Love What You Do
Do you ever people watch? Sometimes when I’m at the mall or airport, I’ll settle into an out-of-the-way spot and just watch people for a few minutes. Some wear emotions all over their faces and some are almost expressionless. You can often tell if a person is confident, happy, anxious or obnoxious just by their stride. And watching kids is almost always good for a few laughs. I try guessing how companions are related and where they’re going—mysteries I’ll never solve. People are fascinating! Maybe that’s why I enjoy watching the Kronos “1 in One Hundred Million” web series.
Kronos is the leader in workforce management solutions, helping clients manage time and attendance records, schedules, HR and payroll, hiring and labor analytics solutions and services. They’ve been featuring personal stories and celebrating people in the workforce by releasing monthly videos that showcase an occupation. It’s like a little bite of reality TV without the drama!
When I watched the December “1 in One Hundred Million” episode, I loved listening to Jenny talk about becoming a zoo keeper. She had been pursuing a career in culinary arts—something I can identify with—when she realized she had no passion for it and switched to zoo keeping. Like most people, I occasionally like to go to the zoo and watch the animal antics, but I’ve never considered being a zoo keeper! Watching Jenny talk about her passion was very enlightening. She doesn’t mind the long, repetitive hours of feeding, cleaning, training, and enrichment for the animals. Sounds kind of like a mom who always has toddlers to care for—except Jenny always wears a good pair of boots!
Another episode features a fourth grade teacher, Miss Isheba Barker. Her devotion to impacting students’ lives reminds me of Sam’s teachers. They are so wonderful in sharing his successes with us. In fact, everyone at his little school seems invested in shaping his future. It’s truly like a community. Every week there is an afternoon tea on Friday. Parents bring in treats and kids in every grade give presentations. While I am there every week for tea, I have not been as active as some of the moms in supplying treats for the kids or teachers (a case of the cobbler’s son not having new shoes!). So I have been trying to change that. This next week I’m taking Christmas Cheesecake. It has a gingerbread crust and candy cane sprinkles on top—scrumptious!
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 brick cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tub Cool Whip
- 9 candy canes
- Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla and molasses and mix on medium speed till fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices until well combined.
- Slowly add to wet mixture on low speed.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Press into a 9×9 inch baking dish.
- Bake for 16 minutes.
- Cream sugar and cream cheese; fold in Cool Whip.
- Crush 6 of the 9 candy canes and fold into cream cheese mixture.
- Spread mixture over cooled gingerbread cookie crust.
- Crush 1 additional candy cane and sprinkle over top.
- Use 2 candy canes to create heart.
- Refrigerate for 3 hours.
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