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Lisa’s Kitchen Tine Frenzy Exclusive Interview Dad’s motto: Never Giving Up

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Have you ever had a dream or a goal that you wanted to accomplish that was big? Well, have you ever wondered if you parents ever had their own dreams or goals in their life like yours? Well I wanted to find out so I had conducted an interview about my dad and his goal in life. My dad had given me tips and wisdom of words for my future goals. His wisdom of words was to never give up and always stay on task because sometimes the small slip ups can become bigger problems. My dad’s goal in life was to become settled and have a good business. But before he could accomplish his long term goal he needed to get settled in Canada when he emigrated from Sri Lanka to Canada. He did accomplish his goal and that was by getting support from family and friends, who helped him, get comfortable with what he has to face in life. My dad also had to work double as hard to make sure he was up to task by studying in school but also at the same time, getting a job, so he can collect enough money to support the rest of his family that were going to migrate to Canada afterwards. Some tips my dad suggested were to always be confident when doing something, and find friends that can help support you and work as a team to support each other. A missed opportunity my dad had missed out on was that he was offered an extra advanced class in business when he was in university but he was unable to take it even though he wanted to. The reason why was because he needed to work since he needed money for his family and the extra class was not adjustable

for his time. My dad does believe that he partially regrets not entering the class because he could have become more successful and it could have been helpful now if he took the advanced class. He seems to think the good part of it, is that if he took the class he may have not brought his family to Canada, in a safer area in time which he cares about a lot. He believed he could have changed his schedule and tried working and studying extra. Although it was a missed opportunity he is glad he still had succeeded to this present day. Taking into consideration of the advice and tips my dad has given me the area he feels is important for me to concentrate, based on his life is that I need to be independent and learn to stand on my own two feet when facing the world. By using my dad’s advice and his experience I had developed my own goal. My goal was to get honour roll through all my years in high school.

I would know that I had achieved my goal if at the end of each year I get a medal representing the honor roll. I know I can reach my goal if I am confidence. I would also need to be independent and not be distracted when it is exams and studying time. I know I can achieve this goal if I have good work habits by reviewing all work I had done in the end of the day, making notes, and more. I would like to achieve honour roll for all of high school and continue my work habits through the rest of my school years. Using the advice my dad had given I would always try my best in all subjects and never give up even if I am struggling in a subject. When achieving my goal I will need to have enabling goals that shorten down my long term goal, I will go through obstacles and I would need strategies to get them accomplished. Some enabling goal that I would need to accomplish is the class work, homework, test and more to make sure I am always focused and know what I am doing and ,another is taking notes for every subject so I can take a look at key points and revise more easily for me. Doing those things is shortening my pathway of getting honor roll. A few obstacles I may have are that I may have more than one project to work on and I may lose track of what I need to do. Other obstacles are having distractions like parties or events, and maybe trips that may occur. To avoid these obstacles I can do an equal amount of both projects little by little so I can get both of them done. To avoid distractions

I can put them on hold and get back to it after homework is done. I can also limit my extra time on just playing on the computer or more to finish homework as well. Some time management problems are procrastinating and by throwing away minutes by being distracted. To get around these problems I can plan out my hour blocks of the day, and force myself to focus on the present. Comparing to my goal setting abilities to my dad it seems we had the same way in achieving our goals but my dad just didn’t know he had planned everything out and was on the right track already. Meeting my SMART goal helps me accomplish an emotional developmental task The reason being that I am learning to be mature, motivated, responsible, and independence when achieving my goal by taking marks seriously, being positive and confident, taking ownership to achieve it, and by learning in my way and bringing forwards extra time for me to study and make notes. Using smart goals in the future can help you achieve something that can be beneficial to you if you don’t give up on yourself to do it.

