Apple Amaretto Almond Streusel Topped Muffins!!!A is for apple, A is for almonds, A is for amaretto! And T is for Teacher Appreciation. May is teacher appreciation and we decided that this would be our theme for May with our #BlogWithFriends group post.
Many years ago I was a teacher's helper, assistant, class mom and president of the PTA. My plate was a little full and I loved every minute of it. Fast forward 2 years and I was home-schooling my boys, tutoring 2 others, running a support group, working with the state, running a co-op, volunteering for several organizations and our church, once again my plate was over running and I loved every minute of it.
Working so closely with the teachers as the PTA president I can tell you that they loved, yes LOVED, teacher appreciation. I went out of my way to listen to our teachers and provide them with a luncheon and gifts that truly spoke to them of our love and appreciation for them. They told me no one had ever done that for them. I was shocked. WHY would the school, the PTA and parents NOT show their appreciation?
When I asked this question at a PTA meeting I was met with "It's their job" and "They get paid". WOW do you have ANY idea just how LITTLE a teacher makes in NC?? Straight out of college a first year teacher can expect $22-28k a year. Now you may think that sounds like a lot, but remember they supply their rooms with activity centers, books, games, rugs, chairs, cleaning supplies and the list goes on and on. Break that down and you will quickly realize that their salary is spread very thinly.
As a mom and former (my boys are grown and graduated) home-school mom, I can tell you being appreciated is rare and wonderful. My support group parents were appreciative and were quick to thank me for my efforts.
I tried every few months to thank my boys Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and anyone who taught them like piano, guitar, football, etc...they always seemed shocked but were always pleased.
As the end of the school year ends, the kids become restless and the teachers are tired. With that in mind, I made these delicious muffins. I know many of my teacher friends would LOVE these. Apple, Almonds and Amaretto! Oh yeah baby! You could make them without the booze,but it's only 2 tablespoons and the flavor is great. Plus after a long day, week or year in the classroom, we all need a little booze :)
Be sure to scroll to the end and visit the other ladies participating in this months group post.