Oh hey there! I haven't been here for a little while so I figured it was about time to say hi! I have been pretty busy with school stuff lately. I can't believe that I am about to begin my last week of student teaching. I have learned so much from the cooperating teacher, the teachers around me, and, of course, my students. I truly feel prepared to take on this next year where I will be flying solo in my very own classroom!
I had to come home this weekend because I needed to take the teacher certification tests for Illinois. So, yesterday, I spent the entire morning and afternoon taking tests. It was super fun. Aside from an hour Starbucks break, I was literally testing from 8 until 4:15. It was awful! However, I am glad it was over and now I am just praying that the tests went well so I don't have to do them again!
After all those awesome tests, I came home in time to see the second and third periods of the Hawks Game! They won!!!! I ran six miles on the treadmill while watching and then showered and spent a lovely evening with my parents, some family friends, and Bri. We had a yummy dinner and then I crashed for the night since I was exhausted!
Today I have big plans. I am making INCEPTION COOKIES! I need to make enough cookies for every single one of my students. That is about 150 cookies... I have been promising them cookies for an end of the year celebration and now it is finally the end of the year! There are two more days and then FINALS! So, I feel that cookies are a great way to celebrate!
I also have a great recipe to share today that Bri and I threw together for dinner one night. We decided to make our own pizza and we went with a Spinach, Artichoke, Pine Nut Pesto Pizza! We bought some whole wheat pizza crust from the store since we didn't have much time, but you could totally make your own. Then we topped it with our pizza toppings, baked it, and had one heck of a dinner!
Spinach, Artichoke, Pine Nut Pesto Pizza
16 oz store bought whole wheat pizza dough
1 can artichokes, rinsed and chopped
1 cup packed baby spinach
4 tbsp pine nuts
1/4 cup pesto (your favorite)
1/2 cup shredded light mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375 and roll our your pizza dough. Sprinkle some cornmeal on a cookie sheet or pizza pan and then place the pizza dough on top.
2. Spread the pesto over the pizza dough, top with spinach, artichokes, and pine nuts, and then sprinkle on both types of cheese.
3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until dough starts to brown and cheese is melted.