Taking a Bow

I’m just going to go ahead and start with the highlight of the week….on Wednesday we took our Management test…and all of those who took the test PASSED the test!!! (taking a bow). I can say that was not an easy task to accomplish.  We’ve been hardcore studying and taking in so much information, in such a short amount of time.  I’m so proud of us!  Not only am I proud of us, I’m grateful for the team of support we have around us.

Tuesday we spent time in the bakery.  Just Bakery will be at this year’s Taste of Madison event, so we started prepping for that. They’ll be serving their award-winning Turtle Brownies and Lemon Tarts.  How lucky for us that we get to learn to make these awesome treats and that we will produce hundreds of them!

Thursday we were back in the bakery, this time learning with David.  We made croissant dough, which I am particularly excited about because, for years now, yeast dough has been my nemesis (along with hard-boiled eggs).  I made sure to ask a lot of questions so that I can make it perfect at home as well.  We also made big batches of chocolate chip and oatmeal cranberry cookies.

The next couple weeks is all about testing, testing, and more testing, which doesn’t sound very exciting at all, but it is a relief to finish a subject.  Less homework=lighter backpack!  Even though we had a major test, this week was a lot easier.

We started really putting together our plans for the Nutrition presentations next week.  We have to choose a topic we learned about in our Nutrition studies and present our project in front of a group of people from Just Bakery and MUM.  I am really looking forward to putting my project together.

Carmella did some Life Skills with us this week.  As we are all trauma survivors, life skills can seem like a foreign language because we’ve developed our own coping skills.  Learning a healthy way to communicate and live in the world around us is challenging, but we are learning and progressing.  Jan from Project Respect was also in this week. She gave us some study tools to help with our tests and to check in with us as well; we discussed resiliency and positive affirmations.

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We are at the halfway mark of our training, which has me feeling a little bit sad.  I love coming to class every day , the people I’ve met, and our experience together.  We are a family.

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We found some fun ServSafe review games that got the students all fired up!
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Tenishia and Linda gettin their hands in the dough!

Thursday, August 23, is our next information session.  If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining our program, come on down to learn more!  The session is from 12-2 at 1708 Thierer Rd on the east side of Madison!  If you have any questions, you can call us at 608-598-0420 or email jaclyn@emum.org (instructor) or carmella@emum.org (program coordinator). Next class starts September 10!

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