💭Dreams, Daisies, and Donuts

It is hard to believe that 6 weeks has passed since writing my first learning journey post. I decided to make another edible arrangement to wrap up the required course posts. Although this class is officially over, my edible arrangement creating most is just getting started. This skill brings me such joy and is a positive, productive way to channel my over active mind. I am the kind of person that needs to feel I have accomplished something each day, and having a tangible result helps bring me that. The icing on the cake, or chocolate on the fruit, in all of this is it brings joy to others as well. Creating the pieces is a small part of what makes me happy when practicing this skill, it is the appreciation for the art from recipients that really makes me feel proud of what I have created. I am blessed to be a part of the small community I live in and really wanted to be able to give back to those that give of themselves….the essential workers.

“Random Acts of Kindness” by Courtney Dirks is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

When learning a new skill does not always end up being the skill itself. Although I have learned many new technology skills, my biggest take away during this project is how small acts of kindness can change the day for the better. I remember watching and being inspired by the movie “Pay It Forward.” and the random acts of kindness trend that followed. I have been the recipient of small gestures in the pass and this was a way to continue to spread joy.

This weeks arrangement reveal….. “Dreams, Daisies and Donuts” Made for Slobodian Pharmacy

The process
Apple slice donuts!

My former boss loves donuts as much as I do! The apple donuts were created with him in mind.

The back story…..Last year I gave up my position, after 15 years, at Slobodian Plarmacy to focus on my education. John and Tracey have been pillars in my personal and professional growth. They are the fantastic employers that exude kindness and generosity. They have been one of my major supports in life. It is a blessing to have employers who start off as role models and in time become friends. They continue to check in and offer to help in any way they can as I pursue my dream of becoming an educator. I have been thinking about this piece since the very first bouquet I successfully created, it had to be perfect! I wanted to bring my blog title alive….Slobodian Pharmacy is the where I learned to have a voice, gained confidence as an individual, went through the hardest times in my life and continue to go to for advice – professional and personal.

I used many of the techniques I learned online throughout this project to create the piece, but I had a vision and true to my style, I dug into my creativity and this one came straight form the heart.

Now for the learning recap……

Previous experience: “Memories of my theme party planning days when the boys were little were flooding my mind as well as that feeling of joy an accomplishment I felt when pulling off that perfect cake or brownie graveyard for the playschool Halloween party, and how the boys eyes lit up with delight when they seen the finished product. While I have baking and decorating with icing experience, turning fruit (maybe veggies) into art will be a whole new experience.” (week 1)

Week 2 – cutting simple fruit shapes, have to cut fruit thick enough to stay sturdy, berries are temperamental, importance of esthetic arrangement, Mother’s Day, PicCollage

Week 3 – tempering chocolate, types of chocolate, chocolate as decoration, dipping methods, fruit can be used to create patterns! iMovie and YouTube debut

Week 2
Week 3

Week 4 – put apples in lemon juice to deter browning, importance of arrangement and plating choice, caramel sauce from scratch, drizzling chocolate, InShot created video and photo collage.

Week 5 – Keto baking, berries are a go on the Keto “diet”, the beauty of parchment paper, Canva for recipe cards 🙂 make sure you take time to treat those you love.

Week 4
Week 6
Week 5

Week 6 – strawberry roses!, scalloped fruit, change in arrangement options and my patience test, iMovie fairytale trailer, PicCollage, InShot video.

Week 7 – putting all I have learned into action, dipping cut fruit in chocolate, apples make such cute donuts, the addition of greenery (celery), cutting letters, grape wreaths, creatively bringing a vision to life…..thankful thoughts, work of “heart” ❤️💙

Week 7 – Final Project

“FUN + Learning = the best educational experience” – Tamara L. Chilver

“lifelong learning” by planeta is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0St

Stay tuned……..🌹🥝🌼🍓🌸🍏

“This is not the end!!! – it just starts another chapter of your Life Journey” – Khamosh zubaan

It is hard to believe I am sitting down to write my final #edtc300 Networked Learning” post. I chose the quote for a title as I do not believe the connections I have made during the short time in this class will end when the class has officially ended. The support I have received throughout this journey has been both humbling and inspiring. I believe that we get out of our experiences what we put in. I hope to keep connecting and building these relationships with not only those in this class but and my newly built PLN. I will take the knowledge I have incurred with me as I head into internship this fall. Before I go into the ways I have helped contribute to the learning of others, I want to thank everyone has helped me along the way in this process of learning to become more digitally aware and taking the time to reach out and connect.

