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Holiday Treats for City of Littleton

Casey, Mickey, Brent and Holly in the CCB lobby holding trays of cookies to be delivered to our City Offices

The holidays are here! Today Students and staff set out to deliver treats to our friends across the City of Littleton. Of course, the cookies andpeppermint bark were all made by our very own students. Blind people give back, too!

The first deliveries were to the City of Littleton’s City Manager’s office, Public Works and Police Departments. Assistant Director Brent Batron led that expedition to say thanks to officials of the city that has welcomed us for the past 18 years.

Later in the afternoon, Home Management Instructors Maureen, Delfina and Dishon took treats to staff at Target on West Bowles Ave. Our students regularly shop there. In fact, after the delivery they did some holiday shopping with their instructors.

Tomorrow Chris Kinney will deliver some more treats to Bed, Bath and Beyond which has generously given us a grant of weekly boxes of goods. This has helped us get all new pillows in our apartments, shower curtains and sheets.

Back at the Center today, there was a flurry of other activities. We’ll share those in the next couple of days.

Delivering plates of cookies, Brent, Holly, Mickey and Casey are pictured with members of the City Manager's staff
Brent, Casey, Holly and Mickey deliver a plate of cookies to the Public Works department
Casey, Brent Mickey and Holly deliver a tray of cookies to the Police Department

Brent shakes hands with a staff member from the Public Works Department while Holly presents a tray of cookies

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A Last Look at CCB Thanksgiving 2017

Starting with a little turkey structured discovery right up to the point where we start stuffing our faces, when the videographer puts away his camera to get in line. Even journalism has its natural limits.

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Plenty to be thankful for: Our 2017 #Thanksgiving Feast!

Lia, Ravi, Mason S. and Masson M. prepare four large turkeys to go into the ovens

There was plenty on Thursday, November 16 – plenty to eat and to be thankful for at our 100-percent student-prepared Thanksgiving Feast!

It’s tradition at the Colorado Center for the Blind to hold our own Thanksgiving feast before we break for visits to family and friends on the official holiday. Our students cook it all with the guidance of our unparalleled Home Management staff, and there are always a lot of “firsts”.

For example, every year there are students who have never seen what a turkey looks like just out of the refrigerator. So on Tuesday, with serving gloves on, students examined and explored the four turkeys that eventually became our dinner.

And on Thursday in the buffet line Casey was happily talking about the gravy he had made.

“I’ve never made gravy before,” he said. “I’m going home and make gravy all the time now!”

Or words to that effect.

After the meal, Director Julie Deden asked everyone to share one thing that they are thankful for this year. Forced to make that choice, the great food fell back in the top ten. Instead, the top items were family and friends, improving health, the gift of being at the Center at all – both for students and staff. More than one mentioned that they were thankful for Diane McGeorge who founded the Center in 1988. There is no question about it, something special exists at the Colorado Center for the Blind that is shared by the teachers with their students and by the students with other students, and it is something that inspires wonder and gratitude.

Like this meal, which is indisputedly part of the learning process. Preparations started a month ago, beginning with the pies (pumpkin and pecan), which were frozen. In fact, everything but the turkeys (four of them), hams (two) and 30 pounds of spuds to make the mashed potatoes and Casey’s gravy were made in advance and frozen.

We had two hotel pans of sausage stuffing, two hotel pans of pineapple stuffing, a pan of creamed corn and one of green bean casserole, two kinds of sweet potato dishes, dozens of homemade dinner rolls and of course lots of cranberry sauce, also homemade. The dessert table had the pies and cheesecake bites made by the CCB Student Association. The only things not homemade were the sodas and apple juice.

It was a wonderful meal that we shared, that every student had a part in creating and working toward on the team. Yes, plenty to be thankful for …

By the way, the gravy was awesome!

Having removed the upper rack, Lia puts this large turkey into the oven
Chris H. and Vicki wearing oven mitts arrange large hotel trays of food on L shaped tables

David K, Anthony, Nick, Robert, Christina and others enjoy a huge variety of appetizers

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Pie-day Friday

There are always firsts at the Colorado Center for the Blind. For example, today Casey, a relatively new student, went on his first independent route to Romancing the Bean. Sure, he’d been there before, but not traveling on his own. And that’s what makes it a first.

Adia has been at the center since August, and last night she cooked her dinner party – for herself and five guests. This afternoon, Cody completed his mini-meal – it’s only for 15 people. He served Mississippi Pot Roast over smoked mashed potatoes and homemade bread.

