Outline, fill, and jiggle! Add the final touches and voila! It’s easy!
Perhaps so for Holly (left), Alondra (below), Sydnie and Sandy, four of our Lovin’ Oven teens who have been under the tutelage of Amy Hunsberger (Once Bitten cookies) for some time. Happily, all were on hand to guide those who were new to the fun. Volunteers of all ages came to Teen Services this past weekend to outline, fill, and jiggle, create a variety of special holiday cookies, and smile at the outcomes.
Preceding the decorating, teens were busy making the dough, rolling, rolling, and rolling. Then the cutouts, more rolling, more cutouts – over and over until ~600 cookies were ready to be decorated. Amy had the icings all ready to go and the Teen Center classroom became the cookie factory.
Then came the packaging preparing for delivery.
We are so grateful to all who joined in on the fun!!
Thanks to our instructors: Amy Hunsberger, Holly Lee, Alondra Perez, Sandy Pulido, and Sydnie Raup
And to our volunteers: Elizabeth Avendano, Paulina Botello, Paola Calderon, Manuel Calvario, Yair Cortes, Debby Dart, Ruth Fatouhi, Zitlaly Garcia, Elizabeth Gomez, Alejandro Hernandez, Jeanne Leonard, Carmen Lopez, Evelyn Martinez, Pat Meier-Johnson, Diana Olding, John and Sydney Randazzo, Deangelo Robledo, Christopher Rivas, Alejandra Ruiz, Leilani Scheilblich, Soni Sherpa, Cesar Solis, Tom Sours, Stephanie Stubbs, and Liz Taylor
It was not unusual that there was a high level of energy with only a few days before our annual fundraiser – Cowboy Cab – but this day was beyond the expected.
Joellyn, TSS Administrative Assistant, was creating table numbers for Cowboy Cab. Lovin’ Oven Coordinator Carol was in the kitchen getting things ready for cooking for the homeless shelter. Six girls sat around a table set up in front of the TV screen teaching Norma, Teen Center Coordinator, how to decorate Cowboy Cab cookies. Four new job coaches arrived to join the summer cohort who were having their first RTW workshop in the classroom. And there was a bearded dragon in our accountant’s office.
To explain the latter… Merlise, our accountant, is heading off on vacation and TSS is dragon-sitting while Merlise is away.
Just a typical day at Teen Services Sonoma!
Every Tuesday 5-7 teens gather at the Teen Center to prepare a meal for the clients of Sonoma Overnight Support. Now these teens are not only giving back to the community, they are also learning from one of the best!
Celebrity Chef Bryan-David brings his joy and passion for cooking to the Teen Services kitchen as he teaches teens to embrace cooking as an art and to think of how the ingredients blend together to create something special.
He expresses his philosophy: What drives me is an indefatigable passion for creating foods that stun.