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Volume 3 Number 11

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What is running wonderful classroom teachers out the school doors so early?
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Handy Teacher Recipes
by The Teachers.Net Community

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1 cups milk
3 tablespoons oil or melted butter
cup canned pumpkin

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and pumpkin spice in large bowl
  2. Whisk the eggs & milk in separate bowl. Whisk in the butter or oil and the canned pumpkin. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir, but do not beat. Batter may be lumpy.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in griddle -- cook pancakes!

Makes about 20 pancakes.

Pumpkin Pie an a Cup

Mix a 30 oz. can of pumpkin pie filling (like Libby's Pumpkin Pie Mix - not plain pumpkin) with 16 oz. of cool-whip.

Fill a 3 oz. cup with a layer of graham cracker crumbs or vanilla wafer crumbs

Top with a spoonful of the pumpkin/cool whip mixture

Put a spoonful of plain cool whip on top.

Sprinkle with cinnamon


Cranberry Salad
A tasty gelatin salad to make in the classroom or at home...
Submitted by Kim Spellan

2 3oz. packages of orange Jell-o
2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup cold water
1 large can crushed pineapple - undrained 2 small cans mandarin oranges - drained and cut into pieces 1 pkg. cranberries - (ground berries in blender, approx. 1/2 cup at a time)
1 cup sugar - add to cranberries and let stand

Dissolve Jello in hot water. Add cold water. Add sugar to cranberries and let stand for about 15 minutes, until sugar dissolves.

Drain oranges and cut into small pieces. Add oranges, pineapple with juice, cranberries to the Jell-o. Put in refrigerator to set.

"Mystery" Food
Submitted by Sharon

I always tell my kids that we're preparing a "mystery" food. I bring in the apple peeler/corer machine and allow the kids to peel the apples and add to the crockpot. I then pour in a small bag of redhots. That's it. I guess the redhots give it the sugar and cinnamon it needs to be so great. The kids go back to their seats and write and draw about what they think the mystery food will be. Strangely enough, no one has ever guessed that it will be applesauce. They guess candy apples every year though along with several other guesses.

Each child peels/slices/cores one apple that they brought in using the coring machine. I add just about maybe 1/4 cup of water to keep it from sticking initially to the crock pot. Remember the apples will have water that cooks out of them. I add one large bag of redhots. That's the recipe. Very simple... very tasty! I cook it all day in the crock pot and serve it up.

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