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WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL AND CREATIVITY?

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Dr. Robert E. Ford, Freida Shulz, Fun, Jack Watkins, Lunch, Menu, Monroe High School, My Ramblings, PLAY, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Rena Krichbaum, Rochester | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |



While looking up a word on The Free Dictionary, I came across this quote by Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of  The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published in 1902:

“Thank goodness…I was never sent to school…it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”

~Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

I disagree this Ms. Potter.  I think school opens up the mind to creativity and new ideas.  School can inspire greatness in the fields music and art.  The catch here is it all depends upon the teachers.  Some, like my high school art teacher and creative writing teacher, can kill creativity by discouraging students who don’t show immediate talent as defined by the teacher.  Others, like my high school drama teacher and my social studies teacher, inspire all students, even those with no talent.  My history teacher especially inspired me not to settle for mediocrity and to aspire for being better than average.  These teachers who taught me in the ‘60s, had a great affect on me.  Jack Watkins, my drama teacher at Monroe High School, is the teacher who had the most positive affect on me.  He taught me to keep my head up high no matter what and he taught me to try.  Jack Watkins also taught me to go out of my comfort zone.  He also tried to teach me self-respect, a lesson I need to re-learn.  Mr. Richard Matteson, my social studies teacher at Monroe High, taught me that being average was not good enough.  So, throughout my life I aspired not to be average and to be a unique individual.  Rena Krichbaum was another teacher who influenced me to be creative by teaching me never to give up. My thanks go out to them for being such great teachers.

Freida Schulz, my sixth grade teacher gave me the love of learning.  She was an amazing lady and I thank her from the bottom of my heart!  Dr. Robert E. Ford my penology professor in college taught me that I wasn’t as dumb as I thought I was and that a person can learn easier through laughter.  He missed his true calling.  He should have been a comic.  But he was without doubt one of the best teachers I ever had.  Thank you, Dr. Ford!

In my search for information on this topic, I found that most people say that schools do stifle creativity.

In an article I read on the Net at Teachingexpertise, the author whose name is sadly not included in the article, states, “So is creativity possible in schools?  The first right answer is YES; the second right answer is NO.

It is theoretically possible, and it is even possible in practice, but only under certain conditions. In the present climate, in the system within which teachers operate, and with the kind of education teachers receive, it is most unlikely that true creativity will be seen at schools except as a concept referred to in government documents gathering dust on shelves and in (often meaningless) mission statements.”

The rest of the articles I read were totally pessimistic.  So, I guess I was wrong in thinking that schools are able to help develop creativity.   But, just think…if teachers were taught to be creative and were allowed the freedom to be creative, how far ahead our children would be!  But now I’m depressed, so I’m going to cut this article short and just post a back to school recipe that you can create along with daily messages of inspiration and encouragement to go along with food for the body in your child’s lunch bag.

Sandwich Art

This Looks LIke Fun!

Total Time Needed:

1 Hour

“Add a twist to the term “starving artist” by creating masterpieces with food coloring paint on a crusty canvas.”

Materials

  • Paper cups
  • Milk
  • Food coloring
  • New paintbrushes
  • White bread
  • Toaster

Instructions

  1. Fill each paper cup with two tbsp. of milk. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup.
  2. Paint pictures and designs on the bread using the colored milk and new paintbrushes.
  3. Toast lightly and use the slices to make crazy sandwiches.

The above recipe was found at Disney’s Family Fun website.  I see no idea why your child can’t do the artwork himself/herself.

Add some colorful fresh veggies and a dip, a favorite snack and a piece of fruit to round out the lunch.  Always add some candy kisses so that your child will know that you love him/her.

