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Cyanotype Sun Printing with Shukri and Maha 

Cyanotype Sun Printing

Today we took the Cyanotype Sun Printing class. It was a relaxing vibe. We got to get creative with sun printing artwork. We went for a nature theme when we were working on our artwork. We enjoyed our time with David and he was a fun person to be around. Our experience with this class was great and we recommend this class to anyone who enjoys art.

Overall, it was a nice experience and we would both love to take this class again.

3 Questions about their experience:

1.     What nature items did you use to design your sun printing?

We used some flowers, leaves and construction paper. We chose our own designs and formatted it the way we wanted to be depending on the look we were looking for.

2.     What was your favorite part of the class and the process?

Our favorite part of this class was being able to get creative with simple objects and creating our own looks.

3.     What part of the class did you find the most relaxing?

The most relaxing part of this class was the Cyanotype Sun Printing.

Take a look at our experience and process.

Shukri & Maha

Mastering My Meals

Mastering Meal Plan

One of my favorite aspects of directing Nashville Community Education is being able to take classes when my schedule allows. This Fall I participated in Lindsey Joe’s Master Meal Planning. In two short nights, Lindsey taught us a step-by-step process to plan meals, helping save time and money while eating a little healthier.

Lindsey covered everything from making grocery lists, how to work with your schedule, creating “master meals,” and SO MUCH MORE!!! Some students struggled with finding the motivation to cook and prep meals, some were stressed by grocery shopping, and some just wanted to save time and stop food waste. For all of us, Lindsey provided patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic support. At the end of class, Lindsey gave us a binder full of meal plan templates, recipe cards, pouches for coupons and more! The binder was a great motivator to get started on our meal planning journey.

Personally, I love cooking and shopping, but I struggle with making realistic meal plans on Sundays, that I actually follow through with during the week. I always think I’ll want that kale and quinoa salad on Thursday night until Thursday night rolls around, my day has been long, and I suddenly want pizza or takeout. Then the ingredients waste away in my fridge, while I cave into my cravings. Lindsey helped me realize that I needed to be honest with my tastes – I love hearty, comfort food. I can alter appealing recipes to be healthier by making substitutions for more nutritious ingredients or adding veggies where possible. Thanks to her guidance I’ve actually been following my new meal plans, cooking more food, spending less money, and feeling more energized!

I am looking forward to working with Lindsey again in the spring when she’ll be teaching Master Meal Planning and a new series, Preventing Diabetes(which I plan on attending!). Make sure to follow Lindsey (The Meal Planning Method) on Instagram for lots of helpful tips and treats!

Mary Beth Harding, Executive Director