Ultra Soft and Moist Banana Chiffon Cake

Writes about her “Ultra Soft and Moist Banana Chiffon Cake”

I have a chiffon cake theory!

You may agree or disagree with me…

Based on many different chiffon cakes that I have baked at herehereherehere and especially this banana chiffon cake recipe, I realised something! The chiffon cakes that I baked without adding cream of tartar, baking powder or any cake raising agents are the BEST being so moist, tender and cottony soft!!!

Really? Despite the fact that the cream of tartar and baking powder will make chiffon cakes looking tall, fluffy, impressive, structurally stable and easier to bake and handle, these cake-rising ingredients tend to make the cakes structurally stiffer and kill their ultimate softness! Hence, in my opinion, chiffon cakes with cream of tartar and baking powder are good but they are NOT as ultimately good as those that are made with NO cake raising agents!!!

Convinced? Here, I have an ULTIMATE banana chiffon cake recipe to share. With NO cream of tartar, I have to say that this is the BEST banana chiffon cake that I have baked so far!!! It is tall, fluffy, impressive, very very very moist and very very very ultra soft!!! Trust me… I have never taste any chiffon cakes that are softer and moister than this. This is truly the ultimate!!! Best of all, it contains no sourish cream of tartar aftertaste. So delicious and banana-y that you don’t even need to add aromatic spices like cinnamon or vanilla to boost its flavours.

Must try!!! Must try!!! And I hope that you will be convinced that my chiffon cake theory is right!!!

Finally… This is the ultimate banana chiffon cake that I’m after! My husband and son can clearly tasted its ultimacy and told me the same too!!!

In order to bake this tall and ultra soft chiffon cake, you can fill 90% of your chiffon cake pan with the cake batter and with no worries!!! This chiffon cake will rise above the rim of your pan and won’t create any mess with dripping cake batter or exploding cake top.

However, without the addition of cream of tartar or any raising agents, the cake will shrink but only slightly to the exact size of the pan after cooling.

After baking…
The cake will rise above the rim of the pan but will shrink to the exact size of the pan after cooling.
Still looking good!
This is how the cake looks after it is completely cooled.

Want to bake this cake? I have a few tips to share…

One: The most important, Egg White Mixture!
The success of this chiffon cake is highly depending on the egg white mixture used because there is no other chemical agents used to stabilise the cake structure.

To make sure that the egg white mixture is whipped into its best form, it is essential to beat egg whites in the lowest speed at the beginning for at least 10 mins to stabilise the mixture. Then, increase the beating speed to medium. Please be aware… To avoid large bubbles forming, do not use high beating speed. To avoid the meringue from being too dry and stiff, do not over-beat the mixture. Stop beating immediately when stiff peaks form.

Two: Please handle me with care!
Without the cream of tartar, please be aware this cake is very cottony soft and can be very fragile to cut and handle!

Thus, please do not unmould the cake by pressing it!!! To unmould, please use a blunt thin plastic spatula or knife to run along the cake’s edges and gently push the cake out from the pan.

Three: The cake has to be baked for at least 65 mins!!!
Due to its high moisture content, this cake has to be baked for at least 65 mins. If the top of the cake turns brown too quickly, cover the top loosely with a foil after 30-40 mins of baking and continue to bake it until it is thoroughly cooked. Please be aware that uncooked cake will shrink very badly to form patches of doughy area!!! Ewww… And over-cooked cake will be too dry. Therefore, I would say 65 to 75 mins of baking is the best.

Four: This banana cake is so good on its own!
Believe me or not! It’s true that this cake is mostly naturally sweetened by lots of banana and the minimal 75g sugar added is essentially adequate enough to whip up a decent meringue! So please do not reduce the amount of sugar any further as the sweetness of this cake is just right.

As mentioned earlier, I reckon that the addition of the aromatic cinnamon or vanilla is absolutely not required in this recipe! However, if you think that you want to add these ingredients into your cake, please feel free to do so. I wouldn’t because I just want to taste nothing but only the banana in this cake. Now who want to sing the minions’ banana song? Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-nana LOL!

