Friday night was our back to scouting meeting. I talked about being nervous in my previous post but everything went great!
One of the big differences for my troop this years is that we will be bouncing around for our meeting space.
Last year we meet at a local church which was great but it’s not looking like an option for us this year. The good thing about meeting at one of the parents homes is that we will have the freedom of covering some badges like “Snacks” which really needs a kitchen to complete.
I wanted to stress healthy eating habits through this badge, so I sliced, diced and roasted some veggies for them to work with. Well….my Brownies didn’t really like the “healthy”stuff I brought for them. Thank goodness our meeting was hosted by one of the parents because she saved the healthy face pizzas with cheese. Here’s the agenda:
Pre-meeting: 15 minutes/6:15-6:30
Healthy/Unhealthy food Crossword puzzles
Opening: 5 minutes/6:30-6:35
Flag, Promise and Law
Business: 20 minutes/6:35-6:55
Share one special things they did during summer
Discuss what to work on this year
Exploration: 15 minutes/6:55- 7:10
Snacks -Step #1 -Good vs. Bad food poster
Create: 25 minutes/7:15 -7:35
Snacks – Step #2 make a veggie face (pizza) & Step #5 make your own fruit smoothie
Snack time: 5 minutes/7:35-7:40
Closing/Friendship Circle 5 minutes/7:40-7:45
The meeting went along smoothly until I brought out the hummus and veggies for our healthy face pizzas. Only one girl liked the hummus (which happened to be my daughter). As I said earlier, the parent host brought out some cheese and put the pizzas in the oven. The girls all had a good time building their pizzas.
As far as the smoothies went – overall that went well. I included the girls in on how much of what ingredient to put in. The first batch came out a little tart. The parent host again, saved the snack by bringing out some honey to make the second batch of smoothies a little sweeter (but I liked the tart batch).
Overall the meeting went very well and I was actually glad that not everyone liked everything. It teaches them to deal with adversity and how they how to make the best of situations. They all handled themselves very well. I’m proud of my Brownies! As for myself, I learned to provide alternatives, not everyone likes hummus (although I’m not sure why, I love hummus).
It felt good to be back leading my Brownies and to see them again. Next meeting we will be covering our Potter Badge at an art studio, I’ll update you next time, until then…Happy Scouting!
In addition to the FREE Technique Classes for adults, Williams-Sonoma (one of my favorite stores, ever!) offers FREE weekly Junior Chef Class every Saturday. The classes show kids how fun and easy cooking can be. Kids learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.
For specific times and more details, find your local store> • Available at all stores; class times vary by store location. • Class size is limited – call your local store to register.
Here’s the Junior Chef Class line up for August:
*I Love Zoku / August 2nd – This class was such a hit – we’re doing it again! If you love slushies, popsicles and ice cream, then you will love Zoku. Join us and learn how to make these tasty treats. We will be taking pre-sale orders so kids can work with their very own Zoku unit and take it home with them after class. Suitable for ages 5-13.
*Fruits and Vegetables Here & Now /August 9th – Do you know why it’s better to eat fruits and vegetables in season? Join us for this class on understanding the seasons and your food. We’ll even teach you how to make a delicious seasonal sweet treat! Suitable for ages 9-13.
*Apple Snacks / August 16th – Get ready for back-to-school and learn how to make some great apple snacks. Why settle for simple sliced apples – when you can enjoy apple sandwiches and other tasty apple treats. Join us and learn how! Suitable for ages 9-13.
*Build A Better Panini / August 23rd – There’s a sandwich and then there’s a warm, melty and cheesy Panini. Learn how to make delicious panini sandwiches – even a sweet favorite with melted chocolate. Suitable for ages 9-13.
*Pizza Dough from Scratch / August 30th – Skip the carry-out pizza and have a pizza party for the whole family. Learn how to make delicious pizza dough – the start of a great pizza. Suitable for ages 9-13.
For me, walking into Williams-Sonoma is as much of a treat as spending a day at the spa. I could be there for hours. The beautiful cookware, cutlery, all the cooking gadgets and don’t forget the gorgeous La Cornue range (they always have one on display). Seriously, I pray that heaven includes a Williams-Sonoma.
Did you know that this wonderful place offers FREE Technique Classes every Sunday morning? They also offer Junior Chef Classes every Saturday. Yep, there is a legitimate reason to be at Willams-Sonoma at least twice week.