What makes the pot roast “Mississippi?”

“A whole lot of butter.”

Adia, Melissa and Tyler (with 2 thumbs up) showing off their pies
And this afternoon the CCB Student Association is hosting the first-ever pie contest. There are seven student entries, and Julie, Daniel and Vicki are the judges.
Julie, Daniel and Vicki Judging the pie contest

Cezar with his pie
Lia cutting her pie

 

Late Breaking!

The seven contestants and their pies were:

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with Chocolate crust – Lia took second place
  • Carmel apple – Melissa
  • Tropical Mango topped with nuts and whipped cream – Cesar
  • Key Lime – Zach P.
  • Raspberry Pie – Adia
  • Cherry Pie – Tyler.

But the winner, baking his very first pie, was Justin with a crispy apple, proving that sometimes it’s hard to beat the simple basics! First prize included a new rolling pin.

J.D. awards Justin his prizes

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A Farewell Wave to Our Alabama Friend

a woman wearing sleep shades uses her cane to maneuver in the Travel Lobby.
By Thursday, Jessica was challenging herself to travel independently between classes while wearing sleep shades.

We want to give a farewell wave to Jessica Edmiston, who spent Monday through Thursday here at the Center, not just observing, but working under sleep shades all week, going to classes with student mentors and working on the basics of Braille, Assistive Technology, cooking and travel. And as it happened, she was here to witness three graduations, including partaking of the meals prepared for 60 by the graduates, and the awarding of their Freedom Bells!

It’s no small deal for Jessica to take a week to do this, since she’s the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Birmingham Regional Center Director. That’s a long title, and it has a lot of responsibility to go with it, but her center contains a recently established Structured Discovery program, which is (the methodology and philosophy we employ here at CCB, called the Alabama Freedom Center for the Blind. Jessica clearly has a commitment to the deaf and blind Alabamans her program serves, and that includes the Freedom Center for the Blind. We were very glad to have her with us this week!

By the way, she was an excellent student!

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Sleepshades, Cinnamon Pudding Cake & Seniors In Charge May 2017

Steve works with Janet to learn the Braille Alphabet using a muffin tin and tennis balls

You wouldn’t have needed to be told that Dorine’s Cinnamon-Pudding Cake was an award-winner if you had been anywhere near the Center’s kitchen this afternoon. It’s our spring Seniors in Charge week, and we have five dynamic seniors determined to keep living the lives they want. This afternoon, of course, they were cooking and baking under sleepshades, and the smell of that cake had mouths watering out in the lobby and beyond!

Sleepshades are optional, though encouraged, in the five-day training for seniors. This group is pretty game though, and all are giving them a good workout this week.

All five, along with some of our Senior Services staff, are staying in our apartments, traveling back and forth to the Center on the bus every day. They’re learning cane travel, Braille, technology and of course the tricks of cooking and cleaning up without vision.

The group come from all over Colorado and as far away as Portland, Oregon. The week wraps up on Friday morning with the Friends and Family gathering.

Sally wears sleepshades while chopping Bell Peppers
Nick stirring a pan of ground beef and freshly-chopped onions

 

Holly and Janet reading Braille Books
Dorine holding up her award-winning Cinnamon Pudding Cake

Holly and Petr returning to the Center after a Cane Travel lesson

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Serena’s homemade applesauce for a snowy spring Saturday

a smiling young woman holds a quart jar of amber appplesauce

Believe it or not, the forecasts were correct, snow came in Friday night and is still falling Saturday morning of the last weekend in April. So here’s a warm thought. Serena made applesauce from scratch on Thursday in Home Management – peeling, coring, chopping, cooking and putting the mixture through the food processor. She’s got her hands wrapped around the still-warm quart jar of the golden stuff in the photo above, and she’s probably enjoying some of it this morning!

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A Menu with Flair: Ceci’s Mini Meal

Tilapia and ratatouille were served to fifteen with flair for Ceci’s mini-meal, but that was no surprise!

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And No One Left Hungry from Julie’s Mini Meal

Julie admits she’d barely cooked at all before coming to the Center, but now she’s cooked and served a meal for fifteen!

And no one left hungry … no one!

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Taking Charge of the Deep-fryer with Confidence & Deliciousness! #LivetheLifeYouWant

On Tuesday all four Home Management classes took charge of the deep-fryer, making a “copy-cat” chicken recipe. Watch to see how things turned out!