Throughout this class I have participated in learning networks to connect with others on multiple platforms: padlet, slack, WordPress blogs, group texts, Twitter and contributing to zoom session conversations. Rather than link to the evidence of these conversations, please watch the video below to see how I have contributed to the learning of others which in turn helped me build and strengthen both personal and professional relationships. 👩🏻‍💻

“PLN-1” by cbucky is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

“Visual-spatial learners need to see to think.” – Bette Fetter 📖💭💡

created with Book Creator – page from Final Learning Summary

🍓🌹Strawberry Roses and an Ice Cream Garden🥝🍦

Hello fellow learning enthusiasts! I am finally getting around to those strawberry roses I have been wanting to create. I found a great video tutorial on a blog site called California Strawberries pick real that explained the process step by step. (even the name sounds yummy) My go to sites are Instructables and All Recipes, but I am looking to expand my favorites list. I appreciate when the resources I find have both a video and written method, as the one I used for this project. I like to watch the video first and then follow the written instructions with the images from the video in mind. I was amazed at how simple the process of carving the strawberries was and how well they turned out!

I was excited to take this weeks creation to the Quilly Willy Early Learning Center to say thank you for all they do! The roses were the perfect gift for the 6 staff. However, I could not forget about the reason we have the center, the kiddos. I browsed images on the internet and came up with some ideas. I was going to rely on past learning experiences as well as signed up for a free online tutorial from Nita Grill to make scalloped flowers from radishes. The description explained that the technique could be used with fruit as well. I was pleased to find a follow-up lesson extended for free using watermelon. The 14 lesson course can be purchased for $125.00. The tutorial did not end up working for the kiwi I had chosen to use this week, but I am still happy I took the time to learn the new skill. My chosen goal for the little people at the centre was an ice cream cone flower garden.

Inspirational screen shots
I am a messy creator
Final fruit creations!

I had so much fun making these whimsical creations this week! The smile of amazement on the staff and kiddies faces was worth every minute of the effort🥰

To end this weeks learning I challenged my tech skills and created a movie trailer to give you a preview to my final post! Hope you enjoy 📽

Trial and Error: You may have seen in the video the jar with the green liquid. My niece, nephew and I tried to make rock candy sticks to add to the flower garden. Unfortunately, the sugar all fell to the bottom of the jar and no crystals formed on the stick. I conducted some research and found that we may not have let the sugar stick dry long enough before we inserted them into the syrup, or we did not let the syrup cool long enough….we have yet to retry the process!

Genius Hour Potential💡

“Working in the Classroom” by Kathy Cassidy is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Last semester I read an article about the top 24 trends predicted for education in 2020. One of the trends was artificial intelligence. When scrolling through the options for our “Hour of Code” assignment my interest was caught by AI for Oceans. It triggered my memory back to the article and a conversation I had with Yohan in a Zoom breakout session where he was talking about AI in the classroom. While I have heard of AI, I was not familiar with how it worked. This code game was going to teach me how AI and machine learning can be used to address world problems….specifically stewardship of the ocean. The site nicely laid out exactly what I was to expect and learn from experience I was about to partake in:

AI for Oceans: Behind the Scenes

Levels 2-4 use a pretrained model provided by the TensorFlow MobileNet project. A MobileNet model is a convolutional neural network that has been trained on ImageNet, a dataset of over 14 million images hand-annotated with words such as “balloon” or “strawberry”. In order to customize this model with the labeled training data the student generates in this activity, we use a technique called Transfer Learning. Each image in the training dataset is fed to MobileNet, as pixels, to obtain a list of annotations that are most likely to apply to it. Then, for a new image, we feed it to MobileNet and compare its resulting list of annotations to those from the training dataset. We classify the new image with the same label (such as “fish” or “not fish”) as the images from the training set with the most similar results.

Levels 6-8 use a Support-Vector Machine (SVM). We look at each component of the fish (such as eyes, mouth, body) and assemble all of the metadata for the components (such as number of teeth, body shape) into a vector of numbers for each fish. We use these vectors to train the SVM. Based on the training data, the SVM separates the “space” of all possible fish into two parts, which correspond to the classes we are trying to learn (such as “blue” or “not blue”).” – *TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM DDDDDDDDDDDDD

Check out my experience!!!!! (watch in full screen to see better:))

I played the “fish” game 2 more times after I completed the first round and received my certificate! I was curious to see how my results would change by what I taught the computer to recognize as fish and not fish. The results portrayed a tangible way to see how what we teach the computer is the evidence it accepts as real and uses in the future to acquire results. I also played and changed the amount of information I gave the computer to use in assessing for results. The more times I labeled the images as fish or non fish the more accurate the computer was able to categorize the images.

