November 19, 2010

It's Not Thanksgiving Without Pumpkin Pie!

Do to limited kitchen availability next week, today ended up being our culminating Thanksgiving activity: home-made pumpkin pies!  After a few days of learning about Pilgrims, Native Americans, Turkey dinners, and the importance of giving thanks, I thought it was appropriate that they try this traditional dessert and get a real taste of American life!

About 15 minutes into first period, I became concerned when I noticed the consistency of the pie crust being mixed by my youngest student.  It just looked way too watery, and even though I am no baker, I knew something wasn't right. 

"How much water did you add to that mix?" I inquired.

She picked up the measuring cup and showed me the line indicating 1 1/3 cups... one cup too many!  Yikes!I knew this wouldn't work, but I wasn't sure how to solve this problem.  You can't make pumpkin pie without the crust, and I didn't have the luxury of running back to the store for more mix.

Thankfully, the FACS kitchen is right next door, so I ran over to ask my coworker what we could do to salvage our pies.  She graciously offered to give me a new recipe as well as the supplies from her kitchen to bake a new crust from scratch!  How nice was that?!

I am happy to report that the pies turned out perfectly... and made the whole room smell simply delicious!  I was also very pleased that we had enough pieces to serve all of the ELL students and staff in our building.  I thought it was a great way for my newcomer students to experience a bit of our culture and to show their appreciation to their peers and teachers. 

Unfortunately, 2 of my 3 newcomers hated the pie.  But at least they can say they tried it, right?  And, they were happy enough to eat the whipped cream and accompanying cranberry sauce (once again, I am thankful for their flexibility here). 

Bonus: I nominated the FACS teacher for our "Bulldog of the Week" (staff award) for saving our pies, and she won!  I'm so glad that she will be able to enjoy rock star parking for the next week as a reward for her good deed!  Yay for good karma!

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