Dessert Edition! Plus #Scatico Blog!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hey all!  It’s been so much fun interacting with these kids this year.  Last year I didn’t know what to expect.  This year my expectations (set by my over-achieving self!) were high.  It’s been so much fun having a whole new crop of kids this year, plus enjoying my minor upgrades, like the awning over the cooking cabin and the hydroponic tower garden, which continues to be a hit.  (We recently made lettuce wraps to go with the sushi the kids are now expert at making.)  But I wanted to include some photos of our fabulous desserts for this post.  In total, we’ve made chocolate chip cookies, S’more brownie bites, chocolate chip banana bread, mini red velvet cupcakes, and a lot of smoothies.  (Do you think those count as dessert?  I would qualify them as a healthy treat.  Dessert doesn’t have to be bad for you!)

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

And while I apologize for my relative silence on the blogosphere, I urge you to check out Camp Scatico’s excellent blog about the activities at camp!  You will find updates about the infamous Scatico Color Wars, the CIT trip, Tribes and many other #Scatico traditions.  (Unfortunately, no pictures of desserts are featured.)

An annual favorite: the S'mores brownie bites!

An annual favorite: the S’mores brownie bites!

The First Week of #CampScatico15!

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

To say that this week has been a whirlwind is an understatement.

Finding myself in the Camp Scatico’s serene setting after things were so hectic in New York City, I feel a little disoriented.  Not from the change of pace (we are PLENTY busy out here in the woods!), but due to the drastic change of gears.

Instead of serving Manhattan food editors and top chefs, I am teaching the pickiest people of all:  children.  Last year my cooking classes were a hit.  (Pat self on back!)  Can I repeat the success this year?  So much pressure!

The summer has definitely started off with a bang.  The Cook Shack is totally ready thanks to my amazing team of helpers.  The first lesson dealt with kitchen rules, of course.  My favorite rule:  have fun!  But my second favorite rule is, “If something drops, let it fall.”  I find that one useful throughout life.

Our futuristic hydroponic tower garden.

Our futuristic hydroponic tower garden.

I also decided to take some time to talk about the five senses.  I thought about doing it last year, but this year Camp Scatico has provided me with this SUPER COOL hydroponic tower garden.   We can see, touch, smell and taste all that it produces while they listen to what I share with them.  The kids are loving it, and so am I!

Pictures of the opening night campfire soon to come!