Two Week Recap

IMG_3497 (1)Have I told you how difficult it to manage two blogs, teach 55 students, parent 4 children and cook a decent meal lately? Plus, the list goes on, but it’s a blessing to pause and thank God for the opportunities to reach others. So here’s what we’ve been up to. My daughter lost her first front tooth. We tried to get her to pull it for a week because it was hanging by a root.

IMG_3404I tweaked my black bean and corn salad recipe here by pan roasting my corn first and adding avocado. It was so yummy. I highly recommend it with everything.

IMG_3470My students created a gallon-tine equivalent chart. It surprised me with creativity.

IMG_3478 (2)My daughter and I tried Faith cookies that are soon to be released at Wal-Mart on March 12. They are a yummy treat and a perfect way to share our faith. I dipped mine in coffee and she tried hers straight up.

IMG_3434 (1)Speaking of sharing, my FCCLA students created homemade kleenex covers and we delivered them to our local Hospice House near our school. It’s a blessing to work with caring students who are genuine and share their love with others.

IMG_3409 (1)Last, but not least, my son turned 9 last week. It’s always a whirlwind in the Brown household. I’m finishing my national boards for teaching this semester and teaching 4 classes without a planning period. I’d appreciate any or all prayers. Thank you for continuing to be a loyal follower of this blog and/or Cougar Kitchen as I balance faith, family, work and all of the above.

Have a super blessed week!

 

Crazy New Semester

CHOC CHIP  WAFFLESA new semester at school always brings about changes. This is my excuse for my lack of posts in the past couple of weeks. However, I made freezer waffles this week. Last week I prepped about 25 pounds of chicken for the family. Here’s how my husband and I tag team to make it here.

chicken fajita marinadeRecently, I’ve made two easy pound cakes. One went to church and the other, well it never made it to the freezer.

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My students in the Cougar Kitchen made homemade yogurt two ways: crock pot and Cuisine maker.

crockpot yogurtLast week my FCCLA students made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and we froze them for a morning meeting. They were devoured yesterday.

Pumpkin muffinsSince it’s close to Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking about chocolate covered strawberries.

choc strawYes, my teaching job consists of food all day long. I teach four foods classes! And yes, I blog about food. Do I get tired of food? Sometimes and my sweet, wonderful, awesome husband cooks dinner since I’ve prepped on the weekends. Okay, he cooks dinner most of the time.

Blessings. What are you freezing or cooking this week?

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year’s Mission Meal: Taco soup and yeast bread

IMG_3288Over break, my FCCLA students (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) got together to help the needy. Since I planned the menu ahead of time, my Foods 1 students made the bread about two months ago.

We partnered with King Arthur to provide our bread baking supplies. I taught the students how to make beautiful braided loaves here.

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I always enjoy doing this with my students every year.braided breadWe cooled the bread completely and bagged it for our January meal.

We had 8 loaves to pull out of the freezer for this meal for forty women and children at our local homeless shelter.

On January 2, I purchased the supplies for chicken taco soup recipe here, omitting the beer ingredient, of course.

I purchased pintos instead of black beans because I could buy them in a larger quantity. Since chicken breasts were on sale for $1.99/lb and I bought a few #10 cans of vegetables and tomatoes, I only spent $25 to feed 40 people. Not shabby at all!

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IMG_3275The girls also made goody bags with fruit and granola bars. I got the bars through a grant through Donor’s Choose.

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All of these resources fed 40 homeless women and children on January 2. Many hands and donations helped to make this mission meal happen.

I’m still a “Mom on a Mission” and now I’m a “Teacher on a Mission” to pass on the act of giving to my students.

I hope your New Year is off to a great beginning. May we use our gifts and abilities to glorify God.

Have you shared a freezer meal lately? Tell us about it.

 

Happy 2017

IMG_3243 (1)My family would like to wish you a blessed 2017. 2016 has been a whirlwind of events, busy times and many great memories. We hope to have many more to share. I love all my readers and I’m blessed to share my mission of cooking and blessing others. Have a wonderful 2017, from my family to yours.

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Gingerbread Cookies and Cupcakes

IMG_5181This week has been so incredibly busy at school. Tuesday was the real doozy with a flurry of cookies and cupcakes. All of my school classes were doing cookie and cupcake wars. I think we had some incredible results. Here is our whole collection of cookies and cupcakes for your viewing pleasure.

I used this Taste of Home Gingerbread recipe made the day before.  I used Sandra Lee’s royal icing recipe here.

I used this perfectly vanilla cupcake recipe here and Wilton’s Buttercream frosting here.

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The cupcake war was a huge success. My students had an awesome time being creative. They stayed super busy the whole class period.

Gingerbread cookie wars was fun also.

Students will work for Chick-Fil-A  gift cards any day!

Our Elves Are Busy

IMG_3092Monday we took our younger children to carol at a nursing home. It’s become our family tradition to visit the elderly and hand out presents with a group at church. I love watching our boys talk and visit with residents.

IMG_3096They are the only children who carol in the group and the older folks often ask for hugs from the kiddos.

IMG_3098Nothing thrills my heart more when I see the same smile on the nursing home folks when they receive their hug one of my children.

Our little elves are busy and we are enjoying our Christmas season.

What traditions does your family enjoy?