Awko Taco (using LOOM for the first time)

I decided that I was going to use a video recording program for a tool or app I have not used yet, to document my baking process!

This is what Loom looks like on a desktop

TALK ABOUT AWKWARD!

I first started with Flipgrid, and I quickly realized that I would only have 5 minutes to make my video and I knew that I would need more time. Next, I went to the list provided to us by Katia and thought Fotobabble would be cool! Fotobabble, allows you to take pictures and do voice-overs over top of the picture! I started playing around with the app, but I could not figure out how to make it into a movie or something that gave it some flow! Although, I do think Fotobabble would be a great resource in the classroom for online learning especially if your students were learning how to read. You could have words written and they could try them, but if they could not read them, they could listen to the voice over!

THEN LIGHT BULB MOMENT! I have seen many of my professors use LOOM! So, I downloaded the app and got my baking ingredients prepped to make my video of fame and potentially my new journey into baking videos! (haha, as in my video posted you can sure see how awkward it is to do your first ever baking video recorded!

Pink and white cotton candies
Photo by Julie Luke on Pexels

LOOM was SOOOO EASY! It gives you a step by step how to do it on my phone! I turned on the microphone, allowed access to my videos and pictures and hit record! Three…Two…One…  It was recording and there I was AWKWARDLY talking about cotton candy cupcakes in my cotton candied coloured sweatshirt!

Here is the Loom app on my Iphone. The countdown before it starts recording and when you are done you just hit finish!

Loom would be a great tool to use in the classroom especially for online learning! You could do video presentations of your daily lessons or upcoming assignments so the students have an idea of what is expected! If you were starting the year off it would be a great way to introduce yourself to the students and families ahead of time. You could use Loom to give feedback to your students, instead of typing an email or giving a handwritten note. The other thing I liked about Loom was that it is FREE! Loom can also be used from your phone and it sync’s to your Loom account on your computer! I took my video using my phone and logged into my account on my laptop and it was right there to start sharing!

Now, let’s get into a little bit about the baking process! I decided the best way to make this video as short as possible was to make a batch of cupcakes ahead of time. This way you can show the process and the finished product and you wont be recording for an hour!

The cookbook from Jenna Rae Cakes was SOO easy to follow, very reader friendly, and I highly recommend her baking book after just one use!

Here are some screen shots from my Loom video!

I totally just winged this video because I new if I over thought about it… it would be worse! The next one I would like to do without looking down as much, and less awkward pauses of silence– maybe have music playing!

All in all I enjoyed the simplicity of Loom, the cupcakes taste amazing and I MADE MY FIRST EVER BAKING VIDEO!

ps, the cupcakes were rated 7.5 and 7.9 from the boys! I gave them an 8!

Stay Sweet,

XOXO,

Miss Blenkin

Baking tip #5- Use a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done by sticking it in the middle of the cooked cupcake. If it comes out clean they are baked!

Will You be my Valentine?

Happy valentine s day text on pink surface
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Why not show off these delicious sugar cookies!!! I made these on Tuesday with one of my best friends Nicole. This was before I knew the new tasks for our #EDTC300, but I learned a lot from that day in the kitchen, so here goes the progress of sugar cookies (which are not for the faint of heart. I give Sydney Kawa credit for taking on strictly sugar cookies/ decorating for her learning project).

Nicole, shared the recipe she has found and loved on Pinterest with me and it makes the perfect, soft, but also chewy sugar cookies! and the best part NO CHILLING! I will link the recipe here: https://cookingwithkarli.com/perfect-sugar-cookie-recipe/

The Process: first things first, you need to cream the butter and sugar together (the recipe calls for 2 minutes, but we creamed ours for 10 minutes – this is one of Nicole’s secret hacks to make the perfect cookies).

Another hack Nicole shared with me is when adding the other ingredients for the dough, she includes almond extract for flavor!
When adding the flour to the dough, Nicole taught me to use a spoon to spoon the flour into your measuring cup. This leaves the flour light and airy and doesn’t pack it down!
We had a cute pup that really wanted to taste the cookies!! The dough should feel like playdough! You also need to roll it out 1/2 inch thick for larger cookies!

I want to mention that these are my new Pampered Chef cookie sheets! They are amazing. Cookies were cooked perfectly, easy clean up on these non stick sheets! Did I mention they are dishwasher safe?

This is how the cooked cookies turned out! Delicious right!

Ok, so now that the cookies are made we needed to make the icing! I am so thankful that I had Nicole for help during this whole process! I couldn’t of pulled these off without her.

The icing to decorate these cookies is “royal icing” which you add small amounts of water to get the “flood” consistency you desire to decorate. The recipe we followed is from Sweetopia, she has the cutest websites with all kinds of recipes she shares! I will definitely be using her website for future baking adevntours!

Flooding the cookies! You start along the outside then keep going till you fill in the whole cookie!
Our conversation heart sugar cookies! As you can see the yellow flood icing was not “floody” enough, we added more water to the yellow to get it to the right consistency.

I am beyond proud with how they turned out! I also learned how difficult sugar cookies are to make!

The boys rated them 7.5/10 (they both said sugar cookies are not their favorite’s, but they liked how soft the cookies were and the taste!)

