The Simple Life
A student teacher, Shelly, was put in charge of a classroom
while the teacher was gone for the week. "What should I do if they
don't listen to me?" she asked.
"Send them to the office. But in case you are thinking about
sending Frank to the office - don't. I know he's a crab. He
hardly ever smiles, but he works hard. He is the first to class and
the last to leave."
The beginning of the first day arrived and Shelly called Frank to
the front of the class. Frank, I was going to send you to the
office the first chance I got. I knew you would try to make life
difficult for me. But your teacher told me what a hard worker you
are. She told me how hard you try. I won't send you to the office
if you will work with me.
Shelly looked up at Frank and saw him brush a tear from his
cheek. "Why didn't she ever tell me that?" Frank worked harder
than ever that day and by the end of the week he was turning in
better work and even smiling!
Twelve years later, Shelly attended at basketball game at that same
high school. She was surprised to run into Frank, who she found was
a teacher at that school. "How did you come to teach here Frank?"
"That day you talked to me changed my life. I had always felt
ignored, but after that, I began to think about trying harder, and
then I wanted to change somebody else's life, too. That's how I
came to be a teacher."
One minute. That's all it takes. Every day we can say something to
change one person's life for the better. Whose life will you change
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"In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished
scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so,
it is folly not to work for it with all your might." ~~Winston
"You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a
lot of empty yesterdays." ~~ Harrold Hill (from The Music Man)
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Too many times in life, we try to blend into the crowd. Wear
your favorite color and style proudly. Don't blend in stand out!
Don't be shy you are a great person. Be the life of the party.
Laugh - a lot- with friends or with yourself. Being happy is a
choice. Don't be controlled by life's circumstances, but make
healthy choices. Be your own best friend. Admit when you are
wrong. Don't be afraid to ask questions! There are no stupid
questions well, not very many! Do you have a small talent God gave
you? Use it, develop it. Do everything you can to do your best.
Make decisions and don't give up! If you do have weaknesses, work
to improve them. Be the best you can be and be proud of it. I hear
a lot of young people say they can't get a job, but with the sour
look on their faces, it's no wonder. Put a winning smile on your
face and you can't lose!
For: 1 Tbsp. fresh herb Use: 1/3 to 1/2 tsp. dried herb (of the
For: 1 clove garlic Use: 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
For: 1 egg in baking Use: 1 tsp. cornstarch plus 1/4 cup water
For: 1 whole egg Use: 2 egg yolks plus 1 Tbsp. water
For: 1 cup whole fresh milk
Use: 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water, or 1/3 cup dry
milk plus 1 cup water
For: 1 cup buttermilk Use: 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup sour milk
(4 tsp. White vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 cup -- let
it sit for five minutes before using)
For: 1 cup sour cream (in baking) Use: 7/8 cup buttermilk or sour
milk plus 3 Tbsp. of butter
For: 1 cup sour cream (in salad dressings, casseroles) Use: 1 cup
plain yogurt or 3/4 cup sour milk plus 1/3 cup butter
For: 1 cup cream Use: 1/3 cup butter plus 3/4 cup milk
For: 1 cup corn syrup Use: 2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 1/3 cup
For: 1 cup brown sugar Use: 1 cup granulated sugar plus 2 Tbsp.
For: 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar Use: 1 cup granulated sugar,
For: 1 cup margarine or butter (in baking or cooking) Use: 1 cup
hard shortening or 7/8 cup vegetable oil
For: 1 square unsweetened chocolate Use: 3 Tbsp. cocoa plus 1
For: 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate Use: 1 ounce unsweetened
chocolate plus 4 tsp. sugar
For: 3/4 cup cracker crumbs Use: 1 cup bread crumbs
For: 1 cup cake flour, sifted Use: 7/8 cup all purpose flour,
sifted (1 cup minus 2 Tbsp.)
For: 1 tsp. baking powder Use: 1/3 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 tsp.
cream of tarter, or 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/3 cup sour milk
For: 1 Tbsp. cornstarch for thickening Use: 2 Tbsp. flour
For: 1 Tbsp. flour for thickening Use: 1 1/2 tsp. corn flour,
potato flour, or rice flour
Hot Bacon Dressing
6 slices bacon
2 tbsp bacon fat
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 c milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c vinegar
Fry bacon; drain and crumble. Reserve 2 tbsp fat and put in a
skillet. Stir in sugar, flour and salt. Remove from heat and
gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly,
until thickened. Blend a small amount into the egg, then return to
pan. Cook 1 minute. Stir in vinegar and bacon. Serve. Great on
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