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I am going to miss this so much!

1) Elise and I made a cookbook/storybook from around the world and called it “Cultural Fories.” (get it –Β food / stories!Β πŸ™‚

Elise and I both had trouble deciding what to do for a project. We both had things we liked to do but didn’t know how to do them on our own. Then we decided to combine all of our ideas into one epic project of yummy fantasticness! πŸ™‚ (Aren’t we genius!)

We probably won’t publish our cookbook, but still it is a great accomplishment for me and Elise. Our families and friends will probably be the one’s benefiting from these delicious recipes and mini stories.

I’ll admit, most of it was at 11:00 at my home computer. Procrastination is one of my weaknesses. πŸ™‚ There also was a bunch of collaboration and encouragement done at school, but most was done in the solitude of our houses.

YES!! I’d like to thank my cousin for helping me with ideas and editing all of my stories! I’d also like to thank Elise’s mom for helping make all of the recipes! Also our parent’s for being such a great support group for all of the hours spent working on this project! Oh, and a big round of applause for Elise (my partner!) for doing all of the recipes and most of the formatting!

2) Most of our roadblocks were at the beginning when we hadn’t decided fully what to do yet and hadn’t combined our projects together. I knew I wanted to do something with food and stories, but I did food last year and I knew stories took a long time so I didn’t know how much time I would have. Elise went through lots of ideas too, none of which seemed like something she could work the whole year on or have fun with for the whole year. And then, we combined our projects! (-insert hevenly chorus-) and everything kinda just fell into place. We did struggle with coming up with the countries, food, and ideas for stories we wanted, but all of which were decided fairly quickly with only one or two migraines… πŸ™‚ I think the only thing we could have done differently would have been to start working together earlier.

3) The best feeling I had was after I finished and edited my first story. It felt like I could actually do this huge task that had been set before me. The other big success was when we compiled the actual cookbook – stories, recipes, title pages and all.- It was beautiful! -sniff, sniff.-

4) DON’T PROCRASTINATE!! Like I said before, plenty of my valuable teenage hours were spent typing at 11:00 to midnight. Not cool. I still will probably have to learn this lesson over and over again, but looking back it would have been much easier if I had typed a little bit every day – not much, but just a bit every day. But this project was definitely worth it. The feeling of pride that I have after finishing something creative and something I made myself is awesome!

Writing these stories definitely helped my English skills. If not, just solidified my writing skills. Oh! looking at my brilliant author cousin’s edits were a cool experience of how important English is in even the tiniest of details. Even making the tiniest change was like a whole new meaning to the story. Even if I don’t grow up to be a writer, I think this helped me to realize that I can do things on my own, get them done all of the way, and have fun doing it.

5) Yes I attended the showcase. It was so fun! It really brought the feeling to life, thatΒ I did this! I’m a part of this! It was also cool to see what everyone’s interests were and how much time they put into it. I know that even though I spent a lot of time on my project, not very many people are or got to see it. But I am still glad I did, I love my project and the feeling of pride that I have that I wouldn’t have if I just spent the littlest time possible on my project as possible.

Way to go SIPs!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

SIPs #8

Today I have accomplished much!! I have 6 and 1/2 stories done out of seven and then I need to edit five of them. We talked together about printing the papers off, creating the cookbook, and samples (yes there will be samples!:)) and stuff like that. We have some more work to do but we are going to get together sometime and put it all together.

I loved SIPs for it’s personablilty and for the fact that it is teaching me to be responsible. I am probably the world’s best procrastinator so being accountable for my own stuff is a great skill to learn.

DON’T PROCRASTINATE!! If you procrastinate then you end up with either a serious lack of sleep (cough, cough) or a bad presentation, no matter how good your intentions are.

Thanks and wish me luck!

SIPs #7

Today I typed the Germany story – or at least most of it. We figured out more of the putting together and technical stuff of the cookbook as a whole and next time we plan to compile the actual cookbook and modge podge it all, to make it look cute.

