9 whole glorious days away from teenagers, school lunch, the smell of dry erase markers and whiny comments such as:

“You give us SOOO much work.”

“What are we supposed to do again…?”

“We have a test today?”

“We have to read this WHOLE thing??”

“This is sooooo lame…”

“I don’t like to cook, why do I have to take this stupid class, anyway?”

“Why can’t you just let us out early? We won’t say anything!”

“Can I go to the bathroom?”

And my all time favorite…..drumroll, please….

“Yo trippin, Mrs. Tow.”

Hallelujah! Spring Break is here!!

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings

I made these apple dumplings from the pioneer woman’s site, and they were TO DIE FOR. Talk about mouth watering good! They are super easy to make, also. I’ll post the recipe at the bottom. If you would like to see more of her recipe’s you can follow the link under Day Trips (The Pioneer). I recommend trying it just once. You’ll be very surprised at how easy and tasty these are.

Apple Dumplings
2 Granny Smith apples
2 cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 small can Mountain Dew
Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

Ice Cream in a Baggie

Ice Cream in a Baggie

Today in my class we made Ice Cream in a Baggie. It was a blast and I thought I’d share this recipe as it could be a great activity to do even with a pre-schooler.

Ingredients for the ice cream:
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt

Ingredients for “Ice Cream Maker:”
6 tablespoons salt

Ok, grab a sandwich size zip lock and add the ingredients for the ice cream into it. Carefully seal the Ziploc bag to ensure that there are no leaks and mix ingredients around a bit in there.

Then, grab a gallon size Ziploc bag and put about 3 fingers of ice into it. Add 6 tablespoons of salt. Put small ice cream Ziploc into large Ziploc bag with ice. Seal the bag and shake vigorously for 5-10 minutes. (Ice cream mixture should freeze and thicken to an ice cream consistency)

Viola! Ice cream!

FYI- of course it is not creamy and smooth like true ice cream, but it definitely taste like vanilla and it is an icy consistency. My students really enjoyed this lab and had no problems eating it.

There are 2 potential problems if you are not careful:
1) adding more than a pinch of salt will make ice cream taste salty
2) not sealing ice cream bag correctly (or bags with small holes) will make ice cream taste salty.

On a side note, one of students told me today that I’m better than Rachel Ray and that I should have my own t.v. show. He also said I look better than her and that I should eat the demonstration ice cream because I’m so little and I need to eat more. I love kids!!

This could be directly related to the fact that Final Exams are tomorrow and Final Grades are due by the end of the week. AND, he wanted to eat some of the leftover strawberries from the smoothie lab with his ice cream.

Ok, so I gave him the strawberries…whatever!!

Tow Adventures or Suzanne Adventures??

Tow Adventures or Suzanne Adventures??

Ok, so I realize that this blog is becoming more and more about me. Honestly, I’m the only exciting person in this household (j/k)! Ok, the real truth is that I’ve got some things up my sleeve that I’m not ready to post about because it either hasn’t happened yet, or it is still in the process.

Up and coming:
1) Finished back patio with brand new hot tub!
2) Elaine gets married!
3) Tow Agency gets their own building!
4) Mom and Dad Tow come to visit us!
5) Suzanne gets pregnant! (me again)

Until then, a note on Mike & Matt:
1) Matt got his wisdom teeth pulled this past Thursday
2) Mike has been scoping out some spring break girls at the beach the last 2 nights in a row (Matt helped him)

*see…I’m totally more exciting than they are!*

Goal Reaching

Goal Reaching

Down 3 pounds…yipee!

Another 3 to go and then I’ll post pics of my new svelte body at the wedding.

BTW- on day 6 of ice cream detox and I sort of cheated. I had to buy sugar-free light from Publix. Does that count? I mean, it doesn’t even taste that great, but I was having serious withdrawals and it does the trick.

Boo jumps!!

Boo jumps!!

Sunday night I was vacuuming the upstairs when I see Boo jump from the upstairs landing to the living room downstairs! Yes, you heard right!! Boo jumped 2 stories!! As you can imagine I was afraid I would see a flat splat of a cat when I ran downstairs.

Exhibit A:

Boo is doing fine and up to his same old shenanigans which include sleeping on the cheetah sofa and taking Matt’s spot in the bed.

In other news, I’m on day 2 of ice cream detox in preparation for Elaine’s Wedding. Um ,yea…whoever thought this was going to be easy was wrong…