Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lemon Essential Oil to Clean White Boards

I ran across this video about how to clean white boards in my classroom with lemon essential oil.  Now, I have tried and tried to get my student white boards and some laminated center work clean with the "stinky" cleaner, but it no longer works properly on the stains.  So, I was a bit excited when I saw this and had to try.  I used the oils straight like was shown in the video.

It is AMAZING how clean my boards and laminated pieces are now!  The boards are clean, the room smells like lemons, and now we have what looks like brand new materials to work with each day.


Thanks, doTerra for this video!  I love it.  Happy, happy teacher here!

If you are interested in the lemon oil, I have my doTerra link above as a tab. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pancakes- Gluten-Free and Much, Much More

I have a long list of food sensitivities that give me a good kick-in-the-fanny when accidentally ingested.  I am beginning to miss eating some foods as I trudge down the path of finding and creating meals each day.  Breakfast, right now, has become my challenge as I am getting tired of oatmeal (that I know I shouldn't eat due to possible cross-contamination of wheat, but do because I am downright hungry!)  The list of ingredients to avoid is quite long and the reactions from my body to those ingredients is quite varied. 

Just a sample of what I must avoid:  dairy products (except yogurt and some soft cheeses do okay in my body), honey, wheat, rye, barley, almonds, peanuts, egg whites, basil (what? it is in everything), yeast, corn, and a few more along with chocolate.  As you can see, to create a scrumptious recipe without all these ingredients is quite the challenge, and I have resorted to eating a lot of Spanish/Mexican dishes.  Fajitas, here I come!!

I played with a non-satisfying pancake recipe I had created a while ago, which was a bit too grainy with thin, wafer-like pancakes.  The results were much better, with fluffy pancakes and a great texture.  I am rather satisfied and cannot wait to eat the remaining pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.


Pancakes- A lot of Ingredients Free!!
(Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Yeast-Free)

1 Tbsp. Flax Seed (ground)
3 Tbsp water
1 C. Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (used Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 C. Xantham Gum
2 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 C. Rice Milk
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

Mix Flax Seed and Water together and let sit for a few minutes while mixing the remaining ingredients.  This is your egg substitute.  Mix all dry ingredients together, then add liquid ingredients, adding in the Flax Seed liquid as well.  Stir well.

Holiday Season

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/christmas-ball-top-kerri-mortenson.htmlI just ADORE the colors of Christmas and the holiday season!  Everywhere I look, there is so much color and joy.  As I walk around, I see so much splendor and happiness radiating from the colorful ornaments to the paper to wrap gifts.

 Please visit my Holidays Gallery for more Christmas photography. 



 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/angel-divine-kerri-mortenson.html 

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/candycane-by-the-fire-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/candycane-in-ball-jar-kerri-mortenson.html 

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/christmas-stripes-kerri-mortenson.html

 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/triple-flame-reflection-kerri-mortenson.html
 
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Silent Auction for Education

I am so excited to show the photo that I was able to donate to a silent auction for a local school.  I have received incredible feedback and kindness about this photo.  I am looking forward to hearing who was the winner of the silent auction and gets to be the proud owner of this gorgeousness!  A great big THANK YOU to the new owner for supporting education. 

Click on photo and it will take you to this photo in my gallery, but you can also spend some time looking at the other photos I have there as well.  You can also click on the Photography tab above..it will direct you to my photography pages as well.  :)

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/salt-river-tranquility-kerri-mortenson.html
 
If you like the photo above, you might also like to see....
 
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/shine-a-light-on-it-kerri-mortenson.html
 
 
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-clay-pots-kerri-mortenson.html

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/curved-reflection-kerri-mortenson.html
 
....plus many, many more in my galleries. 
 
 
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Anyone Up for a Game of Croquet?

I have incredibly fond memories of playing rounds and rounds of croquet with my sisters and cousins while growing up.  Once in a while, as adults, we still break out the croquet set and go another round; now teaching our own children.  The competition is quite competitive!  One cousin even made it a challenge and put her game on a sloped lawn for us when we went to play.  LOL!

