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Apple Streusel Cheesecake Pockets
Patio parties are my fave. Just calling something a "patio party" immediately connotes a casual, relaxing vibe. It makes you think of comfy clothes, a breeze, great conversations, lots of sunshine, and lots of finger foods. We gave up a giant wraparound balcony when we left Raleigh, and our San Diego patio is a postage stamp in comparison, but who said patio parties have to actually BE ON A PATIO?
Hot Maple Cake with Crackle Icing and Maple Candied Pecans
My church does this thing that everyone should do. I don't have "everyone should"s too often, but trust me: I think they're on to something here. This thing is called Life Story Groups.
Maple Cream Snickerdoodle Bars
Halloween costumes are one of those things that I can't make myself do. I love the idea of Halloween costumes. I love how other people look in Halloween costumes. I think I'd even love how I looked dressed up like Amelia Earhart or Maleficent . . . if it were a matter of just snapping my fingers.
It's the effort though. I just can't.
Pumpkin Maple Pecan Rolls (with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Icing!)
Technology is amazing, and if you can get it into kids' hands, it can be a tremendous democratizing educational tool. It can also monopolize kids' attention and suck their brains out through their eyeballs. That's just my observation as a layperson, but I'm pretty sure it's scientifically accurate.
The other day we were reading aloud in class, not really using our computers at all. Kid after kid was mumbling through the reading, so I decided to ask them to project their voices a little better. "Can we turn up the volume, please?" I asked. Not one, but like seven different kids reached over and actually tick-tick-tick-tick turned up the volume on their computers. Once they realized what I'd meant versus what they'd done, we all died laughing. It occurred to me at that moment that our computers have almost become natural extensions of ourselves.
And actually, I don't think that's such a bad thing in general.