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July 29, 2017

BB4CK Recipe: Raspberry Lemon Crumb Muffins

Looking for a great new muffin recipe to try this weekend? We quite enjoyed making these raspberry lemon crumb muffins in the kitchen!

From the Creme de la Crumb Blog:Raspberry Crumb Muffins

Muffins:
1¾ cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup plain greek yogurt (or substitute sour cream)
1¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Lemon Topping:
1 cup flour
⅔ cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
8 tablespoons butter (melted)

Raspberry Crumb Muffins (2)Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
2. Make the crumb topping by stirring together flour, sugar, and lemon zest. Add melted butter and stir to combine.
3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a larger bowl mix eggs, greek yogurt (or sour cream), and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated (don’t overmix).
4. Fill muffin liners 1/2 full with batter. Top with raspberries (about 4-5 raspberries each to cover the batter) and then distribute topping over the raspberries.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean (a few loose crumbs or bits of raspberry are okay but no wet batter). Allow to cool in muffin tins for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

See the Creme de la Crumb version here.

July 26, 2017

Meet BB4CK’s Finance Coordinator – Louise

“I am so happy and honored to work with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. One of our basic human needs is food and our community is doing everything possible to provide lunches to as many hungry school children as needed. Brown Bagging’s goal of no hungry kids is portrayed everyday with ambition, creativity, innovation and determination. Being in finance, I report successes and help plan spending. It is so refreshing to work for a non-profit organization who is so conscious and appreciative of what we do and especially of our volunteers and donors’ contributions. This is what I love about being here at BB4CK.” – Louise

July 13, 2017

BB4CK Recipe: No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

NoBakeChocolateOatmealCookiesOn warm summer days like these, chilled no bake cookies are the best!

To make No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies you will need:

1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup creamy Peabutter or WOWBUTTER (or peanut butter)
2 teaspoon vanillaNoBakeChocolateOatmealCookies Fridge
3 to 3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

 

Mix the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder in a saucepan.
Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute.
Stir in the pea butter, vanilla, and oats and drop onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Cool until cookies have set, about 10 to 15 minutes. (We pop ours in the freezer until cool!)

To cut down on sweetness use only 1 cup of sugar.

June 19, 2017

Youth Taking Action to Feed Kids in Their Community!

In September of 2016, a group of 12 students at Juno Beach Academy started creating lunches for hungry teens at two neighbouring schools. Each week of this school year the students and staff at Juno Beach came together to create 50 lunches! The program coordinator, M.J., shares:

“The Returning Grade 12 program is a program for severely disabled 18 & 19 year olds who are not yet ready to transition to adult services. The focus of the program is to facilitate learning and preparation for life after high school.

The primary focus for students is to build skills in the areas of community engagement, transit skills, work readiness, life skills, communication and social interactions. Each student has a work experience in the community, supported by Vecova work coaches. In addition to travel training on city transit, the group practices work skills and life skills including making lunches for students in need.

The BB4CK program allows these young adults to learn how to make a sandwich, count veggies/snacks, learn about a nutritious lunch, proper food prep and hygiene, work in a group, follow directions, become competent and confident, be a leader, and feel good about giving back to our community.”

One volunteer, Alla, is a Syrian refugee who arrived in Calgary with his family about a year ago. “Alla has Down Syndrome and only spoke about 6-8 words of English at the beginning of the year. He quickly learned sign language from 3 of our deaf students. He can now express himself using English or sign language quite well. Through the BB4CK program, Alla has been exposed to different foods and knows how to make/pack a nutritious lunch. He is now always willing to try some new food. He enjoys making the lunches and is quite proud when he finishes a task.”

At our recent AGM, Kim from Vecova shared a presentation about how volunteering positively impacts Vecova students. View her presentation in the video below.

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