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A Study in Tradition

Bob's family (on the Steffes side) has a Thanksgiving tradition that involves pie.  Specifically, mincemeat pie.  A review of the literature (research!) says that mincemeat pie is an English tradition, which does not jive with Bob's very German family, but it's true nonetheless. While Bob was growing up, Aunt Lorraine would can jars and jars of mincemeat to be used in pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  When Aunt Lorraine passed away, a few jars of mincemeat remained but no one was worried, as Dianne took over the tradition of making and canning mincemeat. The Steffes/Fessler crew celebrated Thanksgiving at Dianne and Jim's house this year.  This is the first time in my 33 years of being in the Steffes family that it was somewhere besides Uncle Slim, Uncle Smoky, or Irene's house.  Dianne's home was a wonderful place to hold our dinner.  Perfect for kids and adults alike! I saw an opportunity to do a photo essay on the making of the Steffes/Fessler mincem
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day!
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Tie One On

After our Thanksgiving dinner, Ashley and I had great fun modeling the aprons in my collection.  Here are a few to enjoy with us. I have several vintage aprons, including one that my great grandmother made and embroidered.  It is a family heirloom.  The rest are fun ones, given to me by special friends or from special events. 
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National Tie One On!

This sounds like a great deal of fun!  I love aprons, I have a small collection hanging in my kitchen at home.  What a perfect excuse to wear one!  Click on the button on the right to learn more!
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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Week is right around the corner!  Ashley and Bob are busy planning our family dinner which will be on Tuesday night.  Ashley wants to make the following: Menu: Appetizer: Butternut Squash Soup Entree: Sweet Potato Gruyere Turnovers Sides: Cranberry and Almond Pasta Salad Baked Apples stuffed with honey, almonds and ginger Dessert: Butternut Cupcakes with Salted Caramel and Maple Brown Butter Icing Beverages: Cranberry Champagne Pumpkin Latte I think she has some of her dad's gourmand in her!  I'd like to see a grilled steak in there somewhere! On Wednesday we will be heading to Marceline to have Thanksgiving with my family.  My mom and my sister are the main cooks although I usually do the desserts.  My mom will make potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, homemade noodles and green bean casserole and my sister will make the turkey and the rolls.  I usually bring a pumpkin pie, something chocolate and the leftover cupcakes from our hou
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Happy Birthday to Me!

I subscribe to the "Universe" and here was today's message.... Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu, Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu, Happy Birrrrthday Dear Terri, Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu! A few years back, not so long ago, heaven and earth erupted into a major celebration with the news of your impending adventure into this very time and space. You see, someone like Terri Steffes doesn't come along all that often. In fact, there's never been a single one like you, nor is there ever ANY possibility that another will come again. You're an Angel among us. Someone, whose eyes see what no others will EVER see, whose ears hear what no others will EVER hear, and whose perspective and feelings will NEVER, ever be duplicated. Without YOU, the Universe, and ALL THAT IS, would be sadly less than it is. Quite simply: You're the kind of person, Terri, Who's hard to forget, A one-in-a-million To the people you've met. Your friends are as varied
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Busy at work!

This is a busy time of year at work.  We are so involved in data analysis this year.  We have lots of meetings on using data to drive instruction.  It is a slow process but a fulfilling one. We are also in Year one of PLCs.  Professional Learning Communities.  We are really enjoying the process.  I feel like I am closer to my Leadership Team than ever before.  We have lively discussions on education, which I find stimulating and thought provoking! Can you find the turkey?  The kindergarteners camoflauged them so look carefully! We are in our third year of implementing Comprehensive Literacy.  Our third, fourth and fifth grade is fully implemented and are seeing outstanding results.  The Million Minute Reading Challenge is going WILD!  We have challenged several community groups and they are taking us on!  Our school averages about 35,000 minutes of reading a week.  Our high was 45,000 minutes. Our Family Literacy Nights are fabulous.  We serve food at each of them which draws
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