Update on 5/10/2017: I have one more important tip to mention!!! It’s ok to have some cracks on this cake!!! Please do not bake this cake with too low oven temperature or a tray of boiling water. Detailed explanation is at here.
Too complicated?
Nay!!! Watch my one-minute video and see how I baked this cake. It is a typical way of baking chiffon cake but just without the addition of cream of tartar. That’s all! If you follow my recipe to the tee, I’m sure that you won’t go wrong…

See how soft is this cake…

Now, what do you think about my chiffon cake theory?

Agree? Disagree? Agree to disagree? LOL!

Why not try baking this cake? And see what I mean…

After baking this ultra soft banana chiffon cake, I feel like I have gained some sort of cake enlightenment!!! LOL! Thus, if you like this ultimate ultra soft banana chiffon cake, I have a lot more of my newly-derived ultra soft chiffon cake recipes to share in the near future and so please stay tune! You can follow me at either my Facebook at here or here or my Instagram @zoebakeforhappykids.

Before proceeding to the recipe, I like to mention something…

It’s time again that I need a break!!! I just did my 5th marathon and my timing is 03:52:59. Just seconds faster than my previous run but I felt so much better this time because I was running in a steady pace. Too old already… So no need to chiong (meaning dash in Singlish)… LOL!

Hence, I won’t be running, baking and blogging for the next 2 weeks as we are going to Singapore and Japan for our holiday. If you wish to “come along” with us to see what we will do at Singapore and Osaka, please follow me at my Instagram @zoebakeforhappykids

Bye baking and blogging and I will see you again in 2-3 weeks time 🙂 

Happy that I have completed 5 marathons!

Here’s the recipe that is mostly adapted from here.

IMPORTANT: Please use the exact weight and make sure that all ingredients are at room temperature.

Makes one tall and perfect 8-inch (20 cm) chiffon cake

For the egg yolks mixture:
360g ripe bananas, peeled and this is the weight without the skins
75g egg yolks (about 4-5)
55g neutral tasting vegetable oil
60g milk
120g cake flour with 8% protein
1/4 tsp salt

For the egg white mixture:
240g egg whites (about 7-8)
75g caster sugar

Preheat oven to 170°C/330ºF.

For the egg yolk mixture:
Use a handheld blender or a small food processor to process the bananas into smooth purée. Set aside.

Using a hand whisk, combine egg yolks, oil, milk and bananas in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Sift in cake flour and salt and whisk gently until the batter is smooth and combined.

For the egg white mixture:
Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites in the lowest speed for at least 10 mins to stabilise the mixture. Increase beating speed to medium (not too high to avoid large bubbles forming). While beating, add sugar gradually and continue to beat until stiff peaks form and the meringue should be smooth with very tiny bubbles. Do not over-beat the mixture.

Using a hand whisk or a spatula, gently fold in the egg whites to the egg yolks mixture in 3-4 batches. It is ok to mix the 1st batch of egg white more vigorously into the egg yolk mixture but the subsequent portions must be folded in very gently. Make sure that most of the white is not visible after folding.

Pour batter into an un-greased 20 cm chiffon tube pan. Use a spatula or spoon to distribute the batter evenly in the pan. Give the pan a gentle tap and bake at 170°C/330ºF for 10 mins. Reduce temperature to 160°C/320ºF and bake for 55-65 mins or until it is thoroughly cooked. Total baking time has to be at least 65 mins. If the top of the cake turns brown too quickly after 30-40 mins of baking, cover the cake top loosely with a foil and continue to bake until it is thoroughly cooked.
Remove from oven and invert the cake immediately to cool on a wire rack. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before removing it from the pan. The cake is fragile and so it is easier to slice with a serrated knife. Enjoy!

Store any uneaten in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. This cake will stay super ultra moist and soft for many days until they are all gone!

Happy BakingPlease support me and like me at Facebook… 

BAKING with tropical FRUITS

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It is my pleasure tot reproduce within this website some recipes towards “baking with tropical Fruits”. I will divide these into ‘categories’ and each ‘categorie’ will be spit into ‘tags’. Using the ‘categories-link’ and the ‘tab-links’ you can search for the recipes and download each recipe freely.

