The most significant thing I remember about 6th grade is that I liked a boy named Paul, I made 100 on a test of all the counties in Mississippi, & I learned how to make paper mache’.
I have no idea where Paul is now, & I can’t remember even 5 counties in MS, but paper mache’ crafting has been used often and with creativity over the years.
Paper mache’ literally means “chewed paper.” Strips of paper or a blenderized pulp of paper & water along with some type of glue is pretty much all you need, plus something as framework. It is an inexpensive, but messy craft…& kids love it.
One of my most memorable handi-works was a giant peanut constructed for teacher appreciation week. My kid’s 6th grade instructor, Mr. Anderson, was on a low carb diet that embraced the humble Peanut. He also decorated his room with Charlie Brown & his gang, so when we thought of Mr. A, we thought of Peanuts.
The week’s theme was “We are NUTS about you!” My paper mache’ peanut was constructed to open at the top with hinges. It was to be a mailbox for incoming cards from kids & their grateful parents. We finished off the week with a nut-themed party that included everything from cookies to those orange marshmallow candies shaped like a peanut.
I believe Mr A felt loved and appreciated that week. He kept that giant peanut as a class decoration for quite some time.
May is Teacher Appreciation Month, but teacher appreciation should be year round in my humble opinion.
I’m sharing today a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies.
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
1 c. shortening 1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar 3 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar 2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening, sugars. eggs, and vanilla. Stir in peanut
Sift dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls
on ungreased cookie sheet. Press fork into flour; them make a criss cross pattern on
top of cookie dough.
Bake about 10 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
Note: I roll dough into balls, place closely together on silicone mat, then make a crisscross
pattern on top. I freeze them until solid, then remove to a quart size freezer bag.
They are ready to bake when I am.