April 17, 2018

BB4CK Recipe: Apple Muffins

Apple MuffinsWe love making these delicious apple muffins at the BB4CK kitchen!

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup oil

1 tbsp. vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 cups diced apples (peeled and cored)

Brown sugar for topping (optional)

Preheat over to 350°F, lightly spray muffin pans with non-stick spray.

Cream together eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, mix until combined. The batter will be thick. Fold in the diced apples.

Fill muffin cups about ¾ full. Sprinkle muffin tops with brown sugar.

Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

April 5, 2018

Lunch is Love… Story from a S.W. Elementary School

A lovely note from a wonderful administrator at a S.W. Elementary School:

“Our students know if they don’t have a lunch, forget a lunch, don’t have enough to eat, etc… they can approach our lunch room supervisors and get something to eat. This takes pressure off a student who might be embarrassed to ask, because the students know its okay to access the sandwiches – that is what they are there for!

Brown Bagging provides food for some students who might otherwise have nothing to eat, the students are grateful. They are able to go back to class in the afternoon and concentrate better.

Thanks SO much!  Thanks also to your volunteers who deliver our bins every Monday and Wednesday. They are always so cheerful and friendly.”

April 2, 2018

April Volunteer Spotlight – Michelle and Lorelie

Lorelie and Michelle

Meet Michelle and Lorelie, two of our incredible Thursday morning core volunteers who are always ready to lend a helping hand at the downtown kitchen!

A year ago, Michelle started volunteering at the kitchen after learning about BB4CK through a corporate group volunteer.

“I’m a “Floater” so I help wherever I’m needed; prepping, sealing, packing. Each shift, I assist with the packing table where individual school orders are packed in preparation for the arrival of our lovely drivers… all before the lunch bell rings! The “real time” impact is fulfilling. I leave the kitchen knowing that within hours, a child who would have otherwise had no lunch is enjoying a healthy meal.  A full tummy makes for a happy, engaged learner… that feels good.”

Favourite part about volunteering in the kitchen? I love the sense of community… the kitchen “vibe” is great!

Favourite lunch as a child? The snacks! My Dad used to pack creative snacks and a hand written poem on a napkin… the variety of homemade snacks at BB4CK brings back great memories.

In January 2017, Lorelie started volunteering in the BB4CK Kitchen. She spends one morning a week with us, making sandwiches or sealing sandwich bags, packing the school bins, and helping to load the bins for the volunteer drivers.

I had heard about BB4CK through my previous Calgary employer and their community volunteer program. I knew BB4CK was doing amazing work, though my first exposure was when Michelle brought me along to the downtown kitchen to help out one morning. I started coming regularly after that first day. It’s been a real joy knowing that I’m helping to make a positive difference for kids around Calgary. It was a surprise to me to see schools in my own community benefiting from the program. I know that my time is valuable and valued. It makes me feel good to work with such a wonderful organization and for a terrific cause.

Favourite part about volunteering in the kitchen? My favorite part about volunteering in the kitchen is definitely the people. The mood is always light and fun with lots of laughs; it’s a great way to start the day! Everyone in the kitchen is keen to lend a hand to help, wherever it may be required at that moment. It’s a great team and very rewarding to work together to get the job done. 

Favourite lunch as a child? My favourite lunch as a child was a bowl of hot soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. I still love that today!

March 23, 2018

BB4CK Recipe: Cheeky Brownies

We’ve enjoyed making these Epicure Cheeky Brownies in the kitchen this month! To give them a try you will need:

1/2 Cup butter

1 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup cocoa powder

1/2 Cup Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 tsp  vanilla extract

1/2 Cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, add butter, brown sugar, and cocoa. Microwave, on high, for 1 minute to melt butter. Remove from microwave and whisk until smooth.

Whisk in Greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract, followed by flour and baking powder. Whisk until evenly combined.

Coat your brownie pan with cooking spray, add batter and bake for 12–15 minutes to desired firmness. Let cool before serving.

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