Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Blog Design and Recipe Swap Linky Party

      I am absolutely flying on cloud 9. If you haven't noticed, this is a new blog design for me. I caught the blog fever from Brandi over at My Teacher Friend when she redesigned her blog at the beginning of the week. So, what was a person supposed to do other than check out Megan's blog templates at her awesome site: A Bird In Hand Designs.

      I've got to tell you that when I started this whole blog thing and I didn't know what I was doing, my original intent was to have a hot air balloon as my theme. But, I had no idea how to go about that. Then I discovered a free blog template that sufficed, but I was never completely happy with the butterfly theme.

     When I hopped on over to Megan's site and saw this hot air balloon template, I knew that it was meant for me. I emailed her right away and she was quick to respond. I started this all on Thursday and by Saturday night, I had my new blog design. Thanks Megan for making this so easy, painless, beautiful and not that expensive!!!!

Now onto this next idea of mine. Have you ever sat around the table in the teacher's lounge or at a friend's house and heard them talk about a great, easy-to-make recipe and you thought, "I've got to have that"? It happens to me quite a bit, but I never end up getting the recipe. Either I forget, or my friend forgets and we all know that we need those time-saving recipes with our hectic schedules, right?

      So, I thought, why not have a teacher recipe swap?? We all have those tried and true recipes that, when in a pinch, we pull out because we need to. Well, why not share them with each other??

      That is why I am going to attempt my first linky party. I know it doesn't really relate to teaching, but we all have to figure out ways to put food on the tables at our house and we would like it to be healthier than fast food all the time!!

      If you are interested in joining me, here is the button to use on your blog so we can all link up here!! (I'm sorry, but I am not sure how to add the code for this button, so you can just save the picture on your computer, but it on your blog and then link it back to this page)

Now, here is the best part of this: the recipe. I have to say, that this is not my recipe, but it's one that I found on pinterest HERE. It is a family favorite, is is easy to make and the best part is that it goes in the Crockpot in the morning and it is ready when I get home from work. Imagine that?? After a totally hectic day, you get to come home and dinner is already ready!!!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

I know the picture doesn't make it look that great, but believe me, it is one of the best dinners I've ever made.


2 chicken breasts, still frozen
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese

This actual recipe only feeds about 2 people, so I usually double it for my family of 4. It's super easy. All you have to do is put this all in the crockpot in the morning, turn it on low, and let it cook for about 8 hours. You can see the full set of directions if you click on the link above.

It would be really neat if we could all swap recipes, so here is the place to do that!!

Thanks for reading,


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  2. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for starting this - I'm honored to be the first to link up :)

    I LOVE your new design - so cute!

    Joy in the Journey

  3. I noticed your new design right away. Love it! I can't remember what your previous design was, but this one is so cute! I will have to think about a recipe to link, since I'm one to just pick up the phone or just drive through somewhere. Hmm...

    Fifth in the Middle

    1. Thanks Diane... I just needed to update it, I get bored very easily.

  4. Hi-I'm one of your newest followers!
    What a great linky party! I am in dire need of new ideas for dinner.
    Thanks for starting it.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  5. Thanks for linking up. I am off to your blog to check out your recipe!

  6. Love the design. I don't have a recipe to share, but can't wait to read all of them.

  7. I love, love, love your blog! I just found your blog through Joy in the Journey and I am so excited to be linking up with you! I will be posting my link in just a bit. I love that recipe, too! I bought the stuff to make it one day this week, as a matter of fact. :-) I am so excited to find another 5th grade friend and I'm your newest follower. Hope you stop by to see me!
    Thanks for hosting a yummy linky!!
    The Science Life

  8. Your new blog design is awesome! It looks so warm and friendly. I love the balloon character! Isn't Megan awesome to work with? She design my blog, too! I am so happy with it! Congratulations!

    Teaching With Moxie

    p.s. I can't wait to link up with your recipe link. I've got to find a recipe to share!


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