Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday....August 10th....

Good morning. Some people dream of success all day, while others wake up AND WORK HARD AT IT!
It's true,the early bird gets the worm.

So does the late bird and the bird in-between. Because by design, there are always more than enough worms.

In fact, the only bird that doesn't get a worm, is the bird that doesn't go out to get one.

Oh, to be alive....
The Universe


"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops."~ Henry B. Adams



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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thinking About...Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yesterday I was at the beach in Ocean City, NJ, with my mom's friend, Laverne. This lovely lady is very intelligent and has quite a few grandchildren, so it came as a bit of a surprise when Laverne was lamenting about the fact that her son had signed her up for a computer course. "I don't even have a computer. I don't want one, I don't have room for one, and that's that," she stated emphatically while she drove with me to the local store to get a newspaper. I told to tell her she could read the newspaper on line, but she wasn't having any of it. "I need to do my crossword puzzle every day." As we went back to the house, she attacked the crossword puzzle while I sat with my laptop doing my "every day things like plurking. "Do you know a goddess who had horns?" she called out. I quickly googled it and gave her the answer. "Another word for Heat Home?"
This went on for a bit until she triumphantly called out she had completed her puzzle. I smiled to myself. She was happy and I had learned about Isis and Miami Heat basketball team.

Later I got thinking about why I love the computer and others don't, and there are many who don't. Whoopi Goldberg, who probably has a computer but doesn't seem to take to things like Twitter and answering machines, has amazingly creative minds. Laverne would rather paint, redecorate, sew and do other creative things. Both ladies probably also finish every thing they start. I don't. I love to learn things quickly and start many things I don't finish. My friend, Jeff, uses the computer because he HAS to, but given the opportunity, he'd throw it out the window. Meticulous, an end point always in his head, his "I can't do anything else until I finish this" drive me nuts.

So, maybe that's the difference in educators who adapt and use the technology and those who tolerate it. Maybe I need to be more cocnicient of the fact that they are just programed that way, like some of my students. These are the kinds of people we can LEAD to the computer, but unless there is a concrete end for them to see....they aren't going to drink from it.

Monday, August 3, 2009 day....August 3, 2009

All sorts of tech things here today from an on line alarm clock to flipping your texts. Please feel free to add any fun technology sites you know to this blog.

Cool alarm clock....all sorts of sounds for you to choose

Wonder how people flip their text on plurk or other places??

Looking for a web site...lots on one page here

Better read these 21st century excuses before you assign homework this year

Like snipit

Be sure to check out I can see all sorts of uses for this.
Educators Set to Begin New School Year with Enhanced Curricular Resources and Integration Tools from Discovery Education

Found by Plurker Mrs Smoke.....Organize your classroom library

From the Universe:
It's truly a sight to see, when the inhabitants of any planetary civilization cross the tipping point and begin to individually accept complete and eternal responsibility for their own happiness.

Yet, this hardly compares to the mountain quaking, body shaking, polarity-flipping, hero-making occurrences that transpire when such inhabitants graduate to accepting complete and eternal responsibility for their every twinge of unhappiness.

Brings tears to my eyes,
The Universe

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Friday, Web Site Day....August 7
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Adapted from Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sunday....quotes to start your week

I never stop to plan. I take things step by step. Mary McLeod Bethune
There but for the grace of God go I-John "Holy" Bradford
Give me Liberty or give me M&Ms. --just thought that one up.
my first

there's nothing like a computer to make a second seem like a long time
Where's the beef?

"If you are good at something, never do it for free" The Joker

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.~Zig Ziglar

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Walgreens Children's Activity Book coupons

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 01:03 AM PDT

Thanks to my FREEtastic reader Meredith in Albany, New York for sharing this offer that's great for your child and you! Most stores are offering the "Walgreens Children's Activity Book" for 99 cents. She tells me that inside this book are lots of money saving coupons for Band Aid, Crayola, Tylenol, Huggies, Gerber, and many others. I didn't see it in my San Francisco store so, if you are unable to find it, ask one of their employees if they are carrying it and, if not, what location does. Please let me know if you find it!

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Reminder: Free Mocha Monday's at McDonalds ends Monday

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 01:25 AM PDT

Remember that this Monday is the last day you can stop by your McD's Monday and pick up a free coffee drink. For more details, click here!

Free Burt's Bees Acne Treatment sample starting 8/10

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 12:40 AM PDT

Thanks to our great FREEtastic member Polly in Spokane, WA for letting us know about this great offer! She heard that starting 8/10, Burt's Bees will begin offering free samples of their new acne treatment. She spoke with one of their staff last week who said that is will be offered but they're not sure if it will be on their website or Facebook page. Make a note in your calandar and I'll keep you updated.