XOXO,

Stay Sweet,

Miss Blenkin

Baking tip #4- Scrap off the dough that builds up on your rolling pin! this will make sure that your cookie dough is even and won’t continue sticking to your rolling pin.

Twitter is Growing on ME!

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I am not “techy” when it comes to Twitter, I also never really understood what twitter was about or the hype for it. I have other social media’s, I use Facebook and Instagram often, but for personal use or sharing my love of something! Twitter, I have found is a resource and community building tool! I do believe that I will continue using it to learn from others and build resources to benefit me as an educator.

I am slowly finding people and resources to follow, learning to re-tweet, sharing what I have found and enjoying posts from peers! I think one way I could include twitter in my classroom is sharing people like Garrick Schmidt and his land based education approach in my classroom to show my students the way he teaches and what he is doing for his school and community. I also think I could use twitter as a resource for parent/teacher communication or questions. I could tweet out the students assignments instead of handing out notes and the parents could receive them and be able to ask questions back instead of waiting to write a note to me the next day. I think it would be beneficial to share resources for parents and students to read about educational resources and strategies!

Here are some great examples of how to use twitter in your classroom!

https://elearningindustry.com/15-ways-twitter-in-education-students-teachers

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Saskedchat was a very neat and stressful experience for the first time. I enjoyed it, but felt a little overwhelmed! I know, the next time I join a Saskedchat I will be less nervous and be able to go with the flow of engaging and responding to the questions. This type of professional development experience was different. When I think professional development, I think of conferences and presenters. I like that this type of professional development can be done anywhere and that it was free to attend. I also liked that I could engage how I wanted. I could either engage with others and their thoughts or I could include my own thoughts as well.

I will definitely be attending more saskedchats in the future! It was nice seeing some familiar names and learning from new teachers and experienced teachers. A wide range of knowledge and sharing their wealth of knowledge of tried and true tricks and resources that have worked for them in their classrooms.

Miss Blenkin

“Rising” up to the challenge

Here is a quick video to learn some tips about baking and the importance of ingredients.

Today is the day!

I made BUNS for the first time EVER! Initially, I wanted to stick to local and small business recipes, but turns out they protect their recipes like GOLD and I do not blame them! Baking is not easy, everything is precise and takes time. Some would say years to master a perfect recipe.

So, I took my search to Pinterest and found a recipe by Valentina’s Corner. I won’t lie, I choose this recipe by looking at the ingredient list and I had everything at home already to make it, so it was an easy pick.

When I started the process of making these pizza buns, I noticed that the directions were not as clear, especially for a first timer! I am really happy I made cinnamon buns last week and remembered details like lightly grease the pan you are cooking the buns in, sprinkle flour on the counter before putting the dough down – I did forget to lightly grease the bowl the dough was rising in though! The recipe also didn’t tell you how much pizza sauce, cheese, or meat to put into each bun. I wish there was more visuals on her blog as well, that would have been more helpful for the first time baker.

Now, with all that being said and with the tricks I used from the cinnamon bun recipe, these pizza buns turned out pretty darn good! My taste testers both rated them a 7 out of 10. (they quickly went back for seconds though, so I don’t believe their rating scale).

The process:

The ingredients for the dough and after the dough has risen
Making the filling for the pizza buns, and letting them rise again.
making the top to put on before baking
The pizza buns
They were light and airy, and so tasty!

XOXO,

Stay Sweet,

Miss Blenkin

Baking tip #3 – Remember to remove your jewelry before you start mixing together dough with your hands! (I did not remember this tip and spent some time digging dough out of my ring)

What’s that smell?

As the aroma fills my house of warm brown sugar and cinnamon I cannot wait to taste these dough rolls of heaven!

Like I stated last week I DO NOT BAKE! However, I found this local recipe from The Everyday Kitchen… They are located in Regina, Sask. Serving sourdough donuts, brown butter cinnamon buns, and coffee! If you are looking for an amazing sourdough or coffee house, check them out! A good place to start seeing what they have to offer is on their Instagram account.

I am trying to stay local or small business(ish) on my baking journey and I thought this recipe will be perfect for my first attempt in the kitchen. It says; that it is easy to follow, even for non-bakers!

@theeverydaykitchen

Brown Butter Cinnamon Buns! The icing will change your cinnamon bun life 🤪🙌🏻 #cinnamonbuns #bakery #baking #dough #coffeeshop #bakinglife

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The recipe is organized well and it breaks down each process step by step: attached is the recipe. https://www.theeverydaykitchen.ca/brown-butter-cinnamon-buns/

The Process:

This is the dough process. Activate the yeast, form the dough, wait!
After 1.5 hours the dough is ready!
The filling: roll dough flat, spread melted butter, add brown sugar and cinnamon, roll dough up, cut into pieces.
Let them rise once more, bake, make your icing of choice, spread that goodness all over!

Verdict is in!

THEY ARE DELICIOUS!

XOXO,

Stay Sweet,

Shana Blenkin

Baking Tip #2: If you do not have a rolling pin, like me! you can use any cylinder object. I used a glass to make these cinnamon buns.