A Favorite Month

Who doesn’t love September?

Beyond pumpkin spice lattes, sweatshirt/jean season, and football, September is the month my niece or nephew is scheduled to arrive. This officially makes this the best September yet!

Thinking of you every day, Ash and Tony!

I can’t wait to see you as a family of three and snuggle with baby M!

LOVE!

Fall Recipes

I haven’t blogged in a week. Can you tell school has started? ;) The academic year is off to a fantastic start, and I’m feeling back in the groove of things. That being said, I was still ready for a long weekend and some time away with family and friends.

Two Pinterest recipes found their way into our kitchen this weekend. Both are good enough to share!

IMG_4692Caramel Rice Krispy Treats: These were a special request from John who had them at work and came home insisting I find the recipe. (I kept the butter the same for the caramel filling, but only used 2 tablespoons for the marshmallow/cereal mixture.) These will be made again.

Stuffing Meatloaf: For someone who doesn’t care a lot for meat, I happen to love meatloaf.  This recipe is easy and leaves the meat tasting like Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll make this again, too!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Summer Reads of 2014

BooksHere’s what I read this summer!

  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay
  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  • The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
  • How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath
  • The Silent Wife by S.E. Harrison
  • Missing You by Harlan Coben
  • She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  • The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  • Wishin and Hopin by Wally Lamb
  • Walking with Purpose by Lisa Brenninkmeyer
  • Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Favorites overall: We Were LiarsWishin and HopinCounting by 7s, and The Noticer Read all of these!

I really enjoyed the psychology experiment of The Pregnancy Project (the writing just wasn’t good). Reconstructing Amelia was a page-turner. Wally Lamb has incredible character development in She’s Come Undone. And Tears of Tiger has great potential to be a class novel in my freshmen reading course.

I hope these suggestions give you some titles to consider. Happy reading, friends!

Grilled Pizza

IMG_4678IMG_4676Thanks to my brother for suggesting we place homemade pizzas directly on the grill.

Ingredients:

  • Personal size 8” mini Boboli brand original pizza crust (I purchased at Target)

 

  • Ragu Pizza Sauce
  • Toppings (Pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms…etc.)
  • Mozzarella cheese

Directions: Place sauce on pizza crust, layer with toppings, top with cheese.

Place directly on the grill and heat until the cheese melts. It only takes a couple of minutes. Check often so the bottom doesn’t burn.

We’ll make these again and again until grilling season is behind us.

Lucky Number Seven

Students roll in tomorrow signifying the start to my SEVENTH year teaching.

As my coworkers and I tossed around the number of years we’ve been teaching during in-service last week, the topic of “the seven year itch” was continuously mentioned. This term is associated with marriages most often, but some believe it can be applied to career commitments. While this phrase has yet to relate to me, a number of my teacher friends and I started the same year, so it was an interesting point of view.

Fast forward to a text message from my dad this morning reminding me of “lucky number seven”, and it’s all about perspective. If you don’t have time to read this book I mentioned a few weeks ago, just spend time with my dad. He has the power of perspective.

I’m taking his approach for year seven. I have new ideas. I have new energy. Combine the two, and seven is set to be a success.

Ice Bucket Challenge

IMG_4666A current student challenged me over social media to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in effort to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This challenge is taking over Instagram and Twitter with videos of people pouring ice cold water over themselves and challenging others to do the same. If you’re challenged and don’t succeed in 24 hours, you are encouraged to donate to ALS. Of course, if you do complete the challenge in time, you are also encouraged to donate. The challenge is working. Recent news stated, “The movement has raised more than $5.5 million for ALS Association since July 29th, compared to $32,000 in the same period last year.” Pretty incredible!

I can’t say I was thrilled to be nominated (freezing cold water…no thanks!), but I couldn’t show up to school in two days having disappointed my students. We’re a team!

Check out these Top 10 Ice Bucket Challenge videos from celebrities around the country.

Pineapple Gala

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So much love for former students!

Over 600 people attended the 36th Annual Pineapple Gala last night. The downtown Double Tree served as the venue, and it was beautiful!

John’s boss was nice enough to invite us to the event. In addition to an incredible dinner, a silent and live action served as the entertainment. All proceeds went to Camp Courageous. There were also presentations about Camp Courageous and the valuable opportunities they provide to campers every year.

We went home with a few silent action items and the excitement of helping send more campers to Camp Courageous next summer. It was great to be a part of something so much bigger than us in our community.