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November 24, 2014

I am Thankful for Pineapple Casserole

By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    I love pineapple casserole! I mean it. It is one of my most favorite things. My wife’s Aunt Linda makes it and it is delicious. So, this Thanksgiving I want to officially announce that I am thankful for Aunt Linda’s Pineapple Casserole . . . and Aunt Linda!  Here are a few other things that I’m thankful for — plus the pineapple casserole recipe. As a bonus, I found some very cute and thankful kindergarteners and made a video of them sharing what they are thankful for!

     

    • I am thankful for my wife and daughter because they are my sunshine each day no matter what the weather of life brings my way.

    • I am thankful for my extended family because I don’t know how the day-to-day workings of life would happen without the support.

    • Newton-Conover School System LogoI am blessed to have a job that I love in the Newton-Conover City School district where they recognize and support the hard work that teachers do on a daily basis.

    • I am thankful for every student that has ever crossed the threshold of my classroom because I am a better teacher — and more importantly, a better human — because of each of them.

    • I am thankful for great friends who are there when I’m smiling, and when I’m having one of those “no good, terrible, horrible, very bad days.”

    • I am thankful for my Scholastic family.

    • I am thankful for the opportunities that I’ve been given at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

    • I am thankful for my Orton-Gillingham gurus (Alice, Reba, and Becky) who taught me how to teach reading, and offered me their friendship as well.

    • I am thankful for the radio because life is so much more interesting with a soundtrack.

    • I am thankful for the ability to laugh.

    • I am thankful to you who are reading my posts each week.

    Pineapple Casserole Recipe

    Ingredients
    1 cup sugar
    6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
    2 20 oz. cans of drained pineapple chunks
    6 tablespoons pineapple juice
    1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
    8 tablespoons melted butter
    Some extra melted butter to grease the casserole dish

    Directions

    • Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees.

    • Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter

    • Take a large bowl and stir the sugar and flour together. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks. Stir until everything is well combined. Pour the contents of the bowl into the greased casserole dish.

    • In another medium bowl take the Ritz crumbs, melted butter and pineapple juice and stir them together until evenly blended.

    • Spread the crumb mixture from the medium bowl on top the pineapple mixture in the casserole dish.

    • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

    The top should be golden brown.

     

    While you are enjoying your casserole, you can watch this video of what some precious kindergarteners are thankful for this holiday season.

    Let’s connect on Twitter and Pinterest.

    I can’t wait to see you next week.

     

      I love pineapple casserole! I mean it. It is one of my most favorite things. My wife’s Aunt Linda makes it and it is delicious. So, this Thanksgiving I want to officially announce that I am thankful for Aunt Linda’s Pineapple Casserole . . . and Aunt Linda!  Here are a few other things that I’m thankful for — plus the pineapple casserole recipe. As a bonus, I found some very cute and thankful kindergarteners and made a video of them sharing what they are thankful for!

       

      • I am thankful for my wife and daughter because they are my sunshine each day no matter what the weather of life brings my way.

      • I am thankful for my extended family because I don’t know how the day-to-day workings of life would happen without the support.

      • Newton-Conover School System LogoI am blessed to have a job that I love in the Newton-Conover City School district where they recognize and support the hard work that teachers do on a daily basis.

      • I am thankful for every student that has ever crossed the threshold of my classroom because I am a better teacher — and more importantly, a better human — because of each of them.

      • I am thankful for great friends who are there when I’m smiling, and when I’m having one of those “no good, terrible, horrible, very bad days.”

      • I am thankful for my Scholastic family.

      • I am thankful for the opportunities that I’ve been given at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

      • I am thankful for my Orton-Gillingham gurus (Alice, Reba, and Becky) who taught me how to teach reading, and offered me their friendship as well.

      • I am thankful for the radio because life is so much more interesting with a soundtrack.

      • I am thankful for the ability to laugh.

      • I am thankful to you who are reading my posts each week.

      Pineapple Casserole Recipe

      Ingredients
      1 cup sugar
      6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
      2 20 oz. cans of drained pineapple chunks
      6 tablespoons pineapple juice
      1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
      8 tablespoons melted butter
      Some extra melted butter to grease the casserole dish

      Directions

      • Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees.

      • Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter

      • Take a large bowl and stir the sugar and flour together. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks. Stir until everything is well combined. Pour the contents of the bowl into the greased casserole dish.

      • In another medium bowl take the Ritz crumbs, melted butter and pineapple juice and stir them together until evenly blended.

      • Spread the crumb mixture from the medium bowl on top the pineapple mixture in the casserole dish.

      • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

      The top should be golden brown.

       

      While you are enjoying your casserole, you can watch this video of what some precious kindergarteners are thankful for this holiday season.

      Let’s connect on Twitter and Pinterest.

      I can’t wait to see you next week.

       

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