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What are you going to wear?
I don’t know, what are you going to wear?
I’m thinking of my new green sweater? But it’s still so warm it might be too hot? Maybe my blue peasant blouse.
Yea, I’m not sure either, but definitely my new jeans and Cherokees.

This is just a small piece of the important conversation of a 16-year-old getting ready for their first day of school. I loved back to school shopping with mom. Your choices had to be spot on, for that first day back to school look! Goodness knows you could not make a mistake. The first days got easier as the years went on, but that was not always the case.
1st grade, new school, we are all sitting on the floor, the nice lady in the pink dress is telling us to be able to go and sit down at one of the shiny desks you had to tell her what her name was.... I’ll give you a hint, it’s in a book. Well, I didn’t know, I wasn’t getting a desk, and I got my coat and left. School is stupid.

6th grade, new school, and I have to get on a bus! I’ve walked to school my whole life till now. Standing at the bus stop with my baby brother, he’s going to kindergarten, has trouble getting up the bus steps, Jeff Winchell is making fun of him, I’m telling Jeff off, bus driver looking at me like I’m going to be trouble. What? We don’t eat lunch in our classroom? Do I have to go to a cafeteria? I don’t know anyone, I’m sitting alone. God, I hate school.

Junior high, the most angst-filled time in any young girl's life, a locker bay with all the popular kids staring at you, like you don’t belong. Second lunch, with none of your friends because they all have first lunch, braces, glasses and just utterly alone. Bambi Murdoch makes fun of you and bullies you all three years, God I hate school.

High school, riding the bus because public transportation is there, you don’t need to take the car. Wake up, plug in the hot rollers, skip breakfast to sleep just a minute longer. Putting in your new contacts, almost flushing one down the toilet. Phone rings, “Hi, what are you wearing”? Grabbing your peechee and running out the door. Ohhh schools not so bad.

I know I am not the only one to have these experiences, although, at the time, it feels like it. I know when I am extremely stressed, I still dream about school, forgetting my locker combo, I’m at school in my pajamas, or I drive to school but can’t find the car, so I get on the bus, but it’s the wrong bus! Right now, I bet all kids would love to be going through all this, instead of the crazy way the school year is starting. My husband works at our school here in our little town, my sister-in-law, cousin, and many friends are teachers, they just all want to be in their classrooms teaching and making a difference in children’s lives. One or two teachers touch your life in a way that you don’t ever forget. Sometimes a few words stick with you for the rest of your life. Thank you, Mrs. Stephens, 3rd grade, Mr. Pusc, 6th grade, and Mr. Detorie 12th grade CWP. “All of you sitting here in my class are ignorant. Ignorance isn’t a bad thing, don’t be offended, ignorant is what you are until someone enlightens you to the information you didn’t have before”. Those words, that teacher really stuck with me through all the years. He came to work, coached the boy's varsity basketball team, and watched his father die a slow, painful death from cancer my senior year. He was kind and helpful to a girl who just wanted to know about the world and write about it. Every student needs this in their lives, I hope we get back to normal soon!

Today’s recipe is one that is perfect for packing into lunch, or having as an after-school snack. For me, it is also one more way to use up the zucchini that is going crazy in my garden right now! It was baked in this beautiful piece of Polish Stoneware, in a great autumn pattern, Enchanting. What says autumn more than a little pop of orange? Regularly $105.99 it is on sale 20% off for $84.99. The largest mixing bowl in the 3 size series can hold two large shredded zucchini, so you can bake multiple batches of bread at one time. Regularly $168.99 and on sale 20% off for $134.99. The first time I saw this pattern it just popped out to me, standing out amongst all the other stoneware around it. It’s a special pattern, with so much detail!
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From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Kim’s Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate chips
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups grated zucchini

Mix together eggs, sugar, and oil till light and fluffy.
Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and add to oil mixture.
Add vanilla, chocolate chips, and zucchini. Mix well.
Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 55 - 60 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean! I like putting a pie bird into this just for the fun of it, but it does actually help the middle of the loaf cook.