The categories will be;

  1. cakes
  2. cupcakes and little bakes
  3. cheese-cakes
  4. cookies & biscuits
  5. pies & tarts
  6. puddings & soufflés

As introduction first this about tropical fruits in general;

Everywhere you go in Thailand, you will be met with plenty of fruit stands in almost every corner. The bright colors and shapes of these exotic fruits will attract your attention and call you to stop in your tracks and take a moment to divulge your senses in their sweet aroma and delicious flavors. Thailand is blessed with a hot tropical climate and fertile plains – which make for the perfect land and environment to grow just about any kind of fruit available to man. When you find yourself in Thailand, you must never leave your vacation without trying these 12 exotic fruits:

  1. MANGOSTEEN Mangosteen is called “Mang-Kut” in Thai and considered to be the Queen of Fruits. It is known for its “cooling” effect compared to other Thai popular fruits that have a “heating” effect on the body. The husk or rind is a leathery purple shell and once opened, 4-8 segments of seeds covered in an edible white texture are revealed.
  2. RAMBUTAN Called “NgoR” in Thai, this golf-sized, tiny red fruit is covered with “Velcro” hairs and when cracked open by squeezing it between your palms, reveals a seed covered with a white and translucent texture. You eat the fruit by chewing off the white texture off the seed, giving you a sweet and cool flavor with a mildly acidic taste. The best rambutans in Thailand come from the Surat Thani province where they were first planted in 1926.
  3. POMELO Pomelo is known as “Som-o” in Thailand and it’s a large and heavy citrus fruit that can be as large as a basketball. The rind is thick and leathery and once opened, reveals several segments that are grouped together. These can either be sweet or bitter and are best eaten fresh with salt or spicy dip.
  4. DURIAN Durian is one of the most popular tropical fruits in the world, mainly due to its sweet or foul aroma – depending on who you ask. They say that you either love or hate the fruit as it has a powerful smell and flavor. Westerners particularly are aghast at the fruit’s aroma which can be smelled from yards away. However, Thais love the fruit’s smell and taste, which has a custard, creamy, smooth texture. Durian or known as “Turian” in Thailand, is a popular aphrodisiac as it has an uncanny ability to increase the body’s temperature.
  5. ROSE APPLE Known as Chom-Poo in Thailand, Rose Apple resembles a small red apple but bell-shaped. It is similar in texture to apple but sweeter and most commonly eaten raw with salt or mixed in a spicy salad.
  6. LICHEE The Thais call this fruit “Lihjee” and it’s bright red and has the size of a golf ball, but instead of dimples on the latter, features pimples on the rind. It looks like a rambutan without the hairs or a plump and dry strawberry.
    Once opened, it reveals a white texture that covers a single seed. Lychee is only available for a few months each year but are easily canned and made into a popular fruit shake flavor.
  7. BANANA The most popular varieties of bananas in Thailand are the Gluay Hom and the Gluay Khai. They are available all year-round and are best eaten ripe. Fried banana and dried banana chips are popular afternoon snacks, and banana leaves are popular to use when wrapping fish or chicken for grilling.
  8. COCONUT One of the most nutritious fruits in Thailand, coconuts are available all year round and are known well for their refreshing water. The meat can be mixed with coconut water or eaten separately. Coconut milk is made when the meat is grated and mixed with water. Coconut oil is also popular for frying food, for cosmetics, medicine, and even bio-fuel. A lot of dishes are also made with coconut milk, which is a staple in many Southern Thai foods.
  9. GUAVA Guava or “Falang” in Thai is best eaten unripened. Guavas are seldom found in Thailand and make them a rare commodity. They are best eaten raw with salt and provides a refreshing and filling snack.
  10. MANGO Mango is a staple in many Southeast Asian countries and is exceptionally sweet-flavored in Thailand. When unripened, they have a sour flavor that’s best eaten with salt or spices.
  11. DRAGON FRUIT This interesting- looking fruit known as “Gao Mung Gorn” in Thailand is called Dragonfruit because its rind resembles that of a dragon’s exteriors. It grows off the long arms of a cactus plant and when opened, reveals a fuschia colored texture packed with black seeds. The fruit looks and tastes like a mild or sugar-free strawberry.
  12. JACK FRUIT Known as “Khanoon” in Thailand, jackfruit is available from January to May every year. It’s the size of a large watermelon and can weigh around 80 pounds. The fruit contains dozens of large seeds with a yellow sheath and the taste is similar to that of a pineapple but less juicy. In fact, the flavor of the popular chewing gum called Juicy Fruit is said to mimic the flavor of this fruit.There are many other fruits you can find in Thailand including pineapple, watermelon, papaya, pomegranate, passion fruit, and so much more. And they make for the perfect afternoon snacks amidst the hot and tropical climate. Get yourself some coconut juice and mango, head over to the beach, and have the perfect tropical paradise afternoon snack. Fruits are not only refreshing but healthy too!