This experience made me think of coding as a Genius hour project and the benefits of the integration of human and technological environments. Genius hour was another top trend for education in 2020. This would be a great way for students to be introduced to a new topic and learn through inquiry and exploring code in a self-paced and self-directed manner. Students would learn the importance of coding. Coding provides opportunity of students to learn resilience, problem-solving skills, expands creativity, learn about technology and how computers work and the important lesson that being successful takes practice. This could potentially expand job opportunities in a future immersed in technology.

I plan to continue exploring artificial intelligence and coding with the completion of additional Hour of Code experiences to further learn and become more fluent in the concepts. (plus it is addicting and FUN!) I look forward to integrating coding into the classroom with both online and offline experiences by using activities like the coding with cards activity.

Resource Idea

“Scratch coding cards” by dullhunk is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Thinking Outside the Box Connecting Literacies

“CDL five” by hj_dewaard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Hello readers! Thank you for taking the time to drop by. I chose this image with a specific intention to start my blog today. Part of my teaching philosophy is ensuring I using a diverse range of resources to reach multiple learning styles. It is so important that every student has the opportunity to tap into their strengths as learners, and I personally find images help in connecting information to a central idea. I could have chose to write about what it means to be digitally literate, but found the image summed it up better than I could have rambled on about, and we have talked about the concept in class. When completing my pre-internship days in a Grade 3 class I found that students were more engaged when they had opportunity to share ideas and information and a great way to do this is with graphic organizers like the one I chose above.

Working with the students in Grade 3 was rewarding and I hope to be in a Grade 3 or 4 class for internship so I am going to talk about how I can teach students at this age to be digitally literate and connect those literacies to other areas of learning. The Grade 3 ELA curriculum directly connects to digital literacies. Outcome CR3.2 View and respond to grade-appropriate visual and multimedia texts (including videos, cartoons, illustrations, diagrams, charts, maps, and posters) explaining reactions and connections as well as visual features that convey humour, emotion, and mood. This outcome made me think about of class lecture and the Four Moves and a Habit resource (link provides a pictorial representation), also found in the Web Literacy for student fact-checkers resource by Mike Caulfield. The Habit: Check your Emotions – Move 1: Check for Previous Work, Move 2: Group stream to the resource, Move 3: Read Laterally, Move 4: Circle back. I can take these moves and rewrite them into student friendly language and then provide resources for students to fact check and analyze. The student friendly cartoon about George Washington’s teeth would fit perfectly into this Outcome as well as lead to potential Social Studies content. Do the students know who George Washington is? Having the students play the telephone game, like the birds, after introducing the cartoon and talking about how the media and digital images are not always real and look at the strategies they can use to determine what is real and fake may be an authentic relatable way for students to see and understand just how mixed up stories can get when we only listen and trust the voice of one person rather than the collective group or multiple resources.

Another example to use and tap into the humor and emotion aspect of the outcome would be the house hippo to bring awareness to digital literacy and the importance of media smarts and how important it is to critically think about what is real and what is not. A good resource to I found start the conversation is Break the Fake Animal Quiz for Kids.

The NCTE is committed to connecting English literacies to socio-cultural realities. “Our task is to support the work of teachers as they work closely with their students and their families to build classrooms where everyone has an opportunity to participate in the conversation with a renewed consciousness of worth and possibility of their own language use and the literacies that they share. ELA Outcome CR3.1: Comprehend and respond to a variety of grade-level texts (including contemporary and traditional visual, oral, written, and multimedia) that address: identity, community, social responsibility and make comparison with personal experiences, along with Health Outcome USC3.6: Distinguish between examples of real violence (e.g., schoolyard fights, shaking a baby, bullying) and fictional violence (e.g., cartoons, world wrestling entertainment, video games) and determine the influence of both on health and well-being, could be combined to talk about social responsibility, digital citizenship, and the importance of being able to distinguish between what is real and fictional and extend and scaffold that learning into social justice issues and the media with the use of current world examples pertaining to digital literacies and teaching the critical literacy skills crucial to living in an connected “on and offline” and post-truth or “fake news” world.

