Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Turkey Tuesday

Call me "Crazy Turkey Lady"...that's how I feel, anyway. For my Basic Foods classes, I purchased 4 turkeys for a total of 70 pounds. I hauled them all in last Friday, so we could discuss how much to buy and how you need to plan ahead, to thaw them in your fridge for 3 days.
Yesterday, the students and I prepared the turkeys and had them ready in the oven roasting bags. Today, they needed to be in the oven around 4:30 a.m. to be ready for 1st block. It's a little eerie at school, by yourself, that early in the morning!
Then I went to the grocery store to get everything else that I needed. This is what the cart looks like with potatoes, corn, gravy fixings and juice for 70 people.
When I got back to school, the aroma was amazing. You could smell the turkey all over the building!

I invited our Assistant Principal and Resource Officer in to carve the birds. I asked them to talk about the family tradition of having the oldest man in the family carve the turkey. Our Assistant Principal taught sociology for years, and did a nice job talking about families and the importance of honoring traditions.
The students made desserts yesterday...a Chocolate Pudding Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cheesecake and Apple crisp...

It is usually against the rule for teachers to post pictures of their students on the world wide web (however, most have Face book), but this sweetie asked me to take her pic...
...and since she is a friend of our daughter, I included her...
...she and all the students were so excited about the meal that they had prepared themselves!


M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Okay so I thought I was the only crazy teacher around!! Once upon a time I used to roast a turkey for my class and buddy class....60 kids....by the time I got home, got my family fed and kids bathed and in bed, I would prepare the turkey, put it in the oven and then set my alarm to get up at 2 a.m. and take the turkey out of the oven...then I would set the alarm again for when the turkey was cool enough to put in the refrigerator...then the lunch ladies were nice enough to heat it up for me for our feast in the afternoon. Of course the kids were dressed as Pilgrims and Indians...(I think I said that yesterday...)

Our feast is tomorrow and with just 20 kids I settle for deli turkey slices, mashed potatoes, corn adn we make the pies and cornbread tomorrow in class.- How wonderful you incorporate the VP adn officer into your feast...you are a great teacher :)

Happy TG!

GinGin said...

Looks like a wonderful Feast. I know the kids had a great time preparing everything, and they so need to have your classes. We are missing that in the school where I teach now. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. GinGin Check out my blog with prayer request for a family. Thanks

Renna said...

That is such a worthwhile class you're teaching, Natalie. I wish I'd learned to cook in high school. I wish I'd learned to cook before getting married!

You really go the extra mile for your class. Everything looked scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

It turned out awesome ! That is something they will never forget ! Wow ! You got to have Thanksgiving with your family twice ! Lucky girl !

MSM said...

I've said it before, but I'll say it again - I think I'd have turned out to be a better person if I'd had you for a teacher when I was young!! Your students are so fortunate, and it sounds like such a wonderful school.