Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Week 13 Wednesday (4/2/14)

Recipe Review       

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Maple Pecan Scones
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
                  Pages  68 - 69     Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 695 calories per serving, if 8 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I am a big fan of scones.  On T.V. they are usually eaten in some English café. These are large and dense and absolutely wonderful.  They filled me up, but I craved more all day.  I actually made them two ways. The recipe called for a dash of dark coffee.  I really, really dislike the taste of coffee. Of course because of this dilemma, I had to go to Starbucks and ask for a splash of coffee.  The guy behind the counter found it funny and said he was happy to help me with my recipe.  The best part was that he gave it to me for free.  What a nice guy! There really are good people out there in the world.
         The other way I made them is without the coffee splash.  Of course, I prefer the non-coffee version but Nicole liked the coffee one. She and a few of her kids tried out the ones I brought her. They thought they were great, too. 
         Serve these with a hot beverage and you will be so happy you may begin speaking with a British accent.

Gabbin’ About Gratitude

         I am so thankful to Alexandre F. Godefroy who most sources say invented the blow dryer in around 1900. My hair has been crazy all winter long due to the dryness of the rooms in my home and school.
         I love when my hair is straight with no visible colics.  Unfortunately on many a day, my hair has had a mind of its own. Thanks Alexandre for making some mornings fabulous.

Memory Musings

         As a child I stopped loving school in the fourth grade. My teacher was a very unhappy woman who constantly spoke harshly and had no sense of humor. Prior to fourth grade I loved school. It is so surprising, even to me, that I grew up to become a teacher. From fourth grade on school was something that I had to endure. I did enjoy school but for the wrong reason. It was a place to have fun with friends. I probably would have been considered an average student who had more potential but didn’t utilize it.
         The Stopka family was the catalyst to changing my views on education. When I moved to Florida, Kathy, Brian, and Laura were all attending Gulf Coast Community College. Kathy suggested that I attend with them during the school year and then work on the Capt. Anderson in the summers. I joined in and actually enjoyed it a lot. I was in a secretarial major at the time, but the best part of it all was that I learned to love school again. 
         A teacher has the power to make school enjoyable or horrible.  I have always kept that in mind as I taught because I want to be a positive memory in every child’s life.

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