I made this last Wednesday night for church supper. They were dubbed "Sloppy Cups" by one of the members. There was a ton of food that night, and I thought that I had overdone it, but all thirty of them were GONE by the time dinner was over.
We took one of the school cars to the reading conference. It was a former driver's ed car, so it had a break on the passenger side!
Major foodie geek-out time: Minerva's in Sioux Falls. I realized that I could have easily replicated the potato topped salmon, but I would need a good sauce to go with it.
Key Lime Pie from Minervas. This was great, but I could only eat about four bites.
A random snapshot from downtown Sioux Falls. I can't wait to explore more (and try out some more new restaurants too) when I take my mom back to catch her flight.
I was so geeked out when I read that Danny Brassell would be speaking at the conference. I have read all his books, and love his website "Lazy Readers." I have bought a bunch of books over the years to add to my classroom library from there, as well as found many personal choices I have enjoyed. I listened to all five sessions he did, and can't wait to get back into the classroom!
I am going to submit seven proposal ideas for next year's conference. We'll see if any get accepted. The fifth grade teacher and myself:
On the way back we stopped at Al's Oasis. I have no clue where this is, but I loved the chair.
In Midland, we stopped at a very small family owned hotel. I loved that they still had a phone booth inside. I had to use the cell since there was no phone hooked up.
This sign says: "Smoking Cures Cancer." I love my sense of humor!
Outside the hotel: (I would love to come back and use the mineral baths here. They have been around from at least the 1940s....and at $4.00 a person, I think it is in my budget!)
Schooling Myself in Cooking:
I plan on teaching myself a lot, but I know I'm going to need some help. Here are a few of the books I bought to start out.
This is the book that I am starting with:
Black Eyed Pea Salad:
2 T Fresh Parsley (I used half of this since dried spices are so concentrated.)
2 T Fresh Basil (Repeat of above)
1 T White Wine Vinegar
2 T Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 garlic clove (I added more because there is never too much garlic)
2 tomatoes chopped
15 oz. can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
I used a store ready made chicken and cut it up, added apples and grapes to it. This would have been so simple, but I am a slow cutter, so that added about ten additional minutes to the prep time.
1/2 cup Mayo
1 t curry
1/2 pound grapes
3 apples cut up
salt and pepper to taste
I also made Avalanche Bark and Pink Powder Puff Crunch for my students and co-workers. I did not take pictures of those items though! I am trying to add a little "pop" to summer school, and keep my students coming back for more. It helps that HH has been reading them The BFG each day too.