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Comfort food

We have come to an agreement here at school – WE LOVE COMFORT FOOD!  The warm and cozy feeling that it gives you – wanting to cuddle up under a blanket and sit by the fireplace while sipping on a cup of coffee or cocoa and maybe enjoying even a bowl of soup – One of my favorite soups on a cold fall afternoon is creamy potato cheddar soup.


One of my favorite recipes is from allrecipes.com The Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup recipe is simply delicious.  With a chicken stock base and heavy cream to thicken it up- I love it!  Add a little cheese *sigh* LOVE!!!  Cook it down for hours to thicken it up, and it just keeps getting better!


potato soup

Photo credit: Allrecipes.com user: abapplez Spotsylvania, Virginia

In addition to the potato soup, we all agree that homemade hot cocoa is the BEST!  Now I have a friend who takes chocolate milk from the grocery store, and heats it on the stove, then just add a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkle on top of it- Claiming it to be a secret recipe!  🙂  It is very good (especially when using fresh milk from the creamery, as it is so rich and thick)  And for goodness sakes – Trust me I am not counting calories on these foods, they are a “treat” to be consumed on an “occasional basis” not daily…  But they are so “Mmmm Mmmm Good”

The hot cocoa recipe that I love it also from Allrecipes.com (I always look for the highest rating recipes and then read the reviews about how people changed things and improved or changed it to their liking)  This Creamy Hot Cocoa recipe is delicious – But in taking advice from the reviews, I lessened the sugar that was added to it – It is VERY sweet when you make the original recipe, so less is better (in my opinion)  You can also make your own whipped cream, then grate some cinnamon on top for a little bit of color and flavor contrast



Photo Credit :  All recipes user: mominml from Moses Lake, Washington

So what are some of your favorite recipes  – We would love to hear from you – You can share them in the comments or paste a link in there as well.  We hope that you will try these recipes yourself at home, and be on the look out for some of the other fun things that we are doing in class – Coming soon – A healthy Halloween treat that all the little “ghouls” will love!

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Dirty Jobs…. Laundry

Recently I assigned a laundry homework assignment to the students in class.  We had watched to movie “Gone with the Wash” from Maytag and talked about how to do laundry correctly.  In doing so I also came across a great little website for home and educator use—–> Located Here

This website gives you tips and information on how to do laundry.  It also has the new laundry symbols that are being used on clothing to tell you how to care for it.  These labels are becoming more and more popular in clothing, and may eventually replace the words all together.

Another cool part of this site is the ability to  translate clothing care labels from English for Spanish or English to French and vice versa .  I have had occasions where I purchased a piece of clothing and the care label was written in Spanish and this is a great site to help you properly care for it!

I hope that the students enjoyed learning this life skill and I loved the comments that I received back from the parents… .Some of which had the following in them.

~ I love this project – When are you going to assign mowing the lawn and washing the dishes?

~ I would not mind if this became a recurring assignment, as I am sure my child can use more practice!

~ Her mother and I were a little scared and we weren’t sure if the right child came home… but then we saw her room and knew it was her!!

~ A real eye-opener – Teaches a valuable skill.  If nothing else, it teaches the kids that clean clothes just don’t appear by magic and that laundry takes quite a bit of time (when done properly)  Thanks!

~ Love this assignment – Can you have them organize their room next?

I received numerous e-mails and know that the parents were grateful to have the students participate in the activity and help out a little more around the house.  It is my hope that the parents will continue to have their children help with this household chore and that they will learn even more skills when participating in FACS 8th grade.  Which includes even more indepth dishwashing skills/properly loading hte dishwasher, organization of space, and child care skills!

Remember – It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it!

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Kitchen Calendars – Looking forward to 2011

Today we started on our Kitchen calendars.  these calendars will be able to be used in January of 2011.  It seems like the year has just flown by and it is hard to believe that 2011 will be here in less than three months!

Our kitchen calendar project was something we started last year, and are doing again this year, because the kids LOVED it!  This project covers a lot of information from food equivalents, abbreviations, and the food pyramid, to their favorite recipe, setting the table and more.

Here are some pictures from a student calendar from last year.

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