Cooking Quick Chilli (Independent Living Skills Series 26)

I had to be picked up by my computer instructor due to my bus pass being expired. I got to the center with some of my classmates early enough to have a chat before class. Today, before we started our lessons, we had a class meeting. The class has decided to have a pot luck/gift exchange party before Christmas break. Over the next week we will decide who is going to bring what to the party. I’m excited to have some fun after all the hard work we put into our lessons. 😊

After our meeting, my teacher, classmate, and I went into the kitchen to decide what to cook. Since it was a cold day, I suggested we have soup. Quick chilli was on the menu. We quickly got a school car and went to Publix. When we got to the store, I found out that my favorite chocolate chip muffins were on special. Buy one get one for free at the price of $4.99 was something I could not pass up. After I had gotten my guilty pleasure we went to the deli and picked up two loafs of Italian bread; my classmate and I got to choose two types of meat for sandwiches. I chose Black Forest Ham and my classmate chose sliced Boars head chicken.

We then moved on to the seasons section. We decided to get the McCormick Mild chilli spice, then we reviewed the ingredients that we would need for our dish. We would need meat for the chilli so we headed over the meat department and we picked up one pound of 90% lean hamburger meat. Then, because we were getting lunch for the rest of the students and staff we went and picked out two kinds of chips. I chose a Mexican style chip that could be enjoyed with both the chilli and the sandwiches, and my classmate chose a regular flavored potato chip.

The last two ingredients that we needed for our chilli was a can of tomatoes and a can of Pinto beans. Since they were in the same aisle, we were able to find them quickly. Once we had all the things on our list, we checked out quickly and headed back to the center.

While my teacher got ready for our lesson my classmate and I sorted our groceries, and we washed our hands. Once our instructor was able to join us, we were able to get cooking. First, we made things easier for ourselves and gathered all our cooking equipment. The first step in cooking was to open our meat. I learned how to open a package of meat without getting the juice or raw meat touching my hands. Open it on the side and then peel the packing back. We browned our hamburger meat on medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then we drained the grease by putting the meat into a colander and draining the grease into a small bowl. We then put the meat into another pot and we added McCormick Mild Chilli spice to the meat. Then we stirred the meat and spice together. We then added the tomatoes and beans to the meat. We let the ingredients simmer for ten minutes. Once the chilli was done cooking the staff and students made sandwiches, and we enjoyed the chips and chilli.

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Chilli I made @independence_for_the_blind yesterday.

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An Interview with Anna Adams (Guest Blog Post #5)

Hi Everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend Anna. She is the fantastic blogger who runs Walk-N-Rolling With Spina Bifida.  Many thanks to Anna for allowing me to be featured on her website and for allowing me to interview her. Don’t forget to check out her website 🙂

  1. What is your name? Anna Adams
  2. Age? 34
  3. Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging? Laura Tellado
  4. Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?help the community and fishing
  5. Name a bad habit that you have? Talk too much lol
  6. Name your best quality? I never judge and I am Always there for others
  7. If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why? Jean Driscoll
  8. What is your college major/Minor? It was graphic design
  9. What school (college or university) did you go to? Seminole State College
  10. What is the title of your blog? Walk N Rolling With Spina Bifida
  11. When and why did you start your blog? 2 years ago , I started my website to give everyone with a disability an opportunity to be heard
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully having my own 501c non-profit organization
  13. What is the name/cause of your visual impairment (or other disability that you may have)?Spina Bifida
  14. How does your visual impairment (or other disability that you may have) effect you on a daily basis? I can’t walk . I use a wheelchair. I am also incontinent . I also have memory issues due to Hydrocephalus.
  15. What do other people feel about your visual impairment(of other disability that you may have)? I don’t have a clue
  16. If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment (or other disability that you may have) what would it be? To always be positive . Never give up .

Where can other people find you on Social media (Please list and provide links)

https://www.facebook.com/WalkNRollingWithSpinaBifida/

https://m.facebook.com/groups/632321793544956

If you would like to do an interview swap or  if you would like to be featured on my blog please feel free to email me at: amanda@amandagene.com

 

A Day of Thanksgiving (2018)

This Thanksgiving I want to share with my family, friends and followers what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. First, I’m so thankful for my family, especially my grandfather who has helped and continues to support me. I cannot say thank you enough for my grandpa. He has taken care of me since the age of sixteen. Without you grandpa I would not be where I am today. You have helped me get an education that years ago I never thought I would have. You are my encouragement when times get hard and you remind me to get back up and to continue to fight my battles. I am also thankful for all that I do have. I may not have reached all the goals and dreams I want to achieve in life yet, but I am thankful for this amazing journey that I am on.

