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Crevolyn Wiley: Back to school creates exciting, hectic moments
Crevolyn Wiley columnist

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids. I was the one who could hardly wait to get back to school. I loved seeing my friends, meeting new teachers, getting fresh crayons and writing my name in those empty notebooks that held a world of learning possibilities.

Every year I would lay awake the night before school started imagining what the new school year would hold. I could almost smell the aroma of those yeast rolls coming out of the lunch room. I would pack and repack my book bag to be sure it held all of the necessary items in precision order. I thought school was awesome. I’m pretty sure I was the minority leader. 

When I became a mom, I was so hopeful my children would share my enthusiasm for the new school year. Let’s just say, not as much. Not that this momma didn’t try. Me and my cheery attitude would get them up bright and early, fix a healthy breakfast and give a little pep talk, preparing them the best way I could to face the world of school. 

I knew school would be hard in a lot of ways but I also knew there were teachers who would pick up where I left off. My children were blessed with some of the best teachers known to the profession. I have the utmost respect for those we entrust with our children and who treat them lovingly like their own, all the while, trying diligently to instill knowledge in their little brains. I am so very thankful for those who devote their careers to educating children. 

School nights are hectic. Trying to get homework, extracurricular activities, supper and family time in the mix can be a challenge. We tried our best to sit around the table as a family to eat and talk about our day. Some nights it happened and some nights it didn’t. 

Here are a couple of recipes that might make busy nights easier. The BBQ Pizza was always a favorite of my children and super easy especially if using a prepared rotisserie chicken. The Peanut Butter Bars are a healthy dessert alternative as well as a great addition to the lunch box. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • 1 pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 3 cups cooked chicken
  • Optional additions: onions, mushrooms, sliced jalapenos, olives
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese

Prepare crust and cook according to package directions. Brush with olive oil before baking. Spread 1 cup BBQ sauce on baked crust. Mix remaining sauce with chicken. Spread on crust. Add additional toppings if using and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, either is fine)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups old fashion oatmeal

Put peanut butter and honey in a heavy saucepan and turn heat to low. Heat until thoroughly combined and becomes a liquid consistency. Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal. Mix well. Press mixture into a 9x9-inch baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and let set overnight. Cut into squares. 

Crevolyn Wiley is a Gainesville resident with her first published cookbook “Cooking with Crevolyn” available at J&J Foods. She can be contacted at

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