Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lunch With a Giraffe

And who wouldn't want to have lunch with a giraffe? Or breakfast. I've always heard that breakfast with a giraffe is the most important meal!


If you can't have a real giraffe, the next best thing is a bento lunch with a giraffe.

Bento is a home-packed meal, traditional in Japan. Many people are adapting this for their children's lunches.

Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Green/Yellow Giraffe

Aren't these little guys cute? A nutritious lunch as well as fun.


This giraffe is my favorite. Don't you just love the way he has his nose in the air, looking for his own lunch? And doesn't that lunch look good? I certainly wish I had this all packed for tomorrow.


I'll have to settle for giraffes on a plate, #10 and #11. At least they'll still be there after lunch.

And something to eat with, of course. Giraffe #12.

Bon appétit!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pass the Salt, Please.

My mother had a collection of salt and pepper shakers. My sister and I loved looking at the different sets, so I decided to collect them, too. I haven't gotten very far, which is probably a good thing since I don't have a lot of room to display or store them. But I do have a few that I love.

Giraffes #8 and #9, courtesy of my intrepid eBay-scouting sister. She can find anything, even cute giraffes salt and pepper shakers, which her son didn't think was possible. I laugh every time I look at this pair.

And how beautiful are these?

These were the first ones my sister sent me when she found out I love Scottie dogs. The way the one on the left is looking at his pal is just so funny.

Turkeys? Yep, collect them, too. Is there anything I don't collect? No wonder I have so little room. Guess who gave me these?

If I had the room, I'd enlarge my collection. So while I wait for that unlikely event to occur I'll just have to find ones for my wish list. Like this set, although I might be a bit afraid someone would try to eat it.


And after my post about kangaroos last Thursday, how could I not want this momma and her joeys? 


So many salt and pepper shakers, so little room. Le Sigh.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Art Deco

I love the Art Deco period. The term "Art Deco" was first used in 1926 after an exhibition celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifes et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts).

The Eiffel Tower in 1925 with advertising 
light designed by André Citroën, 
spreading high its name in giant letters.

Art deco represents elegance, glamour, and modernity. I think of it as clean lines and style. Don't you just feel glamorous looking at this ad for champagne? I hope she can see where she's going.

I can pretend I'm this elegant lady hurrying toward my sleek Fiat in that gorgeous blue dress, hat, gloves, heels and stockings. A Fantasy in Blue!

Marcello Dudovich

I don't even drink coffee, but this ad certainly makes me want to. The coffee container looks like it moves all by itself. That certainly would be helpful.

A little perfume? The bright colors are so bold. Très exotique!

Giraffe #7. Too cool to even open his eyes. Perhaps he should be in one of the ads.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Giraffe a Day

I know I have lots of giraffes, I just don't know how many. So I am going to post one picture each day from my giraffe collection. I'll number them so that someday I may actually know how many I have. Today I'll start off with several.

By collection I don't just mean stuffed ones like this little guy.

He lives in this little purse that he came in. One of my students gave him to me. Isn't he too adorable?

So this one is #3. Numbers 1 and 2 were here.

#4 isn't stuffed, but he does have some wild hair. And a little brother. Big brother is supposed to have a picture in his plastic case. Maybe a picture of a giraffe?

#5 This giftie from my sister is what I wear when I have yard duty. It keeps my head warm and my students laughing. What could be better?

Finally #6. Another gift, this one from a teacher buddy. She always thinks of me when she sees giraffes and very generously shares. Thanks, Lori!

So sweet. The friend, and the bag.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Theme-It Thursday

Jessica Hische
is for Katie, my best friend since I was a child. She was there for me when I was happy. She was there for me when I was feeling bluish/purple. She doesn't look a day older than she did when we were kids, though she has had a hair transplant. In spite of some rough times, she looks as youthful as the day I got her.

