Mussman's Family and Consumer Science

This is a forum to talk about my high school Family and Consumer Science classroom.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ground beef and white sauce

Today is always a fun day.
FNII start off comparing the fat content and taste in a variety of ground beef. Amazing to think that hamburger has that much fat. Perhaps the students will remember later in life that they can decrease the fat in a variety of ways that will not change the flavor.

TL students hopefully will finish PJ pants. Imagine a modern world of children wear handmade PJ pants. The pride, the sense of accomplishment, yes those are still attainable characteristics of young people.

FNI makes white sauces. Each and every student will make a small batch of white sauce. The students learn that from a simple white sauce, they can create lots of wonderful dishes.

The basic recipe for white sauce:

Thin sauce
½ T. butter
½ T. flour
¼ t. salt
½ c. milk

Medium sauce
1 T. butter
1 T. flour
¼ t. salt
½ c. milk

Thick sauce
1½ T. butter
1½ T. flour
¼ t. salt
½ c. milk


1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Can be up to 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.
2. Medium sauces are used for pasta, thin are used in cream soups, and thick are used in souffles.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Already Tuesday!!!!

My club met today and we decided that we were going to have a little walking competition. We are using pedometers to track how far we walk over the next few weeks. If you are interested please feel free to let me know your daily distance.

The FN I students made pudding today using different kinds of milk. They not only had fun tasting all the pudding but they did a great job cleaning up. I am especially please with period 7. What great fantastic students. I think the rest of the milk unit will be fun.

FN II will be experimenting with beef starting tomorrow. Most students find the different fat contents of ground beef to be interesting.

I am hoping to have many more completed pairs of PJ pants from the Teen Living students.

Personal comment:
My son gets home from his trip on Friday. I am very excited to see him and hear about all of his grand experiences.

Friday, April 28, 2006

It's Friday

My students just spent the last three days participating in the Love is not abuse curriculum. I hope that this meager attempt to educate teens about teen dating violence works to break the cycle of violence. Please feel free to use the following link to find out more about the curriculum or to get more information. http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/ I worry that many of the students think that this could never happen to them while at the same time they make comments about the abuse that their partners give to them now. I am going to get the book Breathing Underwater to have in my classroom as yet another tool. Next week we will be back to the three different preps. I have to admit that I too am looking forward to having them cook and finish the sewing projects.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What Great Students








First, I must attempt to load the pictures from yesterday. WOW!!!! I still have one more picture from this group. I will try again. OK Everyone is posted. All of the kitchen groups did a fantastic job making their lemon meringue pies. Yummy!!

This is the first pair of completed PJ. Pants. They too look fantastic.

I am so proud of all of my students. After school yesterday was the JV track meet. So many students from the area schools were competing. After track, I went to watch the Lacrose team. Again, so many students involved in the game. I

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cooking and Sewing

The students in FN II will be making lemon meringue pies today. This will be their fourth pie lab so I am thinking that they are learning to be pretty good pastry chefs. I love to watch the pie labs because they attack making the pie shell as if they have not a care in the world. Most use shortening as the fat. Today I thought that I would remind them that lard is available. Yesterday I was suppressed to find out that a few students knew nothing about using a double boiler. A brief review is definitely in order for their future success.

Here are a couple of sites that explain when and how to use a double boiler:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-double-boiler.htm
http://www.baking911.com/howto/waterbath_prepare.htm#A%20Double%20Boiler:

Teen Living students will be sewing today which should give a few of them a sense of completion. Many pairs of PJ pants will be finished or atleast very close to being finished. A few pictures of finished products would be fun.

FN I students will finish their fruit pizzas. Much fun and eating will be done by these students. I love this lab and the joy that it brings to the students. This is the first time many will get to use their creativeness in the kitchen. All of the results are beautiful. Pictures of the completed pizzas are a must for all participating students.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday evening learning to create a blog

Taking another professional technical class so that I can be a better teacher. I was thinking that this "BLOG" would be a great way to talk to students, parents, and just about any other person who is interested in FCS in north Idaho.