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

♬ Ocean Floor – Cyril Hahn Remix – Teen Daze

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.

“Feedly” my Knowledge!

I knew right away that I wanted to find blogs or resources that will help build my knowledge around students with disabilities or adaptations in the classroom. I am also searching for other educational tips/or tricks that will help me as a first year teacher. With my previous experience of being an Educational Assistant, I know that it is vital to have my classroom as inclusive as possible!

I was not having much luck with my “keywords” on feedly, but thankfully, @Trista Kennett was able to help me. She suggested that I google search first then enter the ones I found and liked onto feedly. That seemed to do the trick! I also have many teacher friends from my previous experience who share on facebook or who I can asked what blogs/books/articles they have found helpful and add to my feedly account as I go.

Having a community of like-minded people sure is a wonderful thing!

One blog that I really enjoyed viewing and reading is called “The Inclusive Classroom.” It starts off by giving 10 strategies for teaching different ability levels in the classroom. Nicole Erdicts, creator of the blog says: “begin with the right mind-set. All the students in your class are YOUR students.” I really love that statement. Each student is unique and different and we need to celebrate all our students’ success no matter how big or how small they are. The Inclusive Classroom has FREE resources, keynote speaker session you can arrange and many strategies to help guide you in the right direction.

An overview of all videos developed for Inclusive Learning: Everyone’s In, highlighting the indicators of success in eight schools across Edmonton Public Schools.

Another area I was interested in learning more about is why play has such an important role for our students and how we should view play in our classrooms. I think as educators we think that academics are EVERYTHING, and we forgot to let kids be kids and learn from one another! The blog Classcraft shows us 10 ways students learn through play. I will list them here and if you want to see the descriptions just click the link to go their page.

  • Communication
  • Listening skills
  • Social skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Physical skills
  • Motivation
  • Spatial ability
  • Predictably
  • Reflection
  • Connecting experiences

I hope that the resources I shared help you in your educational journey. I am always looking for new suggestions! Please send them my way.

Thanks,

Miss Blenkin

For the Love of Baking!

Actually, I would say I am more of a “I like to eat the baking, but not so much do the baking.” Mmmm icing (inset drool). That is why for my EDTC300 class I plan to learn how to become the next great at home baker! Now, I would say I am a decent cook… not to toot my own horn or anything, but the difference between the two for me is following directions AKA recipes. Turns out ingredients are important in baking and that is why they are listed! Haha, who would of thought!

I know I will have to start small and build my skills up. I would like to start with something easy –banana bread, no bake cheesecake etc. I reached out to the Twitter world and have had some great suggestions (and some suggestions that absolutely scare me… LIKE CROISSANTS! AHH, don’t those sound hard and delicate to make?) My goal is to potentially be able to make my own wedding cake from scratch (I have marble in mind) and be able to decorate it!

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@jennaraecakes

Drip drip dripppppp. Watch us do our ganache and salted caramel drips on some of our most popular signature cakes! #jennaraecakes

♬ Gravity – John Mayer

I did receive the Jenna Rae Cake Cookbook this year for Christmas as I talked to a previous student from EDTC300 who said that this was one of the projects. If you aren’t following these two twins, that have a passion for baking, I highly recommend you start! Although, hate to disappoint you! They are based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. So unfortunately, we Sasky’s don’t have immediate access to their amazing looking treats unless we try do them ourselves. I will also use online recipes to explore this world of baking! I really enjoy watching TikTok baking videos and recipes from Tasty!

I recently hosted a #pamperedchefparty for a friend and was able to load up on a whole bunch of baking goodies! They should be here soon! So, now that I have the equipment you can find me in the kitchen… when I’m not doing homework of course!

https://www.pamperedchef.ca/pws/rebecca21

Thanks for following!

Stay SWEET!

XOXO,  

Shana Blenkin

Baking tip #1– If you ever get eggshell in your bowl, all you need to do is wet your finger and place it next to the shell. The shell will gravitate to your finger for you to remove it easily.

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Thanks to @WebsTheFox, I will be trying to make some bagels from scratch during my process.

Introduction post

HEY… I’m new here!

I am Shana Blenkin and I am in my 2nd year of Early Elementary Education. Not only am I feeling like a “newbie” in University, but blogging is definitely a new avenue I will be venturing down this semester with you all!

My family

A little bit about me… I was previously an Educational Assistant at a little town along highway 1 called McLean. I worked there for 8 years and absolutely adored my time with the students. I was fairly connected to them and leaving that comfort was beyond hard! I live in Regina with my fiancé Spencer and our pup Walter! We are trying to plan a wedding during Covid and are very, very hopeful we can say “I do” this July!

Here are some of the people that have had a major impact on my life and the reason I am taking this new journey into Education.

I do not have much experience with educational technology… I would say that building my Edusites blog in year one and having one class last semester where we learned what “categories” are and we were able to have class discussion posts is all I have used thus far.

I personally, think blogs can be GREAT! I also LOVE<3 the idea of an educational blog for when I am a classroom teacher to further my knowledge and to connect with others to learn from them. Building connections and relationships are something I strive for and something I truly believe will help me in my educational journey.

Who doesn’t like to have tried and true resources available? or some teaching hacks to use?

Please follow along with my journey in #EDTC300 and also add me on twitter…which is also a work in progress! tweet at ya later 😉