Guest Post ~ Educated but not prepared

Today I have a special guest for you! Tim from Soge Shirts, a funny t-shirt shop, is here to share a few thoughts on education. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook throughout the week supporting all of us bloggers. And we love him for all the support!

My parents both had teaching careers lasting over 20 years. My dad taught for thirty and retired a few years ago and my mom is in her 20th and final year of teaching. Education has always been important to me, and I still think it needs to be viewed as being even more important. Transitioning into adulthood I find that there were things in high school and college that my education completely skipped over. Sure as kids in school we learn about the Civil war and the periodic table of elements, but we often leave the educational system without proper job skills.

How about some mandatory classes in high school about how to manage ones finances? How to handle credit responsibly and plan for retirement? How to deal with banks and open an IRA account? Things like this in my education I never received from school. Luckily we have Google and my dad gives pretty good advice. Still there are people out there that have limited access to computers or don’t have educated parents. Mandatory classes on finance during high school or even junior high could have a huge impact on the future of our economy as a whole and individual financial success. Realistically knowing every president in our countries history is a fine and admirable thing but it doesn’t help our economic futures much.

Also I feel schools should help prepare their students better for the work force. It seems few majors in college actually help one land a job. If you are studying to be a doctor or lawyer and are at the top of your class then you will find work quite easily. However if you are in political science, communications, or any other general major you can still get a job, but it will be harder. I majored in communications and while it taught me how to write better all I was qualified to be out of college was an unemployed soul with no sense of direction. Luckily I decided to get into online business on my own and have since learned much more educating myself how to make it in business then I ever would have learned in school. My point is that while memorizing facts and figures is great for passing tests I’m not sure schools and colleges do great for preparing one for the real world.

Tim is a consultant for Interactive Music Teacher where they teach online music lessons

Peanut Butter Pie

Last week on Twitter SuZ from Not Your Typical Mommy sent out a Tweet seeing if anyone wanted something written or something along those lines (I don’t remember the exact wording). Well, I jumped on it and asked if she would want to guest post for me this week!

Let me tell you…. when I read her recipe I was all but wiping the drool off my computer! I’m a HUGE fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and have been known to dip my mini Hershey bar in the jar of peanut butter for a quick snack. So when I saw this I knew that it was something that I would love as well as my family! I’m thinking of topping it with some hot fudge & whipped cream! YUM!

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With my official baking season right around the corner (Hello, Fall!), I’m gearing up to spend my days knee deep in cake mixes, pies, bread dough and more.

Baking season, for me, runs from the beginning of October to very end of December. I picked these months as my baking season because who really wants to spend the hot summer months in front of a stove or spend the glorious spring season inside?

I celebrate baking because anything that is yummy and tasty deserves its own season. I love baking so much and I’m not biased about just one bakery item. I make cookies, cakes, pies, candy, ice cream… you name it. I’ve baked it, or attempted to bake it (I’m not the best baker, but I really do try. I swear!).

The one item I make constantly (especially because it’s my husband’s favorite) is peanut butter pie. A staple in any family holiday event we host. Seriously, if we show up and we don’t have peanut butter pie in our hands, we’re told to run back home and get it.

It’s that good.

It started with my husband’s grandmother and the recipe has been passed down and now it’s in my hands. I think that because it was started by this wonderful woman we want it on our table at every family event so it feels like she’s still with us.

PB Pie

Ingredients and Directions

• Mix four ounces of cream cheese and 1 cup of powder sugar together in your stand mixer.
• Then add in 1/3 cup of creamy peanut butter (any brand will do).
• In a separate bowl, mix together 1 box of Dream Whip Whipped Topping with 2/3 cup of milk (Whole milk works best).
• You want to whip that until it’s stiff then add in the peanut butter mixture.
• After it’s good and mixed, put it in a graham cracker crust and freeze overnight.

Pure heaven, I swear by it.

And don’t worry, you don’t have wait until Baking Season to make this, go ahead and do it now.

Seriously, now! Your family will thank you, I promise.