Frozen Holiday Treats

first_imgFor those who love to prepare meals during the holidays, relieve some of the stress associated with cooking by preparing and freezing holiday treats in advance. Freezing prepared foods allows you the satisfaction of homemade meals with the convenience of store-bought ones.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has tips for those who plan to freeze prepared food.Freezing will not improve the texture, flavor or quality of food. It only acts to preserve the food’s quality. This is why you should only freeze high-quality products.After cooking the food you plan to freeze, cool it quickly to keep the food safe to eat. Place pans with casseroles and stuffing or dressing into shallow ice baths, for example, if you baked them in nonbreakable pans. Disposable foil pans are a good choice; they can then be dried off and used as the base of the dish to wrap for freezing. Stir hot gravies and some other side dishes in a bowl or pan that is also set down into an ice bath. Never leave perishable food at room temperature for more than two hours.When the food dishes are completely cooled to at least room temperature, package them for the freezer in moisture-vapor resistant materials to prevent freezer burn. Be sure all sealing areas are clean and dry and leave recommended headspace for expansion. This process is explained in detail at label each package with the name of the food, the ingredients, the packaging date, special instructions and the amount of food. Package foods in amounts you will be able to use at one time.Freeze food as soon as it is packaged and sealed and place the food in the coldest available part of the freezer. It’s also important to research the ingredients ahead of time to see what foods do not freeze well. You can reference UGA Extension’s recommendations at the time comes to thaw out your frozen favorites there are several options available. You can remove frozen food from the freezer and immediately place it in the oven for thawing and heating. Keep in mind that the frozen food should be in a freezer-to-oven safe container. Some foods are best thawed and heated using a double boiler.Foods that are high in protein like fish, meat or eggs should be thawed in the refrigerator or microwave if they have not been cooked from the frozen state. To ensure the safety of your food, do not allow these potentially hazardous foods to stay in the temperature danger zone (40-140 degrees Fahrenheit) longer than two hours.Breads, cakes or cookies can be precooked and thawed at room temperature. Reheat all prepared foods, except nonmeat baked goods, sweets and fruits, to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit quickly (within two hours).For special instructions on preparing and freezing food, visit read more

The need for a revamped honors system is essential to WHS and the community at large

first_imgQuinn’s thoughtsQuinn McCue1. I think this summer has gone very fast but I have enjoyed it so far and it can only get better.2. If it was sunny I think it would be the perfect weather out side.3. I was watching tv last night and I saw a fat cat trying to get in a box, I laughed so hard I woke up my dog.4. Pie… i have to say anything else?5. Its not that I hate reading books, I just hate reading the boring parts of a book. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (20) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +23 Vote up Vote down Morgen Townsend · 370 weeks ago I was very fortunate to have Mrs. Meeker and Ms. Leslie for teachers. It was great to have someone who challenged the students and expected high quality work. They deserve much praise. Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Whs grad · 370 weeks ago You should be asking these questions to our curriculum director. I think our principle is taking the bullet here. Mr. Hodson is the one that probably had the most influence on this. Problem is he is now in charge of 3 departments and it is all departments where we are struggling as a school district. We are so far behind in technology we will never catch up, our buildings and facilities are falling apart and we have no answer or plan for any of it. Fly by the seat of your pants and make short term decisions for long term problems is our image now. I am sick of hearing we have no money when every district around us is building and improving. Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Scooter · 370 weeks ago My daughter has enrolled for the upcoming school year in two honors classes, both her mother and I are very proud of her. She read the initial article she told me what is the use of going the extra mile, I agree. Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 370 weeks ago The incentive is intrinsic, as it should be. Want to take an honors course which will scholastically push you ahead? Great idea. Because you want an academic challenge? Good for you! Because you thirst for knowledge? Awesome. Because it “pays” extra and you might increase your chance to be valedictorian? Stupid reason, bad mindset, and most likely parent initiated. This is a result of the participation-trophy thinking which has permeated society. College registrars are fully aware of the weighted/nonweighted systems. If you have what it takes, you’ll make it to the college of your choice. Report Reply 1 reply · active 370 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Just saying · 370 weeks ago Traci You make no sence. When did we start the weighted classes? We had honors/advanced classes before and the kids still took them. Before you keep crying about it be a real reporter and check other school districts. Find out who has weighted classes and who doesn’t. Also check our numbers from before we had weighted and after. How many took the classes then and now. Base it on percentages not just numbers. Check with colleges and see if they care. You sound like an upset parent and not a reporter. Your son got into TCU because he works hard, got good test scores, and was involved. Probably not because his GPA was above 4.0. Report Reply 2 replies · active 370 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down tired of the B$ · 370 weeks ago Honors courses are great, until it is your child that can’t seem to get into that course…so then what???? Do we blame the teachers? Do we blame the student because they were not deemed qualified to enter into an “Honors” course? Are those courses any different than a regular course, or does it depend on who is teaching? I find it quite bothersome that Cueball loves to stir the pot with these postings. You’re right Tracy, you have made one too many articles on this subject. Stop trying to put the citizens against the school faculty and what is worse the students against the school! It really doesn’t help the situation at all. In fact, it makes it worse! Report Reply 2 replies · active 370 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 370 weeks ago Amen, Tracy!! I’m with you. Keep having honest dialogues, and if necessary, stir the pot. From the article written by Mr. Adams, it was my understanding this was not a faculty decision, as the teachers were not consulted, merely the school board. Perhaps, the system does need tweeking, and college courses taken by the students should not be included in their GPA. However, advanced classes should be offered to students, and those classes should be labeled as such. When my children were in high school this was not the case. When one of my children went to college, she came home after six weeks the first six weeks ranting that Wellington High School had not prepared her for college. I suggested she go to her favorite high school teacher to voice her concerns His reply to her was, ” Well, Jane Doe, you must remember you are not the average student, and that is what Wellington High School is geared for”. No, she was not the average student, she was an excellent one. However, this appeared to me to be a sad commentary on our school system at that time. Mediocrity is not what we need now and was not what we needed years ago. Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Shawn · 370 weeks ago I know that Dale Adams gave great consideration to this situation and was working on a fair solution for all the students. The problem is that a greatly accelerated student(middle schooler taking hs courses) would not get the benefit of the weighted honors courses and would run out of weighted courses before ending high school career, since they took them in middle school. Their classmates would have more honors opportunities and a higher GPA, thus the accelerated student would not have a high class rank. You also a similar problem when you want to add an honors class, for example a highly motivated freshman takes two science classes, neither of which has an honors course offered. The next year they add an honor class in one of those classes, now the highly motivated student does not have that opportunity to enhance their GPA. Motivation and incentive need to come from within, not from a number. Many state what is the incentive to take a tougher course, how about to make them better students going into college. I was motivated to learn and improve as a student to better prepare for college, not a number. We did not have honors courses, but had very tough classes. A lot of students dodged those classes to preserve GPA, motivated college bound students took those classes to prepare for their future. If your only motivation is to be the best in your school, then you are very short sighted and will likely struggle at the next level. I speak from experience, you will get scholarships and opportunities if your ACT score is high enough, even if GPA is not top 10%. Report Reply 1 reply · active 370 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down guest · 370 weeks ago My daughter graduated from KU. She told me the same thing as “Guest” above quoted her daughter as saying. Wellington High School had not prepared her for college. Her friends who came from other school districts were much better prepared. Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 370 weeks ago “Do you think having a school district without honors classes for their children will help them move here?” If they are checking out schools they will probably look at Dept of Ed numbers first. They may check to see if honors courses are weighted first, but KSDE numbers would catch their eyes at some point. Those numbers would be far more problematic as a draw for prospective residents. Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue —Wellington High School Principal Dale Adams changes with non-weighted scheduling and honors classes are not without merit (see story here).Adams is correct in holding the top tier students accountable to Kansas Board of Regent scholar curriculum standards. It not only requires students to take more difficult classes, but makes them more accountable in college preparation.I also believe Adams is sincere in his effort to provide more college courses to high school students. He is right that if a student can’t afford a particular class, he/she should not be penalized on his GPA against someone who has the financial means to do so.Nor is Adams wrong about penalizing the eighth grade student, who takes an accelerated class in middle school and does not get the benefit of a weighted grade, when his/her peers are getting a weighted grade for taking the same class in high school.However…. This is where Adams is wrong. Taking away the weighted grades and the “honors” class system not only moves the Wellington school district curriculum toward mediocrity, but it places the district and community at large in peril when attempting to attract high-achieving scholastically minded parents to the area.Wellington is in need of doctors since the closing of a physician clinic. Do you think having a school district without honors classes for their children will help them move here?Adams has said he is not taking away the honors classes – just the title and the extra point a student achieves by taking the challenging courses.But incentives are essential in production. Just ask the good folks at Federal Express.I remember reading an article about the company that made a fortune delivering packages to the masses overnight. When the company first started, executives were having a dickens of a time getting their employees to buy into the system. Rarely could they get the package to the consumer on time.They held motivational meetings. They threatened employment extermination, etc. But nothing was working.Then they decided to implement an incentive program. If drivers delivered these packages in a timely enough fashion, they would get paid a bonus.Problem solved. The employees needed that carrot to get them going.High school students are no different. If you offer an honors course, that student should be rewarded for taking the tougher assignment. Otherwise, those honors type courses will go by the wayside because most students will be uninterested.The argument that students will want to take those courses on their own freewill to better themselves, only goes so far. Again, you take away incentives, you push your students toward mediocrity.I have said this once and I’ll say it again.We can put as many billboards on the turnpike touting the greatness of our town. We can provide all kinds of tax incentives to get people to come. We can fix every pothole in town. But if we don’t provide a strong school system that people are comfortable with scholastically, we aren’t growing as a community.In the 1990s, when I had no children going through the school system there were two names that kept popping up when people around town were talking about the school. The names I kept hearing were Dana Meeker and Louise Leslie. They were either getting high praise or great scorn depending on who was doing the talking. But they were definitely not going unnoticed.Now, today these two teachers are still being talked about even though they have long retired, especially by the WHS graduates of the time. In my experience, it is usually in a glowing, most reverent tone.The students loved the way those teachers challenged them in high school to be better and they were better for it later in life.Wellington students even though they might not like it when they are going through the system, will love you for it later. But they need to be pushed. They need that carrot.Mr. Adams said he is not against having honors classes – and hopes to revamp them with a specific syllabus and outline, distinguishing them above the other classes.I hope he follows through.Wellington needs one class per subject that challenges the brightest of minds.The Wellington school board was right in eliminating the weighting of college courses. But they took it too far in eliminating the weighting of honors courses.The board should reconsider its June decision and revamp a system in which we provide an honors system that not only challenges the best of our students, but also gives them the incentives to do so.Please, board, bring back the weighted grading for revamped honors classes – even if it involves just four or five courses.last_img read more

Dodgers vs. Giants score: Los Angeles takes Opening Day win over rival San Francisco