Free Honey Nut Cheerios

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 01:05 AM PDT

Honey Nut Cheerios wants to help make lowering your cholesterol a non-challenge! They're offering you a free sample of their cereal plus a $1 off coupon. Click here for this tasty treat!

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Five free lullabies from Johnson's Baby

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 12:22 AM PDT

Here's the perfect way to get your youngster ready for bedtime. Johnson's Baby products is giving you five free lullabies to download. Click here and get ready for dreamland!

Texas Roadhouse free Baby Blossom appetizer

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 01:05 AM PDT

If you're lucky to have a Texas Roadhouse restaurant nearby, here's a tasty deal! Click here to get a coupon for a free Baby Blossom appetizer. Best thing is that the coupon doesn't mention any minimum purchase (or that any purchase is required!). I love this place as they have some of the best rolls I've ever eaten. Hurry as this offer expires this Monday 8/3.

Free Decree tank top from JC Penny - first 15,000

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 01:08 AM PDT

JC Penny and Seventeen Magazine are giving you a great FREEtastic freebie! Click here to order your free Decree tank top. Only for the first 15,000 so get yours now!

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Free gift in August for CVS ExtraCare members

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 03:48 PM PDT

In August, if you're a member of the CVS ExtraCare card club, check the bottom of your store register receipt for your coupon redeemable for a free gift. You have one week after purchase to get your gift. Click here for details.

Saturday is Recipe Day

Thinking about the week ahead? Share your favorite recipe here so that others can make it this week. If we share on Saturdays then perhaps people can get the ingredients when they go shopping.

Outback Steakhouse Coconut Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients & Directions:
1 1/2 lb large raw shrimp
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cornstarch
1 T salt
1/2 T white pepper
2 T vegetable oil
1 c ice water
oil for deep frying
2 c short shredded coconut
1/2 c orange marmalade
1/4 c Grey Poupon country mustard
1/4 c honey
3-4 drops Tabasco sauce
Peel, devein & wash shrimp. Dry well on paper towels. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients for batter. Add 2T oil & ice water.
Stir to blend. To fry: heat oil to 350 in deep fryer or electric
skillet. Spread coconut on a flat pan a little at a time, adding
more as needed. Dip shrimp in batter, then roll in coconut.
Fry in hot oil until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
Bake at 300 5 minutes to finish cooking of the shrimp.

Serve with sweet & sour sauce or the following sauce: Combine
marmalade, Grey Poupon mustard, honey & Tabasco sauce to taste.

Artisan Bread

Adapted from ”Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough (*you can replace about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of white flour with any whole grain flour with great results).
  • Cornmeal
  • 1. In a large bowl, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups warm water. Add flour, and stir to combine completely. Let dough rise in a warm place for at least two hours, until it rises and collapses (up to 5 hours - or even overnight won’t hurt it). The dough may be baked at this point, or refrigerated for later use.

    2. Cover dough, but make sure it is not airtight - gases need to escape - and place in fridge. When you are ready to use it, throw a small fistful of flour on the surface and use a serrated knife to cut off a piece of the size you desire. (The authors recommend a 1 pound loaf - which means cutting off grapefruit-sized piece of dough). Turning the dough in your hands, stretch the surface of the dough and tuck in under. The surface will be smooth, and the bottom with be bunched.

    3. Dust a pizza peel (or any flat surface - I use a rimless cookie sheet) with cornmeal. (This prevents sticking, and adds a nice, rustic crunch. You can use flour instead, but you’ll need to use a very generous dusting). Allow dough to rest in a warm place for 40 minutes - longer (up to an hour and a half) if you use some whole wheat flour in place of the white, or if you make a larger loaf.

    4. Twenty minutes before baking, preheat oven to 450 degrees with baking stone (or overturned baking sheet) inside on the middle rack, plus a shallow pan on the top rack. Throw a small fistful of flour over the dough, slash it 2-4 times with a serrated knife (in a cross, a tic-tac-toe, or a fan), and slide it into the oven, onto the baking stone. Throw 1-2 cups of tap water into the shallow pan, and quickly shut the oven door to trap steam inside. Bake for 30 minutes, or until crust is well browned and bread sounds hollow when you knock on the bottom.

Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

serves 4, prep 5 min, cook time 20 min
  • 1 (8 oz) package fettuccine or linguine
  • 10 tbsp butter, divided (I know, but I’ve tried it with less and it’s just not the same)
  • 8 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 oz cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped (you can use dried herbs if that’s all you have)
  • 2/3 cup boiling water (from your noodle pot)
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp (feel free to buy frozen-gasp!)
  1. Boil and salt a large pot of water and cook your pasta. I usually only use about half of an 8 oz box, preferring fewer noodles.
  2. While your pasta is cooking, cook your shrimp if necessary and reserve. If your shrimp are pre-cooked and frozen, quickly thaw them under running water.
  3. In a large skillet melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat and saute mushrooms until soft and brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Reserve cooked mushrooms and melt remaining butter in the skillet. Add minced garlic, cream cheese, and herbs. At this point, I generally feel like something has gone terribly wrong. The cream cheese doesn’t really melt and starts to look almost curdled, don’t worry about it! It will all smooth out and be wonderful when we add the water. I promise.
  5. Simmer cream cheese mixture until well blended. Get a scoop of boiling pasta water from your noodle pot and mix it in, stirring quickly to smooth out the sauce.
  6. Keep sauce hot and add shrimp and mushrooms, mix well and make sure everything is hot-you wont ruin this sauce by accidentally boiling it so don’t worry.
  7. Toss sauce with cooked noodles and serve.

Serve this with a good crusty loaf and a salad.


Chicken Mozzarella

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Italian-style fine bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce, divided use
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole basil, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Dip chicken breasts in milk, shaking off excess. Dredge in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a large platter (or 2) and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil. Spread 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of the dish and set the rest aside for later use.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Quickly brown each of the chicken breasts, turning only once. Use the second tablespoon of olive oil for the second batch. Arrange browned chicken in the bottom of the casserole dish, overlapping as little as possible.

Spoon remaining tomato sauce evenly over chicken, then sprinkle with parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and pepper. Finish with the mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is heated through and cheese is bubbly and slightly golden. Let chicken mozzarella rest 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
2 cups biscuit mix (Bisquick)
1/2 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
2/3 cup milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Parsley flakes, for sprinkling
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Stir together the biscuit mix, cheddar, and milk until a soft
dough forms. Beat with a wooden spoon for about 30 seconds.
3. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Smooth down the tops to
prevent hard points from forming.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the tops are brown.
5. While the biscuits are baking, melt the butter in a pan and stir
in the garlic powder.
6. Once the biscuits are done, brush the butter on tops, sprinkle
with parsley flakes, and serve hot.
Makes 10 biscuits
Source: The Secret Recipe Forum -

KFC Original Fried Chicken Recipe

Ingredients & Directions:
1 frying chicken, cut into frying pieces
1 1/2 cups flour
1 Pkt. (dry) Good Seasons Italian Dressing (THE 11 herbs and spices!)
1 Envelope Lipton (or other brand) Tomato Cup of Soup
2 eggs, well beaten
2/3 cup milk
Vegetable oil to cover bottom of your skillet; about 1/2 inch deep.

1. Combine eggs and milk. Set aside.
2. Combine flour with the Italian dressing and soup mix.
3. Dip chicken pieces in milk-egg mixture and roll them in the
flour-seasoning mixture. Repeat procedure.
4. Fry pieces over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes, turning often.
5. Remove from fire. Drain and serve.

French Toast Casserole

Virginia Willis, BON APPETIT,Y’ALL

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 loaf brioche or challah bread, sliced into 1 1/2 inch slices

8 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Confectioners’ sugar for accompanimen

Pure Maple Syrup

  • Combine the melted butter and sugar in the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Make a nice even layer of the mixture to cover the entire area.
  • Arrange the bread slices on top, squeezing them in place.
  • Whisk the eggs, add all the remaining ingredients except the pecans.
  • Pour over the bread, letting it soak in.
  • Top with pecans and cover with plastic wrap. (The casserole will not look real moist, don’t worry I promise it will be so when you eat it)
  • Keep refrigerated for at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours.
  • Set out at room temperature for 20 minutes before popping into a hot oven set to 350 degrees.
  • Bake until lightly browned and set, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove and slightly cook if you can wait a few minutes.
  • Serve hot or warm with sorghum, cane or maple syrup.
  • Serves 8
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Friday's Fun Web Sites

Now I'm thinking I really should make this blog a bit more organized, so on Fridays I'll try to include some really cool web site that people should check out.

The first one is recommended by a Plurkster.

This summer Mars is giving away a limited number of free full-size candy bars every Friday. They're calling it the Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act, and every week through the end of September they'll make 250,000 full-value coupons

Freebies for your Birthday:

NJ Teachers are all going to have to go to this, so sign up soon:

When we were on the yacht last night (sounds fancy, doesn't it? ) Robin Martin used her iphone to interview the co-owner of the station. She used this site.

