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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
I went to the store today to find all the ingredients I need for my first batch. I thought it would be a quick trip to the store, but I was wrong. The trip took an hour because I was not going to the simple things like milk and eggs that are in large quantities, and everyone knows where they are located. I had to find all the special ingredients like baking soda and other items I never thought would be in a cookie. Finally, after checking out, I checked the time and an hour has passed by already.
The trip I took to the store was pretty annoying, but was good to finally get it over with. Finding the unnatural ingredients was a horrible and took double the time because I could not just look at signs that say baking items or eggs, I had to go aisle to aisle checking for the smallest items. I was worried the whole time that I may pick up something that had milk in it or even eggs thinking that it was what I wanted, so to help me from that nightmare, I stopped and read every direction from every item I picked up.
7:15 pm -7:45 pm
I called my facilitator tonight to get some advice before cooking my first batch of cookies. I have never actually baked cookies from scratch. She gave me plenty of great tips about mixing the ingredients and creating the best dough. This took some time because I had no background experience, so some of the things she was saying to me sounded like a different language.
I was a little nervous when calling her because to me, she is a professional in this field, and I am already shy as it is, so I had to come out of my shell a little. In the end, the phone call was a lot easier than expected because she did all the talking, so I only had to listen, and I consider myself a good listener. The only struggles I was anticipating was her asking me to do things while on the phone because I was not prepared to bake, physically or mentally.
Here I am on the phone with my facilitator getting told all the small things that go into making a good batch of cookies. It was nice to hear from her again. I enjoyed having a conversation with someone I haven’t seen in years.
8:15 pm -10:00 pm
1 hour 45 minutes
I have all the ingredients together to create my first batch of allergy free cookies. I am going to have to read the directions closely to make sure I do not mix the wrong things together or items that should not even be in the cookie. The hardest part was not even putting the ingredients together it got tough after they all mixed because it got extremely chunky and I was not the easiest to separate, but I did it in the end. This would take most bakers under an hour, but I was being cautious, so I made no mistakes.
I was a little excited that I was finally getting able to bake cookies on my own and not my mom making them. I was a little annoyed at how the dough came out because it was not fun to mess with, and I kept telling myself I did it wrong. This process was just as difficult as I thought with all the different liquids and powders surrounding you that you may have never used, so you do not know what it is going to do.
Here are some unorthodox ingredients when baking cookies. In the end these tasted good. It was not as hard as I thought.
10:15 pm – 11:30 pm
1 hour 15 minutes
I have finally started to bake the cookie dough I created for myself. In the past, I have had problems with my oven like leaving it on or just not using it right. I only put half the batch in the oven for safety purposes, and it all paid off because in the end, I burnt the bottoms of the cookies. I started to wait so long I got a little bored and went to the other room to play games with my family causing me to not check as often. When I went back, they looked great until I took them off the tray and saw the bottoms. I ended up putting the second half in and stayed by the oven the whole time, and they came out perfect.
I was nervous when starting this part because ovens can be a dangerous machine, and I did not want anyone getting hurt or anything really bad happening to the cookies. Luckily it was only burnt bottoms. I overcame that problem by saving some of the dough as a backup which paid off in the end. It was tedious that I had to bake the cookies twice, but it was worth it in the end because I made a successful cookie without milk, eggs, or peanuts.
11:30 pm – 12:00 am
Now that the cookies were out of the oven, I gave them a little time to cool off then we can do the fun part. I got to decorate the cookies, but I didn’t do it alone. It was the holiday season, so I let my siblings and cousin help in the decorations, so they could enjoy the Christmas time, too. I did not know how to spread icing at all, so I am going to have to ask my facilitator if she has anything that can help me do that without making a mess.
This part was fun because I got my family involved in the Christmas spirit and made some holiday cookies. I was bothered that mine were the worse, so I ended up keeping them without icing so everyone can see it still looks like a normal cookie. I was anticipating some awesome design that would blow everyone away, but I got the opposite. After a little bit of help and practice, my cookies will look as good as they taste.
These are the decorated cookies I made with family. It was a good time to test out my new recipe. I enjoyed making cookies with the family.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I got home from school and decided to research some types of allergy free cookies to try out now that I have some background experience. Researching did not seem to take long, but while my slow laptop and want to find that recipe that is just right, it can take a while. After a lot of searching on many different websites, my mom came to me with the recipe perfect. It was a milk, egg, and peanut free cookie from The Walking Dead.
At some points during my research, I did become a little angry and annoyed because I could not find that one recipe. Also there were other times where I thought I found the one, but there were nuts or eggs in it, so I had to start all over. The joy my mom had on her face when she showed me the cookies that my brother could have and is from her favorite TV show is what really got me to use that recipe. So that gave me a lot of joy, too, because my research was finally done for now.
Here I am on my slow laptop holding a ball to keep me busy while looking for a recipe that will taste good and fit me perfectly. This was extremely boring at times.
