Scripture Case Pattern

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Family That Eats Together, Stays Together

I am passionate about food, family and psychology...like borderline-freaky-obsessed-passionate with all three.  I'm so excited to continue my education so that I can put my plans into action.  Some of you know what I want to do after I graduate, but most of you don't.  I'm kind of hesitant to put this out there so that anyone can come across it and take my idea, but I'm hoping that by putting this out there, I might be able to network and find others that are passionate about it too and want to help me make this possible.  Here are my thoughts, plans, and ideas...

Families are falling apart, the divorce rate is outrageous, and the delinquency rate of children is growing higher and higher.  I feel it is our duty to our community, our families and to the world to try our hardest to change these things.  I want to start this change by teaching families (and even just couples) how to eat together.  There are numerous studies that have been done that show a high correlation between family dinner and childhood delinquency and divorce rates.  Parents that have family dinner (or maybe even a family breakfast if dinner isn't really plausible) tend to have children with a lower delinquency rate.  Couples that don't have children but still make it a priority to eat together at least once a day tend to have an easier time staying together.  Having a meal together provides an intimate but yet non-intimidating opportunity to talk and find out what's going on in each other's lives. Children are more likely to open up when they don't feel threatened.  It's a good bonding time for not only parent's and their children but for couples.  Food has a way of bring people together and I want to help families discover that.  Since I only have a bachelors in psychology, I am going to have to team up with a licensed therapist to make this work. I want to do family/couples therapy in the kitchen.  I want to teach families and couples how to eat together, and not just eat together but to create the meal together.  I feel it is important to get your children involved in the cooking and cleaning process too.  It not only teaches them important skills, it allows you, as a parent, more one-on-one time with your child.  My plans are to have lesson/treatment plans set up so that I can have my family in the kitchen setting with me to help other families see the different tasks that different aged children can do.  I want my family involved in this too.  I'm hoping to be able to offer classes to the community through schools and other programs.  I also want to work with At-Risk youth in a kitchen setting.  I want to teach them social skills, cooperation, communication, following directions and all those other necessary social skills through cooking.  

Those are my plans...any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?  Anything?? Talk to me!  If you know of anyone that could help me further this idea, please let me know.

The End.

Monday, September 20, 2010

And...Mandi's bags

Her sewing machine is broken, so I sewed them together for her.  She still needs to do the blanket stitch around the edges...but isn't that cat cute?? I love it!


Trick-or-Treat bags

My next door neighbor, Mandi, saw a picture of some Trick-or-Treat bags in Pottery Barn Kids and suggested we make some... so we did.

Pottery Barn Kids...


Mine...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Something yummy

One of the weeks in school we were focusing on eggs and breakfast foods and got to make some French Toast on fresh Brioche! Yummmmmm.  A lady in my group, Julia (who also happens to be Gavin's primary teacher!), made an amazing cinnamon cream syrup to go with the French Toast.  It was so good, I told Julia I would lick it off her body.  She's been divorced for 2 years and is in desperate need of some action, so she almost obliged.  :)  Anyways, here's this delicious syrup...please do your body a favor, make some, drink it, and then maybe go lick it off your husband.

Cinnamon Cream Syrup

1 c sugar
1/2 c corn syrup (you can also use agave!)
1/2 c water
1/2 c cream
1 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon

Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, cinnamon and 2 T cream.  Bring to a boil and cook stirring constantly for 8 minutes.  Lower heat.  Stir in remaining cream and vanilla and stir until incorporated. Indulge. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Most embarrassing moment...

I have been cursed with the most terrible periods ever...seriously.  Having a period isn't fun to begin with, but mine are at least 50 times worse than any of my friends and it's always been that way from day 1.  Yes, my embarrassing moment is a period story. I'm sure us ladies all have one, and if you don't, then you suck. 

At the very beginning of January in 1998, so half way through the school year of 7th grade, my family moved from South Jordan, UT to Houston, TX (holla!). On the VERY FIRST DAY of school, naturally I was on my period (it was like my second period ever). I go to my first 4 classes, then to lunch and then off to gym class (so my fifth class of the day).  As I'm waiting outside the coaches office to talk to her about getting a uniform, a girl comes up to me and says, "You have a HUGE red spot on your butt." (large emphasis on HUGE) Uh...seriously?  So, I take a look, and sure enough, there's a HUGE red spot, like the size of a large orange.  I flush and say something really stupid like, "No way! I think I sat in some ketchup at lunch!" (yes, I really said that). I go in to the coaches office, pretty much in tears, tell her my predicament, and she kindly offers to wash my pants while I'm in class.  She washes them, but they didn't have any stain treatment, so my red stain then turns to a green stain.  She offered her jacket to me so I could tie it around my waste for the rest of the day and let me return it the next day.  Who knows how long I walked around school with that red spot before gym class.  Oh well...it builds character, right?

I might have another story that happened in the 10th grade that has to do with falling down the school steps leading to the lunch room in between classes while wearing a short dress...people may or may not have seen my panties...at least they were cute.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Craziness and such...

This has been my life for the past 8 weeks...

I'm nearing the end of the quarter (3 weeks left) and I couldn't be more thrilled.  Safety and Sanitation has been the most boring thing of my life. So lame.  I've loved my actual cooking class, but I'm ready to get away from the basics and do more exciting things...like BAKING! and American Regional Cuisine! YAY!   I can't believe how much harder school is with 2 kids instead of one!  It was a breeze with one kid...two, though? AH!! I've never been so busy and overwhelmed in my life!  I'm slowly figuring out how to balance it all, though, so things are getting better.  Gavin keeps asking me when his teacher is going to start teaching him how to cook (oh, yeah...Gavin started pre-school 3 weeks ago!). 
I've been filling up free time with some crafts.  I made me a snuggie (almost the first love of my life), 2 snuggies for the neighbor kids so Gavin and them could watch movies together in them, a couple of quiet books for gifts, neck pillows for Timmy and me, 40 bags for a biking team, all those baby shower gifts for Ashlee, and right now I'm working on some Halloween bags for the kids (I'm almost done and will share with you the awesomeness).  Hurr's the two quiet books:
My Aunt Leslie had a friend that had a baby and she wanted to give a quiet book as a gift.  The baby's name is Berkley Rose. I love my bedding so much that I used it as inspiration for the cover.

My Aunt Donna saw Berkley's book and loved it so she asked me to make one for her that she can let her future grandchildren play with.  She wants to be called "Mimi Donna" so I used those letters for the book. Aunt Donna had been eyeing the same bedding that I got from Anthropologie, so when she saw Berkley's cover, she knew she had to have on just like it.
Aunt Donna wanted a zipper pocket that was lined so she could put treats in it.  I bought a shower curtain from WalMart for a buck and used that to line it.

Oh, and just check out these cute kids:
I heart them.

I need a nap.