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AUTUMN AND APPLES

Posted on August 29, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Autumn, Breakfast, Cheese, Comfort Foods, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Menu, Pancakes, Peanut Butter, Poultry, Quick Breads, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Snacks, Syrup | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


It’s that time of the year that I begin thinking about the Jewish High Holidays and apples.  Why do they go together?  Because for Rosh Hashannah, we dip apples in honey as a simple of a sweet, good life.  It’s amazing that we do rituals/traditions like this only on its relegated holiday, when we enjoy eating it so much.  Everyone in our family looks forward to dipping the apples in the honey.  Anyhow, I got to wondering how many varieties of apples there are.  In my neck of the woods, I think of empires, galas, Macintoches, red delicious, golden delicious, Granny Smith’s and Cortlands.  So, I decided to Google the question and I discovered that you can find 7,000 different cultivars of apples around the world.  A cultivar  is a race or variety of a plant that has been created or selected intentionally and maintained through cultivation.  I also learned that apples are a part of the rose family.  Who would have guessed!?! 🙂

As I am sitting here typing away, I am thinking of the different ways apples are used. The apple is so versatile in our dietary repertoire.  Think of the many ways we use it…we have apples as a healthy snack food for just about any reason, and we put them into both vegetable salads and fruit salads.  They can be used in and are a delicious addition to baked beans and other side dishes.  Apples can be combined with poultry in stuffing or cooked with the fowl of choice.  Then there are the desserts…quick breads, applesauce, cookies, cakes, trifles, not to mention good old American apple pies, cobblers, crisps, candied apples, apple candy, jams, butters, jellies, muffins, the list goes on and on.  Don’t forget breakfast!  Add apples to your pancake batter and serve with cinnamon syrup for a special treat!  I’d also add cinnamon to the batter!  We love cinnamon in my household!  For lunch, add a few apple slices to your toasted cheese sandwich…I can just taste that melted cheddar cheese on my bites of apples (I would put the apples in the microwave for a minute [time depends upon your microwave.  Mine is very, very old, so it takes a minute in my microwave.  For dinner, I make a delicious apple and chicken dish.  Oh, and don’t forget you can drink apples also, in the form of cider (both hard and soft) or Calvados  Brandy which is made from cider that has gone through an additional double distillation process.

Apple Cider

According to Carl Sagen, “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”   Well, we’re not going to go that far, but here a menu for a great day full of apples…after all we must “strive for five!”  The menu items that have asterisks after their names have recipes included.

BREAKFAST

Apple Pancakes* served with Cinnamon Syrup*

Bacon or other breakfast protein of choice

Apple Cider, Coffee, Tea or Milk

SNACK

An Apple

LUNCH

Cider Snap*

Toasted Cheddar Cheese-Apple Sandwich

Carrot Sticks 

Cider Snap Tea


SNACK

STUFFED APPLE SNACK*

DINNER

Tossed Salad With Chunks Of Raw Apple In It

Apple Quick Bread* served with Butter or Margarine

Roasted Turkey Breast with Apples*

Your Favorite Stuffing

Fresh or Frozen String Beans

The Neelys’ Apple Crisp

Beverage of choice

RECIPES

Veronica's Apple Pancakes

Veronica's Apple Pancakes
=========================
Submitted By: VERONIQUE_3
Photo By: gapch1026

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 4

"This delicious recipe is perfect for our Sabbath morning breakfast. 
One recipe is never enough for my family. The pancakes are always 
moist and nutritious. I recommend these pancakes to be eaten with 
hot cinnamon syrup!"~Veronica (Softa123's Note:  See, I'm not the only
one who thinks Cinnamon Syrup is a definite go-with apple pancakes!)

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded tart apple
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon white sugar

DIRECTIONS: 

In a large bowl, combine butter, egg, milk and apple. In a separate
bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. Stir
flour mixture into apple mixture, just until combined. 

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour
or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for
each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot. 

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 322 Amount Per
Serving Total Fat: 14.4g Cholesterol: 88mg Sodium: 238mg Amount Per
Serving Total Carbs: 40.6g Dietary Fiber: 1.9g Protein: 7.8g 

Servings: 4

Honey Bee

Cinnamon-Pecan-Honey Pancake Sauce Syrup
========================================
2 cups maple syrup
1/2 cup mild flavored honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions Combine all ingredients, stir well. Pour mixture into
airtight container. Store at room temperature. Serve over waffles,
pancakes or ice cream.

