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Hi everyone!

Here is a tutorial for an Orbeez stress ball, brought to you by my niece (and future teacher), Gracie!

Similar to your glitter bottles, the ball can be used to focus your attention!


Glazed Cinnamon Rolls (Yield: 12)


For the Dough:

2 cups flour

¼ cup white sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt (optional)

½ cup shortening

½ cup milk

1 egg


For the Filling:

¼ cup margarine

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


For the Glaze:

2 tsp milk

2 tsp margarine

¼ tsp vanilla

½ cup icing sugar




1.    Preheat oven to 375°F.  Grease pan (may use cookie sheet, square pan or muffin tin).

2.    In a medium size bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

3.    Stir above ingredients with a wooden spoon to blend evenly.

4.    Using a pastry blender, cut-in shortening until it resembles cornmeal.

5.    Set mixture aside.

6.    In a 1 cup (250 ml) liquid measuring cup add ½ cup (125 ml) milk. 

7.    Stir in 1 egg and beat using a fork.

8.    Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined. 

9.    Form dough into a ball. 

10.               Lightly dust a cutting board with flour.

11.               Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll with a rolling pin into a rectangular shape size approximately 12” x 18” (25 x45 cm). Dough should be rolled fairly thin.

12.               Melt ½ square of margarine in a glass measure. 

13.               In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.

14.               Spread melted margarine over the rolled dough and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.  

15.               Roll the dough like a jelly roll.  Seal edges.  Cut into 12 equal portions.  (Cut roll in half.  Cut each piece in half again.  Cut these four pieces in three each.) 

16.               Place in a greased pan muffin tin with the cut sides up.

17.               Bake approximately 15 min at 375°F or until golden brown.

18.               For the glaze, Mix 2 tsp milk, 2 tsp soft margarine, ¼ tsp vanilla and ½ cup icing sugar together.  Drizzle over warm baked cinnamon rolls. ENJOY!


For this week, try the recipe out if you can :)





Posted: April 27, 2020

Hi Tommies!


This week we are continuing with the Letter A - Attention. What I would like you to do is read this letter that is addressed to YOU from YOUR BODY. It explains what happens when you experience stress, and is actually very interesting! You are bound to make some connections with it from your past experiences with stress.

So, for this week, please reflect on this letter - in what ways have you noticed your body responding to stress before? What can you relate to in this letter?

I will be sharing some more mindfulness activities mid-week!



Have a great week!

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Posted: April 24, 2020

More goodies from your fellow Tommies! Have a great weekend!

Here's a link to today's video:





Breakfast Potatoes:


2-4 russet potatoes

2 tbsp oil

1 tsp garlic butter

1 tsp parsley

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper



1. Preheat oven at 400 F.

2. Chop potatoes into cubes.

3. In a bowl, add oil and spices to potatoes. 

4. Place potatoes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


Eggs Benedict:


For the Hollandaise Sauce:

3 egg yolks

1 tsp vinegar

1 cup butter or margarine

Pinch of salt

Pepper to taste

1 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


For the Eggs Benedict:

2-4 slices back bacon or ham

1 english muffin

2 eggs

pinch of salt & pepper

splash of vinegar (approx. 1-2 tbsp)




1.   Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, put margarine in a separate pot on medium heat to melt.

2.   Place egg yolks and vinegar in a glass bowl.

3.   Place glass bowl over the saucepan of boiling water.

4.   Whisk constantly until thicker, light and foamy.

5.   As you continue whisking, add melted margarine, a couple tablespoon at a time, making sure to mix well in between additions.

6.   While continuing to whisk, add salt, pepper, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

7.   Fry bacon or ham.

8.   Toast English muffin.

9.   Bring 4 cups water to a light boil, add pinch of salt, pepper and a splash of vinegar.

10.                While waiting for water to boil, place each piece of English muffin on plate topped with bacon.

11.                Once the water is boiling, lower the heat and create a whirlpool in the pot.

12.                Crack egg into a small glass bowl and gently place the egg into the whirling water. A part of the bowl should touch the water.

