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Travel for Teachers

Travel for Teachers5 Corners Bed & Breakfast is pleased to be a part of BedandBreakfast.com’s annual Travel for Teachers program. Its time to get out of the classroom and enjoy some rest and relaxation!

Teachers who stay one night will receive 50% off their second night.

As with any good discount, there is always some fine print.  Here’s the details:

  • The discounted night must be a Sunday – Thursday; however the full price night can be a Friday or Saturday. For example, teachers who reserve Saturday and Sunday night will receive their discount on the Sunday night stay. Likewise for a Thursday and Friday night reservation.
  • Reservations are currently being accepted for travel dates June 8 through August 22, 2014 for all guests rooms located in the main house.  Not valid holidays or holiday weekends.
  • Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.  BedandBreakfast.com gift cards are not accepted when used in conjunction with this promotion.
  • School ID must be presented at check-in and offer mentioned at time of reservation.

To make a reservation or to learn more, please give us a call at (440) 984-3084 or reserve online at www.5cornersbnb.com and enter LOVETOTEACH in the promo code box.

 

Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans

Our Elf on the Shelf, whose name is Server (I have no idea why) likes to have a little fun when he visits.  So much so that my two kids can remember just about everything Server did last year.  We thought we’d share a few of our favorite hiding places just in case there is another Elf out there who needs a little creativity to keep his family laughing.  Our Elf has learned that he’s got to clean up whatever mess he makes so he’s not too fond of messy pranks.  He does have a hard act to follow after last year…I hope he’s up for the challenge.

 

Our Elf on the Shelf took a bath in our cotton balls…complete with a rubber ducky.

 

 

 

 

His E.T. impersonation

 

 

 

 

Elf and Barbie say “I Do”

 

 

 

 

Fun with the photocopier.  At least he didn’t show us his backside.  Maybe this year.

 

 

 

 

Helping with homework.  Things got a little messy with all those stickers.

 

 

 

 

Our dog, Buster, and Server worked together to make our screen saver a little more festive.

 

 

 

 

Nothing like a little game of cards with his pals.  Wonder what they were betting?  Maybe candy canes?

 

 

 

 

Our Elf on the Shelf isn’t feeling so well.  Probably ate too many cookies or partied too much during that card game the night before.

 

 

 

 

Toasting marshmallows

 

 

 

 

Our Elf on the Shelf toilet papered the tree.  At least he could have thrown away the empty roll.

8 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

I am honored to speak this evening at our local MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) meeting on Kitchen Organization.  Here are my top tips that were shared.  Feel free to check out our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/5cornersbnb for more great ideas!

Utilize the tops of your cabinets with items that are not used very often.  Make the most of this space by hiding less popular kitchen tools inside of them (such as cookie cutters, cookbooks, cloth napkins, attachments for your Kitchen Aide mixer, etc).  Labels are a good idea so you don’t forget what’s up there.

1) Utilize the tops of your cabinets with items that are not used very often.  Make the most of this space by hiding less popular kitchen tools inside of them (such as cookie cutters, cookbooks, cloth napkins, attachments for your Kitchen Aide mixer, etc).  Labels are a good idea so you don’t forget what’s up there.

Make a kid-friendly zone for snacks and school lunches.  Make all of your sandwiches for the week on Sunday night then just grab and go in the morning.2) Make a kid-friendly zone for snacks and school lunches.  Make all of your sandwiches for the week on Sunday night then just grab and go in the morning.

3) To make cooking easier, organize your kitchen so each area has a specific purpose.  Choose one counter that will be used for food preparation.  Have within easy reach of this area all utensils (knives, spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons, etc).  Another example would be putting your cups and coffee mugs should be located closest to your refrigerator and coffee pot.  Your silverware and napkins should be located closest to where you eat.

Have herbs at your fingertips.  You will be more likely to use them!  Spices should be stored where it is dark and dry.  Perfect place: inside pantry door4) Have herbs at your fingertips.  You will be more likely to use them!  Spices should be stored where it is dark and dry.

5) Move foil and baggies out of the drawers to make extra room by attaching a magazine rack to the inside of your pantry or cabinet door.

Use the inside of your cabinet doors for extra space.  Corkboard, pegboard, magnetic sheets all work great! Hang measuring cups, measuring spoons, kids artwork, conversion chart, boxtops, invitations, etc.6) Use the inside of your cabinet doors for extra space.  Corkboard, pegboard, magnetic sheets all work great! Hang measuring cups, measuring spoons, kids artwork, conversion chart, boxtops, invitations, etc.

7) Group like items in  baskets (lids, pills, spice packets, candy). Keep in mind rectangle and square containers take up less room than circle.

8) Store lids on the side of your cabinets by using either a towel rack or hooks.  Use that drawer/broiler under your oven for something else!

 

Baked Brie Tarts from Fall Open House

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our annual Fall Open House this afternoon!  It was wonderful to make new friends and visit with many people who have helped to make 5 Corners Bed and Breakfast a success. Here is the recipe for the Baked Brie Tarts that was requested by many…

Baked Brie Tarts

mini phyllo tarts
Brie cheese, cubed
brown sugar
chopped pecans
honey

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place tarts on a cookie sheet.
  3. Place a cube of cheese in each tart.  Top each tart with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

This recipe was originally posted by the blog Plain Chicken.

10 Ways to Upcycle Your Halloween Candy

10 Ways to Upcycle Your Halloween CandyTwix and Snickers are my personal downfall of Halloween candy. Once those are gone from the bucket, I start to gravitate to other flavors…which is not good. Its time to get it out of the house. Here are a few ways to upcycle your kids’ leftovers so its still not sitting around come Easter.

1) Trade in candy for Toothbrushes – Many dentists will trade in Halloween candy for new toothbrushes, floss or sometimes even stickers or other small goodies. The candy is then sent to our soldiers overseas or donated to a foodbank. Learn if there is a dentist near you that participates in this program by visiting: www.halloweencandybuyback.com.

2) Offer your kids a trade-in option.  Maybe offer to buy them a new book or crayon set for every pound of candy they turn in then donate it using #3 or #4.

3) Donate it to your local food pantry, nursing home, women’s shelter, church youth group or Ronald McDonald House.

4) Send a care package to a soldier overseas by visiting www.anysoldier.com or Operation Shoebox (please don’t ship anything that will melt).

5) Save it for the holidays and use it to fill stockings, advent calendars or candy dishes (chocolate freezes beautifully).

6) Reward your kids by attaching a note and sneaking it into your kid’s lunch box. Its the perfect way to give them a little support before a big test, big game or other big event.

7)  Make gingerbread houses.

8)  Use it in treat bags for your kids’ upcoming Birthday Parties or to fill a pinata.

9)  Melt down chocolate bars and make chocolate covered apples, pretzels, potato chips and more.  Add candy to pretzels, cereal, nuts and seeds for a wonderful trail mix.

10) Use candy to make homework fun by quizzing your kids and then using a piece as a reward.  Get the question or spelling word correct and they get to eat a piece.  Get it wrong and Mom gets it instead (M&Ms, Skittles or those new mini Reese Cups work great for this).

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