This week I am finishing up my recipes, which means I have all of winter break to get my pictures and recipes out and into the book write program. I plan on using all my break to get stuff done, so when we I get back on January 8th ill have the book done. I have all my formatting to do not to mention editing and revising, but I don’t want this to take up my whole break. I feel as though ill need to de-stress a bit before getting straight back into work. I mean a girl needs to have a little relax time considering I’ve been so stressed out about this project for the past two months. But I am confident that I will get this done.
I’m lucky to have my mom to support me with this project, she’s been there helping me out with making some of the recipes while I’m at work. And she is constantly reminding me what I should be getting done as well. Having her helping has lowered my stress levels. But since I am done with my cooking I won’t have her help anymore. At this point I’m all on my own, adding pictures and writing out the recipes along with writing the story that goes with the recipes. And I’m really hoping that this break is useful in completing my project.
I don’t know how I feel about these organizational strategies. I know Mr.H and Mr. P meant well when they got us to do this little activity, but I don’t think many of us have taken a second look at what we chose.
Out of the three organizational strategies that I had chosen earlier this year, I haven’t really used them all that much. I mean it was a great idea at first, but I never really stuck with it. I feel as though I’m too busy to use them, between working two jobs, baking, and doing softball clinic’s I’d say “I don’t got time for that”. There’s only one that I can really think of that I have been using which is the “making sure your workspace in clean”. Most of the areas that I work in are already clean, which makes it relatively easy to use this strategy. As for the other two strategies, I haven’t used them. These strategies were a good idea, but it’s not for me. I mean I do need to stay organized better, but let’s be real, I’m not going to use any of them purposefully. If I do use them it would be at the end of the semester, when I’m feeling very overwhelmed with the presentation. Most of what I am doing for my project is done at my house, so during the day it’s my B task time. If I’m not baking and brining food into school I will usually work on my page layout for my book, or work on Gym assignments which isn’t all that stressful.
So all in all, it was a good idea, but it didn’t help me and I never used them, or even looked at them for a second time. Once we finished with the assignment I never used them again. although I am not using these methods, I still feel organized which is good, considering I thought iI was going to be super stressed at this point a couple of weeks ago. But hopefully everything will keep going as it is, and I will be able to finish the semester with a cookbook that is finished to my own personal standard.
My UVP is stressing me out! While making this cookbook we (Mr. Patrician, Mr. Hansen, and I) had decided when I first came up with this cook book, that I should have a Unique Value Proposition. I am doing “Recipes through the generations”, so I would be putting recipes from my grandparents. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still doing this from the theme of my cookbook. now I need to choose one of those recipes and make it my own, which is easier said then done.
With the whole UVP in mind Mr. Patrician had to add a bunch of steps to my milestone and action steps which I think will be very helpful. These new steps help fill up some of my empty days during my recipe testing period. while we were adding to my milestones and action steps we were also taking some away, and that included taking away a few of my testing workflows. Instead I will be taking one of my grandma’s recipes and putting my own unique twist to make it more of a modern-day dish. And I am still not sure if I want to change a sweet or savory dish, but that will come later. With all this talk about recipes we also decided it would be best to come up with a different feedback sheet that focuses for the specific recipe that is handed out. Instead of the sheet asking if the dish it good or bad it will be focusing more on the significant flavor of the recipe. So, now other than of handing out the same sheet every time I am going to have to make a new one for the recipe each time. Hopefully it will not take up too much time.
After having this conference with Mr. P I’m happy to say that I am on track with my Gantt chart and ready to continue making different food for my fellow propellers to try out and I am hoping to get some better feedback than “it was good!!!”
Writing a book is hard, but writing a unique cookbook is even harder. I have decided to create my own cookbook full of my family recipes. However, it will not just be me working on this project, I plan to have the help from Chloe and Kaylen to help with taking pictures and the organization of my book.
