After I pulled myself together each morning and the girls arrived, it was a wonderful 3 hours each day. So you might be wondering about the Mini Martha? Well, it was a cooking and crafting camp so I thought what better than to get straight to the source of all cooking and crafting things... Martha Stewart. Out of all the new experiences I had with these girls, the one thing I had not imagined from this week, was the amount of defending I would have to do of Ms. Martha herself. Almost daily, I would have a conversation that went something like this:
Camper: Mrs. Taylor, did Martha Stewart go to jail?
Me: um, well.... yes.
Camper: Is she a bad person?
Me: um, well, no. She didn't necessarily hurt anyone. um, well, she made a business mistake and got punished. But, she sure has rebounded!
This seemed to be good enough of an answer to satisfy their curiosity and we could move back to cooking. Note to self: you can be cooking and crafting mogul, but one short stint in the slammer and it will be hard to get that off the top of the list when people hear your name.
Okay, back to the point...
I wanted to share all of our fun cooking adventures with you. I had 6 fifth graders and 6 sixth graders and they were all amazing little chefs!
First things first, we had to make aprons. We took a field trip to the computer lab and learned how to create our monogram in Power Point and then ironed them on to our apron.
We put together our serious looking chef hats so we good get down to business with different doughs.
It was time to learn how to make royal icing and perfectly iced sugar cookies. I simplified things by picking up cookies from a local bakery and we worked on icing most of the morning.
Today was called "hocolate everything!" We literally dipped everything from fresh fruit and pretzels to fortune cookies and potato chips in chocolate.
We squeezed out fresh lemon juice and pureed strawberries for our fresh strawberry lemonade.