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Heading back to school

Hope you had a great summer and hopefully you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your children while they were on their summer vacation. I am sure that many of you are working parents and the only extra time you had was when you came home from work or took your vacation time.

Many of the children get a little bored this time of the year and even say they are not thrilled with school starting up again, but down deep, I think most of them are anxious and excited to see their classmates and friends.

How exciting but also at times very trying it is for both teachers and some pre schoolers going to school for the first time, and leaving their parents, but they adjust after the first few days.

For many of the children, the summer break passed too fast, but at the same time many parents are happy to see them back to school and in a routine again.

Last week was the tax free weekend, and the mall and stores were very busy with parents and children buying school clothes and school supplies. Now it is time to settle once again in the routine of going to bed early and waking early and ready to learn.

Children are our future and we need to guide them and advise them and be sure they are on a good positive path for betterment. Besides the academics, many are involved various school sports, band, chorus, and other activities which requires extra time and also adds to the development of the total child. I personally feel that is very good for children to be active and involved in activities that they enjoy and helps develop various skills.

Many children when they reach 15 years old seek to find part-time employment so they can earn their own spending money and purchase items that they may otherwise not be able to have. This also gives them a self satisfaction of achievement and accomplishment. Especially many fast food establishments have managers that will work with the students and around their schedules so that they can also take part in other school activities.

The main thing is to be a lovable family and encourage your children to do well for their future.

Till next week!

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Five Cup Salad

1 cup sour cream

1 cup crushed pineapple

1 cup mandarin oranges

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup miniature marshmallows

Combine ingredients. Let stand until flavors blend.

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Spinach Salad

1/2 pound spinach, chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 eggs, hard boiled, chopped

1/2 teaspoon tabasco

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup old English cheese, diced

1 1/2 teaspoon vinegar

Mix all the ingredients together.

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Black Eye Pea Salad

1 can black-eyed peas

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon oil

Mix all ingredients together.

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Cream Cheese and Fruit Cocktail Salad

1 package unflavored gelatin

1 cup hot juice

1 No. 2 1/2 can fruit cocktail

1 lemon

1/3 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

Dissolve gelatin in 1/3 cup cold water. Drain juice off fruit cocktail and bring to a boil. Pour over dissolved gelatin and stir well. Add salt, lemon juice and sugar. Let set until thick. Whip until frothy and stiff and add well-softened cream cheese and fruit cocktail. Set to cool.

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Taco Salad

1 pound ground beef

1/2 teaspoon cumin

2 teaspoons tabasco

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, drained

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 8-ounce bottle Catalina French dressing

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

head lettuce, chopped

1 bag corn chips

Brown ground beef with cumin, tabasco sauce and salt, if desired. Drain off fat and cool. Toss with remaining ingredients except add corn chips and dressing right before serving.

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Kiki Angelos is a food columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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