As many of you know, this is my first year as a teacher. In my school system, we get an ENTIRE week for Thanksgiving break. Coming from an office background, the thought of getting an entire week off for a holiday was mind blowing - no needing to worry about seniority, requesting off, using PTO, having work to make up, etc. I was really excited to have the time off, but at the same time, majority of my friends still work in offices, so making plans wasn’t much of a possibility.
John and I decided to stay in town, as we usually do, so that we don’t have to deal with the terrible holiday traffic and so that we could relax. I wish I could tell you I did something amazing on this whole week off, but honestly, I used some of the time to go on appointments that I was putting off and then I ended up sick, so I pretty much binge watched Hallmark movies, napped, and cuddled my pups.
I am also taking two online classes right now and had homework to complete during the break. Yea...that didn’t happen until right before returning to work. I imagined a week of getting things done, accomplishing a lot, but in the end, I needed mindless heartfelt movies and many, many naps.
In a month I will be on my two week winter break and my guess is, it will be a lot of the same. Working with children is so rewarding but us teachers also need time to just let loose, relax, unwind, turn “off” and unplug. If you are a teacher, I hope that you too used your Thanksgiving break to unwind and that you will be using your much needed winter break to do the same.
If you are a teacher, comment to let me know what do you usually do on your breaks. Do you usually relax? Do you plan for the next quarter? Do you travel? I want to hear from you!
This Independence Day, families can celebrate summer with world-class coasters, live entertainment and an incredible extended fireworks show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay® on Wednesday, July 4.
In addition to dancing the night away at one of the Summer Nights party zones, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July by taking on Florida’s top thrill rides, including the fan-favorite family spin coaster Cobra’s Curse™. For the Fourth of July, the park will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. including the following festive activities in Gwazi Park – opening to guests at 7:45 P.M. next Wednesday evening.
Live Music – Actual Bank Robbers
8:15 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., Gwazi Stage
Based out of Tampa, independent pop/rock band Actual Bank Robbers is comprised of musicians who met working at an amusement park. The band will perform on the Gwazi Park main-stage and will also host a LIVE Summer Nights Dance Challenge!
National Anthem Performance
9:40 p.m., Gwazi Stage
The A Cappella Bay Show Chorus will be performing “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the fireworks display. This award-winning group will kick off the fireworks by paying homage to our nation.
GRAND FINALE Fireworks Display
9:45 p.m., Gwazi Park
Finish the day with an electrifying, extended fireworks show that will illuminate the sky with a patriotic medley in celebration of Independence Day!
Through July 4, 2018 members of our armed forces can receive complimentary admission for themselves and three guests. These tickets must be redeemed at WavesofHonor.com and are not available at the front gate.
Don’t forget, free beer is back at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! For the duration of Summer Nights, guests age 21 and older can enjoy two complimentary beer samples from the Garden Gate Café each time they visit the park. Throughout the summer, new featured brews will provide the perfect accompaniment to take on the night. Valid identification is required for age verification.
The best way to experience all of the summer excitement is with a Fun Card, including unlimited admission through the end of 2018. Until July 1, guests who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card for $99 will receive an Adventure Island® Fun Card for FREE, saving $59 per person. Guests can learn more about all available ticket offers online at BuschGardens.com.
Join in the summer conversation @BuschGardens with #ShowUsYourSummer and #BeerIsBack on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog.
Disclaimer: I am a Brand Partner/Ambassador for Busch Gardens Tampa and received this information via press release. In exchange for my time and efforts in keeping you advised of the latest events and discount offers, as well as providing my opinions on my blog, Busch Gardens has provided me with complimentary tickets and other exclusive opportunities. As always, all opinions are my own.
Passover is almost here and one of the Seder dishes I look forward to the most every year is the charoset (also known as haroset or charoses). A little back story, charoset is used during the Seder to represent the mortar used by the Israelites to make bricks while enslaved in Egypt. Yes, us Jews like to give meaning to just about everything we eat on every holiday – but that makes it more meaningful & fun, right? Charoset can be made many different ways, but typically has apples, nuts, and wine.
Anyway, my Abba (father), has always made hands-down (in my opinion of course) the best charoset. Everyone that dines at my parent’s Seder table always gets multiple helpings of this delicious stuff. Luckily, his recipe always makes enough that we have leftovers, which by the way, makes an amazing topping on matzo with cream cheese for breakfast!
I’m happy to share that my Abba has allowed me to share his delicious recipe with you, just in time for the first Seder! Don’t celebrate Passover? That’s fine, charoset is a wonderful spread to be enjoyed by anyone and everyone!
1 pear (1 pear to every 4 apples)
3 sweet red apples
1 green apple
Kosher for Passover sweet red wine (e.g. Manischewitz – can use sweet grape juice instead)
1/2 cup whole walnuts
Cinnamon to taste
*can add more of all ingredients to adjust to taste – see below.
Yields a full big Tupperware bowl (per Abba!)
Chag Samach, Pesach Sameach, and Happy Passover!
Hi! I'm Michelle. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, going to the parks, and playing with my dogs. I'm also super Disney obsessed - parks, cruise lines, movies - I love it all!
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