No Trenchbull, Just Honey…and Croutons

Have you ever read the story,”Matilda”? If you haven’t, the story follows a little girl who is abnormally smart and has the ability to move things with her mind. She is plagued by an evil principal (Ms.Trunchbull), while at the same time, lovingly encouraged by her classroom teacher, Miss Honey. In the story, Miss Honey is the sweetest, most kind, loving, nurturing, and friendliest teacher ever. Every morning, when I drop my kids off at school, I like knowing that they are walking into a building of teachers that are just like Miss Honey, and thankfully, not a trace of the Trenchbull. If you didn’t already know, it’s National Teacher Appreciation Week. A week dedicated to celebrating the amazing teachers who help shape the brilliant young minds of our children.

We at Olivia’s Croutons had the opportunity today to help honor the entire staff at Robinson Elementary in Starksboro, VT. Parents of the kids who attend the school coordinated a staff-wide luncheon in which parents volunteered their time and/or donated a dish. I am one of those parents.

My son Reiss (10) and daughter Rory (8) have attended Robinson Elementary School since Kindergarten. I am convinced that there is something in the water at that school because EVERY teacher is amazing…and they look amazing too. Seriously, if ever there was an award for the most fashionable school staff they would win.


In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week Olivia’s Croutons donated nearly 50 boxes of croutons to the entire staff of Robinson Elementary school, in addition to my salad…which of course included Olivia’s Croutons.


Teacher Appreciation Salad 


1 Box Orzo

3 Cups Grape Tomatoes

Juice of 2 Lemons

2 TBSP Lemon Zest

1 Bag of Olivia’s Croutons (any flavor will do)

1/2 Cup Green Onion, thinly chopped

1/2 Cup Basil Leaves, finely chopped

1/2 Cup Parsley Leaves, finely chopped

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste


First, cook pasta according to box, drain, and let cool. Second, in large bowl combine all the ingredients, toss and serve. That was easy! Final step… tell the special teachers in your and your children’s lives just how amazing they truly are!




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