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Saying Thank You to Teachers

Tis’ the season for random acts of kindness.  But really, shouldn’t we try to look for ways to help others and do nice things for others ALL YEAR?  Let’s make a pact right now to do just that. M-kay?  I mean besides it helping someone else out, or brightening someone else’s day, it also can do wonders for YOU!  Think about the last time you did something nice for someone else…  Now think about how it make YOU feel.  Didn’t it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?  Exactly. Here’s to more warm fuzzies in 2013.

Just a couple week’s ago I decided to treat my fellow co-workers to lunch.  I am a teacher at a local primary school and I know first hand that there aren’t too many perks being a teacher.  For one, we can’t leave for lunch since our lunch “break” is 30 minutes – and that doesn’t count the time it takes to drop the students off, get them situated, and then pick them back up.  So, I thought preparing lunch for them would be a nice distraction from the day.  Something a little different than the usual.  {Plus, that’s one day they didn’t have to worry about packing a lunch!}.

Making lunch for your co-workers, another family, or a shut-in doesn’t have to cost you a bundle.  I can assure you, with my husband being out of work, I didn’t have a bundle to spend!  So, when I decided to have this little lunch to make my co-worker’s day bit sunshinier and to thank them for their hard work, I first thought about what could be easily transported (and kept warm) and what would feed a crowd (I had about 13 folks to feed).  So, immediately I thought a pot of soup would be fitting.

To make a pot of Lazy Mama Vegetable Soup seem a bit nicer and more of a meal, I decided to also make a pan of Mexican cornbread, a pan of brownies, and some grape salad.  Of course, no meal is complete with out a big ol’ jug of sweet tea! ;)

It wasn’t as hard as it sounds, either.  As I was making my own family dinner the night before, I cooked and drained the ground beef for the soup, added the cooked beef and all the other ingredients to the soup into the crockpot and then popped it in the fridge.  I mixed up the grape salad, made two pitchers of tea (one for dinner and one to take to lunch), mixed a box of EASY boxed brownies, and mixed up the cornbread and put it and the brownies in the oven as I sat down to dinner.  To make the box of brownies seem a bit more “homemade” I drizzled them with a little homemade caramel that was leftover in my fridge!

Once I got to school I plugged the crockpot up and set it on high.  I laid out the table cloth, paper goods, filled a chest with ice, and placed the brownies, cornbread, and butter on the table.  I kept the grape salad and tea in the fridge until lunch.   Lucky for me, the paper goods where cheap too!  Walmart has a bunch of cute solid and polka dot plates and napkins that are perfect for any occasion for under a $1 a package.

The lunch was a hit and I had a great time putting it together.  I hope this inspires you to do something for someone else during this season – or any time!

Disclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. This post is sponsored by Walmart.   Walmart has provided me with product and/or compensation in exchange for my time and efforts in creating this post. My participation is voluntary. As always, my opinion is my own.

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  1. Karen Medlin says:

    thank you for the recipe! That was a nice thought of treating your co-workers to lunch.

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