Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Recipes

These are a few of the pumpkin recipes my students have tried this fall.  Hope you enjoy.  Let me know what you think

Pumpkin Pie in a Bag


1 1/3 C milk Graham Crackers

2 4oz boxes of instant vanilla pudding mix Cool Whip

1 15 oz pumpkin

1 t cinnamon

½ t ginger


Measuring cups 1 Gallon Ziplock bags Dixie Cups

Measuring spoons Rolling Pin Plastic spoons


1. Pour the milk and pudding mix into the 1 gallon Ziplock bag. Remove air.

2. Pass around and have the children knead the bag for one minute or until everyone has a turn and is well mixed.

3. Add the pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. Remove air.

4. Pass around and knead the mix as before.

5. Set aside.

6. Put Graham crackers into another Ziplock bag. Crush them with the rolling pin.

7. Give each child a Dixie cup. Have them put 1 – 2 spoons full of Graham cracker crumbs in their cup.

8. The adult then needs to cut a corner out of the Ziplock bag with the pumpkin mixture and squeeze some into each cup.

9. Put a dollop of Cool Whip on top.

10. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


¾ C brown sugar ¼ t ground cloves

¼ C vegetable oil 1 ¼ t ground cinnamon

2 eggs ¼ t salt

1 C pumpkin puree ½ t ground nutmeg

¼ C water ½ C semisweet chocolate chips

1 ½ C flour

¾ t baking powder

½ t baking soda


1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. (we set ovens to 390˚F)

2. Grease and flour muffin pan, or use paper liners.

3. Mix together brown sugar, oil, and eggs.

4. Add pumpkin and water.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt.

6. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and stir with wooden spoon till mixed.

7. Stir in chocolate chips.

8. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.

9. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.


12 muffins

Pumpkin Pancakes


1 ½ C milk 1 T brown sugar

½ C pumpkin puree 1 t baking powder

½ egg (beat 1 egg in a bowl and divide) ½ t baking soda

1 T vegetable oil ½ t ground allspice

2 T vinegar ½ t ground cinnamon

1 C flour ¼ t salt

¼ t ground ginger ½ C chocolate chips…. optional


1. In a bowl, mix together milk, pumpkin, egg, oil, and vinegar. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (dry ingredients).

3. Add the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture, stirring just enough to combine.

4. Heat a lightly oiled griddle. Read griddle directions for pancake temperature.

5. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ C for each pancake.

6. Turn when bubbles begin to form on top.


6 – 9 pancakes

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

FIrst Lab for Foods I

Today we had our first lab in foods and nutrition I.  They have been studying proper sanitation procedures, so to practice what they have learned they made tacos.  You might think this is a waste of time, but there are several important things students put into practice. They are handling raw meat with fresh produce, so it is important that they do not cross contaminate the foods.  E Coli can be found in ground beef, so they have to make sure it is cooked thoroughly, 165 degress.  Just getting ready for a lab is a big deal.They have to restrain long hair, put on aprons, wash hands with soap for 20 seconds, and wash off counters.  I gave them very little instruction as I wanted to see how well they could read a recipe and follow instructions.  I never stops amazing me how much I take for granted......terms like "brown the ground beef"; "drain the fat off"; etc.  Over all I think things went well.  They did, however; find out how fast the class goes by on lab day.

Friday, May 28, 2010

To My Seniors

Rascal Flats say it better than I ever could........................http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz32I_GbpeU.

I will miss you all.  Stop by and see me; my door is always open.

Jeremiah 29:11

~~~Go Tigers~~~

Mrs. P

Monday, February 8, 2010

Home Economics......Don't Leave School Without It.

Most of what I really need to know about life and what to do and how to be..... I learned in home economics (now called Family and Consumer Science).  I didn't learn it in calculus or physics or French..... I learned it in my home economics class.

This is what I learned...Choose foods from the food pyramid.  Avoid fats and sweets.  Keep your food safe.  Choose cloths to flatter your body type.  Clean and fix them when needed.  Budget your money wisely.  Shop sales.  Read labels, leases, sales and mortgage agreements very carefully.  Don't be a parent too soon.  It's also a good idea to married first.  Choose someone you get along with....then have the baby.  Nuture it, love it, give it the right discipline and know when to let it go.  Learn to balance work and family.  Learn to get along with others.....Learn to like yourself.

Think of what a better world it would be if we were all equipped with the life skills taught in home economics.....If we all had strong happy families.....Had balanced budgets....Could resolve conflict without violence.

It's still true, no matter how old you are....Whether you are male or female....What career you have chosen....It;s still best to go out into the world equipped with basic life skills.........

I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't.  This was written by Marilyn Swierk, 1993 National Home Economics Teacher of the Year.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Why I Teach

I can remember several years ago Mrs. C Sutton addressed students at graduation.  During her remarks, she commented on "finding your passion."  I try to stress that when I talk to students who are deciding what classes to take or what they want to do when they get out of high school.  Take me for instance;  I cannot imagine doing anything else.  I have my "dream" job.  Sure there are those days when I think I could find a less stressful job and not have any papers to grade at home or labs to prepare for, and we have all had days where we just don't see eye-to-eye with a student or two.   But ask anyone who knows me,  this feeling doesn't last long. So ...............my challenge to you is to take a good look at yourself and ask "what is my passion?"  You might be surprised. 

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Pride Runneth Over.........or something like that.

I found my blogging directions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Over the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of seeing former students. I always enjoy visiting with them, and my heart warms as they tell of their accomplishments. For some it may simply be getting that first job or buying their first new car. For others, they tell about their finals at school and how hard or "boring" they were. Still others come to see me in their full Military attire. No matter what they are up to.....I LOVE seeing them. I am so PROUD of them! Keep up the good work. Remember my door is always open.