 

Walter Jenkel

I will express that since my age of circa 15 to 16 years, I ma interestden into the art of Photography, and above all in photography of humans (male or female, young or old) in many positions and circumstances (inside buildings or outside buildings) and so on. One of the photographers on “Instagram” is a young Spanish photographer named “Walter Jenkel”. Walter lives in ‘Tarragona” in Spain, and he produces and publishes picture (mainly) of young men who are showing themselves inside buildings or outside buildings (most surrounded by nature).

Sometime “instagram” is posting me a message about his updates. With this post I’ll show you five pictures from his portfolio

Interactive Bulletin Boards

As students transition more and more into creating digital projects, you’ll have to struggle with ways to showcase their work in a community that does not always possess the tools to access the World Wide Web. Lately, I’ve also been playing with the idea of bringing together 1) the digital and 2) “real” worlds in their projects.

Many students yearn for outside feedback, but rarely get it when they post their work on a blog or in an Internet gallery. Thus, after reading a post about Transliteracy, the idea for my “THAI Interactive Bulletin Board” was born.

Using a project from the USA-based “ReadWriteThink” website about Parallel Poems and an art project fromPrinceton Online, the students had a beautiful 2-D Bulletin Board to display in our hallway.  But, I wanted to bring its viewers into the digital world as well, so I used a few tricks to engage the audience – QR codes, a puzzle, and an iPad. But it’s possible with other (more used in Asia) tablets and smartphones. I’ll explain that later.

HOW2DO;
  1. First, mix up 1) the artwork and 2) the poetry on a board so that 1) and 2) are not matched with each other.  
  2. Then place QR codes on the artwork that led the reader to an audio file in which the artist/poet read his or her poem.  
  3. Place also QR codes that lead to the “reader to Google Forms” online that allow the viewer to vote on their favorite pieces of art and poetry.
  4. This can be a a hit for your own students, but If you want to widen the audience, send out e-mails to surrounding classrooms and surrounding schools offering the loan of some of our classroom iPads so that their students can experience the system of “digital bulletin boards with QR-codes”, too.
Many teachers (perhaps most teachers) who possibly will volunteer to participate are not familiar with either 3) iPads or other tablets and 4) QR codes, but perhaps they will the insight that learning about “digital bulletin boards with QR-codes” to their students might be enjoying.  
With a few instructions, the students themselves (third grade) are able to tutor each other as small groups stroll over to the school-hallway to view the board(s). You will see it by yourselves, for almost a week (at least), there are students standing in front of your board(s) with iPads, other kinds of ‘tablets’ and smart-phones, discussing the art and poetry, trying to match them up, and giving their input on the work.
It will be the greatest feedback you’ll have ever, to get on student’s work – virtual or otherwise. The success of this “pilot” has definitely made me want to branch out to other ideas – codes linked to videos or blog posts so viewers can comment, a bulletin board in the library to reach an even wider audience, etc… 
Students find QR codes (in general) engaging, and I think (some or many) Thai kids will engage it also .  Sure, the novelty will wear off in a few years, but we can certainly take advantage together of it now to enhance learning within “Thai bi-lingual schooling” and/or Thai schools where local teacher are learning pupils som basics about the English language.
I know that around in Thailand (eiher it’s in Ubon, Udon, Khon Kaen, Khorat or Bangkok) primary-schools and secondary-schools exists where (in many cases “farang” teachers are teaching to learn “English” components to students. QR-codes can be a very good help for teaching; we at “Thai-QR-help.org” will help and support you by this.
For a few more ideas on how we and you can use “QR-codes” in the classroom in novel ways, such as for classroom coupons, check out the blog at  and do a search for QR codes, or you can just click here.
About the Blogger
Terri Eichholz is a teacher of Gifted and Talented students in North East Independent School District in San Antonio, TX.  This is her 21st year of teaching and learning from her students.  You can find her blog, Engage Their Minds:  Different Ideas for Different Thinkers, at http://engagetheirminds.com

De Anatomie van Wandelen: wandel jezelf gezond en gelukkig!

