Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Triple Treat Time!

I love to bake. I think it's fun, creative, and a pretty yummy pursuit. So I thought I'd like to share at least one of my quick, easy, and yummy recipes with you once a month.

Another treat I love is meeting new people, sharing ideas, accomplishments, and honoring what others so generously share.

Everyday there are more new bloggers emerging with their special twists on classrooms, lessons, activities, and inspirations about teaching.

Along with the recipe, I also want to introduce two new bloggers that I think are a real "treat" to follow. I am hoping this will encourage my followers to visit them, support them in their new blogging journey.  

Sometimes, blogging and TpT have a very competitive feel to them. I'm pretty sure that's not in anyone's best interest. I've been in the field of teaching for 40 years now and I do know this... when one of us succeeds - we all succeed.  There is nothing more important that we can do than support each other. 

I hope you take a little time to visit Ms. Cranfill's Class.  She is a first year teacher and a new blogger.  I think that's amazing!  I could hardly remember my own name during my first year of teaching.  She always shows samples of her students' work so we get a nice feel for what a great job she is doing.

Ms. Cranfill has a great attitude!  She writes in a motivational Monday post:

"I am a firm believer that happiness is a choice. If I wake and decide to be happy, I will be. So I will choose to be happy because it is good for my health, especially my mental health"

I'm sure that great attitude carries over to her classroom too.   She currently has 12 followers, so please hop over, enjoy her blog, and show a little love by following.  Ms Cranfill is a "mover and shaker" that we are going to want to watch through the coming years.  Click below to be transported to her place. 

The Teacher Wife 
Ms. Thigpen is another new blogger that is pretty darn special.  She is incredibly generous.  She posts a freebie almost every time she blogs.   She has been teaching for 9 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher (as of '09).  pretty impressive.  Her blog is great fun to visit as is her TpT store with 55 products and 22 freebies... well worth a look see!  She even fits knitting into her busy schedule.   She is currently at 77 followers and I just bet if we all head over to her "place" and follow, we can help her hit her first 100 followers in the next week or so.  

My favorite freebies are  her: 
Monster  ABC and number cards

Thanksgiving number match


And last but not least, here is my sweet treat recipe.  It's so quick, easy, and deeeeeelicious, that I should be embarrassed to call it baking (but I'm not).  This fabulous Red Velvet Cake is just in time  for the holidays.  As I recall, if you stand at the kitchen sink, eat bites without serving yourself a regular piece, and wash it down with skim milk, it has no calories.
Click on the picture to download the recipe.
Have a great week.
Granny (Cindy)


  1. Hey Cindy! I agree...tpt can feel competitive. I try to view it as a fun way to share my talents with others while they share theirs with me! I am checking out Ms. Cranfill's class now. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  2. I love this post and LOVE Mrs. Thigpen! I can't wait to check out the other blog- she has the best attitude. I firmly believe you choose how you feel! :)

    Thanks, Cindy. You're amazing!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  3. I love this idea!! Such a great way to get new blogger's names out there! :) I know Mrs. Thigpen but I will be checking out Ms. Cranfill. You are the best!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten

  4. I agree, we need to support each other...that's the only way to survive! And, thanks to you, I have some new blogs to check out. By the way, I just want to forget my first year of teaching (almost 17 years ago). It was a blur, and I couldn't have imagined blogging.