Matolly Cooking Recipes! (part 2)

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

Here are two more recipes we have done so far this summer in our cooking activity! Try them on your own and enjoy! Taco Cupcakes Ingredients: ground beef/taco meat taco seasoning black beans mexican cheese and/or queso lettuce salsa red onions wonton wrappers (generally found in the produce section) **This recipe is able to have any additions you seem fit! Any of your favorite taco ingredients will suffice as great add-ins for your own personalized “taco cupcake”! 1. Prepare the taco meat with the taco seasoning in a pan. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375. 2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. press a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each space of the tray. 3.Fill the cups with the taco meat, queso/cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, black beans and other additional add-ins. 4. Place another wonton wrapper on top of the full wonton wrapper, like a lid. 5. Bake for 10 or so minutes, or until the wonton wrappers are golden brown. 6. Let cool and enjoy! Cookie Dough Bites Ingredients 1 cup salted butter, softened 1½ cups packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups flour 6 ounces miniature chocolate chips Directions Cream butter and sugar together. Add remaining ingredients and mix well — use your hands to get it together the best. Roll into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Dip in chocolate, drizzle with chocolate or eat as is. Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving. Store in the...

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Three Days

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

After waiting through a long, anticipation-filled year, Color War is right around the corner.  There are only three days until the third annual fight between the reining champions, The Red Team, and the mighty underdogs, The Black Team.  Earlier today, Matolly captains rode in on horseback to deliver their opening speeches, and invite campers to join their teams, not just for this summer, but for every summer after.  Kelsey Henry, Black Team Captain, will keep her title for another year with nothing but victory on her mind  On the Red Team, Aly Brenner, will pass on the torch to the next deserving captain during Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Both teams already have tons of enthusiasm, and the energy is steadily building.  Tomorrow, campers will decide what activity they would like to participate in on Saturday in hopes to bring home the glory for their team.  Events to choose from include: soccer, basketball, pillo-polo, logic, swimming, skit/banner, carpetball, and the hunt.  We cannot wait to unite with Ocky to compete together in the third annual Color War! -Taylor Knowles and June Freifelder, Algonquin...

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Simple and classy summer salad…

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013

Hello all… Here’s a very simple Caesar Salad dressing recipe that is sure to please. The great thing about a Caesar Salad is that it is very “portable” if you are going on a picnic, to the beach or on a lazy canoe ride down a calm and cool river. All of the components to the salad (dressing, lettuce, cheese, croutons and optional toppings) can be stored separately in containers in a cooler until you are ready to eat… then toss them together and enjoy! Be careful to keep the dressing cold (with ice or icepacks in a cooler) because it contains raw egg. Dispose of any leftover salad or dressing if your adventures keep you away from proper refrigeration for too long. Caesar Salad Dressing This recipe makes 12 servings, which is quite a bit. You can certainly half the recipe if you need to. 2/3 cup cooking oil 3 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 eggs (raw) 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/8 tsp. Pepper 2 2oz cans of anchovies (drained) Blend all ingredients, except eggs, until smooth. Add eggs and blend until incorporated. Simple enough, right? Fresh cut romaine lettuce, croutons and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese will finish off this simple and classic salad but if you want to get a little creative try adding some hardboiled egg or some thinly sliced scallions. If you want to make the salad more of a meal try adding some chicken, grilled and sliced thin or a few grilled shrimp. I’ve even seen Caesar Salad served with a crab cake on top! Remember to be creative and have fun. Cooking is an art, not a science. Be good… Chef...

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Homesickness

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013

I started to go to camp when I was 5 years old at the rec center in town. I really do not remember those summers but I do remember being homesick for some of the other years I went to camp. As I have gotten older, I have been able to understand why kids (and even sometimes adults) become homesick. I was recently reading an article centered around homesickness and it listed out some great tips for parents to help their children and there children’s counselors combat homesickness. Before Camp Begins: •Avoid committing to a “Pick Up Deal.” We find that when families promise their children, “If you miss home, we’ll pick you up,” the chances of homesickness actually increase because this commitment undermines the camper’s confidence. As a parent, you will always be able to pick up your child at any time. However, with this fallback in mind, campers become preoccupied with the idea of coming home, possibly missing out on all the wonderful activities and friendships here at camp. •Encourage your camper to talk to other children who have been to camp. A peer’s experience is often more relatable than that of an adult. •Have your child practice spending time away from home before camp begins. A good start is to have your child stay overnight at a house with which he/she is somewhat familiar, like a relative’s or best friend’s house. •The cornerstone of homesickness prevention is the family’s outlook. We suggest expressing confidence, optimism, and a positive attitude about camp to your children. Your children look up to you and will role model the tone you set. •Have your child contact us with a list of any questions! Giving your child the autonomy to ask for help, will give them the self-confidence to be away from home as well as the assurance that we’re here to support them. While at Camp: •When writing to your camper, avoid focusing on how much you miss him/her. Simply saying, “We miss you but hope you’re having lots of fun,” is a great way to express both confidence and affection. However, writing an entire letter focusing on how sad you are without your child can cause feelings of helplessness or even guilt. •Avoid communicating bad news that your child can do nothing about. Even something as seemingly simple as the unfortunate passing of a pet goldfish could make a child feel helpless and intensify homesickness. In the event of an emergency, we encourage you to call us here at camp. •When writing to your camper, focus on camp! Ask a lot of questions about what’s going on here – who are his/her friends, what’s his/her favorite activity, what’s the daily schedule, who are the counselors, how’s the cabin, etc. •If your child writes home to say he/she is homesick, avoid talking about anything at home he/she might really miss....

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Disney Day

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013

This Saturday just past was our Special Events Day at Camp Matolly and, despite the heat, everyone turned out with plenty of spirit, energy and excitement for Disney Day. The teams were 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Peter Pan. The whole camp was split into the five teams, each with their own team colour. The day was packed full of singing, chanting, laughing and friendly competition as each team competed in activities such as relays, trivia and banner making. The Lion King team were victorious at the end of the day but everyone had lots of fun challenging themselves and getting into the Disney spirit 🙂 -Beth Nelson, Apache...

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Matolly Cooking Recipes! (part 1)

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013

Hello all! I am here to bring you the recipes we have created this summer in our cooking program! The girls have made some fantastic things that I am sure they could continue to explore at home with family and friends! A special thanks to all of the lovely Matolly ladies for all of their hard work and enthusiasm at cooking so far! Below I am posting the first couple recipes we have done! Keep your eyes open for the rest as the summer continues! Keep cooking! -Matolly Cooking Director Pizza Puffs 3/4 cup flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning pinch of salt pinch of red pepper flakes 3/4 cup whole milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup cubed pepperoni 1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes (if using) ; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes. 2. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. Oreo Cheeecake 22 Oreos: 16 left whole, and 6 coarsely chopped 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature (Neufchatel is fine) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten 1/2 cup sour cream Pinch of salt Preheat oven to 275 F. Line 12 standard muffin tins and 4 ramekins (or 16 muffin tins, if you have them) with paper liners. Place 1 whole Oreo in the bottom of each lined cup. Beat the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium. Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Pour in the beaten eggs, a little at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand. Pour the batter into the prepared tins, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, 22-25 minutes. Cool in the pans for about 15 minutes, on a wire rack, then transfer to a plate in the refrigerator for at least 4...

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