Archive for March, 2014

No Waste {Freeze It}

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Foods 1, Teacher Tips

IMG_7257 We typically have leftover materials from each lab and I immediately date it before putting it away. I also date items I open for the refrigerator or pantry in order to keep it fresh. I always consider whether we can incorporate it in another lab during the week. If not, I freeze it. Leftover Alfredo sauce from pizza lab can be frozen in a ziploc bag. It goes in the freezer in my tub of ingredients. I may start a freezer inventory like I have at home to keep me further organized. Click here for the inventory.     I can easily check the tub to see if I have any ingredients on hand before I head to the grocery store.  IMG_7258

Do you have a freezer tub of ingredients?


Fruit Salsa-Yummy,Yummy!

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Foods 1, Recipes


Foods 1 is wrapping up vitamins and minerals with a fruit salsa and cinnamon chip lab today. The kiddos are making a yummy fruit salsa with beautiful colors, plus learning reviewing how to dice fruits. In addition, they are learning a new skill: how to peel a kiwi using a spoon. Yesterday we watched the youtube and today we are attempting this new skill in lab demo and then individually in lab groups.


We halved this recipe for each lab group. The final verdict: They loved the fruit salsa with the homemade cinnamon chips. A big hit.

These simple ingredients below: {some groups used apple, grape and peach jelly}. Everyone liked their jelly choice. We used leftover jelly from biscuit lab.



Transform into amazing cinnamon chipsIMG_7260

And a colorful vitamin and mineral salsa.



Katie says, “This is the best stuff on the planet.”

Try it and see if you believe it too. Mrs. Brown was reminded how good it is and she’s making it for her kids over Spring Break.


Gina loves chocolate

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


I will work for cake because I love chocolate.

Check out my cake creation.


Yummy in my tummy!



Foods kids are gearing up to take their certification and we are in study hall taking Servsafe tests, quizzes and making flash cards from


We printed all the terms and they are creating flash pages to drill themselves.

Or flash cards work too.IMG_7246

They go inside a baggie to keep them organized.


Students can take tests on


Enjoying a little popcorn while they cut out flash cards.


Popcorn plus servsafe=study hall fun


Conclusion: POPCORN always help you study a little harder. Today I made four batches of healthy, homemade  kettle corn to keep them focused. I keep it frugal by making it the stove top method using my family recipe here and serving it in throw away paper bags.

We hope to take the exam the week after Spring break. We’ll take a few practice tests before then and continue to study flash cards organized in a baggie.

Popcorn study hall is a hit!


Fine Dining

Posted: March 26, 2014 in Foods 1, Recipes

IMG_7200The kiddos have been working hard learning proper table setting and fine dining etiquette. It was time to show off their skills. Our meal five course meal consisted of the following:


Appetizer: Stuffed Pizza Roll


Soup: Italian Wedding Soup


Salad: Tomato Basil on a skewer {#6 edible Italian centerpiece}


Main Entree: No Boil Cheese Lasagna


Dessert: No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

What no, picture for the cheesecake? Mrs. Brown forgot.

Each group doubled the recipes to make enough to serve the entire class, plus a few invited guests, such as administrators.


The orzo in the soup was a hit. We substituted beef for pork.


IMG_7187Gina was super proud of her group and I see why!

IMG_7192This group loved the meal.

IMG_7199Thumbs up to a fine meal for 40 students, ringing up at $200, less than $5 per person for a 5 course meal, not too shabby.

I saved some by having them make the pizza dough and meatballs from scratch. It was more time-consuming and tedious for some groups. I might rethink it for future labs and use convenience.

Overall, the kids enjoyed their largest meal of the year 🙂



Will Work For Cake

Posted: March 24, 2014 in Teacher Tips

IMG_7212Yes, the kiddos will work for cake reward on Fridays. It’s our one minute mug cake recipe that makes them work a little harder, a little faster and little happier on Fridays:)


What is Kahoot?

Posted: March 24, 2014 in Online Teacher Tools


Our kids are KAHOOOTING and loving it!

Our kids love the interactive music and using their devices for online play. I check out laptops for students who don’t have a phone.

I allow students to create class quizzes and I have created a final review for their test.

What’s great about it? I can do a print out and see which questions they missed so I’ll know what specific info to review or reteach 🙂 This makes this teacher happier 🙂 🙂


What is it?

Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

It can be used for a quiz, quick poll or survey. Here are some links to get your class started:

  • Link to more information about Kahoot.
  • Youtube how to play.
  • Where to create and begin kahoot.

We are using for a review for a test.

Enjoy Kahooting, we do!!

chicken fiesta

Posted: March 19, 2014 in Foods 2

IMG_7169a good meal in only 30 mins

jessie and rita

Chicken Chicken Chicken

Posted: March 19, 2014 in Foods 2

IMG_7169some people from foods II decided to cook up some yummy rice and maccaroni to go with their chicken tenders. cooked to a perfect 165 degrees! 😀

Iron Chefs

Posted: March 19, 2014 in Foods 2


One of the Iron Chefs, Dow Fry, showing off their so to be amazing fried chicken fingers!