Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apples and teachers origin - caramel apple gift

Apples on my mind.  Crisp, juicy apples.  Why?  Because the weather today is steamy hot, and I'm a wishing it was fall.  Bring on my very favorite season:  autumn.  Leaves turning amazing colors, long walks, and apple picking.  The time of year to devour apples, drink apple cider, and make caramel apples.  Love, love, love dipping apples in caramel.  

Apples make me think of teachers, and I started wondering why apples are associated with teachers.  I remember learning plenty of trivia in my teacher classes at college, but have never been told why apples were so connected to teachers.  I found an article at this site:

The article gave some interesting reasons why apples are associated to teachers.  Here are a few:

1)  When teachers teach the alphabet, words are paired with an example:  "A" is for apple.  If a student wants good grades, he gives the teacher an apple so he'll be associated with the letter A.  My teenage students rarely gave me apples, so I can't speak from experience on this theory, but my students did give me chocolate...and I didn't associate them with the letter C.  Maybe an A though, for awesome gift!

2) From the 1500's to the 1700's, teachers in several countries were not paid much.  So, parents would provide the teachers with food to help them out.  Apples were a popular choice because they were easy to find.

A little apple food for thought.  I found an easy way to give a teacher a special apple treat.  I bagged up caramel dip and an apple, then tied it together with a craft stick and ribbon. I'll have my boys add a note to their teacher, and voila: a fun gift for the first day of fall, or any day of the year! 

I found these super cute mini caramel dips at Walmart.
I have a recipe for caramel dip, but I wanted something easy.

"What a healthy out-of-door appetite
it takes to relish the apple of life,
the apple of the world, then!"
(Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples)

Now how about 'dem apples?


The Girl Creative

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