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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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Thoroughbred Thursday: Throwdown, Throwback and the Thrill of Success!

a smiling girl with missing front teeth and a woman with their hands on the same page of Braille
Lexi and Julie take turns reading alternate lines from the same Braille page. Lexi’s teacher wanted the two to meet and to talk about ways to read Braille as fast as possible!

It’s a horse race, for sure. It started this morning with the announcement that Laura was about to go on her support drop with Daniel. She made it back about 11:30, no problem.

Mickey has been working on her mini-meal – for fifteenn guests – for the past couple of days. At noon she served a penne spaghetti with meatballs to die for, and chocolate chip brownies big enough for your head stone. There were plenty of extras to go around, no sweat.

Julie has been excited all day about meeting 9-year-old Lexi to talk about Braille. Lexi’s teacher, Janet Anderson, brought her over to meet Julie and talk about ways to read Braille even faster. Lexi is an excellent reader and loves to read, so she and Julie have a lot in common!

In Philosophy Class today we watched the 1976 documentary film about the Iowa Commission for the Blind’s training center, “We Know Who We Are.” The film focused on the strategies used there by it’s then-director, Kenneth Jernigan in what was the most successful program in the country. The principles in that program are the basis of what we do at the Collorado Center for the Blind today, some 40 years later. No doubt!

Tomorrow the CCB Student Association is holding a pie-baking throwdown, so they auctioned off the claimants to each pie. Winner is the highest bidder on the pie that the impartial panel of judges chooses. If you’re a judge, there’s no way you can lose.

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Can a Geek Be a Good Cook? David’s Mini Meal

Well, yes! And a geek who is blind can be too, as David describes how he’s come from being only able to warm up frozen French fries to making Shepherd’s Pie for fifteen people.

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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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Lasagna from Scratch: Chaz’s Mini Meal

Chaz admits he was only a little above the average college student with respect to his cooking skills. Now he’s made lasagna from scratch and fed fifteen people witt it.

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Home Management Independence Training Program

What’s so “mini” about the #ITP Mini-meal? #LivetheLifeYouWant

Well, the mini-meal is “mini” in comparison to the final Home Management assignment in our Independence Training Program …
And it’s an interim step toward that final goal of cooking for 60 people. See, the mini-meal is only for fifteen!

Here, Suzie, Parker, Ellen and Lyne put their meals in motion and on the table in early 2017. They’re learning how to “take charge with confidence and self-reliance”

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Home Management

A Long Way from Where She Started to Confidence: CG’s Mini-meal

CG admits she’d done very little cooking before starting her training at the Center. Now she enjoys it, enjoys sharing with friends. Watch how calm she is as she prepares her mini-meal for 15 guests.

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Home Management Independence Training Program

18 Onions & What do You Get? Ryan’s Mini-meal & the Inside of Your Sleepshades Are Wet

Ryan admits he was pretty happy to be wearing sleepshades as he chopped the 18 onions it took to make his French onion soup. He is also now excited about cooking something other than “meat” since he came to the Center.

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It’s all ready: Brittany’s Mini-meal

Shrimp and French bread … Britanny is cool and in charge of her mini-meal for 15!