Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese


Ingredients
3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup colby cheese, shredded
3 tbsp butter
2 3/4 cup half and half
15 oz can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Instructions
Combine the half and half with the cheddar cheese soup, and mix until nice and smooth.
Next, sprinkle in the paprika and black pepper, and mix.
Pour the elbow macaroni and cheese into the crock pot, half of the shredded cheddar and colby, the cut butter, and the half and half/cheddar soup mixture.
Mix until well incorporated.
Top off with the remaining shredded cheeses.
Put the lid on the slow cooker, then set the cooker on low.
Let cook for three (3) hours.
Serve.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Writing with Students #2

Best Christmas

It had been a very trying and harsh year for our family. My father had lost his job, and financially, the hardships upon us were more than tasking. Christmas was a holiday we were not looking forward to. Gifts were not affordable for anyone, so we chose to make gifts instead.  My father reconstructed and refurbished an old Victrola player for my aunt that belonged to her father.  The wood was vibrantly brown and shiny, hidden under the sheet he carried into the living room and placed under the tree filled with decorations.  I remember distinctly my aunt's face when the sheet was removed and dad's gift was revealed.  She was ecstatic and in tears.  That was our best Christmas, for although we had nothing, we truly had everything.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Writing with Students

I love writing when my students write....

Crush/Embarrassing Moment

   It was a cool, spring day and I was watching for you.  Would you step out of your door and look my way?  Oh, the anticipation was breathtaking.  I stared at your house as I walked toward the road, completely oblivious to the tree in my path.  Soon, leaves and branches stuck to my hair, and the peach tree that obstructed my view, would never stand upright again.

(Such a great ha ha moment with my best friend!!!)

The Ultimate Storm
   The name Irene haunts me to this day.  The radar consistently reinforced by fears of her monstrosity.  I had gone for an early morning run.  It was cloudy and muggy with so much heaviness in the air, breathing was difficult.  By mid-day, winds were toppling trees at a seventh mile per hour velocity.  We huddles downstairs in the tent we had pitched to make our then six year-old feel safe.  Then the lights went out.....

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kayaking

We bought a new kayak this past week.  I love these sweeties!

LOVE HIM!

Dork #1 and Dork #2



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Popcorn Sales

This cute thing and his momma will be selling popcorn this Saturday (September 24th) from 12 to 2 at Short Pump Kroger! Come see us!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Being the Sandwich!

Hello! I am 46 years old and I am sandwiched between two families.

Many of you know my mom. She is an amazing lady.  She was my inspiration to become a teacher!  I wrote about her the other day in class.
Getting Settled!

Bingo Boy!
Your brownish black hair sits neatly on your head, with piercing brown eyes that have high expectations of all who meet you. You carry a Godly love in your heart. As time has passed, you have aged gracefully under harsh circumstances, paving a right and narrow path for your daughter. You are my inspiration and I am beyond grateful to call you mom.

Since December, she has had two mini-strokes, and many falls.  The last one knocking herself unconscious and breaking her shoulder. She did a five-week stint in rehabilitation and it did no good.  She fell four more times while there, was in the hospital again, and then Medicare said, "No more please."  She is now in assisted living. It was probably one of the hardest decisions that dad and I had to make.  I cried.  I cried for a week and lost sleep many nights.  She is adjusting well and I visit her several times a week.  Being a teacher, and driving down from Gum Springs, can be quite taxing on both the heart, soul, and mind.  

While Mom was in rehabilitation, Dad decided it was time to get a blood clot in his leg.  It ran his ENTIRE right leg. The swelling is going down and it seems to be diminishing, but what a scare!  He stayed in HDH Forest for three days.  It was total fun while I was on summer break.  

I am now going back and forth taking care of Dad, visiting Mom, and trying to keep sanity in our own home with my sweet boy and husband.  Pray for our family, for peace, and most of all, love of each other.  What a rough road.....it will stop one of these days.