Going back to school or just starting school for the first time can always be hectic. Oh and let’s not forget, emotional! I recall that I loved going to school, oh not for the learning part, but for the social part. I looked forward to being able to see my friends everyday and hang out. If you know me, you know that I love people. I make friends everywhere I go and consider lots of those friends to be family.
My first school memory is not when I started to school but a few years prior to going to kindergarten. I am the baby of the family with 2 older siblings. My brother is 15 years older and my sister is 14 years older than me. Of course back then they rode the school bus and I had to be out there with them waiting on the bus. So, picture this, the bus comes to pick them up and we all get on. Yes, I said WE ALL got on. I was about 2 years old, old enough to walk and I am sure old enough to talk. Well, I would NOT get off the bus! Needless to say, I rode the bus with them to the high school. Mama just followed the bus to the school and when I got off, she picked me up and we went back home. I actually remember getting on the bus and getting off the bus. I don’t remember the actual ride, but I sure rode the bus. I doubt you could get away with that these days!
I wanted to share with you my kindergarten school photo, my kindergarten graduation photo and my diploma. We had a whole graduation ceremony and wore the caps and gowns! We were so cute!
When school starts so does everything else, cheer practice, football practice, dance practice and any other kind of practice and HOMEWORK! This is when you need to be able to get something good on the table quick to feed your family. Your go to source for quick, delicious, back to school recipes should be www.tasteofhome.com. We have so many quick recipes to pick from that I am sure you will love. Give these 2 a try this year and see what you think. For breakfast try Quick Caramel Rolls. For supper try, Quick Cajun Chicken Penne.
Quick Caramel Rolls
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup caramel ice cream topping
- 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
Place butter in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; heat in a 375° oven until melted. Sprinkle with pecans. Add ice cream topping and mix well. Remove dough from tubes (do not unroll); cut each section of dough into six rolls. Arrange rolls in prepared pan with cut side down. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Immediately invert onto a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.
Quick Cajun Chicken Penne
- 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
- 2 teaspoons blackened seasoning
- 2 containers (10 ounces each) refrigerated Alfredo sauce
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Sprinkle chicken with blackened seasoning. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Cut into bite-size pieces.
In a large skillet, heat Alfredo sauce over medium heat until warm, stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes, onions, pasta and chicken; toss to coat and heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Welcome Back to School and Happy Cooking!
Michelle “RED” Roberts