I need to type 5 more short stories (2 pages long – each) and Elise needs to find more picture of the countries and take pictures of the remaining recipes that haven’t been cooked yet.

Sips #5


Today Elise and I came up with titles for some of our stories in the country’s language and plots for other ones.

Next time we will finish up with the stories/recipies/phrases ect. and the time after that we will start to create the modge podge cookbook… hopefully.

I read Izzy’s blog.


Today Elise and I combined our projects into one totally amazing project! We are making a recipe/storybook with 7 recopies from around the world. πŸ™‚

Elise today, searched up some more recipies and printed them off. I brainstormed and came up with the plot for the story for french bread. πŸ™‚

I resolved most of my problems when Elise and I combined our project, before we did nothing fit together and I was really struggling with ideas.

Computer and ideas will be all that I need for next time. πŸ™‚

Sips #3

Today I helped my neighbor discover her project. I struggled over the questions that I posted last time and haven’t found any answers. I am going back to maybe not around the world foods but just healthy foods that I can make enticing. Maybe. Probably. I’m stuck. πŸ™ Β I have also been trying to decide what my actual project to showcase should be and if it would be cool at all to show a cookbook. I may be a little discouraged, but hopefully things will be clearer with a little more sleep, time and prayers. Next time I will start typing my stories or finding recipes. If I do classic recipes then maybe I could cook a really good version of it… that’s a thought. I would rate my time a 3 1/2. I didn’t really make much progress on my project but I wasn’t distracted. Just puzzled. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time.Β πŸ™‚



Today I did a lot of thinking and used a lot of my brain power to figure out some of the questions that needed to be solved. For example, I’ve decided to instead of just healthy foods that foods from around the world would be fun to write about and bring extra character to my characters. I searched up a whole bunch of yummy recipes that I now need to narrow down.

I need to decide if I should do one big story with recipes in it, or a whole bunch of short stories to go with them. Is this more of a story book with yummy recipes, or a yummy cookbook with fun stories? What recipes am I going to write about? Do I do more than one recipe for each country? Where do I find exact recipes? Who would be a good expert? What writing techniques do I need to know? These are some of the questions I have and still need to answer.

I researched a bunch of recipes and even if it feels like I didn’t get much done, my brain powers are exhausted. See ya next time! πŸ™‚




Today I finalized what my actual SIPS project would be. I wrote my SIPS ‘pitch’ and found my questions that I now have to work with.

Next time I have to decide if I want to write a big long story or multiple tiny stories to go with my recipes, and what type of recipies I really want to learn/write about.

See ya later! πŸ™‚

SIPS pitch

I haveΒ finally decided on my project! I have decided on combining healthy foods and creative writing to make a healthy cookbook with stories about each one. For example: Perfect Paris Pancakes – and then a story about say… a french girl who created the best pancakes in the world, and becameΒ tres riche!Β – then the actual recipe for the pancakes. I love food! (I am a foodie!) The reason I hadn’t put food up before as one of my options was that last year in Ms. Bushman’s class I did something food related. I guess I told myself that I needed to do something different, but in truth, I think it is so much fun! (and yummy!) πŸ™‚ I hope I can make this something people will want to use, happy to read, and excited to learn about. I sure am!

My three guiding questions are

  1. How can I find/create nutritional recipes to help people want to eat healthy
  2. How can I write titles/stories about my recipes to make them enticing
  3. What do I need to know about story writing/editing/etc.

Right now my expert is my mom. She is really big into healthy foods and healthy lifestyle. She is an amazing cook and is really big into healthy foods. (She is also a foodie!)Β I will also try to look for another person as well to get me even more input. I also might change from healthy recipes to just classic delicious ones, depending on how much research goes into each recipe, so it doesn’t cut into my writing/editing time. (Or if I just want to do classic recipes… πŸ™‚ )

I am so excited! Thanks for letting us do this! πŸ™‚

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