TWD-01Walk your way to better health “30 minutes a day, 5 times a week can make you healthier and happier.” Door regelmatig te wandelen, tenminste 30 minuten per dag en 5 dagen per week, kan je zelf je gezondheid flink verbeteren. 

Het overzicht van Every Body Walk toont alle mogelijke effecten van wandelen voor je lichaam en geest: 

  1. minder last van vermoeidheid, stress en verwardheid, 
  2. betere weerstand, 
  3. beter evenwicht, 
  4. sterkere botten, benen, buikspieren, arm- en schouderspieren, 
  5. meer vetverbranding, 
  6. een gezondere bloeddruk, 
  7. minder kans op ziektes en aandoeningen als hart- en vaatziektes, osteoporose (botontkalking), Alzheimer en glaucoom (hoge oogdruk).

Bovenstaand schema is een samenvatting van jarenlang wetenschappelijk gezondheidsonderzoek. Meer Tips? Meer wandelen?

  • Meer lezen? Waarom is Wandelen gezond? 10 Top artikelen!
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  • Meer wandelen? Ben je single en zoek je een partner die ook veel wil wandelen? Meld je gratis aan bij THAI-wandel-date, datingsite voor Thaise wandel-vakanties !

Studenten wandelen met ouderen: ‘Zo’n rolstoel rijdt niet vanzelf’

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Studenten maken samen met bewoners van woonzorgcentrum De Dilgt in Haren cakebeslag. (FOTO KEES VAN DE VEEN).

Het is de participatiesamenleving in het klein: studenten die samen met ouderen wandelen en cakejes bakken. ‘Kijk eens naar die blije gezichten!’ ‘Een gesprek is misschien niet altijd meer mogelijk, maar uiteindelijk gaat het erom dat je er voor ze bent, dat je ze aandacht schenkt”, zegt Sem Oosterhoff (22). 

Fluitend duwt hij een van de bewoners met dementie in zijn rolstoel door de tuin van woonzorgcentrum De Dilgt in Haren. Oosterhoff is hier in het kader van Groningen Actief: een actie die door de Rode Kruis Studentendesk Groningen en Contractus, waarin zeven Groningse studentenverenigingen zijn vertegenwoordigd, jaarlijks wordt georganiseerd.

Groningen Actief

De besturen van deze studenten-verenigingen bezoeken tijdens Groningen Actief zes verschillende verzorgingstehuizen in Groningen. „Een band creëren tussen studenten en ouderen en iets terug doen voor de mooie stad waarin we leven”, legt Sanne Boekema de insteek van de Rode Kruis Studentendesk uit. Oosterhoff is met zijn bestuur van de christelijke Navigators Studentenvereniging Groningen dus op bezoek op de dementie-afdeling van De Dilgt. De tuin waarin ze lopen, blijkt een plek vol herkenningspunten voor bewoners. Er staat een bushalte, er zijn dieren en de tuin staat vol sterk geurende bloemen en planten. Een bewoner moet zich buiten op z’n gemak voelen. Voor de studenten is het nog wel een beetje wennen. „Zo’n rolstoel rijdt niet vanzelf”, zegt een van hen lachend.

Huiskamergevoel

Na de wandeling volgt cakejes bakken. Bewoners en studenten maken samen het beslag in de ruim opgezette keuken. Het knusse huiskamergevoel wordt versterkt door oud-Hollandse muziek die zachtjes op de achtergrond klinkt. Ondertussen vertelt Sjoerdtje Postma (21), die samen met haar bestuur van Bernlef ook op bezoek is in De Dilgt, dat ze best onder de indruk is van de bewoners. „Het lijkt me zo erg om niet meer te kunnen praten of om niet meer door te hebben wat je doet. Zo’n middag als deze zet je met beide benen op de grond. Het leven is leuk, maar kan ook een heel andere wending nemen.”

