Monday, July 13, 2015

Made it Monday {Whisper Phones & Food}

It has been forever since I joined in a Made it Monday with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics so I am excited to be here with you all today!

DIY Whisper Phones
I have been meaning to make these since Tiffany over at K Teacher Tiff posted them last summer. All the pieces to this project can be found in the plumbing aisle of your favorite hardware store. I picked Home Depot because my dad said they'd be better priced. 

I read mixed reviews of how hardware stores respond to being asked to cut PVC into 25 pieces so I just didn't both. Lucky for me, I have a dad close by with a garage full of tools at my disposal. So rather than trying to beg a Home Depot employee, we cut them ourselves.

1  3/4 in PVC Pipe 10 ft long = $2.63
5 Bags of Elbow PVCs = $12.60 ($2.52/ per bag)
3 Rolls Duct Tape = $10.17 total ($3.39/ each)**
GRAND TOTAL =  $25.40

Total for each piece = $1.02/ whisper phone (25 total)
**I already had some duct tape so I didn't purchase these but I found them at Target to give a complete price layout if you are starting from scratch.

Truth time, I am not a cook! I was never taught how to cook and for some reason it does not come naturally to me! But I am trying to get over that by learning a few go-to recipes. So today I am sharing my newest and simplest recipe for dinner that I've recently made. (Recipe is under photos.)

One Pot Pasta

This was really too easy to not share. Cutting up the vegetable is really the only prep. Then everything cooks all at once in one pot. (That means less dishes to clean later too!)

1 Pound Spaghetti
1 (12.8-ounce) Package Andouille Sausage - thinly sliced
1 Large Yellow Onion - thinly sliced
3 Cups Halved Grape Tomatoes
2 Cups Fresh Basil Leaves or  2 Tbsp. Dried Basil
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregnano
1 Tbsp. Dried Thyme
4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
4 1/2 Cups Water
Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper -to taste
1 Cup Grated Parmesan

Combine all ingredients except the parmesan in a large stockpot on medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer, uncovered, until pasta is fully cooked and the liquid has reduced, roughly  8-10 minutes. Stir in parmesan just before serving, then serve right away.


  1. Hello to a fellow Vandal! I love the way your whisper phones turned out and you just made me hungry looking at that pasta dish. I hope you have a great week!

    1. Thank you! They were so simple to make, I can't wait to start using them this year.

  2. I love your whisper phones. I need to make some.
    Mrs. Tretbar's Library

    1. I kept putting off making them and I wish I hadn't. They took no time at all and now I have a full class set.

  3. What an interesting recipe! Truly a one dish meal that will be great for teachers that first week of school!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

    1. Yes! I am definitely going to be using this one on those busy first few nights and throughout the school year when there is no time for cooking.

  4. That pasta dish looks so good! I need to put it on my menu!

    Also, kinda a random comment but I like your watermark. Very neat!

    My Bright Blue House

    1. Definitely try it! I have heard people experiment with the spices a bit so I may try it a few more times with some different combos. And thank you! I saw some other bloggers with watermarks and have been experimenting with my own. :)

  5. I loathe cooking! This looks like I might be able to handle the process! It also looks really good and is making me hungry! Lol
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. I like the idea of cooking more than actually doing the cooking so simple and easy is the best route for me!

  6. This whisper phones are too cute and oh my goodness that pasta looks amazing!!!! Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see how it goes incorporating them this year. Thanks for hosting the linky :)

  7. I love your whisper phones. They are such a great reading tool and so much cheaper to DIY. I had my husband help me make a set for my class last summer. Your pasta looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    @ Wiley Teaching

    1. I really wanted a set last year but just could not bring myself to pay $50 or more for a class set. I can't wait to start using these this year. I used similar ones in student teaching and loved them.

  8. The pasta looks delicious!

    I've never had to use whisper phones (taught third grade) but I've always wondered about them!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

    1. I actually learned about them in a 3rd grade classroom when student teaching. They are great because the students can really focus on their own reading without being disruptive to others.