“Wordle of my Ed.D. thesis” by dougbelshaw is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Side Note: Cloud or word bubbles (as seen above) are another great way to brain storm collectively to introduce, research and discover new topics of study to create a pictorial representation.

Digital Identity Super Sleuth

This weeks topic of discussion in class was social media and our digital identities. What exactly is a digital identity? I found the following video that simply explains the meaning behind this term.

It is crazy to think that we live in a world where who we are as individuals is what we portray online, “our footprint on the web.” – Eric Stoller. I have been hesitant about personal posts on social media accounts and tend to share other thoughts, rather than express my own, especially recently since I entered into the education program. We have been cautioned about participation on social media accounts as one wrong post could hinder our chances of employment. The image below is how I was beginning to feel before this class!

“Quit Social Media” by mrkrndvs is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In the video “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life” we hear about a young woman posting a Tweet and waking up to a digital nightmare. One comment taken out of context, although probably a mistake, ruined Justine Sacco’s life. The mob mentality or cyber vigilantism had fellow Tweeters short of wanting her head served on a platter. One mistake! She lost her life a she knew it, and gained an anxiety and depression disorder. “Good people make mistakes.” We need to remember this when participating on social media and critically think about what we are reading and empathize for those that unfortunately made their mistake for the world to see. The idea that as digital citizens we take pleasure in someones else pain is a misuse of power. “The internet was a place where the voiceless people could have a voice and now has turned into a surveillance for society.” –Jon Ronson This terrifies me. It also serves as a reminder that we have to be digitally aware of what we are posting and ensure we are portraying a positive online presence.

A question posed that had me reflecting is ” What version of you online is the most true?” Previous to reading an article about having multiple online identities I would have had a very different answer. I would have argued that you should be posting authentically, your online presence should not differ from your offline life. I understand now that I too use different platforms for different reasons. My Facebook and almost non-existent Instagram are where I connect with friends and family. My newly acquired Twitter account is where I portray more of myself as a professional building my PLN. Just like in my “real” life different events involve different segments of life. As much as I can see the benefit of having multiple accounts for the same platform I cannot imagine keeping track of them all. As I commented on Morgans post Investigating Our Digital Footprints, I quite often can not remember the passwords I have for the accounts I have! So to answer the question, every part of my online presences is the most true, just in different segments of my life.

“Different sites, different audiences, different purposes. Very simple.” – Nicole Lee

While online lives can be fun, educational, and enable us to build connections I also see how misrepresentation can portray a double or “Split” life as explained in the article about Madison. Her silent struggle with depression and the pressure to present herself digitally perfect. As the use of filters, only posting smiles and successes flood social media there is a message being sent that if you are not always happy there is something wrong with you. The need for acknowledgment needed and sought through likes and continual comparison to an edited identity can change our perception of what is real. It is important that we also use our platforms to be authentic and supportive, and debunk the myth that “Happiness is a choice.” As educators, we need to teach about digital citizenship (this link provides a visual) and not only critical thinking and analyzing, but acting on those thoughts by really looking at what is real and what is fake. We need to educate about our digital identities being what put out there for other to see and react to…..positive or negative intentions.

This week I was able to put the things I had learned about digital identities to cyber sleuth s classmate and analyze her digital identity. This process made me realize just how much I could find out about someone online. I was able to find educational backgrounds, family members, friends, pets, birthday, where she lives, what she liked according to Pinterest. She has multiple social media accounts including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and a WordPress blog…not from our class list. Stevie’s online presences portrays a well-educated young lady that loves her family and friends. Her pictures showed her being an active Auntie and having 2 pet cats. She likes to celebrate and takes time to go out and have fun. She posts I would guess an average amount. Stevie seems to use Instagram and Facebook as personal platforms and Twitter as a professional platform, as talked about in the multiple identities article. i would venture to agree with the article when it states that having “multiple digital identities is more normal than you think.”

“The notion that we have just one authentic self is a fallacy.” Nicole Lee

How many of you reading this post have multiple accounts on the same platform? Please feel free to leave a comment as I am curious and would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

I thought I would share this PowToon video. It is a good explanation as well and just in case anyone was interested and exploring this platform for the final learning summary.

Can Dessert Pizza Really be Keto Friendly?

