Monday Made It June 2013

Today was the last day of school! Big exhale. I spent a long time cleaning my classroom and getting it ready for the summer.  I'll be back in a few weeks for summer school, but everything had to be put away.  Here's how it looked on Friday in the midst of the chaos.

 If you're following me on instagram (everyonedeservestolearn) you can see what it looked like at the end of the last day.

Now for Monday Made It!

1. School

I gave my teaching partner a thank-you gift, not only because she was a great friend, listener, advice-giver, and amazing teacher, but also because I saw something in a store and thought of her! My husband doesn't like when that happens.  Neither does my app. I didn't exactly make anything here...just put it together.
Dress: Target
Cup: Charming Charlie
Printable: Commona-my house

2. Home

School is over and I still have a to-do list a mile long.  It's summer! Relax already! (Says my inner Bob Marley.) I think this next made-it will help.  I originally saw this on a Five for Friday or a Monday Made It a few weeks (months?) ago, didn't save it, and couldn't find it so I made my own. ETA:  It's from Doodle Bugs Teaching- click here to see her version of the Weekly 5.  Thanks to Halle for finding the source!

The premise is that rather than make a miles-long to-do list like yours truly tends to do, pick 5 things a day to do.  I already have enough printed for the summer!  Click on the picture to download from Google Drive.

3. Food

With all the rain we've had, the basil and mint in my garden is growing out of control! I've made these before and will be making them for summer school- they are awesome summer cookies.

Lemon Basil Sugar Cookies
adapted from Branny Boils Over 

1 stick butter, room temp
3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
zest of one lemon
2 tbsp finely chopped basil (optional)- I leave out if I make them for kids
1 tbsp finely chopped mint (optional) - I leave out if I make them for kids
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Lemon Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar (plus more to taste)
1/4 cup water (plus more to taste)
juice of 1 lemon (plus more to taste)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets.  Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add egg, lemon zest, vanilla, basil, and mint.  Mix well.  Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until a dough is formed- it won't take long.  Using fingers or a spoon, press dough onto baking sheets in small circles.  Bake for 8 minutes for soft cookies, up to 12 for crispy cookies.  Let cool for 5 minutes, then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Glaze: After the cookies have cooled completely, mix the lemon juice and water together.  Stir in the powdered sugar, until a glaze has formed.  Adjust all ingredients to taste and consistency. 

I'm off to work on my "5's the limit" to-do list! Happy summer!


  1. Welcome to summer! Woohoo! You made it! I bet your teaching partner loved those gifts. They look adorable. Those cookies look delicious. I love anything with lemon!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. The Weekly 5 - What a smart idea! I made a super long summer to do list. After a week of summer, I've done 3 things on the list. I'm going to try your list instead.


  3. I need to organize myself for the summer also! A great idea!


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  4. The cookies look and sound delicious! I need to make those stat!

    It was Doodle Bugs who made-up the 5 a Day Printable, I just downloaded and printed it! Love yours though, I'll have to go back and forth. I like how it makes me feel accomplished.

    Happy Summer Break!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  5. Cleaning the class is the worst part, but it looks like your almost done! What part of Jersey are you from? I notice you have the same classroom floor as me!! =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

    1. I teach down in South Jersey, near Philadelphia. You are up in North Jersey, right? That's where my parents live.


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