Some final markdowns for shapeware:

Wikispaces Education Webinar:
Join us on August 6 for our Education Webinar. We'll focus on features that teachers have found useful in their classrooms and hear from Nicole Naditz, a French educator and foreign language pedagogy trainer.

Zoomit...looks interesting
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Get your students blogging

Universal Thinking
Playing make-believe, is always the start of believing.

Where shall we go today?
The Universe

Arby's $5 for 5 roast beef sandwiches - in OK, AR, KS, IL only

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:11 AM PDT

Hungry for some Arby's? If you're in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas or Illinois, you can grab their famous $5 for five roast beef sandwiches deal. Good through this Sunday 8/2. You need the coupon which you can get right here. I would check in advance to make sure your location is participating.

Make sure you get all the FREEtastic freebies and deals! Scroll down to the bottom and hit "older posts" or search the archive on the bottom right.

Money $aving Coupons - Kohl's, JC Pennys, Old Navy

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:00 AM PDT

Ready to save some bucks? Just click the word $ave to get the coupons!

$ave $5, $10, or $20 purchases at Cost Plus World Market. Expires 8/1.

$ave $15 on total purchase at Kohl's. Expires 8/1.

$ave 20% on house items at Stein Mart. Expires 8/2.

$ave 15% on total purchase at JC Penny's. Expire 8/1.

$ave $10 on a $50 or more purchase at Office Depot. Expires 8/1.

$ave 30% on total purchase at Old Navy. Expires 8/2.

Free Back To Nature Mac & Cheese at Whole Foods

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 12:38 AM PDT

Thanks to our FREEtastic reader Wendy from Dover, Delaware for letting us know about this deal! She tells us that Back To Nature's Mac & Cheese is currently on sale at Whole Foods stores for $1. Click here to visit's e coupons and find the Back To Nature coupon on the bottom right.

Walgreens 15% off coupon - good today 7/31 only

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:13 AM PDT

Today's the day to hit Walgreens. They are giving you a 15% off coupon good for eligible store items or 20% off Walgreens or W brand products. The coupon is good only for Friday 7/31. Get your money saving coupon here!

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Free Redbox DVD rental at Stop & Shop stores

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:14 AM PDT

Redbox has free DVD rental for you at their Stop & Shop locations. Now through 8/13, enter code 7sD4BWL8 to get your free rental. For locations, click here.

Bath & Body Works free items w/ purchase coupons

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:15 AM PDT

Bath & Body Works has some nice things to give you!. Click here to get a coupon which gives you a free Body Care or Home Fragrance item when you purchase $10 or more (expires 8/27). Then, click here to get a coupon for a free True Blue Spa item when you purchase $15 or more (expires 8/2).

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Tumbleweed Southwest Grill free queso & kids eat free

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:16 AM PDT

Have a coupon for another restaurant? Bring it into a near by Tumbleweed Southwest Grill and get a free large queso! Limit one coupon per table, dine-in only. Expires 8/31. Also, kids eat free when and adult entree purchased (kids 12 and under only). For info and locations, click here.

Border's free drink w/ bag of coffee beans purchase

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:26 AM PDT

Border's is brewin' up a great offer for you this weekend! Stop by any location through this Sunday and, when you buy a bag of coffee beans, you'll receive a a free medium beverage. Click here for this coupon and several others that offer $5 to $10 off various purchases.

McDonalds free Brownie Melt w/ McCafe coffee purchase

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:25 AM PDT

Not only are the nice folks at McDonald's giving us a free McCafe coffee drink on Mondays (use the search function on the top left to find info), now they're giving us a free yummy Brownie Melt. Purchase any medium or large McCafe drink and the dessert is on them! You need the exclusive coupon which I have for you right here!

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Toys R Us/Babies R Us $15 gift card w/ purchase

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:22 AM PDT

This Friday 7/30 and Saturday 8/1, if you purchase two Pampers boxes (92 count or higher) at Babies R Us, you'll receive a free$15 gift card good at Babies R Us or Toys R Us. Click here for more info.

Free Betty Crocker Gluten Free mixes

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 11:30 PM PDT

Thanks to our FREtastic member Sally from Jackson, TN for sharing this tasty freebie! Betty Crocker has new brand of gluten free mixes and you can get a free sample! Here's what she tells us to do: Call the General Mills consumer line at 1-800-446-1898 and select option #4 which gives you a live operator and say that you want the gluten free baking coupons. They will ask you some questions (zip code, health restrictions, etc) and then get your mailing address to send.

Gorilla Glue free sample - first 2,500

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:27 AM PDT

Do you need something to stick really well? Then you need some Gorilla Glue! The first 2,5000 get a free sample of Gorilla Wood Glue when you become their friend on Facebook, which you can do by clicking here.

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