“Berries” by JeepersMedia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Here is a little edible delight for all you Keto followers out there. The idea to do a fruit pizza came from a post shared on Twitter from a fellow classmate….if you are reading this please let me know who you are….I did not tag the post…..:( My partner follows the Keto diet with me tagging along when the urge strikes. I am not very good at any kind of restriction, but I try to do the best I can to support him. I have busy making fruity arrangements over the past few weeks while he observes. I figured this week I would broaden my audience a bit with a Keto dessert that he could actually eat! This weeks dessert was not leaving to a new destination, it was staying home to be devoured!

The Keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet where fruit is for the most part restricted. The exception to this is a small amount of berries, because they are lower in sugar content. I came across a tasty recipe from one of my favorite Keto sites: All Day I dream About Food. I have used multiple recipes from this site and feel with a name like that we must be kindred spirits.

Made with Canva – adapted from
Keto Cookie Pizza Recipe

This Fruit Pizza turned out amazing and was enjoyed by everyone, not just Dan. Next, week back to more edible arrangments to say thank you to essential workers! This one involves baking, ice cream cones, and carved strawberries! Stay tuned. 🙂

“Dessert is a necessity of life.” ― Adrienne Posey

Taking time to reflect…..

I have been thinking and reflecting about the assigned blog post this week. I am a stickler for projected deadlines and here I am 2 days later sitting down to write. I have sat at this computer on multiple occasions to write this week and stared at the blank white screen, expression through written word is a love of mine. The irony of this was not lost. My unwritten silence was deafening and frustrating, especially with what is happening around us and the gross mistreatment of POC, specifically George Floyd.

This morning I participated in an inspiring chat on Twitter called #CrazyPLN. The topic was “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable! Holding Thoughtful Connections, Educating Hearts.” I realized that it was OK for me to not have all the answers right now…I just need speak out, not be silent, to be honest and transparent with the right intentions. This personal statement reiterated that if I believe this personally, then I must take action and model it professionally, drawing from the support of my PLN on social media.

The question posed this week: “Do teachers have a responsibility to model active citizenship and anti-oppressive education in digital spaces?” The answer seems simple – yes. But why? This is what had me needing to take time and reflect upon. I want to make sure I am educated about what it is I am making a statement about. Choose my words wisely and authentically. Silence is not an option, but ignorance can be hurtful, intentional or not. While reading the article recently posted in the education post I read this statement: “We must commit to teaching in a way that totally disrupts and dismantles the system of oppression we have been operating within for over 400 years.” I needed to take time to reflect on my own personal bias and what I can do as an educator and an individual to be aware of those culturally engrained bias’. I need to acknowledge that I am part of the system and by not speaking out I am silently agreeing with the side of the suppressor. How could I teach, respect, support, empathy and love for my students and not stand up for their rights? Social justice is not only about equality but EQUITY (link provides image), it is about compassion and empathy, it is about caring for others more than I care about my myself, it is about acknowledging my place of privilege and a systematic injustice and using my voice to speak for those who are unheard, it is modelling the behaviour I want to see and expect from my student’s, it is about taking a stand and shedding light on the social injustices that continue to suppress POC.

During my years as an education student, we have continually been advised to be careful and rethink social media accounts, to the point where I felt I should delete any social media I was a part of. I now realize that access to technology is a privilege in itself. Rather than be scared of what may happen if I post or say the wrong thing, I need to be proactive in ensuring I am using those platforms in a professional manner. If I live in fear of saying the wrong thing or making someone uncomfortable, I will never be able to be a part of the change the world needs. If I do say something that after being enlightened I regret, it is more important to model the power of an apology and that it is ok to be wrong, as long as you take the steps forward to right those wrongs. This is why I have decided to not be scared to speak out and speak up about the uncomfortable topics, including racism, anti-racism, social injustices. I will do this by first educating myself and creating opportunities for the hard conversations in and out of classroom with students and well as parents, learning and unlearning through listening to people that are mistreated, underpaid, underrepresented, by reading and sharing resources, ensuring I am representing POC, admitting my place of ignorance, understanding that ignorance is bliss only when you have the privilege to look the other way, and support those being oppressed by posting on social media modeling a need for change and backing up what I teach by putting my words into action both off and online. This models the digital literacy our students need living in an online/post-truth world.

I would like to share a Facebook post from my cousins wife that resonated deeply with me, and gave me the courage to write this post. Her name is Michele Charles Gustafson:

AFTER THE BLACK SQUARE: It’s time for more. Go beyond posting a square without really knowing what it means or saying “I don’t see color”.

