If you think about it, life’s a lot like school. There’s always going to be early mornings, homework, people that you just don’t like, the ones who are smarter, funnier and better looking than you and of course, there are always going to be lessons. Some we learn from teachers (actual teachers, big bosses or just those more experienced than us), some we learn from our peers and some we learn from ourselves. The thing about lessons is that we never stop learning them. From our first steps to tying our shoelaces, to long division, algebra and driving a car, life is full of back to back lessons that teach, test and sometimes even trump us. But I guess as much as what we learn is important, who we learn it from may even matter more.
I’ve had many teachers in life ranging from heartbreaks, losses and even people I have never met. But my greatest by far has been my older sister who, ironically, became a real teacher! It began the day I was born. I, a red-faced, week-old infant was immediately claimed by an over-eager Kerry-Ann, 3 years my senior. She finally had a little sister and wanted to show her all that life had to offer and share all of her favourite things with. And over the years, there was clothing shared (although it was always too big for me in my younger years, but I didn’t care), juice spilled, hair pulled, songs sung, games played, races run, tears shed, treats extorted from dad and of course, a lot of mischief. I was her faithful disciple, following her lead wherever it took me (and believe me, sometimes, things got dodgy!)
When the time came for K-A (Kerry-Ann) to go to “big school” (primary school) she knew that she would miss going on adventures with her little sister. She returned home from school each day with an arm full of books and tasks that needed to be done, but what she elected to do was complete her homework with her little sister. Unbeknown to her, K-A was teaching her sister everything she was learning and this set the tone for the rest of her teaching career. (You’re welcome!) Because of my sister, I learned to read at the age of four. By the time I got to grade one (age 6) I could read books for 13 year olds. I knew about history, geography and even mathematics (although, we both never seemed to catch on to that last one. I suppose one could say that it’s genetic haha!) So naturally, nothing made me more proud when she decided to become a teacher. Now that we’re both grown, she is still teaching me. Except this time it’s different. The only subject she teaches me now is life. How to persevere, how to succeed, how to find joy in everyday things and how to not get bogged down by peoples’ bullshit. Sometimes I like to think that I even teach her things. That’s the beauty about lessons, they can come from anyone at any time when you least expect them.
This week’s recipe is for old school rice crispy treats with a twist. These will always remind me of growing up because our mom made these a lot. If anyone tells you that you’re too old for rice crispy treats, whack them with a pool noodle and tell them to piss off because you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Ha. Should you make these and share them with your friends and colleagues as I have done, they will be met with “oooh, I haven’t had one of these in ages!” I dare you to find one person who gets offered one of these and doesn’t smile! So this one’s for all the teachers out there, whether you’re a qualified one, a parent, a pro-active friend or even just a stranger with good intentions, don’t ever be afraid to share what you know with others. Knowledge is power and also, it’s flippen cool. This post is also (obviously) for my big sister. Boet, you are the best teacher I know and I admire you for the path that you have chosen. To her class, 7A, you guys have the best teacher in the world, work hard and when Mrs Van is having a bad day, remind her of how great she is! Remember, some of our worst mistakes are our greatest teachers, so don’t be so hard on yourself, enjoy where you’re at now. Don’t wish your life away because one day, you’ll give anything to be the age you are now.
Yours in Baking & Bitching, (because “xoxo” was too mainstream and because a rice crispy treat is the cure for absolutely anything) Bron
Rad Rice Crispy Treats
4 cups of Marshmallows
3 tablespoons of Butter
6 cups of Rice Crispies
1 slab of Milky Bar
1 packet of Jelly Tots
1 medium box of Smarties
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
100’s and 1000’s sprinkles
- In a bowl in the microwave, melt butter.
- Add marshmallows and melt. Keep checking and stirring until totally melted.
- Add vanilla and rice crispies and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Add 3/4 of your sweets mix, keeping the rest of topping. Stir into rice crispies.
- Press into a greased dish with a greases spatula.
- Sprinkle sweets mix and sprinkles on top and press down with a spatula.
- Refrigerate and cut into squares.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Health Hack: Skip the sweets and go back to basics!