'Lisa's Babysitting Advice '

by Yathavi

Smart With Talk /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Learn About Effective Communication ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Urrg! Don’t you despise that moment when you tell your friend something, and they don’t understand you, so you have to repeat it to them again and they still don’t understand you? Or that happy moment when you tell a friend something and they understand you? Well that’s what I’m going to be talking to you guys about! I’m going to present and teach you guys on how to become a GREAT, and AMAZING communicator! First off you guys need to know what effective communication really is. Effective communication is when there are two people who receive and send information, feelings and much more. Communication occurs every day at every second. This leads me to the type of people who take part in communication of sending and receiving information. There is sender who sends the message and there is always a receiver who receives the message. For example, in the comic “Lisa’s babysitting advice” ,, Lisa greets Jeff, Mike’s dad, she is the sender because she is sends a message of an welcoming. Jeff takes part as the receiver who interprets the message that he received. To become a good sender or receiver you should consider your speech and purpose when communicating. Speech contains the tone of speech such as being formal or informal. Speech is important because if you were in an interview you would not speak in an informal tone like slang. If you go back to “Lisa’s Babysitting Advice” her speech towards Mike, when he acted rudely was serious and angered, not happy and care free, “Mike I would like you to talk to me with respect!” she had said. If your tone of speech is incorrect, you would change the purpose of your entire message. Purpose is also an important factor because there is always a purpose to a reaction that is received. Purpose relies on speech because if your speech was incorrect it would change the concept of your purpose creating miscommunication. In communication there is always a role of empathy that takes place. Empathy relies on speech because if

your speech was

incorrect it could change the concept of your purpose creating miscommunication. In communication there is always a role of empathy that takes place. Empathy is when you show understanding to a receiver and to be able to connect with them and be in their perspective. Lisa from the comic had shown empathy to Mike when he was discussing his frustration, she proved she understood his feelings by saying “I understand how you feel right now.” When becoming a communicator an important antecedent in communication is in non-verbal and verbal messages. Non-verbal communication is understood throughout the process of sending and receiving wordless messages, through body language. Body language consists of physical proximity, facial expression, body position, gestures, and eye contact. An example is when Lisa instructed Mike to come into the kitchen, he had walked behind Lisa with a slouched back, his eyes half closed, and his head down showing he is upset. Verbal messages are short responses that are spoken. An example of verbal messages is when Lisa was in the kitchen she had said “ Your dad’s fiancée seems nice to me.” Mixed messages are problems that can occur between nonverbal and verbal messages. An example is yawning, it can be seen as a negative body gesture because it can give off a message that you are not interested to the receiver.

In communicating it is best to use positive strategies and assertiveness. Positive strategies consist of humour, honesty, and timing. Humor helps make the message light-hearted and pleasant, but it can be inappropriate at times. Honesty is when the receiver receives correct information is able to determine the sender’s feelings. Timing is when the receiver is prepared to listen to the not Mike was ready to explain his frustration. Lisa says” Now that we are settled, do you this is the right time t discuss your frustration.” Assertiveness is also a good thing to use as well. Assertiveness is when communicating ideas are positive and firm. For example was when Lisa had helped Mike, he responded “That sounds good. Thanks for the advice Lisa! I feel much better!” Listening is also a major factor in effective communication. There are two ways to listen and respond, one being an active listener and the other as passive listener .Active listener involves concentrating on what is being said, so you understand the massage. Active listening consists of verbal responses/comments, and encourages the speaker to express feelings. Active listening has benefits that are: respect, trust, productivity, and accuracy. Lisa says, “How about we discuss this over dinner” to Mike to encourage him to express his feelings. Passive listening is when someone hears the message but doesn’t interpret or takes their time to consider the meaning. Mike presented an example when his dad was informing him about leaving, Mike responded with “Hmmm”, showing he didn’t really consider what the message meant. To be a better listener you should always try to consider what the message is being sent to you and you can do that by controlling emotion, concentrating, not interrupting, focused, open mind, positive attitude and connecting with the speaker. These tips help interpret the message you will receive. Effective communication also contains filters which are about being biased. Biased is when having a narrow perspective on something and there are three types of being bias. There is ethnocentrism which is to

This Picture demonstrates body language, timing which is a positive strategy, and passive listening.

