Allo all, it’s Jess again!
This morning was our last group breakfast, and nicely enough we all survived unscathed! Granted I’m half awake and nursing my thrd cup of coffee but ah well, There was lots of food, and it felt good/sad knowing that that was our last half-asleep, non-morning person filled group breakfast! As Jackie said this morning this is a week of “lasts”. I think it’s finally sinking in that the program is ending in now exactly a week(!!!!), the emotions are starting to hit. Hence why I’m going to start blogging about what Katimavik has taught me, all the different aspects of the program! So, let’s begin with house managing:
1) How to bake bread: Now I find this pretty impressive considering how unusal that is in this time and age especially with my generation too. I have already had to promise to bake bread for my friends when I’m home! And here is an example of my bread; this is what I made yesterday for the house.
2) Prep work is a very good idea: Take this morning for example. If I hadn’t made the fruit salad the night before or cut up the vegetables for the eggs this morning would have been mental!
3) How to properly clean: My mother will be extremely please when I go home and pick up after myself way more and clean up the house without needing to be asked. We get trained well in Katimavik!
4) Balancing a Budget:Grocery shopping and knowing how to spend within my means will be much easier when I go home due to the fact that we are on a budget for food weekly. I now know how to shop smartley and make sure I use up all food items before buying new items,
5) Creative ways to use up food: I have officially discovered the wonders of baking and how you can use up many food items that no one has been eating. Yesterday I baked banana, flax/sunflower seed and chocolate chip muffins, using up the bruised bananas that no one was eating. And you know what, they tasted awesome!
6) Overall cooking skills: In a nutshell before I started Katimavik, I knew how to make two things: spaghetti and potatoes. That was about it. Going home I can now say I am comfortable experimenting in the kitchen, I feel confident that I can follow a recipe without complete disaster and that when I get home I will be cooking way more. It’s hard to beat home cooked meals.
Thanks to having practise at being house manager I feel confident about moving out on my own later this year, I will not be a starving student and I will also not having a angry roomate on my hands cause I’ve been through lack of dishwashing disasters and let me tell you, they are not fun!! I’m excited to go home and translate all of this into my life back in Victoria, gonna be awesome!