Blije gezichten

Toch zijn de studenten vooral positief over de actie. „Ik zou dit niet zo snel uit mezelf doen, maar het is mooi om te zien hoe leuk de bewoners dit vinden. Het is zo makkelijk voor ons om dit voor een ander te doen, en kijk nou wat voor blije gezichten het oplevert”, zegt Daniël Peereboom (23) van de Navigators. Daar lijkt hij gelijk in te hebben. Terwijl een van de bewoonsters een cakeje opeet, zegt ze: „Ik vind het zo gezellig!” Ze zou de jeugd het liefst morgen weer terugzien.

Missie geslaagd? Sanne Boekema van de Rode Kruis Studentendesk vindt van wel. „Het lijkt iedereen goed te bevallen. Er is veel contact en er wordt wat afgelachen. Met grapjes en respect kun je een heel eind komen.”

SETTING UP QR-CODES for teachers and managers (1)

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The magic of QR-CODES

These tips and tricks will get you started.

Are you late to the QR code party?

Do you have (classroom) internet and access to tech tools like smart phones or iPads? Look no further! We’ve got you covered with this guide to creating and employing this convenient and engaging strategy with your learners.

First things first.

Here are a couple basic need-to-knows before we get into the details.

  1. -Definition. QR stands for “quick response.” A QR code is a lot like a bar code. It’s a unique arrangement of square dots in a compact square that provides instant info to the user.
  2. -Use. A QR code can lead to text, links to websites, videos or files, email addresses, voice threads — the list goes on.
  3. -Why. The code only accesses material you select for your students or co-workers, so they’re not only a great time saver, they also keep kids an co-workers focused and provide a little more internet safety. 
  4. -QR codes are a great way to give students an co-workers independence, they eliminate the need to type in long web addresses, and they’re, well, FUN.
  5. -OK, ready? Let’s get started! If you’re like me, this is the part where you get a little nervous. Don’t worry! The whole process is easy, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using QR for years. There are really just two things you need to know.
    1. –Creating codes. First, you’ll need a computer with internet or a smart device and a tool to create the code — and there are a lot of them (just try Googling “QR code generator”). You can use an application like QREncoder, or a website like QRstuff.com or GoQR.me. 
    2. –Play around with a couple and find your favorite. QR codes can be saved as images that you can embed on your class website, PowerPoints, SMART Notebook — you name it. You can also print the codes and hang them up in your room or put them on flashcards, homework, notes, whatever.
    3. –Pro tip 1: Keep in mind the size of the code. If you shrink the image down to less than one inch, they can be difficult to scan, especially if you intend to laminate them.
    4. –Reading codes. To scan and access the content a QR code holds, you and your students will need a smart device (iPad, iPhone, etc.) with a QR reader app like scan.me. This is a great opportunity for older students with smart phones to use them appropriately in class. Or, put an old phone of your own to use after you’ve upgraded.
    5. –Once you have an app on your chosen device, open the application and aim your device’s camera at the QR code you want to use, as if you’re taking a picture.
    6. -Pro tip 2: If you’re having difficulty scanning a particular code, tap your screen to focus the scanner or turn on a brighter light. Voila! That’s it. The app will access the QR code’s embedded content — like magic.
    7. -QR codes can be used in so many innovative ways. We’ve collected a quick list to help get you revved up for your own QR adventures. Be sure to check it out below. Happy scanning!
    8. -Looking for inspiration ? (1) Here are some of our faves. For a spin on positive reinforcement, head over to this teacher’s video how-to on QR code reward coupons. She even provides freebies in English and Spanish! She also has a great video with a quick recap on how to scan QR codes and a whole bunch of awesome activities students can do with QR codes (math problem checkers, anyone?).
    9. -Looking for inspiration ? (2) For a little history and some engaging activities for your whole campus, be sure to watch Karen Mensing’s Ted-Ed talk on the magic of QR codes in the classroom. Want to get fancier QR codes? Check out io, a free service that will let you customize your code with color and images. Here’s one early elementary teacher’s take on using QR codes with sight words.
    10. -See how this teacher digitalizes classroom management with QR codes to document missing homework and a QR code restroom pass.
    11. -Take a look at this how-to blog on using QR codes in middle school.
    12. -Amazing! This teacher took a science lesson up a notch by using QR codes in a lesson on life cycles and metamorphosis.
    13. -Try using QR codes to facilitate student reflection.
    14. -Feeling outdoorsy? Take the kids and the codes outside! We were inspired by this poster’s image of QR codes in the garden.
    15. Using QR codes to improve writing? Sign us up! And also QR codes are a great upgrade for literary circles.
    16. -QR codes on a bulletin board add a collaborative layer to the classroom. We’re in love with these student-created interactive QR code bulletin boards.
    17. -Read the story on our WordPress Blog; QR Codes in the Classroom