show less importance of a group or culture. Stereotyping is when a group is generalized as the same characteristic, and prejudice is being against a group or individual sharing the same characteristic. Being biased can offend many people. Another factor of effective communication is I-messages which provide a positive communication under difficult circumstances. Imessages contain 4 parts: “I feel”, “When you’, “Because I”, and “I want” help make a negative stamen into a positive. Mike had used Imessages when he was explaining why he was frustrated to Lisa. He had said “I don't like Tina, she seems to try to replace my mother, when my mother died just a year ago. She is always too perky when I still feel upset over my mom. To add more to my dislike, dad doesn’t seem to mind.” Mike had used I-massages to express his problem in a positive method. Benefits of I- messages is that they help define the problem, reduce defensiveness, and helps ease intentional conflict. The final factor of effective communication contains is roadblocks which stand in the way of good communication. There are eleven types of roadblocks. There is criticizing meaning judging or blaming, threatening meaning warning, preaching meaning ordering, lecturing meaning arguing. The other six are analyzing meaning diagnosing, advising meaning giving tips or help, one-upping meaning competing, globalizing meaning generalizing, dismissing meaning rejecting, and finally interrogating meaning questioning. Mike and Lisa have used one each. Lisa had used one-upping when she challenged Mike to play his video games, and Mike had used dismissing when he said “whatever” to his father.

“Every good conversation starts with good Listening “

Roadblocks also have bridges which are I-messages that prevent specific roadblocks. There are four and they change accusing to suggesting, blaming to reassuring, demanding to persuading, and lastly judging to praising. Lisa had changed blaming to reassuring when Mike had said he disliked Tina, because of her perkiness it made him upset, Lisa had taken the blame and changed it into reassuring by saying “I’m sure it was just a misunderstanding, she just wants to fit in and not hurt you. As a conclusion I believe that effective communication is very important for teens. Teens communicate more than any other age groups do because of the highly developed technology. Many teen also break these factors in communication without realizing. Effective communication skills will help teens in the future with many different situations such as fights with friends to an interview for a job and this article would help demonstrate techniques to help with the situation.


Hey guys! I’m going to show and tell how to follow Lisa`s kitchen tips for safety, dishwashing, and measuring. So let`s begin!

Hair ties back and apron on Tip 2: Loose, bulky clothing, dangling jewellery? Nu-uh! HAIR UP AND APRON

ON! Now!

Don’t use metal containers for a microwave Tip 5: Operating a microwave with a metal container inside? Oh, please I know better!

Pan handles turned to centre of oven Tip 6: When placing a pan on the stove, move the handle so it`s pointing to the middle. Remember if you want to avoid steam burn,

lift the pot lid in the direction farthest away from you, to allow the steam to escape.

Hey guys! I’m going to show and tell how to follow Lisa`s kitchen tips for safety, dishwashing, and measuring. So let`s begin!

Order of washing items Tip 2: Arg! Arg! I know the order wash

glassware, cutlery, dinnerware, preparation dishes, to pots and pans rinse, stack, and dry from

One person washes and rinses, other dries and puts away. Tip 5: Team work it is,

one washing

and rinsing, while other puts them all away

Hey guys! I’m going to show and tell how to follow Lisa`s kitchen tips for safety, dishwashing, and measuring. So let`s begin!



Tip 2: I have tricks up my sleeve. To fill a measuring tool, there are two ways to do so.

Leveled is when the ingredient is precisely full while heaping is overflown.

Water Displacement Method Measuring spoons

Tip 6: To measure hard fat use

Tip 5: Do you know what measuring

water displacement method; measure 1cup of fat pour 2

spoons are used for? He he he . I’ll

cups of cold water into the liquid measuring cup and

it’s liquid, dry, and solid ingredients

add fat until the water rises and then take out the

tell you anyway,


1. 2. 3.

4. 5.

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Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. 2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Solid -3 cups of grated carrots


-1 & ¼ of vegetable oil - 4 eggs

-2 cup of white sugar (leveled)


- 2 cups of all-purpose flour

-1 cup of chopped pecans



4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake.

How To Measure Ingredients *For Flour take a heaping amount and then level off with spatula, and don’t pack. Use measuring cup *For the vegetable oil, pour into the liquid measuring cup on a straight surface and eye level *squish lumps and use measuring spoon *For vanilla extract and salt, use a measuring spoon

Frosting: Solid -1/2 cup of softened butter - 8 ounces of softened cream cheese -1 cup of chopped pecans

Small Amounts


- 2 teaspoons of baking soda (leveled) - 2 teaspoons of baking powder - 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (heaping) - ½ cup of salt (leveled)


Small Amounts

-4 cups of confectioners’ sugar

-1 teaspoon for vanilla extract

*Credit for recipe:

Apple Squares Healthy Eating




-2 medium apples

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Coat an 8”x8” inch pan with non-stick cooking spray 2. Peel core, and chop apples 3.In large bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together. 4. In another large bowl whisk sugar, oil, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract together. 5. Combine flour and egg mixture until well combined. Fold in chopped apples. Pour into pan and spread evenly. 6. Bake 35-40 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