I spent many years looking in antique stores for a nice croquet set for my family.  This past summer, while visiting NH, I spotted a set outside the store on the sidewalk.  Wahoo! 





My favorite mallet color is the red one, and I get a bit pouty when I can't use that color when playing.  LOL!  What is your favorite?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers Store

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and post a few worksheets I have created on the Teachers Pay Teachers site.  It is a place to post items for free and items for sale that will help other teachers be successful in their classroom.  I am so excited to offer a couple items at this time and will work on building up my store over time.  I have to dig in my files and see what I have created.  :)

Click Here to go to my store.  Thank you for taking the time and looking.  Remember... it's just a start... check back often to see more offerings.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Wildland Fire Boots Photography

I took my husband's wildland fire boots and spent some time photographing them in the light of the kitchen window.  I LOVE the look and feel I was able to capture.  I have decided that my profit from any sale of these photos will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  These people do amazing things for the families of firefighters.  Incredible support!  I thought I would post all 4 of my photos here for a quick look at them and a way to link to my artist photography site.  Thank you to those who are viewing the photos and sharing my links all over Facebook and social media!

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/wildland-fire-boots-still-life-kerri-mortenson.html
 
I clearly remember all the days my husband would come home from an assignment still covered in dirt and ashes.  I always made him undress on the front porch, leaving the stinky dirty clothes outside. 
 
This photo below is my absolute favorite!  (My husband wasn't so sure about the flower.. LOL!)
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/sweat-and-fire-worn-kerri-mortenson.html
 
So many times I would get poison oak from picking up these boots to move them from one place in the house to the other.  GRRR!!  :)  Usually, I attacked the boots with Naptha soap and water to try to get rid of as much poison oak oils as I could.
 
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/fire-boots-hdr-kerri-mortenson.html
 
Clearly this was not the only pair he owned and each pair took as much abuse as this one pair.  He sent the boots back to the company or to a boot repair shop to be patched and made whole again. 

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/many-miles-kerri-mortenson.html
 
 
 
My one statement to my husband every day as he left for a fire or if I got a call from him during his assignment.  I always told him that I loved him, but always added, "Be Safe."
 
So, to all the firefighters out there still on the line...

Be Safe,
Kerri
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arizona Diversity

 
As I travel around Arizona, so many sites capture my eye.  The landscape is extremely diverse and showcases amazing scenery and western history.
 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/cactus-ribs-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/2-clay-pots-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/curved-reflection-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/montezumas-castle-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/wheel-forgotten-kerri-mortenson.html
 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/desert-rainstorm-2-kerri-mortenson.html

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

See What I See

I LOVE to look around at the world and see things from a different perspective.  One thing about taking photographs is the ability to look at everyday common objects and capturing them how I seem them.  It's fun!  If you click on each photo, it will take you to my photography page so that you can see the photos without the watermarks on them. 



http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/birch-bark-curl-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/feather-and-inchworm-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/flying-feather-boat-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/lily-spiral-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/sunflower-perspective-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/survival-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/bubble-in-glass-kerri-mortenson.html

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/balance-kerri-mortenson.html

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Few Summer Photos

Finally, I have found some time to process and upload some of my photos that I took this summer while visiting family in New Hampshire.  I take photos of images that truly make me feel happy and joyful.  When I get a good feeling, then I try to capture the image as I see it and share it with you.  I do not spend any amount of time post processing my photos.  I want you to see what I saw the first time.  I try to set my camera in manual mode to capture the image the first time.  I have added a bit of contrast to some photos, but have not delved into any Photoshop programs at this point.  Some day I may change my mind, but right now I like what I see and have captured.

I have chosen three of my photos to put on this blog post, but you can see more of them by clicking on this link.

 
Lily Garden

http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/lily-garden-kerri-mortenson.html
 
Luna Moth
 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/luna-moth-kerri-mortenson.html


The View Out
 
http://kerri-mortenson.artistwebsites.com/featured/the-view-out-kerri-mortenson.html