first_imgMay pitched well, working into and out of trouble before being pulled at 60 pitches. Dave Roberts pieced together the remainder of the game through the bullpen and the bats came alive in the seventh to give the Dodgers an 8-1 win over the Giants.May saw limited action with LA last year, but he is one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball and is sure to figure into the Dodgers’ plans in a shortened season. In 14 games last season (four starts), May lived up to the hype, pitching to a 3.63 ERA (2.90 FIP), offering a glimpse into the future of LA’s pitching staff.MORE: What to know about MLB in 2020, including taxi squads and coronavirus rulesMay gets another taste of the LA vs. the Bay rivalry as he takes on a veteran-laden Giants lineup that will be without star catcher Buster Posey for the 2020 season. Posey and his wife adopted twins, so he opted out of a season that MLB will attempt to play amid a global pandemic.In any case, the 2020 campaign will begin to unfold tonight in Los Angeles, with the Dodgers once again flirting with destiny and the Giants looking to resume their even-year bull . . . uh, magic starting with this NL West matchup.Sporting News covered from first pitch to last below.Dodgers vs. Giants scoreDodgers 8, Giants 11:05 p.m. END OF GAME: Dodgers secure the 8-1 win after Brusdar Graterol gets an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning.12:59 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Kiké strikes again. A two-run shot to right and he adds to his night.12:46 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH:  Sandoval flys out to Bellinger to end the away half.12:39 p.m. END OF SEVENTH:  Mookie Betts strikes out with the bases loaded to end the Dodgers rally. Blue scores five in the seventh.12:36 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Run is walked in after Dany Jimenez walks Max Muncy. Dodgers up 6-1.12:34 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Failed fielder’s choice results in a run scored. Still two outs in the seventh. Bases still loaded. 5-1 Dodgers.12:20 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Kiké Hernández with a two-RBI single. Dodgers open it up 4-1.12:17 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Mookie Betts scores from third on a fielder’s choice. Dodgers lead 2-1.12:10 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH:  Heineman flys out to Betts to end the inning.12:01 p.m. END OF SIXTH:  Austin Barnes grounds out to end the inning.11:53 p.m. END TOP SIXTH:  Seager gloves a pop fly in shallow left to end the top half of the sixth. Still knotted at 1.11:44 p.m. END OF FIFTH:  Corey Seager strikes out with runners on to end the Dodgers scoring threat. 11:33  END TOP FIFTH:  Tyler Heineman gets himself in a pickle between home and third, resulting in a double play.11:26 p.m.:  Dustin May is now out of this game after 60 pitches, making way for Caleb Ferguson. 11:17 p.m. END OF FOURTH:  Barnes grounds out to third to end the inning.11:16 p.m.:  Bases loaded now for Austin Barnes, two outs in the fourth.11:10 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Kiké Hernandez singles home Corey Seager, who doubled on the prior AB. Dodgers tie it up at 1.11:07 p.m.:  Johnny Cueto is using all sorts of timing tricks on his windup: quick pitch, rocking, shimmying, everything you can imagine.11:02 p.m. END TOP FOURTH:  May handles a Brandon Crawford ground out to end the top of the fourth. Home half coming up. 10:53 p.m. END BOTTOM THIRD:  Quick 1-2-3 inning for Johnny Cueto, and Betts grounds out to end the inning.10:48 p.m. END TOP THIRD:  Hunter Pence grounds to Turner to end the threat. Dodgers escape allowing just one run.10:45 p.m. GIANTS SCORING PLAY: Sandoval with a sac fly, calling Tyler Heineman. 1-0 Giants.10:43 p.m.:  Bases loaded nobody out for the Giants, and Pablo Sandoval up. 10:35 p.m. END OF SECOND:  Pederson grounds out to end the second here.10:33 p.m.:  Corey Seager grounds into a quick double play, erasing Turner.10:32 p.m.:  Justin Turner is grazed by a pitch, Corey Seager up next.10:28 p.m. END TOP SECOND:  Dustin May making quick work on the Giants so far, with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top half of the second.10:23 p.m. END OF FIRST:  Alex Dickerson with a nice running catch of a fly ball off the bat of Bellinger. We head to the second.10:19 p.m.:  For the first time in his career, Mookie Betts is taking a swing as a Dodger. 10:16 p.m. END TOP FIRST:  A few hits, an error, some weird baserunning makes for an adventurous first inning for May, but he gets through unscathed. Dodgers coming to bat. It’s May Day on the West Coast. Fans tuning in expecting to see Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw on the bump will be a little confused when they saw a flowing red mane of hair instead. Just hours before Kershaw was scheduled to take the mound, the Dodgers announced that the lefty was placed on the injured list because of a balky back. In his stead, super prospect Dustin May handled the pitching duties for the Dodgers.  10:10 p.m.:  May is loose early, hitting 98 on the good. Mike Yastrzemski aboard after an error. 10:07 p.m.:  We are set for baseball on the West Coast as Dustin May is set to take the ball in Dodger Stadium.9:52 p.m.:  Starting lineups being revealed here as Giants and Dodgers players get ready to do something similar to what Yankees and Nationals did prior to their matchup in D.C., with all players and personnel taking a knee prior to the national anthem.last_img read more