- ¾ cup of whole-wheat flour -3/4 cup all-purpose flour -1teaspoon baking soda -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 1/3 cup low-fat yogurt -1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Prep time: 10min Cooking time: 35-40 min Servings: 16 servings

Level: Easy

Am I Eating Healthy? How Do I Know? There is nothing more comforting than biting into a warm, sweet, and rich apple square and knowing it is healthy for you. You won’t believe it, but it’s true! Apple squares are snacks that are healthy because they meet the recommendations of the Canada’s Food Guide. The Canada’s Food Guide can help you eat RIGHT! This delicious snack follows all four of the food groups, making it a healthy choice. The food ingredients included in this recipe are 2 apples, whole-wheat flour, low-fat yogurt, and an egg. The 2 apples are included in the Vegetables and Fruit group, while the whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour is part of the Grain Products, and whole-wheat is especially healthy because it is whole-wheat then the original flour. The low-fat yogurt is considered as a Milk and Alternative and it is also healthy because it is low-fat and not regular. The egg used in the recipe is included as a Meat and Alternative. As an option you can also include cashews or any other preferred nuts apart of the recipe which could also be considered part of the food group. For people with allergies to nuts do not need to include it to the recipe because they still would be eating from all the food groups due to the egg is included as part of

Vegetable and Fruits: Apples Grain Products: whole-wheat flour Milk and Alternative: low-fat yogurt Meat and Alternatives: Egg and (optional) nuts (e.g. cashews) Cooking oils: Canola oil

the Meat and Alternatives. The recipe also includes canola oil used is also included in Canada’s Food Guide as it is unsaturated fat and it is one of the best oils to use when cooking. Other healthy recipes with same ingredients and ingredients you can find at home: -apple cinnamon pancakes -apple oatmal bars -honey blueberry muffins -whole-wheaat honey bread

Are Apple Squares Appealing To Teens?

YUMMY apple square recipe appealing teens! This apple squares recipe is appealing to teens The reason being is that it follows the FACTTS factor that help make a food appealing and YUMMY for teens to enjoy. The first appeal is flavour, tasting sweet, rich, and strong. What teen wouldn’t like something sweet and healthy to snack on? The aroma would be sweet, strong, and like freshly baked goods, something that satisfies all teen cravings with DELICIOUSNESS. The colour of the apple squares is a light-golden brown, mixed with apple bits that would be a light-orangey bache. The varied colours make it appetizing and attractive to teens. The texture of the apple squares from soft to chewy would make teens minds go CRAZY! The temperature of the apple squares would be warm or cool, and the shape could vary, so you guys could use cookie cutters! The original shape though, is a square and the servings are evaluated by the squares. Why is it Important to Plan Meals?

Planning your meals help save money and time.

Planning a menu for each of your meals would benefit you in many ways. An important factor is time. You may have a busy lifestyle with bunch of tests and projects from school, limiting your time to shop for your ingredients and prepare the meal. Plan your meals ahead so, when going shopping you would take less time looking for ingredients because you already know what you are going to buy. By planning you would be also very organized which is always a positive point. I’m sure everyone would want to be! You could also be saving money by carefully choosing healthy appealing foods within the family’s budget instead of not planning and just spending money on things you think you may need but you don’t.

Family likes and dislikes can vary, by planning ahead to alternate preferred dinners would help meet those likes/dislikes.

This may also help you save extra money to maybe buy something for yourself. Who isn’t happy when they know they have extra money to buy something they like? You would also be developing healthy food choices because you won’t have the need to but unhealthy foods when seeing them because you already planned healthy choices and you are only buying the foods you planned. Maybe like chocolate. We all know we can eat it ALL day but it’s bad for you! You would also be meeting likes and dislikes within a family. For example one family member may enjoy pasta but another may not but planning the meals that each family member would like or alternating between days would help meet those preferences. Surely this has happened to you, while you are giving a disgusting look to your plate, your sibling is all happy and done, asking for seconds! Eh EEWW! An important factor about planning your meals is that to be meeting an individual’s needs such as allergies. If a person is allergic to a specific food or ingredient it would not be wise to make it, that’s why planning our foods ahead would help you get around that problem.

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