 

Bejaarden bang om rond rusthuis te wandelen: “Het is hier echt gevaarlijk”

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Auteur; STEPHANIE DEMASURE – Gevonden in; www.nieuwsblad.be

FOTO: Directeur Bart Crombez met bewoonster Francine Vermaete. FOTO: SBR

ROESELARE (BE)- De straatstenen en de hoge stoepranden rond woonzorgcentrum De Hovenier belemmeren de mobiele bewoners om te gaan wandelen. Daarom zullen de borduren verlaagd worden. “Onze bewoners genieten echt van hun wandeling.”

De 86-jarige Francine Vermaete maakt graag een wandelingetje. “Maar het is hier erg ongelukkig om de straat over te steken”, zegt de kranige dame met haar rollator in de hand. “Ik zou graag eens wat verder wandelen, maar ik durf soms niet. Het is hier echt gevaarlijk.”

Bart Crombez, directeur van De Hovenier: “Specifiek voor de mensen met een rollator is er een probleem. De kasseien zijn al hobbelig. Zodra daar nog een hoogteverschil bijkomt, bijvoorbeeld van een stoep, moeten zij hun rollator kunnen opheffen. Daarvoor is uiteraard kracht nodig. Wat ook een grote moeilijkheid is: tijdens het heffen kunnen ze geen steun krijgen van hun rollator.”

Volgens schepen van Mobiliteit Griet Coppé (CD&V) zijn de plannen voor een woonrustzone in volle ontwikkeling. “Het gaat om kleinere ingrepen, die een grote impact zullen hebben voor de doelgroepen. Ik denk aan ouderen met een rollator, maar evengoed jonge gezinnen met een buggy of wandelaars.”

Fall Seed Clusters

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Sometimes during  year it is easy to feel yourselves like a hungry bear before hibernation. As the weather gets colder, we look for those comfort foods that help us feel comfy and cosy. If you need a healthy option to reach for, these seedy, crunchy clusters are quick and delicious.

They are an autumn-favourite of our cook. Teui has been with the company since the beginning and. In her spare time, she loves to explore new recipes and play around in the kitchen, often finding herself hosting and cooking up delicious meals for her friends and family. So when we asked her to share a recipe, she couldn’t be more excited to send us this one.

“You can eat it as a cluster or break it up to use in salads or your morning yoghourt or oatmeal. I just love it!”

YOU WILL NEED:

  1. 1¼ cups of Old Fashioned Oats (note: not quick oats)
  2. 1 cup (or more if you like) of Pumpkin Seeds
  3. ¼ cup of White Sesame Seeds
  4. ½ cup of raw Sunflower Seeds
  5. ¼ cup of Flax Seeds
  6. ¼ cup of Hemp Seeds
  7. ½ cup of lightly packed Brown Sugar (can substitute with coconut sugar, maple syrup or 1/4 cup of agave
  8. 1 tsp of Kosher Salt or 1/2 tsp of Himalayan Sea Salt
  9. ½ tsp – 1 tsp of Star Anise Seeds
  10. ⅓ cup of Honey
  11. ¼ cup of Avocado or Grape-seed Oil
  12. 2 Large Egg Whites

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. When it is well mixed, spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment. Ensure the mixture sits about 1/4″ thick.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes at 300º F. = + 150ºC.
  4. Then use a wide spatula to flip in large sections. 
  5. Flatten back down into a single layer and continue baking for 10 more minutes.
  6. Let it cool completely on a wire rack and break into clusters. 
  7. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

We promise they are taste-tested and approved. 

Taste tested and loved by the marketing team!

We have lots of hungry bears at our office, so please share your favourite fall recipes in the comments below!