And Away We Go! Welcome JB 36!

On Monday, we started JB 36! This has definitely been a week of transition as the group gets to know each other and how the program is going to work. It isn't always easy spending seven hours a day with strangers, but they won't be strangers for long!

Photographer Rose showing off her digital camera selfie skills!

Your new journalist is Reggie! He'll start us out with a little bit about the week and then we'll end with a couple of introductions to the new group.

"Just Bakery is more than just baking. I myself, Rose, Lawrence, and Stacey (aka Stacey with an "e") are all from different walks of life, but we share the same base line.

I've learned so much about the business aspect of food in just one week.

There are people here who really care. This program is the reset that we all needed.

We did a little tai chi this week for stress management!

I'm optimistic that the Big Six and FATTOM will assist us all in being once again productive members of society. Baking is not just baking. Baking is life, having the knowledge when one must rise above any and every obstacle. We appreciate the support!"


So now let's learn a little bit about Reggie:

"I am a typical person that was raised with morals, values, and ethics. My current age is 41 years old. I am the father of six wonderful children: Sarah (24), Erica (23), Jalen (18), Josh (16), Kayla (15), and the baby is Aliya (8). The core reason why I'm here is because it's God's plan. I was born and raised in the mean streets of Chicago. I never knew my father. My mom struggled with addiction which put me in some awkward places. I've spent almost 23 1/2 years in and out of prison. I am truly blessed to be alive. The streets are mean and they don't love anyone. Just Bakery is like a breath of fresh air. My goal is to graduate."

And now let's hear from one more this week, and we'll introduce the other two next week:

"My name is Stacey. I am 36 years old and was born in Black River Falls, WI. I have always been interested in cooking and baking. I heard about Just Bakery and appliied right away. When I was younger, I always enjoyed watching my grandmothers cook and bake pies, roasts, soups, cookies, and being part Norwegian, Leffse. So yummy! Since then, my grandparents have passed away and I figured this program would be a great opportunity for me. So when my breads or cookies take a flop I don't have to think they're up there looking down at me saying "You put too much in" or just laughing. Since my parents are unfortunately no longer together, and none of us are getting any younger, it would make me really happy to carry on the holiday dinner tradition. The way to a person's heart is through their stomach!"

A quick look at some kitchen shenanigans with JB 35. They have been busy! Mastering quick breads, muffins, and cookies. Today they learned their first yeast bread! Our parmesan pesto rolls- glad to taste test!

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