13.                Let egg cook for 3-4 minutes, remove from water and place on paper towel to soak up access water.

14.                Place eggs on top of bacon. Top eggs with Hollandaise sauce!

15.                Remove potatoes from the oven, add to plate and ENJOY!



A few things I would like you to do:

1.   What is happening when you whip something? Why, in this particular recipe, must you continuously whip your egg yolks?

2.   What is the purpose of putting a splash of vinegar in with your water when poaching an egg?

3.   How long should you poach an egg if you want it poached soft? Poached medium? Poached hard?


Send your answers to my e-mail or on the Instagram account!



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Following Monday’s release of the High School Q & A, I just wanted to let you all know that both Culinary Tech & Mindfulness 120 classes will not be offering the credit option. The focus is on courses that universities rely on for prerequisites. With these classes being hands-on courses that focus on in-class participation, I cannot provide an online option that reaches all of the required outcomes to obtain credit. Everyone will still be able to participate in the online learning opportunities and will still get ‘enrolled’ on their transcript, which will count toward graduation. For those of you in Culinary 110, an 'enrolled’ in Culinary Tech 110 will still count as the prerequisite for Culinary Tech 120. Cooking during these times can provide you with continued learning, some routine during your day, a creative outlet and a chance to share your art with the ones you love. Practicing Mindfulness during these times can also provide you with continued learning, some routine during your day, physical activity, a chance to be mindful with the ones you love and of course, an opportunity to just breathe. I will continue posting content from both classes. I’d love to see you continue to participate as much as you can :)

Posted: April 20, 2020

Hi Everyone!

Today we are continuing with the Letter 'A' for Attention.

Please take a look at the notes (powerpoint) and the attached response sheet!

I've also included a mindfulness activity for you this week to focus your attention - a Rainbow Walk. The instructions are on the document attached!

Have a great week, everyone! Stay mindful and safe :)

Here is the link for today's video:




The recipe for Sugar Cookies:


1 cup margarine (or butter)

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp baking powder

2 ½ cups flour



1. Preheat oven at 350 F.

2. Cream together margarine and sugar.

3. Add egg. 

4. Mix in vanilla, salt and baking powder. 

5. Mix flour into the mixture one cup at a time. 

6. Bring dough together with your hands to form a ball. 

7. Roll out to ½ inch thickness on a flour dusted counter.

8. Form cookies with a cookie cutter, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. 

9. Let cool on a cooling rack before icing!


For the royal icing:



3 egg whites

1 tsp lemon juice

3 1/3 cups icing sugar




1.   Whip egg whites to form stiff peaks.

2.   Continue to whip and add lemon juice.

3.   Using a low speed, add icing sugar, one cup at a time.

4.   Put icing in a Ziploc bag to draw outlines of design, then add a little water to thin the icing for filling in the design 

5.   Enjoy!



A few things I would like you to do:


1.   What is the purpose of creaming the margarine and sugar together?

2.   What is the purpose of baking powder in the recipe?

3.   What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?

4.   How do you know when egg whites have formed stiff peaks?

5.   What is the purpose of tapping the cookie on the counter after icing it?


Send your answers to my e-mail or on the Instagram account!


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Here is the recipe for Taco Pasta:


1 lb ground beef 

1/2 onion, chopped

1/4 of each red, yellow, orange pepper 

1/4 cup taco seasoning 

3 cloves garlic, crushed 

1/2 cup tomato sauce 

1/2 cup salsa 

2-4 cups water 

3 cups pasta 

1 cup shredded cheese 



1. Cook ground beef in a frying pan at medium heat. Once cooked, drain fat. 

2. Add onion, peppers, taco seasoning and garlic and let cook for 5 minutes. 

3. Add tomato sauce and salsa and mix well. 

4. Mix in water and add pasta. 

5. Cover the frying pan and let pasta cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir the pasta every 5 minutes. 

6. Add cheese, let melt, then serve! Enjoy :) 


A few things I would like you to do:


1.   What temperature is the safe cooking temperature for ground beef? (According to Canadian standards!)

2.   If you were using garlic powder instead of garlic cloves, how much powder should you use?

3.   What kitchen equipment do you require to make this recipe? 


Send your answers to my e-mail or on the Instagram account!



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Posted: April 15, 2020

Hi all! Here's a video that you can use to keep up with your daily mindful minutes! 

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