I am thankful for the sight that I do have. It may be tough having Nystagmus at times, but it is not impossible to live with. Thank you to my friends who have Nystagmus that have taught me that just because you have Nystagmus does not mean you have to let it control you.

To my dog: Duke thank you for making me smile and laugh, and for reminding me not to judge a book by its cover… inside there is love and a kind spirit.

To my friends: without you life would be so dull. You make me laugh smile and enjoy life. A special thank you to my best friend, who also happens to be my editor. Thank you for your encouragement as I grow both personally and professionally.

To my followers: without your support I would not have made it this far in my freelancing journey. No matter if you follow me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest your support and encouragement to keep trying is amazing.

I hope that each and every one of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and I will see you guys next week.

 

Making Pimento Cheese (independent living skills series 25)

I was excited to get back into the kitchen at school. My teacher, classmate and I went into the kitchen and she told me all about the Pimento Cheese ingredients and where to find them when you are at the grocery store. After this, my teacher helped my classmate open a package of cream cheese. We left it on the counter. We got out our cutting boards and cheese graters. I chose the black cutting board and silver grater because the contrast of these two items are easier for me to see better. My teacher went over the different sizes of panels; we used the largest and medium-sized ones.  She showed us how to grate the cheese. I found that grating is simple.

Once half of our block of cheese was grated, we went to the medium-sized panel. I had problems with my panel because of the way my cheese was ending up. Instead of getting grated my cheese was getting smashed into the holes and getting stuck. I had to switch to a handheld grater. Once all of our cheese was grated, we put in all it one giant bowl.  The next step in our lesson was to practice using a measuring spoon to measure our miracle whip and softened cream cheese. Once it was all measured out, we added these ingredients to the bowl. We mixed all three of the ingredients together.

In the morning, our principle ordered pizza for lunch  for all the students and staff. Our pizza was delivered right on time.  The pizza was delicious and all the students and staff enjoyed this treat. Once we cleaned up from lunch, including some of our dishes from our lesson, we got back to it.

We added the Pimentos to the bowl. Then we stirred the cheese. It was time to clean the carrots that we were going to use to dip our cheese with. Cleaning the carrots was easier. My classmate peeled and cut half of the carrots. Then it was my turn. I had never cut carrots into slices before so my teacher had to teach me how to do it. What made this easier to remember was how I rocked my knife back and forth to cut our homemade pizzas. This was the same kind of process.

Lastly, my teacher placed the cheese on a plate and added some of the carrots. We then had a small discussion on how to plate cheese, vegetables, and crackers for a party.

My classmates, teachers and I all enjoyed our snack. It was a lot of fun making this simple snack.

Next week I will be learning how to make chicken salad and chocolate dump cake.

Redeeming my failure to ride escalators (independent living skills series 24)

I really wanted to go to class because I wanted to see my teacher before she left to go on vacation. I got to school before my other classmates. Before we got our assignments for the day we had a class meeting. The meeting was to remind us to take the bus to school whenever possible.

After the meeting, my teacher and I went to the mall. I quickly found my landmark and took off towards the escalator. Since going up is easier for me I was able to get on with ease. We stopped and looked at the new items of clothing that were on sale for Christmas. They sure had some cute things.

Then I had to face it! The down escalator. My teacher got behind me, and then said to me, the more you wait and psych yourself out the worse it will be; it is not that big of a deal. Just get on and ride. That’s exactly what I did.

I got on and got off with ease. Once that was done I had to navigate through the mall to get to the food court. When we got there, I looked at the many options for meals; I decided to have tacos.

I had three hard shell tacos with hamburger meat, rice, beans, cheese and avocado. For my drink I had a coke. My tacos were crunchy, and I loved the avocado.  My coke was refreshing.

After lunch, we went to Dillard’s. On the way back, I saw a candy stand. I got some lemon drops and some bubble gum. Yum!

While I was mind mapping to get back to my original landmark, we looked at more Christmas clothes. I bought a red, long-sleeved top that has a Boston Terrier on it. Below the dog it says Santa Paws.

