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Habits

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

HabitsMiss Pat couldn’t help noticing that some of the “Can Do” kids were picking up habits that weren’t very nice. She decided it was time to say something about nice habits and not so nice habits.

Lately, Hector was picking his nose in class. Kathy was talking with her mouth full at snack time and snack crumbs were getting all over her and anyone sitting next to her. Just last week, Jay started to wipe his hands on his shirt.

Most of the class didn’t mind so much about Kathy talking with her mouth full, except the kids near her when stuff fell out of her mouth. Some of the kids were starting to call Jay Pig Pen after the character in Charlie Brown. Most of the girls avoided being seen with him unless he had his coat on. Hector’s nose picking was another story; it grossed everyone out who saw him doing it. No one wanted to shake his hand or touch his stuff after he picked his nose.

Miss Pat decided it was time for the good habits, not so good habits talk. She began, “Class, I can’t help noticing that some of you are doing some things that are considered habits that are not attractive or nice. These habits can lead to others not wanting to be around you.”

Jay took a big bite of an apple. The juice ran down his chin and he used the tail end of his shirt to wipe his face, saying as he wiped,”Like what , Miss Pat?” Miss Pat answered, “Like what you are doing right now, wiping your face with your shirt.” Bobby yelled out, “I can tell what you ate all day by looking at your shirt. Use a napkin, or a paper towel!” Jay turned bright red and asked if anyone had a tissue.

Miss Pat continued by talking about personal hygiene habits. All of a sudden everyone was staring at Hector, who said,” Why is everyone looking at me? What do I do that’s so gross?” before Miss Pat could answer, Bobby called out, “You pick your nose in public, yuck!” Hector shouted back, “Big deal!” Miss Pat said, “It is a big deal, Hector. Some of your classmates don’t want to sit next to you.  Others don’t want to take things from your hands after you pick your nose. I don’t blame them. Cleaning out your nose needs to be done with tissues, and is best done in private. When you sneeze or blow your nose, you also need to use a tissue.”

Kathy chimed in, ready to complain about Hector, when Nellie said, “Kathy, you shouldn’t say anything about Hector until you stop spraying everyone near you with food because you are talking with your mouth full. ” Kathy looked as if she were about to cry.

That’s when Miss Pat took over the conversation, saying,”Boys and girls, we all need to be aware of those habits that are not polite or may offend others. If you are not sure if you have any of those habits, ask your parents or ask me. If you have a not so good habit, give it up now.”

Hector raised his hand and said, “From now on I will clean out my nose in private, using a tissue and wash my hands when I am done. Kathy raised he hand and asked,”If you see me talking with my mouth full, please tell me.” Her classmates nodded that they would. Then it was Jay’s turn to raise his hand.  “I promise to carry tissue or paper towels and use them instead of my shirt.”

Miss Pat smiled. She was so glad the children saw the need to fix their not so good habits.

 

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Fishy Fun Food

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club made fishy fun food for the Pre-K and Kindergarten campers for the first day of summer camp.

Miss Sue asked them to fix something that would make campers, who were weepy about their first day in camp willing to eat something at lunch time. She also shared that some of the children were picky eaters.

Yundi, one of the members of the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club came up with the idea of a fish theme, since most kids are interested in looking at and learning about fish.

The name of the lunch theme…Fishy Fun Food. The Yundi wearing a chef hat as a member of the can do kids cooking clubCooking Club members decorated the lunch room with picture of fish and undersea creatures.

They made tuna fish and served it on rolls shaped like a fish. They bought the rolls in the supermarket.fish shaped roll filled with tuna salad

For dessert, they let the campers fish for their treat.  Each camper got a chance to use a fish net to scoop out vanilla and chocolate flavored whole grain  goldfish cookies. The sandwiches and the fish cookie treats were a great hit.

fish bowl with fish shaped cookies in itEven the picky eaters ate some of the fishy fun food.

Afterwards, Miss Sue thanked the Cooking Club for their fishy fun food and the campers applauded.

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The Kitchen Surprise

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

It was the monthly meeting of the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club and all the members were lined up outside the small kitchen behind the cafeteria in the “Can Do” Street Community Center.

It wasn’t much of a kitchen but it was all they had to work in. It really was a kitchen for adults. The counters were too high for them. They needed to stand on stools to reach the counter tops and do their preparations. The oven and refrigerator doors were too heavy for them, so Miss Hattie, the club moderator, always had to open these doors for them.

They brought all the ingredients they would need to make sandwiches and flower cupcakes to serve at the “Spring Luncheon” for the seniors club. Every year the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club made and served sandwiches and a special dessert. They looked forward to the event and so did the seniors, especially since their grandmas were in the seniors club.

The “Can Do”s were getting nervous. Why was the kitchen door locked? Where was Miss Sue, the center director, to let them in to the kitchen?  Where was Miss Hattie? It was getting late. If they didn’t get started soon they would be late getting the food to the luncheon.

