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Skippin’ to the End: The Final Gingerbread Project

29 Jan

So the bake sale for the teachers worked out quite well! I made chocolate biscotti and almond biscotti about 10 inches long and sold them for a dollar each earning me (ahem, the San Francisco Food Bank) a total of $25. They were all gone in three days. :)

For the student bake sale, I made a bunch of muffins – orange cranberry, lemon blueberry, and banana. Luckily, my friends Tina and Michelle made pumpkin muffins, banana bread (the banana muffins I made were such a hit, people kept on asking for more!), and miniature peacan chocolate chip cookies. I even sold bagels with cream cheese and bacon one morning. Let me just say that my friends and classmates were quite happy every morning this week. I can’t count how many times they asked if I had something to sell.

All in all, I ended up earning $75 for the San Francisco Food Bank! This is quite amazing since everything I sold was $.50 or$1 at the most. And that completed my bake sale. I enjoyed selling my baked goods to everyone at school. Amazingly enough, I’ve developed a reputation among my classmates and teachers for being a baker. And you know what, it’s a reputation that I don’t mind. :)

Anyway, so today I formally presented my gingerbread project and titled it, “710-720 Steiner Street: The Painted Ladies”. My classmates and fellow scholars were surprised at the size of the gingerbread. I’m not sure what they were expecting, but you can judge for yourself.

The Painted Ladies

Also, what do you think of the resemblance? Does it look like the Painted Ladies? By the way, I know that there are six, but I only had time to the first four (710-716).

The Painted Ladies - Original

 

To liven up my presentation, I decided to test the other students to see if they were listening to me. I had just been talking about the science of baking and what the different ingredients (like flour, sugar, eggs, and baking soda) do to the dough. After this slide, I took out little bags with four different kinds of gingerbread cookies from Betty Crocker’s gingerbread cookie mix. (I know what you’re thinking: a mix? My excuse: It was 10pm last night and I still had to finish my powerpoint so I stuck with the mix. I’m not proud, but it worked.)

I asked all the students to taste the cookies and try to tell which cookie was the original, the one with 1/4 cup more flour, 4 tsp more oil, and 4 tsp more baking soda/powder. Here are all the pictures of the cookies. Can you guess which  ones were which?

 

Mystery Cookie #1

Mystery Cookie #1

Mystery Cookie #2

Mystery Cookie #2

 

Mystery Cookie #3

Mystery Cookie #3

Mystery Cookie #4

Mystery Cookie #4

 

Okay, so the answer to the cookies are…

Mystery Cookie #1: Extra 1/4 cup more flour

Mystery Cookie #2: Extra 4 tsp baking soda/powder

Mystery Cookie #3: Original

Mystery Cookie #4: Extra 4 tsp oil

And there you go! How’d you measure up? :)

Before I end this post, I just want to post two more photos to remind you what it started it out as:

Constructing the first house

Marshmallow Trees

 

 

Bake Sale – Phase 1 Completed

14 Jan

So I’ve been working on my gingerbread project. You know, the Painted Ladies ones. And it’s been going pretty well. I have ended up only doing four though because the base board is too small to fit all.

But I’m here just because I’m really excited to say that I’m organizing a bake sale at my school! It’s really not that big but I’ve been doing the legwork all by myself – talking to adminstrators, fulfilling requirements/”legalities”, and even making fliers and announcements. It’s been somewhat of an overload but it’s all worth it.

I’m most excited about selling my biscotti in the teacher’s lounge. I don’t know of any other student who has thought of targeting the “teacher market” yet so I might be the first!

I’ve decided that I’m going to make the capucchino, almond/pecan, vanilla, and chocolate dipped varieties. Everyone I know who has tried them loves them so I’m hoping that they weren’t lying (har har) because if the biscotti are actually as good as people say they are, then I might get an awesome turn out.

As for the students, I’m baking tons of cupcakes. I’m thinking red velet, vanilla, chocolate, lemon, and anything else I have a recipe for. My friends Tina, Danielle, and Michelle were even nice enough to volunteer to make cookies or brownies. And my other friends Carolyn, Naomi, and Shanelle are helping sell.

I’m super excited at the idea that this fundraising event that I iniated could turn out well!

Gingerbread Houses Were Made for December

17 Dec

The blueprints and gingerbread house

In the words of my college counselor, I am taking a “university level Great Books” class, also known as Senior Seminar. In this class, I am given 100 hours to do something interdisciplinary that I have never done before. I originally thought of:

a) Making a telescope with real glass
b) Making a miniature, but human-sized planetarium
c) Making kites of different materials in different geometric shapes
d) Constructing a famous SF structure out of gingerbread

Well, when I factored in money, time, supplies, knowledge – and well, reality? – I ended up crossing out the first two:

a) Making a telescope with real glass
b) Making a miniature, but human-sized planetarium
c) Making kites of different materials in different geometric shapes
d) Constructing a famous SF structure out of gingerbread

And then when I factored in my REAL interest, the list looked like this:

a) Making a telescope with real glass
b) Making a miniature, but human-sized planetarium
c) Making kites of different materials in different geometric shapes
d) Constructing a famous SF structure out of gingerbread

And that was how I came up with my final plan: construct something out of gingerbread!

But what exactly? Ah, that question was easily answered: San Francisco’s Painted Ladies.

So, that’s what I’m going to be doing during December – making three of the houses – because January won’t give me enough time with schoolwork and all that.

I think the best part of the project is going to be holding a baking class for De Marillac Academy students, who if you don’t know come from San Francisco’s under-served neighborhoods. These students attend the middle school for free because their parents cannot afford to send them to school. My high school is technically the sister school, so I thought that I would follow in the Lasallian and Vincentian footsteps and help the middle school students out. After all, baking is an art and art is important to a child’s development.

Since I don’t have all the financial means to buy all the supplies and ingredients, I’m writing letters to Safeway, Lucky’s, possibly Trader Joe’s, and possibly Sur la Table. (I’ve taken several baking classes so maybe they would be willing to donate supplies to a worthy cause?) Anyway, I’m hoping this works out because this would be a great opportunity for these kids. They deserve it.

Anyway, since this is officially my last school day of 2010 – as someone reminded me the other day – I am now out for Christmas Break. Life’s good. :)