Once I had made my purchase we left the mall and went to Target. All I got there was a candy bar. We then went and drove around looking at what beautiful Pensacola has to offer before returning to the center. It was a great day.  For the next two weeks I will be doing cooking lessons.

I would like to also address some questions on when I will be graduating from this program. I am set to graduate in March; however, I can request that I finish early. To do this, I must prove to my instructors and caseworker, that I have the confidence and that I have mastered the skills that are posted on my Individual Employment Plan.

Failing at my Escalator review (Independent living skills series 23)

I woke up feeling sick and nervous because I felt like I have a lot on my plate. I quickly got dressed and was ready to go. However, I had to wait for the van; and it felt like it was never going to show up, but it did.

The part-time Orientation and Mobility teacher was not there, so the plans were to wait on one more student who was going to be late, and then leave as a group. A few minutes later the part-time teacher showed up. Because Pensacola was offering a wet and windy day my teacher and another classmate and I went to the mall.

My classmate had only a few Orientation and Mobility lessons before, so my teacher taught her about the basics of landmarks and mind mapping. Once that was done, we headed to Dillard’s, so we could practice riding escalators. My teacher gave instructions to my classmate, and with a little coaching my classmate did great.

Then it was my turn. As you have read in my previous posts I was gaining confidence with this skill, therefore it should have been a piece of cake for me. When I got up to the lip fear took a hold of me. I kept feeling the cane tip move, since my teacher had me swap canes with my classmate for a bit.

My teacher had to give me a lot of coaching and encouragement. “Come on, you’ve done this before,” she said as I stood at the top of the stairs. I shook my head no and backed up again. “Come on, I’ll make a video for your blog,” She said. Nothing she said seemed to help. A few members of the public came up to ask if I needed help. Of course, I just explained I was in a lesson. After a few more tries I finally did it.

We then walked around the men’s department and went back up the escalator. For me going up is easier than going down. This time my teacher had me swap our canes back to its proper owner. It felt good to get my cane back.

Since we were back at the top my teacher had me go first. Still I struggled. Oh, well at least I did do it eventually.

Then we went to do an elevator lesson. It was good to hear the lesson again as it helps reinforce what I had learned. The elevator lesson was quick and simple.

Once that was over we went to Newk’s. I had the half and half meal. I had my usual chicken salad sandwich, and for my side I had half a bowl of macaroni and cheese, and a pink lemonade to drink. I enjoyed my meal.

After lunch, we went back to the mall and did a drop off practice. While walking to our meeting place I stopped by HallMark so I could get a Christmas gift for a friend.

When I reached our meeting place my classmate and I chatted up a storm while we waited for our teacher.  When we were leaving, a member of the public saw us walking and started yelling, “I’m so sorry for you; God bless you.” Even though sometimes we educate the public on blindness and the fact that blindness does not ruin your life. I chose to ignore his comments.

Then we went outside and worked on sidewalk travel, two-point touch, and basic street crossing.

Even though I felt sad about not doing good with my review, I say I’ll conquer the escalators next time.

 

 

Halloween This Or That Tag Questions

  1. 1. Chocolate candy or fruity? I love chocolate candy. My favorite is a KitKat bar.
    Witches of Vampires? I love the idea of witches; one of my earliest memories is being dressed up as a witch.
    3. Trick or Treat? I love treats especially chocolate.
    4. Halloween Party or Scary Movie? I love Halloween parties especially where there are games that can be played to win prizes.
    5. Skeletons or Zombies? I like the idea of Zombies better than Skeletons.
    6. Trick-or-Treat or Hand Out Candy? I would love to go Trick-or-Treating again. I tried handing out candy once, however I did not care for it.
    7. Hay Ride or Corn Maze? I think I would prefer the corn maze.
    8. Scary Costume or Funny Costume? I love funny costumes. My favorite costume I wore was dressing up as blind as a bat girl.
    9. Pumpkin Seeds or Pumpkin Pie? I love pumpkin pie.
    10. Bottle Feed A Baby Zombie or Walk Alone Through A Dark Forest? I would not mind walking through a dark forest alone.
    11. Bats or Black Cats? Black cats hands down. Just pass me a tissue because cats make me sneeze.
    12. Pumpkin Spice or hot Chocolate? I love hot chocolate. Its one of my favorites.
    13. Celebrate in your neighborhood or at the mall? The mall no questions asked.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween. 🙂

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