Cider Snap

==========
By Dancer

Added September 15, 2002 | Recipe #40315
Categories: Beverages Fruit Microwave More

Photo by DarkHunter

Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups apple cider
4 teaspoons red cinnamon candies
4 slices apples, thinly sliced

Directions: 

1 In a 4-cup measure combine apple cider and cinnamon candies. 

2 Microwave, uncovered, on 100% power for 4 to 5 minutes or till
candies dissolve and the cider is steaming hot, stirring once. 

3 Serve in mugs. 

4 Garnish with apple slices, if desired. 

Servings: 1

Roasted Turkey Breast With Apples
=================================
55 min | 10 min prep

By: Irmgard
Feb 8, 2009

"With an easy recipe like this, you can even enjoy turkey during the week as it
Is ready in less than an hour. Delicious served with roasted potatoes."~Irmgard

SERVES 4-6

Ingredients

* 1 1/2 lbs turkey breast, skin and bones removed
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 2 teaspoons dried sage
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 2 slices bacon, chopped
* 2 tart cooking apples, cored and sliced
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1/2 cup chicken stock
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions 

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

2. Lightly butter a 13" x 9" baking dish. 

3. Sprinkle the turkey with salt and pepper and half of the sage. 

4. In a large skillet, melt the butter over high heat. 

5. Brown the turkey for 2 minutes per side or until golden. 

6. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the turkey to the prepared
baking dish. 

7. Let the pan cool slightly. 

8. Bake the turkey in the oven for 25 minutes. 

9. Meanwhile, return the pan to medium heat. 

10. Cook the onion, bacon and remaining sage, stirring 3 to 4 minutes,
until the onion is softened. 

11. Add the apples and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, until the apples
start to soften. 

12. Whisk the flour into the milk and stock, then stir into the pan. 

13. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring, for 3
minutes or until slightly thickened. 

14. Stir the lemon juice into the sauce and season to taste with salt
and pepper. 

15. Pour over the turkey in the dish. 

16. Bake for 20 minutes longer or until the turkey is no longer pink
inside and meat thermometer registers 170 degrees F. 

17. Let the turkey stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (413g)

Recipe makes 4 servings

The following items or measurements are not included below:

dried sage
Calories 484
Calories from Fat 214 	(44%)
Amount Per Serving 	%DV
	Total Fat 23.9g 	36%
	Saturated Fat 9.0g 	45%
	Monounsaturated Fat 8.7g
	Polyunsaturated Fat 3.8g
	Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 139mg 	46%
Sodium 595mg 	24%
Potassium 793mg 	22%
Total Carbohydrate 22.7g 	7%
	Dietary Fiber 2.4g 	9%
	Sugars 8.9g
Protein 43.4g 	86% 

Servings: 4

Apple Bread

Apple Bread
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Submitted By: Phyllis Herlocker

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour

Servings: 32

"I got this recipe a long time ago and with a few changes it's become 
one of Our favorites. Everyone who's ever tasted this bread has asked for 
the recipe!"~Phyllis Herlocker

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups apples - peeled, cored, and
Coarsely chopped
1 cup broken walnuts

DIRECTIONS: 

In bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt;
set aside. In large mixing bowl, place oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and
apples. Stir into flour mixture. Add walnuts and mix. Divided mixture
between two greased 8-in. x 4-in. bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for
40-45 minutes or until bread test done. Cool for 10 minutes on wire
rack before removing from pan.

The Neelys' Applecrisp

The Neelys' Apple Crisp
=======================
Recipe courtesy The Neelys

Prep Time:15 min
Inactive Prep Time:10 min
Cook Time:35 min

Level: Easy

Yield: About 8 servings

Ingredients

Filling:

5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped small
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

For the Filling: Mix all the ingredients together. Place into 7 to
8-ounce ramekins. 
For topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in 
large bowl. Blend the butter into the mixture until it forms pea size 
lumps. Stir in pecans and sprinkle over filling. 

Bake crisps for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
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