DO MORE: See that all of this does apply to you – town, country, city, rural, Canada, the US, and beyond. If you’re living, it applies to you.

DO MORE:Stop a friend who tells a racist joke about any minority. Halt a conversation that diminishes any difference. Commit to learning the reason for the pain of the one who’s had enough instead of looking at the behavior that comes from the anger. There are stories you don’t know (…). There is traumatic pain you not comprehending (…). This kind of “doing more” is the work inside the heart and the spot for the real change if that’s really your aim.I won’t pretend, Folks. I’m exhausted from dredged up pangs & pains, of slights, looks, comments, assumptions, expectations and judgements all a part of life as a person of color. This last week made me replay every last one I’ve experienced over my 42 years. (You know the feeling of grief after a death? Yes, like that.) Exhausting. It’s not an equal life. I need you to know that – no matter where we live, what smile we put on at the time you see us, or if we’re seen as “one of the good ones”. It’s not equal. And it’s exhausting. If you can’t see your way certain to “DO MORE”, or if what I’m sharing with you makes you uncomfortable in any way, that’s a signal to explore why. There’s more to your story in all of this. Bias is subtle, silent, and in you. In some cases, it even looks like thinking it’s not a part of your reality. It is. Look deeper. Explore it. That’s where lasting change starts – in the heart. ~MCG

I think that’s all I have to say for now.

Of Course it is Healthy, it is made with Apples!🍏

In last week’s post I experimented with making a video clip using an app called iMovie. I found it easy to navigate in terms of creating a simple video clip from a single video. This week I wanted to further enhance my skills in creating videos to document my learning process. After asking for suggestions from my peers in our Slack community I decided to try a recommendation from Tracey called InShot. I had not heard of this app before and was curious to see how it compared to iMovie. InShot not only offers the creation of videos, but picture editing and photo collage options. I hope to take more time to explore these options in the future. I currently use PicCollage for photos, but like the idea of having 1 app that suits multiple purposes. The images below show some of FREE options this app offers. Text color, font, music, stickers, tools, layouts, filters, effects….many free monetarily. Some require a little of your time in terms of watching ads to acquire that sticker you had your eye on. Add-ons such as add and watermark removers, and specialty stickers, filters, music and other options are available for purchase, but not necessary to complete basic projects.

collage made with InShot

With this app I was able to choose multiple short videos and upload them as one video file and splice and edit from there. The screen displayed easy access to editing options such as splicing, adding music or text, deleting unwanted segments, changing the speed or volume of the video segments as well as recording your voice to accompany the video with explanations or narrations. I decided to add text and music to the video I created this time and found it really added depth to the overall product. I will continue to use InShot for videos and collages as it serves multiple purposes.

Some examples of my video making process.

Last week I bought a bag of granny smith apples….my favorite! I just happen to love them with caramel sauce. I have never made caramel sauce from scratch and decided this would be my learning goal for this week. however, I wanted to find a way to incorporate the sticky treat into my fruit arrangement theme. My first thought was to make caramel apples, but i also wanted to scaffold on my chocolatiering from last week. While scouring the internet for recipes, one of my favorite pastimes, I came across a delicious idea….Caramel Apple Nachos! I found a couple recipes and a couple YouTube videos I liked and took tips from each. There was one particular blog site that I came across and favored called All Things Mamma. She supplied a detailed recipe with ideas for additional toppings as well as a printable version of the recipe and a video to watch. Sort of like a one stop shop! The one thing it did not supply was a homemade caramel sauce as she used a sundae topping, but I was able to find a simple recipe that turned out amazing. Hope you enjoy my process journey collage and video compliments of InShot as much as the Parkland Co-Op Admin staff loved their thank- you treat.

I’m into very colorful food. Obviously lots of flavor, but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to look great. The presentation has to be great.Giada De Laurentiis
You Tube Video #2 – 0 likes and still going to make another!!!!

I also tried out the app Canva this week, but was set on a video. Truth be told I am quite fond of the videos for showing the process of cooking and arranging. Canva does offer some unique options for recipe cards that I want to explore to make my boys family recipe books.

Any suggestions on video apps to try out or suggestions for an edible arrangement you have send them my way and I will try and check them out. Thank you for joining me on this pretty cool techy meets kitchen project 🙂