It’s official! I will be a student teacher at Milford High School next semester! I am very excited as this was my top preference. It will be nice to be in a small school and still be close to Lincoln.
I am fairly familiar with the school as I did a practicum there last fall. However, my cooperating teacher has a new room. It will be interesting to see what it’s like. She also has a very active FCCLA chapter, which I am excited to be getting involved with as well!
It’s a good thing I’ve already got some purple gear! Eagles have paw prints, right?
That’s my goal this week – to just get by! I been dreading this week for about a month now. Just looking at the week on my calendar with all the appointments, assignments, and notes makes me a little queasy. Now that it’s here though, I’m not sweatin’ it too badly. It’s Tuesday – the week has begun and I’m not dead yet. Things are looking up!
What’s on my plate for the remainder of this week?
- Concept Map
- Ethnicity Final Exam
- Research Article Critique
- Research Credit Survey
- Philosophy of Education Paper
- and the professor who still has to give us 3 quizzes (in two class periods)
Looking at it now I’m optimistic. I can get that all done by Thursday! (I don’t have class on Fridays, which sounds great, but really means that all my course work is squished into four days.)
Maybe I’m mistaken, but I thought the whole purpose of dead week was for professors to wrap up the course and prepare you for the final exam – not make all these projects and papers due. Also, notice the final exam I have this week – I actually had one yesterday too. Professors think they are doing you a favor because you get done with that class early. Wrong. Now while going to class and frantically finishing course work, I also have to find time to study. I would have much more time for that next week when class isn’t in session. Alas, I have two finals this week.
Another goal is to show up for my finals at the right time at the right place. EVERY semester I have shown up on either the wrong day or wrong time for a final. Luckily for me it has always been BEFORE the actual final. But you can image how nervous that would make a person to sit in the hall waiting for your class of 50 to show up to the final you thought was supposed to start 15 minutes ago. Something is wrong here! This year I think I can make that happen. I have checked and double checked. I have three finals during finals week – two on Wednesday, one of Friday. (note to professors who moved finals – I won’t be getting out of here nay earlier since your finals were on Monday and Tuesday anyway).
That totally concludes my rant for the day – time to get to that list!
Today is Prom! Today’s breakfast menu – Scones. Yes “today” is what scones and Prom have in common. I made the scones this morning to start the day of excitement with something yummy. By the way, let me just say that yesterday Nebraska experienced a spring blizzard and today it is sunny and beautiful with temps soaring to 60 degrees. God is good and the pictures can be taken outside.
When we decided to open a Bed & Breakfast it was my opportunity to experiment with all the yummy breakfasts I always wanted to make. As a family, cereal was the breakfast staple.
Ok, here is the recipe I got out of the Better Homes and Garden’s 75th Anniversary Edition cookbook. Of course I have made some changes and have made notes below. When I first started to make scones it dawned on me that scones were just a variation of biscuits. I must say they are easier to make, in my opinion.
Dried Cherry Scones
½ cup dried sweet cherries or raisins (I use craisins a lot)
2 cups all-purpose flour (I use 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour & 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1 egg, separated
1 8 oz carton dairy sour cream
1 recipe Orange Glaze
1. In a small bowl pour enough boiling water over dried cherries to cover. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain well.
2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add drained cherries and orange peel; toss to coat. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.
3. In a small bowl combine egg york and sour cream. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir until combined (mixture may seem dry).
4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing dough for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough into a 7-inch circle. Brush top with egg white that has been beaten and sprinkle with white sugar.
5. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Score top into 8-10 wedges. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until light brown and done in center. Remove scones from oven. Cut individual scones using the scoring lines and place on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Drizzle Orange Glaze over warm scones. Serve warm.
Orange Glaze: in small bowl stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in enough additional orange juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach drizzling consistency.
Today I walked outside to damp sidewalks and spring’s fresh scent. Did I mention I LOVE this time of year? Now I’m sitting at work, windows open listening to the quiet padding of raindrops near the and the occasional grumble of thunder. I think this quote pretty much sums up my feelings about this time of year:
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
-Virgil A. Kraft
Springtime bring renewal/rebirth to nature. Here on UNL’s East Campus you can’t help notice with all the flowering and budding trees amidst the beautiful landscaping. All the beauty and gorgeous weather makes it really hard to concentrate on school work! The forecast for the next two days calls for rain – and I’m going to enjoy it! Bring on the umbrella and galoshes!
Here’s an exciting wedding update:
The dresses are here! Both the bridesmaid dresses and my wedding gown have arrived at the Bridal Isle in Loomis! I would post pictures, but I know that Jake looks at this and we wouldn’t want to spoil anything now would we?