to me. Borscht seems like a good way to use them up!



I was on a meat cupcake roll last week and it is continuing this week. Partly too, I am trying to use up stuff in my fridge and there is a half eaten jar of sauerkraut taunting me…

Reuben Wonton Cupcakes


With all those left over wonton wrappers I am going to make wonton soup! It takes a little bit of work, but it is totally worth it.

Wonton Soup


Something simple as the week winds down. Tacos are easy and yummy. You could even use this oven method if you want to try something different.

Oven Tacos


Oven Tacos

Do those of you who are not teachers ever wonder what it’s like?

I sometimes day dream about working in an office…a quiet office where 34 people are not constantly calling out or staring off into space when I am trying to get a response from them. Or even a job where you are not stuck in one room with 34 other people for a whole day. (there has to be some fire regulations we are breaking…)

It’s a tough job most days, and on indoor recess days, (which we are on day 2 of this week) it’s even harder. But there are times when you really see the difference you are making with these kids and it makes it all worth it.

I know teaching is a higher calling (blah, blah, blah) but I find it is the moments where you see a kid’s character develop that are far more rewarding. (I have to admit, watching them learn and the light bulb turning on is pretty cool too)

Today was one of those days. I have two boys who struggle with navigating what it means to be a good friend. Angie can attest to the lunch hours I spend counselling and mediating their arguments. At times I find it utterly frustrating, but it has been so neat to watch one of the boys in particular learn what it means to be a good friend. (because, like I had to say to him at the beginning of they year “You are a pretty terrible friend.”) He is learning to listen instead of talk over others, admit when he is wrong and share his feelings instead of walloping those who hurt him.

He said to me today “Mrs. Skinner, I want to be his friend…because he is helping to teach me how to be a better friend.” Those are the moments when you feel like you have really made a difference…

Then you walk back in your classroom to find kids screaming and someone has spilled a FULL water bottle all over the floor and there are not enough paper towels in the world to sop it up…and that’s when you realize you are resuming your post as mayor of crazy town.

I find I need to come home and just sit in silence for a while. It’s good that I get home a whole hour and a half before Andrew so I can decompress from the day’s events. And during that hour and a half I love to cook(besides working out and writing these blog posts of course).

I find cooking so relaxing and satisfying….anyone with me?

Tonight I’m making oven tacos which I find exciting…mostly because there have refried beans in them and I heart refried beans.

I started by browning the beef and onions together.


I drained off the excess oil from the meat and added in the chilies, refried beans and tomato sauce. I totally forgot about the taco seasoning when making these! But it tasted pretty awesome without it…


I filled each taco and stood them up in a 9 x 13 pan. Then I sprinkled cheese over top (and some taco seasoning because I forgot!) and baked them for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.


While that was cooking, I got all the toppers ready: tomatoes, spinach, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.


The verdict- These are REALLY good! Surprisingly they are not really soggy like I thought they might be. The shell does get a little soft from the baking process…but who cares? They taste great! I forgot the taco seasoning, like I mentioned earlier, and I think that would have made this even better. I’ll do my best not to forget next time.