As for the weekly Technique class, Culinary Specialists show you some of their favorite tips and techniques and prepare and sample great recipes. (you can
gawk browse at the cookware afterwards)
Class sizes are limited. For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Participants enjoy 10% savings* on select same-day store purchases.
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.
*Sadly, the 10% savings offer excludes La Cornue (the gorgeous ranges), Le Crueset (my absolute favorite cookware), Mauviel, Shun, Wusthof, Miele, Vitamix, Breville, Kitchenaid Pro Line and WS Home, but you can use the savings towards anything else in the store (including All-Clad).
The following is a list of Technique Classes for August:
Sunday, August 3: Risotto has earned a place as a legendary Italian dish and is now a favorite outside its homeland as well. Risotto can be embellished with savory ingredients, including cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood, as well with as sweet additions like dried fruit and chocolate. As you’ll discover in this class, risotto will quickly become one of the most versatile and well-loved dishes in your repertoire.
Sunday, August 10: We’re highlighting our extensive collection of extra-virgin olive oils certified by the California Olive Oil Council by educating cooks and shoppers on the difference between olive oils, how to taste for quality, and how best to use these fresh, flavorful oils.
Sunday, August 17: Usher in the bounty of a brand new season with crisp apples! Learn how to make the most of this year’s apple harvest. This class will teach you which apples are ideal for cooking, baking or simply enjoying raw as well as teach you how to make delicious apple inspired dishes from homemade applesauce and apple cake to fresh-pressed cider.
Sunday, August 24: Celebrate the second harvest of this spiky seasonal vegetable – the artichoke. In this class, we will teach you how to prep artichokes for both cooking whole as well as using the rich artichoke heart.
Sunday, August 31: Focus on making the best pizza possible by mixing and matching seasonal ingredients for custom-made pies every time
We attended another Whole Kids Cooking Club class at Whole Foods. The Healthy Eating Specialist had two healthy vegetarian pizzas for the kids to create. One sweet and one savory.
The savory pizza was made on sandwich thins, hummus with shredded carrots, broccoli, romanesco broccoli, red and yellow bell pepper, zucchini and spinach as their topping options.
The sweet pizzas were made on flat sandwich thins made with with raisins and flax seeds. The topping options were peanut butter, almond butter, sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwi, blueberries & raspberries. None of the kids seemed to have a problem with any of these options.
The kids loved making their pizza’s. It was fun and easy for them to do. My little one always digs right in there and throws all the ingredients on her plate. The funny thing is, if I would have offered my 7 year daughter and 6 year grandson romanesco broccoli earlier in the day they probably would’ve said no. In a setting like this however, they were all more then willing to eat it or at least try it.
I recommend taking your picky eaters to Whole Foods for a Whole Kids Club cooking class. For $5.00, they provide a fun environment with kid friendly food ideas that empower kids to try new things.
Last night was our end of year celebration for my Brownie troop. The majority of the of my Brownies voted on having a “candy” party at the park. They wanted to eat candy, play games, to have no parents or siblings in attendance, have music to eat pizza and have more candy.
I went to target and bought brightly colored plates, napkins, tablecloths and cutlery that all went in line with their “candy” theme. I bought popcorn, cookies and of course, candy. My head was spinning walking through the candy aisle. I had text my co-leader to refocus. I kept walking through the aisle, I couldn’t think anymore. Not only is this stuff unhealthy, it’s expensive.
Thanks to her, I was able to refocus and complete the shopping. I ordered 2 pizzas from Costco and (for my sanity) bought a veggie and fruit tray, which almost all the girls ate.
Here’s my agenda for the party:
Pre-meeting: 15 minutes/6:15-6:30
Playtime at the playground
Opening: 5 minutes/6:30-6:35
Flag, Promise and Law
Snack/Dinner: 30 minutes/6:35-7:05
Pizza time/Candy time
Games/crafts: 25 minutes/7:05-7:30
Make Felt Pipe Cleaner bubble wands and have some bubble time
Family/Closing Time: 15 minutes/7:30-7:45
Pass out Badge Bags
Special Thank You’s to parents who went above and beyond
Here’s how the party actually went:
Bubble time (without the pipe cleaner bubble wand craft) playtime at the park, eat, playtime at the park, get badge bags, special thank you’s and it was over.