I went to the store to get all the things I would need for this new recipe my mom found. It is usually easy to go to the store to get a few ingredients, but when you are looking for the unusual, it gets a little harder. This is because I could not find the things I needed like a gallon of milk in the refrigerator. I easily got some ingredients like baking soda and powder, but once it came to something called shortening, which is something I have never heard of, it got a lot tougher. After a lot of searching, I have finally found all I needed and went to check out.
It was a pretty calm trip to the store even though at some moments I was wishing I was at home doing anything else. Finding things in the baking section was the fun and easy part because it was all there waiting for me. When the shortening came up on the list, I was looking all over the store in all aisles, but in the end, it was hidden in the baking section all along. That was the one moment that did not make me very happy.
Here I am at shopping at Publix. I got annoyed because I could not locate the shortening. It got a little frustrating when I didn’t know what I was looking for.
Two and a half hours
After going shopping and having some dinner, I had my kitchen ready to bake a batch of cookies. I got out all the ingredients I would need and laid them out in the order to use them. I had the directions in front of me, and everything seemed to be going well until I stopped myself thirty minutes in. I noticed I was just putting the ingredients in a bowl and not in the correct order. I dumped out the stuff, washed the bowl and began again making sure I read all the directions. This time it went perfectly and I soon had a batch of cookies that I was ready to enjoy.
This part stresses me out because I never want to make a mistake that can end up ruining the cookie or worse, hurting someone with an allergy. So the whole time I was extremely cautious about what I did. Then I messed up making me a little angry, but at the same time, I was having fun with it, so it made me laugh, too. The other part I hate is when the cookies are in the oven, and you have to check over and over again to make sure they are not burnt. But in the end, I was very happy with my results.
I am mixing all the wet and dry ingredients together to make the batch ready to put on the pan and bake. I actually had fun.
At this point I had to let the cookies cool off a little and have people test them. Of course, I was the first one to try them because I was the one who made them, but I was not disappointed. I then gave them to my brother who has all the allergies, and he did not hate them so it was an improvement.
I was a little impatient when the cookies were cooling off because I really wanted to try them, but the joy on my face when they were finally done, and my brother liked them, was a very good feeling.
It was now time to clean up all the ingredients and the mess I made on the counter. Compared to last time, I did not make a giant mess, but it was still something that took time to complete.
Nobody likes cleaning, so it was a little depressing and annoying how I had to run all the ingredients back to the pantries and wash all the excess sugars and dough off the counter.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7-7:30 am
My facilitator has a tough schedule compared with mine, so we did not get to see each other as much. But I made sure to wake up extra early to drive by her work on the way to school, which was a good choice. She had a great conversation with me about all the cookies I have made and where I was going to go to college. In the end, I made sure to get a picture with her, so I can get the grade and get to school on time. On my way out, she told me to make sure my parents meet up with her again.
I was pretty nervous walking in because I have not seen her a lot. One time I was asking questions and the others I was around ten years old. When I walked in, she was all happy, and the other people who used to watch me told me how big I got, and it has been so long. So in the end I had a good time talking to Cynthia for real this time.
Here I am finally getting to have a conversation with my facilitator. It was surprisingly enjoyable.
Tuesday March 14, 2017, 5:30-9 pm
Three and a half hours
I know I am going to have to make some big batches for stand and deliver and senior boards. So I ended up making three batches to get me in the routine to being able to clean up fast and start the next batch right away. I also tried something new to the cookie because the first time I made these cookies, they tasted a little bland. So I decided to roll the dough in cinnamon and sugar to make it a little sweeter.
I was not looking forward to baking a lot of cookies because I had multiple assignments due soon, so I was stressing out every now and then. But I did well managing my time when I got home. The whole kitchen was soon full of cookies, but my first batch ended up being some of the best.
Here is the first batch about to come out of the oven. At first I also thought they were burnt, but the cinnamon, sugar, and milk-free chocolate turned them dark. These tasted better than my first batch. I liked the taste of this batch.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 9-10
This hour was for the final clean up and the tasting section. I made a pretty big mess this time; there was flour on the counter and floor, and I also spilled some sugar. After I cleaned up, the cookies were still cooling off, so I gave them a couple of minutes until they were just warm. I called my brother downstairs to try the cookie, and he told me they were not bad, which I am taking as a compliment because he does not always want me to succeed.
Cleaning was a big pain in the butt because there was sugar and flour everywhere, and whenever I thought I got it all, I would feel some more on the counter. Later I was getting impatient when waiting for the cookies to cooldown because I wanted to try out the new taste, and I think the wait was worth it. They do not taste like the best cookie in the world but they were still tasty. My brother took a bite knowing I was taking a picture and smiled saying not bad.
Here is my little brother who has milk, egg, and peanut allergies trying out my new cookies. Telling me they were not bad gave me a good feeling of accomplishment. I was happy to hear that he liked them.le and have people test them. Of course, I was the first one to try them because I was the one who made them, but I was not disappointed. I then gave them to my brother who has all the allergies, and he did not hate them so it was an improvement.
Here is the first batch about to come out of the oven. At first I also thought they were burnt, but the cinnamon, sugar, and milk-free chocolate turned them dark. These tasted better than my first batch. I liked the taste