Back to School and Teacher Questionnaire

It’s that time of year again. Kids are going back to school. In fact some have been back in school for a couple weeks already! (Here in Arizona they started already!) This is my second year not having my own classroom, and while it’s a little easier than it was last year (read about it here), it still feels weird. They say once a teacher always a teacher. So true. I still feel a pull to the teacher supply section of stores, and peruse the bulletin board borders and calendar decorations, even though I have absolutely no use for them.

When I was teaching, one of my room moms sent me an email with some questions about my preferences on things like restaurants, drinks, stores and such. She sent my answers to the other parents, just in case they wanted a reference for the year. Now, I am in no way saying you have to get your teacher stuff, but sometimes it is nice to show them some appreciation, even if it is in the form of a large Diet Coke from Sonic handed to them in the afternoon pick up line. Believe me, that teacher appreciates that drink as she sits in 2 hours of meetings or grading after school. How did my parents know that Diet Coke was my drink of choice? From the answers on the questionnaire of course! ( OK, so maybe they just knew because I have a Diet Coke problem that is obvious to the world… but I digress.) Continue reading →

Blueberry Muffin Bread

Koa has been way into baking lately. He seems to think we need to turn on the oven and bake something everyday. However, it is 110 degrees outside and turning on the oven isn’t always at the top of my list of happy to dos. However, he has been begging for blueberry muffins for some reason. And while I am and always will be a fan of the Jiffy muffins of my childhood (let’s be real they are awesome), I am all about scratch baking when I can. Continue reading →