week from hell

October 2, 2009

Well my already cruddy week got even cruddier when a mother at parent teacher conference told me she not only knew I was newly married, my age, and that I had just graduated college, she also threw in that I had no kids and that she did her research. And apparently having no kids makes you a bad teacher. I started to tell her "Oh yeah in my interview when they asked how many kids I had I lied so I'd get the job." She also said I should treat the kids like they are my own...I am sure I treat many of them better than their parents do. But ugh what a week. Luckily out of all of my parents the majority were lovely and as sweet as could be...two were slightly wacky though.

But the few minutes of happines this week were spent eating my chicken veggie soup. I only make it in the winter and since it finally got chilly I decided it was time for soup.

Chicken and Veggie Soup
1 can chicken broth
1 can veggie broth
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can no salt added corn
1 can green beans
1 bag of roasting carrots, roughly 6 or 7 rough chopped
5 stalks of celery chopped
4 bay leaves
cajun seasoning
salt and pepper
1 lb of bone in chicken thighs
1 can cubed potatoes or 1/2 box of whole wheat macaroni
1 can peas
1 large onion rough chopped

Pour both cans of broth into a stock pot, add as much water as you think you need. Add skinned bone in chicken, carrots, onion, and celery, and any and all seasoning bring to a boil and cook until chicken pulls off the bone easily. Pull and shred chicken and remove bones from soup. Drain corn, peas, potatoes, and green beans and add to soup. Add tomotoes without draining. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until flavors are coming together.

No pics this week, I just found my camera today...it has been hiding from me again. Oh and October 31 is the one year anniversary of my blog, since I am so big on cooking I am thinking about doing a giveaway cookbook, I am also finishing up the one my grandmother was working on before she died, and adding my Louisiana Bride recipes and a few others for the giveaway, or maybe even the cookbook from Regina Charboneau who did my wedding.


  1. Aww, I want soup!
    Too bad its too hot over here now! :(

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  2. Soup sounds good. Sorry you had a rough week. Yes, the parents are certainly some times more difficult than the kids for sure. Next week will be better!

  3. How many parents were positive? How many were pleased with their child's performance?

    Perspective, Emma. :D

  4. I had parent teacher conferences Friday, too. All of mine went well, even with the "problem kids' parents." They were so ready for me to be negative that when I "sandwiched" the negative between many positive, they relaxed and I was able to enjoy meeting them. Your next ones will go better. =)
    I've defended the teachers that parents said, "Well, she doesn't even have kids of her own." Beth Pilgrim is one of our best teachers (in Vidalia) and she doesn't have kids. So there!

  5. PS Next time you catch crap for not having your own, tell them sweetly, "That's why I'm not burned out on kids before I get to work in the mornings. I also have plenty of time to focus on your children." Maybe that'll shut them down. ;)
    Besides, no matter how good you are--- you will never please every parent and you'll always have just a couple of aggravating ones. That's been my experience every year, except the two years I only had 6 kids. =) If you get 12 or more--- watch out! ;=)