As I recently polled several friends, they couldn’t decide if it was a thrill or terrifying to be going back to school. Whether it was kindergarten, grammar, junior or senior high, even college, I think the anxiety of new books, teachers, friends, chefs, food in the cafeteria… everything new could make your mind and stomach race with anticipation… like GIRLS! Weeks before, my mom would take me to get clothes, which mostly, were on the low list to me, but I always had that special pair of pants and shirt I would literally, WEAR OUT!
OK, stop laughing, yes that’s me (Batman card in pocket) with Mrs. Grassmeyer, my 3rd grade teacher. She came to my house for tea, to thank my parents for me knitting her a winter scarf and hat. (she was an avid snow skier. Oh brother! I was 8)
I had my Batman lunch pail & trading cards for that 2nd peanut butter sandwich. I would trade my cards for the sandwich, with my best friend, and that was in college! HA!
I wasn’t the genius with great grades like my twin sister, but, between the 10 years of drumming lessons, 10 years of racing motocross, pee wee football, chores, and of course, the TV shows as soon as I finished my chores, I was a pretty busy kid! I remember vividly Nan, my grandmother, taking me to the local Dairy Queen after an especially tough football scrimmage, letting me get anything I wanted. She was the best!
School was awkward, exciting, tough and fun, all at the same time. I never thought I would be teaching others in my adult life, and I think my family would have been proud seeing how I turned out.
I always loved it, when my mom would make tomato soup with grilled cheese after walking back from the bus stop on chilly days.These recipes from Taste of Home are quick and add great twists of flavor!
- 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
- 2 cans (one 12 ounces, one 5 ounces) evaporated milk
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons bacon bits
- In a large saucepan, combine the soup, milk and tomatoes; cook over
- medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. Top
- servings with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. Yield: 6 servings
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 2 slices Swiss cheese
- 2 slices cheddar cheese
- 2 slices sweet onion
- 1 medium tomato, sliced
- 6 cooked bacon strips
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- Combine mayonnaise and mustard; spread over two bread slices. Layer
- with cheeses, onion, tomato and bacon; top with remaining bread.
- Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
- In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches for 2-3 minutes
- on each side or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Enjoy your time and school days, with your kids and tell them… it’s OK to underachieve at some things because you will soar at others, like ME!
Oh, by the way, it’s National Chocolate Milkshake Day so top off their back to school experience with this Cherry Chocolate Float, when the A’s start rolling in!
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups carbonated water, chilled
- 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
- Chocolate syrup
- 14 scoops chocolate ice cream
- Whipped cream in a can
- 7 maraschino cherries
- In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat;
- simmer for 5 minutes. Cool. Stir in carbonated water and cherry
- Drizzle chocolate syrup in each of seven chilled glasses. Place two
- scoops of ice cream in each glass. Pour carbonated water mixture
- over ice cream; top each with whipped cream and a cherry. Serve
- Yield: 7 servings.