Katie is a Saucy Walker doll. Until I started planning this blog I didn't know that she had Saran hair. It says you can shampoo and comb it. I must have done more than my share of that because after a few years Katie had to go to the doll hospital to have a new head of hair put on. It's definitely not Saran. I've never tried to shampoo it and it doesn't comb all that well. Good thing I don't play with dolls anymore. Much.

We really did sing this song for Katie in my
family. I was fortunate to have such a good
friend in my Katie. 

K-K-K Katy

K is for Keys. I don't know why, but I really love keys. Odd shaped keys. Interesting keys. Keys for places that I can only imagine.

I wonder what this key is opening? Don't you love that doorknob?

These keys look very old and well used. Do they open a door? Are they for machinery? Maybe a trunk containing Spanish doubloons.

I really want to know what happened behind the door this key opened. Perhaps it was a honeymoon. Or a couple sneaking away for an illicit tryst. Or maybe a traveling salesman, weary after a hard day of trying to make sales. If keys could only talk.

K is for Kangaroo. Have you ever wondered what a Joey (baby kangaroo) looks like when it's first born? Or how it grows? Watch the 21 parts of this amazing series on YouTube. (Caution: There are some parts that, true to nature, are sad and may be upsetting to children. And adults.)


What a sweet picture to end the blog. Moms always seem to be watching out for their babies.

At least in a perfect world they would be.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eternally Pretzel

Awhile back I made the poor woman's turtles. And still having pretzels left I decided to make a couple of other sweet treats. One recipe I found online and one I created.

The first recipe is called Valentine Pretzel Buttons. These are very similar to the turtles. Place pretzels on a lined baking sheet (they used the square pretzels; I used my pretzel-shaped pretzels.) Top with a Hershey's Hug. These are white with brown stripes. Or is that brown, with white stripes?

Bake at 200° for 4-5 minutes. When they come out of the oven they should still hold their shape. Oops! You are supposed to place an M&M onto them and press down. Needless to say, not much pressing was needed here.

I tried again with a second batch and when the Hugs were still firm, I couldn't press the M&M down. A minute later they had lost their shapes, poor things. So I did what any good cook would do: I put the M&M on top and pretended that was what they were supposed to look like! Do you think anyone will turn them down?

Not quite as beautiful as the original picture but then again, nothing I make ever really looks like the original picture. Still, it's the taste that counts, and these count very well.

My second recipe turned out much better, mostly because I didn't have an original picture. All I had were chocolate chips, pretzels and candy canes.

I always keep candy canes in my freezer, since I never know when I might want something peppermint flavored. If I should run out of candy canes I run to the store and pick up a package of peppermint candies. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Dip a pretzel in the chocolate and then in crushed candy cane.

The pretzel buttons are good, but these are even better. Nothing like chocolate and crushed candy canes to put one in a Christmasy mood. In February.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Portraits, 2nd Showing

Children are very free with their art. They love to give me pictures. We have an Art Gallery on the white board in our class. Three pieces of student work are always on display. When a student brings a new piece, I trade it for one that's up. The class really loves seeing each others' work, and so do I.

Exercise is fun when you have a special partner. 

Ready to start the day together.

Rainbows make any day more fun.

Apparently we live in a part of the country where the flowers grow bigger than the people.

And lest you think I don't watch over my students:

Perhaps I am just the tiniest bit big headed!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Portrait of Anna Karenina

By now you may be wondering, "What does this Anna Karenina look like?" The truth is about to come out. Here are some of my favorite portraits of my lovely self, courtesy of my lovely students. And the best part is you'll get to see some of my students, because they like to put themselves in their pictures with me. So sweet.

Stopping to smell the flower.

Enjoying the clouds. How happy we are!

Donuts, anyone?

Field Trip!

Fresh air is good for children.

And just in case you think I'm a softie, think again. See that smile? Hmm? Those students peeking in the window seem to have the same smile. Wonder where they got it from?

What? Doesn't every teacher have giraffes in their class?

Part 2 Anon.