A Little Slice of Heaven! Monday Made It!

We (and by 'we' I mean my husband) were very busy beavers this weekend!! Alright, it wasn't just my husband, I did help but he did most of the heavy lifting.

I was going to write about my teachery monday made it first but I am just too darn excited about this that I have to share!

In a previous blog post I shared this pin:
I was so inspired by it that I decided we should do this too! So I showed my hubby the picture and asked if he would help me build this (read "you build, I supervise"). My hubby works in construction so he had a trailer full of lumber already.  We used that instead of using the palettes.

Here are the before pictures!

The during....
And drum roll please!!!!


This is our little slice of heaven in our backyard.  You're jealous right?! I'm so lucky to be married to such a handy guy.  He's the best!  We've pretty much been out there non stop since it was finished on Saturday night.  And I was so excited about how it turned out that I just had to have people over for a BBQ, which brings me to my next Monday Made It!

This is a yummy black bean and corn salsa that is to die for!  It's so fresh tasting and perfect for summer time (although I will be making this all the time!). I could eat the whole batch myself and I am so thankful that there are leftovers because that will be my breakfast lunch tomorrow.

Here's the recipe that I used, there are a bunch floating around the internet that I looked at for inspiration and then just did my own thing:

In a bowl mix together:
2 cans of black beans
1 can of peaches and cream corn
1 red bell pepper
1 can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning (I used low sodium)
5 green onions
1 red onion
1 bunch of cilantro (I go by taste because cilantro can over power if you're not careful)
1.5 TBSP of minced garlic
Juice from 2 limes

You can also add avocado but mine weren't ripe yet so I left them out and it was still awesome.  My guests raved about it and asked for the recipe so they could make it for a BBQ they're going to!

Make this salsa, you will not be disappointed!

Alright, on to my teachery Monday Made It...

I made these last night while watching True Blood:

This was my first time mod podging and it went pretty well.  I was distracted a few times by some shirtless vampires but eventually I finished them.  I'm really happy with how they turned out and I'm afraid I'm going to have to do this to all of my clothes pins in my classroom.  The only problem is that I use about a million clothes pins over the course of the year for various things.

I'm not even 100% sure yet what I'm going to use these for. I was thinking my behaviour clip chart but maybe I can come up with a better use for them...or better yet, maybe you can! How are you using your fancied up clothes pins or how would you use mine?

And one last Monday Made It!

I finished 2 more Daily Math Word Problems Booklets.  These are going to be great for morning math work for the kids to work on while everyone gets settled in.  Problem solving in math (and other areas) is a big deal in my district right now.  To pick up your own booklets just click on the image and it will take you to my store.

Phew, that was a lot of Monday Made It's! I'm about ready for a nap now.

Catch you on the flip side!