Did you say Pumpkin Snickerdoodles??!

Virginia and Chris have put their heads together for this week’s blog!

” So we as Class 33 have now started on Nutrition and Controlling Foodservice Cost- how exciting!  We are learning five different books.  We have also been doing interviews with the amazing Dynae from WorkSmart.  She has been teaching us how to prepare for a professional interview and giving us leads for jobs and other resources.

Carmella came in this week and did Life Skills with us on turning negative thinking to positive thinking.  Like instead of thinking you can’t do something, bringing yourself or someone else down, think how you can accomplish anything you put your heart and mind to and have self-confidence; encourage yourself and others!  Being positive = thinking the best and not the worst!

It’s amazing having tutors to help us with certain subjects.  It’s been wonderful having support for education, working, life skills, and food!  What about those pumpkin snickerdoodles?!?!?



We are doing raffles each week for passing quizzes, not swearing, and participation.  This week Virginia, Chris F. and Chris B. won cups for the raffle!


Third week, here we come! Thank you for being good teachers Anne and Jackie! We love y’all!”

Let’s check in with Sonja! JB 32 only has one more week left?!?!?

Bakers blog Week 11
“I’ve often heard stories of my Norwegian grandma’s heavenly bread and dinner rolls. I’ve never attempted making homemade bread or dinner rolls, guess maybe I was a little intimidated by the process. On Tuesday Jim had us each make our own batch of white bread dough. Typically everything we make in the bakery is in a large batch, and made with the big commercial mixer. We mixed our ingredients in a bowl and kneaded it by hand. I believe Jim wanted us to learn the very basics of it, and why each step is important. By us each making our own batch, we can see what happens when the ingredients and methods vary. I found the kneading process to be the most challenging. Kneading by hand takes a lot of elbow grease, I broke a sweat. All I could think of when I was laboring with this batch was my grandma and how she did this over and over again until she was an old woman, and that I am just learning. I’m grateful beyond words that I’m being taught to do this, as this is such a tradition in my family.

After the kneading process we let it rise, or let the dough “ferment”.  After it doubled in size, we rolled out logs for our loaves and rolled balls for our dinner rolls. We each ended up with 2 loaves and 8-12 dinner rolls. We then put them in a nice tropical climate of 80 degrees and 80 percent humidity (also called the “proofer”) so they could double in size again. Baked them off in the big oven with a blast of steam at the beginning of the baking process to give them a nice crust. They came out beautifully! Took it home and made a pb and j, and it was AMAZING. I could see the pattern in the slices of bread, and it made me proud.


Baking bread was definitely the highlight of my week in the bakery, but we also did other cool stuff like make morning glory muffins, cranberry walnut bread, pumpkin snickerdoodles, and of course, lots of cookies. I also learned a little about cinnamon: did you know that the strength and flavor of cinnamon is measured by the amount of volatile oil?…. I’m always learning new things with Jim in the bakery. ”


And now for a couple more introductions to our students in JB 33:


“My name is Kole and I’m 19 years old.  I was adopted before I was born by my current stepparents Tom and Tammy.  When I was younger, I was bullied all through school mostly through name calling.  These names used to effect me, but now  it doesn’t hurt me anymore.  At a young age I joined Cub Scouts and 4-H. In 4-H I went to state multiple years for photography and public speaking.  In Boy Scouts we went camping a ton.  I got my Eagle Scout at the age of 15.  I struggle with confidence, but it’s something I’m working on and it’s getting better.  I really want to be a DJ/Music Producer in my future.  I have a few problems like I’m bipolar and have chronic depression and also have early stages of PTSD.  I’m trying to change my life around and become the person I want to be in this world, and even despite all my past traumas, I still love everyone.”


“My name is Alex.  I graduated from Poynette High School by Lake Wisconsin, where my dad built a house in 1980.  My mother divorced him when I was 11 years old and relocated to the big city of Chicago where I stayed during the summer.  While living in Chicago, I learned to play chess, break dance, fight and steal.  Jail and prison have been necessary interventions to keep me from total self-destruction.  Alcoholic blackouts screwed up my life.  Physical abuse has left me with an inner anger that rears its ugly head from time to time.  PTSD and depression have left me exhausted.  As I get older, I realize that time is running out and I need to start living like there is no tomorrow.”

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