Two weeks ago, I had officially switched my project. I found that I was more interested in the actual baking part more than the decorating, while I was making my brother, Kyle’s, engagement cake. I talked with my teachers, Mr. Hansen and Mr. Patrician, to figure out what I was going to next, because cake decorating was something that I just wasn’t interested in. We had decided on making a cookbook out of all my family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
One of my fellow propellers, Chloe, was having a hard time figuring out what to do because most of her project work was going to be at night. As she is volunteering with refugees. She had come to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if she could help with my cookbook, of course I said yes. we spent Wednesday working on the name and cover of my book. I soon found out that I needed to come up with a unique topic before I actually created the cover.
I will be going to my grandparent’s house to go through all the recipes they have. I am going to organizing the recipes in the correct categorizes that go along with my theme.
Busy; that’s one word I would use to describe last week. I started prepping for my Proof of Concept (POC) once I had my conference with Mr. Patrician and Mr. Hansen. I thought that doing a POC was going to be easy, but as it turns out, I was wrong. I was busier than I thought I was going to be. I couldn’t just jump into baking and decorating a cake. I had to find recipes, buy all my ingredients, design the cake on paper, watch videos showing me how to decorate a cake, and had to practice my piping. All of this needed to be done by September 30th, which was my busiest day yet.
I had a lot of difficulties working on this cake. At some points, I just wanted to give up and buy a cake from the store because I was having so many difficulties that took me forever to get past. Some of the challenges were the actual design of the cake, though everyone liked the look of the final product it wasn’t way I wanted it to be. The cake design that was in my head and on the paper, did not come out in the final cake. Instead if it being the red, white, and gold I ended up with a yellow, pink, and white cake. The food colouring just didn’t want to dye the gum paste and buttercream for me. Instead of redoing the whole design I choose to work with what I had. Although this cake was a challenge, I also had many successes as well, one of which would be the piping of the roses. I learned how to make roses before, but I watched a lot of videos to refresh my memory on how to make them. I had spent most of Friday morning making flowers, and the more I worked on them, the better they got. Another success would be the cake itself. I had made a vanilla toffee cake with vanilla buttercream and a type of caramel called “Dulce de Leche” as the filling. This being my first homemade cake that I have ever made; I was happy with the outcome. Everyone and the engagement party was congratulating me on making such a good cake, and I don’t think I have ever seen I cake getting eaten so fast before. That was an accomplishment.
In the future, I am going to have lots of challenges to face. The biggest challenge I am going to face is going to be icing the cakes, I found that icing the cake was the hardest part. I want to be able to make the icing smooth and have neat corners and edges. I am hoping that the cake itself will be the easiest part of my path to my final project, because I found it being my favourite part out of all the steps I had done to make this engagement cake.
My first couple weeks of Propel have been great. when I showed up on the first day I thought we would jump straight into starting our projects, but the first few days I found we focused more on team building. I had a blast going to “The Real Escape” though my group was not able to finish we still had a fun time trying. I am definitely not a very outgoing person so I wasn’t sure if I was going to make any new friends that quickly, but I did.
But then the next week everything kind of go sprung at us, I mean it was nice to have group discussions but I boring just sitting there for most of the day listening to people talk. I’m one of those people that like to move around and do activities I don’t like sitting for a long period of time. By the end of the second week our first written assignment was due I like writing when it is creative writing but I hate writing about myself so it was challenge, I had spent most of the weekend trying to come up with ideas to write about. A whole weekend spent trying to write about myself but I was stumped I had nothing, it wasn’t until Sunday afternoon that I figure out my topic and started writing. I thought writing about myself wasn’t bad enough, then came to first presentation, and usually I am a nervous wreck being up in front of the entire class but I found that being in a class full of people that I knew wouldn’t judge me made presenting so much better.
So the first few weeks were king of boring and uneventful (other then the escape room) but I’m glad that this week has picked up a lot more and I finally get to start coming up my project ideas and hopefully by next week I will be able to put those into effect.