Just then the kitchen door opened and there was Miss Hattie who told the “Can Dos” that she had a surprise for them. Then she led them into the kitchen where all the seniors were standing in front of the work areas. The Seniors all yelled, “Surprise!”

When the seniors stepped away from where the cabinets were,  the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club members couldn’t believe their eyes!

The kitchen was all new with cabinets and cupboards and counter tops that were just the right height for kids. Why, there was even a stove and refrigerator that was just the right height for them that had easy to open doors.

Miss Hattie stepped forward and said, “You children are always doing nice things for us. So, we decided to take some of the money from our treasury and pay to have the kitchen made “Kid Size” for your club.”

The “Can Do” kids were so happy. They hugged each and every senior as each senior headed upstairs to their meeting room.

Then they got busy in the new kitchen, making sandwiches and the prettiest flower cupcakes!

kitchen

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Bookworm Apple Bark

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Bookworm Apple Bark

The “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club members were busy making Bookworm Apple Bark, a healthy treat for snack time at the “Can Do” Community Center.

Lots of the kids who come to the center don’t eat enough fruit. So, the cooking club members decided to make a snack with fruits that had a name that would make kids want to eat it.  Bookworm Apple Bark, sound like a fun thing to eat, doesn’t it?

Some of the ladies from the senior club helped with the preparation by cutting the fruit and helping the “Can Do” Cooking Club members assemble the Bookworm Apple Bark snacks.

The “Can Dos” put them on trays and brought them around to all the kids attending programs at the center. The Bookworm Apple Barks were a great hit! The kids loved them.

If you would like to make Bookworm Apple Bark, here is the recipe.


Prep: 10 minutes

 Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith Apple
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2½  tablespoons golden or black raisins
1½  tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries

Directions: Be sure to get an adult to do the cutting !

Cut apple into four quarters, starting at the stem. Remove the core by cutting away to leave a flat surface on the apple quarter. Be careful not to cut too much of the edible portion of the apple away. Drop and slightly spread the peanut butter on apple quarters. Mix together the raisins and dried cranberries then sprinkle on peanut butter.

Serves: 1

Nutrition Information per Serving: calories: 272, total fat: 8.1g, saturated fat: 1.5g, % calories from fat: 25%, % calories from saturated fat: 5%, protein: 5g, carbohydrates: 50g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 6g, sodium: 79mg

Each serving provides:
  An excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C.

Source: Recipe was developed for Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) by Chef Mark Goodwin, CEC, CNC.  This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.

Recipe from the Cool Fuel for Kids cookbook.

 

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Holy Guacamole!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Miss Sue came into the cooking class at summer camp just before the session started and said,” Boys and girls I have a surprise for you today.”

chef raquel makes guacamoleWith that Chef Raquel, stepped out from behind Miss Sue, saying, “Is everybody ready to learn how to make Guacamole? It’s a great summer dip you can prepare with your mom or dad or a grandparent.”

The “Can Dos” all clapped and called out, “We’re ready!”

Chef Raquel smiled, opened the door and said,”It just do happens I stopped by the senior center on my way here. Look who all volunteered to come and help all of you cut, slice and chop the ingredients for the Guacamole.”

With that the grandmas all came into the class! There was Grandma Maureen, Grandma Hattie, Grandma Frances and Grandma Sue. Each of the grandmas joined a group of “Can Dos” around their individual food prep tables.

“Hmmm,” said Chef Raquel, “What is the first thing we have to do before we start making our Guacamole dip?”

As usual, Orrie was the first to raise his hand and answered, “We have to wash our hands really well and then dry them with a paper towel before we handle the ingredients for the Guacamole.” Orrie led the group to the wash sinks in the room and everyone took turns washing up. Then they went back to their food prep tables.

Soon the room filled with the sounds of chopping and slicing and conversations about what they were making. Before long the Guacamole dip was ready and it was time for tasting. Chef Raquel passed around pita wedges and everyone sampled what they made.

A couple of the “Can Dos” liked the Guacamole so much they popped their tops!  Willie was so excited about the taste he yelled out, ” Holy Guacamole!”         Willie says Holy Guacamole

Here’s is Chef Raquel’s recipe for Guacamole, in case you want to make it at home for your family.

Additive Guacamole with Pita Wedges Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 Haas avocados – peeled, pitted, and smashed

1 Haas avocado, peeled, pitted and medium diced

1 lime, zest and juiced

1 tsp. kosher salt

½ cup yellow onion, minced

3 tbs. chopped cilantro

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, have child mash the avocados, lime juice, and salt.  Add onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic and cayenne pepper. Have him or her stir.
  2. Gently fold in diced avocado. Don’t not over mix or it will get too mushy.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately with pita chips.
  4. For Homemade Pita Chips: Cut pita bread into 8 slices. Lay flat on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  5. Bake for 6-10 minutes at 400 degrees until golden. Allow to cool and serve with Guacamole.

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Raquel@apinchofsalt.com

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